Breaking Bad …. The Movie?

YOU GUYS!!!

UM…

OMFG.

STFU.

 

 

If you weren’t a regular viewer of AMC’s legendary drama Breaking Bad when it was airing on the cable network but always wanted to catch up, it may be hard to find the time to binge-watch all 62 episodes. With the two-hour and seven minute movie above, French filmmakers Lucas Stoll and Gaylor Morestin have you covered.

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Stoll and Morestin say they spent two years putting their movie version of the show together, and they insist it is no mere fan collection of favorite scenes—and that’s evident from the start. The pair came at the effort like auteurs with nearly 70 hours of awesome footage to work with and put together an intense and dark action film.

The story of Breaking Bad is all there, but true fans of the immersion available in following a show may miss all the amazing world-building done in the series by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

Luckily, there’s still Better Call Saul, which has made a splash at South by Southwest by opening a working Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant—the fast food franchise run by Bad—and Saul—villain Gustavo Fring.

Check out the movie version of one of the greatest TV dramas ever made to get a sense of where things go in the series, then watch Better Call Saul to join the world just before the events in the movie when Saul premieres on April 10th.

Leah Remini: Scientology & The Aftermath | Season One | A&E

Synopsis:
The series explores the experiences of Leah Remini and other former members of the Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology is extremely critical of Remini, and the show, and established a website attacking both.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:
Many people have confused me as ‘That Girl’ from “The King of Queens.” Mostly because of the way I speak and less because of the way I look. However, when I was in my twenties, people said we could be sisters. And I liked being compared to her. And maybe we could pass as sisters from another mister?

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Over the years, our so-called-similarities drew me toward her as an actress.

And then I fell in love with her.

Alas, I had NO IDEA Leah is such a fearless warrior.

Until, now.

This eight part A&E documentary series goes behind the scenes of Scientology. It also shines a painfully honest light on the victimization of high-ranking-minions and other members.

Without giving too much away…

The first few episodes are filled with information the public basically already knew. But, each episode unwraps another layer until you start to realize this is some kind of cult craziness. Like Charles Manson – cult crazy. Only, it’s not just a few hundred Manson followers. It’s David Miscavige and a few MILLION followers. Like, Nazi Germany’s HITLER – cult crazy.

From sexual abuse, forced abortions, and the purposeful separation of husbands and wives, to brainwashing, and beatings – I’ve never cried so much while cheering for those who’ve ‘escaped’ even when it cost losing their entire families.

Episode five opened my eyes in a way that would not have been possible without this series. Watching Leah literally get stalked, harassed and intimidated – BY THE CHURCH – is not only alarming and scary, but it defines her level of bravery because she refuses to back down and it only makes her dig even deeper into their corrupt and controversial ways.

I truly believe this series is actually protecting those who have spoken out against the church, because now they are on record, and on national television.

And DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE “SEA ORG” BECAUSE HOW IN THE BLUE FUCK IS THAT REMOTELY OKAY, OR EVEN LEGAL??? How is a 14, 15, or 16 year old capable of signing billion year contract. Yes, you read that correctly. A BILLION year contract. WTF? NO.

I have never been more fascinated or impressed with such a celebrity. At least not in a very long time. Here is a woman – IN HOLLYWOOD – using her celebrity to SAVE/HELP other people: women, men, children, families, and other unsuspecting individuals, from an inevitable demise. Rather than promote/market the latest fashion craze, or build an unnecessary empire with a new perfume line. She is choosing to put her privacy and her safety on the line – merely to expose one of the most dangerous cults of our time.

I raise my glass and tip my hat, to you, Leah Remini!

Keep on keeping on, woman!!

Here’s hoping they go down in flames.

* Highly recommend

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The Killing Season | A&E

Synopsis:

The Killing Season is a documentary about one of the most bizarre unsolved serial killer cases of our time. It primarily focuses on the deaths of ten sex workers discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. Authorities believe these killings are the work of the Long Island Serial Killer, LISK, who remains at large, to this very day.

 

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Now y’all know I LOVE serial killing, murder, crime, suspense, and thriller TV. Give me documentaries – on that very subject – such as ‘Making A Murderer’ and my heart will skip a beat.

While this ten-part A&E special IS very interesting, it’s not exactly what I was hoping for. The first three episodes had me on the edge of my seat. But, then? Things took a weird turn and stopped focusing on the Gilgo Beach, murders.

I fully appreciate why things took such a drastic turn. And I fully appreciate learning about how many potential serial killers may be at large on any given day. Moreover, I felt an enormous sense of sympathy toward the targeted victims – all sex-workers – because other than their immediate families, and these two documantarians, NO ONE ELSE seems to give a shit about finding these missing woman. NOT EVEN THE POLICE. And no one is trying to figure out the possible connections between any these murders, or serial killing patterns.

Even though I was hoping/expecting for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – like some sort of resolution, or new information leading us toward a definitive suspect as the LISK – this documentary still shinned a necessary light on the horrors I can’t even begin to imagine. And it makes me question, a lot, about police protocol and procedures.

Also? Thanks to this show, I am currently addicted to scouring THIS website.

  • Recommended 3 out of 5

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HELLO … IT’S ME …

HELLO

IT’S ME

AND I’M STILL ADDICTED TO WATCHING TOO MUCH TV …

 

It’s been a while.

Yeah.

Like, a really long while.

Whatevs.

 

I’m not going to waste anyone’s time with details, excuses, or dramatic re-enactments explaining my disappearance. Aint nobody got time for that. This isn’t an episode of Snapped.

However?

And, luckily for y’all…

My undying love – for all things television – has NOT been compromised.

not. even. a. little.

In fact – during my unexplained absence – my love affair with TV has grown even stronger.

 

 

With the newest viewing options; from cable and networks providing ondemand capabilities – to Smart TV’s and RoKu apps, such as: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime?

I’ve inevitably developed a sixth-sense.

For real, people.

I’ve been given a gift. Finding the most awesome television shows, ever.

Some people read fortunes, see the dead, or communicate with the other side. Other people provide stock options, develop retirement plans, or figure out super fancy shit with money. Some people learn. Some people teach. Some people have degrees. And some people just flip burgers or mop floors.

I am not any of those people.

I’m just a television junkie. Committed to all things TV since 1974.

 

 

And I am here to give you the inside info.

  1. I’ll let you know when something is worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you the reasons why.
  1. I’ll let you know when something is NOT worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you those reasons why.

 

Why?

Because I’m nice like that.

 

 

On the other hand?

I am NOT going to research facts, or spend hours perusing IMBD, or spend one second looking up Rotten Tomato or other notable Critic Scores. I am NOT going to read reviews before, during, or after – watching any show, on any venue, ever.

This is just an unbiased and un-researched television junkie’s blog.

That. Is. All.

 

So…

Brew some coffee, or pour yourself a cocktail, and let’s watch worthy TV, together, again!

Hope y’all enjoy my recommendations, as much as I enjoy watching these shows.

 

* PS: Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome, usually on my Facebook account. Except for anything SyFy and/or History. NO. Because, BORING. Denied.
FYI: I favor crime/suspense/murder/mystery – on any & all venues. And then I will lean on: Comedy, HGTV, IDTV, BRAVOTV, or even Reality TV, when desperate.

 

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Live Fanchat and Video Q&A for A&E’s HEAVY

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On Monday, January 24 A&E will host a special online fan chat and live online Q&A session via streaming video with participants from the hit original series “Heavy.” Starting at 10 PM ET/9c viewers can log on to the “Heavy” facebook page or AETV.com to chat with fellow fans during the episode’s premiere. Immediately following the premiere at 11 PM ET/10c, episode subjects Rickywayne McCartney and Jessica Murphy, along with expert trainers Britny Fowler and David Richardson will appear live along with the series Executive Producer Jonathan Nowzaradan via streaming video for a Q&A session.

Fans can RSVP by clicking HERE for details and to see who else is joining the party.

About episode 2 – Rickywayne/Jessica:
Rickywayne, 35 years old and 555 pounds, started putting on weight when he was in the 5th grade. Getting creative with how to sneak the extra food, he was eating six or seven meals a day. After losing his mother, he’s carried guilt that drives him to eat uncontrollably. Now Rickywayne must lose the weight, before he loses his life. Jessica, 28 years old and 288 pounds, has always been known as the fat girl. She’s struggled with a pathological eating compulsion that leaves nothing on her plate when she’s done. She fears that if she doesn’t lose the weight now, her family will continue to outpace her and leave her out of her own family.

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Twenty-two individuals facing extreme life-threatening health consequences as a result of their obesity experience real life change in A&E’s new original series HEAVY, premiering tonight, January 17 at 10/9c. The 11-episode, one-hour series follows two participants per episode, going through incredible transformations during a six-month treatment program.

Unlike other weight loss series, “Heavy” is not a competition or stunt, but is rooted in the incredible real life day-to-day journeys of the participants during a lengthy treatment program. In order to most accurately document these multiple weight loss journeys over the course of six months and present them individually in one hour, A&E sought out two different production companies to undertake the lengthy and ambitious filming process. The result is a never-before-seen look at the unique struggles faced by dangerously obese individuals who must learn to live healthier lifestyles and understand the root of their food addictions. Through their day-to-day struggle and the voices of their loved ones, viewers will see firsthand the pain and self-doubt associated with a debilitating weight problem.

About the Premiere Episode:
In the premiere episode, viewers meet Tom and Jodi, both 37 from Houston, TX, and learn why they are heavy and how they must reverse their lifestyles or die. Tom was the star of his high school football team, but when he dropped out his depression caused him to steadily gain weight. Now, at 5-foot-9 and 638 pounds, Tom suffers from a myriad of issues including sleep apnea, edema and the inability to sleep more than two hours. He is desperate to get his life back before he loses it permanently. Having recently suffered a stroke, Jodi, 5-foot-6 and 363 pounds, is at a critical juncture with her health. Her heaviness prevents her from keeping up with her husband and two children and from her favorite pastime, singing with her brothers in a band.

Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/Heavy

Official Website: http://www.aetv.com/heavy

Beyond Scared Straight

About “Beyond Scared Straight

Produced by Arnold Shapiro, “Beyond Scared Straight” profiles the new approach to keeping today’s teens from becoming tomorrow’s prisoners. The power of the original Scared Straight! program has inspired dozens of inmate-run intervention programs in men’s and women’s prisons across the country. In many dramatic ways, these 21st Century programs are very different, because today’s youth need a different approach – a combination of confrontation, information and communication to try to reach these at-risk kids. These youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities and backgrounds, ranging in age from 11-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars.

In the special 90-minute premiere episode, five at-risk teenaged girls get a close-up look at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA. In addition to the grueling day that’s planned, the prison has arranged for an extended stay – a total of 72-hours in prison – for the teens if they can’t convince the inmates they’re going to make positive changes in their lives.

Each 60-minute episode of “Beyond Scared Straight” will focus on a different prison program in the U.S., following 4 -5 at-risk teens. Viewers will follow them as they attend the program, experience their intensive one-day in-prison session and then follow up with them one-month later to see the lasting impressions the program has left on them.

The series premieres Thursday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT

Obsessed…

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A&E’s 2009 Emmy Award-winner for Outstanding Reality Program “Intervention” and critically lauded Obsessedreturn for all-new seasons with back-to-back premieres on Monday, June 28 at 9:00 PM ET/PT and 10:00PM ET/PT.

Click HERE for a teaser trailer for Season 2!

The second season of “Obsessed,” will feature some of the most compelling stories to date including: a father of two whose overwhelming obsession with odd numbers has left him jobless, living out of his car and unable to function on odd numbered days; a father and his two grown daughters who suffer from agoraphobia and who are all attempting to break the family “curse” which prevents them from being able to venture more than a few miles from the safety of their homes; a musician whose life is completely consumed by hand motion rituals that can take up to 10 hours to complete; a recovered alcoholic whose fear of contamination is so extreme that he washes his hands up to 150 times a day and lives in fear that another alcoholic will contaminate him and cause him to return to drinking; and a young budding artist who believes that her checking, tapping and counting rituals are currently keeping her mother from dying of cancer.

“Obsessed” takes viewers inside the minds and lives of Americans whose anxiety has taken complete command of their existence. Individuals whose loved ones have witnessed the disorder take them prisoner, living at the mercy of their uncontrollable thoughts and ritualistic behaviors. From OCD, to agoraphobia and germophobia, these disorders trigger from an emotionally traumatic event and eventually snowball until the individual is a shadow of their former self. The series documents both their afflictions and their courageous attempts to defeat and overcome them. Highly trained therapists use desensitatization and exposure therapy, whereby the patients are increasingly exposed to what causes their anxiety until the feelings begin to fade. Viewers will be moved as patients heal, make amazing progress and slowly but surely, take their lives back.

“Obsessed” is produced by Tijuana Entertainment for A&E Network. Troy Searer, John Foy and Rob LaPlante are executive producers. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow, Scott Lonker and Jordana Hochman.

About A&E Network
A&E is “Real Life. Drama.” Now reaching more than 99 million homes, A&E is television that you can’t turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network’s original scripted series, to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Dog The Bounty Hunter,” “Hoarders,” “Paranormal State” and “Criss Angel Mindfreak,” and the most successful justice shows on cable, including “The First 48” and “Manhunters.”

Hoarders: An A&E Television Series

HOARDERS’ airs Monday Nights, @ 10pm on the A&E channel.

Oh. My. God.

Have YOU seen this show? Seriously. Has anyone here seen this show?

I’ve recently watched back-to-back episodes of the series Hoarders, and now, I am utterly compelled to write about it. First of all, I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to walk into a house that looks [or smells] like the ones on this show. I find myself shocked, horrified, and totally sucked in.

Each episode features different people afflicted with Hoarding. Hoarding is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive-compulsive need to collect things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary.

The series takes an interesting look at the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings has become completely out of control. By the time the trained professionals arrive on the scene, these people have clearly surpassed what I would consider the Crisis Stage.

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Some hoarding has gotten so bad people are facing eviction, divorce, jail time, and even the loss of their children. Take for instance, a woman named Augustine.

14 years ago, Jason was removed from his mother Augustine’s home by Child Protective Services because of her hoarding. She was never able to clean up enough to have him return. Now, as an adult living on the other side of the country, he is filled with shame and resentment, but unable to turn his back on her. Her hoarding has become so severe that she has lived without water, gas, heat or appliances for the last four years–bathing only once a week at her sister’s house. Complaints from neighbors have instigated a court ordered clean-up and she is now facing fines and the threat of jail time. The episode follows Jason as he tries one last time to rescue his mother from the filth he escaped from years ago.

What amazed me the most, aside from the condition of her house, was her total lack of emotions, and her seamless ability to place the blame on everyone else. I was blown away by her actions, and the fact that she had a kickass Flat Screen TV in the midst of absolute ciaos.

Sometimes while watching this show, I can literally feel my skin crawl. The astonishing amount of debris sends my own OCD need to make all things shiny – kick into overdrive. However, as much as I love to clean things, I would never be able to tackle the monumental task of dealing with this particular brand of dirty. When cleaning of that nature requires the use of rakes and shovels just to get a handle on over four thousand pounds of garbage, I think you should cut your losses and light a match.

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On the other hand, I feel deeply for the families impacted by this affliction. The shame on the faces of the children who have grown up and subsequently moved away from the individual is upsetting at best. I can’t help but feel even worse for the children who are too young to do anything about the situation they are trapped living in.

Honestly?

You really have to see the show for yourself to fully grasp the intensity of the situation in which these people live.

If you haven’t seen the show, I highly suggest that you do.

It’s more than just an eye-opener.

I am totally engrossed with this remarkable series.

Here is a little video clip for your viewing pleasure. {just try not to *gag* while watching it}

Hoarders & Intervention

A&E’s 2009 Emmy Award-winner for Outstanding Reality Program “Intervention” and critically acclaimed “Hoarders” return for all-new seasons with back-to-back premieres on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 PM ET/PT and 10:00PM ET/PT.

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Hoarders explores the world of extreme hoarding; a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to collect things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary. The series takes a fascinating look at the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.

The second season premiere of Hoarders, will introduce Augustine, whose son Jason was removed from her home by Child Protective Services 14 years ago, because of her hoarding. She was never able to clean up enough to have him return. Now, as an adult living on the other side of the country, he is filled with shame and resentment, but unable to turn his back on her. Augustine’s hoarding has become so severe that she has lived without water, gas, heat or appliances for the last four years — bathing only once a week at her sister’s house. Complaints from neighbors have instigated a court ordered clean-up and the city is threatening to condemn her house. Now, “Hoarders” follows Jason as he tries one last time to rescue his mother from the filth he escaped from years ago.

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Intervention” is a powerful and gripping series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption. The Emmy and five-time PRISM Award-winning series profiles people whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis and estranged them from their friends and loved ones. Each episode ends with a surprise intervention that is staged by the family and friends of the addict, and which is conducted by one of two specialists: Jeff Van Vonderen and Candy Finningan. Exclusive updated interviews with past subjects from the series first seven seasons are available on AETV.com/intervention.

The eighth season premiere of “Intervention,” features Linda, who after graduating from college found success working as an extra in Hollywood, achieving the glamorous life she always wanted. Linda’s dreams died when she came down with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by joint dislocations. Linda started taking Fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine. As her painkiller use escalated, she claimed that different sources were causing her pain, including electricity, energy, colors, and even specific people. Despite Linda’s wild claims, her mother clings to the belief that Linda’s pain is real and she must do everything to help her, including depleting the family’s savings and sending her son to be Linda’s caretaker.

The series has conducted 143 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, 111 individuals are currently sober.

***Inspired by the incredible response from viewers, individuals and families in recovery to “Intervention,” A&E Network along with leading federal agencies and non-profit organizations launched The Recovery Project. The multi-year, multi-platform initiative was designed to help raise awareness that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible. This past September more than 10,000 people, including individuals and families in recovery, treatment partners and advocates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, gathered in New York City for a historic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to symbolize unity and hope for recovery. The walk ended in Cadman Plaza and was followed by a rally featuring public speakers and a performance by Smokey Robinson.***

A&E continues to co-host, along with the Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA), and leading MSOs such as Time Warner Cable, Cox and Comcast, Intervention Town Hall meetings in cities across the country. The Town Hall meetings offer opportunities for parents, teens, addicts, government officials, health professionals, substance abuse prevention experts and educators to develop a better understanding about the root causes and consequences of addiction.

“Intervention” is produced for A&E Network by GRB. Executive Producers are Dan Partland and Sam Mettler. A&E Executive Producers are Robert Sharenow and Colleen Conway.

Hoarders” is produced for A&E by Screaming Flea Productions. Executive Producers are Jodi Flynn, Matt Chan and Dave Severson. A&E Executive Producers are Robert Sharenow and Andy Berg.