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'The Dark Knight Rises' Makes AFI's Top 10 Of The Year, But No Sign Of 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 3:36 PM
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More rankings! As Oscar prognosticators puzzle, fret and worry over each top ten list that drops, a few patterns are becoming clear -- firstly, everyone loves "Zero Dark Thirty." And secondly, it looks like outside of a couple of categories, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" won't be making much of a mark on the Oscar race. And indeed, the AFI shut it out entirely.

Bryan Cranston Talks Supporting Ben Affleck In 'Argo'; Says He Has No Idea How 'Breaking Bad' Will End

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 10, 2012 1:17 PM
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Last night at Peggy Siegal's "Argo" soiree in Manhattan, celebs and news luminaries were out in full force to celebrate director Ben Affleck's latest, a politically intriguing thriller and Hollywood satire based on true life events in the late '70s that were only declassified by the CIA 15 years ago.

Recap: Heartstopping 'Breaking Bad' Midpoint Finale 'Gliding Over All' Is The Season's Best Episode

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 3, 2012 2:04 PM
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Heading into this week’s mid-season finale, we wondered how “Breaking Bad” might try to top last week’s devastating “Say My Name,” which saw fan favorite Mike Ehrmantraut murdered at the hands of the show’s (once) protagonist Walt. Actor Dean Norris slyly teased that this week’s episode would contain an “Oh, shit” moment and fans heads began to spin wondering just how they might top themselves this time. Well, it wasn’t another major death (though there were a record number of deaths) but instead the very beginning of the endgame that the series has been working towards since the pilot: Hank’s realization that his brother-in-law is the same man he’s been hunting down unsuccessfully for over a year. The episode’s title, “Gliding Over All,” is taken from a Walt Whitman poem whose final line reads “Deaths, many deaths I’ll sing.” Oh shit, indeed.

Listen: 'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Says "Bitch" In Character, In Korean & It's Awesome

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 10:41 AM
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With the first half of the final season of "Breaking Bad" winding down, what are we supposed to do with ourselves until next year? While we patiently wait to see where Walter White and Jesse Pinkman wind up, here's a little random treat that fans should get a kick out of.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Begins Its March Towards The Inevitable In Penultimate 'Say My Name'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 27, 2012 11:23 AM
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Almost as quickly as it started, we’re almost through with the first batch of episodes from the final season of "Breaking Bad." This year started off with at an accelerated pace but has so far neglected to produce the level of collateral damage the audience was probably anticipating. With fewer than a dozen episodes left of the series, no one is safe. Walt’s family, his friends or Walt himself could all meet their end before the credits roll on the final episode next year. A kid on a dirtbike is a tragedy sure, but it doesn’t hit as close to home as one of the central players. This week, things really began closing in on Walt and his “brain trust” (as Saul hilariously describes them) and we get a taste of the carnage to come.

Recap: Everybody Wins In 'Buyout,' Another Terrific 'Breaking Bad' Episode

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 20, 2012 10:00 AM
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This week’s episode of "Breaking Bad" begins with a funereal tone, and with good reason. After pulling off their methylamine heist successfully last week, the crew’s victory was immediately marred by the murder of a witness who just happened to be a young boy. In a haunting wordless opening Walt, Mike and Todd clean up the mess they made last week, dispensing of the dirtbike and the boy that once rode it. The buzzing score tells us that this is not business as usual for the crew and for a moment even the recently unshakable Walt appears to wince at the gravity of what they’ve done. Outside Todd tries to make small talk with Jesse, writing the incident off as, “Shit happens, huh?” before Jesse decks him. Welcome to “Breaking Bad.”

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Episode 5 'Dead Freight' Will Leave You Speechless

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 13, 2012 11:05 AM
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The opening teaser on “Breaking Bad” has proved to be one of the most elastic and effective storytelling devices used on the show. First utilized in the pilot, the opening plunged viewers into what appeared to be Walter White’s desperate final moments before spending the rest of the episode going backward to find out exactly how we got there. During the second season, the show used the opening minutes to tease out a season long mystery and most recently, the Season 5 premiere introduced "Walt 52," perhaps the most intriguing glimpse into the future thus far. But there is something special about this week’s enigmatic opening, seemingly unconnected to anything else on the show, where you keep waiting for something to happen and it never does.

Recap: Walt Celebrates Birthday Number 'Fifty One' In Rian Johnson-Helmed Episode Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 6, 2012 10:03 AM
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We’re officially halfway through the first set of episodes in “Breaking Bad”’s bifurcated final season and episode 4 has really been the first opportunity for the audience to catch their collective breath. Directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” the upcoming “Looper”) -- who was responsible for the love-it-or-hate-it bottle episode “Fly” from Season 3 -- “Fifty-One” may be the calmest episode this season, but you can feel the storm coming (Bryan Cranston has said that the next episode will also be “the biggest episode we’ve ever done as far as scope and cost.”). But before they blow it up, they’re bringing it in and letting us focus on just how disconnected the characters have become from one another.

Recap: Walt Learns About Overhead In 'Breaking Bad' Episode 3 'Hazard Pay'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 30, 2012 9:59 AM
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If the first two episodes of “Breaking Bad”’s thus far excellent fifth season were mostly concerned with tying up loose ends from last season while setting the stage for the next phase of the story, episode 3 titled “Hazard Pay,” begins moving forward in earnest. The breakneck pacing is likely a result of creator Vince Gilligan and co. realizing exactly how much story they have left and how few episodes they have to tell it. And while we, as an audience, know that the journey of these final episodes will probably involve Walt undergoing the final phases of his transformation from family man to drug kingpin before he (or those closest to him) suffer for his sins, the trajectory will still surprise. Just as Walt has grown accustomed to outsmarting his opponents by thinking several steps ahead of them, the writers too, play on our expectations, sometimes giving us what we think might be coming but never quite in the ways we expect.

Recap: An Uneasy Alliance Forms In Typically Strong 'Breaking Bad' Episode 'Madrigal'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 23, 2012 10:58 AM
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Instead of dispensing the final 16 episodes of “Breaking Bad" at once, Vince Gilligan and co. decided it would be better to split them up over 2 shorter mini-seasons to give the writers the best chance at finishing the story in a satisfying way. So far, that decision seems to be paying off as you can feel an urgency in the first two episodes of Season 5, as they race through the hanging story threads from last season so they can begin laying the groundwork for the story to come. Two episodes down and we’re already ¼ through the 2012 episodes. Thankfully they’re every bit as good as we’d hoped they would be.

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