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Walter White's cheesy 'Facebook Look Back' slideshow is like time-lapsed 'Breaking Bad' -- VIDEO

Mark Zuckerberg got everyone the same present for Facebook’s 10th anniversary: Personalized, cornball retrospective slideshows, which automatically pull photos and status messages from every user’s timeline (slash “wall,” if you really want to get Facebook retro) and set their progression to a Google-ad-esque orchestral tune. The whole thing, in fact, seems pretty clearly inspired by Google’s emotionally manipulative (but extremely well-made) commercials, right down to the way the slideshow swipes from one image to the next.

But that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that enterprising South African comedy duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues decided to spoof the slideshows by creating one for Walter White’s theoretical Facebook profile. The result is a video that tracks Walt’s journey from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to meth kingpin to broken, sickly dead man walking — all in a single minute. And yes, the pizza on the roof does make an appearance.

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AMC's monster 'Breaking Bad' marathon: A survival guide

Sure, DVDs and Netflix have sort of ruined the fun of a good, old-fashioned scheduled TV marathon. (They’re not exactly special when you have the power to make them happen any time.) But it’s still hard not to get excited about AMC showing all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad over the course of four days — even if the network totally missed the opportunity to call this marathon “Four Days In.”

Never seen an episode of Breaking Bad? You’re gonna want to watch this. Devoured every episode of Breaking Bad multiple times already? You’re still gonna want to watch it, or at least part of it. But when should you pay close attention, when should you keep one eye on the TV and another on your laundry — and when should you order the chicken? Worry not; EW’s got you covered. (All times are ET/PT, even though Walt and Jesse go by Mountain Time. Deal with it.)

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'Breaking Bad' headstone to be moved

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.

 

'Breaking Bad' fake funeral draws fans, controversy

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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Albuquerque newspaper runs Walter White's official obituary

After Walter White met his demise in Breaking Bad‘s series finale, The Albuquerque Journal decided to pay respects to one of their own — with a fake obituary printed in the real paper.

The paper’s obit cites Walt as a 52-year-old man who died after a “long battle with cancer, and a gunshot wound.” They also refer to him as a “co-founder of Gray Matter,” which we’re pretty sure Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz would complain about … if they weren’t still living in fear of death by laser pointer.

Walt was also a “research chemist who taught high school chemistry” and “later founded a meth manufacturing empire,” according to the Journal. Good choice of words: If they hadn’t said “empire,” we’re pretty sure the ghost of Heisenberg would’ve shot them dead (with an M60 in the trunk of his ghost mobile).

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'Breaking Bad': 10 questions we'll never see resolved

Breaking Bad was never a sprawling, Lost-style narrative filled with innumerable false starts and red herrings and mysterious twists that ultimately led nowhere. From the very beginning, it was a surprisingly tightly written show — and last night, it wrapped with an appropriately conclusive finale.

Every main character’s arc — with the exception, perhaps, of Saul’s — got a satisfying resolution in “Felina.” [Spoilers follow!] READ FULL STORY

'Mr. Magorium' director thinks his movie is 'the perfect hell' for Walter White

Never before has our “That Was Way Harsh, Tai” tag seemed more appropriate.

As you may remember, last week’s penultimate episode of Breaking Bad found Walt relocated to a remote, spartan New Hampshire cabin. One of his hideout’s few sources of entertainment was a TV set only good for playing DVDs — and the cabin’s film collection left much to be desired.

Its highlight: Two copies of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, a movie rewarded with a solid F by EW’s Owen Gleiberman upon its 2007 release. (Sample line: “Mr. Magorium, who is 243 years old (so are his jokes), is a cross between Willy Wonka and Geppetto, but [Dustin] Hoffman plays him with little more than a goofy dumb lisp, achieved by tucking his lower lip under his upper teeth, so that he looks just as rabbity-stoopid as he sounds.”)

Here’s the real punchline, though: You know who else hates Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium? Screenwriter Zach Helm — who doubles as the creator and director of Mr. Magorium himself.

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'Breaking Bad' takes over 'Conan' -- VIDEO

Just like you, Conan O’Brien is obsessed with Breaking Bad. Just like you, he’s been spending the last few months both eagerly anticipating and dreading the series finale on September 29. And just like you, Conan also thinks it’d be just awesome to spend half an hour palling around with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Vince Gilligan.

But unlike you, Conan actually has the power to make that last part happen. Thus, last night’s episode of Conan — a celebration of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama, featuring altered opening credits, appearances by every full cast member, several goofy in-joke segments (“BarrelFlex: Get fit the Breaking Bad way!”), and even a special musical guest: Los Cuates de Sinaloa, performing the opening song from season 2′s “Negro y Azul,” a.k.a. “The Ballad of Heisenberg.”

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How young Bryan Cranston prepared for 'Breaking Bad': Chemistry club and a Preparation H commercial -- VIDEO

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You know how actors always talk about trying to find the “role they were born to play”? Well, we have a pretty good feeling that Bryan Cranston found that role in Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, and not just because he’s won three Emmys. Rather, it has something to do with the fact that Cranston has been preparing for the role since he was in high school.

Case in point: Bryan Cranston was in his high school Chemistry Club. While we doubt he knew how to make ricin when he took the Breaking Bad role, he was no stranger to beakers or the periodic table.

And just in case a knowledge of chemistry wasn’t enough, Cranston took it upon himself to make this groovy Preparation H commercial in the ’80s, which proved three things that would be of value to a meth cook/dealer: 1) He feels completely comfortable pronouncing big words; 2) He’s a good salesman; and 3) He can rock oversize glasses (which is less applicable to a meth cook/dealer than it is to a middle-age high school teacher).

Watch the commercial below:
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'Breaking Bad' re-edit turns show into thrilling Walt/Jesse rom-com -- VIDEO

Slow clap, MHK Productions. Slooooow clap.

Creative editors have been reframing movies and TV shows for years, at least since that brilliant The Shining Recut” clip hit the Internet way back in the primordial days of 2006. But few work as perfectly as this reimagining of Breaking Bad, which casts sad sack Pilot Walt as a chemistry teacher in need of a little excitement.. and Jesse as the Manic Pixie Meth Cook of his dreams.

Watch out for perfectly chosen musical cues, a gasp-worthy plot curveball, and an underlying sweetness that might just convince you that this is the story Vince Gilligan’s been trying to tell all along. One warning: You’ll never be able to look at that awesomely awkward dinner scene from “Buyout” the same way again.

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