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  1. 'Breaking Bad's' Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston Pen Mutual Fan Letters

    1:29 pm 12/17/2013

    For The Hollywood Reporter's Rule Breakers 2013 issue, the pair, photographed together, trade notes on what drove the AMC hit to record ratings. Read more

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  2. John Singleton on Hollywood's 'Slavery Zeitgeist' (Guest Column)

    1:08 pm 12/17/2013

    The acclaimed director on how "Fruitvale Station," "The Butler" and "12 Years a Slave" were made outside the studio system, and what's next: "The chains on what can be made and what can't in Hollywood have been unshackled."Read more

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  3. 'Despicable Me 2's' Mastermind: My Dad Was a Disruptor, Too

    12:46 pm 12/17/2013

    Chris Meledandri, whose sequel grossed almost $1 billion, recalls his fashion-designer father bringing Italian-style clothes to big cities: "If you were dressing in his clothes in New York or California, you were breaking a rule."Read more

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  4. 'Duck Dynasty' Stars Don't Mind Knockoffs and Imitators: We Need 'Clean Television'

    12:38 pm 12/17/2013

    "We're just kind of doin' what we do, and people identify with that," Jase Robertson tells THR of the series that regularly lures 9 million-plus viewers to A&E.Read more

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  5. Ted Sarandos' 'Go Big or Go Home' Gamble: An Analyst Takes Stock

    11:33 am 12/17/2013

    Richard Greenfield writes that Netflix originals like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" are widening the rift between what customers want and what traditional TV provides.Read more

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  6. Rule Breakers 2013: 'Duck Dynasty,' Bowie and 'Breaking Bad'

    11:10 am 12/17/2013

    THR's third annual year-end celebration of entertainment's movers and shaker-uppers -- from 'Gravity's' Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron to Netflix's Ted Sarandos.Read more

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  7. The Unorthodox Relationship Between Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal

    5:00 am 12/19/2012

    Among THR's 2012 Rule Breakers, the elusive Bigelow says she's "actually very shy," while details from the "Zero Dark Thirty" set reveal a surprising seat at the table for her relatively new screenwriter-producer partner, who confesses to a "sharp-elbowed personality."Read more

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  8. How 'The Walking Dead' Went to No. 1 by Killing Off Lead Characters

    5:00 am 12/19/2012

    A new showrunner's bold strategy helped bring in 10 million viewers a week for the No. 1 fall series, leading to inclusion in THR's 2012 Rule Breakers portfolio.Read more

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  9. Why Quentin Tarantino Isn't Concerned With Violence in 'Django Unchained'

    5:00 am 12/19/2012

    The director, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, tells THR he ignores calls to tone down his films: "Not one word of social criticism … has ever changed one word."Read more

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