News Nuggets: ‘Breaking Bad’ cooks up crazy ‘Newhart’-style dream ending

Was it all just a crazy dream? With a winking nod to the classic 1990 dream ending from “Newhart,” the team from “Breaking Bad” have cooked up an alternate video ending that will be featured on their upcoming DVD series set. Playing his prior comedic role of Hal from “Malcom in the Middle,” Bryan Cranston wakes up in bed with his wife Lois (Jane Kaczmarek). Over the next three minutes, he recounts all the twisted things that happened to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in New Mexico. Zap2It (with links to the “Breaking Bad” and “Newhart” videos).

Six film directors contending for awards attention join together for a roundtable discussion. Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity“), Lee Daniels (“The Butler“), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips“), Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave“), David O. Russell (“American Hustle“), and Ben Stiller (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“) chat about studio fights, firing actors, and quitting film school. Hollywood Reporter.

Scott Bowles concludes that Oscar voters struggle between honoring commercial films and critical favorites when awarding Best Picture. This past year produced a big box office hit (“Argo”), but the year before won over the critics (“The Artist”). Of this year’s earlier releases, only “The Butler,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Gravity” would fall into the mainstream category, while “12 Years a Slave” might be the art-house choice. USA Today.

The Emmy Awards will move to online voting starting in 2014.. For the first year, only the first round of nominations will use the new method for the 16,000 academy members. The second year will include the online option for all rounds of voting. In a recent survey, 70% of members said they would prefer it to paper ballots. L.A. Times.

Tim Gray speculates that new diversity amongst the motion picture academy’s membership could make “a big difference” in Oscar voting. Each summer, they post their invitation list of new members, and last year’s summary showed that 100 of the 276 invitations represented an “aggressive move toward diversity.” Gray says recent Best Picture nods for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “District 9” already show the effects. Variety.

Pete Hammond offers a first-hand account of the Governors Awards held Saturday. Angelina Jolie accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award after speeches from Gena Rowlands and George Lucas. Costume designer Piero Tosi did not attend, but actress Claudia Cardinale accepted his honorary Oscar. Martin Short and Tom Hanks then presented an honorary trophy to Steve Martin. The final award to Angela Lansbury followed speeches from Emma Thompson, Geoffrey Rush, and Robert Osborne. Celebrities (and potential Oscar contenders) attending were Barkhad Abdi, Amy Adams, Steve Coogan, Bruce Dern, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto, Margo Martindale, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, and Mark Wahlberg. Deadline.

Thor: The Dark World” continues its domination at the box office, adding another $38.4 milion to hold at the top position. It has now made $480 million worldwide in just three weeks. Surprising everyone, “The Best Man Holiday” is in second place with $30.5 million. “Last Vegas” finishes in the third spot with $8.8 million. The Wrap.

The San Francisco Film Society holds its first Fall Celebration, a social event honoring four of this year’s Oscar contenders. Participants on Thursday included Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station“), Spike Jonze (“Her“), Alexander Payne and June Squibb (“Nebraska“), and Jehane Noujaim (“The Square”). S.F. Chronicle.

The Killing” cheats death yet again. Netflix is bringing back the mysterious drama for a six-episode fourth season. After the second season, AMC killed the program but then reversed course and aired a third season last summer. Both stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will also return. IGN.

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