Variety on Saul Casting; Jonathan Banks Joins Lizzie Borden

breaking-bad-episode-515-saul-odenkirk-325This week, Variety reports on some Better Call Saul casting news. Plus, Jonathan Banks joins The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. Read on for more:

Variety reports that Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos have joined the cast of Better Call Saul.

• According to Deadline, Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of Lifetime’s six-episode limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.

• Bob Odenkirk lands at No. 6 on Columbus (Oh.) Alive‘s list of the best Bobs, remarking, ”it wasn’t until Breaking Bad that many people found out how brilliant he could be.” [No link]

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EW, Cowboys & Indians Interview Kasha Kropinski

hell-on-wheels-episode-412-ruth-kropinski-2-325This week, Entertainment Weekly and Cowboys & Indians interview Kasha Kropinski. Plus, Anson Mount talks about Westerns. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly, speaking with Kasha Kropinski about her pivotal scenes in “Thirteen Steps,” calls Ruth and Cullen’s jailhouse conversations “beautifully written, lit, staged, and acted” and thinks they’re “some of the best scenes of the series.”

• Kasha Kropinski, talking to Cowboys & Indians about Ruth and Cullen’s jailhouse scenes says, “To be engulfed in that darkness is liberating, and I think gives Ruth the courage and freedom to speak her heart and her mind.”

• Anson Mount, interviewed by Key West (Fla.) Citizen, calls Westerns, like Hell on Wheels, “America’s martial arts films.”
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Bill Murray’s Bad Cameo in Dumb and Dumber To; Breaking Bad Meets Frozen

award-breaking-bad-325.jpgThis week, Bill Murray makes a Breaking Bad-themed cameo in Dumb and Dumber To, while Frozen gets the Breaking Bad treatment. Plus, Vince Gilligan will be a featured guest at the NAPTE/Content First industry panel in January. Read on for more:

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Bill Murray appears in a cameo in Dumb and Dumber To in a Breaking Bad-esque yellow hazmat suit while cooking a batch of crystal meth.

Time spotlights a Breaking Bad parody of Frozen, remarking that “it’s hard not to get a little misty-eyed.”

• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vince Gilligan will appear on a panel at NATPE/Content First’s “Storytellers and the shaping of Pop Culture” event in January in Miami Beach.
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Melissa McBride Chats With EW; Robert Kirkman Previews Midseason Finale to THR

the-walking-dead-episode-506-carol-mcbride-325This week, Melissa McBride chats with Entertainment Weekly about last week’s episode, while Robert Kirkman previews the midseason finale with The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, Steven Yeun does a Funny or Die skit. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly interviews Melissa McBride, who says she loved the theme and title of “Consumed” because “I love what it symbolizes, and even the dreamy music of Bear McCreary was just beautiful. And I don’t think I’ve seen an episode where so much of it is underscored.”

The Hollywood Reporter learns from Robert Kirkman that there will be “some pretty unexpected events in our midseason finale, which is as it should be. On a scale of one to 10, I’d say [the midseason finale] is pretty deadly.”

• Steven Yeun shows up in his very own Funny or Die skit titled “What’s Eating Steven Yeun,” according to ComicBook.com.
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Jon Hamm in Christmas Special Black Mirror; Matthew Weiner To Get International Emmy

mm601-602-don-325This week, it was announced that Jon Hamm will appear in Black Mirror: White Christmas on Christmas Day, while Matthew Weiner will receive an International Emmy Award. Plus, Jessica Paré discusses how she felt when Mad Men wrapped for good. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly reports that The Audience Network will air the U.K.’s Black Mirror: White Christmas, which stars Jon Hamm, in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

Digital Spy reports that Matthew Weiner will be presented with an International Emmy Award next week by Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.’

• Speaking with The Canadian Press, Jessica Paré says ending Mad Men was “very teary. We’re fortunate that we get to tell the end of our story.”
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Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt Deconstruct Newest Episode; EW on Dead‘s “Best Season”

the-walking-dead-episode-505-abraham-cudlitz-3-325This week, Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt deconstruct the latest episode, “Self Help,” while Entertainment Weekly speculates that this season may be The Walking Dead‘s best ever. Plus, Danai Gurira is this month’s Bello cover story. Read on for more:

• Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt give TVGuide.com the scoop on “Self Help,” with Cudlitz noting Abraham and Eugene’s “very interesting symbiotic relationship. Let’s not forget that Eugene saved his life. At some point, I’m hoping Abraham will realize that.”

Entertainment Weekly gets intel from Michael Cudlitz about Abraham’s flashbacks and how “I think we’ve successfully captured the emotion of what went down with his family, and then also what has spurred him into action from taking his own life, when he has nothing left to live for.”

• Entertainment Weekly speculates that Season 5 “could be shaping up to be the best Walking Dead season ever” and explains why.
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THR Spotlights Saul Set Video; Bob Odenkirk Tells NYT What Saul Reads

breaking-bad-episode-311-saul-odenkirk-2-325This week, The Hollywood Reporter spotlights AMC’s video from the set of Better Call Saul. Plus, Bob Odenkirk tells The New York Times what he thinks Saul is reading. Read on for more:

The Hollywood Reporter highlights AMC’s video from the Better Call Saul set that includes a tease of “some really nice surprises that Breaking Bad fans are just going to eat up.” Time also checks out the video.

• Bob Odenkirk, interviewed by The New York Times, thinks that Saul “‘reads men’s magazines while he’s waiting in line at the grocery store. All those law books in his office? Untouched! Except for the ones that have been excavated and now contain money, photos or disassembled guns.”

ExpressMilwaukee.com attends a stop on Bob Odenkirk’s A Load of Hooey tour, pronouncing it “the best book tour ever.”

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EW Talks to TURN‘s Benedict Arnold; Season 2 Filming at William & Mary

turn-major-john-andre-jj-feild-104-press-325This week, Entertainment Weekly talks to Owain Yeoman about playing Benedict Arnold. Plus, Season 2 films at the College of William & Mary. Read on for more:

Entertainment Weekly interviews Owain Yeoman, who says when he signed on to play Benedict Arnold, Barry Josephson said, “Congratulations, you’re about to play one of America’s most hated traitors.”

Multichannel News reports that Season 2 filming has started in Virginia, at Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary.

The College of William & Mary talks about the show filming at the school, remarking, “It’s quite fascinating to see the process – the equipment, the long setting up, shooting, and tearing down, how our buildings can offer something special to their work.”

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Jon Hamm Heads to Late Late Show; EW Touts Mad Men Marathon

Stan Rizzo (Jay R. Ferguson) on Mad MenThis week, Jon Hamm will sit down with Craig Ferguson during The Late Late Show‘s final month, while Entertainment Weekly touts the upcoming Mad Men marathon. Plus, Jay R. Ferguson expresses how he feels about Mad Men ending. Read on for more:

• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jon Hamm will be one of Craig Ferguson’s final guests on CBS’ The Late Late Show next month.

Entertainment Weekly highlights AMC’s upcoming Mad Men marathon, which is re-airing the series from the beginning every Sunday at 6AM/5c, starting Nov. 16.

We Are Movie Geeks interviews Jay R. Ferguson, who says Mad Men ending is like “when you are so totally in love with someone, and when it’s over, you still have that incredible heartache inside that you feel like you will never love again, that’s how this feels…seriously!”
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What Culture On What Bad Could Have Been; Steven Michael Quezada Talks Albuquerque

BB-Episode-308-Walt-Gomez-325This week, What Culture examines all of the ways in which Breaking Bad was almost completely different, while Steven Michael Quezada talks up Albuquerque’s role in the show. Plus, Skip MacDonald wins an editing award for the show’s finale. Read on for more:

• What Culture looks at how Breaking Bad was almost completely different than it turned out to be.

• Steven Michael Quezada, who plays DEA Agent Steven Gomez, tells the Albuquerque Journal that the city “lent itself to the creative process. It’s a show that will continue to grow even though it’s over now. Fans continue to want to know more and that’s great for our tourism here.”

• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skip MacDonald won the Hollywood Post Alliance award for editing the finale of Breaking Bad.
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