Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout.  The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.

Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display.  We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor.  We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more.  We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.

Awards Roundup: HER and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Take WGA Awards, GRAVITY Wins Cinematography Honors, and FROZEN Lands Annie Trophy

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A trio of award organizations handed out prizes last night: the Writers Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the International Animated Film Association’s Annie Awards.  In a bit of an upset at the WGA Awards, Spike Jones took home Best Original Screenplay for Her over American Hustle, and Billy Ray nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay honors for Captain Philips over The Wolf of Wall Street and Before Midnight.  It should be noted, though, that due to eligibility rules, Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominee 12 Years a Slave was ineligible for the WGA trophy.

Hit the jump for more, including the full list of winners from the organizations and some Oscar analysis from yours truly.

Jonathan Banks Joins BREAKING BAD Spin-off Series BETTER CALL SAUL

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AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, has secured another fan-favorite from the award-winning drama series: none other than Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).  The new series, expected to debut on AMC this November, centers on Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and his career as a criminal lawyer before he ever entered into the employ of Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  Vince Gilligan, who will act as executive producer on the spin-off, recently teased his interest in having Banks involved.  Deadline reports that Banks will be a series regular on the show, meaning we’ll likely get to see a lot of interplay between Saul and his fixer/private investigator.  In addition to Odenkirk and Banks, expect Cranston and Aaron Paul to cameo at some point.  Time will tell if any other regular season cast members show up on the spin-off, with Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) being rumored.  For now, you can catch Banks on NBC’s comedy series, Community.

Alfonso Cuaron Wins DGA Award for GRAVITY; Vince Gilligan and Steven Soderbergh Take TV Prizes

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The 2014 Directors Guild Awards were handed out earlier this evening, and Alfonso Cuaron took the top prize for Gravity, launching him (and the film) into frontrunner status heading into the Oscars.  The DGA winner is a very solid predictor of the eventual Oscar winner for the Best Director category, as the two have only failed to match up seven times in the past 65 years.  Moreover, the DGA winner’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions.  We’ve known it’s going to be a very tight race since the PGA split its top award between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but this DGA win for Gravity puts it ever so slightly ahead.

Elsewhere at the DGA Awards, Steven Soderbergh took home the Miniseries/TV Movie prize for Behind the Candelabra and Vince Gilligan won TV Drama for the series finale of Breaking Bad, beating out the likes of David Fincher and Bryan Cranston.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners.

GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE Tie for PGA Best Picture Award; BREAKING BAD Wins Best TV Series

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For the past six years in a row, the winner of the Producers Guild Award has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.  It looked like the Oscar race might be decided this evening with the 2014 PGAs, but in an unprecedented move, the Best Picture trophy was split with a tie between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity.  Many were looking to American Hustle to take the PGA given its bevy of Oscar nominations and the fact that it won top honors from the SAG awards, but after tonight it might very well have to finish third.  So now we’re back to the two films that took the frontrunners slots all the way back in September.

Elsewhere at the PGA Awards, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series, Modern Family won Best Comedy Series, and Frozen won Best Animated Feature.  Read the full list of winners after the jump.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Wins SAG Best Ensemble Award; Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’O, and Jared Leto Take Home Trophies

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place earlier this evening, and the performance-centric American Hustle won the big Best Ensemble prize.  That wasn’t a huge shock given the amount of talent on display in David O. Russell’s film and the fact that Hustle landed an Oscar nomination in every single acting category.  Elsewhere at the SAGs, Matthew McConaughey continues to look more and more like an Oscar winner with another Best Actor trophy, 12 Years a Slave breakout Lupita Nyong’O won Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto won their umpteenth Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards, respectively.  On the TV side of things, Breaking Bad won Best Dramatic Ensemble and Modern Family won Best Comedic Ensemble.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and take note in your respective Oscar pools.

Golden Globes 2014 Winners Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Win Best Motion Pictures

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Earlier tonight, the winners of the 71st Annual Golden Globes were announced at a ceremony where no one prepared an acceptance speech and television nominees were seated really, really far away from the stage.  It was a fun, lightweight affair, which is appropriate for the Golden Globes, and to the surprise of no one, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were amazing.  12 Years a Slave and American Hustle took home best motion pictures, Drama and Comedy/Musical, respectively.  On the TV side, Breaking Bad was awarded Best Drama Series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine won Best Comedy, and Behind the Candelabra took home Best Mini-Series or TV movie.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Vince Gilligan Talks BREAKING BAD Series Finale Reaction; Teases Return of Mike on BETTER CALL SAUL

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2013 had a number of highlights, but one of the more bittersweet moments was the end of Breaking Bad.  The AMC series concluded its five-season run in September, bringing an end to the story of Walter White.  The reaction to the series finale was mostly positive, but some complained that the show wrapped up a little too neatly.  Creator Vince Gilligan recently spoke a bit about the finale and its reaction, addressing those who complained about a lack of surprises and talking about how he and his writers settled on how to end Walter White’s journey  He also spoke about the upcoming AMC spinoff series Better Call Saul, revealing that he’d love for Jonathan Banks’ Mike to have a role on the show.  Hit the jump to read on.

TOP 5: End of the Year Edition – J.J. Abrams Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, Cinemath Returns, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are Batman and Wonder Woman, Netflix Lands Marvel Live-Action Series’ While Blockbuster Dies, Fact-Checking BREAKING BAD

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For the third year in a row I find myself looking through previous Top 5 installments on the last Saturday of the year, trying to whittle the hundreds of stories I’ve covered in the past 52 weeks down to the five that I find most interesting, important, popular, etc. At its most basic, this is just an exercise of further reducing a list that I’ve been trimming and prepping on a weekly basis all year long. That’s likely the most boring/tedious way of looking at it, but true nonetheless.

At its best, I see the “End of the Year Edition” as a Collider time capsule of sorts. A snapshot that is in no way comprehensive enough to properly acknowledge the amount of time, work, thought, travel, money, etc. that goes into making this site what it is. And yet, representative enough of our content as a whole that someone who stumbles upon it can see what we were trying to accomplish: to cover the things that we’re passionate about in the most interesting and sincere way possible and to completely and utterly dominate the Internet by way of Star Wars and superhero movie casting rumors. Keep reading for the five stories/pieces of content that in many ways defined our 2013.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Other TV Bests of 2013

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When it comes to TV bests in 2013, it’s hard to be restrictive.  Even splitting up new shows and returning shows leaves so much unexplored.  What about miniseries, for instance?  There were so many greats.  And what about all of those amazing season finales, not to mention all of the full series we also said goodbye to?  And still, there’s more.  To finish up my list of worthwhile television of the year, here’s a list (in no particular order) of 10 programs, episodes, dearly departed series and sundries – leftovers, in the best sense, and with a few overlaps — that deserve a mention.  If 2014 does half this well, things should look pretty good.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Leads with 4 Nominations

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The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nods including Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).  The surprises came with the snubs.  The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis missed the cut, and it’s clear that The Weinstein Company was a heavy hitter by getting multiple nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County.  Arguably, the biggest snub was Robert Redford for All Is Lost.  Not only is it an acclaimed performance, but also part of his momentum is supposed to be based on the respect he’s accumulated for his long career.  Keep an eye for Oscar Beat as Adam breaks down what the nominations and snubs mean in the long run. [Correction: Adam tells me Wolf of Wall Street was ineligible because it missed the SAG voting deadline, so it's not really a snub]

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations including the ones for television shows.  The winners will be announced on January 18th.

AFI Announces Top 10 Films and TV Shows of 2013; List Includes GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and WOLF OF WALL STREET

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This weekend we saw three more critics groups announce awards for the 2013 movie season, and now it’s the American Film Institute’s turn.  Today, AFI unveiled its Top 10 films and TV shows of the year, and the film list includes Oscar frontrunners Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as well as burgeoning contenders like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Her.  Over on the TV side of things, usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad made the cut, but so did Netflix’s original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black as well as Showtime’s Masters of Sex and ABC’s smash hit Scandal.  The sole comedy on the list of HBO’s excellent Veep.

Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10 lists for movies and television.

BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON Blu-ray Review

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Since the beginning of Breaking Bad, there was always the question of if and when Walter White (Bryan Cranston) would be caught.  His brother in law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) was a DEA agent, so there were so many ways for his work as a meth cooker/drug kingpin to go south.  And as the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad began, Hank had finally caught on to his brother in law.  It was the start of the end, and it couldn’t end well, at least for the characters.  For the audience, it ended spectacularly.  My review of Breaking Bad The Final Season on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

30 Things We Learned from the BREAKING BAD Writer’s Room at the Writers Guild Foundation

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Breaking Bad may be over, but the well deserved victory lap (which will wind ‘round the sure-to-be-bestselling series box set en route to a slew of Emmy Awards next year) continues unabated.  Last night, Collider was on the scene in Beverly Hills at the Writer’s Guild Foundation to see the show’s seven member writing staff reunite to share stories and life advice.

The lively panel, moderated by former The Walking Dead Showrunner Glen Mazzara and featuring Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchinson, George Mastras, Moira Walley-Beckett, Thomas Schnauz, and of course Vince Gilligan was full of insight and laughs as the crew reminisced about abandoned home invasion subplots, alternate character deaths, the structure of the writer’s room, alternate endings for the series, Gilligan shooting himself in the thigh with a dart, and much, much more.  Hit the jump for a recap and the top thirty things you should know.

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