TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

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.

The 2014 Emmy Nominations: 5 Surprises, 5 Snubs, and How the Voters Choose

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As predicted in who should be nominated for the Emmys the actual 2014 Emmy nominations provoked irritation and boredom by essentially copying and pasting the same names and series as the last several years.  There were a few adjustments: True Detective rightfully knocked Homeland out of the Best Drama list, but did Downton Abbey and House of Cards really deserve slots over The Good Wife‘s best season yet, not to mention an outstanding year for The Americans?  Hit the jump to learn the method behind this madness, as well as the picks for five surprises and five snubs from some of the non-major categories.

BREAKING BAD Giveaway: Signed Vinyl Copy of Volume One of Composer Dave Porter’s Original Score

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If you thought our giveaway of Breaking Bad: The Complete Series on Blu-ray was the end of our generosity, you thought wrong!  We now have one signed copy of series composer Dave Porter’s original score on vinyl that’s ready and waiting to be delivered to one lucky reader.  The show might be gone, but its stories and its music will live on.  So do yourself a favor and hit the jump to see how you can enter and win the score of Breaking Bad: Volume One on vinyl.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The 2014 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated?

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Before Thursday, when the real 2014 Emmy nominations will become known (and spark, probably, both outrage and boredom), there’s a chance to suggest who should be nominated in each major category.  This isn’t about winners and losers, but about recognizing some of the best talent on TV this past year (or the Emmy year: from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).  There are sure to be some omissions and snubs even within my own list, so hit the jump to check out my choices (and occasional Emmy-rules-bending inclusions).

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.

Enter Our Giveaway and Win BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-ray

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There’s little doubt that Breaking Bad is one of the best shows in the history of television.  We should all feel lucky that we got to witness Vince Gilligan’s masterful “Mr. Chips to Scarface” tale unfold live, and with the complete series Blu-ray set, we’re now able to revisit the show at our leisure.  A limited edition of Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray was released on Blu-ray last fall, but the wide version was just released this week.  We here at Collider have been provided with one copy of the Blu-ray set to give to a very, very lucky reader.  In addition to all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad in glorious high-definition, the set comes complete with a multitude of featurettes and an over two-hour documentary focusing on the final season and the series as a whole.

Hit the jump to find out how you can enter the giveaway. 

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.

Krysten Ritter Talks VERONICA MARS Movie, Returning to the Character, DON’T TRUST THE B—-, Her Top 5 Films of 2013, and More

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After a seven-year absence, private investigator Veronica Mars has returned, and she’s come to the big screen with the help of a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign.  In the film, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has come back to her seedy hometown of Neptune to help her old flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who has become the prime suspect in the homicide of his celebrity girlfriend.  The film also stars Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Martin Starr, and Krysten Ritter.

At the film’s press junket last week, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Krysten Ritter, who reprises her role as Gia Goodman.  During our conversation, we talked about her reaction to the film’s Kickstarter, returning to the character, the “high-school reunion” vibe on-set, and more.  We also talked about her top 5 films of 2013, Breaking Bad, her thoughts on the cancellation of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and desire to Kickstart a movie.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Veronica Mars opens on March 14th.  Click here to read my review.

Saturn Award Nominations Announced; GRAVITY and THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Lead with 8 Nominations Each

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Nominations have been announced for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.  The nominees and winners are selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, which recognizes achievements in genre films, television and home video.  Another way to view them would be an academy that recognizes genre blockbusters and it’s the only way Jack the Giant Slayer could get nominated for anything ever.  But this year’s big nominees were Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which each racked up eight nominations.  To be fair, the Saturn Awards also have the room to take chances such as nominating Scarlett Johansson for Best Supporting Actress for Her…but then they turn right back around and nominate The Lone Ranger for Best Action/Adventure Movie.  On the TV side, Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, and Game of Thrones each picked up five nominations.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced in June.

Aaron Paul Talks Driving Preparation, Video Games, the Ending of BREAKING BAD, and More on the Set of NEED FOR SPEED

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Last year, when director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed was filming in Detroit, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  While I was excited for the film based solely on the cast (Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Kid Cudi), I walked away excited for something else: the practical effects.  While on set, I watched as real cars raced around the city and they were definitely breaking every speed limit.  From what I was told from the cast and crew, this is how the whole movie was made; using real cars racing at high speeds with cameras recoding every move.  It should be a hell of a ride when the film opens March 14th.

During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about getting ready for the driving, what it’s like driving the Mustang, how the film is grounded in reality, his character’s revenge plans, whether he played the video game, the ending of Breaking Bad,  and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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.

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