HOLLYWOOD – Stranger Things star Barb Holland is to get her own Netflix show.
Everyone’s favorite mum jeans wearing best friend Barb Holland is going to get her own show on Netflix. Little is known about the new series though rumor has it that it’s going to be a prequel. Shannon Purser, who plays the character in the first season of Stranger Things, was coy:
We know that Barb disappears halfway through Stranger Things but it’s never certain whether she’s actually dead or not. However, I am interested in what happens to Barb beforehand. How di Barb become Barb?
The showrunners – the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy – won’t be overseeing this one as they are busy with the next season of the show. But don’t despair. Veteran TV genius Vince Gilligan is stepping into their shoes.
I loved the original. It really felt like a breath of eighties style fresh air. It was so original. The show reminded me of Stephen King and Spielberg and Dean Koontz novels as well. I’m going to try and put a little of the Gilligan magic in there. A sprinkle or two at least.
What do you think? Will this be a wonderful adventure in the Upside Down? Or will the show break and be bad?
Better Call Barb will show early next year.
HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad spin off show Better Call Saul is entering its second season and there are precisely five things wrong with it.
Season 2 of Vince Gilligan’s Better Call Saul is underway and I think the time has come for me to get some things off my chest. First of all let me say that I loved Breaking Bad and I really liked Season One of Better Call Saul, and there’s not that much wrong with Season Two either. Except for five things.
- It isn’t called It’s Still Jimmy F*cking McGill. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is a wonderful character and Jimmy McGill just seems a less interesting version of him. For all his attempts to be a good guy, the character feels like he’s moving glacially towards his later manifestation. Already from the first season we got the basic conflicts and issues, but here he is back again, trying to be agood guy, trying to be a solid lawyer, trying to impress his brother. Oh and…
- Chuck his brother, played by the marvelous Michael McKean, is somewhat stuck. His phobia in a way representative of the show in general, with its morbid reluctance to move forward. Everyone tiptoes around Chuck and does their best to make him feel at his ease, but I don’t quite see why everyone is so understanding and yet there is no sense that Chuck is receiving any professional help. I mean I get that he’s a great lawyer but he’s not exactly Howard Hughes. Oh and about the lawyer thing…
- Lawyers and law firms and civil suits and all of that stuff is just so boring. I mean I keep seeing people talking about the document recovery (poor Rhea Seehorn and her shitty post it notes) and stuff like that but ultimately I don’t care. Watching Jimmy desperately trying to be a good lawyer, those meetings, those conference calls, it’s all so desperately dull. I mean the main case this season is about an old persons retirement home! I get that they’re setting up the dullness of the straight life so we can see the attraction of Jimmy becoming Saul, but even Mike has a more interesting job and he’s a car park attendant. Talking about…
- Mike was one of the highlights of Season One and his backstory was amazing. Truly great performance by Jonathan Banks. We’ve set up his allegiance to his daughter in law as motivation for him moving to the dark side but again there’s a slowness to this, an incremental slide and his story is completely disconnected from Jimmy’s. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the pace of the show. I get that every episode is based around three or four long scenes. And I like the writing and the performances, but the overarching story is becoming repetitive and uninteresting. As if they actually only had a two season story line and this season is the buffer between the two. But the worst thing is the …
- Breaking Bad cameos. Every time one happens it takes me totally out of it. They’re unnecessary and not helped by the fact that the actors have visibly aged since the originals that are supposed to have happened after this takes place. They’re distracting and only diminish the separate shows.
HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan has announced his new project, a TV show based on the Studio Exec.
Vince Gilligan spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec (who else?) about the project:
This is going to be the darkest thing I’ve ever done. When I first thought up Breaking Bad, I pitched it as Mr. Chips becomes Scarface. Well, this is more like Scarface becomes … I don’t know, but something a lot worse than Scarface by gum!
Can you give us an idea of the plot?
Sure. I mean broad strokes. The Studio Exec is a Hollywood producer with deep ties to the Colombian cartels…
He’s a dealer?
No, but he has a loyalty card. He gets into trouble when he starts to make a movie about Pablo Escobar starring Benicio del Toro. His dealers are none too pleased by the portrayal of a man they consider a local hero and so some how the Studio Exec must square them, make the movie, deal with a difficult star and at the same time come to terms with the fact that his daughter wants to marry Val Kilmer.
You’ve been reading my f*cking diary!
I’m ashamed to say I have.
Breaking Exec will be broadcast in the Fall.
BETTER CALL SAUL: REVIEW – AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul just got better and better the more it relaxed and forget about Breaking Bad.
I must admit at first I was nervous. There were the visual echoes from Breaking Bad – the close ups of making Cinnabuns echoing cooking meth. There as the early cameo from a Breaking Bad baddie. And then there were even the plot similarities – Jimmy McGill being given the opportunity for financial freedom by the big law firm but sticking by his own amoral guns and pride. But as the season went on my nervousness relaxed and the show began to forge its own identity and its own particular delight.
One thing I noticed is that each episode was essentially three scenes. There were scenes around those scenes of course, but there were usually three moments, one of which was extended. The rhythm was different. There was a slow burn that worked well – a narrower more intense experience as if Breaking Bad had been the panorama and Better Call Saul was the sketchbook.
Then there was the shift of focus. Although called Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) – the proto Saul Goodman – often gave room to other characters, Rhea Seehorn as Jimmy’s ally/rival, his agoraphobic brother Chuck (a fantastic Michael McKean) and grump-bags Mike (Jonathan Banks) who served up the stand out moment of the whole series. Of course, Odenkirk was magnificent even when called upon to play his younger self in a series of increasingly unconvincing hair pieces, but sometimes with the depth he gave to the character came a paradox. I always thought that Saul – in Breaking Bad – hinted at depth that he resolutely refused to display. Better Call Saul resolutely gave you a sense of how deep Jimmy was, and left you wishing for the more flippant delights of Goodman. By the end of Season One, it has become apparent that the show is to be another character arc of a man behaving badly with his own specific motivations. Now these motivations have been laid out baldly, the arc predestined by the previous show, one hopes that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould can keep us interested in what we know is going to happen anyway. On the current evidence, I’d say it’s a safe bet.
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HOLLYWOOD – Han Solo will be a returning cast member to AMC’s Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan today confirmed.
Speaking exclusively to the Studio Exec show runner, Gilligan commented live via Skype from his own private island that he has named Vince’s Island:
We were unsure about having cast members return. But Bryan Cranston I know is keen to come back and appear as a cameo, as is Aaron Paul.
Have you had an opportunity to talk to Harrison Ford?
About appearing in Better Call Saul as Han Solo, possibly one of everyone’s favorite characters from the original series.
But you mean the original series of Star Wars, not Breaking Bad? That’s a whole different…
I heard he broke his ankle.
Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the set.
Oh yeah. Yes that’s true.
‘Yes. That’s true’. There we have it.
But I didn’t mean….
[End of Transmission]
So it’s confirmed Han Solo will feature as a recurring character in Better Call Saul.
Better Call Saul is due to be broadcast this Fall.
HOLLYWOOD – AMC announced today that Breaking Bad hero Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is getting his own spin off show with Hey Jesse!
The news comes almost a year on from the finale of the ground-breaking meth lab dramedy that has already spawned a yet to be aired spin off Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk as the eponymous lawyer. Aaron Paul explained the new show:
A lot of people, myself included, think that Jesse got a pretty raw deal on Breaking Bad [Spoilers ahead – Exec]. He suffered beatings, manipulation, abuse and the loss of everyone he loved. And in return he got to drive into a fence, probably straight into the oncoming cop cars. So I talked to Vince Gilligan and we worked something out.
Details are hazy but show-runner, Gilligan spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec and dropped some hints:
It is going to be a lot lighter. We really want to pay back Jesse for all the terrible things he had to go through. So he moves to New York and he becomes a male nanny to these kids of a famous film director and his actress wife. Anyway Jesse just has loads of great times with these kids and finds a kind of surrogate family. He’s lauded and celebrated and surrounded by people who love him and value him.
Oh and he succumbs to his old drug dealing ways and everyone finds out and he has to kill one of the kids to cover up and then the Nazis, Uncle Jack’s relatives, they turn up. And anyway I don’t want to give away the end, so I think I’ve said enough.
Hey Jesse! will be broadcast this Fall on AMC.