"Better Call Saul" will be a prequel. Mostly. Maybe. The "Breaking Bad" spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk as the morally questionable attorney Saul Goodman is still taking shape. "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould are hard at work on the series, making sure the pieces fit into place, E! News reports.
"We think ... this show will be a prequel, but the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on 'Breaking Bad' for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time," Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. "So it's possible that we may indeed do that, and we'll see the past and perhaps the future."
Gilligan said nothing is "written in stone yet," but he and Gould are tackling one key potential problem: Saul Goodman is a "happy-go-lucky guy" and that does not make for dramatic TV. "When I say drama, even in a comedy, you want drama, you want tension and conflict, and a character that at heart seems at peace with himself is intrinsically undramatic ... . So we've been thinking about how to address that issue," he told EW.
Both Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have expressed interest in popping up in the spinoff and Gilligan told EW some of the action could be set in the "Breaking Bad"-era of Saul Goodman's life. Another "Breaking Bad" character Gilligan hopes to use is Mike, played by Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks. "That would be a great deal of fun. I would say the sky's the limit, at least theoretically speaking," he said. "Realistically speaking, we've got a whole lot of actors, and the world is now well-aware of their wonderful talents and abilities, and therefore 'Breaking Bad' has probably made it tougher for Peter and I to get some of these folks pinned down for another TV show."
"Breaking Bad" stars Dean Norris, Anna Gunn and Betsy Brandt have all landed new TV projects.
Danielle Steel, the San Francisco- and Paris-based "Queen of Romance" novelist who has sold 600 million books in 70 countries and 45 languages, has been awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur.
Steel joins such other non-French culture figures as Walt Disney, Julia Child, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Alan Greenspan, Bob Dylan, Bono and novelist Philip Roth in being recognized for what the Agence France-Presse calls "service to France or work that is deemed to uphold its ideals," People reports.
Britain's The Telegraph quotes the author, 66, as saying: "I love French literature. Colette is a special favorite of mine."
Born Danielle-Fernande Dominique Schulein-Steel in New York, Steel has been married five times. More than 20 of her books have been adapted for TV, including "Daddy" and "Palomino."
According to The New York Times, those joining Steel in being honored by France this year include Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, the actress Michele Morgan (who once starred with Humphrey Bogart) and the circus performer and director (and the grandson of Charlie Chaplin) James Thierree.
Carly Rae Jepsen, the 28-year-old "Call Me Maybe" singer will make her Broadway debut playing Cinderella in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Feb. 4, E! News reports.
Jepsen will be replacing Laura Osnes in the titular role, which scored Osnes a Tony nomination last year. Jepsen will star in the production for 12 weeks.
"Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale," Jepsen said in the announcement.
A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowling's secret thriller-writer identity has been fined 1,000 pounds ($1,645) for breaching client confidentiality rules, The Associated Press reports.
Chris Gossage of the London law firm Russells Solicitors -- which represents Rowling -- told a friend of his wife that the "Harry Potter" creator was author of "The Cuckoo's Calling," published last year under the name Robert Galbraith. The friend tweeted the information, and it was followed up by the Sunday Times.
The law firm apologized and paid damages to Rowling for the leak.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority says it issued Gossage with a written rebuke for disclosing confidential information about a client to a third party.
Sales of the thriller rocketed after Rowling was outed as its author.
Hollywood star Angela Lansbury, best known as the clue-collecting supersleuth in the television series "Murder, She Wrote," has been made a Dame of the British Empire, the AP reports.
The 88-year-old actress was one of more than 1,000 people recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Honors List. For the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, most of them were women.
Dr. Marcus Setchell, the queen's gynecologist, who oversaw the safe delivery of her great-grandson Prince George, was made a knight.
The twice-yearly royal honors reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life.