Rockets Mascot Rocks Walter White Undies During Game ... Cranston Loves It!!!

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Walter White and Jesse Pinkman took a break from cooking meth to enjoy the Houston Rockets game on Wednesday ... and they got a special surprise from the mascot -- who threw on a pair of glasses and tighty-whites for the occasion!!

"Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were posted up courtside to check out the home team's matchup with the Charlotte Hornets ... and when the VIP guests waved hello to the crowd via the scoreboard, Clutch showed up in one of Walt's most recognizable looks from the series.

Cranston hilariously reacted to the stunt by shielding his eyes ... and Paul was loving it, clapping as the bear showed off his getup.

Cranston and Paul -- who joined forces with their own mezcal after the show ended in 2013 -- were in town to promote the Dos Hombres brand ... and got a massive ovation from the fans in attendance.

Unfortunately for the home team, the Hornets handled the Rockets like Heisenberg did Gus Fring in the 122-117 loss.

As it turns out, the guys are rumored to reprise their roles in a Super Bowl commercial, too ... so Walt and Jesse are popping up all over the sports world.

As Jesse would probably say ... "SPORTS, BITCH!!"

Aaron Paul Family It's Official ... We're Pauls, Y'all!!!

Aaron Paul and his family have a new official surname -- the same one he's been going by, professionally at least, for years now.

According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Aaron's name change petition with the courts has been approved ... as have the ones submitted on behalf of his wife, Lauren, and their son Casper -- who'll now go by Ryden.

AP's kid, at first, was known as Casper Emerson Paul ... but now that a judge has signed off, his legal name is Ryden Caspian Paul. For her part, Lauren simply wanted to adopt her husband's stage surname -- which the court also granted.

In other words, everyone got what they wanted ... and there's new monikers to go around. As many know, Aaron's birth surname was Sturtevant -- but he apparently didn't like it anymore, and has been using Paul since before even his "Breaking Bad" days.

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Nothing really changes on the public front ... we've all been calling Aaron Paul "Aaron Paul" this whole time. Now though, the DMV's gonna have to call him that as well.

Walter White Jr. In 'Breaking Bad' 'Memba Him?!

American actor RJ Mitte was just 16 years old when he was first cast as Walter White Jr. -- the son of Walter and Skyler White who loves video games, girls and hanging out with friends -- in AMC's classic drug-making drama series "Breaking Bad."

RJ shared the screen with Bryan Cranston as the caring yet calculated drug king, Walter White, Aaron Paul as the sensitive and sympathetic addict turned business partner, Jesse Pinkman, Anna Gunn as the worried and high-strung mother and carwash operator, Skyler White, and Dean Norris as the heroic and top-ranking officer, Hank Schrader.

Guess what he looks like today!

'Breaking Bad' Cranston, Paul Statues Spur GOP Outrage ... 'Glorifying Meth Makers'!!!

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are forever enshrined in bronze in the city of Albuquerque -- something conservatives there are up in arms about, claiming the statues glorify meth.

Late last month, Mayor Tim Keller unveiled 2 statues to honor the 'Breaking Bad' stars -- they're now on display at the Albuquerque Convention Center -- after a ceremony where BC and AP were actually on hand to pose with their metal counterparts.

It was a kitschy, fun thing that seemed fairly innocent -- as a shout-out to the actors and show for putting a spotlight on their city and state -- but now, some Republicans in the state are fuming over the honor.

Conservative radio host Eddy Aragon and state representative Rod Montoya say the statues send the wrong message about who should be glorified in the community.

Montoya says "meth dealers" shouldn't be the shining example in Albuquerque, and Aragon adds ... "It’s not the type of recognition we want for the city of Albuquerque, or for our state."

Aragon goes on to gripe about how city officials tore down a controversial statue of Albuquerque's first Spanish governor, Juan de Onate, because he was a conquistador ... but now turn around and throw these two fictional characters as proverbial beacons.

This sort of backlash was actually expected, Mayor Keller warned of this when they were first getting unveiled, saying he understood, but defended having Jesse Pinkman and Walter White statues because of the cautionary tale they represented, and the jobs they gave to NM.

Can't please everyone, right?

Aaron Paul I Just Cast BFF Bryan Cranston as The Godfather!!!


Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston seem to have an unbreakable bond ... so much so, Aaron says choosing his newborn kid's godfather was a no-brainer.

We caught up with Aaron Wednesday at LAX and asked about him naming his best friend and "Breaking Bad" costar godfather to his newest addition, baby Ryden.

Aaron says Bryan's a beautiful man who's more than deserving of the title he and his wife bestowed on Cranston.

As far as what it takes to be a godfather, Aaron tells us Bryan's gonna be on diaper duty ... and don't get him started on burping little Ryden.

Of course, it's no surprise ... Bryan and Aaron are partners in crime on and off-screen ... nice to see the longtime friends grow tighter through each milestone.

In case you didn't know, Aaron and his wife, Lauren Paul, tied the knot back in 2013. They became first-time parents in 2018, when they gave birth to their daughter, Story Annabelle Paul.

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They welcomed their second child and only son, Ryden Caspian Paul, this month ... and we already know he, too, will be in really good hands.

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Here's What We Think About that Slap ... ... Settle the Beef with Liquor!!!


Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul certainly know how to discuss sensitive topics ... injecting a little humor and a lot of salesmanship into the Will Smith/Chris Rock brouhaha.

We got the "Breaking Bad" stars Wednesday at Chateau Marmont in WeHo ... and they were quick to say lots of stuff can be settled over a bottle ... a bottle of Mezcal.

Yeah, and here's where the salesmanship comes in ... Mezcal is Aaron and Bryan's label. For the uninitiated, it's kind of like tequila, but as Aaron says, it's not tequila.


As for their feelings about the slap, the apology and the fallout, Aaron and Bryan trod lightly, which is what some other celebs are doing as well ... however a number of celebs have come out swinging, railing at Will for ruining the Oscars.

Chris Rock kicked off his comedy tour in Boston Wednesday night ... the first time he's had the mic since getting slapped on Sunday. He addressed the attack briefly, and said there would be more later. Chris also made clear what TMZ has been reporting ... he and Will have not spoken since the incident.

Bob Odenkirk Back in the Game After Heart Attack

Bob Odenkirk is fully back ... just months after almost dying of a heart attack.

The "Better Call Saul" star was out and about Wednesday ... shopping for firewood and groceries at an L.A. supermarket.

Speaking of Duraflame -- Bob is Dur-able ... TMZ broke the story back in July ... he collapsed in new Mexico on the set of his hit show. As we reported, it was touch-and-go in the hours following the medical emergency. He wasn't conscious for awhile, but he has now clearly bounced back and looks great.

After the incident, Bob thanked his fans and especially his doctors, who were able to get him back on his feet by fixing the blockage without surgery.

He took some time off after the heart attack but everything's now back to normal.

For anyone in a similar situation .... better call Saul's doc.

Bob Odenkirk Rebounds After Heart Attack ... Living 'It's a Wonderful Life!!!'

Bob Odenkirk has found a silver lining in a major medical scare he suffered last week ... he feels like a real-life Jimmy Stewart character from "It's a Wonderful Life."

Bob is on the mend after collapsing on the New Mexico set of "Better Call Saul." It was extremely serious at first, with a very uncertain outcome. But, Bob's rebounded in a big way, and he's clearly moved by the love and concern from family, friends and fans.

He says he's filled with gratitude from the outpouring of concern and support ... “I am doing great. I’ve had my very own “It’s a wonderful life” week of people insisting I make the world slightly better. Wow! Thank you, I love everyone right now but let’s keep expectations reasonable!”

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Lots of stars, including his "Breaking Bad" co-star Bryan Cranston, were super concerned after the July 27 heart attack, and Bob couldn't be more grateful for his recovery.

It's unclear when Bob will be cleared to return to the "Better Call Saul" set, but he's definitely on the way ... and THAT'S good news!!!

Bob Odenkirk I'm Recovering From Heart Attack ... But I'm Going To Be OK


12:59 PM PT -- Bob Odenkirk says he suffered a heart attack when he collapsed on the set of "Better Call Saul" ... but he says he's going to come out of this OK thanks to a group of doctors in New Mexico.


Bob just shared an update on his health, saying he's recovering from a "small heart attack" and thanking doctors who he says knew how to fix the blockage without surgery.


Odenkirk says he's going to take some time off while he's on the mend, but he says he'll be back to work soon ... and he's thanking everyone who sent positive wishes his way, saying he could feel the overwhelming love and support.

Good news, folks ... Bob Odenkirk is in such good spirits he's now joking around with friends, according to one of them ... actor David Cross.

Cross says the "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" star is doing so good, in fact, fans will soon be hearing from him. Cross updated Bob's legion of fans Friday morning saying, "Just got off the phone with Bob and he's doing great!"

David added, "Both [Bob] and his family are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown. You will be hearing from him soon. But he's doing really well!!!"

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That's welcome news considering what he's gone through over the last couple of days. TMZ broke the story ... Bob was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the set of "Better Call Saul" while filming in New Mexico.

We later learned the emergency was a "heart-related" incident. For a moment it was touch-and-go. He was not conscious during his initial hours in an Albuquerque hospital before he eventually woke up -- and Cross now sounds confident Bob will be back to his old self.

As we reported ... there was an outpouring of support following the medical scare. "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston shared a pic on Instagram and asked fans to "please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers."

Message delivered.

Originally Published -- 11:47 AM PT

Bob Odenkirk Suffered 'Heart-Related' Medical Emergency ... Unconscious but Awake Now

Bob Odenkirk was hospitalized for a "heart-related incident" ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, and it was touch-and-go for the last day but it looks like he's now out of the woods.

Bob is awake inside an Albuquerque hospital and we're told he's stable and on the rebound, but when he was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after collapsing on set it did not look good. We're told he was not conscious during the early hours in the hospital, although he's now lucid.

Bob's rep tells TMZ, "Bob and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side."

The rep goes on ... "The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery."

TMZ broke the story ... Bob was rushed to a New Mexico hospital Tuesday night after collapsing on the set of his show "Better Call Saul."

Production sources told us Bob and the rest of the cast were shooting when the incident happened, with Odenkirk going down and being immediately surrounded by crew members as they called an ambulance.

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By Wednesday morning, Bob's close friend from his "Breaking Bad" days, Bryan Cranston, was calling on fans to send positive thoughts and prayers Odenkirk's way, saying he was anxious to learn his pal was hospitalized.

Bob Odenkirk Bryan Cranston Asks for Positive Thoughts & Prayers ... After 'Better Call Saul' Collapse


8:14 AM PT -- 7/28 "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston is asking fans to send good thoughts and prayers Bob's way, saying, "Today I woke up to news that has made me anxious all morning. My friend, Bob Odenkirk collapsed last night on the set of Better Call Saul."


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He continues, "He is in the hospital in Albuquerque and receiving the medical attention he needs but his condition is not known to the public as yet. Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you."


8:32 PM PT -- We were previously told Odenkirk collapsed while shooting in L.A., but a source close to the actor now tells us it happened while shooting in New Mexico.

Bob Odenkirk was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the set of his show "Better Call Saul" ... and is still receiving medical care.

Production sources tell TMZ Odenkirk and cast were shooting in New Mexico Tuesday when the incident happened. We're told Odenkirk went down, and was immediately surrounded by crew members who called an ambulance.

We're told it's unclear if he was conscious when he was transported, but a source close to Odenkirk tells us he is still in the hospital under the care of doctors.

Odenkirk became a household name when he played attorney Saul Goodman on "Breaking Bad." "Better Call Saul" -- a spinoff of "Breaking Bad" -- is currently shooting its 6th and final season. No word on how far along Odenkirk and team are in finishing it up or if his medical situation will delay production in any capacity.

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Bryan Cranston 'One of the Lucky Ones' w/ COVID-19 ... I'm Donating Plasma!!!


Bryan Cranston's one of the millions who've contracted the coronavirus, but he says he was lucky to have mild symptoms ... and now he's doing his part to help others.

The "Breaking Bad" star just shared a video of himself going through the process of donating plasma, which contains COVID-19 antibodies and can hopefully be of good medical and scientific use in the future.

Along with the vid, Bryan revealed he tested positive for the virus pretty early on and had some of the common mild symptoms -- headache, tightness in his chest and loss of taste and smell. He points out it affects everyone differently, though, and tragically ... has now resulted in more than 150,000 deaths in the U.S.

So, the actor's encouraging people to remain patient and vigilant -- and keep following the rules -- in order to prevail through this pandemic.

And, for other "lucky ones" out there like him, he's also providing a pretty great tutorial on how to contribute in the battle against COVID-19.

Of course, Cranston makes it pretty entertaining too.

Johnny Ortiz Cops Say He's the Drive-By Driver ... In Attempted Murder Case

"American Crime" actor Johnny Ortiz is facing a real-life attempted murder charge for his alleged role in an L.A. drive-by shooting ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Ortiz and another man, Armando Miguel Navarro, allegedly tried to kill a man named Brian Duke in a gang violence-related incident. Though Navarro's the one accused of pulling the trigger, prosecutors also hit Ortiz with an attempted murder charge ... now we know why.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... witnesses on the scene gave a description of the car, which was pulled over about an hour later in L.A. with 4 people inside, and Ortiz driving.

We're told all 4 were taken into custody, but the D.A. only charged Ortiz and Navarro ... the other 2 were released.

Our sources say prosecutors have some video evidence linked to the shooting.

Ortiz has also costarred in "McFarland, USA" with Kevin Costner, and with Aaron Paul in "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie." He was arrested in late May and is still locked up, being held on $1,120,000 bail.

He pled not guilty, and his family insists he's innocent and has been trying to raise his money through crowdfunding for his bail and other legal expenses. His next hearing is set for September.

'Breaking Bad' Movie Real-Life Los Pollos Hermanos Coming Soon ... Yeah, Bitch!!!

Everybody's favorite fast-food fried chicken in the "Breaking Bad" universe will soon be available in the real world ... for delivery.

A mural for Los Pollos Hermanos -- the restaurant chain owned by meth distributor Gus Fring on the TV series -- popped up in Venice Beach Thursday, and sources tell TMZ ... the grub's coming soon.

We're told 'BB' fans will soon be able to order and enjoy various chicken combos from the "virtual restaurant" in a few weeks. That means it won't be a sit-down joint, but the food can be delivered and will come in Los Pollos packaging. It's unclear where the food will be made, but no one on the outside will know where.

Our sources say the TV-inspired meals are being made by Family Style Inc., the same company behind Steve Aoki's Pizzaoki.

Aaron Paul Breaking The Bank ... My 40th Birthday Bash!!!

Aaron Paul went all out celebrating 40 years of life ... living it up for two weeks at a posh beachside resort in the Dominican Republic with his wife and Bryan Cranston!!!

The "Breaking Bad" star rang in the big 4-0 in the DR ... and he spared no expense, staying in a suite at The Ani Resort that goes for $25,000 a night. Aaron shacked up for 12 nights, dropping $300k just for his lodging!!!

Aaron was rolling deep ... he had his better half with him, plus his family and close friends, including Bryan. We're told the "Breaking Bad" costars spent their time sipping their new Mezcal that just launched, Dos Hombres.

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Rum's usually what you think of when you picture a boozy drink on a Caribbean beach ... but when you've got your own liquor brand, you play by your own rules!!!

Aaron and co. had a rocking time ... soaking in all the resort and island have to offer ... infinity pools, perfect weather, soft sands, amazing food, crystal-clear seas ... the whole shebang.

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Blowout birthday parties are kinda Aaron's thing ... when his wife turned 30 back in 2016, Aaron rented out a massive private villa in Thailand just for the 2 of them.

Gotta love that "Breaking Bad" bank!!!

Rodney Peete Sued Super Bowl Ticket Screw Job?!

Ex-NFL star Rodney Peete is accused of pulling a fast one on a Super Bowl ticket broker -- allegedly squirming his way out of paying for VERY expensive seats ... and now the broker wants his cash!

The 53-year-old and his famous wife Holly Robinson Peete are being sued by Barry's Tickets -- a pretty famous business which sells tickets to high-profile events.

Barry's claims Rodney hit 'em up in January 2019 looking for 8 tickets to Super Bowl LIII in ATL to watch Tom Brady and the Patriots take on the L.A. Rams.

Barry's claims they offered Peete a discount -- they'd charge him $11,500 per ticket if he paid before Feb. 3 ... and the price would rise to $12,500 if he paid after.

Rodney agreed, according to the lawsuit -- but only wired $46,000 to Barry's.

Barry's says they gave Rodney the tickets under the assumption he'd deliver the second half of the money -- but he NEVER paid.

In fact, Barry's says Rodney strung them along for days until finally ghosting them in mid-February.

Now, Barry's demanding $54,000 for the tickets plus interest plus legal fees.

By the way, Rodney had a pretty long NFL career -- he played from 1989 to 2004 -- but never really signed a massive contract.

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