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Watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite in the Hilarious ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Oh, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is there too

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It’s been a long, cold 11 months since Breaking Bad aired its final episode, but stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have finally reunited for a lengthy Emmys promo-cum-Audi commercial — and they brought Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus along for the ride.

For all intents and purposes, the sketch is basically the brightest timeline version of Breaking Bad, wherein Walter White and Jeese Pinkman abandon their meth empire and instead open up a pawn shop while running an adorable side-business in the back of their shop. They spend their days pretending not to recognize celebrities when Hollywood A-listers show up in their store and making inside jokes about the relative merits of various Emmy awards. It’s probably for the best that Vince Gilligan didn’t go that route, but now he’s got at least one idea if Better Call Saul! doesn’t pan out.

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Watch John Oliver Deliver a Flawless Takedown of the Turmoil in Ferguson

The Last Week Tonight host probably would have had even more to say after the events of last night

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In what’s become a weekly occurrence, John Oliver provided a look at a the week’s top story with ample — and appropriate — measures of outrage and humor. The target of last night’s Last Week Tonight episode was the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

A few of Oliver’s best barbs:

  • “If the police wanted to distract everyone with a video that had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Brown’s shooting, they should have just released Ghostbusters instead. It’s exactly as relevant to everything that happened afterwards.”
  • “Here’s the thing the [Ferguson] mayor doesn’t understand: As a general rule, no one should ever be allowed to say, ‘There’s no history of racial tension here,’ because that sentence has never been true anywhere on earth.”
  • “If you are white in Ferguson, you’d need to be snorting cocaine directly off your dashboard to get stopped by the police.”
  • “If you are getting high in your dorm room right now, you are not paranoid. There is a SWAT team outside and they are coming to get you.”

Make sure you watch all the way to the end, when Oliver delivers an ultimatum of his own to match the one issued by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday.

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This Has Been the Greatest Start in Little League World Series History

Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Nashville, Tenn. during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 15, 2014.
Mo'ne Davis delivers in the first inning against Nashville, Tenn. during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 15, 2014. Gene J. Puskar—AP

Mo'ne Davis threw a complete-game shutout, Trey Hondras divulged that he talks to girls before games for good luck and we learned about a real person named "Cash Money"

You may not have been aware that one of summer’s great institutions, the Little League World Series, is now underway. It kicked off yesterday in Williamsport, Penn. (as always), and has already introduced us to a host of memorable pre-teen characters. First and foremost, there is this young man:

As you can see, his name is Trey Hondras, which is inarguably one of the greatest names to ever be named in human history. Trey Hondras is the sort of man you could imagine leading a cutting-edge biotech firm or winning the World Heavyweight Boxing championship or perhaps even leading an invasion of Mars if such a thing were to ever become necessary.

Equally important, we know that this particular Trey Hondras will undoubtedly live up to his name because his bio states the following: “Talks to girls before game for good luck.” This 12-year-old was going to be on national television for the first time in his life, and chose that as the way to introduce himself to the world. Not just that he talks to a girl before games for good luck, but girls, as in multiple. He is a man without fear and will certainly be leading all of us to intergalactic supremacy sometime in the next half-century.

Just when you were recovering from Thursday’s awesome name hangover, you’re hit with this gem during today’s Pennsylvania-Tennessee game:

Blake Money is a pretty great name, and he’s already pitching in the Little League World Series. Problem is that they also list his brothers’ names in his bio: “Mo’ Money” and “Lo’ Money.” And then there’s the final brother, and you can probably already guess how this story ends:

Not only is his name Cash Money, but this kid clearly knew he was going to be on national TV and came correct. Cash Money indeed. (Though I’d sort of rather prefer that this is just how he dresses every day, and when his parents ask him not to, he just looks at them and says, “C’mon, you had to know it would end like this.”)

Lastly and most crucially, however, there’s Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl pitching for the Pennsylvania-based Taney Dragons. She threw a complete-game shutout against Blake Money’s Tennessee squad, allowing just two hits and no walks while recording eight strikeouts.

In short, the Little League World Series is the best, even if there’s no way that the rest of the tournament can top the last 24 hours.

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George R.R. Martin Admits Die-Hard Game of Thrones Fans May Have Already Uncovered the Show’s Biggest Surprise

Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Kit Harington as Jon Snow Helen Sloan—HBO

Jon Snow really knows nothing — but the fans might

For awhile now, there’s been a theory floating around Game of Thrones forums and discussion boards that centers around the notion that Jon Snow isn’t entirely who he appears to be. Up to this point, both viewers of the television show and readers of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire know Snow as Ned Stark’s bastard, a more-than-competent member of the Night’s Watch and a knower of nothing. But according to this theory, dubbed “R+L=J” by its proponents and endorsed in recent weeks by no less than Ned Stark (Sean Bean) himself, Snow is much more.

R+L=J suggests that Snow is not, in fact, the bastard son of Ned Stark. Rather, he’s the love-child of Ned’s sister, Lyanna (the betrothed of Robert Baratheon) and her captor/suitor Rhaegar Targaryen, (son and heir of the mad king, Aeyrs II Targaryen). There are many little clues sprinkled throughout the series to support this theory, but it didn’t start gaining mainstream traction until earlier this summer when Bean apparently confirmed it.

Now, it seems, another person loosely tied to the Game of Thrones universe is hinting at its veracity: George R.R. Martin. Here’s what the author had to say at the Edinburgh International Book Festival:

“I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn’t see coming. But I can’t change the plans… So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bulls**t and creative, some of the theories are right. At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution… So what do I do then? Do I change it?! I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can’t do that, so I’m just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don’t read the [online fan] boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘See, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys’.”

It’s possible that Martin could be talking about an entirely different major twist — but R+L=J would be huge for the Game of Thrones universe and has certainly been the most prominent theory in recent months.

As for what this revelation would mean for Westeros, that’s less clear. Though Snow’s Stark-Targaryen parentage would be an impressive pedigree, it wouldn’t change his status as either a bastard or a member of the Night’s Watch (and as such, has resolved to “hold no lands” and “wear no crowns”). That said, virtually every claim to the Iron Throne is contested and convoluted at this point. Maybe Snow could throw his cloak into the red keep after all.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Actor Dies Shortly After Filming New Role

Actor J.J. Murphy, who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, died on August 8, 2014 at the age of 86.
Actor J.J. Murphy, who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, died on August 8, 2014 at the age of 86. Independent Agency—Youcef Boubetnikh

The 86-year-old was set to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the show's upcoming fifth season

Belfast-born actor J.J. Murphy, who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch in the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, died on Friday at the age of 86. He had begun filming his scenes in Northern Ireland — where much of the popular HBO drama is filmed — last week. HBO has not yet said whether the role would be recast or Murphy’s scenes would be re-written.

According to The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Murphy served as a mentor to many young actors in the region, including Liam Neeson.

It’s not clear whether Murphy’s untimely death will cause a snag in production for the upcoming season, but — given the size of the role — it isn’t likely to have a significant impact on scheduling.

[via Belfast Telegraph]

TIME Television

Amazon Announces Release Date for 5 Upcoming Pilots

Adam Brody — Baggage Claim
Adam Brody arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Baggage Claim" on September 25, 2013. Michael Tran—FilmMagic

New shows from Steven Soderbergh, Jay Chandrasekhar and others will be available on August 28

Amazon has long been on the fringe when it comes to the high-quality original series game currently dominated by Netflix (alongside traditional media heavy-hitters like HBO and AMC). The company launched two “primetime” series, Alpha House and Betas, last year, but neither received the acclaim that Orange Is the New Black or House of Cards have earned in their two seasons.

That could change later this month when Amazon Studios premieres pilots for five new shows: three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas. Among the most promising are Marc Foster’s Hand of God, which stars Ron Perlman as a powerful judge seeking vengeance against “the rapist who tore his family apart” and Really, which Broken Lizard vet Jay Chandrasekhar writes, directs and stars in, alongside Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Selma Blair. Other offerings include Red Oaks, a comedy directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound and Down) and produced by Steven Soderbergh, Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans (starring Adam Brody, of The O.C. fame) and Hysteria, with Mena Suvari.

It’s too early to say with any certainty that the shows will be hits (or even picked up at all), but some of the star power — especially behind the camera — is encouraging.

The shows will be released on Amazon Instant video in the U.S. and U.K. on August 28.

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Watch the First Teaser for Better Call Saul

It's very brief — but it's better than nothing

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AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul doesn’t debut until February 2015, but die-hard fans who tuned in to the network’s Breaking Bad marathon last night got a nine-second taste of what’s to come.

In the very brief clip, a younger-looking, more hair-wealthy Saul Goodman (likely known as Jimmy McGill at the time) explains to a prospective client, “Lawyers: we’re like health insurance. You hope you never need it, but man oh man, not having it? No, phew.” It’s a good tease — since that basically describes Goodman’s business philosophy.

Watch up top.

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