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Bryan Cranston On What He's Learned From Playing Walter White on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 1:00PM
As 'Breaking Bad' nears its intense and climactic Season 4 finale, Bryan Cranston went on 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) to talk about his character Walter White's descent into meth-dealing gangsterism.

White's de-evolution from a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher to a ruthless meth-dealer is rapidly accelerating, and Cranston spoke about what he's learned from playing such a morally ambiguous character. "It really isn't about glorifying drug use or drug making ... it's about a man's poor decision-making. What I've learned from this experience is that anyone, even the meekest person among us, could become a horrible, dangerous person," he told Matt Lauer.

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'End Times' Arrive in an Intense Episode of 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 2nd 2011 11:00PM
'Breaking Bad' has done a spectacular job of making Walter White's journey from high school chemistry teacher to underworld player believable. Walt has done so very many bad things (though of course, in his mind, he's always had his reasons).

Redeeming or making up for the bad choices he's made isn't an option at this point, and hasn't been for a long time. But once in a while, Walt draws a line that makes you think he may not be truly evil. In doing his utmost to protect his family from the wrath of Gus Fring, Walt did the right thing.

Of course, it was really his only play, but when Walt said, "I alone should suffer the consequences of those choices," what could our reaction be but "Damn right you should!"

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Jon Cryer, Claire Danes Among Six New Presenters Named for the Emmys

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 14th 2011 7:20AM
Emmys logoThis year's Emmys are just a few days away, and to whet our appetite ahead of Sunday night's ceremony, organizers have announced the names of six new presenters.

'Two and a Half Men' star Jon Cryer, who is up for a Best Supporting Actor award this year, will be joined on the presenting roster by actors from both established shows and upcoming new ones.

The other five presenters announced Wednesday are: Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'), Scott Caan ('Hawaii Five-0'), Claire Danes ('Homeland'), Kerry Washington ('Scandal') and Jason O'Mara ('Terra Nova').

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DEA Chemists Taught Bryan Cranston to Make Meth for 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 22nd 2011 6:39AM
Bryan Cranston, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'When it came to his role on 'Breaking Bad,' Bryan Cranston did not sample the product involved in the show to help him understand his character, though that may be more of a question for Aaron Paul.

Mr. White would never sample his wares. But he did tell 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) that he did learn how to make crystal meth.

We suppose authenticity is important, though we're not so sure meth heads are in love with 'Breaking Bad,' or even if that is a desirable demographic, so does it really matter if the meth cooking is 100 percent accurate on the show?

It is, though. In fact, Cranston said DEA chemists were consultants on the show and they took them through the process step-by-step.

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' Returns at the Top of Its Game

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 14th 2011 4:00PM
[A quick pre-review note for 'Breaking Bad' fans: Ryan McGee and I talk about the AMC show for an hour in this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast. Find it here or here.]

I'll never claim to be one of those people who lavishly praised 'Breaking Bad' (10PM Sunday, AMC) from the start. As I chronicled in a few 2010 posts (here, here and here), it took me a long time to come to terms with the show's darkness and the characters' bleak journeys, and though there were always elements of the drama I appreciated, I'm of the opinion that 'Breaking Bad' didn't truly hit its creative stride until about a third of the way into its third season.

The evolution of my reaction to the show continues, mainly because the show itself has become more rigorous, more exciting and more fascinating over time. As it has grown increasingly confident, complex and aesthetically ambitious, it has also paid close attention to crucial building blocks like suspense and characterization.

The end result is a season 4 premiere that is not just flawless, but one of the most impressive season premieres I've ever seen.

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Bryan Cranston Talks About Going from 'Breaking Bad' to 'Larry Crowne' on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 8th 2011 5:10PM
Bryan Cranston talks about 'Breaking Bad' and 'Larry Crowne' on 'The View'Every actor has to recreate themselves, in a sense, when they are playing a character. Bryan Cranston has a bit more experience at that then most. On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Cranston talked about his character arc on 'Breaking Bad,' and transitioning from that character, a meth dealer/cancer patient, to playing Julia Roberts' husband in 'Larry Crowne.'

Playing Walter White is the big challenge, according to Cranston -- going from "Mr. Chips to Scarface," as his showrunner likes to say. "This is a show that's attempting to do something that's never been done in the history of television," he said. "And that's starting a character out as one type of person and over the course of the series, he's completely changed."

And if you're wondering, Cranston said there will be no going back. "There's no redemption for him," he said.

When Cranston got the call for 'Larry Crowne,' he was still in full Walter White mode, and thought he looked more like Roberts' father than her husband. He was afraid the audience wouldn't think they belonged together, so he plunged himself into a massive makeover and exercise program, which he found surprisingly enjoyable. "I had a mani-pedi," he said. "It was fantastic."

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The Law Comes in Handy on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:31AM
Breaking Bad - Bryan CranstonOn a show about drugs, you wouldn't expect Walter (Bryan Cranston), the main character, to be saved by the law. However, that was the case on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM on AMC), when Walter and Jesse (Aaron Paul) got trapped in their meth lab RV.

Jesse inadvertently leads the Drug Enforcement Administration to the RV, causing quite a bit of panic, but the owner of the lot saves the day.

"Got a warrant?" he asked the Hank (Dean Norris). Unfazed by the Hank's disregard, the lot owner persisted in his questioning. "I'm the owner of this lot, which means you're trespassing on private property. As far as the RV goes, it seems to me it's locked, which means you're trying to break and enter. This is a domicile, a residence and thus protected by the fourth amendment from unlawful search and seizure."

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Sunset' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:03AM
(S03E06) The word "pivotal" doesn't even begin to describe this episode. When it was over, I let out a "Jimmy H. Carter!" so loud that it freaked out my fiancee -- imagine another name with the initials "J.C." instead of "Jimmy Carter" and you'll get the idea.

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Walter Is Back in Business on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 19th 2010 4:10AM
Walter Is Back on 'Breaking Bad'Walter's back, "cooking" and being a bad-ass on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). He gives Jesse his earnings, but he's not playing nice. "Spend it in good health... That is the last money you'll ever earn in this business."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:01AM
Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light'(S03E04) Even on cable shows that are tightly plotted because of their short seasons, there are sometimes episodes that feel more like they're setting things up for the episodes to come rather than pushing the story arc forward. This week felt like one of those episodes.

I wouldn't classify it as a "throat-clearing" kind of episode, because, even when treading water, 'Breaking Bad' still retains its intensity and sense of drama. But after the first three rollicking episodes, it was interesting to see the show take an hour to collect its thoughts and linger for a little while.

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Walter Gives Skyler Drug Money on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 5th 2010 4:27AM
Walter Justifies Drug Money on 'Breaking Bad'On last night's 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), Walter (Bryan Cranston) handed over to his wife (Anna Gunn) the fruits of his (criminal) labor -- an enormous bag of money.

As he explained, "In this bag is the college tuition for Walter Jr., and Holly, it is health insurance for you and the kids ... this roof over your head." She's less than enthused by the gesture. But he feels justified: "I've done a terrible thing, but I did it for a good reason ... All the sacrifices I have made for this family will be for nothing if you don't accept what I've earned."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'I.F.T.' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2010 12:01AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'I.F.T.'
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One of the aspects of 'Breaking Bad' that amazes me week after week, and one of the things that makes it one of the most compelling shows on television, is this:

Intellectually, as you watch Walter White lie his way through his family's lives and the lives of everyone he comes in contact with, you know he's one of the biggest bastards on TV. And, also intellectually, you watch Skyler have to suffer through all of Walt's lies -- at least the ones she knows about -- and you know she's trying her best to protect herself and her children from someone who's become a monster she no longer recognizes.

But, here's the compelling part: No matter how rationally I think about the situation, I still don't know who to root for.

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Walter Gets Arrested on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 29th 2010 10:00AM
Bryan Cranston Arrested on 'Breaking Bad'Poor Walter (Bryan Cranston). Pulled over for a damaged windshield, he goes against regulation and steps out of his car. Here's how the verbal match unfolded on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC).

Walter: "It's time for you to listen to me. This is America. I have rights. At least have the common decency to hear me out! ... Hellfire rained down on my house."

Nope, no common decency here. Just pepper spray, cuffs and a ride in the back of a cruiser.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Caballo Sin Nombre' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2010 1:00AM
Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'(S03E02) Last season, we had to wait until the end to see what the cold open was all about each week. This time around, the scary pair of bald Mexicans worked their way into the main story almost immediately, even if it's still unclear what their objective is. In fact, the climax at the White house that wrapped this episode had so much going on, it was almost overwhelming.

Vince Gilligan and company continue to take things slow, after the bombshell revelation that Walter laid on Skyler last week. Walter's clearly in a state of crisis, and he's becoming unraveled completely because of it. He's without direction and focus. Everything he did for the past two seasons he did for his family; albeit misguided and taking things way, way too far.

He at least had a purpose and there was always a goal behind the production of meth: making enough money to keep his family going after he died ... then to pay for his treatment and surgery ... then to pay for Holly, the new and unexpected baby. Now, he's lost everything and he's lost in response.

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Big Opening for 'Breaking Bad'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 12:02PM
breaking_bad_amc_season_threeThis is really, really good news. This is the kind of news that has to make every television fan cheer ... and breathe a sigh of relief. The season three premiere of 'Breaking Bad' was seen by two million viewers. For a network show, that would be cause for alarm. For AMC, it's a reason to celebrate. Those two million viewers were the most to ever tune in to an episode of 'Breaking Bad.' Did you hear that, world? 'Breaking Bad's' most-watched episode ever.

The numbers were spun, naturally, and they got even better. There were two repeats of 'No Mas' that night, and the total number of viewers climbed to 3.3 million.

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