First Trailer and New Poster for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla along with a new poster  If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie.  There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers.  And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette.  It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

First Official GODZILLA Images Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and the Monster [UPDATED]

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After a big push at Comic-Con, two viral videos released today signal the next wave of marketing for Godzilla.  The first trailer drops tomorrow afternoon, but you can get a taste tonight with the first official images featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and a relatively clear look at the monster himself.  The reboot “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn also star.  Godzilla opens May 16, 2014.  Check out the new images along with a few quotes from director Gareth Edwards after the jump. [Update: Warner Bros. has released high-resolution versions of two of the images, which are now included after the jump.]

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.

Life Is Unfair as BREAKING BAD “Alternate Ending” Goes MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE

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When Bryan Cranston broke out in his dramatic role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, it was surprising not only because of the unique character, but also because Cranston was primarily known for playing the goofy dad Hal on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.  As Breaking Bad neared its conclusion, people joked that the show was actually a prequel to Malcolm in the Middle, and Walt was living out his days in witness protection.  Cranston has never shied away from poking fun at AMC’s Emmy-winning drama, and the upcoming Blu-ray for the final season includes a special feature where Breaking Bad decides to pull a Newhart.  It’s delightful, and I’m glad Malcolm co-star Jane Kaczmarek was game for it.

Hit the jump to check out the alternate ending.

Vince Gilligan Says Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Will Cameo on BETTER CALL SAUL; Aiming for Late Summer/Early Fall 2014 Debut

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Though Breaking Bad the series is now over, it appears that the Bad universe will live on for some time.  AMC sought to extend the life of its incredibly popular drama series by ordering a prequel spinoff focusing on Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman character, and now Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is working with Better Call Saul showrunner (and creator of the Goodman character) Peter Gould to shape the vision of the series.  Initially envisioned as a half-hour comedy, Gilligan now says he and Gould have decided to expand the show to an hourlong format that will be shot in Albuquerque and maintain the visual palette of Breaking Bad.  Moreover, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are expected to pop up on Better Call Saul in a cameo capacity, reprising their lead Breaking Bad characters.

Hit the jump for much more, including what Gilligan’s upcoming projects might entail.

Watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Read the BREAKING BAD Series Finale for the First Time; Plus Behind-the-Scenes Videos from “Felina”

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The journey of Walter White has now officially come to an end.  AMC aired the series finale of the brilliant drama series Breaking Bad last night, and while the response to the episode was mostly positive (read Allison’s recap here), us BB fans are still mourning the end of the show.  We’ll have a chance to revisit the entire series once again when the bonus feature-loaded complete series Blu-ray set goes on sale November 26th, and in celebration of the series finale’s airing, Sony TV has released a snippet from one of the more exciting extras: a two-hour documentary on the series.

Cameras were rolling as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul sat down to read the script for the series finale, “Felina,” and a portion of that video has now been released online.  Additionally, AMC has released a few behind-the-scenes looks at the making of “Felina,” including a thoughtful conversation with creator Vince Gilligan about the episode.  Hit the jump to watch all of the goodies.

TOP 5: RUSH Interviews, Fact-Checking the Science of BREAKING BAD, Fox Bringing Commissioner Gordon Series GOTHAM to TV, DON JON Interviews, Cinemath

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Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.

Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Fact-Checking the Science of BREAKING BAD: From Fulminated Mercury to FeLiNa [Updated: The Dangers of Homebrewing, DIY Batteries and More on Ricin]

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It’s likely that people remember more chemistry from an episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad than from their time in high school and college, but is the on-screen science sound?  For those who aren’t caught up with the exploits of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the show tracks his transformation from chemistry genius to high school science teacher to cancer patient to meth kingpin.  Not only does Walt’s scientific background aid him in his drug-making ventures, it also gets him out of scrapes.  Where other crime lords in the making might simply fight or shoot their way out of trouble, Walt uses not just chemistry, but also physics and biochemistry to dispose of bodies, erase damning evidence, and to make sure that leverage is always on his side.  But does TV studio science check out in real life?  Hit the jump to find out.

Bryan Cranston to Star in Dalton Trumbo Biopic, TRUMBO, Directed by Jay Roach

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Good news for Bryan Cranston fans: Breaking Bad’s finale may be the last we see of Walter White, but Cranston already has his next role lined up.  He’s set to star in Trumbo, the biopic of blacklisted and jailed Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.  Directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents), Trumbo was adapted from the Bruce Cook biography by screenwriter John McNamara.  This will be the Cranston’s next major role after the AMC series comes to an end.  Hit the jump for more on this fact-based tale.

BREAKING BAD Complete Series Blu-ray Comes Stuffed in a Barrel Full of over 55 Hours of Special Features with Commemorative Memorabilia, Available Nov 26th

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I don’t know how it’s all going to end, but I do know that I’ll be buying AMC’s Breaking Bad on Blu-ray when the complete series is released on November 26th.  I almost never buy series on home video, but Vince Gilligan has created perhaps the most compelling character in the history of television, with Bryan Cranston in a once-in-a-lifetime role that’s not to be missed.  Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray arrives in this collectible barrel, which houses all five seasons of the show’s 62 episodes on 16 discs and over 55 hours of special features, including an all-new two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes of filming the series’ final eight episodes.  The standalone final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad will also be available on November 26th.  Hit the jump for more details and images of the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray barrel set or pre-order it on Amazon here.

TOP 5: ENDER’S GAME Set Visit, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Trailer, Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor, DIVERGENT Trailer, INTERSTELLAR Plot Info

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After weeks of deliberation, last night I made the decision to resume my Netflix subscription. Today, after having watched the pilot episode of its original series Orange is the New Black, I can say with confidence that was $7.99 well spent. Only one episode in and I can absolutely see myself spending the rest of this Labor Day weekend devouring the remaining 12 episodes with ease. While you’ve likely read some of the show’s rave reviews elsewhere already, I’ll lend my own endorsement by saying that the pilot offers a near-perfect balance of humor and drama. Moreover, the pace is never slowed by consistent cutting between Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) past transgressions and present consequences. If anything, it serves to heighten the depressing reality of the situation we find Chapman in. All said, I give the pilot high marks all around and myself a disappointed facepalm for not having got in on the series sooner.

My reintroduction to Netflix aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights part one of our Ender’s Game set visit, the first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club, an editorial by Matt imploring all of us to stop asking for Bryan Cranston to play Lex Luthor, the first trailer for Divergent, and a little bit of extra plot info regarding Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to everything I just mentioned can be found after the jump.

Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor

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Ever since Man of Steel 2 headed for nigh-inevitable development, fans expected Lex Luthor to be a part of the sequel.  They got the punch-fest they desired in the first movie, and now it was time to see Superman’s arch-nemesis.  Luthor has the possibility to be a fascinating character and the best kind of villain: one who believes he’s the hero of the story.  And when seen from a certain perspective, he is.  Luthor has a legitimate problem with Superman, which is “What happens if Superman decides to stop being good?”  There are other factors that remain a consistent part of Luthor’s personality: ego, selfishness, duplicity.  But the citizens of the world should share Luthor’s concern, and to Man of Steel‘s credit, the story does open the door to that interpretation because Superman inadvertently destroyed Metropolis by not taking his roughhousing to a less populated area like outer space.

But there’s very little conversation about the character of Lex Luthor, and more focus on who should play a rudimentary, preconceived notion of Lex Luthor.  There’s a push among fanboys for Bryan Cranston to get the role, and those fanboys need to stop pushing.

New Teaser Trailer for BREAKING BAD Hints the Fate of “Ozymandias”

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The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad are almost here, and there’s no need for any ad to show footage.  You’re in or you’re out at this point.  Some fans, me included, don’t even want to see any footage outside of the full episode.  AMC is obliging those fans with a new teaser that coasts over the New Mexico landscape all the way to the Whites’ front door while Bryan Cranston powerfully narrates Percy Bysshe Shelley‘s “Ozymandias”.  It’s not just a beautiful poem, but also a dire message that Walter White’s “empire” business is coming to a tragic close.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The final episodes of Breaking Bad premiere August 11th.

Trailer for COLD COMES THE NIGHT Starring Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve; Sony Pictures Worldwide Secures Distribution Rights

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The first trailer for the crime thriller Cold Comes the Night has landed online, plus the feature has secured distribution.  Directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention), the film stars Alice Eve as a struggling motel owner who is taken hostage, along with her young daughter, by a Russian criminal played by Bryan Cranston.  The trailer is worth watching if only to see Cranston putting on a Russian accent, and Eve gets the chance to lead a film of her own.  Sony Pictures Worldwide has acquired all domestic and international rights to the film, though a release date has yet to be announced.  We also don’t know if this will be getting a significant theatrical release, or if SPWA will opt for VOD.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to read the press release.  The film also stars Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker, and Leo Fitzpatrick.

Comic-Con: Bryan Cranston and Director Gareth Edwards Talk GODZILLA, Crafting an Origin Story, the Visual Effects, a Potential Sequel, and More

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While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Bryan Cranston and filmmaker Gareth Edwards talked about their new take on the classic creature Godzilla.  The sci-fi action-adventure epic pits the world’s most famous monster against creatures who threaten humanity’s very existence.  The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

During the interview, Bryan Cranston and Gareth Edwards talked about what it is about Godzilla that still resonates with people, how the film is structured, dealing with the special effects, the biggest challenges of the shoot, and the tone of the films.  Edwards also said that he’d definitely be interested in directing a sequel, if the possibility came up.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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