It seems like everyone, with or without HBO, knew about the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode — which could explain why the show once again tops TorrentFreak’s annual list of the most pirated TV shows. Per the site, GoT‘s season 3 finale bloodbath was downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times via BitTorrent. After the show topped the charts in illegal downloads in 2012, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW he considered it, “a compliment of sorts”: “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” READ FULL STORY
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The cyborg historians of the future will claim that 2013 was the year that television stopped being television. Not because there weren’t great TV shows. In fact, there was a greater diversity of good shows than ever before, on broadcast and cable and beyond. But I do mean “beyond”: This was the first year when some of the best TV shows weren’t properly on TV.
Netflix launched big with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and the mosiac reboot of Arrested Development. (Adorably, they’re still producing Lilyhammer, the Remember WENN of this particular revolution.) READ FULL STORY
It’s time for Entertainment Weekly‘s annual top 10 lists of the best movies, TV shows, albums, singles, and books. You know, all the things that ruled, shocked, and rocked this year.
Inside this week’s issue find our top 10 lists of…
The Best Movies: Critics Owen Gleiberman and Chris Nashawaty agree: Gravity’s got pull and 12 Years a Slave is brutally brilliant. Find out who fell equally hard for period pieces, high-tech epics, and some surprising thrillers, and who was won over by wrenching romances and harrowing journeys (but still loves himself a little horror).
The Best TV Shows: Critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz both felt the Netflix effect this year, though they have divergent takes on the final season of Breaking Bad: One critic says a certain franchise’s epic insanity reigned supreme, while the other declares Walter White took down all comers.
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The One Who Knocks and his protege cooked blue magic on-screen, but when it came to real magic, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul got stumped.
Magician/real-life wizard David Blaine posted a video from his upcoming 90-minute special David Blaine: Real or Magic, in which he pulls a card trick on Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Blaine first asks Paul to shuffle a deck — “Come on, Aaron, with a good shuffle, you can do it,” Cranston says, encouraging Paul in a way that’s eerily similar to what his drug kingpin counterpart once did — and Paul obeys, shuffling and turning the cards face down to spread them across the table. READ FULL STORY
Breaking Bad may be no más, but Walter White’s still stirring up drama even in death.
First came the fauxbituary, then came the charity funeral for the meth kingpin who knocks (er, knocked), hosted by an Albuquerque eatery and complete with an empty coffin. But after the funeral and tombstone drew the ire of families who had real relatives buried nearby, the Sunset Memorial Park cemetery officials announced they’ll be moving White’s headstone and burial vault to Vernon’s Steakhouse, the restaurant that organized the funeral, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It was never our intention to disrespect those who are buried at Sunset Memorial Park or cause pain to their families,” the restaurant’s owner Michael Baird said in a statement. “We created the Walter White Funeral and Final Amends as a way to have a positive impact on the community and help those who are negatively impacted by the terrible effects of drug addiction and homelessness. We greatly apologize to anyone who was offended, and want to ensure that the focus remains on the amazing work that Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless does in our community.”
Despite the controversy, the funeral raised more than $17,000 to help the city’s homeless community. Of course, Walter White himself would consider that small (ricin) beans compared to his haul on the show.
The eulogy drew cheers but not everybody was happy about a mock funeral for Breaking Bad character Walter White, which drew more than 200 pretend-mourners to an Albuquerque-area cemetery Saturday.
The show, filmed in Albuquerque, recently ended its run after five seasons. White, a fictional chemistry teacher who became a drug kingpin, died in the last episode.
Relatives of several people buried at Sunset Memorial Park said they thought it was disrespectful and inappropriate to hold the mock funeral at a real cemetery.
“My son is buried about 15 yards from where the makeshift gravesite is,” Manuel Montano said. “This is a place of mourning.”
The funeral raised money through donations for a program that helps the homeless.
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You know who’s the best? Dudes. Especially dudes who spend their time cooking drugs and banging chicks and killing folks.
You know who’s exponentially less cool? The wives who are always nagging those dudes to, you know, stop killing people and drinking so much and stuff.
Or at least that’s what “the Internet” tends to scream about TV wives. “Skyler White is the worst!” “Betty Draper sux!” Funny or Die put out a video on Tuesday that parodies this attitude by showing what would happen if the real world responded to wives in the same way the Internet responds to TV wives. The “real world” happens to be depicted by cops and those cops happen to be jerky idiots. READ FULL STORY
Oh, Breaking Bad, how we miss you already. We feel like Jesse in his underground prison, but instead of craving freedom, we crave more of the show. And then came the perfect solution with Aaron Paul’s tweet on Tuesday:
Great call, Aaron. The actor directed fans to Breaking Bad cameraman Andy Voegeli, who has been tweeting out behind-the-scenes photos since mid-September, including shots of the actors between takes and the crew working on set. Thanks to Paul’s PSA, fans clamored for more, and Voegeli has continued to post his collected images, tweeting that he still has “thousands” of photos stored in his archives, so he’s nowhere near finished with sharing his shots. In the meantime, we’ve compiled some of our favorites from Voegeli’s feed so far of the cast and crew below: READ FULL STORY
An innocent bystander might look at actors and think that the greatest moment of any one actor’s career would be winning something like an Emmy or an Oscar. But we might have found something that tops any sort of award: Anthony-freakin’-Hopkins telling you that you’re the best actor — possibly ever.
As far as we know, not many people can say they know what it feels like to have the man behind Hannibal Lecter tell them that they are great, but Bryan Cranston — and the entire cast of Breaking Bad, for that matter — now can. EW has confirmed that Anthony Hopkins himself wrote Bryan Cranston an email, in which he explains that he just recently finished a marathon of Breaking Bad, watching the entire series from beginning to end.
“I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!” Hopkins wrote. “Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen — ever.”
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One million dollars might not please Walter White, but it’s no small feat for Breaking Bad‘s online auction.
Hosted by ScreenBid and Sony Pictures Television, the auction sold off 337 items, including props, costumes, and vehicles for nearly $1 million, according to Variety. After going live immediately following the finale, the auction attracted 5,800 users, with 2,000 who entered the bidding and shelled out five-figure final bids for props including Tio’s bell and Tuco’s grill.
The highest winning bid went to Walt’s copy of Leaves of Grass, for $65,500, while the lowest winning bid was a tie between Hank’s boots and Hank’s pajamas, with each pulling in $300. (No worries, ASAC Schader; your Rose Quartz mineral went for hefty $1,800.)
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