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Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton stitches symbolism into the show’s dark characters. “It’s so easy to draw a pretty dress in a fun way,” Clapton tells Fast Company. “But this is so much more about finding the right look and telling so much more about that character, and that’s what I really, really enjoy: the storytelling.” More>

Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton stitches symbolism into the show’s dark characters. “It’s so easy to draw a pretty dress in a fun way,” Clapton tells Fast Company. “But this is so much more about finding the right look and telling so much more about that character, and that’s what I really, really enjoy: the storytelling.” More>

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The Ricin Cigarette, The Meth Cooker RV, And More Patent Applications From “Breaking Bad”

From the mixed-up patent files of Mr. Heisenberg

The filing cabinets of the United States Patent Office do not immediately come to mind as a finding ground for interesting art, but the collective genius—both crackpot and legitimate—of America’s inventing class has, in fact, resulted in some killer line drawings.

For years now, the Oliver Gal Artist Company has been selling a great series of prints of just such patent file discoveries: reproductions of the original USPTO line-drawings of the accordion, airplane, baseball base, and more. To pay tribute to Breaking Bad, though, the Oliver Gal team had an interesting idea: what if they expanded the series to some of the show’s most identifiable props?

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“I was really interested in the idea of, ‘Just when she thinks she’s out, they pull her back in.’ I figured that as long as I really serviced that idea, I felt like I could make the bulk of the Veronica Mars fans happy, and that most of the rest of the stuff would be like dessert.”

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas on making a good movie while keeping long-time fans happy
What did you think of the movie? Did it work?
I was really interested in the idea of, ‘Just when she thinks she’s out, they pull her back in.’ I figured that as long as I really serviced that idea, I felt like I could make the bulk of the Veronica Mars fans happy, and that most of the rest of the stuff would be like dessert.

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas on making a good movie while keeping long-time fans happy

What did you think of the movie? Did it work?

A Science Odyssey: How The Makers Of “Cosmos” Reinvented A TV Classic
“One of the crimes of sequels is thinking that making it bigger means better. Here, Cosmos is bigger, because we know more about what’s happened in last 14 billion years and here’s a venue in which to place real phenomena. It’s bigger, because the universe is bigger and we can tell that story.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson
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A Science Odyssey: How The Makers Of “Cosmos” Reinvented A TV Classic

“One of the crimes of sequels is thinking that making it bigger means better. Here, Cosmos is bigger, because we know more about what’s happened in last 14 billion years and here’s a venue in which to place real phenomena. It’s bigger, because the universe is bigger and we can tell that story.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I don’t know how influential Twitter really is. I don’t think any of us are sitting around going, ‘Boy, if we can get people to tweet more, the ratings are going to go up.’ 

Preston Beckman, Fox’s longtime scheduling chief who is now a strategic adviser to the network. He’s one of many senior TV executives who remain dubious—if not disdainful—of  Twitter.

Now, activity on Twitter will influence Nielsen’s TV ratings. Here, an inside look at Twitter’s TV-powered, profitable future.

With an estimated 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. As a result, one out of every 28 children grows up with a parent in jail—an average of one child per classroom.
These numbers are the reason why Sesame Street Workshop has created Alex the Muppet, the first Sesame character to have a father in prison. He’s an average kid who has some extra baggage in life and is struggling to cope.

With an estimated 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. As a result, one out of every 28 children grows up with a parent in jail—an average of one child per classroom.

These numbers are the reason why Sesame Street Workshop has created Alex the Muppet, the first Sesame character to have a father in prison. He’s an average kid who has some extra baggage in life and is struggling to cope.

Q: One of your most memorable scenes had Skyler getting up from dinner with Walter, Hank, and Marie and walking into the swimming pool. What was it like for you to shoot that scene? Can you swim?

A: I’m a decent swimmer, thank God, but I never thought I’d be able to do that kind of thing, because it required me having to be trained with scuba equipment, with a regulator. Going under the water and staying under the water for periods of time gives me claustrophobia.

But I also like a good challenge. The boys always got to do a lot of stunts on the show. So when I got to do something that was stuntlike, I thought, okay good. Now I finally get to do something.

It was hard to tell from the shot, but I actually had to walk into the pool, and then there was a cut after I walk down into the water. Our wonderful special effects people and our stunt people had to build a wire cage, and they rigged that blue skirt I was wearing onto the wire cage so that the effect of the skirt billowing around my head was created.

They placed that wire cage in the deep end of the pool. That’s why they had to train me to go underwater and breathe with a regulator.

More: Anna Gunn on the art of playing Walter White’s wife in ‘Breaking Bad’