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Bryan Cranston is open to the idea of doing a "Breaking Bad" movie, if his character isn't killed off during the final season of the AMC's Emmy-winning meth drama.

"I don't know how it's going to end up," Cranston told Al Roker in an interview Tuesday on "Today."

Maybe they could have the Sopranos move to New Mexico and become Walter's business partners. They kind of owe us that, after that show's lousy ending.

Cranston, who will direct the ninth episode of Season 5, first began discussing the possibility of a movie in a June interview with the L.A. Times.

"It's not far-fetched," he said. "I wouldn't mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn't know anything of how the show's going to end. If it doesn't end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he's still alive, that is."

Season five of "Breaking Bad" premieres Sunday on AMC. The final season will be broken up into two eight-episode installments, with the second slated to air in the summer of 2013.

LAST 'HUNGER GAME' BOOK TO BE SPLIT INTO TWO MOVIES: Not surprisingly, Lionsgate has decided to split the final film in "The Hunger Games" series into two, according to Entertainment Weekly.


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"Mockingjay" --the final novel in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy-- will become two films: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2."

Right - they wouldn't want to confuse anyone with tricky titles.

The plan is to make this a yearly event through 2015, with "Catching Fire" hitting theaters on November 22, 2013, "Mockingjay, Part 1" on November 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay, Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015.

It's just the latest example of a studio splitting up the finale of a profitable series to increase profits, which worked well with both the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.

Lionsgate announced earlier this week that Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman will join the cast of the next film.

CHANNING TATUM TO PLAY EVEL KNIEVEL: Channing Tatum is negotiating to produce and star in a film about Evel Knievel.

The "Magic Mike" star would produce with his Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, who will also write the screenplay.

Also on board to produce is one of the town's hottest producing teams in Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who just landed the "Fifty Shades of Grey" producing gig for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.

Born Robert Craig Knievel, the stuntman became a household name in the 1970s for his nationally televised motorcycle jumps. Ever the showman, Knievel became recognizable for his use of a Stars-and-Stripes get-up and known for his 433 broken bones. At the height of his celebrity, he gained endorsements from Harley-Davidson and a toy line by the Ideal Toy Company.

Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69. Which would be the equivalent of a person who didn't jump shark tanks for money living to be 170.

Tatum isn't the first actor to assume the famed thrill-seeker. George Hamilton starred in the 1971 film titled "Evel Knievel," while Knievel himself starred in the 1977 film "Viva Knievel!"

The Tatum vehicle is based on Stuart Barker's 2008 book "Life of Evel."

Thanks to a string of hits including the semi-autobiographical ode to the male stripper "Magic Mike," Tatum has enjoyed his pick of plum projects. According to IMDB.com, Tatum will next will shoot Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," based on another true-life character, Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.

'ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT' TO START SHOOTING: It's true. The Bluths are coming back.

Jason Bateman, who plays Michael Bluth, has tweeted that filming on new episodes of "Arrested Development" officially starts in four weeks.

"All systems are go," Bateman tweeted. "Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks."

Bateman was joined by Ron Howard in visiting the show's writing room. Howard provided the narration for the popular series for three seasons on Fox and served as an executive producer. Howard tweeted a photo of himself with Bateman and series creator Mitch Hurtwitz.

"Mitch let Jason and I in on some of the twists and turns ahead.hilarious twitter.com/RealRonHoward/..." Howard tweeted.

News of the "Arrested Development" revival first broke in late 2011, but details have been sketchy as to whether it will actually happen. A new season will air on Netflix in 2013 with a feature film starring the dysfunctional Bluth family to follow.

KATE UPTON DATING BASEBALL STAR (MAYBE): Justin Verlander may have got knocked around some in Tuesday's all-star game but, overall, seems to be winning the game of life.

The Detroit Tigers' pitcher has been sighted with reigning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton in recent days around Detroit.

CBS Detroit said the pair have been seen at least one area bar and Upton was recently sighted in a private box at a Tigers' game.

This has to be true. Unless you can explain why else Kate Upton would be in Detroit.

Actually, it seems Upton in a Michigan native and the pair has appeared in a commercial together.

Verlander and Upton were seen with Verlander's friend Frank Viola Jr. (son of former Cy Young winner Frank Viola) and Upton pal Lizzie Glynn.

The quartet allegedly were seen in a Detroit-area drinking establishment believed to be owned by Toby Keith.

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JULY 12 IN HISTORY

Thursday is July 12, the 194th day of 2012. There are 172 days left in the year.

1543: England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

1690: Forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

1812: U.S. forces led by Gen. William Hull invaded Canada during the War of 1812 against Britain. (However, Hull retreated shortly thereafter to Detroit.)

1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill passed by Congress authorizing the Medal of Honor.

1909: The House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)

1912: The silent film "Queen Elizabeth," starring Sarah Bernhardt, opened in New York.

1948: The Democratic national convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia.

1962: The Rolling Stones played their first-ever gig at The Marquee in London.

1977: President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, "There are many things in life that are not fair."

1984: Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he'd chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

1988: Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running-mate.

1991: A Japanese professor (Hitoshi Igarashi) who had translated Salman Rushdie's "The satanic Verses" was found stabbed to death, nine days after the novel's Italian translator was attacked in Milan.

2001: Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement with the city and its police union.

2002: The Senate adopted a ban on personal loans from companies to their top officials, a practice that had benefited executives from Enron to WorldCom. The U.N. Security Council agreed to exempt U.S. peacekeepers from war crimes prosecution for a year, ending a threat to U.N. peacekeeping operations.

2007: A Bush administration assessment said Iraq had achieved only limited military and political progress toward a democratic society; Iraqi leaders responded by insisting they were making progress. The House of Representatives voted to withdraw U.S. troops by spring 2008 despite a veto threat from President George W. Bush. British soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria (of Spice Girls fame), arrived in Los Angeles to begin their new lives in the United States.

2011: President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, who'd lost his right hand grabbing a live grenade to save his comrades in Afghanistan. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the powerful half brother of President Hamid Karzai, was gunned down in his heavily fortified home by a close associate. A memorial service for former first lady Betty Ford in Palm Desert, Calif., was attended by Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosalynn Carter and former President George W. Bush. Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and Roy Halladay and his relief combined on a six-hitter to lead the NL over the AL 5-1 in the All-Star game.

BIRTHDAYS

Pianist Van Cliburn (78), comedian Bill Cosby (75), singer-musician Christine McVie (69), fitness guru Richard Simmons (64), actor Jay Thomas (64), actress Cheryl Ladd (61), country singer Julie Miller (56), rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) (50), rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) (47), Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (41), actor Topher Grace (34), actress Michelle Rodriguez (34), actor Erik Per Sullivan (21).

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