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Vince Gilligan Talks Ending Breaking Bad With New York; Bryan Cranston Gets Directing Nod

This week, Vince Gilligan talks ending Breaking Bad with New York, while Bryan Cranston is recognized with a nomination by the Directors Guild of America. Plus, the London Review of Books pens an essay on Breaking Bad. Read on for more:

Read in New York about the 10 things on Vince Gilligan’s mind as he prepared to write the series finale — including why there will never be a Breaking Bad movie.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Directors Guild of America has nominated Bryan Cranston for his direction of an episode of ABC’s Modern Family. The DGA also gave a nod to Rian Johnson, who helmed Season 5, Episode 4, “Fifty-One.” Go to E! Online for a complete list of nominees.

The London Review of Books pens an essay on Breaking Bad, calling Walt “an exemplar of the Nietzschean superfluous man, who believed himself to be good because his claws were blunt.” The Guardian highlights the essay and observes, “Breaking Bad‘s genius is in bringing us to the realisation that at its best, dramedy is a serious contemporary art form, and no laughing matter.”

• Discussing Breaking Bad‘s success with A.V. Club, critic Alan Sepinwall says, “Vince Gilligan is very, very good at what he does.”

Crave Online interviews Giancarlo Esposito, who discusses the aftermath of playing Gus: “I love it when I laugh and everyone turns around because Gustavo Fring would never be that loose and that easy to have a belly laugh.”

Jimmy Kimmel’s latest installment of celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves features Bryan Cranston, among others.

• While assessing Breaking Bad‘s chances of winning the Golden Globe for best drama, says, “every second of this season was near-perfection.”

• Sporting a Heisenberg-like hat, Bryan Cranston talks about how a script influences whether he’ll take a part: “It either resonates with me or it doesn’t.”

Go to Uproxx to check out a pre-Breaking Bad Aaron Paul in the WB’s Birds of Prey, a series that aired in 2002.

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