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Aaron Paul’s First Acting Job Was A Kissing Scene On ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Aaron Paul dropped by “The Tonight Show” to promote the upcoming final season of “Breaking Bad.” But Jay Leno had another plan up his sleeve. Why not have Aaron Paul rewatch footage of his first-ever acting gig? He got his big break on “Beverly Hills, 90210” — and he even got to have a kissing scene!

“Won’t thou leave me so unsatisfied?” his character said in a play.

“What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?” the girl replied. And then the two shared a rather short and rather sloppy kiss. As most people are their worst critics, Paul seemed horrified by what he had just seen.

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Discovery Is Taking On AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’

By The Huffington Post News Editors

First, you get Adam Savage dressed as Heisenberg. And then it only gets better.

Below is a first look at Mythbusters taking on AMC’s Breaking Bad. The long-running Discovery Channel series will put some plot mechanics from acclaimed drama to the test, along with some help from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul.

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Emmys Host Neil Patrick Harris Announces Nominees Due To Travel Issues For Kate Mara

By The Huffington Post News Editors

LOS ANGELES — A host had gone missing for the 2013 Emmy nominations on Thursday, so in stepped – who else? – Neil Patrick Harris.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said actress Kate Mara from “House of Cards” was unable to make it because her plane had a mechanical malfunction and couldn’t take off from Santa Fe, where she is on location. So Harris stepped in to co-host with Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad.”

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‘Breaking Bad’ Photos For The Final Episodes Look Dangerous

By The Huffington Post News Editors

The premiere of the final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” is less than a month away, and AMC has released a new batch of more than 50 photos from the Emmy-winning meth drama.

The new images are a mix of gallery shots taken in a desert photo shoot and episodic photos from “Blood Money,” the first episode of the drama’s last half-season.

In addition to solo cast portraits, there are plenty of photos of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Hank Shrader (Dean Norris) staring each other down, and lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) trying to talk Jesse down. In another creepy portrait, Walter and Skyler White (Anna Gunn) are burying something (or someone).

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Kanye West On ‘SNL’? Rumor Has Rapper Appearing On ‘Saturday Night Live’ In May

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Is Kanye West headed back to “Saturday Night Live” for the first time since 2010? That’s the report from Page Six, which claims that West will perform on the May 18 edition of “SNL.”

Before getting too excited, note that NBC did not confirm the Page Six rumor. A spokesperson for the show told The Huffington Post that the May lineup is not finalized. As always, guest bookings are not official until they are officially announced by the show. Thus far, only Zach Galifianakis is locked in for a May appearance (May 4), with indie-rock outfit Of Monsters and Men acting as that episode’s musical guest.

West’s last “SNL” appearance was a memorable one. He appeared on the Oct. 2, 2010 episode, which was hosted by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, and performed two songs: “Runaway” and “Power.” That latter track features West dissing the venerable sketch comedy series (“F–k ‘SNL‘ and the whole cast …”), but the rapper changed the lyric for broadcast. His performance of “Runaway” (which also provided Cranston the opportunity to say “Pusha-T”) was noteworthy for the stage design and use of ballerinas, with unprecedented use of art direction and staging for a musical guest on “SNL.”

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Bryan Cranston Time 100: When Jon Hamm Met The ‘Breaking Bad’ Star

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Bryan Cranston earned a coveted spot on the Time 100 list and the magazine asked his fellow AMC star Jon Hamm to do the write-up.

In the piece, “Mad Men” star Hamm discussed his bizarre initial encounter with the “Breaking Bad’s” leading man.

“The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot for a little-known network called AMC, and he was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, with slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from my mouth,” Hamm wrote. “Our shows hadn’t premiered yet. We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context. He was friendly, funny, gregarious, humble and lovely.”

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Bob Odenkirk Talks About The End Of ‘Breaking Bad’

By The Huffington Post News Editors

It’s probably safe to reveal that Saul Goodman will make it out alive at the end of “Breaking Bad,” considering that a spinoff starring Walter White’s hilariously shady lawyer is said to officially be in the works. Bob Odenkirk told Vulture that he and series boss Vince Gilligan have even discussed how it might work.

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Cranston, Mikkelsen, Wilson Join Kung Fu Panda 3

The already star-powered cast of Kung Fu Panda 3 will see the addition of Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson.

They join the likes of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Seth Rogen in the tDreamWorks Animation threequel. “Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home,” according to the studio’s official statement.

Given the $1.3 billion global gross and two Oscar nominations earned by first two installments, that story appears to be a recipe for success.

Even though Cranston currently portrays Walter White in the intense and dramatic Breaking Bad, his previous animation work on Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and his comedic turn on the long-running Malcolm in the Middle make him a great fit for the silliness of the Kung Fu Panda movies.

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Suspended Connecticut priest admits to meth charge, faces up to 14 years

A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of making more than $300,000 in methamphetamine sales out of his Connecticut apartment and running an adult video and sex toy shop pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge.

Kevin Wallin, of Waterbury, admitted to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was scheduled to be sentenced June 25. The agreed-upon sentence is 11 to 14 years.

Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Wallin had meth mailed to him from co-conspirators in California and sold the drugs out of his Waterbury apartment last year. He sold nearly four pounds in all, prosecutors said. He also bought an adult video and sex toy shop in North Haven named Land of Oz & Dorothy’s Place, apparently to launder the drug money, authorities said.

Dubbed in some media as “Monsignor Meth,” Wallin was pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport for nine years until he resigned in June 2011, citing health and personal reasons. He previously served six years as pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Danbury until 2002.

He was granted a sabbatical in July 2011. The Diocese of Bridgeport suspended him from public ministry last May.

He was arrested in January, and a grand jury indicted him and four other people on drug charges.

An undercover officer bought meth from Wallin six times from Sept. 20 to Jan. 2, paying more than $3,400 in total for 23 grams of the drug, authorities said.

Federal agents said they learned through wiretaps and informants about other sales Wallin was making.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney David Fein has said the arrests dismantled “a significant methamphetamine distribution organization that spanned from California to Connecticut.”

On social media, people couldn’t help but compare Wallin with Walter White, the main character on “Breaking Bad,” who was making so much cash that he and his wife bought a car wash to launder their profits.

Also charged in the case were Kenneth Devries of Waterbury; Michael Nelson of Manchester; Chad McCluskey of San Clemente, Calif.; and Kristen Laschober of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Authorities say McCluskey and Laschober were involved in the shipping of methamphetamine to Wallin.

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Amazon Expands X-Ray to TV, Powered by IMDb and Available on the Kindle Fire Family

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Amazon Expands X-Ray to TV, Powered by IMDb and Available on the Kindle Fire Family

Popular X-Ray feature expands to include the top TV shows on Amazon, helping to answer the classic questions – “Who’s That Guy?” and “What’s He Been In?”

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– (NAS: AMZN) —Six months ago, Amazon and IMDb introduced “X-Ray for Movies,” a new feature that revolutionized the movie viewing experience by bringing the power of IMDb directly to movies on Kindle Fire HD. With a single tap viewers can discover the names of the actors appearing on the screen and what they’ve been in. Today, Amazon announced that it is expanding X-Ray to TV, bringing the seamless, fully-integrated X-Ray experience to TV shows. Available today for the most popular TV shows on Amazon, X-Ray will quickly expand to even more shows. IMDb, an Amazon company for 14 years, is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, with more than 160 million monthly unique visitors worldwide. X-Ray for TV is also available as part of the free Amazon Instant Video app on Wii U.

“X-Ray has been one of the most loved features on Kindle Fire HD since it launched last September,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “For people who are passionate about movies and TV, there is no better way to watch than on Kindle Fire HD, which combines an exceptional viewing experience with the unbelievable power of the over 100 million pieces of data in IMDb’s catalog.”

“For over 20 years we have been cultivating a vast database of movie, TV and celebrity content,” said Col Needham, IMDb Founder and CEO. “Can’t remember where you’ve seen the actor playing Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey? No problem. Simply tap on the screen and you’ll see a full filmography, where you’ll realize that Hugh Bonneville was also in Notting Hill. Our vision is to make X-Ray available on every movie and TV show—we’re excited to make another big step forward today, and we are working hard to add X-Ray to more TV shows and movies in the future.”

X-Ray for TV is available starting today on the most popular TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, many of which are also available as part of Prime Instant Video: Justified, Downton Abbey, The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy, Falling Skies, American Horror Story, Grey’s Anatomy, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Lost, Glee, Breaking Bad and Game …read more
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‘Breaking Bad’ Script Stolen From Bryan Cranston’s Car

By The Huffington Post News Editors

The final season of “Breaking Bad” could be spoiled thanks to a stolen script.

In early March, series star Bryan Cranston reported one of the final “Breaking Bad” scripts was stolen from his car in December along with a bag containing an iPad. According to ABC News, the Bernalilo County Sheriff’s Office arrested suspect Xavier McAfee for burglary, but the script has still not been recovered.

The complaint filed in early March revealed one of Cranston’s employees was contacted by a “confidential informant” after hearing a man at a bar brag about how he broke into a car and took items, including the “Breaking Bad” script.

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Can This Company Profit as the "YouTube of China"?

By Kevin Chen, The Motley Fool

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After the Hong Kong Televsion Broadcast Limited deal on Tuesday, fellow Fool Rick Munarriz made compelling points for Youku Tudou to become the “Netflix of China” with a subscription-based model.

However, I’m not so sure the online video giant should abandon its YouTube-ish roots. It would put Youku Tudou in more direct competition with such online video giants as Baidu’s iQiyi and Sohu TV, both of which have carved out strengths in distributing professional content.

Looking at long-term demographic trends in China, Youku Tudou‘s continued focus on user-generated videos — similar to Google’s Youtube — may best lead the way for long-term profits and shareholder returns.

Why competition could crush Youku Tudou’s hopes
Youku Tudou displayed serious hopes to become a purveyor of all kinds of online video with its Hong Kong TVB deal. Not only will it receive 2,500 hours of exclusive content per year (including current and past TV shows), but the deal also opens the way for co-producing original content.  

Given the company’s position in the online video market, it’s not hard to see why Youku Tudou made the deal and thinks it can make the transition.

Video Site

Hours Watched

Parent Company

1. Youku.com

698M

Youku

2. iQiyi.com

569M

Baidu

3. V.QQ.com

474M

Tencent

4. TV.Sohu.com

406M

Sohu

5. Tudou.com

291M

Youku

Source: We Are Social. For Aug. 2012. Tencent is not a U.S.-listed stock.

Youku Tudou outpaces the competition in number of hours watched. Youku.com alone attracted 129 million more hours watched than its nearest competitor, iQiyi.com. And once you combine Youku.com and Tudou.com together (the companies merged in 2012), you’ll see that they trounce the competition.

So while Youku Tudou has the lead, it believes that it can continue to dictate its position in the market, whether that be a purely user-generated video website or something more.

However, I think that the company is underplaying the first-mover advantage that its competitors have already carved out in their online video niches.

Baidu acquired iQiyi.com last year because of its leadership in providing full-length movies and TV shows. In the latest earnings release, Baidu announced that it will continue to step up its “investments and [increase] sales and marketing efforts to ensure [iQiyi] captures the huge opportunities ahead.” iQiyi.com is the No. 2 most watched video site for a reason, and could be for some time. 

Meanwhile, TV.Sohu.com has the variety show and, especially, the American TV audience in China locked down. Specifically, Sohu’s American TV views jumped 136% from the third to the fourth quarter — thanks in part to popular shows such as “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family.” And given that American TV viewers are often of higher educational and wealthier backgrounds, it’s likely that Sohu will continue to dig out its niche to draw in higher-end advertisers. 

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Jesse Pinkman's 1984 Toyota Tercel from Breaking Bad for sale

By John Neff

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The TV show Breaking Bad has broken out to become one of the small screen’s best offerings in years. Don’t worry if you haven’t watched it yet; I’m only up to season 3 on Netflix, so the chances of me spoiling much for you are low.

What I do know from watching the show is that crappy cars play a key role, from Walter’s jalopy of an Aztek to the car you see above, Jesse Pinkman‘s 1984 Toyota Tercel. Both cars are as run down as their owners and do nothing to hide the brutal weathering of some very bad years. Indeed, they deserve supporting actor credits, and soon you’ll have the chance to park one of these four-wheeled thespians in your own driveway.

TMZ has learned that Jesse’s Tercel will be sold by Mike Faris Auto Wholesale in Albuquerue, New Mexico. The car was reportedly leased from Faris by the show’s production, and with production on the show now complete, it’s been returned. Faris does tell TMZ, though, that he can’t guarantee the car was ever onscreen, since producers apparently had more than one on-hand to work with. Also, part of the deal he made with Sony Pictures Television was that the car couldn’t be sold until the last episode airs, which will happen sometime this summer.

For now, the Tercel is sitting on Faris’ lot with the words “Jesse’s Car As Seen On ‘Breaking Bad‘ – Make Offer” written on its windshield. We’d bet our last bag of Blue Sky that it’ll fetch a few more than its book value.

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AMC's 'Breaking Bad' Draws Tourists Worldwide to N.M.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque has become an international tourist attraction as people come from all over the world to see the spot where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization. A pastry shop sells doughnuts topped with blue candy designed to resemble crystal meth. A beauty store has a similar product — crystal blue bathing salts.

As “Breaking Bad” finishes filming its fifth and final season in Albuquerque, the popularity of the show is providing a boost to the economy and creating a dilemma for local tourism officials as they walk the fine line of profiting from a show that centers around drug trafficking, addiction and violence. “Breaking Bad” follows the fictional character Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned meth lord.

Albuquerque has seen an unexpected jump in tourists visiting popular sites from the show and local businesses cashing in on its popularity. Tourists are also flocking to sites that before the show were unknown and unimportant: the suburban home of White, played by Bryan Cranston; a car wash that is a front for a money-laundering operation on the series; a rundown motel used frequently for filming; and the real-life burrito joint, which is a fast food chicken restaurant on the show. The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau has even created a website of the show’s most popular places around town to help tourists navigate, and ABQ Trolley Co. sold out all its “BaD” tours last year at $60 a ticket.

“They ask if they can take pictures. They ask if Gus is here,” said Rachel Johnson, 19, a shift manager at the Twisters burrito restaurant in Albuquerque’s South Valley, referring to the show’s character Gus Fring, played by actor Giancarlo Esposito. The eatery has served as the location for the “Los Pollos Hermanos” restaurant where Fring runs his drug operation on “Breaking Bad.”

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Other popular shows over the past decade like “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos” have generated tours and widespread interest in the filming locations, but “Breaking Bad” has seen a unique twist with drug-themed products that have been springing up around Albuquerque.

Debbie Ball, owner of The Candy Lady store, recently capitalized on the show’s popularity by selling blue “Breaking Bad” meth treats — sugar rock candy that looks like the meth sold on the show. Ball provided her candy as props of the show in the first two seasons and said she has sold 20,000 bags of the stuff at $1 apiece. She also launched her own “Breaking Bad” limo tours this year with a driver dressed as Walter White.

“The show is amazing,” said Ball. “I don’t live too far from Walter White‘s house.”

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Netflix Raised Another Show From the Dead

By Anders Bylund, The Motley Fool

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Netflix is getting pretty good at raising the dead. Just ask AMC Networks .

No, I’m not talking about AMC‘s hit zombie series, The Walking Dead. That title is nowhere near death, rising to break cable ratings records and lifting AMC shares a market-beating 30% over the last year. Critics and skeptics of newfangled distribution models would say that this is despite a distribution deal with Netflix for prior seasons. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, of course, says that his streaming service actually helps AMC find new fans for existing hit shows like The Walking Dead. I’d say that the numbers are on Hastings’ side. You be the judge.

The latest revival here is AMC‘s murder mystery show, The Killling, which was canceled last summer after an Emmy-nominated two-season run. It’s coming back again, and Netflix suddenly seems sure to have played a life-saving role in its revival.

News Corp. division Fox Television Studios, which produces the show while AMC manages distribution duties, wanted the darn thing to live. The producers talked to Netflix and DIRECTV about defibrillating the flatlined property.

DIRECTV has some experience with extending canceled shows, like when it added two more seasons to legal thriller Damages and three seasons to sports drama Friday Night Lights. So does Netflix, which will launch a fourth season of Fox sitcom Arrested Development this May — after a seven-year blackout. DIRECTV was reportedly very interested but didn’t bite in the end. Neither did Netflix, at least not directly. Instead, AMC reupped The Killing on its own. But Netflix must have had a finger in that life-saving pie.

Netflix just announced that it has landed exclusive rights to stream The Killing season 3 globally. The agreement with Fox shuts premium cable networks and other online subscription services such as Hulu or Redbox Instant out of the new season, and also brings the first two go-rounds to Netflix customers everywhere.

And the new season would probably not have happened without Netflix’s help.

“Our agreement with Netflix played an extremely significant part in the studio’s strategy that enabled us to bring The Killing back for a third season,” said Fox Television president David Madden. It’s safe to say that Netflix’s license payments pushed this show out of the casket.

The show was originally canceled due to lower viewership even as the material snagged a second round of major awards nominations. This deal will serve as a litmus test for the idea of Netflix distribution breathing new life into forgotten shows. AMC certainly has reason to believe in Netflix helping out, given the continued success of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men after letting Netflix in on the fun.

And if both The Killing and the upcoming reboot of cult comedy Arrested Development both turn out to be hits, Netflix might just become the go-to destination for prematurely killed high-quality TV shows.

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Netflix to Act as Exclusive Host for "The Killing"

By Tim Beyers, The Motley Fool

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Netflix fired another round in the content wars this morning, announcing an exclusive deal to bring season three of crime drama The Killing to members in the U.S. and Canada three months after the finale airs on AMC Networks .

Seasons one and two are already available for streaming in the U.S., Netflix said. The other 40 countries where the service exists will get access to new episodes “over the next few months,” and before the season three premiere airs, the company said.

AMC has brokered similar deals with Netflix for airing episodes of the zombie thriller The Walking Dead, and another crime drama, Breaking Bad. This time, News Corp. unit Fox Television, which co-produces The Killing, took the lead.

“Our agreement with Netflix played an extremely significant part in the studio’s strategy that enabled us to bring The Killing back for a third season,” Fox TV president David Madden said in a press release.

The article Netflix to Act as Exclusive Host for “The Killing” originally appeared on Fool.com.

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