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Besides this crash, I also have TWA Flight 800, JFK Jr’s plane and Walter Cronkite died. It happens.

‘Better Call Saul’ Supporting Cast Announced

AMC is confirming that Michael McKean is joining series star Bob Odenkirk in “Better Call Saul,” the much-awaited prequel to “Breaking Bad.”

Best-known from the film “This Is Spinal Tap,” McKean will play the brother of Saul Goodman, the wily lawyer originated by Odenkirk in the wildly popular drama “Breaking Bad.”

A returning supporting actor is Jonathan Banks, who played “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut. Other cast members announced Friday at the summer TV critics’ tour include Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando.

“Better Call Saul” will take place in 2002, about five years before the starting point of “Breaking Bad.”

The new series was created by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

Its 10-episode season begins in January, with a second season already ordered. (AP)

Academy Sues Over Auctioned Oscar Statuette

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A lawsuit has been filed over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of the film “My Gal Sal.”

The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences, which hosts the Academy Awards, sued Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Briarbrook sold the statuette on June 24 for $79,200.

The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Briarbrook to sell the Oscar statuette to the Academy for $10 in accordance with the organization’s bylaws. The disputed statuette was awarded to Joseph Wright for his art direction of the musical “My Gal Sal,” which starred Rita Hayworth.

Briarbrook owner Nanci Thompon says she has not seen the lawsuit, but she says the company was careful before offering it for sale. (AP)

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A Return to (Old) ‘Breaking Bad’ for AMC

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No new episodes of “Breaking Bad”? No problem for the AMC network.

AMC said Tuesday that it will fill its Sunday night schedule for nearly two months with reruns of the popular series that starred Bryan Cranston, which aired its last original episode last September. Every episode will be shown during the network’s “Breaking Bad Binge.”

Episodes will air from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Sunday night, from Aug. 10 through Oct. 5.

AMC will add some extras, including interviews with cast and crew members prior to each episode. (AP)

1942 Oscar Auctioned in Rhode Island

A rare auction of an Oscar statuette has brought a total of $79,200.

Nanci Taylor of Briarbrook Auctions in Rhode Island said Monday that amount includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium for the 1942 Oscar. It was awarded to Joseph C. Wright for color art direction for his work on “My Gal Sal,” starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature.

Taylor declined to disclose the name of the buyer, but said “you would recognize the name.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t allow an Oscar statuette to be sold without first offering it back to the academy for $1. But the auction house says that restriction doesn’t apply to awards before 1950.

Wright died in 1985. His nephew inherited the statue, one of two Wright won in 1942. (AP)

1942 Oscar to be Auctioned in Rhode Island

A 1942 Oscar statuette is being sold an auction in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1jCCSPx ) the statuette will be sold Monday by Briarbrook Auctions in East Greenwich. Art director Joseph C. Wright won the Oscar in 1942 for color art direction on the film “My Gal Sal.”

The Oscar belongs to Wright’s nephew, who lives in Cranston and wishes to remain anonymous.

Oscars rarely come onto the market. Since 1950, Oscar winners are required to sign a contract agreeing that if they or their heirs ever want to sell an Oscar, it must first be offered to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for $1.

Wright died in California at the age of 92. (AP)

Jay Leno to Win Nation’s Top Humor Prize in DC

Newly retired from “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation’s top humor prize by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Leno will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by his fellow comedians in a performance Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally in November on PBS.

Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein says Leno followed in the tradition of Twain and has offered a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American life.

In a statement, Leno says he’s a big fan of Twain’s. He said “A Tale of Two Cities” is one of his favorite books. But that novel was written by Charles Dickens.

Since leaving NBC, Leno has gained an international following online with his new creation, JayLenosGarage.com. (AP)

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