Judd Apatow didn't think Bryan Cranston seemed "scary enough" to play a drug lord

Breaking Bad was a journey. It wasn’t an exploration of the drug trade or those within it so much as it was a chronicle of corruption. Watching the pilot, you wouldn’t expect Bryan Cranston’s Walter White to evolve in the drastic, violent ways he does, both behaviorally and physically. Creator Vince Gilligan took a…

Vince Gilligan "desperately wants" Walt and Jesse to show up on Better Call Saul

There are a lot of questions hanging over Better Call Saul—if we’re being honest, it’s the kind of show where “questions hanging” is a big part of the appeal—but one of the most lingering has been that of when it’ll finally, fully collide with its parent series, Breaking Bad, and its meth-cooking “heroes,” Jesse…

On an Isle Of Dogs, Wes Anderson uses stop-motion to construct one of his most wondrous worlds

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Dogs do not have it easy in the bright, glorious dollhouse worlds of Wes Anderson. Think of Buckley, beloved beagle of the youngest Tenenbaums, run down in the prime of his life. Or poor Snoopy, impaled casualty of the boy-scouts war raging across a woodland moonrise kingdom. (Who’s to say if he was a good dog, but he…

Jesse's not the only character Vince Gilligan thought about killing in Breaking Bad's first season

Esquire has published an oral history of the meth-fueled action drama Breaking Bad for the show’s 10th anniversary and, yes, Aaron Paul is on hand to discuss what it’s like to get called “bitch” everyday. “I have been called ‘bitch’ more than anyone on the planet,” he says, “and that is very exciting.”

Our film critics dive into Richard Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying

On this episode of Film Club, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talk about Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel (of sorts) to the classic Hal Ashby film The Last Detail. It’s billed as the hangout-flick master’s first proper road movie, a 2003-set drama about three Vietnam veterans…

Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston go on a sad road trip in this trailer for Last Flag Flying

The melodramatic, life-affirming road trip is primarily a young person’s game, since only young people have the time and healthy bladders necessary for spending an extended period of time in a car, but that doesn’t mean older people can’t have their own melodramatic, life-affirming road trips. That’s what happens in…

The hammy Bryan Cranston performance is coming from the attic in Wakefield

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“Ghosting” is the popular term for when a person simply vanishes from a relationship, leaving no word for the other party. In Robin Swicord’s Wakefield, her protagonist takes “ghosting” to the extreme. One day Howard Wakefield returns to his suburban home during a blackout, chases a raccoon into an attic, and decides…