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Bryan Cranston ‘Breaking Bad’ Interviews Roundup

Bryan directed Breaking Bad 3×01 No Mas and both his daughter and wife made small appearances. He gives a short commentary on this school assembly scene.

Bryan has given many interviews over the past few months promoting Breaking Bad, with great insights into the show and Bryan’s life. Did you know Bryan was a one-time thief when he was younger? – I’ve highlighted in bold some of the best bits from the interviews.

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May 30th, 2010

Jane Kaczmarek On Co-parenting

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) was recently interviewed by Celebrity Baby Scoop about co-parenting and how her divorce with Bradley Whitford has affected her relationship with her children.

Interestingly, she seems to be fairly content at the moment to be having a break from the acting business to look after her children and participate in her community.

Jane Kaczmarek wants you to have the clothes off her back….literally! The lovable TV mom from Malcolm in the Middle sat down with Celebrity Baby Scoop and talked about her charity auction on Clothes Off Our Back, how her three children are doing, and how she finds strength in Buddhist wisdom while co-parenting with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Bradley Whitford.

CBS: Tell about Conagra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here Neighborhood Rally Celebrity Auction.

JK: “Clothes Off Our Back started doing online celebrity auctions for selected charities every year. We would do a local charity, national charity and international charity. Feeding America approached us with the idea of doing an online yard sale of celebrity stuff. Clothes, shoes, bags, etc. used and worn by celebrities, and 100% proceeds go back to Feeding America.

To get involved, you just log on to our site and bid on your favorite items through May 18th. There are some really fun things: Dana Delaney’s Desperate Housewives dress, Courteney Cox’s BCBG Girls tank tops, skirts and sweaters, David Arquette’s golf bag, Alison Sweeney’s dresses and much more.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are very active with Feeding America so they’re always very generous. There is so many children in need and so many fabulous clothes and items celebrities might never use again. The buyer gets something very nice and the money really goes to a great cause.

Clothes Off Our Back will always have auctions going on. I’ve always said about Hollywood that there are three seasons, mudslides, fires, and award shows. There are always great events going on on that we can grab some celebrity items from. People like to have a little bit of Hollywood. We started with evening gowns and tuxedos and when the economy changed, we added smaller items like dvds and books so we have something for everyone.”

CBS: What are some of the other charities that benefit?

JK: “This year, we work with Feeding America, the largest food bank in the U.S., Hope North, a school and rehab camp for child soldiers from wars in Uganda and Malaria No More. Malaria is the number one killer of children in the world and just $10 buys one net. So you look at a pair of David Arquette sneakers for $40 and that can go toward 4 malaria nets and save the lives of 4 kids. We also support the Mattel Children’s Hospital here in Los Angeles, fighting cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.”

CBS: Tell us why you started the Clothes Off Our Back organization.

JK: “I have always said I’m just a Polish girl from Milwaukee that happened to get lucky in Hollywood. I could not believe that when Malcolm in the Middle became so successful and when my husband’s West Wing was so successful that we got so much stuff. We would get so many clothes. Designers would make something and hope that you wore it and then it was archived as they say.

Many times you were just photographed wearing it and then it that was it. I could not believe how much free stuff we received and then it was just wasted. So we came up with this idea to sell it online. An auction where we could do something with all this bounty and give the money to charity.
I have three very healthy children that are never going to have to worry about schooling or being hungry and there are so many children in the world confronted with that every day. So I thought it would be a good way to raise money for those less fortunate children.”

CBS: Speaking of your children, you are mom to three kids: Frances, 13, George, 10, and Mary, 7. How are they doing? What are they into?
JK: “That was just George calling from school. There is an assembly today and he’s in the choir which is performing. He was in a panic because they were supposed to wear a white button-down shirt and he doesn’t have it. So we need to drive it over. My oldest is involved with Girl Scouts and we just went to San Francisco for a Girl Scouts bridging ceremony. They bridge from being juniors to cadettes. We all walked over the Golden Gate Bridge together. My youngest, Mary Louisa is 7 and in the first grade. She’s just in love with life. Everything is an exciting experience when you’re 7 years old. They’re doing just great, thank you.”

CBS: How are you doing as a single mom to three kids, do you have time to yourself?

JK: “My ex, or soon-to-be ex (the divorce is not final yet) is in Texas doing a TV series. So he’s gone and I empathize with single mothers. It’s just a lot to schedule between baseball, girl scouts, piano lessons and ballet. It’s extremely time consuming but I love making supper and having everyone in the kitchen at night. And I love being there when they wake up in the morning.
Malcolm was a great show it was on for a long time. It was a lot of hours and I had two of my kids while doing the show. I am just very grateful that I can be around a lot now and take care of them and our auctions for Clothes Off Our Back. I just ran a pilot that did not get picked up so the bad news is I don’t have a job, the good news is I get to spend more time at home, which makes me very happy.”

CBS: What is it like now that you are co-parenting with your soon-to-be ex-husband Brad Whitford? Do you share custody and have you been able to create a harmonious system?

JK: No, not yet, we hope to though. He has been gone since January and he has been coming back every other weekend and has the kids. But since he has been working in Texas, they are really with me. For right now that is how it’s working and you always have to put the kids first. We’re still in the same neighborhood, they walk to school and they have the same friends. I always say we are just a family that lives in two different houses so there will be a lot to figure out when he comes back.”

CBS: Do you have any advice for parents who are co-parenting with their exes?

JK: “Be as flexible as possible. I have found that it really doesn’t make much difference at the end of the day what caused the divide. Children pick up on how well the two of you are getting along. So even if you feel you are completely justified to be mad at the guy or vice versa, it just causes them so much pain to sense that between you. They love both of you and anything you say or do to put the other one down causes just the opposite to happen and just comes back to slap you in the face.

There is a Buddhist thing that a friend told me about which is that Buddhists believe in reincarnation and at one time everybody was each other’s mother. What I mean by that is my soon to be ex-husband, according to Buddhist beliefs, was at one time my mother in another life. It forced me to think about things in a different way. How you would treat your mother if you were going through this with her? I love my mother and I’m very close with my mother.
So, there are times that he gets very frustrating and I get very upset and I try to remember if this were my mother right now, how would I respond to her in this situation? It really calms me down. Everyone’s divorce is different. Brad is a great guy, a wonderful man, a great father. Maybe someday I will understand more of what happened, in the meantime you just have to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. And I don’t think anyone sets out to hurt anybody, I just think that a lot of pain happens and comes from things not turning out the way you want them to. I just think we are all on a journey here and how you behave on your journey is all we need to focus on.”

CBS: What’s next for you? You mentioned you were working on a pilot that did not get picked up. Is there anything else on the horizon?
JK: “Nooo (laughs). I have a house in Connecticut and I love going back there for August. The bad news is the show didn’t get picked up, but the good news is I can go to Connecticut in August. It’s much easier to plan vacation time, that’s for sure. I’ve been acting since I was 15.

Doing Malcolm that long kind of got that out of my system. I won’t travel out of town for work. I don’t like being away from my kids. I like my community. I live in Pasedena which is a beautiful place to live. I’m active in music classes at the Pasedena Conservatory of Music, I’m in a book group that is very challenging and I take letter press at the Arts Armory. I have a very full life.”

Source: Celebrity Baby Scoop

May 29th, 2010

Jane Kaczmarek on ‘Jeopardy’ Celebrity Invitational

Jane Kaczmarek (Lois) founded the charity Clothes Off Our Back, which auctions off celebrity attire and other memorabilia to benefit childrens’ charities. This month, she appeared on quiz show Jeopardy‘s Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational, competing for her charity. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it past the semi-finals.

Here is a ‘highlights’ video of Jane competing on the show.

As well as the highlights, you can see Jane here speaking about the charity.

Source: CBS TV — ‘Jeopardy’ on YouTube

Thanks Gill

May 29th, 2010

Updates on Frankie’s Movie ‘Pizza Man’

Filming has now finished on Frankie Muniz (Malcolm)’s new movie Pizza Man and it is entering post-production.

Pizza Man promotional shot

A media company called The Mighty Fifty have reportedly been putting together a trailer for the movie, so it is fairly clear that the project is progressing nicely into the next stage of development. No word as to a release date just yet though!

KSiteTV does have some interesting interview content from the movie, including an interview with wrestling champion Diamond Dallas Page who plays the main villain, Kryder, as well as this interview with director Joe Eckardt.

KSITETV: Can you tell me about Frankie’s casting in the role?

ECKARDT: We went over the list of who would be good for this role. My brother George and I were talking, and he said “You know, Frankie Muniz would be great!” So we looked him up, and realized that everything about him was perfect. I called his manager, and told him I had this role for Frankie if he’d be interested. He said he’d send it over. Two days later we got the “yes.”

Frankie vs Diamond Dallas Page

Comic Book Resources also have an interesting article ‘on the set’ of the movie:

On the set, director Joe Eckart readied the shot. “We have a shot of Pizza Man outside in his costume, trying to get customers into the restaurant, and the red mustang pulls up driven by Ashley Park Angel, and they make fun of him in his silly little costume.” It turns out the costume is the logo of the pizza place owned by Pizza Man’s mother, played by Shelly Long of “Cheers” fame. The costume is part of a promotion/punishment for the main character, as Matt (Muniz) lost some pizzas on a delivery run the night before and must drum up business in the suit.

“His mom comes out and embarrasses him, [saying], ‘You’re not doing it right! You’re not holding the sign right!’ She does this crazy dance and just humiliates him and they drive off.” Eckart went on to say. The shot will be tight on Muniz and Long; the camera taking the place of the Mustang out on the street. “We shot some of this yesterday, but lost some of the sun, so we have to finish the second half today. Shot looks great. Now we just need our actors to shoot it.”

For Muniz, “Pizza Man” marks a return to acting after a hiatus of nearly half a decade. “Over the last four or five years, I’ve taken off from acting. I’ve been off racing cars professionally and I’m in a band now,” the actor said of his time away from the business. “[I’ve] been just kind of focusing on all that, and maybe a month ago, I called my mangers for the first time in three years and said ‘Y’know, I’m really missing the acting world. I’m missing doing all that.’ Within the next week, I got the call about this, read the script, really liked it and thought it would be fun. I got lucky with the timing.”

While he would not call himself the most avid of comic book fans, Muniz explained that playing a superhero appealed to him. “I think everybody wants to be the superhero. Everyone wants to be the good guy that everyone looks up to.” Of course, playing the hero might not be as much of a rush as racing cars – “Racing is pretty extreme,” said the actor – but Muniz is enjoying portraying Pizza Man just the same. “I hate to say that they’re both jobs, but they’re both so much fun. I’m really enjoying this.”

Don’t be surprised if the ‘silly costume’ storyline sounds familiar to viewers of Malcolm in the Middle — we see Frankie in a similar situation as Lucky Aide’s ‘Uncle Sam’ in 6×20!

Frankie as Malcolm as Lucky Aide's Uncle Sam
Frankie's costume for Pizza Man

Now that filming has finished, Frankie is now back in Scottsdale, AZ and is back to focusing on his band You Hang Up.

Just got the final mix of one of my band @YouHangUp‘s new songs… and it’s awesome! We will be releasing it soon!! I can’t wait.
https://twitter.com/frankiemuniz/status/14722117470

We look forward to it!

Source: KSiteTV, Comic Book Resources

May 26th, 2010

Bryan Cranston does the Talk Show Circuit [Video]

The last few months Bryan has been promoting Breaking Bad and erh…his new ‘book’ with a bunch of talk show appearances, he’s as funny as ever and there are some cool new ‘Bryan stories’ I hadn’t heard before…

March 24, 2010Late Show with David Letterman

March 26, 2010Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

April 2, 2010Tavis Smiley on PBS

Bryan’s previous appearance…
February 26, 2009Tavis Smiley on PBS

April 12, 2010The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

April 13, 2010The View

April 24, 2010The Wanda Sykes Show – 1×21

May 12, 2010Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Thanks deweyinthemiddle & PBUNDY

May 22nd, 2010

Chris Masterson and Brother Danny at Bardot Hollywood

Chris and Danny Masterson at a premiere in 2009

Chris Masterson (Francis) and his brother Danny can often be sighted at various celebrity events around Hollywood.

A couple of weeks ago, the brothers were at Bardot Hollywood for an open air Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Performing at the event was alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction, who were debuting a new member of the band.

Bassist Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses fame made his debut as a new member of Jane’s Addiction last night (May 5) at a festive, open-air Cinco de Mayo performance at Hollywood’s Bardot.

Among the crowd of about 150 friends and fans were actors Joaquin Phoenix and Danny and Chris Masterson, pro-skater Danny Way and music pals Tom Morello, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Fishbone’s Chris Dowd, according to the band’s publicist, the Mitch Schneider Organization. Reports of the show appeared on Rollingstone.com and Spin.com.

Source: Seattle PI Blogs

May 17th, 2010

Flashback: Frankie Muniz on ‘All That’

In the first episode of the 7th Season of Nickelodeon’s comedy show All That, Frankie Muniz guest starred. In fact, he did more than that, because he introduced a completely new cast to the audience. This was set up as a comedy skit, where Frankie was supposed to pick some random teenagers for the show, since none of them had been booked. He then proceeds to extract them from various weird places. The cast was notable for including MITM regular Kyle Sullivan (playing Dabney Hooper, Kyle also co-starred with Justin Berfield in the movie Max Keeble’s Big Move), and MITM guest star Lisa Foiles, who appeared in episode 4×10 If Boys Were Girls. This was filmed about a year after their appearance on All That, however. This All That episode first aired on January 19, 2002.

Frankie appeared with Kyle and Lisa in the manic sketch Sugar and Coffee. The stuff is apparently so addictive, that Kyle turns out to fulfil Dabney’s secret dreams about Malcolm, so to speak! This has to be seen to be believed! Did Frankie do those cartwheels and backflips himself? I didn’t know he was so agile! The cast also includes newcomers Chelsea Brummet, Jack DeSena, Bryan Hearne, Shane Lyons and Giovonnie Samuels.

Many thanks to Richie for this write-up and video.

May 16th, 2010

Watch Chris Masterson’s ‘The Masquerade’ Short Film

Back in 2008 we heard about a short film project Chris starred in called The Masquerade. Thanks to its creator/producer Natalia Garcia we can now watch it in full as part of Movieola’s Premier Short Film Channel on YouTube.

I’m excited to give you the link so you can see Chris like you’ve never really seen him before. It also stars Jocelin Donahue in her first film role! And stay tuned because we are working on getting a feature version off the ground. – Natalia Garcia

See our GALLERY for some behind the scenes photos.

May 14th, 2010

Todd Holland Working on ‘Random Acts’ on Epix Network

Todd Holland with Tyler Labine on the set of Sons of Tucson

Details are rather thin on the ground at the moment, but it seems Todd Holland, director many episodes of Malcolm and responsible for much of the show’s look and feel, is now involved with a new project, post Sons of Tucson.

The new show is called Random Acts and will be on the Epix premium TV network in the US.

Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle and The Larry Sanders Show) partners with writer Andrea Abbate and Fox 21 on this half-hour single camera edgy action comedy about two female hit men looking for love in all the wrong places, while working for an eccentric and ruthless crime boss.

The subject matter is obviously quite a departure from Malcolm and Holland’s recent work with Justin Berfield on Sons of Tucson and Malcolm in the Middle.

A press release from Epix released last week reveals that Holland, amongst other names including Todd Field and Lawrence O’Donnell, have signed ‘development deals’ with the network.

It should be interesting to hear more about this new show as further details emerge!

Source: Deadline

May 12th, 2010

Bryan Cranston Chats to ‘Adam Carolla’ [Audio]

Bryan’s good friends with Adam Carolla the well known radio/podcast host and has appeared on his podcast before. Since then he’s been on the show twice.

Bryan Cranston and Adam Carolla
October 30, 2009

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Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris and Adam Carolla
May 2, 2010

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Source: AdamCarolla.com

May 3rd, 2010

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