Aaron Paul Honored for Charity Work; Early Oscar Talk for Bryan Cranston

BB-Episode-512-Jesse-325This week, Aaron Paul and his wife are honored for their philanthropy, while Bryan Cranston is the subject of some very early Oscar talk for next year. Plus, Giancarlo Esposito talks Breaking Bad at a recent panel. Read on for more:

Variety reports that Aaron Paul and his wife, Lauren Parsekian, were honored at the annual unite4:humanity event with the Unite2gether Award for their philanthropic work.

• Oscar talk for 2016 is already starting — and The Huffington Post thinks Bryan Cranston could get a best actor nod for his role in Trumbo, which “could resonate with Oscar voters looking to make amends,” while The Hollywood Reporter thinks Trumbo is a best picture candidate. Vox also sees Trumbo making an impact since it’s “certainly an Oscar-friendly story, starring Bryan Cranston, the sort of actor it would be easy for the Oscars to embrace.”

BGR reports that Giancarlo Esposito’s favorite Breaking Bad scene is the one where he utters, “I will kill your wife. I will kill your son. I will kill your infant daughter.”
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Vulture Lists Breaking Bad On Netflix’s “Best Shows”; Aaron Paul Talks Loves of His Life

breaking-bad-episode-304-jesse-paul-325This week, Vulture spotlights Breaking Bad‘s presence on Netflix, while Aaron Paul reveals the loves of his life to Independent.ie. Plus, Steven Michael Quezada discusses playing Gomez with Kansas City Live. Read on for more:

Vulture‘s list of the best TV shows on Netflix right now includes Breaking Bad, saying, ”Bryan Cranston’s virtuosic performance as teacher turned meth-dealer Walter White shape-shifts through each season of this sprawling, superlative drama until he (and it) becomes pretty much the greatest thing ever to have happened in front of your eyeballs.”

• Aaron Paul shares the loves of his life with Independent.ie, from his wife to Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

• Interviewed on Kansas City Live, Steven Michael Quezada talks about playing Gomez and how it was “good to play a Latino part where I was a good guy all the way to the end.”
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Betsy Brandt Books CBS Pilot; Breaking Bad Parody Tribute Video to Heisenberg

breaking-bad-512-marie-brandt-325This week, Deadline reports that Betsy Brandt will star in a CBS pilot, while USA Today has a Breaking Bad parody video that’s a tribute to Heisenberg. Plus, an exhibit of Breaking Bad character portraits will be on display at a London gallery this weekend. Read on for more:

• According to Deadline, Betsy Brandt has joined the cast of a CBS pilot called Life in Pieces that also stars Colin Hanks.

USA Today spotlights a Breaking Bad tribute video set to a song called “Heisenberg” that’s inspired by Toto’s “Africa.”

Digital Spy has the details of a Breaking Bad-themed art exhibit in London that features character portraits from cartoonist Ralph Steadman.
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Super Bowl Ads Feature Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn Cast in Criminal Minds

breaking-bad-episode-304-walt-cranston-325This week, Super Bowl ads feature Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, while Anna Gunn is cast in the Criminal Minds spinoff. Plus, the New York Post checks in on Breaking Bad‘s alums. Read on for more:

The Huffington Post showcases Bryan Cranston “and the return of Walter White, albeit temporarily,” in a Super Bowl ad for Esurance. The Orlando Sentinel considered it the best of the game’s celebrity ads, while NJ.com adds that “Cranston’s meth dealer is pop culture personified and probably the biggest celebrity snag of the year.” Entertainment Tonight says, “Bryan Cranston reprises his role as Walter White from Breaking Bad, and he hasn’t lost his menacing touch.”

• Aaron Paul narrates a Super Bowl ad for Weight Watchers and was “the perfect choice for this gig, sounding an awful lot like his meth-dealing alter ego Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad,” according to Co.Create.

Variety reports that Anna Gunn will co-star opposite Gary Sinise in the proposed spinoff of CBS’ Criminal Minds.
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Breaking Bad Wins a Casting Society of America Artios Award

BB-S5B-Studio-Skyler-Walt-325The Casting Society of America has announced the winners of the 30th annual Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting, and the Breaking Bad casting team emerged victorious in the Dramatic Television Series category. The team — Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Kiira Arai, and Russell Scott — bested some stiff competition, beating out the casting teams from HBO’s Game of Thrones, HBO’s True Detective, CBS’s The Good Wife, and Netflix’s House of Cards.

To learn more about the Casting Society of America, visit castingsociety.com.

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Breaking Bad Honored With Producers Guild Award for Best Drama Second Year in a Row

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The Producers Guild of America has announced the winners of the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards, and Breaking Bad was honored with the prestigious Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television in the Drama category for the second year in a row.

“You only know that your show is a big hit when the location signs are stolen,” said series star Bryan Cranston at the ceremony.

Breaking Bad‘s producers — Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, and Moira Walley-Beckett — faced formidable competition for the award this year, beating out the creative teams behind HBO’s House of Cards, HBO’s True Detective, PBS’s Downton Abbey, and Netflix’s House of Cards.

For more on the Producers Guild Awards, visit producersguild.org.

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Breaking Bad Wins Producing, Casting Awards; Bill Gates Talks Up Bad in Vox Q&A

breaking-bad-episode-208-jesse-paul-walt-cranston-325x200 This week, Breaking Bad wins awards from the Producers Guild of America and the Casting Society of America, while Bill Gates talks up the show in a Vox interview. Plus, Dean Norris shows up on Conan. Read on for more:

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Breaking Bad won the Producers Guild of America’s Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. In its live blog of the event, Deadline has some snippets of Bryan Cranston’s acceptance speech.

Breaking Bad won a Casting Society of America Artios Award in the Television Series Drama category, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

• Bill Gates, interviewed by Vox, invokes Breaking Bad and its complexity in his explanation of how the world is improving.
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Aaron Paul Names Favorite Bad Episode; Dean Norris Talks Being Known as Hank

breaking-bad-episode-206-jesse-paul-325x200This week, Aaron Paul reveals his favorite Breaking Bad episode to The Irish Times, while Dean Norris talks to Fox News about being known as Hank. Plus, Bustle does a comparison of two of Bryan Cranston’s most well-known characters: Walt and Malcolm in the Middle‘s Hal. Read on for more:

• Asked by The Irish Times to name his favorite Breaking Bad episode, Aaron Paul replies, “My favourite is probably ’4 Days Out’.”

• Dean Norris, speaking with FoxNews.com, says it’s OK if he’s forever known as Hank because Breaking Bad was “such a fantastic show to be a part of, and I love Hank Schrader and I loved playing him so if that ends up being the case I have no problem with it.”

• To mark the 15th anniversary of Malcolm in the Middle‘s premiere, Bustle does a “who wore it best” comparison for two iconic Bryan Cranston characters: Hal and Walt.
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Syracuse.com Lauds Breaking Bad Soundtrack; MythBusters to Test Bad Finale

BB-Episode-516-Walt-Jesse-325This week, Syracuse.com lauds Breaking Bad‘s soundtrack, while MythBusters will test the events of Breaking Bad‘s series finale. Plus, TV Overmind is excited for “the continued reign of Vince Gilligan” on television. Read on for more:

Syracuse.com ranks the 10 TV shows with “truly phenomenal” soundtracks and places Breaking Bad at No. 3, saying, “A great show needs a great soundtrack, and that’s what Vince Gilligan gives us.”

CNET reports that in the new season of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, the team will test Walt’s use of the M-60 in the Breaking Bad series finale.

• TV Overmind is excited this year for “the continued reign of Vince Gilligan,” citing both Better Call Saul and CBS’ Battle Creek.
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HuffPost Remembers Breaking Bad‘s Emmy Sweep; Pedro Almodóvar Talks Up Bad to FT

bb-episode-401-jesse-mike-walt-325.jpgThis week, The Huffington Post remembers Breaking Bad‘s Emmys sweep, while Pedro Almodóvar talks up Breaking Bad to the Financial Times. Plus, Screen Junkies is still traumatized by Walt’s death. Read on for more:

The Huffington Post lists all that was good in pop culture in 2014, including “The Breaking Bad Emmys sweep.”

• The Financial Times takes tea with Pedro Almodóvar, who calls Breaking Bad “the culmination of American fictional TV” and describes it as “early Scorsese, the most brutal, most acid television.”

Screen Junkies was scarred by Walt’s death, noting, “[Bryan] Cranston’s Walter White is nonpareil in his ability to have us all sympathize for a man who was very clearly, well, bad.”
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