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A Brief (Pun Intended) History Of Lawyers In The Movies Part II

6 May 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...

1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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New on Video: ‘Sullivan’s Travels’

28 April 2015 6:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sullivan’s Travels

Written and directed by Preston Sturges

USA, 1941

At the start of Sullivan’s Travels, movie director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) has been screening his latest effort. The picture within the picture concludes with an intense rooftop fight aboard a train. It’s almost absurd in its inflated action and Sullivan is not at all pleased with his creation. This type of escapist entertainment may be all right for some, but it’s social commentary he now seeks. These are troubling times, he argues, with war in Europe and strikes on the home front, and the ambitious, idealistic filmmaker wants something beyond mere cinematic frivolity. Apparently, so did the director of Sullivan’s Travels, the great Preston Sturges. At least that’s what he ended up with anyway.

Sullivan’s Travels, “By” Preston Sturges, as the opening credit proclaims, lending the filmic fable something of a storybook »

- Jeremy Carr

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'Sullivan's Travels' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

20 April 2015 1:53 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

What amazed me most about Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1941), watching it for the first time on this newly released Criterion Blu-ray, is just how utterly unpredictable it is. Sure, we know where it may end once we are introduced to John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), a big Hollywood director, who's decided to hit the road as a hobo to attain a greater understanding of human suffering before embarking on a serious adaptation of the fictional novel "O Brother, Where Art Thouc" (Yes, it is this fictional book Joel and Ethan Coen were name-checking with the title of their 2000 comedy.) But as much as we know what the end will offer, it's the path to that ending we don't see coming, even when it arrives. Set during the Great Depression, Sullivan, known for his comedies, isn't seeing anything funny in the world. When his producers suggest making a "nice musical »

- Brad Brevet

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Ranking every 'SNL' Hillary Clinton impression

13 April 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hillary Clinton is much more than even a 2016 presidential candidate. She's a pop culture touchstone and the "Saturday Night Live" legacy of Hillary impersonations proves it: Clinton has been imitated by nine different performers going all the way back to Jan Hooks. To celebrate this indelible sketch character, let's rank all nine portrayals of the former New York senator and pick the ultimate "SNL" Hillary.  Honorable mentions: Drew Barrymore and Rachel Dratch Both Drew Barrymore and Rachel Dratch played Clinton in very brief moments on "SNL." Barrymore played a young Clinton during a 2004 hosting stint and Dratch chimed in with a space-age Hillary in a "State of the Galaxy" sketch from 2006. While they are fun anomalous versions of the former Secretary of State, they aren't representative enough to factor in on this list.  7. Janeane Garofalo During the infamous '94-'95 season of "SNL," Michael McKean and Janeane Garofalo took turns as Bill and Hillary. »

- Louis Virtel

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A look at Better Call Saul’s first season from two perspectives

13 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Breaking Bad was one of the most critically acclaimed series of the past few years, a lot of which had to do with the world the show created. Vince Gilligan and AMC’s proposal to revisit that world, this time with a focus on Saul Goodman, was met with both excitement and trepidation. After all, could the creative team capture lightning in a bottle twice and create something equally good? The first season of Better Call Saul seems to have put all those concerns to rest, as the ten episodes have exceeded expectations, delighting fans of Breaking Bad by expanding the story without taking anything away from what came before.

But how did the show play for those who haven’t seen Breaking Bad? Does the series work as effectively for someone unfamiliar with the world of Albuquerque, New Mexico as seen through the lens of Gilligan and Co.? And »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in the Movies

13 April 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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TV Review: Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 10: Marco [AMC]

10 April 2015 2:59 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  AMC’s Better Call Saul Marco TV Show Review. Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 10: Marco, takes Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) another step closer to falling all the way down into the rabbit’s hole. Jimmy seizes an opportunity to reconnect with his old friend Marco (Mel Rodriguez) while Chuck (Michael McKean) adjusts [...]

Continue reading: TV Review: Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 10: Marco [AMC] »

- Brian Fire

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"Better Call Saul: Marco" - Season Finale

8 April 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more footage from the Season 1 finale episode of "Better Call Saul", titled "Marco", written and directed by series co-creator Peter Gould, airing April 6, 2015 on AMC:

"...'Jimmy' (Bob Odenkirk) seizes an opportunity...

"...to reconnect with an old friend.

"'Chuck' (Michael McKean) adjusts to a new way of life..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Better Call Saul: Marco"...

"Better Call Saul" Action Figure 

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- Michael Stevens

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Better Call Saul Season 1 Episode 9 Review – ‘Pimento’

8 April 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jackson Ball reviews the ninth episode of Better Call Saul

It’s hard to believe it but the inaugural season of Better Call Saul is almost over. As we enter the show’s penultimate episode, entitled ‘Pimento’, we find the McGill brothers side-by-side, marching into the battleground of civil law.

Warning! Spoilers Ahead – You have been warned!

Following on from the developments of Episode 8, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Chuck (Michael McKean) find themselves embarking on a legal battle with enormous potential, unearthing the nefarious dealings of a local elderly home.

However, before focusing on the trials and tribulations of the suit-wearing siblings, we are treated to yet more golden moments from the effortlessly cool Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). This time around Mike is doing a ‘little job on the side’; which involves him acting as protection for a particularly hapless individual who is about to enter into an underground, drug transaction. »

- Jackson Ball

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TV Review: Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 9: Pimento [AMC]

8 April 2015 3:03 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  AMC‘s Better Call Saul Pimento TV Show Review. Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 9: Pimento, gives us another look at how Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) gets dogged out and has to pick up his pieces. Chuck (Michael McKean) wants his brother Jimmy to accept a harsh truth, but is it his [...]

Continue reading: TV Review: Better Call Saul: Season 1, Episode 9: Pimento [AMC] »

- Brian Fire

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‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator on Jimmy McGill Breaking Bad, Easter Eggs and More Nacho Than Tuco on Season 2

7 April 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spoiler alert: Please do not read if you haven’t yet watched Monday night’s finale. James McGill went from a more-or-less good guy to a dude with bad intentions by the end of “Better Call Saul’s” first season — sound familiar, fans of Vince Gilligan‘s New Mexican AMC universe? “Without a doubt, he … broke bad,” co-creator Peter Gould told TheWrap in an interview on Monday. “Jimmy McGill … reverted to his old life as Slippin’ Jimmy.” The Bob Odenkirk character’s brother Chuck (Michael McKean) backstabbing the protagonist was the catalyst that “really changed outlook on life,” Gould explained of the switcheroo. »

- Tony Maglio

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'Better Call Saul' co-creator on loving Jimmy McGill, and why Mike isn't ready for Gus Fring yet

7 April 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I was really pleased with the season finale of "Better Call Saul," and even more pleased with the first season as a whole. (In my review last night, I suggested it had gone a long way towards the "Frasier" end of the spin-off spectrum than the "AfterM*A*S*H" one.) But I did wonder where exactly the show goes from here, if Jimmy McGill had apparently committed to his Slippin' Jimmy persona, which seems just a hop, step and a jump away from Saul Goodman. "Saul" co-creator Peter Gould, though, suggests we shouldn't assume too much about Jimmy's decision just yet, and said that as he, Vince Gilligan and the show's other writers work on the 13-episode second season, they're wrestling with a challenge they didn't expect to face: "We like Saul Goodman, but we love Jimmy McGill." Earlier this afternoon, we spoke about how much of Slippin' Jimmy we should expect next year, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Recap: Old Habits Die Hard in the "Better Call Saul" Season One Finale

7 April 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

When Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) recalls his harrowing tale of perpetrating a textbook "Chicago Sunroof", the full picture snaps into place. Who Jimmy was, who Jimmy is, and who Jimmy will be is all suddenly so, so clear. The most important thing Peter Gould's script and direction do throughout this final hour of "Better Call Saul" as the first season comes to an end, is raise the stakes. The plot of this particular episode isn't as figuratively or literally explosive as its precursor, and nothing overly outrageous happens in this hour. Yet, somehow, we are still on edge as we watch Jimmy move through his post-brother life. The cold open reminds us again of Jimmy's arrest, the one we see Chuck (Michael McKean) bail him out of earlier in the season, but importantly, it shows us the real origin of the Jimmy McGill we've seen in the past nine episodes. »

- Michael Hindle

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‘Better Call Saul’ Finale Caps Slow Trip to the Dark Side (Spoilers)

6 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Origin stories usually move pretty fast. A radioactive spider bite, and voila, you’re Spider-Man.

By contrast, “Better Call Saul” – which capped off its first season on Monday night – took the slow boat in establishing this “Breaking Bad” prequel/spinoff, gradually charting the descent of Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, to the money-grubbing drug lawyer he played for comic relief, Saul Goodman, on that earlier series.

The goodwill invested in “Breaking Bad” fostered patience, which was largely required to reach Monday’s finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which pointedly marked the moment when Jimmy shed any higher aspirations and decided to embrace an anything-for-a-buck mentality presumably leading into the grimy world he will eventually occupy.

That decision followed two vital events: The betrayal by his brother Chuck (Michael McKean), who was exposed as having no respect for Jimmy as a lawyer; and his return to his con-man ways, »

- Brian Lowry

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Bob Odenkirk Breaks Down the ‘Better Call Saul’ Finale (Spoilers)

6 April 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the season-one finale of “Better Call Saul.”

The season one finale of “Better Call Saul” saw Jimmy McGill turn his back on a lucrative job offer, heading off to points unknown. Bob Odenkirk talked to Variety about the fate of everyone’s favorite elder-care lawyer — and what he wants to see in season two.

Jimmy says, “I know what stopped me and it’s never stopping me again” as he drives off. What do you think “it” is?

The approval of his brother and wanting his approval. That’s what I think. It’s accepting the judgment of other people on him. Looking outside of him for clues for what’s right for you: Does it get the approval of the people around you, instead of does it resonate in your own heart?

So where is he going? Now what?

“Now what? »

- Debra Birnbaum

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"Better Call Saul" - Season Finale

6 April 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage from "Marco", the Season 1 finale episode of "Better Call Saul", written and directed by series co-creator Peter Gould, airing April 6, 2015 on AMC:

"...'Jimmy' (Bob Odenkirk) seizes an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend.

"'Chuck' (Michael McKean) adjusts to a new way of life..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Better Call Saul: Marco"...

"Better Call Saul" Action Figure 

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- Michael Stevens

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Collider Weekly TV Guide: Game Of Thrones, Louie, and Marvel’S Daredevil

6 April 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, April 6th: Monday, 4/6: [caption id="attachment_430423" align="alignright" width="348"] Image via AMC[/caption] Better Call Saul Season Finale, “Marco” (AMC, 10 p.m.) – In the season finale, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is on the lookout for new opportunities far away from his brother (Michael McKean) and previous employers at Hhm. Don’t expect much in the way of brotherly love as the path that leads Jimmy to become Saul feels all the more clearer. Tuesday, 4/7: Justified, “Collateral” (FX, 10 p.m.) – Boyd (Walton Goggins) is up and about again, and the hunt is now on for Ava (Joelle Carter) and Zachariah (Jeff Fahey) in the mountains. Raylan (Timothy Olyphant), and his hat, are on their trail, »

- Chris Cabin

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What Should We Expect from the "Better Call Saul" Season Finalec

6 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"Breaking Bad" rests comfortably in the pantheon of all-time great television, there is little doubt of that. The chronicling of the transformation of "Mr. Chips into Scarface" is well known, well discussed, and well done. Emphasis on done. Walter White's journey has a very clear beginning, a terminal cancer diagnosis, and a very clear ending which will not be exposed here for fear of spoiler retribution. This begs the question, what ultimate goal would be served by returning to a time prior to the events of the seminal series to focus on a secondary characterc The transformation from Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) certainly doesn't sound as compelling on paper. Hints to Saul Goodman's past are sprinkled throughout "Breaking Bad", but few offer any burning reason to travel back in time. However, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are less interested in filling minor gaps in continuity than they »

- Michael Hindle

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'Better Call Saul' Interview: Julie Ann Emery's Thoughts on Jimmy's Transition to Saul

6 April 2015 3:46 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

As the season finale of Better Call Saul arrives, we have a ton of questions. With episode 11, "Pimento" throwing our perceptions of Chuck (Michael McKean) and Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) upside down, there is a lot that could happen in the finale, "Marco." Jimmy has always struggled with the criminal in him and his new desire to do what's right. Everyone around him has told him that he's lying to himself, and needs to accept that he'll always be Slippin' Jimmy. The one foundation and support in his life has been his older brother Chuck, who always pushed him to straighten up. It's because of Chuck that Jimmy got his law degree.

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- editor@buddytv.com

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'Better Call Saul': Bob Odenkirk Reveals Finale's Big Challenge

5 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is ready to have the final word. In Monday's Better Call Saul finale, Jimmy will be reeling from the news that his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) has been sabotaging his career for years. He must also decide what to do with the massive fraud case he's uncovered while working in elder law. Somewhere along the way, he'll have a monologue that will rival the one he delivered to save his life in the desert with Tuco (Raymond Cruz) in episode two. See more 'Better Call Saul': See 'Breaking Bad' Easter Eggs You Missed Producer Tom Schnauz tantalized fans revealing Odenkirk

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- Aaron Couch

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