(i dont give a fuck bring it)
Last time we heard from Walter White, he revealed (unofficially) that the final season of AMC's critically adored meth-od acting drama, Breaking Bad, would be returning in July. The news came amid speculation as to how the final sixteen episodes would be delivered: either in one shipment of face-melting goodness, or split over two painstakingly suspenseful mini-series.
Now we have something of an answer to television's most pressing question, with Emmy-award winner Bryan Cranston revealing that "We’re splitting it. We’re going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year.”
Cranston is also set to direct the ninth episode of Breaking Bad‘s final season, which will also - take it away, Walt - "pick up right where we left off. We’re cleaning up the pieces from last season’s huge ordeal where Gus Fring was forced to meet his maker. It’s not as easy as Walter thought. And as we’ve discovered over the years, you don’t really know who Walter White is. I’m still discovering who he is and I’m trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker. There’s physical danger to himself and his family, plus there’s the emotional danger due to his anger and hubris. It’s about the evil that men do and where that takes him.”
RICKY GERVAIS NEW SERIES
According to Ricky Gervais, there's nothing offensive about his latest cringe-worthy creation, Derek, an upcoming black comedy/drama about elderly care-worker Derek Noakes and his colleagues Dougie and Hannah.
A series of short teaser trailers have provoked criticisms that Gervais set out to mock the disabled with the obviously affected characterisation of the titular character. His recent Twitter faux-pas surrounding his supposed mocking of the disabled certainly doesn't help. However, speaking with The Independent, Gervais said that, "I've never thought of him as disabled. He's not that bright but he's cleverer than Baldrick (from Blackadder), he's clever than Father Dougal (a character in Father Ted)... he hasn't got as big a problem as Mr Bean. [ed: What was up with Mr. Bean by the way?]
Goodbye Gorillaz goodbye Blur says damon albarn
In an interview with The Guardian, prolific musician Damon Albarn has pretty much, kinda, maybe sealed the fate of his two most successful bands, 90s Britpop stalwarts Blur and cartoon pop collaboration with Jamie Hewlitt, Gorillaz.
Of Blur's future, Albarn revealed that he could no longer collaborate with drummer Dave Rowntree and bassist Alex James, saying: "it's harder for them to reconnect. You know what I mean? It's fine when we play live – it's really magical still – but actually recording new stuff, and swapping musical influences… it's quite difficult."
When prompted about the prospect of any future Blur records, or the likelihood of playing after the Olympic Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park, Albarn responds:
"No, I don't think so. No, not really. And I hope that's the truth: that that's how we end it. I don't know: you can write scripts, and they always end up going… [pause]… well, one thing I've learned, and I'm sure you're exactly the same, is that everything I think I've got totally sorted out, and I know exactly what's going to happen – it never works out that way…"
"In all likelihood, I would say. [pause] Oh, God…" which kind of says it all really. 'Oh God...'
When quizzed on the possibility that we can expect more Gorillaz music, Albarn gives another nonplussed answer in "Er… unlikely," his uncertainty stemming from a feud between the two following on from the duo's last record Plastic Beach, on which Albarn felt "The music and the videos weren't working as well together... It's a shame."