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Bryan Cranston is mad as hell on Broadway in 'Network'

Bryan Cranston stars in the Broadway production of
Bryan Cranston stars in the Broadway production of "Network."
Jan Versweyveld

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A classic film, updated for the stage

Bryan Cranston, probably best known for his film and television work, including the series "Breaking Bad," is also an accomplished stage performer, having won a Tony Award for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way." And he brings all the weight of his acting strength to the part of Howard Beale in the current Broadway adaptation of the 1976 movie, "Network." Although the movie (written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet) arrived more than 40 years ago, it was oddly prescient about where TV news — and tabloid television — were headed. The stage version, written by Lee Hall, is set in the present day, which further proves how timely "Network" remains. Cranston spoke with John Horn from New York City.

Don't bring a knife to a 'Thrones' sword fight

There’s no shortage of violence on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The show’s battles can be epic, personal and mystical. But no matter the motivation or setting, the fighters in these clashes are wielding some very impressive weapons. From tiny daggers that are as small as a hand to lances as tall as an NBA center, the “Thrones” weapons are all manufactured by the show’s weapons department — no hand-me-down swords from the Renaissance Faire here. So what goes into designing the weaponry in the “Game of Thrones” war chest? To find out, we spoke with Tommy Dunne, who is the official weapons master for the series, which launches its eighth and final season on April 14.