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From his hilarious performance as Hal in Malcom in the Middle to his career-making portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone not familiar with the amazing work of Bryan Cranston. However, there are some interesting facts about him that even the most enthusiastic fan might not know. Here are 12 things you might know about Bryan Cranston. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images 1. He almost didn’t get the part of Walter White—Both John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were first offered the part of Walter White, but both actors turned it down. AMC was initially
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- Chris King
It's funny: before Better Call Saul debuted, all anyone seemed interested in was when and how the Breaking Bad prequel would work in cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the gang from Heisenberg's glory days. There was some enthusiasm about getting backstory on Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, but even the most devout Bb worshippers seemed to view a Saul Goodman spin-off primarily as an excuse to spend more time in this fictional universe, rather than an essential showcase for Bob Odenkirk in the title role. Even in Saul's early days, a lot of viewers seemed to be viewing this period of the character's career — when he was still going by his real name of Jimmy McGill, and trying to be taken seriously as an honest lawyer, rather than the cheerful shyster who worked as Walter White's consiglieri — as something to be raced through as quickly »
- Alan Sepinwall
At 69, the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star is enjoying the best years of his career. He reflects on life as one of the great on-screen heavies
The cold, dead eyes that once stared at Walter White with contempt are moist and red. “I’m not feeling well today,” groans Jonathan Banks, as he fumbles with a tin of cough lozenges. “And my back is killing me.” This is a somewhat disconcerting introduction to one of the great on-screen heavies. Banks, now 69, has been an intimidating presence in movies and TV for over four decades, only ascending from the ranks of naggingly familiar character actors in the last few years with his portrayal of bone-weary crime-scene fixer Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul.
Related: Best TV of 2015: No 9 – Better Call Saul
Related: Breaking Bad: Mike is back for prequel Better Call Saul »
- Jonathan Bernstein
What Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk accomplished last season with the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul can’t be undersold. They followed one of the top five dramas ever created for television with a spinoff that actually worked, for the most part, and didn’t crash and burn in disappointment and ill-advised nostalgia or cash-grabbing. When it concluded, the first season of the AMC show was, all told, very strong. It wasn’t close to Breaking Bad, but considering it could have been closer to, well, pick any failed spinoff best forgotten, that was a magnificent achievement. As
- Tim Goodman
After a record-breaking and Emmy-nominated debut season last year, Better Call Saul is back in the saddle February 15 for Season 2. It is, as my video review above says, a richer ride for the Breaking Bad prequel. For one thing, having established the setup and met the expectations of Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill — the man who will become the slippery and sometimes silver-tongued Saul Goodman — the AMC series now has a real opportunity to evolve the tale toward its… »
Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley has signed on for a six-episode guest role in AMC’s upcoming Preacher adaptation in the role of the depraved, meat-loving villain Odin Quincannon, Entertainment Weekly has revealed.
The character is described as “a small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family-operated slaughterhouse business.”
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Preacher
Based on the twisted and popular ‘90s comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher,” created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, »
- Amie Cranswick
Take another look @ Season Two footage from AMC’s "Breaking Bad" spin-off series "Better Call Saul", starring Bob Odenkirk reprising his award-winning role as lawyer 'Jimmy McGill' aka 'Saul Goodman':
For Season 1, "Better Call Saul" earned seven 'Primetime Emmy Award' nominations...
...including outstanding drama series, with Odenkirk winning two 'Critics' Choice TV Awards' for best actor in a drama series.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Better Call Saul"...
- Michael Stevens
For years, a cinematic rendition of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has languished on the brink of development, fast becoming one of the more prominent white whales that continually ducks out of sight before Warner Bros. can wrangle it into production.
In that time, a string of writers have come and gone, with the most recent development securing Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker for the gig. As for the other side of the lens, things have proven tricky.
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From Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe to Breaking Bad fan-favorite Aaron Paul, numerous actors have flirted with a role in Warner’s genre epic; however, according to King himself, it is Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey that are closest to sealing a deal for The Dark Tower. Speaking with The Rolling Stone, the author remained coy about the specifics, simply saying that the adaptation is “more »
- Michael Briers
In the first season of Better Call Saul, we saw Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill before he assumed his alter ego as sleazy superlawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, who antiheroically pursues half-truths, shady justice, and the tax-dodging American way. In advance of Monday's second-season premiere, AMC has released a bizarre and delightful online comic wherein Saul, clad in a Superman-esque cape, flies around Albuquerque to combat some rowdy youths. It's written by Jenn Carroll and Gordon Smith, and features artwork by Steve Ellis. This is actually the second Better Call Saul comic, after last year's more realistic Better Call Saul: Client Development. The new caped-crusader series will be told in six parts and released bi-weekly. You can read the whole first installment on AMC's website right now. Up, up, and away (to a plea bargain)! »
- Abraham Riesman
Even though Breaking Bad inevitably ended, fans and critics alike cannot stop talking about the AMC drama. Cast members Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul all took home well deserved awards and the show is constantly being examined. You may not think a show about producing and selling drugs could teach us anything, but you would be wrong. Here are twenty things that we have learned from Walter White, the ultimate anti-hero of the 21st Century. 1. Chemistry can be used outside of the classroom too. Walter White (Cranston) was able to take what he learned in school
- Tim Gerstenberger
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.
Previously Best Known For:
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting
Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus
Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Back in September, AMC handed out a 10-episode series order for the comic book adaptation Preacher, with executive producer Seth Rogen teasing that the series will debut in May 2016. While he recanted that statement about the premiere date shortly thereafter, the series is set to arrive sometime this year, and today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the series has added Jackie Earle Haley to play a major character from the original comic books, Odin Quincannon. The actor has been set for a six-episode arc in the series.
In the original comic book created by Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon, Odin Quincannon is a member of the local Ku Klux Klan branch, who often clashes with lead character Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). Jesse eventually discovers that Odin has been having sex with a mannequin made out of meat. In the series, he's described as a small, decrepit man »
On the way to meeting Bob Odenkirk, I see him in the bright California sky. Not a vision, but a huge advertising billboard, floating above Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. I half expect to see a tiny him up there, too, reaching down to rescue ... “rescue” the man who went up to take the billboard down, on legal grounds, and who slipped (“slipped”). You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen Breaking Bad spin-off prequel Better Call Saul; it’s one of the most memorable scenes from a memorable first season. If you haven’t seen Better Call Saul, here’s what you need to know: Breaking Bad (if you haven’t seen Bb then God help you, »
- Sam Wollaston
From the very first frame of Walter White in his underwear, to the final shot of the camera panning overhead as he lay dying, Breaking Bad was one of the most brilliantly crafted and expertly executed television shows of all time. The lines between who was good and who was bad were always getting blurred, and it was the kind of show that always threw a curveball every couple of episodes to keep the audience eager and on their feet. While it could be said the whole show was one, giant, unforgettable moment, we thought it might be fun to
Five Utterly Unforgettable Breaking Bad Moments »
- Remy Carreiro
Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad fans, here's your latest reason to tune into the Film Independent Spirit Awards this year: Emilia Clarke and Aaron Paul will be among the presenters at the award show later this month, HitFix can exclusively report. Also joining the lineup of presenters today are Jk Simmons, Chelsea Handler, Nate Parker, Patricia Arquette, and Michael Keaton. Simmons, Arquette, and Keaton were Spirit Award winners last year for Whiplash, Boyhood, and Birdman, respectively. Among this year's nominees for Spirit Awards, which recognize the achievements of American independent filmmakers, are Keaton film Spotlight, Cate Blanchett for Carol, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Paul Dano for Love and Mercy, Mya Taylor for Tangerine, Michael Shannon for 99 Homes, and Jason Segal for The End of the Tour. Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 27. The show will broadcast live from Santa Monica, CA on IFC at 2 p. »
- Emily Rome
Ghosts from The Good Wife‘s prior seasons will make their presence felt during the CBS drama’s final nine episodes — but not the two characters whose absences loom largest.
“No, that’s not our expectation,” said series co-creator Michelle King when asked if there’s any chance Archie Panjabi’s Kalinda — last seen at the end of Season 6 — could return. “Kalinda went off deliberately to disappear — and we’re honoring that choice. It wouldn’t make sense for [Kalinda] to come back.”
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Following last night’s Super Bowl trailer [watch it here], Walt Disney Pictures has released a new poster for Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the The Jungle Book, along with four images featuring Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo and King Louie; Check them out below…
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of »
- Amie Cranswick
There were many great films about strong women at this year’s Sundance – Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women and Antonio Campos’ Christine to name two of the festival’s best features in their own right. Meera Menon’s Equity, a female-driven (written, directed, produced) corporate thriller set in the cut-throat workplace of Manhattan high finance, is a solid addition to this camp, although with nothing of the style or verve of either of those pictures.
The film sets itself up as a women-centric Wall Street, as Anna Gunn’s Naomi Bishop emulates Gordon Gekko’s speech to a crowd of female grad students in one of the film’s opening scenes that she works because “she likes money.” Coming from a poor background, money pays for her brother’s education, or jewelry for herself, but she is a banker also about winning the game – although who she’s playing is a matter of contention. »
- Ed Frankl
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, »
- Gary Collinson
Few people, if any, had much criticism for the final episodes of Breaking Bad. Showrunner Vince Gilligan and his writing team really brought the series home, crafting a finale that no one could really find too much fault with. But that doesn’t mean he thought everything was perfect with the series as a whole. Turns out he has one major regret, but it’s about something relatively minor, if we’re being honest. Gilligan spoke to Entertainment Weekly about it: “I wish Jesse’s teeth had been a little more realistic, a little more messed up,” Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. “Aaron Paul has perfect
- Paul Tassi
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