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'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Heads To Network TV Next For 'Battle Creek'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 8:27 PM
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While Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" is at the top tier of programs that are considered part of the new Golden Age of television, it's easy to forget his first major success came on network TV, as a producer and writer on Fox's "The X-Files." And now he's hoping to score some success again without the violence, sex and foul language that cable allows.

Robert De Niro Replaces James Gandolfini In HBO Miniseries 'Criminal Justice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:53 PM
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It's been something of an up and down ride for HBO's "Criminal Justice," with the network initially passing on the project earlier this year, only to revive it a few months later, reformatted into a "limited event series" (just call it a miniseries, guys). But with the sudden and sad passing of James Gandolfini this summer, just before production was to begin, it was unclear how this would move on. Well, how about one of Hollywood's most famous acting legends stepping in?

'Mr. Magorium' Director Zach Helm Agrees His "Technicolor Train-Wreck" Would Be Hell For Walter White

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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At one point, screenwriter and director Zach Helm was sort of a big deal. With two projects landing big names—"Stranger Than Fiction" starring Will Ferrell and "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman marking his feature debut—things seeemed to be going pretty well. With a little profile in Vanity Fair, he seemed poised for the next level. And then both those movies came out to rather lackluster response. But leave it to one of pop culture's biggest hits of the moment to spur the memory of one pop culture's forgotten projects.

Tony & Dan Gilroy Migrate To Television For Early 20th Century Drama ‘Monsieur De Paris’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 25, 2013 4:22 PM
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In the summer of 2012, filmmaker Tony Gilroy had just directed franchise entry “The Bourne Legacy,” but he wasn’t fooling himself. In his pragmatic view, tentpoles were taking over and the lifespan for mid-sized movies—the kind that were his bread and butter like “Michael Clayton” and “Duplicity”—within Hollywood at least, was dying fast. “It’s like complaining about the weather. It’s a fact,” he said of the dearth of modest studio pictures. And as many have observed, including his peer Steven Soderbergh for example, the appetite for that genre and form of storytelling had migrated.

Year One: Fox Lands 'Gotham' Origin Series About Commissioner Gordon, But It Won't Feature Batman

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 25, 2013 9:01 AM
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Just a day after “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer defended some third act decisions in that film by likening it to a “Superman Begins” with redefined rules, it seems DC Comics was feeling anxious to get another origin story out into the world. With “Superman vs. Batman” standing as the behemoth in the distance for them on the big screen, they've decided to take a cue from Marvel's recent “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and shuffle a supporting character into the spotlight for their own series.

Coulson Lives: How The Agent Survived 'The Avengers' Revealed In Reviews Of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 2:30 PM
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If you're wondering why the comic book stores are empty tonight, it's because fans across the nation will be tuned in to watch the series premiere of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." The comic studio is trying their lucky with a weekly format, taking the beloved Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, and making him the center of the action. But one the sticking point for many will be: didn't he die in "The Avengers"? Wasn't that the crucial motivation in getting the team to work together to defeat Loki? While the answer to both those questions is "yes," it's now moot as the character lives, but you won't believe how it's being explained away.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Bonnie & Clyde' Remake Starring Emile Hirsch & Holliday Grainger

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 4:44 PM
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So this is happening, and I guess you better just just deal with it. The story of "Bonnie & Clyde," immortalized in Arthur Penn's iconic 1967 film, is now being told again by Bruce Beresford ("Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," "Mao's Last Dancer" and "The Contract") with Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the outlaws. The results?

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 3, 'Acres of Diamonds'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 23, 2013 12:03 PM
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Another day, another chess piece episode of "Boardwalk Empire," a writing epidemic/phenomenon endemic to long form television of late and arguably one that affected last night's penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad" as well. A bridge building type of narrative, the worst example of "chess piece" writing is an episode wherein almost nothing really happens (all moves are lateral and almost never forward) and instead the seeds are sown for action down the road. Sure, something always happens, but the worst offenders are overt about the fact that every dramatic event that took place is simply in service for a bigger narrative beat down line -- episodes turn into a long lead ramp to the main event which renders middle episodes a type of slow-moving stasis.

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.

'Breaking Bad,' 'House Of Cards' & 'Behind The Candelabra' Among Big Emmy Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 8:56 AM
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Last night TV's finest -- which these days tends to include some of movie's finest too -- gathered for the Emmy Awards, while the the rest of us stayed glued to "Breaking Bad" and to some extent, the series finale of "Dexter." Either way, both options were better than that dubstep dance routine to "Breaking Bad" on the awards show. And once the jokes were over, and tributes were finished, some statues were handed out honoring some fine folks.

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