Even though Breaking Bad ended almost a year ago, pop culture is still finding ways of elongating the life of Walter White. This week, /Film noticed a tiny sliver of an Easter egg from the title sequence for Godzilla, in which Bryan Cranston’s title card has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to the meth king before the words are redacted from the screen.
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Thanks to Breaking Bad, we all know Bryan Cranston can be a serious actor—but it’s nice to see his lighter Malcolm in the Middle comedic chops again from time to time.
Avid baseball fan Cranston stars in a commercial for TBS, touting his fictional one-man show that dramatizes the entire MLB postseason. Cranston makes fun of himself, the serious actor, as he smashes a pie in his own face as an ode to the Baltimore Orioles postgame tradition, and delivers a poignant rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game.’ The commercial also has an appearance by ballerina Misty Copeland, who tries to teach Cranston some light-footed ballet moves, only to have Pedro Martinez look on in disgust. READ FULL STORY
When Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for her role in Veep for the third time, she didn’t head straight for the stage: Instead, she made a pit stop to furiously make out with Bryan Cranston.
Cranston once played a dentist (and Elaine’s love interest) on Seinfeld, something he and Louis-Dreyfus mentioned when they presented an award together earlier Monday evening, so it only made sense for the two to reunite. After a few seconds of aggressive kissing, Jimmy Fallon broke up the session and Louis-Dreyfus quickly headed to the stage to accept her award. That wasn’t the complete end of it though—during her speech, the camera switched to a shot of Cranston dramatically wiping his lips. Apparently Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t the only winner. READ FULL STORY
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are done with the meth business—maybe—and they’ve moved on to a much less dangerous venture: Running a pawn shop called Barely Legal Pawn.
In a new promo for next week’s Primetime Emmy Awards, Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul play two pawn shop owners who are clueless when Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes by to pawn off her Emmy statue. “I knew I recognized you,” Paul screams once the actress introduces herself. “I love your show, Weeds!”
Bryan Cranston has gone from Breaking Bad to breaking Broadway box office records.
All the Way, starring Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, grossed $1,425,001 for the week ending June 22. That eight-performance total is now the most money ever made in a single week for a straight play on Broadway. Earlier this month, Cranston and the play took top honors of Best Actor and Best Play, respectively, at the Tony Awards after recouping the play’s initial $3.9 million investment in May. However, the play will end its limited engagement as scheduled this week.
Cranston, of course, is still no match against those witches of Oz. Wicked holds the title for the largest gross ever for any show on Broadway when it broke the $3 million mark in one week last December.
With Breaking Bad behind us and Better Call Saul in front of us, right now is a tough time for Bad addicts. Sure, we can re-watch the show or even pop in a full-length documentary about it, but we can’t get back the feeling of watching Walter White put on the Heisenberg hat for the first time. We can’t re-experience the fear of watching Gus take a box cutter to a man’s throat. And there’s no way we’ll ever relive the millions of emotions that overpowered us when Jack killed Hank.
I realize that Cranston’s book doesn’t seem like a Breaking Bad-specific event. And there’s no guarantee that it is; after all, Cranson did plenty of stuff before Bad, and he’s done plenty of stuff since. Still, the actor has been vocal about how Breaking Bad was a transformative experience for him — so it’s safe to say the show will be discussed.
Now that we’ve learned the tentative title for Cranston’s book, we’re even more excited to give it a read. But first, we have a challenge for you: Can you pick Cranston’s true title out of the Breaking Bad references below? READ FULL STORY
Broadway producers love the Tony Awards because it gives a rare national platform for their shows, typically boosting ticket sales for musicals that make the most of their televised production number. And what lucky show got the biggest boost from the June 8 broadcast? Surprise! It wasn’t a musical but the LBJ bio-drama All the Way, which won Best Play and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (above). In the post-Tony week ending June 15, box office climbed 30 percent to a Texas-size $1.23 million, according to figures from the Broadway League.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a play with music that earned Audra McDonald a record sixth Tony, also basked in the awards afterglow. Box office climbed 19 percent last week to $457,174, an impressive 87 percent of the potential gross in the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre. And Best Revival winner A Raisin in the Sun saw a 5 percent bump to $1.29 million — an impressive haul for a non-musical on Broadway. READ FULL STORY
What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an EGOT.
This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater. READ FULL STORY
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, an old-fashioned musical comedy and the rare Broadway hit not based on a movie or TV show and with zero Hollywood stars in its cast, claimed Best Musical at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. Meanwhile, the LBJ biodrama All the Way won Best Play as well as Best Actor for star Bryan Cranston in his Broadway debut.
Neil Patrick Harris, an Emmy-winning four-time Tony host, earned his first award for his role as an East German transgender punker in the musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and is halfway to an EGOT). And Audra McDonald picked up a record-breaking sixth Tony playing Billie Holiday in the drama Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first performer to win Tonys in all four acting categories.
Tony voters spread the wealth this year, with no one show dominating. A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig each took home a total of four awards, while A Raisin in the Sun earned three for revival, director Kenny Leon, and costar Sophie Okenedo. After the jump, a complete list of this year’s winners. READ FULL STORY
“Yo no estoy en peligro. El peligro soy yo” – Breaking Bad, Episode 6, Season 4. (Translation: “I’m not in danger. I am the danger.”)
Say hola to Walter Blanco, better known to U.S. audiences as Walter White, the quiet, cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned meth cook in cult drama Breaking Bad. In Metastasis, Walter looks the same – actor Diego Trujillo’s craggy face, goatee and wire-rimmed glasses make him an eerie doppelgänger for Bryan Cranston – but he speaks Spanish and lives in the Colombian capitol of Bogotá. READ FULL STORY
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