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TV Guide Calls Episode 5 “Masterful”; Aaron Paul on Esquire Next Generation Cover

This week, TV Guide raves about Season 5’s latest episode while Aaron Paul lands on the cover of Esquire as part of a feature on the “Next Generation of Hollywood Stars.” Plus Variety thinks, Breaking Bad is “never disappointing.” The Emmy buzz builds. Read on for more.

TV Guide calls Episode 5, “Dead Freight,” an “intense gut punch of an episode.”

Esquire features Aaron Paul — and others — in its September cover story, “The Next Generation of Hollywood Stars.”

Variety presents Breaking Bad with Summer TV’s Never Disappointing Award: “Simply put, the most unpredictable program on television.”

Rolling Stone conducts a Q&A. with Dean Norris, who says of Hank’s new job, “He’d rather be chasing down Heisenberg, and now he’s gotta deal with politics and fund-raising.” interviews Anna Gunn, who talks about playing Skyler: “I’ve lived in her skin for so long that her journey feels like my journey, and they’re sort of enmeshed.”

Vince Gilligan talks to MSNBC’s Cycle about Walt’s transformation, as, with each episode, “We slough off a little bit more of the sympathy that viewers have for this character.”

Laura Fraser reveals to New York that she still hasn’t met Vince Gilligan, “This majestic phantom that everyone talks about every day, all the time.”

TV Guide labels Skyler’s parting shot to Walt in Season 5, Episode 4, “Fifty-One” (she’s waiting for the “cancer to come back”), as the week’s “best fightin’ words.”

The Chicago Tribune‘s RedEye lists five things to know about Aaron Paul, calling him the It Dude of 2012.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston talk to MTV about Jesse Plemons and his character, Todd. Meanwhile, names Plemons one of fall 2012’s breakout movie stars. observes that Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito both appeared in a 2006 episode of Ghost Whisperer, where Paul’s character killed Esposito’s.

Albuquerque’s KRQE talks to Sam Webb of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, who played the boy on the dirt bike in last week’s “Dead Freight.”

The A.V. Club celebrates the “telling” silences of Breaking Bad.

The Orlando Sentinel deems Breaking Bad “possibly the best show going these days.” waxes poetic about Breaking Bad, saying, “There are few dramas on TV done as well right now.”

The Hollywood Reporter thinks Anna Gunn could win the best drama supporting actress Emmy ” if Downton Abbey actresses Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt split the vote. speaks with Giancarlo Esposito, who discusses his Emmy-nominated role of Gus Fring, who has “taken on a life of his own.”

Variety looks at the best drama actor Emmy race, which includes Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston.

• How has pop culture taught us to use magnets? The A.V. Club has a list, including the caper in Breaking Bad‘s Season 5 premiere.

The Huffington Post argues that Walt would be perfect as Mr. Freeze in a new Batman franchise.

Guillermo del Toro tells that he “adores” Breaking Bad and would love to direct an episode.

Albuquerque’s KRQE reports that Steven Michael Quezada recently hosted a fund-raiser for a new local drug-treatment center.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the North American rights to Sassy Pants, a film starring Anna Gunn, have been picked up by Phase 4 Films, which plans to release the movie this fall.

According to, Aaron Paul will star in Long Way Down, an adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel. Also the Los Angeles Times reports that Smashed, starring Paul, will be screened at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

TVLine says, you’ll find Bob Odenkirk back on How I Met Your Mother in a Season 8 guest spot.

Cinema Blend reports that Mark Margolis, who’s appeared in all Darren Aronofsky’s films, will work with him again in Noah. Dread Central says Margolis has also been cast in Beneath.

New York relives Bryan Cranston’s turn in the 2006 pilot for Thank God You’re Here, an improv show.

• For recaps and reviews of season 5, episode 5, “Dead Freight,” check out The Atlantic, E! Online, Entertainment Weekly, HitFix, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Slate, Television Without Pity, Time, TVLine, and The Wall Street Journal.

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