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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: ‘Something Beautiful’ Reveals the Worst Parts of Our Nature

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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: ‘Something Beautiful’ Reveals the Worst Parts of Our Nature
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 4 Episode 3, “Something Beautiful.”]

Case Summary

Chuck is dead and Jimmy’s law career is on hiatus, but Jimmy is still finding ways to keep busy. However, his method of choice is to not pursue legal options, but to instead play around in the more elicit end of the swimming pool: specifically, coming up with capers that veer towards criminal, but don’t full-on feel like felonies.

Which is good, because honestly, the antics making headlines this week come from the less legal side of Albuquerque, as Nacho works with Gus’s people to stage a shootout that explains the death of Arturo. The fact that Arturo only died so that Nacho’s personal subterfuge never comes up, but he does certainly pay the price in the form of a bullet wound that’s just severe enough to make it look real.

Achievements in Cinematography

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‘Better Call Saul’ Recap: Dead Letter Office

‘Better Call Saul’ Recap: Dead Letter Office
A review of tonight’s Better Call Saul coming up just as soon as I have a large gold nugget traversing my colon…

“You were meant for better things.” -Gus

Early in “Something Beautiful,” Jimmy is stunned to have Mike turn down his offer to steal the Hummel figurine out of Neff’s office. He has no idea that Mike’s laundered drug money makes the reward for a job like this not nearly worth the risk. And he’s too swept up in the thrill of being back in
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Better Call Saul Recap: Who's Cooking?

Better Call Saul Recap: Who's Cooking?
This week’s Better Call Saul was eventful, to say the least — but before we get to gunshot wounds and Hummel figurines, let’s talk about that very substantial Breaking Bad Easter egg, shall we?

After a bloody assault on the Salamancas (we’ll fill in those details later), Juan Bolsa calls Gus, concerned about their overall security. He wants to send out dummy loads for a while to ensure they’re safe, but Gus warns him that their dealers will run out of meth in less than a week. Bolsa orders him to find a local supplier in the
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2018 Emmy predictions slugfest: Could Jesse Plemons or Benedict Cumberbatch upset Darren Criss? [Watch]

2018 Emmy predictions slugfest: Could Jesse Plemons or Benedict Cumberbatch upset Darren Criss? [Watch]
“I think he’s undeniable, frankly,” Tony Ruiz says about Darren Criss in a video slugfest with me and our fellow Gold Derby contributors Charles Bright, Zach Laws and Amanda Spears on the Emmy race for Best Movie/Mini Actor (watch above). Laws agrees: “’The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ is the front-runner to win Limited Series. He really does carry that show on his shoulders and he is really, really good in it.”

SEEour slugfest on the race for Best Movie/Limited Actress.

But Laws concedes that Criss could be vulnerable because “Andrew Cunanan is a profoundly unlikable character. Much to the credit of the show, they don’t try to offer up psychobabble analysis to try to explain why it is that he killed these five innocent people other than the fact that he was a raging narcissist with delusions of grandeur.” But that unflinching portrayal could be a
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Why Netflix Dramas Sag Midseason — and How They’re Fixing It

You probably know this feeling: You’re bingeing a season of a new drama. You like the characters and the atmosphere, and you’re curious about where the story goes, but at a certain point (usually somewhere between halfway and two-thirds of the way through the season), you start to grow impatient waiting for the show to just Get. To. The point already!

If you’ve felt this way, particularly when watching a new drama on Netflix — which is both the most influential player in the business right now and
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Praise be! Will Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) be 7th person to win back-to-back Emmys as Best Drama Supporting Actress?

Praise be! Will Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) be 7th person to win back-to-back Emmys as Best Drama Supporting Actress?
Last year, Ann Dowd’s Emmy win for “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” first season was one of the biggest surprises of the evening as Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) seemed to be the frontrunner to win. Dowd was able to overcome vote splitting with her co-star Samira Wiley, but it remains unclear whether she will be able to overcome two of her co-stars this year. This time around, she is up against Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Newton.

If Dowd prevails, she’ll be the seventh in Best Drama Supporting Actress to win back-to-back Emmys, joining Ellen Corby, Nancy Marchand, Bonnie Bartlett, Allison Janney, Blythe Danner and Anna Gunn.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

Looking back at last year’s race,
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Audition for the Broadway-Bound ‘Network’ Adaptation

The critically-lauded 1976 film “Network” is coming to Broadway in a new adaptation. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) will be appearing as Howard Beale, a role that posthumously won Peter Finch an Academy Award. The production is currently casting Equity actors for leading and ensemble roles. An Equity Principal Audition is taking place over three days in New York City in August. “Network,” a satire of ratings-obsessed television news programs, won four Academy Awards when it was released. The film is now recognized as stunningly prescient and often appears on best-of lists. The original was written by Paddy Chayefsky (“Marty”) and directed by Sidney Lumet (“12 Angry Men”). The adaptation is written by playwright Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), and will be directed by Ivo van Hove, who recently won a Drama Desk Award for Best Director for the revival of “A View from the Bridge.” The show is casting roles made famous by Faye Dunaway,
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'Kolamaavu Kokila': Nayanthara's crime comedy is a winner

ReviewThe film has plenty of laughs and subverts many tropes in Tamil cinema. This is Nayanthara breaking badass.Sowmya RajendranYouTube screengrabOf late, the 'black comedy' label has been freely applied to a wide range of Tamil films, most of which revolve around crime but are rarely funny. Nelson's Kolamaavu Kokila, however, is unexpectedly hilarious. And in a good way. The premise is similar to American TV show Breaking Bad, but set in Gumudipoondi. A mild-mannered Kokila (Nayanthara), who barely ever raises her gaze, decides to sell drugs. The reason is cancer, except it is the mother played by Saranya Ponvannan who has it.. The idea of a lone woman struggling for the sake of her family is not new. These films usually take a melodramatic turn as the heroine performs one sacrifice after another, only to be betrayed by the people around her. Kolamaavu Kokila, however, is an interesting subversion of this plot-line.
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Stars Join 6th Annual Autism Speaks Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament

Autism Speaks is hosting their 6th Annual Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at Hudson Loft in Downtown Los Angeles.

This lively evening of poker and philanthropy will be hosted by Jeff Michael, Co-Anchor of CB2 News This Morning, and will bring together a diverse group of celebrities including: Rj Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Ed Begley Jr. (“Whatever Works”), Fred Melamed, Patrika Darbo (“Days of Our Lives”), Sean Kanan (“Bold and the Beautiful”), Brandon Black, M.J. Dougherty (“Life Lessons from a Total Failure”), Elizabeth J. Carlisle, Erin Murphy (“Bewitched”), Massi Furlan (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Monty Geer (“Awkward”), Ty Olsson (“X-Men 2”), Niko Pepaj (Daytime Divas), Michael Patrick Lane (“Dynasty”), Lea Coco (“Queen Sugar”), William Marquart (Subject 5"), Michael Dargatis (“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Katy Bodenhamer (“The Office”) and more celebrity guests to be announced all supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions,
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Supermansion: Summer Vacation Special’ Available To Stream Free Now Only Sony Crackle

Sony Crackle’s “SuperMansion: Summer Vacation Special” is currently available to stream for free today. In the stop-motion animated special, the team heads to Hawaii where Titanium Rex (Bryan Cranston) runs into a vacationing former President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah), Black Saturn (Tucker Gilmore) and Lex (Jillian Bell) teach Cooch (Heidi Gardner) how to swim, and American Ranger (Keegan-Michael Key) attempts to perform in a Uso show while an evil threat brews under the sea.

The original special features voice actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live”), Tucker Gilmore (“Frozen”) and Zeb Wells (also writer). Additionally, newcomers Jay Pharoah (“White Famous”) guest stars as Barack Obama, and Masi Oka (“Heroes,” “Hawaii Five-0”) as Toko.

Sony Crackle also released it’s first-ever free “SuperMansion” Augmented Reality App today. Featuring characters from the Sony Crackle original series,
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Killing Eve’) aiming to be sixth solo woman to win Best Drama Writing Emmy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Killing Eve’) aiming to be sixth solo woman to win Best Drama Writing Emmy
Phoebe Waller-Bridges (“Killing Eve”) is the only female nominee in the Best Drama Writing Emmy field of six. And “six” will also be associated with her should she win because only five other solo women have won the category before.

Since Best Drama Writing was added at the 7th Primetime Emmys in 1955, undergoing various name changes, the category has almost exclusively been a boys’ club. It took 19 years before Joanna Lee became the first individual woman to win, prevailing for “The Waltons.” In 1979, Michele Gallery (“Lou Grant”) joined her, followed by Patricia Green (“Cagney & Lacey”) and Ann Biderman (“NYPD Blue”) in 1994. Twenty long years later, Moira Walley-Beckett ended the drought with a statuette for penning “Ozymandias,” the best episode of “Breaking Bad.”

There were female winners in between Biderman’s and Walley-Beckett’s triumphs, but they all co-wrote their winning scripts with men. Robin Green (“The Sopranos”) shared her 2001 win with Mitchell Burgess,
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‘Anne With An E’ Renewed For Third Season By Netflix & CBC

Netflix and CBC have picked up a third season of praised drama series Anne with an E from Northwood Entertainment. The new season is expected to begin production this winter for launch on Netflix and CBC later in 2019.

Inspired by the Canadian young adult novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and created by Moira Walley-Beckett, the coming-of-age story follows Anne (Amybeth McNulty), an outsider who, against all odds, fights for love, acceptance, and her place in the world. Producers say season 3 will continue to chart bold new territory, adding new characters and storylines while exploring themes of identity, prejudice, feminism, bullying, gender parity, diversity and empowerment through the lens of its fierce, starry-eyed, irrepressible 16-year-old protagonist.

The renewal comes on the heels of the U.S. and international debut of the series’ second season on Netflix in July, and just ahead of the
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Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films

Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too far

There are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers of the new series of films (starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk) might have considered Jesse Plemons for the role instead. For while Pine has charisma in spades and a confident twinkle in the eye that recalls William Shatner at his best, Plemons is rather better at nailing the Canadian actor’s habit of slipping into knowing, smug braggadocio when the Klingons have been defeated for the umpteenth time.

Casting the star of Breaking Bad and Fargo as James T might be a little like the makers of James Bond deciding to hire Johnny English’s Rowan Atkinson as the new 007. But far worse
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Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films

Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too far

There are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers of the new series of films (starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk) might have considered Jesse Plemons for the role instead. For while Pine has charisma in spades and a confident twinkle in the eye that recalls William Shatner at his best, Plemons is rather better at nailing the Canadian actor’s habit of slipping into knowing, smug braggadocio when the Klingons have been defeated for the umpteenth time.

Casting the star of Breaking Bad and Fargo as James T might be a little like the makers of James Bond deciding to hire Johnny English’s Rowan Atkinson as the new 007. But far worse
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

‘Better Call Saul': Rhea Seehorn Is Terrified of Kim’s Fate, Checks Every Script to See If She Dies (Video)

‘Better Call Saul': Rhea Seehorn Is Terrified of Kim’s Fate, Checks Every Script to See If She Dies (Video)
Rhea Seehorn says the fact that her “Better Call Saul” character Kim Wexler didn’t appear on “Breaking Bad” has her terrified about her eventual fate. So terrified, in fact, that she flips through every script immediately to check if she makes it through the episode intact.

Patrick Fabian [who plays Howard Hamlin] and I, every time we get the scripts, we flip through them as fast as possible and then we call each other: ‘I’m not dead! You’re not dead!,'” Seehorn told Seth Meyers on his “Late Night” show on Tuesday. “And then we get back to doing the work. But yea, you always have to check.”

Set prior to the events of “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul” focuses on the transformation of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill into the criminal lawyer Saul Goodman that advises Bryan Cranston’s Walter White. A popular theory for any “Better Call Saul” character
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'Anne With an E' Renewed for Season 3 on Netflix and CBC

'Anne With an E' Renewed for Season 3 on Netflix and CBC
Five weeks after its second season debuted on Netflix, Anne With an E is going for a third.

The streamer and Canadian broadcaster CBC have picked up season three of the series, inspired by the novel Anne of Green Gables. Netflix launched season two July 6; it comes to the CBC on Sept. 23.

The coming-of-age story, from Northwood Entertainment and executive producers Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and Miranda de Pencier, will begin production on the third season in the winter for a debut later in 2019.

"Through the storytelling of Anne With an E, the classic Canadian tale has ...
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‘Better Call Saul’: The Cast of One of TV’s Best Written Shows Has a Lot to Say About Silence

‘Better Call Saul’: The Cast of One of TV’s Best Written Shows Has a Lot to Say About Silence
Better Call Saul” is a show that doesn’t lack for dramatic confrontations. But the reason those scenes are so memorable is that on balance, the AMC drama is a show driven by silence. In fact, the quiet reserve of so many of its characters has become a trademark of the series that Rhea Seehorn couldn’t help but laugh when asked what would happen if the show’s most stalwart characters came together.

Seehorn is more than capable of exploding with rage, as viewers saw in “Breathe,” the second episode of Season 4. But typically, tough and smart lawyer Kim (Seehorn) is more reserved than normal folks, perhaps only matched for silence by reluctant drug dealer Nacho (Michael Mando).

On set earlier this year, IndieWire simply asked, “what if Nacho and Kim had a scene together?”

But Seehorn found the idea amusing. “If you stick Jonathan Banks in there, it
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‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Family Matters in the Netflix Drama’s Unrelenting New Season

Ever since The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad set the high bar for exciting new avenues of television storytelling, a bevy of TV shows about “bad men” have come our way. Some of these shows misunderstand what made these iconic series so compelling in the first place, while others use the creative freedom of the TV medium to use moral ambiguity as a jumping off point. The Netflix series Ozark falls into the latter category, and while the first season was a bit too stuck in Breaking Bad’s shadow to truly stand apart as its own towering achievement, …
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Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season

Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season
Of the seven Best Drama Series Emmy nominees, only one is competing for the final time: “The Americans.” The espionage drama, which wrapped its six-season run in May, is sitting in third place in our predictions behind frontrunners “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones.” If it manages to pull off the upset, it’d join a small club of shows that won the top prize for its final season.

Logic dictates that voters might want to give a departing series a farewell hug, but that’s a human, real-world response. Emmy voters are quite ruthless and not very sentimental; they hand out the nominations for last chance contenders, but the wins are harder to come by. That’s because they tend to latch onto a series early and keep rewarding it before moving on, so by the time the old favorite ends, they already have a new toy to play with.
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Here's Exactly When Shameless Season 9 Drops

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Here's Exactly When Shameless Season 9 Drops
The Emmy-nominated Showtime series Shameless has been renewed for a ninth season, and we now know exactly when to drop everything to catch the first episode. During the Television Critics Association Summer press tour, the cable network announced the premiere date: Sunday, Sept. 9. Even better? The new season is set to feature two extra episodes. That means we get to watch the perpetually down-on-their-luck but super-scrappy Gallaghers fall apart and come back together again for a total of 14 episodes. There is one catch though: the season is split into two sets of air dates. According to TV Line, seven episodes will air, followed by a short break, and then seven more episodes drop starting January 20, 2019.

Showtime released a trailer for the upcoming season that teases more desperate times ahead for the Gallaghers. But here's a fun tidbit: fiesty Fiona, played by Emmy Rossum, is still seeing Ford, a hot handyman who,
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