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In Five: “Breaking Bad” Sets Series Finale Premiere Date, Public Theater Announces New Season, and More Culture News

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1 . At its upfront presentation yesterday, AMC announced that “Breaking Bad” will begin its final run of episodes on August 11. The network also announced it would be airing a post-episode talk show, “Talking Bad,” similar to the show that airs after “The Walking Dead.” The final eight episode season, which is technically the second half of the fifth season (the network split the final season into two sections), is so highly anticipated that people are breaking into Bryan Cranston’s car and stealing scripts. [EW]

2. The Public Theater has announced its full 2013-14 season, which will include “Fun Home,” a musical based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, along with new work from Suzan-Lori Parks, Elevator Repair Service, and the controversial monologist Mike Daisey. The season will open with a new production of Wallace Shawn’s “Designated Mourner,” directed by Andre Gregory. The theater also announced that its annual Under the Radar festival would return in January. [Artsbeat]

3. The Tribeca Film Festival announced earlier this week that it has created an award for female filmmakers in honor of the late Nora Ephron. “The award will be presented to a woman writer or director who embodies the spirit and vision” of Ephron, a statement from the festival said. Female filmmakers who have North American premieres at Tribeca are eligible for the $25,000 prize. [NY Daily News]

4. HBO has expanded the first season of “Vice,” its bad-boy newsmagazine (read the ARTINFO review here), from eight to ten episodes, and has announced that the season finale will cover the group’s recent trip to North Korea with former basketball star Dennis Rodman. “Viewership for the second edition of VICE, which debuted Friday, April 12, improved 78 percent over its premiere, attracting 931,000 viewers at 11 PM,” it’s being reported. [Deadline]

5. Listen to “Throw,” a track from electronic musician Laurel Halo. The first new original material since her debut album, “Quarantine” (she remixed a song for John Cale earlier this year), the track is off her EP, “Behind the Green Door,” which is due out May 20 on Hyperdub. [Stereogum]

HDB071A1 Laurel Halo – Throw (Taken From Behind The Green Door 20/05/2013) by Hyperdub Records

Previously: Tom Hiddleston, “Family Guy,” Banned Books, “Smash,” Thundercat

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