Jul 282016
 
Hell on Wheels, driving the golden spike

Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/AMC

Do you seek salvation? Do you wish to be saved?

Hell on Wheels has spent six years now (five seasons, including a split final season) leading us towards the moment on May 10, 1869, when the “golden spike” is driven and the Transcontinental Railroad is officially complete. So it is a strange sort of tease that the series finale, Done, opens with that moment, and then asks us to observe its aftermath. In a sense, this is what every series finale is: A question not just about how it all ends, but about what happens next.

When Doc Durant gives Cullen Bohannon the railroad commemorative ring, Cullen puts it on the finger normally reserved for a wedding ring. This was symbolic of his quandary—he’s married his life to the railroad, now what? Continue reading »

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Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on July 28, 2016 at 4:00 am  Actors & Crew, Mad Men, Season 6, Slideshow  No Responses »
Jul 282016
 

Sally gets the keys

Lobby heart attack

Covers for Sally’s lost key

She gets an eyeful

Sally sees Don Cheatingsally catches don

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Jul 262016
 

We now turn our attention to Megan Calvet Draper……

Megan Don divorce 7-09

What happens to Megan after her divorce from Don is final and she leaves with the million dollar check Don gives her?

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Basket of News, July 22, 2016

 Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 2:07 pm  Media-Web-News  1 Response »
Jul 222016
 

The Amazon series All or Nothing, narrated by Jon Hamm, has been renewed for a second season.

Don Draper is featured in this listicle about Archer.

Jon Hamm’s latest film, High Wire Act, has wrapped shooting in Morocco.

Here’s several stories about Jon Hamm and the Absolutely Fabulous movie premiere in NYC:

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Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on July 21, 2016 at 4:00 am  Actors & Crew, Mad Men, Season 6, Slideshow  No Responses »
Jul 212016
 

Uncle Mack and Dick 3

“He was nice to me.”

Abigail took up with him.

Dick’s father figure.

Uncle Mack on abigail

Uncle Mack dick peephole

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Hell on Wheels Episodes 5.12: Any Sum Within Reason and 5.13: Railroad Men

Hell on Wheels Episodes 5.12: Any Sum Within Reason and 5.13: Railroad Men

Jul 19, 2016

The second half of Hell on Wheels Season 5  (or, as you might like to call it, Season 6), has been the gradual stripping away of everything Cullen Bohannon is and wants, with the exception of the railroad itself. So, we dispense with the Swede. Then, we dispense with Naomi and baby William. In Any Sum […]

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This Day in History:  July 19, 2007

This Day in History: July 19, 2007

Jul 19, 2016

  Mad Men premiered in the United States on AMC, and the rest is history.  

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Basket of News, July 15, 2016

Jul 15, 2016

In case you missed it, the Emmy nominations are out. Congratulations to Mad Men’s Michael Gladis on his engagement. Don’t tell my sister. The “John” Hamm/Ryan Gosling crime spree. Don Draper is still not DB Cooper.

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Emmy Nominations!

Emmy Nominations!

Jul 15, 2016

Emmy nominations are out! To quote Polly Draper, “Difficult to believe that this will be an Emmy broadcast without Mad Men“.  Fortunately, we have some beloved shows in the mix. Here’s a round-up of Basket of Kisses shows with nominations: Lead actor in a drama: Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul Lead actress in a […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Jul 14, 2016

Mrs. Campbell’s nurse “Manny wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Woman overboard!

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Mad Men:  What Happened?

Mad Men: What Happened?

Jul 12, 2016

Stephanie Horton is Anna Draper’s niece.  She played a part in several critical points in Dick Whitman/Don Draper’s life.

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Basket of News, July 8, 2016

Jul 8, 2016

It’s a light news week, doldrums of summer and all that, but here’s what we’ve got: Matthew Weiner talks about Frank O’Hara’s poetry (“Meditations in an Emergency”) and Mad Men. Jon Hamm’s new movie, Keeping Up With the Joneses, sparks interviews and a set visit. As a writer on the subject of 007, let me […]

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Hell on Wheels Season 5, Episode 11: Gambit

Hell on Wheels Season 5, Episode 11: Gambit

Jul 7, 2016

Golden what? I can’t blame Hell on Wheels for getting a little experimental this late in its run, and they’ve always freely jumped around point of view, but Gambit is the first episode entirely without Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, and I think that was a problem. Granted, Bohannon and Durant are now at two […]

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