Dean Norris Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Working with Jason Reitman, His Career, TOTAL RECALL, If He’d Like to Cameo on BETTER CALL SAUL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer,  J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris.  Besides talking about working with Jason Reitman and making Men, Women & Children, we talked about his career, the way he likes to work, playing a small but key role in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, Breaking Bad, his thoughts on Better Call Saul and if he’d like to cameo on it, getting to work with Christopher Plummer on Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and so much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

BETTER CALL SAUL Music Video Provides Glimpses of the Upcoming BREAKING BAD Spinoff Series

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I have very mixed feelings about Better Call Saul.  On the one hand, I feel that Breaking Bad is just about perfect, and it’s best to leave well enough alone.  Respect the chemistry.  On the other hand, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is co-showrunning with Peter Gould, and Gilligan has earned the benefit of the doubt.  Also, there’s certainly new places you can take a comic-relief character like Saul (Bob Odenkirk), although I’m wondering how this “fall from grace” story will differ from Walter White’s.  Sure, the Saul we saw in Breaking Bad didn’t commit atrocities on Walter’s level, but the Saul we’ll be seeing in Better Call Saul won’t even be “Saul Goodman” when the story begins in 2002.  He’ll be James McGill, a fine, upstanding lawyer.

As we wait to see how the new series will play out, AMC has released a Better Call Saul music video containing new footage, which you can check out after the jump.  The series premieres in February, and AMC has already ordered a second season.

BETTER CALL SAUL Teaser Asks How Does Jimmy McGill Become Saul Goodman?

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We know Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) well, but how about Jimmy McGill?  As revealed in this brand new teaser for the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, the show will begin five years before Saul meets Walter White (Bryan Cranston), back when he was going by the name Jimmy McGill.

The piece doesn’t come with much new footage, but creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan do pose a few questions that could tease the trajectory of the show, namely, how do you become Saul Goodman?  In the promo, Jimmy announces that he’d rather not represent guilty people because it comes with too much aggravation, but of course, they’re Saul’s bread and butter when we meet him in Breaking Bad, so what sparked that change?  We’ll probably have to wait until the show kicks off in February 2015 on AMC to find out, but for now, hit the jump to watch the latest Better Call Saul teaser for yourself.

AMC Premieres Short BETTER CALL SAUL Teaser; February Premiere Date Confirmed

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As rumors (and facts) about AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul continue to swirl, the network has released a (very short) teaser.  In it, a younger (at least, his hair is back to the color it would have been in 2002) Saul (Bob Odenkirk) speaks to an unknown character, explaining the benefits of having a lawyer.  The teaser also pegs the premiere date as being in February.  Hit the jump for the Better Call Saul teaser, and more on the series.

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould Talk BETTER CALL SAUL, Being Limited by BREAKING BAD’s Story, Making the Show Stand on Its Own, and Possible Cameos

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At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers/writers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who will be working on the show in a 50/50 capacity, spoke about the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.  Because it is such a highly anticipated series, fan were disappointed when the premiere was pushed to 2015, but were also reassured by the fact that it’s already been given a second season pick-up.

During the interview, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould talked about being limited by where the story ended up in Breaking Bad, that they’re currently breaking Episode 8 out of 10 for the first season, wanting to establish the show as its own thing rather than the series equivalent of a clips show, that there is a chance of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) making an appearance, when they realized they weren’t going to make their original airdate, how setting it in 2002 makes it a period piece, what other new characters we can expect to see, and how viewers should expect some non-linear storytelling.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

BETTER CALL SAUL Details Emerge on Cast, Cameos, and Timeline, Plus Two New Images

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A few weeks ago we brought you the news that AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul would be delayed until early 2015, but also earned an early second-season renewal.  Now that co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, they took a little side time from Breaking Bad talk to share some new details on the upcoming prequel series.  In addition to info on the show’s cast, cameos, and timeline, we’ve also got two new images featuring star Bob Odenkirk.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

BETTER CALL SAUL Premiere Pushed to Early 2015, Receives 13-Episode Season 2 Order from AMC, Plus the First Image from the BREAKING BAD Spin-Off

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Breaking Bad fans were primed and ready to watch the AMC series spin-off Better Call Saul this November, but the TV network has decided to push its premiere back to early 2015.  However, that’s all the bad news I have for you today, since AMC also put in a 13-episode second-season order for the series, bringing the total to 23.  The first and second season of Better Call Saul will now team up with the network’s hit shows The Walking Dead and Talking Dead in early 2015 and 2016.  If that’s still not enough good news to make up for the delay, then perhaps the release of the first image from Better Call Saul will help to smooth things over.  Hit the jump for more and to check out the image.

Bob Odenkirk Talks FARGO, What Attracted Him to the Show, Preparing for His Role, His Challenging and Favorite Scenes, and BETTER CALL SAUL

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story with all-new characters.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this recent interview to promote the show, actor Bob Odenkirk (who plays Deputy Bill Oswalt) talked about what attracted him to this role, his approach to comedy versus drama, how this shoot compared to Breaking Bad, what he did to prepare for this project, why he loves playing this character, how he sees Bill Oswalt as a good guy who wants to believe in the goodness of his community, his most challenging and his favorite scenes, and how the balance of drama and comedy in Fargo compares to that of the Breaking Bad spin-off series, Better Call Saul.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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.

AMC Sets Premiere Dates for MAD MEN’s Final Season, BETTER CALL SAUL, and TURN; Plus New Trailer and Images for TURN

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A couple of days ago we saw plenty of news bits with regards to HBO’s upcoming programming, and today AMC announced some return dates and news nuggets at the network’s Television Critics Association panel.  Here are the highlights.

  • The first half of Mad Men’s final season, subtitled “The Beginning”, will premiere on Sunday, April 13th at 10/9c.  The show’s concluding season has been split into two seven-episode halves, with the final batch—“The End of an Era”—set to debut Spring 2015.
  • The new Revolutionary War drama series Turn will bow on Sunday, April 6th with a 90-minute debut.
  • The fourth season of Hell on Wheels will debut this summer alongside the new drama series Halt and Catch Fire, which takes place in the early 1980s and revolves around the rise of the PC era.
  • The Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul will premiere sometime this November.  Bob Odenkirk stars with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan onboard as executive producer.
  • The Chris Hardwick-hosted talk show Talking Dead has been granted a fifth season, to debut alongside the fifth season of The Walking Dead this October.

Hit the jump to check out a new trailer and some new images from Turn.

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.

BREAKING BAD Spin-Off Series BETTER CALL SAUL Could Be a Prequel and a Sequel

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AMC definitely wants more Breaking Bad any way they can get it, and they feel their best route is the spin-off series Better Call Saul, which would follow everyone’s favorite sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).  The network is aiming to premiere the series in summer/early fall 2014, but apparently show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are still deciding when the spin-off should take place.  Fans know that Saul ends up in a very different spot than when he first appeared, and they’re understandably interested in both his origin and his future.

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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.

BREAKING BAD Prequel Series BETTER CALL SAUL Coming to AMC

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It was only about a week ago that Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk talked about the possibility of a prequel spin-off titled Better Call Saul.  Now word has it that AMC and Sony Pictures Television have agreed on a spin-off prequel series, conceived of by showrunner Vince Gilligan and character co-creator Peter Gould, that will tell the tales of sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman before he ever crossed paths with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).  Plans are for an hour-long prequel pilot with an expected series order from AMC.  Now, the elephant in the room is that since this is a prequel series … what’s going to happen to Saul in the final few episodes of Breaking Bad?  Fingers crossed that Goodman makes it out alive.

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