INTERVIEW: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan

The day after the record-breaking season 4 finale of Vince Gilligan's Breaking BadThe Hollywood Reporter's Tim Appelo asked him to tell all about what the show means, where his work comes from, why his idol is Clint Eastwood. Plus, the showrunner admits that he really wishes he had madeSpongebob Squarepants.


Beavis and Butthead return to MTV 14 years later

If you watched last night’s episode of Jersey Shore, you may have caught the preview for Beavis and Butt-Head, which included the premiere date for the series’ return. Beavis and Butt-Head will be back to their ridiculous shenanigans and pop-culture commentary later next month!

I’ll admit to not entirely seeing the need for the two ’90’s icons to return to MTV until I attended the panel for B&B at Comic Con in San Diego last July. After viewing the video shown at the panel, which marked return of Cornholio, and watching as the idiotic duo watched reality TV and made hilarious comments in the direction of Jersey Shore and some other shows, it became very clear that pop-culture has been lacking these vital perspectives for a long time. Suddenly, Jersey Shore felt less complete without Beavis and Butt-Head making fun of it in the background. And so, come late October, the world will have Beavis and Butt-Head back.


Carrie Fisher mocks herself in HBO’s ‘Wishful Drinking’

Carrie Fisher is not your typical weight loss spokesperson: she's unwilling, acerbic, self-deprecating. But her inclination toward sarcasm -- rather than spandex -- makes the new face of Jenny Craig something of a breath of fresh air.

While she was once the ingenue in a metal bikini, Fisher is now the gracelessly self-mocking lead in the HBO special, "Wishful Drinking," based on her successful memoir.

The show (which received two Emmy nods) chronicles her return from the brink of alcoholism and her campaign of blunt, yes-this-effing-hurts self-improvement.

While she defeated her addictions, Fisher realized that she had another problem: At 180 pounds, she was dangerously overweight.

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Startups blend social media, movies

Streaming movies might not yet have the equivalent of a theater experience, with roaring crowds crunching on popcorn, but they are getting more social.

Hollywood studios have increasingly looked to social media and Facebook, in particular, as a distribution platform. The early inroads have been experimental, but turning social media users into audiences is a bright new hope for a Hollywood looking to counter sagging DVDsales.

On Tuesday, the social streaming startup flickme will launch a library of more than 1,000 movies for rent or purchase with Facebook and Twitter integration. It already has some notable backers: Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are participating and noted venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has provided funding.


Streaming Video’s Emerging Bounty

AT this point in its evolution streaming video can still feel like your neighborhood VHS rental shop, circa 1985.

Mikhail Romm’s “Nine Days One Year” (1962).

The shelves of the two leading services, Netflix Instant and Hulu Plus, seem to be full of films you’ve never heard of, arranged in no particular order. The latest hits haven’t arrived yet, and there’s no one around to help you out except for the digital equivalent of the surly, underpaid clerk: those “recommended for you” algorithms that pretend to know your taste but come up with the oddest suggestions imaginable. Why does Netflix keep insisting that I need to see “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew”? Is it trying to tell me something?

But where there is chaos, there is also opportunity. Both Netflix and Hulu are full of hidden gems, but often it’s not easy to dig them out. Somewhere on Netflix, between Ashley Tisdale in “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” and Christopher Walken and Jennifer Beals in “The Prophecy II,” there’s a very good copy of Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1948 film noir “Ruthless” in its full 105-minute version, rather than the 88-minute public domain cut that’s been the only edition available for years. To find it, though, you have to know it’s there.


TVS Television Network To Begin Fulltime Sports Video Webcast in December

TVS Television Network, the fourth oldest commercial TV network in the USA, will begin transmitting a fulltime sports video service on their website beginning Monday, December 5, 2005. The webcast will be a combination of classic events from the TVS sports library as well as new productions.

Included in the regular daily programming, which will be available for a $ 9.95 monthly subsciption, is classic and current football, boxing, billiards, bowling, soccer, basketball, winter sports, olympic style sports, roller derby, wrestling, motor racing, and other sports. All of the sports will be available for video downloads as well as viewing on demand.

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Reality TV Casting Calls – 3 Top Audition Tips

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If you're on a reality television show that means you're lucky enough to be on TV, which is almost reason enough to audition for reality television - a chance to be on TV! Here are three tips for those who are heading out to a reality TV casting call.

1. Almost Famous

After auditioning for a reality television show you get catapulted into an industry that many people only experience from the comforts of home by watching it on TV. However, if you are selected, you get a chance to join Angelia Jolie, Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruise by enjoying a smaller version of that sort of fame during your time on a reality TV show. While for most people being on a reality television show represents the classic 15 minutes of fame, for others it means a large segue into a very closed-doors industry. Not everyone's experience in reality television ends up the same, but for any single person in reality TV, it means a chance to be seen by the public in one of the most sought after positions in media that exists today. Also, for those who are particularly memorable or win competitions it can mean becoming a more permanent fixture in the media. It can lead to future jobs and allows you to meet people you would never otherwise have met. While for most people, being in reality TV means being famous for a small period of time, it represents an amazing experience and a microcosm of a dream for many people - a chance to be on TV.

2. Self Improvement

Reality television has many formats and one such popular format is that of self improvement. For example shows like The Biggest Loser, where families and individuals compete to see who can lose the most weight offers prizes to the winning team. However, the shows biggest prize is easily the improvement of the quality of life these teams and individuals experience in becoming more healthy and improving their self esteem through weight loss. This one example is a clear cut indication of how reality television can help its contestant through self improvement. However, there are other reality television shows where the self improvement aspect of the program might be harder to identify. There are many prize and competition style shows with monetary and other highly sought after prizes offered to winners such as cars or clothes. However, many competition style shows also offer a segue into the industry the show is based on allowing the winner access and notoriety in an industry where it is their dream in which to work. America's Next Top Model awards modeling contracts, American Idol offers singing contracts, Project Runway moves no-name designers into the industry within a blink of an eye and Top Chef offers much of the same. These shows provide self improvement opportunities through the career choice of the contestants and in many ways represents the only way in which those contestants might have been successful in the industry. Additionally, shows like Fear Factor provide not only a monetary prize but the chance to overcome a particularly paralyzing fear. Nanny 911 improves the family dynamic of struggling families. While reality television is largely seen as a way to gain some quick fame, it is also a way to grow and self improve.

3. The Big Prize

While self improvement and fame are large factors behind why people audition for reality television the obvious financial factor behind winning a competition style show is hard to ignore. In winning a show like Survivor, contestants are awarded a one million dollar prize. Shows like Deal or No Deal also offer large monetary prizes to winners and shows like The Price Is Right or Wheel Of Fortune are much the same. Winning a reality show where money is the main prize allows people the chance to move from one financial demographic to the other, perhaps allowing them to completely alter and change their way of life.

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Are There Specific Laws And/or Regulations That Reality TV Shows Are Required to Follow?

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Are There Specific Laws And/or Regulations That Reality TV Shows Are Required to Follow?

By Amy Nutt

When participants sign on to be a part of a reality TV show, they sign contracts and are then bound by the terms of the contract. If the participants violate the terms of the contract, then they risk being kicked off of the show. This is what binds the participant. However, there are laws and regulations which govern reality TV shows. This may be hard to believe since many reality TV shows seem cutthroat, but contestants are aware of the type of TV show they are taking part in and they agree to such treatment in their contracts because that is what makes the show interesting.

The FCC regulates what we see on TV, but the shows are prohibited from rigging of any kind, exploiting children, and other such things as nudity and language that are not censored. Those are your standard FCC regulations. However, there have been statements that have claimed that the show Survivor is not subject to game show regulations set forth by the FCC.

Such rules set forth by the FCC involve the Prime Time Access Rule and the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules, which has a large effect on game shows. What the first rule does is give total control of a certain time slot to a local station to do what they please and the second rule gives the producers limited ownership of a program after its initial run. However, these rules don?t really interest the public. What interests the public are the censorship rules.

Regarding the claim that Survivor is not subject to the game show regulations of the FCC is contradictory to what the show has claimed. The FCC rules are mostly effective in the areas of censorship and making sure that there is no rigging going on although the above applies as well. They say that reality shows do not leave much room to cheat anyway despite what some may believe. If the FCC caught reality shows rigging, the reality shows would be severely fined. If the contestants found out that the shows were being rigged, then the shows would be facing numerous lawsuits.

Lessons were learned many years ago from such shows as Quiz Show where the producers were feeding the questions and the answers to the contestants before they went on the show. If the audience loved a particular contestant, the producers wanted to make sure that contestant stuck around for a while. Once the ratings would fall, the process would start all over again so that the audience would once again fall in love with a particular contestant.

However, when we look at the reality shows of today, we may absolutely enjoy a particular contestant for them to get voted off. That hardly constitutes any type of rigging because the show is risking viewership if a beloved contestant is gone. The FCC regulates how these shows conduct themselves and they make sure that everything is done fairly to the best of their ability because, if the show is found out, the show risks everything, including their reputation. If they risk their reputation, then they lose viewership. When a show loses viewership, they are then taken off of the air and placed into syndication if they?re lucky. Some reality shows have been on the air for so long that it would be a shame for such things to happen, but scandal does occur and solutions must be reached. However, sometimes it is the scandal that brings even more viewers to a show than ever before. But if the show is deceiving their viewers, then viewers feel violated.

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Why You Might Want To Watch The Simpsons Online For A Change

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You're the first to admit it, back in college you were a huge fan of The Simpsons. Seasons five through seven were the best thing on TV at that time in your opinion. You knew all the characters, of course, could reliably do half a dozen pretty good impersonations, owned a well-loved copy of the first Simpsons guide and could be counted upon to find a Simpsons quote for any and every occasion (much to the exasperation of your girlfriend at the time). In truth, to this day D'oh, Woohoo! and Excellent are components of your everyday vocabulary and you've long given up trying to suppress them.

You were tickled a few years ago when your daughter started watching The Simpsons and enjoyed watching the episodes with her when you could. She has since moved on to other shows and now it is rare for you to sit down and watch the show anymore. Occasionally you'll get a twinge to see a specific episode but it always passes. Why not indulge yourself next time you get a twinge and watch The Simpsons online?

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Why the epic is bigger than ever

Once upon a time, viewers turned to cable television for edgy, interesting characters and nuanced storytelling, and to the summer multiplex for epics and fantasies, gladiators and knights in armor. Not so much anymore. A wave of episodic series built around empires of yore, whether real or imagined, are pulling in big ratings for such networks as HBO, Showtime and Starz. Why now and to whom do these epics appeal? We turned to top execs at each network and found that their answers fell into a few compelling categories


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