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Vince Gilligan Reveals Abandoned, Bloodbath 'Wild Bunch'-Esque Finale To 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 3:38 PM
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Walter White may be dead, but it seems we can't stop talking about the finale to "Breaking Bad" even as we approach a year since it first aired. The meth dealer left for dead, it was a fitting ending to the character whose initial attempt to pay for cancer treatment turned into a new, illegal profession that turned him into a monster. And while we've known that the writers batted around many ideas when it came to how to close off the show, creator/writer/director Vince Gilligan reveals another version that would've seen a bigger body count. But he first lays out how tricky it was to put anything in place at all.

Watch: 2-Hour Talk With Vince Gilligan And The Writers Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 18, 2014 10:44 AM
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Though the series only just wrapped last fall, it’s clear “Breaking Bad” was a hall of fame show no matter your opinion on how it ended. All the great performances and moments would not have existed if the show, under the tutelage of creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan, didn’t have a supremely talented writing staff. A new video released over the weekend showcases the entire staff as they give a peak into their creative process for the cult hit.

'Captain Phillips' Gains New Steam With Win At ACE Eddie Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 10:57 AM
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Well, this shakes things up. With "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Gravity" perceived as the frontrunners headed into the Oscars, which are in just a few short weeks, "Captain Phillips" is uh, rocking the boat, in the precursor awards. With a win at the WGA Awards last week, "Captain Phillips" made it clear it was in the mix—and after the ACE Eddie Awards, it could be a bona fide contender come Oscar night.

'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Tie For Best Motion Picture At PGA Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 8:42 AM
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The PGA Awards have been viewed as the most reliable predictor of the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, and with good reason. Over the last 24 years, the Academy and PGA winner for Best Picture have matched 17 times, and more crucially, the last 6 times in a row. But what went down last night at the PGA Awards certainly won't be duplicated in March at the Dolby Theater.

ACE Eddie Awards Nominees Include 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Her,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Gravity' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 12:58 PM
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The awards season train continues to roll full steam towards the Oscar nominations next week, and January sees all the individual guilds weigh in first with who they're honoring in their respective fields. And today brings us the editors, who highlight the year in cutting with the nominees for the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

Vince Gilligan Says Mike Could Show Up In 'Better Call Saul,' And Sorry, 'Breaking Bad' Finale Wasn't A Dream

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 10:17 AM
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Even with "Breaking Bad" fading into the sunset, taking with it the legacy of being one of the best shows to ever grace the small screen, fans will be dropped back into that world again soon enough. Back in September, AMC greenlit the tentatively titled "Better Call Saul" centering on the ambulance chasing lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk. And while exact details of the show aren't yet known, it hasn't taken long for Vince Gilligan to tease that it will overlap with "Breaking Bad," suggesting Walt and Jesse could have cameos. And that's not all.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Tops List Of Most Pirated TV Shows Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 11:09 AM
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Does piracy help or hurt the industry? Heading into 2014, that's the riddle that still has a variety of answers depending on who you ask. There are some who say that that being able to "sample" music (or movies or films) first leads to folks buying concert tickets, DVDs or merchandise, thus still providing a revenue stream to the creative people and content creators behind those efforts. Others say that theft is theft, and that an album or movie downloaded is still a lost album or ticket sale. And even at HBO, opinion is divided, as their most popular show is also their most illegally downloaded.

The 15 Best TV Episodes Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 12, 2013 4:06 PM
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Without wishing to engage in the tiresome “TV shows or movies, which are better?” debate (not better, just different, plenty of toys for everyone) we have noticed a distinct uptick in our TV consumption over 2013, reflected in the increased number of shows we’ve been reviewing or recapping for your pleasure, including: “American Horror Story: Coven” “Boardwalk Empire” “Veep,” “Hello Ladies,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Newsroom,” “Family Tree,” “Girls” and “House of Cards,” along with miniseries “Top of the Lake” and “Parade’s End.”

AFI's Movies Of 2013 Include 'Gravity,' 'Her' & 'American Hustle'; TV Shows Of 2013 Include 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 3:15 PM
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The holidays are fast approaching which means after the presents are unwrapped and the allocated family time is complete you're going to have some free time and grandma's Christmas money to spend. Thus, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the acclaimed movies and TV you've been missing out on in 2013.

Vince Gilligan Says It's Likely Jesse Pinkman Got Arrested For Murder After The Finale Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 11:43 AM
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While it's been two months since "Breaking Bad" said goodbye and Walter White's fate was sealed, that ending is still being talked about. In particular, creator/writer Vince Gilligan has been sharing his process, revealing the harsher finale they didn't use and the alternate ideas they kicked around before arriving on the final path they would take. And it speaks to how compelling these characters were that folks continue to wonder their fate, and in particular Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman, who seemingly drives away to hard earned freedom ... or does he?

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