These school girls are enjoying apples at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library. via @TenementMuseum
Originally Jesse Pinkman was supposed to be killed off Breaking Bad during the show’s first season. Aaron Paul says he didn’t learn that until series creator Vince Gilligan called him over one day during lunch.
"He goes, ‘Originally Jesse was supposed to die at the end of this season,’ … and instantly my heart dropped and slowed down a bit," Paul says. "And he said, ‘We don’t think we’re going to do that anymore.’ "
Gilligan told Paul that he loved the chemistry between Walt and Jesse.
"He decided to change the whole dynamic of their relationship and really the whole dynamic of the show," says Paul. "But the entire second season, the entire third season, I thought that Jesse could be a goner at any moment because there’s many things that this character could screw up on, and he could definitely meet his deathbed at any moment."
Other cast members, including Bryan Cranston, would joke around on set with Paul about his character’s potential demise.
"Bryan would come up and give me a hug and say, ‘I’m not going to say anything but it was such a pleasure working with you. It’s been an amazing past year-and-a-half, and you have a huge career ahead of you,’ " he says. "They would always joke around about it. They’ve kind of slowed down about it, but who knows — this kid could die at any second."
For the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles,eviews the DVD release:
"In the unmistakable alchemy of their sound – and in their authentic laughter as they run from shrieking fans during the film’s opening credits – The Beatles embodied the hope and vitality the world was looking for then and still loves to this day. Like Louis Armstrong, they created music that, even when sad, is bursting with joy. All those hard days and nights paid off, for more than any band I can think of, they captured the yeah-yeah-yeah of happiness."
Read the full review: 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy
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While The Knick is a work of fiction, it is based on exhaustive historical research. Below, the show’s writers share some of the true facts of the era that are depicted in this episode.
Typhoid Mary was a real woman named Mary Mallon who infected at least 53 New Yorkers. #TheKnick
The production used a real X-ray machine from the era provided by the Burns Archive..
X-ray machines of the day exposed people to about 1500 times more radiation than those in use today.
The death picture the Gallingers take with their daughter was a common practice.
With no FDA regulations, manufacturers could sell products with any medical claims they liked (photo courtesy of the Burns Archive).
Bertie’s idea to use water instead of air during the bladder procedure for placenta previa was based in reality. (photo courtesy of the Burns Archive).
When discouraging Algernon from fighting a fellow patron, the bartender names real heavyweight boxers from the era.
The hernia procedure Algernon perfected is a three-layer repair that was invented by an Italian surgeon named Bassini.
Because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.