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Like a Dostoevsky in the desert, this great series charts a decent, slightly pathetic man's tragic descent into moral depravity
When I reviewed the first series of Breaking Bad for this slot back in 2010, the show was almost unheard of: a little tale of a high-school chemistry teacher in a dusty corner of America, toiling away in a life of quiet desperation, only to be told he's dying of cancer. So he teams up with a wayward former pupil, Jesse, to make and sell crystal meth, to earn big bucks fast and thereby provide security for his family after his demise. At the time, it felt like a poignant Chekhovian story about a decent, if slightly pathetic man trying to shore up a failed life. The only reason I bothered watching it at all it was because I'd studied chemistry at university.
How wrong I was. This wasn't suburban Chekhov. »
- Maxton Walker
Relationships with fictional characters are certainly very strange. In some cases, they pop into your house once a week, most welcome, and show you their lives without once ever acknowledging you’re even there (unless it’s Malcolm in the Middle, in which case you’re now more interested in his dad’s secret life). I see some fictional characters more than I see certain real people. And this may sound strange, but a relationship is built up. We stand around the water cooler (which is a tired phrase and has almost been replaced by ‘internet forum’) and talk about them, what they could do, what they should do, almost as if we’re gossiping about real people who actually exist.
To make them seem real takes a lot. Good writing; good acting; good direction to name the high profile. The »
- Gary Collinson
"The Facts of Life" remains to be one of the most loved classic TV sitcoms ever. Originally airing on NBC from 1979 to 1988, it was the longest running sitcom of the 80s.
On Tuesday (Dec. 3), cast member Kim Fields welcomed a second baby with her husband Christopher L. Morgan. Born at 10:30 a.m. Et, the baby boy has been named Quincy Xavier Morgan, brother to 6 1/2 year old Sebastian.
The news that Tootie Ramsey has two kids made us wonder: What are the rest of her cast members up to now?
Along with her two sons, Fields' next project is "Holiday Love: The Rebirth," a holiday special she directed and executive produced with her husband.
The actress who played Blair Warner toughed it out on "Survivor: Phillipines" despite not being a fan of reality TV. She even made it to the finals, but lost in the end to Denise Stapley. »
Back in August, French electro-duo Daft Punk bailed last minute on a scheduled Colbert Report performance, citing a contractual obligation to MTV. But instead of scrambling like a headless chicken for a replacement act, Stephen Colbert jumped and danced for joy, literally. He and his writing team took the booking snafu as an opportunity to create an ecstatic music video set to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which featured a beaming Colbert dancing with various celebs (Bryan Cranston, Jeff Bridges, Hugh Laurie and others), crashing three other shows (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent and Charlie Rose »
- Jennifer Arellano
A new set of Breaking Bad bloopers premiered recently on Today. In them, actors bump into one another, forget lines and innocently walk through the backgrounds of scenes holding guns.
The best one finds Bryan Cranston and Michael Bowen, who plays the swastika-tattooed character Jack Welker, out in the desert where a pivotal scenes takes place. It begins as Cranston, playing Walter White, stares off into the distance. Bowen sidles up to him and just stares. Off-screen, a voice says, "Let's take that back."
Five Revelations From the Near-Perfect ' »
According to The National Enquirer via The Daily Mail Lamar Odom is demanding $10 million (among other requests) from the Kardashian clan in order to end his four year marriage with Khloe Kardashian. The basketball player wants to money in exchange for his confidentiality regarding top Kardashian secrets (oooh) and to stop him releasing an apparent sex tape. Because, of course there is a sex tape. So cliché.
After poor lil Kanye had his feelings hurt by power fashion brand Louis Vuitton the singer called for a boycott during a recent interview: "While I was in Paris I wanted to meet the head of Louis Vuitton and he said, 'I don't understand why we need to meet with you?' I said, 'Let me explain to you why you need to meet with me.” He went on to say "Everybody in New York City right now, don't buy any Louis Vuitton until after January. »
- reelz staff
Muniz is portraying a deputy on the project, which is currently shooting in Tucson, Az. Earlier this week, the former “Malcolm in the Middle” star disclosed he had recently suffered his second mini-stroke.
“Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke,” he tweeted. “Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable.”
Jeffery Patterson is producing the Western through his Once Upon a Dream Productions and Matthew Gratzner is directing. He made his feature debut with the first “Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink” earlier this year after working on the visual effect on “Hugo” and “Iron Man.”
- Dave McNary
Los Angeles, Nov 27: Actor Frankie Muniz suffered a mild stroke recently. He recalled that he had his first stroke last year around the same time.
The actor, known for his role in comedy show "Malcolm In The Middle", shared the news on Twitter, reports tmz.com.
"Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke. Hopefully, that will be the last. Miserable," Muniz tweeted Tuesday.
Last year Muniz experienced blurred vision and had trouble speaking. Doctors diagnosed the episode as a mini stroke but said they didn't know what caused it.
- Lohit Reddy
Matthew Gratzner made his reputation as the visual effects supervisor on blockbuster movies like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Hugo and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Gratzner continued work on his feature-directing debut Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink, an 1890s-set western in production through mid-December. Gratzner added Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Alison Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) to an eclectic ensemble cast that includes Don Frye, Tanya Clarke and Grainger Hines. »
For a second time in a year's span, "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz has suffered a mini-stroke. It is not normal for a 27 year old young man to have two strokes within a year of each other unless there is a major medical complication or other outside reasons. Muniz, who turns 28 on Dec. 5, told Us Weekly: "Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke.." He tweeted on Monday, Nov. 25. "Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable." Dr. Damon Raskin, a double board certified internist, has studied all areas of the human body and shared with us his opinion that strokes are uncommon in young people: “If Frankie Muniz had another »
- April Neale
After recently hurling homophobic slurs at a photographer, Alec Baldwin has been ousted from MSNBC. The actor’s show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, was briefly suspended following the incident, but has now been cancelled. [TMZ] Sandra Bullock may appear flawless to us, but the actress admitted that she does indeed have shortcomings — because she’s constantly criticizing herself. [E!] Nearly a year after suffering a “mini-stroke,” Frankie Muniz tweeted that he came down with the affliction once more. Thankfully, it appears the Malcolm In The Middle star is recovering. [People] With his role as a villain in Homefront, James Franco says he wanted to make his character more well-rounded. But he had to answer to Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the script. [MTV News]
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- Rahsheeda Ali
Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz says he's suffered another mini stroke. "Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke," he tweeted Monday. "Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable." The 27-year-old actor suffered his first one in December 2012.
"I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a 'Mini Stroke', which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!" he tweeted at the time. A week later, he quipped on Twitter: "My @LAClippers won
- Kimberly Nordyke
"Breaking Bad's" Walter White could live again!
Access Hollywood spoke to Bryan Cranston at the "Breaking Bad" Blu-ray and Digital release party on Monday night, where he revealed he's open to making an appearance on the AMC spin-off series "Better Call Saul," starring Bob Odenkirk.
"I would definitely do any appearance on the show," he told Access.
But the return of Walt would have to be just right.
"If it made sense, sure absolutely. We'll see," he ...
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So scary! The ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ star revealed on Nov. 25 that he had just suffered his second mini-stroke and that he was ‘miserable!’
Almost exactly a year ago, Frankie Muniz experienced a mini-stroke. Now, at 27, he’s hoping that after two, he will never have another.
Frankie Muniz Suffers Mini-Stroke
How scary! We’re so glad to hear that Frankie is okay after suffering not one, but two mini-strokes. He shared the bad news on Twitter:
Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke. Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable.
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) November 25, 2013
Transient ischemic attack is the formal name for a “mini-stroke,” which happens when blood stops flowing to the brain, temporarily.
Frankie’s First Mini-Stroke Felt Like ‘Getting Stabbed In The Head’
“I felt like I was getting stabbed in the head – the worst headache you could ever think of. I couldn’t see anything, »
- Emily Longeretta
"Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke. Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable," he tweets.
The cause of Muniz's strokes has yet to be determined. The 27-year-old swears he lives a healthy lifestyle, telling "Good Morning America" last year, "I've literally to this day never had a sip of alcohol in my life. I've never had any drugs. I've never even smoked a cigarette." He did admit that he eats "like a 7- to 10-year-old kid."
Here's hoping Muniz gets to the bottom of this recurring illness soon and will be on the path to recovery. »
Frankie Muniz remains in the middle of a medical muddle. On Monday, the 27-year-old former TV star revealed that he recently suffered a "mini-stroke" - again. "Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke. Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable." he Tweeted.The former Malcolm in the Middle star was hospitalized last year for a "mini-stroke" - a commonly used term to describe a transient ischemic attack, or Tia, when blood temporarily stops reaching the brain - an experience he described on Twitter as "not fun at all." "I felt like I was getting stabbed in »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Frankie Muniz has had another health scare. The 27-year-old former Malcolm in the Middle star took to Twitter yesterday to reveal he's had another "mini stroke." "Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke," the actor wrote. "Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable." Muniz's second mini stroke (which is tiny lapses in blood flow to the brain) comes one year after he experienced his first back in November 2012. "I was in the hospital last Friday," he announced on Twitter at the time. "I suffered a 'Mini Stroke,' which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!" After the scare, Muniz appeared on »
Frankie Muniz is "miserable." The former Malcolm in the Middle star, who turns 28 on Dec. 5, suffered his second mini-stroke, nearly one year after overcoming his first scare. "Almost a year to the day, I experienced another mini stroke," he tweeted on Monday, Nov. 25. "Hopefully that will be the last. Miserable." Following his initial stroke in December 2012, Muniz sat down on Good Morning America to describe the scary physical encounter: "I couldn't say words," he said. "I thought I was saying them! My fiancee was [...] »
Gojira, Aka Godzilla: King of the Monsters, first came out in 1954. It seems that Gareth Edward’s new interpretation will also have scenes set in that same year. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey gave an interview in the new tie-in book “Godzilla with Light & Sound”, and in his discussion about making the film, he spilled the beans about a section of the film taking place in 1954.
McGarvey says, “On ‘Godzilla’ I used the old C series anamorphic lenses, and for the section in 1954 I used really old vintage lenses from the early 1960s. They took the edge off of the very vivid, sharp sensors, and gave it a distant period feel.”
Will these 1954 scenes connect the new Godzilla film to the original somehow? »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
“Breaking Bad” veteran Moira Walley-Beckett’s ballet drama for Starz has added four dancers to its cast, and is conducting a nationwide search for its lead. The newly named “Flesh and Bone” follows troubled young ballet dancer Claire Robbins through the surprisingly dark and gritty world of ballet. Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Gets ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ Alternative Ending, Blooper Reel (Video) The project, which is in development, is created, written and executive produced by Walley-Beckett, a writer and co-executive producer on “Breaking Bad.” Lawrence Bender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Good Will Hunting”), Kevin Brown (“Roswell”) and John Melfi (“Sex and the City, »
- Tim Molloy
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