Walter White may appear in ‘Better Call Saul,’ Creator Says

“Breaking Bad” is gone, but Walter White may be coming back to television.

“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan said Thursday at Comic-Con that there is an excellent chance that the Bryan Cranston character and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman will be in the show’s spinoff “Better Call Saul” at some point.

Gilligan, Cranston and Paul were joined by many of their fellow “Breaking Bad” castmates in the 6,500-seat Hall H to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show.

Gilligan said the characters will not appear in season 4 of “Better Call Saul” when it picks up in August, but that they’d be remiss if they didn’t show up before it ends.

Cranston also said that “Breaking Bad” will never be a feature film, but Gilligan countered not to rule it out. (AP)


Robert De Niro to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway are among the newest group of celebrities who will be honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame selection committee has announced the class of 2019.

“Murphy Brown” star Candice Bergen, chef Guy Fieri and Alvin and The Chipmunks were among those selected for their work in television.

Pink, Michael Buble and Faith Hill were some of the music honorees.

Idina Menzel, Cedric “The Entertainer”, Judith Light and Paul Sorvino were picked for their work in live theater and performance.

Dates have not been scheduled for the star ceremonies. (AP)


Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani Among Film Academy Invitees

The organization that puts on the Oscars has invited 928 new members from 59 countries to join its ranks, including actors Tiffany Haddish, Dave Chappelle, Kumail Nanjiani, Amy Schumer and Timothee Chalamet.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Monday that 49 percent of its invitees are female and 38 percent of are people of color. Should all the invitees accept, the new class would boost its overall membership to be 31 percent female and 16 percent persons of color.

The film academy in 2016 pledged to double the number of female and minority ranks of its members by 2020.  (AP)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize This Fall

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is being honored with the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for a lifetime in comedy.

The veteran actress and comedian will be the 21st recipient of the Twain prize. The Kennedy Center announced her selection Wednesday and she will be celebrated at a gala event on October 31.

Louis-Dreyfus started as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and went on to create a pair of iconic and long-running television characters: Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” and Vice-President Selina Meyer on “Veep.”

She has earned 11 Emmy awards, including a record-setting six consecutive Emmys.

Previous recipients of the Twain prize include Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Carol Burnett. Bill Cosby received the award in 2009 but it was rescinded earlier this year.  (AP)


Gabrielle Hamilton, Highlands Bar and Grill Win Beard Awards

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant in New York City took home this year’s outstanding chef award at the James Beard Awards .

The outstanding restaurant award went to Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama, when the honors were given out Monday night in Chicago. Many consider the ceremony the Oscars of the culinary world.

Hamilton earned a nomination in the same category last year. She previously won a Beard Award for Best Chef New York City. Highlands Bar and Grill received the nod after multiple previous nominations in the outstanding restaurant category. The restaurant’s menu changes daily and is rooted in classic French techniques.

The Beard Awards were based in New York. This is their fourth year in Chicago, where they moved in 2015. (AP)

Vatican Bling Takes Center Stage at New Met Fashion Exhibit

Those fashion exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art always have a high bling quotient. This time, though, the bling comes from an unlikely source: the Vatican.

The latest Met show focuses on the influence of the Roman Catholic Church on fashion. It features plenty of big-ticket designer items from labels like Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. But the Vatican plays a starring role.

Curator Andrew Bolton brought back 42 items from the Sistine Chapel, including tiaras encrusted with thousands of diamonds, and massive papal cloaks with golden embroidery so fine they took some 16 years to produce.

The exhibit will be launched as usual by the celebrity-studded Met Gala on Monday night. Will the celebrity bling be any match for the Vatican bling? (AP)

Select List of Nominees for 2018 Tony Awards

The musicals ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ garnered 12 Tony nominations each, leading the pack for the June awards ceremony. Also cleaning up were “The Band’s Visit,” and revivals of “Carousel” and “Angels in America” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Best Musical: “The Band’s Visit;” ”Frozen;” ”Mean Girls;” ”SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Play: “The Children;” ”Farinelli and the King;” ”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two;” ”Junk;” ”Latin History for Morons”

Best Book of a Musical: “The Band’s Visit;” ”Frozen;” ”Mean Girls”; “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “Angels in America”; “The Band’s Visit;” ”Frozen”; “Mean Girls”; “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Revival of a Play: “Angels in America;” ”Three Tall Women;” ”The Iceman Cometh;” ”Lobby Hero”; “Travesties”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Carousel;” ”My Fair Lady;” ”Once on This Island”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America”; Tom Hollander, “Travesties”; Jamie Parker, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”; Mark Rylance, “Farinelli and The King”; Denzel Washington, “The Iceman Cometh”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, “Three Tall Women”; Condola Rashad, “Saint Joan”; Lauren Ridloff, “Children of a Lesser God”; Amy Schumer, “Meteor Shower”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”; Joshua Henry, “Carousel”; Tony Shalhoub, “The Band’s Visit”; Ethan Slater, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Lauren Ambrose, “My Fair Lady”; Hailey Kilgore, “Once On This Island”; LaChanze, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”; Katrina Lenk, “The Band’s Visit”; Taylor Louderman, “Mean Girls”; Jessie Mueller, “Carousel”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Anthony Boyle, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”; Michael Cera, “Lobby Hero”; Brian Tyree Henry, “Lobby Hero”; Nathan Lane, “Angels in America”; David Morse, “The Iceman Cometh”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Susan Brown, “Angels in America”; Noma Dumezweni, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”; Deborah Findlay, “The Children”; Denise Gough, “Angels in America”; Laurie Metcalf, “Three Tall Women”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Norbert Leo Butz, “My Fair Lady”; Alexander Gemignani, “Carousel”; Grey Henson, “Mean Girls”; Gavin Lee, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”; Ari’el Stachel, “The Band’s Visit”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ariana DeBose, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”; Renee Fleming, “Carousel”; Lindsay Mendez, “Carousel”; Ashley Park, “Mean Girls”; Diana Rigg, “My Fair Lady”


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