News Nuggets: Is ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel series ‘Better Call Saul’ already in trouble?

Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan is already sounding alarm bells that the prequel series “Better Call Saul” might be in trouble. In a new interview this week, he says that with production already behind by two weeks, “I am worried… it may turn out this was a mistake to do this. If it’s ‘AfterMASH’ rather than ‘Frasier,’ it won’t be for a lack of hard work, but you just don’t know until the world takes it.” The new program is slated to debut on AMC in November with Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman. Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean are also regular cast members on the show. TV Guide.

Early box office predictions show that tearjerker film “The Fault in Our Stars” will trounce the new Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow” this weekend. The Shailene Woodley young adult flick only cost $12 million to produce and is projected to make $35-40 million. Cruise’s movie has a huge budget and is projected for $25-30 million. Last week’s box office smash “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie could still be at the top with over $35 million again. The Wrap.

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Jane Fonda receives the AFI life achievement award this Thursday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Her long and acclaimed career as an actress, activist, author, and self-help guru includes two lead actress Oscars for “Klute” and “Coming Home.” Fonda is the 42nd AFI winner and follows her own father Henry Fonda, who received the honor in 1978. In fact, she is only the eighth actress to be rewarded. Presenters on the ceremony, which will air June 14 on TNT, include her brother Peter Fonda, past recipients Michael Douglas and Meryl Streep, and Catherine Keener, Sally Field, and Penny Marshall. L.A. Times.

Some of music’s biggest names will take the stage at the 2014 BET Awards on June 29. Hosted by comedian and actor Chris Rock, the performers include Drake, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Hudson, Tracy Morgan, Lionel Richie, Trey Songz, Usher, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell Williams. Billboard.

Tony winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will reunite for a new Broadway production. They will star in the revival of Terrence McNally‘s “It’s Only a Play” starting on October 9. The ensemble also includes Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, and Megan Mullally. The show is a send-up of show business and a behind-the-scenes look at theater life. Lane and Broderick starred together in the Mel Brooks musical “The Producers.” New York Daily News.

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Jake Perlman profiles the four Tony Award nominees for Best Musical in advance of the ceremony this Sunday, June 8. “After Midnight” is about Duke Ellington‘s years at the Cotton Club and stars nominee Adriane Lenox. “Aladdin” is based on the Disney animated musical and stars nominee James Monroe Iglehart. “Beautiful” tells the story of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King and stars nominee Jessie Mueller. “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is about the long-lost member of a noble family set on killing eight relatives (all played by nominee Jefferson Mays). Entertainment Weekly.

Matthew Weiner, creator of “Mad Men,” will receive the Outstanding Televison Writer award at this year’s Austin Film Festival. He is also the writer and director of the upcoming feature film “Are You Here” with Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Owen Wilson. He has won three Best Drama Writing Emmy Awards in a row as well as four consecutive Best Drama Series trophies. Previous recipients have included Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), David Chase (“The Sopranos”), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”), Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), and David Simon (“The Wire”). Herald Online.

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