Bryan Singer Will Direct Vince Gilligan’s CBS Pilot BATTLE CREEK

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Though filmmaker Bryan Singer is decidedly busy putting the finishing touches on this summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, it appears that he’s carving some time out of his schedule to direct a high-profile TV pilot.  Singer is now onboard to take the helm of the pilot for Battle Creek, an impending CBS series that hails from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who actually first wrote the pilot for the network back in 2002 before they passed on the project.  When Gilligan came off the wild success of sticking the landing of Breaking Bad, the network magically rediscovered the project (which they still owned) and put it back into active development with a straight-to-series order.

Hit the jump for more on Battle Creek, Singer’s involvement, and how hands-on Gilligan will be with the new show.

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.

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.

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.

Vince Gilligan Unpacks the BREAKING BAD: The Complete Series Blu-ray Barrel

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With the holidays fast approaching, you might already be thinking about buying Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray Barrel Set for that special someone (or just yourself, no judging).  In case you’re on the fence about making the purchase, Breaking Bad creator/showrunner Vince Gilligan is here to unpack the entire set to show you what you’ll get.  I won’t ruin the surprises here, but the creative team behind the set has added some special goodies just for the fans (“Magnets, bitch!”) and a host of exclusive material that will only be accessible in this collection. Hit the jump to check it out or click here to pre-order the set on Amazon.

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.

Hit the jump for more. [Spoilers ahead for those who haven't finished Breaking Bad]

BREAKING BAD’s Vince Gilligan Makes Acting Debut on COMMUNITY; Anna Gunn to Guest Star on THE MINDY PROJECT; Syfy Casts 12 MONKEYS Pilot Leads

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Here’s a bit of TV casting news for you to peruse:

  • Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan will make his acting debut on an episode of NBC’s Community.
  • Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling.
  • Syfy has set the cast for its 12 Monkeys pilot, including Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars) in lead roles.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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.

BREAKING BAD Creator Vince Gilligan’s Detective Drama BATTLE CREEK Gets Series Order from CBS

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The drama series Breaking Bad is barreling towards its series finale this Sunday, and it is destined to go down in history as one of the best (and most intense) shows in all of television.  Though all the major networks initially passed on Breaking Bad, the AMC series now stands as one of the most popular and critically lauded shows on TV and nabbed the Best Drama Series Emmy this past Sunday.  After the finale airs, all eyes will be on what creator/evil genius Vince Gilligan does next, and it appears that one of his first moves is to spend some of that BB capital on pushing through a TV project that he initially developed over a decade ago.

CBS has now ordered the detective drama Battle Creek straight to series, with Gilligan serving as a writer and executive producer.  Hit the jump for more, including which notable TV personality will be handling day-to-day showrunner duties on the show. 

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.

Hit the jump for more on Better Call Saul.

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.

Creator/Showrunner Vince Gilligan Talks BREAKING BAD, the Comprehensive Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, the Saul Goodman Spinoff, and More

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At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, show creator Vince Gilligan was there to promote the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, which premiere on August 11th, and reflect back on the five-season run of the critically acclaimed and passionately loved series.  During the interview, he talked about which actor most influenced their character, how he originally envisioned things ending for Walter White, the documentary for the last season that will be included on the Blu-ray, whether he read any of the massive amounts of coverage the show got during its run, and the status of the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) spin-off series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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