Watch Vince Gilligan & the Cast of ‘Breaking Bad’ in an Interview With Conan O’Brien

I could have sworn I saw Dean Noris (Breaking Bad‘s Hank) lounging in Kellogg’s diner this past Saturday morning, although it was probably just a hungover mirage. But someone who actually did get to spend some time with Norris, Vince Gilligan, and the cast of Breaking Bad (sadly sans Aaron Paul) was Conan O’Brien in entertaining and in-depth live interview. And today, it was also announced today that the second half to the show’s final season (tear) will premiere on AMC, Sunday, August 11th. With only eight episodes left (I could use at least 50), we’ll see just where this web of lies and deceit has left Walt after Hank’s toilet revelation and how the gang wraps it all up. 

But in the meantime, check out Conan’s 70-minute interview with the cast and creator, in which he calls the show cinematic, saying that it’s up there with some of the best cinematic moments he’s ever seen—and obviously, he’s right. They go on to talk about the legacy of the BB, how Gilligan built to the show’s finale, Bryan Cranston’s tattoo, and what happens now for the folks behind one of the most well-crafted and brilliant shows ever on television.

Linkage: Solange Pops Out at ‘Girls’ Party, Beyoncé Might Be Crazy, Justin Timberlake is “Ready”

Holy cow, Solange. Sure, we’ve been paying a lot of attention to Beyoncé’s moves lately, and it seems like her kid sister didn’t want to stand in her shadow too much longer. Last night, the singer-songwriter attended last night’s Girls premiere party in a Just Cavalli patterned suit. You have our attention, Solange. We’ll spend the afternoon listening to “Losing You” on a loop. [MTV Style]

Speaking of Beyoncé, the interview accompanying her recent GQ cover reveals that pretty much every moment of her life for the past seven years has been recorded on film: “This digital database, modeled loosely on NBC’s library, is a work in progress—the labeling, date-stamping, and cross-referencing has been under way for two years, and it’ll be several months before that process is complete. But already, blinking lights signal that the product that is Beyoncé is safe and sound and ready to be summoned— and monetized—at the push of a button.” So much for hoping that Beyoncé isn’t a total nut. [GQ]

Paul Schrader was apparently so desperate for a project that he agreed to direct The Canyons—his first film in ten years—despite protests from friends and family. Even his wife, Mary Beth Hurt, gave up on the screenplay, penned by Bret Easton Ellis, after just fifty pages. And then he cast Lindsay Lohan and James Deen. Is anyone still thinking this isn’t all a completely terrible idea? [NYT]

Britney Spears is bowing out as a judge on The X-Factor after a tenure of just a single season. Without Britney regularly on live television, how will we make sure Britney is OK? I’m worried. [Reuters]

We had no idea what to expect from Justin Timberlake this morning, but the singer dropped a video of him wandering around a recording studio as his thoughts meander about his music and his obsessions and what the next year holds, et cetera. The important part: we’re supposed to wait longer for new music from Justin Timberlake. But, like, he’s ready. Just not “right now.” [Idolator]

The ads for David Beckham’s H&M underwear line were directed by Guy Ritchie, but they also feature the soccer star running around in boxer briefs, so, you know, things could be a whole lot worse. [The Gloss]

Then again, Conan O’Brien and Ricky Gervais took a bath together. [Hypervocal]

Featuring songs with titles like “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love, I Fuck!,” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me” a musical parody of Fifty Shades of Grey heads to Manhattan this weekend by way of Chicago. [NY Post]

The BAFTA nominees are pretty close to the Oscars, although they recognize Kathryn Bigelow and refuse to hand out nominations to nine-year-old girls. [Guardian]

Godzilla is coming back, this time possibly battling not Mothra or Megalon, but rather Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson. [Deadline]

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If Wes Anderson Directed ‘Star Wars’

Conan O’Brien imagines what Star Wars as directed by Wes Anderson. As you might imagine, it is twee.

The buttons. Oh my word, the buttons.

What I would like to know is where one rents a Wookie costume, what’s the price, and who dry cleans it afterwards. 


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Watch Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Troll a Legendarily Rude Chicago Hot Dog Joint

Chicago citizens are well familiar with the Wiener’s Circle, a hot dog stand where the staff yells at the usually-drunk clientele who stumble in past 3 AM looking for a bite and a fight. On last night’s episode of Conan, the comedian capped off his week hosting from the Windy City by sending the infamous Triumph the Comic Dog to the Wiener’s Circle, along with 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer, to get into some trouble. After McBrayer gets his pleasant demeanor rocked by the staff’s vulgar bromides, only Triumph can set things right — or, at least, on an even level.

I’m torn, but it’s between "Queen La’queefah" and "Nicki Minaj without the everything" for the best insult. Though the bit is obviously staged, it’s still pretty funny to watch both sides escalating and escalating with no resolution in sight — until the end, when everything seems to work out for the best. (But not to spoil it.) It’s eight minutes long, but it’s pretty worth it.

Conan O’Brien Sings the Blues With Chicago Schoolchildren

You can talk all you want about the Mississippi Delta or the tales of Robert Johnson and the Crossroads, but Chicago will definitely lay claim to being home of the blues. Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Chess Records, Alligator Records, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, and so on and so forth.

But what of the young people, those who are a generation removed from the golden age of the blues, who have not known real suffering yet and for whom the blues refers to boxes of a certain brand of macaroni and cheese? Do they have a sense of their great local music? Leave it to comedian, late-night host and occasional musician Conan O’Brien to find out. While in Chicago, O’Brien visited the Frances Xavier Warde School in Chicago to compose some blues songs with the students. The stories the kids told were classic blues fodder: stolen teddy bears, being forced to eat edamame (the same territory as Iron Leg Jefferson’s "(Don’t Give Me No) Edamame") and antagonizing siblings ensued.

O’Brien has been in Chicago this week taping a string of episodes at the Chicago Theatre through the night of the 14th, coinciding with the week of the Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival. Other performers at Just For Laughs Chicago, which began Tuesday and runs through the 17th, include Sarah Silverman, Stephen Merchant, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Mike Birbiglia, Amy Schumer, Natasha Leggero and Henson Alternative’s "Stuffed and Unstrung." A full schedule can be found here.

Watch Conan wail with some baby bluesmakers below. Goodnight, everybody!

St. Vincent Does “Cheerleader” on ‘Conan’

St. Vincent’s Annie Clark has jokes for days. At the start of this performance on Conan, her band rips into a version of Elvis Costello’s "Radio, Radio" before she breaks off and insists that there’s no reason to play that one. It’s a reference to Costello’s infamous SNL performance that banned him from the show for a number of years, one that only the deepest of dorks would be quick to pick up on (relatively speaking, of course — on the internet, everyone knows everything). After the click, watch her performance of "Cheerleader," off last year’s Strange Mercy.

"That’s quite an impressive instrument you’ve got there. What is it?" Conan asks at the end. "This is a guitar," she replies.

Conan Gets Jeggy With It

Conan O’Brien has introduced jeggings to a new demographic (namely, men) who had no idea what they were. Last week he discussed jeggings with guest Tim Gunn of Project Runway. Since the episode aired (followed by Conan actually wearing a pair on the show—watch it after the jump) there’s been a full jegging firestorm. Suddenly “jeggings” are popping up in Facebook status updates and Twitter feeds.

Jeggings aren’t really anything special—just denim leggings. But the word is catchy, funny, and teetering on absurd. So much that I’m not sure I can take them seriously. For instance, there’s such a thing as “shants” (really long shorts) but no designer actually calls them that—it’s more of a word used to make fun of them. However, the term “jeggings” has actually earned legitimacy as a type of garment. And Conan wore them like no other, guaranteeing they will live on forever in television history.

Links: Conan O’Brien Comes to TBS, California Is the Lindsay Lohan of States

● Conan O’Brien premiered his new show, Conan, on TBS last night, joking right away about his new home: “This is an exciting night. I’m glad to be on cable. The truth is, I’ve dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since I was 46.” [Vulture] ● Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis is home from jail and behaving himself, agreeing to a civil union with his longtime girlfriend, Christina McLarty. She sounds understanding. [TMZ] ● At a press conference for his upcoming movie, Love and Other Drugs, Jake Gyllenhaal avoided questions about whether he’s dating Taylor Swift, who has probably already written an album about the relationship. [People]

● A serious political op-ed calls California the Lindsay Lohan of states: “a prima donna who once showed some talent but is now too wasted to do anything with it.” Does that make New York Meryl Streep? [WSJ] ● Speaking of the Lohans, Mommy Dina thinks Lindsay should open her own set of rehab facilities, since she’s been five times and acting is hard. Stick with what you know, right? [Us Weekly] ● Verne Troyer, better known as Mini-Me, filled his sports car with money to put 50 Cent in his place. [TMZ]

Conan O’Brien Tweets the Light Fantastic

Tonight, finally, Conan O’Brien’s new show will premiere on TBS. We all remember back in January how O’Brien became the fall guy during the now-famous late-night wars—the consensus-approved funnyman ousted by that other guy with the car collection and the big chin. But before you could shake your fist and yell, “But Jay Leno’s not even funny!” O’Brien started taking advantage of his time off, touring the country to rapturous reviews and playing high-profile locales like Bonnaroo. Perhaps more importantly, especially in terms of staying on people’s minds and in their hearts, O’Brien joined Twitter, becoming a prolific sharer and a maker of minor celebrities in the process. Mere hours away from the first Conan episode, we take a look back at some of his best tweets from the past month.

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