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Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Bids A Wobbly Farewell In Finale Season 5, Episode 16 'Felina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 9:02 AM
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And so "Breaking Bad" ends roughly where the season five began, with Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday and seemingly having all of his wishes come true. To say that excitement has been feverish coming into "Felina" would be an understatement, and expectations have been sky high for creator Vince Gilligan—who wrote and directed the finale—to the give the show a fitting sendoff. But the result is an effort that feels compromised to some degree, leaning a bit too hard toward fan service and winding up feeling thematically empty by time the credits roll. For all the hardship Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has faced in reaching his destiny, he ultimately gets it pretty easy here, with almost every part of his plan coming off perfectly, with the show nearly forgiving the monstrousness he's shown over the last two seasons.

Recap: Table Is Set For The Finale In 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 15 'Granite State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 10:32 AM
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What happens to a king when he no longer has a kingdom to rule? That's the central question in "Granite State," the penultimate episode to "Breaking Bad" that after some truly heart racing episodes from the rest of the season, is intriguingly subdued. It puts in the center a dying Walter White (Bryan Cranston), literally isolated, lonely and seemingly without options, left with a barrel of money and his destiny, which is presumably death from cancer, incarceration or if he somehow survives his disease and lays low, a chance to start over. But without Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) and Holly, everything he's done is worthless, and as we know, Walter is not a man known to travel down the easy road or give up without a fight. Though he comes very close it to it this time around.

Bryan Cranston To Play Famed, Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo In Forthcoming Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 9:56 PM
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Bryan Cranston has spent five seasons showing the world he knows what to do when it comes to slinging meth, but what about slinging illegal scripts? It can't be all that different, right? Well, we'll soon find out in "Trumbo."

Recap: Harrowing 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 14 'Ozymandias'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 10:06 AM
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"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" goes the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and not only does it serve as the title of this week's episode, it also was the foundation of one of the more tantalizing teasers that was released before the start of the final season of "Breaking Bad." The entire brief poem evokes the imagery of a man surveying his crumbled empire, and by end of "Ozymandias," everything that Walter White has built up and battled for is obliterated, until even he says farewell to his own name and life.

The Saul Goodman Spinoff Gets Greenlit By AMC & Will Be A ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 4:37 PM
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Saul Goodman Spin-off
Confirming that there is still something good left in the universe, AMC has officially given the green light to a new series based around the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) character from their insanely popular crime drama "Breaking Bad." The one-hour comedic drama will serve as a prequel to the events of "Breaking Bad," and has been given the tentative title "Better Call Saul." "Breaking Bad" mastermind Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould, who created the character for a season 2 episode of the show, will serve as show-runners. While the thoughts of failed spin-offs are running through our head ("After M*A*S*H" anyone?), we can't help but get excited about the prospect of this series.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season Five, Episode 13 'To'hajiilee'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 9:30 AM
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Breaking Bad
Last week's episode, the sublimely conflicted "Rabid Dogs," ended with a pair of calls: Jesse (Aaron Paul), consumed with paranoia, dialed Walt (Bryan Cranston) with a promise: he'd be coming for him where it really mattered. Moments later, Walt, made a call of his own, to Todd (Jesse Plemons), informing him that the services of his skuzzy Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen), co-architect of last season's massive prison murder, would be needed once more. This week's "To'hajiilee," written by longtime "Breaking Bad" principle George Mastras (who penned last season's crackerjack "Dead Freight" episode), picked up on the other side of one of those calls.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 12 'Rabid Dog'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 11:57 AM
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"He can't keep getting away with it!" Jesse (Aaron Paul) howls in the twelfth, riveting episode of the final season of "Breaking Bad." And increasingly, it looks like Walt (Bryan Cranston) is on the backpedal, looking to straighten up a mess that continues to seep like so much gasoline into the carpets of his house leaving a stain he can't get out. And indeed, that is the result of the eleventh episode capper that had an enraged, cocaine-fueled Jesse—who finally put one-and-one together in regards to Brock's poisoning and Walt's role in it—literally lighting the match and getting ready to drop it on the gasoline soaked house when... We're getting ahead of ourselves for a moment...

Watch: This 'Superman Vs. Batman' Fan Trailer Is Better Than Your Ben Affleck Jokes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 3:58 PM
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While the internet heart attack over the the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman" has subsided (at least until the first image of him in costume arrives), attention in recent hours/days has turned to do who will play the presumed villain Lex Luthor. Rumors circulated that it would be "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, with Mark Strong also suggested to be reprising his role as Sinestro from "Green Lantern." The former has been debunked and the latter seems like a lot of hooey, so while nerds continue to worry about an Affleck-led DC Comics movie future, some others are being a bit more enterprising.

Rumor: Mark Strong & Bryan Cranston In The Mix For Lex Luthor In 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 9:59 AM
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Cranston, Strong, Superman And Batman rumors
With the dust settled on "Man Of Steel" (an awful lot of dust, given how much of Metropolis was totalled by film's end) it's fair to call it a successful reboot of the Superman franchise. Sure, it divided fans and critics, and didn't hit the giddy billion-dollar heights of the "Dark Knight" films (yet), but $650 million and counting isn't anything to be sniffed at for a franchise starter, and Warner Bros made clear that they're pushing forward at Comic-Con by bringing out Zack Snyder to announce that he'd be returning to direct the film's sequel, which would feature Henry Cavill's Kal-El face off against a new iteration of Batman.

Before 'Breaking Bad' This Weekend, Watch Extensive Q&As With Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 12:43 PM
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When Steven Soderbergh pitched the idea earlier this year that the final two episodes of "Breaking Bad" should be shown in theaters, fans collectively freaked at the suggestion. And while it remains to be seen if that happens, The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently made everyone want to move to New York City, as they hosted a week of free screenings of every episode of the show in the buildup to this weekend's premiere of the final half of season five. Even more, they rounded up all the principal players to participate in Q&As and panels. Couldn't make it? Well, here's the next best thing.

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