Aaron Paul’s ‘The Parts You Lose’ Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the domestic rights to Aaron Paul’s “The Parts You Lose,” the distributor announced Thursday.

Christopher Cantwell is directing the feature that also stars Scoot McNairy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Danny Murphy. Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad”) is producing through his Gran Via banner alongside Tom Williams, Paul and The H Collective’s Kenneth Huang.

“The Parts You Lose,” which was written by Darren Lemke, will have its world premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday. Paul is also being presented with the Pioneer Award at the festival.

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In the film, Paul plays a fugitive criminal who forms an unlikely bond with Wesley, a deaf child (Murphy). When authorities close in on the farm he’s chosen to hide out in, Wesley has to decide whom to trust.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast whose character relationships within the film are riveting and impactful,” Meg Longo, senior director at Samuel Goldwyn, said. “Christopher Cantwell crafts an impressively fresh thriller that, like its winter atmosphere, paints humanity in shades of grey.”

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The H Collective fully financed and oversaw production on the thriller. The H Collective’s Nic Crawley and Kent Huang, Douglas Jones, Blue Fox Entertainment’s Todd Slater and Paula Van Der Oest serve as executive producers on the film. Longo negotiated on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films with UTA, which represented the filmmakers. Blue Fox Entertainment is handling the international rights.

Samuel Goldwyn Films is planning a release for the film in late summer.

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Did Vince Gilligan Reveal a ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Idea 5 Years Ago?

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‘Breaking Bad’ Again? Aaron Paul Hopes Return as Jesse Pinkman Would Be ‘Seamless’

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Let’s hope the upcoming “Breaking Bad” movie will answer all the questions people still ask Aaron Paul, even five years after the series ended.

“They keep asking: ‘What happened to Jesse?’ ‘When’s the next season of ‘Breaking Bad’ coming out?’” Paul told us in an interview for the “Shoot This Now Podcast.”

Those questions about the “next season” leave Paul with the uncomfortable task of breaking bad “Breaking Bad” news: “Well, it’s been done for soooo many years, you know? But thank you…’”

Paul explains more in the new “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or listen to right here:



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We talked with Paul and Emily Ratajkowski about their new thriller “Welcome Home,” which is out now on DirecTV and hits theaters Nov. 16.

The interview took place last Saturday, and our timing could have been better: Three days later, the Albuquerque Journal broke the news of a “Breaking Bad” movie that will “track the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

That description points to Paul as the likely focus of the film: “Breaking Bad” finale featured his character, Jesse Pinkman, fleeing a gang of neo-Nazis to seek a new life.

There’s been plenty of speculation about Jesse turning up on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul.” So Paul talked with us hypothetically about how he might reprise the role in “Better Call Saul” — without letting anything slip about the movie plans.

“I’d like to think it may be kind of easy and seamless to jump back into that guy because we live and breathe all of our characters that we play, and I played this guy for seven years,” Paul said. “I really know him. It’d be fun to put back on those shoes.”

(To be 100 percent clear: He didn’t confirm he would play Pinkman in a “Breaking Bad” movie, because at the time of our interview, we didn’t know there would be a “Breaking Bad” movie.)

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Paul won three Emmys for his performance as Pinkman, who spent the five seasons of “Breaking Bad” as the reluctant partner to teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston).

“Pinkman was just such a huge part — or is such a huge part of my career,” Paul said.

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People who meet him on the street still call him “Jesse” — that is, if they don’t call him “Bitch,” which was Jesse’s de facto catchphrase.

Paul said he often has to tell them: “My name is Aaron, really nice to meet you. It’s not Jesse. No, you can’t call me a bitch.”

That problem isn’t likely to get better with the release of a “Breaking Bad” movie, but who knows?

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Every week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about stories we think should be made into movies — which is just an excuse to talk about people and stories we find fascinating. In the episode above, we pitched Paul and Ratajkowski two ideas.

They agreed that one was “sexy,” and that the other sounded like something you’d watch while falling asleep on a long flight.

“Welcome Home,” meanwhile, is about a couple in peril.

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As Paul told us, it follows “a couple struggling to keep things together, and then they’re put in a really scary situation in a setting where they’re not really comfortable.”

Ratajkowski signed on to the film first, in part because she was intrigued by her character, Cassie — who turns out to be more complicated than she initially seems.

“All of the assumptions that you’ve made about her kind of get turned on their head, and she turns out to be a pretty dark, complex character, which is important,” she said.

Listen to the podcast for more.

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‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Will Follow Jesse Pinkman After 2013 Series Finale (Report)

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Yeah, bitch: A day after the news that Vince Gilligan is working on a “Breaking Bad” film, Slashfilm reports that the focus will be on Walter White’s co-conspirator, Jesse Pinkman.

Slashfilm also reported that Aaron Paul will be reprising his role for the movie. Fans had already begun to speculate that the film might be about Jesse, because the Albuquerque Journal, which first reported on the film, said it would “track the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

The “Breaking Bad” finale, of course, included Jesse escaping neo-Nazis who were forcing him to cook meth.

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Representatives for Sony Pictures TV, Paul, and Gilligan did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment on the movie’s plot details or Paul’s involvement with the project.

Bryan Cranston, who played the show’s main character Walter White, confirmed the initial film news himself Wednesday morning on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

“Yes, there appears to be a movie version of ‘Breaking Bad,’” Cranston told Patrick. “But I, honestly have not even read the script. So I couldn’t tell you.” He did admit that he’s spoken about it to Gilligan, who is developing it with Sony Pictures, which produced the series for AMC.

 “If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure, absolutely. He’s a genius,” Cranston said. 

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“It’s a great story, and there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to these storylines that were left open, and this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those,” Cranston added. “At least a couple of the characters who were not completed, as far as their journey.”

He’s hoping Gilligan can find a way to bring back Heisenberg, considering his fate in the series’ finale.

“I don’t know if there is an appearance or how, what kind of appearance. Flashbacks, flashforward, I have no clue,” he continued. “But I’m excited about it because it’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and it was the greatest professional period of my life and I can’t wait to see all those people again. Even if I just come by to visit.”

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The “Breaking Bad” movie will begin shooting under the title “Greenbrier” in mid-November and will run through February, according to the Journal.

The New Mexico film office confirmed to TheWrap that a project from Sony Pictures with such a title will begin shooting next month.

It is unclear whether the project is planned for a theatrical release or will air on television.

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“Breaking Bad” ran for five seasons — across six years — on AMC from 2007 to 2013. A spinoff following Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman character, “Better Call Saul,” began airing in 2015 and wrapped its fourth season in October.

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‘Westworld’ Season 3: Aaron Paul Describes His Character in 4 Words

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We have to be in a nightmare rather than a dream, because Aaron Paul has doled out the first details about his “Westworld” character — but none of them really add up to anything. At least we don’t think they do. Here, judge for yourself.

“I haven’t read any scripts, but we don’t start ’til next March, I believe, March or April, but what they told me about the world and this person, it was very exciting,” Paul told Entertainment Tonight during a recent interview about his upcoming film “Welcome Home.”

Paul’s casting for Season 3 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series was announced in September, but no character details were given at that time. And we still don’t know when the third season goes into production — though Paul seems to think it’s next spring, but HBO did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for confirmation on that point.

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The “Breaking Bad” alum kept the cagey details coming by saying his new part “may or may not be” a host. Thanks for that, Aaron. Thanks so much.

But finally, after declaring he really “can’t say anything,” he offered up these four words to describe the mystery role, saying he will bring “excitement, danger, suspense [and] honesty” to “Westworld.”

Fine. Seeing as fans have received no concrete details on Season 3 since the show’s sophomore installment wrapped in June, we’ll take whatever we can get right now.

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Blue Fox Entertainment Boards Aaron Paul Starrer ‘The Parts You Lose’ — AFM

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Sienna Miller Says That Everyone ‘Can See Their Family’ in ‘American Woman’ (Video)

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Sienna Miller and Christina Hendricks don’t look much alike, but they play perfect sisters in Jake Scott’s family drama “American Woman.”

Miller says the bond she developed with Hendricks and the rest of the “American Woman” cast translated into a relatable, family portrait on screen.

“I think everybody who watches this film can see their family in it,” Miller told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at TIFF. “When you scratch at the surface of a family, everybody’s got the crazy aunt. We’re all so connected in many ways in that sense. It’s a beautiful look at a woman growing up and a beautiful look at family and relationships. We have this incredible cast, and I buy every part of us being this family.”

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Miller says this is true despite the bleak nature of the story and how her character breaks from the nuclear family tradition. She plays a 32-year-old woman who is now already a grandmother. She had a daughter when she was only 16, and now her own daughter has a 2-year-old son. But when her own daughter goes missing, she’s thrust into maturing and caring for a child all over again.

“She’s reliving the teenage years she’s lost by becoming a parent so young,” Miller said.  “It, for me, felt like a character study of a woman becoming or emerging as the woman she aspires to be. “

Aaron Paul and Will Sasso co-star in “American Woman” along with Miller and Hendricks. Watch the interview with the entire cast above.

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Aaron Paul Joins ‘Westworld’ for Season 3

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Welcome to Sweetwater, Aaron Paul! The “Breaking Bad” alum has been cast on Season 3 of “Westworld,” a person with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

Currently no word on who Paul will play when Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi series returns to HBO. There is also no word on when the show itself will return.

The sophomore installment — led by Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton — wrapped in June with a finale that saw lower Nielsen numbers than its premiere.

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Paul led and produced the Hulu series “The Path” for its three-season run and is currently shooting the upcoming Apple drama “Are You Sleeping” opposite Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Kaplan. He recently starred in “American Woman” opposite Sienna Miller, which just premiered at TIFF. He will next be seen starring opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in “The Parts You Lose,” from director Chris Cantwell.

Based on the film of the same name written by Michael Crichton, “Westworld” was created by husband and wife producing team Nolan and Joy. The two act as showrunners and executive produce with J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson. The series is produced by Nolan and Joy’s Kilter Films and Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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‘Better Call Saul’ Writers: Walter White May Still Be Alive During Gene’s Omaha Cinnabon Scenes

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“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk and masterminds Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould just changed everything we thought we knew about Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman’s life in Omaha: It turns out the black-and-white sequences on “Saul” may take place when Walter White is still alive.

Wait, we hear you saying. What? We had the same reaction. The Omaha sequences on “Saul” — brief segments that hint at Saul’s sad life after he fled Albuquerque to live undercover — suggest Gene is still living in fear because of his life as Saul. (The Season 4 premiere spelled this out more explicitly than any episode before.) On the “Better Call Saul Insider” podcast released this week, Odenkirk, Gilligan and Gould raised the possibility that Saul might be living in fear of Walter.

Remember that in the penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad,” titled “Granite State,” Saul was eager to part ways with Walt. Walt wanted Saul to stay with him, and help him get revenge on the neo-Nazis who robbed him of barrels of money. Saul went off to Nebraska, and we never saw him again on “Breaking Bad.” Walter spent months in New Hampshire, before finally returning to Albuquerque to make his last stand.

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When we met Saul again in “Better Call Saul,” in Omaha, no one told us how much time had passed since his split with Walt. Yes, we saw Walt die in the finale of “Breaking Bad” — but we don’t know when the Omaha scenes take place in relation to “Breaking Bad.” They might occur during the stretch of “Granite State” when Walt is hiding out in Nebraska.

Odenkirk pondered on the podcast whether Walt’s death could free Jimmy/Saul/Gill from his monk-like existence in Omaha.

“Speaking as a fan, if Walter White dies… and that’s on the news in some capacity, I don’t know. Does that make him think, ‘I can come out from hiding?’”

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Odenkirk, Gould and Gilligan then speculated about whether Gene/Saul/Jimmy would be in less trouble if Walter White died, or more trouble if he died. Gilligan noted that prosecutors might come down even harder on Gene/Saul/Jimmy for being Walter White’s lawyer if they couldn’t capture White. But Odenkirk noted that Saul/Jimmy is a shrewd negotiator who might be able to strike a deal.

“Do we even know in our Omaha sequences, our Gene sequences, Do we know… I mean, has it happened yet?” Gilligan said, referring to Walt’s demise.

“Oh s—!” declared podcast host Kelly Dixon, speaking for everyone listening.

“We haven’t defined that. We haven’t said how long Gene has been… in Omaha,” Gould responded.

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“It’s a good question,” added Gilligan. “We don’t know yet. It’s a good question. Has it happened yet, has it not? As you say, Peter, we have not defined it.”

“It’s an open question,” Gould replied.

“And a good question,” Gilligan said. “It’s one that will have to be answered at some point, like a lot of these things.”

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Gilligan has said he is “desperate” to find a way to get Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) onto “Better Call Saul.” Maybe this gives him a window.

Look at a map of the United States. If Walter White decided to stop in Omaha on his drive from New Hampshire to Albuquerque, he wouldn’t have to take too much of a detour to stop in Omaha for a Cinnabon.

How would he know where Saul was? Well. As “Granite State” showed us, he spent several days rooming with Saul before they parted ways — but after Saul took a photo for his fake Nebraska driver’s license. And Saul told Walt, right before they parted, “If I’m lucky, a month from now, best case scenario, I’m managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.”

Saul and Walt’s last moments together in “Granite State”

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It seems likely that Saul didn’t pull this possibility out of thin air — and extremely unlikely that if he did, his random possibility would come true precisely.

It seems more likely that at some point, Ed the disappearer (Robert Forster) tipped off Saul about the identity he would take on undercover. Perhaps Saul discussed his Nebraska plans with Walter more specifically off-screen.

Whatever happened, the interview with Gould, Gilligan and Odenkirk opens up a lot of possibilities. We can imagine worse endings for “Better Call Saul” than Walter White showing up unexpectedly in an Omaha sequence to resolve some old business with Saul/Gene.

Everyone involved in “Better Call Saul” has said it will eventually overlap with “Breaking Bad.” But if Walt is still alive when Saul is in Omaha, it already has.

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