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Walter White goes Gonzo: ‘Breaking Bad’ illustrations by Ralph Steadman
10.14.2014
01:11 pm

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Saul Goodman Ralph Steadman
Saul Goodman by Ralph Steadman
 
For the upcoming limited-edition Blu-ray release of Breaking Bad, show creator Vince Gilligan joined forces with Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman to create six different covers for each season of the show. Available in February, these spectacular collectibles will be sold exclusively by Zavvi.com ($30 bucks each). Pre-order is going on now but be forewarned, the Gus “The Chicken Man” Fring edition for season four (as well as Mike Ehrmantraut’s season five and Hank Schrader’s show finale edition) have already sold-out. Images from each of the six covers follow.
 
Gus Fring by Ralph Steadman
Gus Fring
 
Walter White by Ralph Steadman
Walter White
 
Hank Scrader by Ralph Steadman
Hank Schrader
 
Mike Ehrmantraut by Ralph Steadman
Mike Ehrmantraut
 
Jesse Pinkman by Ralph Steadman
Jesse Pinkman
 
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‘Breaking Bad,’ the Opera
08.27.2014
07:56 am

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Just a couple nights ago, Breaking Bad beat out True Detective, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row. Breaking Bad had a great night, picking up three acting awards and a writing award as well. The glorious and gut-wrenching fifth and final season, which came to an end last September 29, was an authentic cultural phenomenon, which the pile of Emmys merely confirmed.
 

 
One relatively unexpected product of Season 5 is an actual operatic adaptation of Breaking Bad. The composer, Sung Jin Hong, also the artistic director of One World Symphony, was so inspired by the series that he wrote the entirety of “Breaking Bad—Ozymandias” in the four or so months between the end of the series and its premiere in New York on January 26, 2014. “Ozymandias” is the title of the 14th episode of Season 5, and is a reference to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 sonnet of the same name, which touches on the fleeting nature of empire.

Sung Jin Hong was urged by his sister to watch “the best show ever” (she’s certainly not alone in this judgment), and before he knew it, the show had become “an addiction.” As Sung Jin Hong says, “The eureka moment probably occurred after I explored and exhausted many possibilities. I had been sketching for almost a month and had not committed to a motif or rhythm. After a long morning run in early November in Prospect Park, I felt as if I could hear my heart beating. I immediately committed to elaborating on what has become the Heisenberg chord and his rhythmic heartbeat in my composition.”
 

 
As with the series itself, one of the more attention-getting aspects of the opera has been the character Jesse Pinkman’s propensity for using the word bitch in conversation. “Breaking Bad—Ozymandias” features a “Bitch Aria” that requires significant audience participation (see video below). The opera was performed twice on January 26 & 27, 2014, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea in Manhattan. The two performances required the use of folding chairs to accommodate demand, and the reviews appear to have been very positive.

On this page are two snippets of songs from the opera in a format that we unfortunately cannot embed here. The first song is called “The Moment,” and was inspired by “Fly,” episode 10 of Season 3. Here are a few lines from it:
 

That was the moment
that night
I should have never left home
Maybe things would have…
I was at home watching tv
Skyler and Holly were in another room
She was singing a lullaby
Ah
If I had just lived right up to that moment and not one second more
That would have been perfect

 
Soprano Dorothy Smith Jacobs, who played the part of Jane, Jesse’s drug-addicted friend from Season 2, said, “I think there is a need for operas to be 2014 scandalous, not 18th-century scandalous, while never ever sacrificing musical integrity.”
 

 
Perhaps emboldened by the success of “Breaking Bad—Ozymandias,” Sung Jin Hong has chosen as the inspiration for his next work another televised embodiment of pure evil: Hannibal Lecter.
 

 
“Bitch Aria”

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Replicas of the floating pink teddy bear from ‘Breaking Bad’ for sale
07.30.2014
09:18 am

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Think Geek just released a life-size replica (18 inches tall to be exact) of the iconic pool-floating pink teddy bear from Breaking Bad.

I have to say that all this Breaking Bad merchandise is getting a bit stale. Come on. The show ended last year. But I do dig this gnarly pink teddy bear… in a Mike Kelley sorta way.

  • Now you don’t have to throw your own teddy bear into the swimming pool
  • Life-size replica with screen-accurate airplane damage (and only one eye)

It’s reasonably priced at $29.99.


 

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‘Breaking Bad’ troll writes to advice column pretending to be ‘Skyler’
05.02.2014
10:37 am

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Oh dear, this one happened yesterday in an advice column for the Winnipeg Free Press. I do wonder if Miss Lonelyhearts has figured out she’s been trolled yet?

Via Geekologie

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Animated ‘Breaking Bad’/‘Street Fighter’ mashup is weirdly satisfying
04.01.2014
07:38 am

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Street Fighter

Street Fighter Walter White
 
This video is only a minute long, and there’s really not that much to it, but—I don’t know, it just works. UK-based animator Junior Jessman wanted to pay homage to a favorite video game and TV series, both of which happen to have a purchase on a distinct style of badassery, and the result is this slapdash Ryu-vs.-Jesse Pinkman masterpiece. All the characters look somewhat like Playmobil figurines or possibly Mr. Potato Head, but the love still flows through, what with the use of well-chosen audio samples and video effects. I love the cacti wearing cowboy hats to give the battle a solid sense of place.
 
Street Fighter Jesse Pinkman
Jesse uses his special “magnet power” move to subdue his foes
 
Jesse’s power move derives from his most famous utterance on Breaking Bad—“Yeah, bitch! Magnets!” from the Season 5 premiere. But when Ryu gets Jesse in a tight spot, who saves him but Walter “Heisenberg” White swooping in like a never-to-be-fucked-with Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China.
 

 
via RocketNews24

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If you like ‘Breaking Bad’ you’re gonna love ‘Break So Bad’


 
This is one of those things I clearly missed the boat on. Okay, let’s just call for what is… I missed the damned yacht! (This is some 2013 shit right here!) If you, like me, haven’t seen the Chinese bootleg of Break So Bad you’re in for an eyeful treat.

With the cancerous concern lonely man must use chemistry skill in making most potent of drugs methamphetamine. Danger and serious threat comes to man’s family to bring his to life to serious impact.

According to what I’ve read online about the glorious bootleg cover art is that it was done on purpose to avoid legality issues. Whether or not this is true, I simply don’t know? Could it be the work of an evil genius photoshopper? Perhaps. Perhaps.

Update: It was done by these folks back in 2012. 
 

 

 

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Methstorm: ‘Breaking Bad’ blue sky snow globe
12.11.2013
01:21 pm

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Snow Globes


 
You know, for that meth-loving snow globe collector in your life. Or maybe just for a completest Breaking Bad fan… I guess

Anywho, it’s for sale at Firebox for around $41.09.


 

 

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If ‘Breaking Bad’ characters were on ‘The Simpsons’
10.10.2013
09:38 am

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The Simpsons

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman
 
Brussels-based illustrator and art director Adrien Noterdaem loves to make Simpsons-ized versions of TV and movie characters. Recently he turned his attention to Breaking Bad and came up with these delightful images.

I would still like to see Lydia! and Tuco! and Gomie! and Badger! and Gale Boetticher! Much like meth addicts, Breaking Bad fans are not famous for ever being satisfied.
 
Walter White
Walter White
 
Skyler White
Skyler White
 
Hank Schrader
Hank Schrader

More after the jump…
 

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‘Breaking Bad’ propels Badfinger’s ‘Baby Blue’ up the charts … but who gets the money?
10.07.2013
07:52 am

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Badfinger

Baby Blue
 
It isn’t so often that a song becomes singularly wedded to a specific movie or TV show. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” will forever be associated with the Sopranos finale. Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” now has David Lynch’s kinky stank all over it. And who can listen to Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You” and not think of vivisecting an undercover cop after seeing Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs?

We may have to add Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” and Breaking Bad to the list.

Last week (as you may have heard) the Breaking Bad series finale was broadcast, garnering an audience of 10 million viewers, an incredibly high figure in this splintered, post-Netflix era—especially for a smaller channel like AMC. And that audience, while not large compared to that of, say, the series finale of M*A*S*H, consists almost entirely of media-literate tastemakers with purchasing power.

Without spoiling even a single plot detail, the “outro” to the series was Badfinger’s “Baby Blue,” a catchy ditty that a good portion of the audience might not have heard before, a song that references regret but in a curiously upbeat way—and the damn thing even features the word “blue” in the chorus! The first line of the song is “Guess I got what I deserve,” and it’s impossible to hear the lines “Did you really think I’d do you wrong?” and not think of Walter White’s maniacal fidelity to his family or the apparent father-son bond he shares with Jesse Pinkman. As with so much else, Vince Gilligan and his colleagues chose very, very well.
 
Badfinger
 
Originally from Wales, Badfinger is famous for two things most of all: they were one of the first bands signed by the Beatles’ Apple Records label, and they were snakebitten by tragedy at every turn. The chaos stemming from the dissolution of Apple affected the band in myriad unfortunate ways; facing financial disaster, singer and songwriter Pete Ham hanged himself in 1975, cursing the band’s manager Stan Polley in his suicide note (“Stan Polley is a soulless bastard”). In 1983, with Badfinger income from the Apple era still in escrow, singer/bassist Tom Evans hanged himself as well. Stan Polley was to Badfinger what Allen Klein was to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the unscrupulous manager who mercilessly took advantage of the inherent naivete of pie-in-the-sky musician types.

By the Monday morning after the Breaking Bad finale, “Baby Blue” had been downloaded more than 5,000 times, according to Nielsen SoundScan—an uptick of almost 3,000 percent. Nielsen’s tracking week ends on Sunday night, so only the first few hours of the mad rush to download “Baby Blue” is represented in that week’s figures—it will surely chart higher in the following week, according to Bloomberg/BusinessWeek.

In the wake of the tragic suicides of Ham and Evans, the royalties accruing from Badfinger’s estate are today more fairly apportioned, according to a royalty and publishing payment agreement that was hammered out in court. For all songs released by Apple and Warner Brothers under the name Badfinger—this group includes “Baby Blue”—the main songwriter (most often Ham) or the main songwriter’s estate receives 32 percent of the publishing royalties and 25 percent of ASCAP’s songwriting royalties. The rest is divided equally among the band members and the group’s first manager, Bill Collins. Ham’s estate receives an annual income of about $150,000 unless something unusual happens, as when Mariah Carey covered “Without You” in 1994—Ham’s estate received more than half a million dollars that year.

It looks like 2013 will be another “unusual” year! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.
 
Have a listen to “Baby Blue” on YouTube (or even better, buy it!)

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‘Metástasis.’ the Spanish-language remake of ‘Breaking Bad’
10.03.2013
06:43 am

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Colombian Walter White
 
The explosive success of Breaking Bad was bound to generate some copycats shows, but Spanish language media company Univision took it a step further, decided to cut out all those pesky middlemen (I think they’re called “writers”), and do a direct Spanish language remake. The Univision version will be set in Colombia and called Metástasis, the term for the spread of cancer- I assume “breaking bad” doesn’t really translate. The project seems intent on keeping every iconographic piece of the show they can, down to “Walter Blanco” (yes, really) in his famous white briefs. They even named his wife “Cielo Blanco”- “Cielo” being Spanish for “sky.”

Of course, some things will have to change to make sense to Univision audiences. The RV that houses Walt’s first meth lab will be replaced by a school bus, since RVs aren’t common in Colombia. Honestly, though? I feel like the context of the show is so American that an RV is going to be the least of their plot problems. Colombia’s relationship with drugs is, to say the least, very different from drug culture in the U.S. So much of the show’s premise is based on U.S. drug wars, especially our border with Mexico and our DEA. Colombia has already decriminalized cocaine and marijuana, and are arguably on their way to doing the same with meth.

Still, I’m really curious about how this will turn out. I may have to tune in just to see a Colombian Saul Goodman!
 
Breaking Bad cast Colombia
 

 
Via A.V. Club

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Celebrating ‘Breaking Bad’ fandom with the best scene analysis ever
09.29.2013
12:50 pm

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A flower
 
NOTE: The following is SUPER-SPOILERIFFIC. Seriously. If you haven’t already seen at least Season 4 of Breaking Bad, you are urged to stop reading now.

Even with the above disclaimer, I’m going to be circumspect here. As Season 4 of Breaking Bad drew to a close, one of the plot points generated a fair bit of discussion among the show’s fans. In what Clive Thompson called “a great example of modern talmudic video-parsing via Tivo and Youtube,” a YouTube user named Jcham979—apparently the real-life identity of that user is still not known—cracked one of the central puzzles of Season 4 a few days before the airing of “Face Off,” the Season 4 finale, on October 9, 2011, posting an intelligent and carefully argued case positing a particular theory of the action. By the time the episode was over, Breaking Bad‘s viewership had been treated to a shocking revelation—but Jcham979, at least, wasn’t surprised.

A video like Jcham979’s is emblematic of what it is to be a devoted fan of a TV series today. It isn’t just the shows anymore, it’s recaps and online communites poring over every relevant detail. The shows are now clearly being made with this mode of consumption in mind.

We at Dangerous Minds wish all of Breaking Bad‘s fans a satisfying conclusion to the series tonight!
 

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These are the best Walter White action figures. Period.
09.26.2013
09:08 am

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Breaking Bad action figure
 
I can’t stop peering at these phenomenal Walter White/Heisenberg action figures. Too bad they’re not available for sale.
 
Breaking Bad action figure
 
Breaking Bad action figure
 
Breaking Bad action figure
 
Breaking Bad action figure
 
Well done, Trevor Grove!

You CAN buy these swell Heisenberg cufflinks, however….
 
Breaking Bad cufflinks
 

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Get a glimpse inside the ‘Breaking Bad’ writers’ room
09.23.2013
07:51 am

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Vince Gilligan in the Breaking Bad writers' room
Vince Gilligan, in the Breaking Bad writers’ room
 
Sixty-one episodes down, one to go. Breaking Bad is almost at its end, and as we await the sure-to-be-exhilarating final episode next week, we provide a look at the process that generated some of the finest narrative TV of recent memory.

While he was researching his what looks to be outstanding Difficult Men, Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, writer Brett Martin was given access to the writers’ room as the Breaking Bad brain trust crafted the unforgettable storyline for Season 4. Martin snapped some photographs as well, and here they are for you to see.

Needless to say, if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad Season 4 and don’t want to be spoiled, you should stop reading now.
 
Breaking Bad, episodes 401 through 404
The main plot points for the first four episodes of Season 4, outlined on index cards
 
Breaking Bad Episode 401
The detailed throughline for the first episode of Season 4
 
Breaking Bad -- BOOM
If you’ve seen all of Season 4, then you already know what “BOOM” means, in the season’s final episode. The fascinating thing to notice here, though, is the reference to Walt disposing of something (or someone) in the ocean—has there ever been a shot of Walt near an ocean? The possibilities of what the writers might have been planning are intriguing…..
 
More pictures from the Breaking Bad writers’ room, including the writers’ “reference library” and the Breaking Bad-themed bathroom key after the jump…
 

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If ‘Breaking Bad’ was set in the UK it would be entirely different story



 
Brought to you by artist Christopher Keelty.

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Baking Bad: Cafe under fire for selling Walter White ‘crystal-meth’ cupcakes
09.07.2013
06:35 am

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Cupcakes

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A cafe in Glasgow, Scotland, has come under criticism for selling Breaking Bad crystal meth cupcakes.

The Riverhill Coffee Bar is selling the cupcakes, with a blue topping that resembles the crystal meth drug manufactured by Bryan Cranston’s character, Walter White, in the hit TV series, at $3.00 a hit.

Christine Duncan, chief executive of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, told Glasgow’s Evening Times:

“The glamorising of drugs is completely distasteful.

“We know from our membership base that the impact of drug misuse on families includes financial instability, breakdown in family relationships and the loss of employment.”

Two different points being made by Christine here, neither of which relate to the subject of cupcakes.

Meanwhile Nina Parker, city councillor for the Green Party said:

“It doesn’t sit well with the work that is being done to tackle drug abuse. Quite frankly, there’s nothing funny about recreational drug use.”

I bet Nina’s parties are a riot.

The criticisms relate more to drugs and drug use rather than the retail of a novelty confection. Methinks, the comments are almost veering a wee bit towards Chris Morris’s Brass Eye satire on the drug Cake.

In response a spokesperson for the Riverhill Coffee Bar said:

“We absolutely do not condone the use of drugs. Breaking Bad is such a huge, cult hit and this was simply us jumping on that bandwagon and making something that would appeal to fans of the show.”

If you want to bake your very own Breaking Bad crystal meth cupcakes, then check recipes here and here, or video here.
 

 

Lest we forget: Chris Morris investigates the misuse of Cake.
 
Via the Evening Times

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