News Nuggets: Has ‘Better Call Saul’ turned corner from good to greatness?

Brian Lowry reviews this week’s episode of “Better Call Saul,” asking if it has now taken “a quantum leap forward” towards greatness. The episode “Five-0” focuses on taciturn enforcer Mike (Jonathan Banks) and his backstory bringing him from the police force in Philadelphia to the New Mexico underworld. Calling the first weeks of the AMC drama starring Bob Odenkirk “somewhat adrift,” Lowry says it now “further cemented ties to its beloved predecessor and finally unleashed one of the show’s not-so-secret weapons that had largely been held in check.” He wonders if the producers “have mastered the formula or merely delivered a temporary high.” Variety

In a preview of this weekend’s box office debuts, expect a big haul by Disney’s live action “Cinderella.” Experts predict at least $65 million in North America for the film starring Lily James (“Downton Abbey“) and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Action star Liam Neeson has “Run All Night,” which make attract a large male audience but only around $18 million. Hollywood Reporter

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A jury decides Tuesday that the song “Blurred Lines” was a copy of Marvin Gaye‘s classic hit “Got to Give it Up.” Songwriters Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. must now pay $7.3 million to Gaye’s family. It was a unanimous decision for the eight-member jury regarding the 1977 original song. USA Today

Michael Ausiello offers up spoilers and scoops, including “Bones,” “Revenge,” “Grimm,” “Looking,” “Scandal,” and “Once Upon a Time.” He says about the “Empire” season finale: “Be prepared for some things to happen in Lucious’ life that nobody ever expected.” For ‘The Good Wife,” expect a return by guest star Gary Cole and discusses the scarcity of Taye Diggs in recent weeks. TV Line

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Matt Brennan points out the similarities between new comedies “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Last Man on Earth.” He calls them both hilarious and the “perfect comedies for an anxious age.” Each program starts from a place of tragedy, setting up the long-term plots with farce. “Unbreakable” stars Ellie Kemper, and the first season is now available on Netflix. “Last Man” stars Will Forte and has aired its first episodes Sundays on Fox. Thompson on Hollywood

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have a surprise “Zoolander”-style walkoff during Paris Fashion Week. As a public relations push for the launch of a movie sequel, the two appeared as their characters Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald and gave plenty of “blue steel” poses. The film will be in theaters next February. Vulture

Watch a new red carpet video from this week’s PaleyFest session featuring several “Scandal” cast members, including Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, and Jeff Perry. One question asked was which cast member would most need the services of crisis mananger Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). The concensus choice jokingly was Scott Foley. The Wrap

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