Basket of News, Feb. 21-27, 2015

 Posted by on February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  1 Response »
Feb 272015
 

MadMenFinalPosterVulture unveiled the last official poster for Mad Men — with comments from Matthew Weiner.  The first trailer is online as well, icymi.

Mad Men Season 7.1 will be available on Netflix on Mar. 22.

John Slattery talks to HuffPost Live about the end of Mad Men and the fate of Roger Sterling.

Vincent Kartheiser tells Variety that Pete Campbell is even more Pete Campbell in the final stretch.

January Jones talks to People about her Mad Men audition.

Christina Hendricks speaks with The New York Post and The Hollywood Reporter about living in NYC…and the end of Mad Men.

Kiernan Shipka shares her favorite Mad Men scene with Teen Vogue.

The New York Times and the Associated Press talk to Elisabeth Moss about heading to Broadway.  And here’s your Associated Press correction of the week:

The Playboy Club Manual of 1968.

The Walking Dead’s season five finale will be an extended 90-minute episode airing March 29.

Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira discuss Alexandria. Continue reading »

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Feb 262015
 

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The chief criticism levied against Outlander, both in print and on the screen, is that there is a substantial amount of groundwork and backstory, both prior to the inciting incident and during the rising action. This makes for a slower pace than your typical action-adventure piece. Forget the sex and violence (yeah, right… good luck with that); patience and perseverance may be the greatest barrier to entry into Outlandish fandom.

Kudos to the production team, not only for crystallizing all of the pertinent detail, but for reformulating and resequencing the source material into an episodic format that still entertains. This is no criticism of the novels’ structure whatsoever. Written work is not encumbered by the constraints of the sixty-minute story arc. Making the transition from page to screen requires two things: encapsulating exposition into narrative conflicts, and optimizing visual cues. Both of these are accomplished magnificently in 1.02 Castle Leoch. Continue reading »

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Feb 252015
 

Better Call Saul: Saul uses the foot spa

Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman: Not the loquacious sort, are you?
Mike Ehrmantraut: We can’t all be as blessed as you.

So, Saul Goodman is a joke. A stupid joke. “S’all good, man.” Hardee har. Better Call Saul episode 1.04, Hero, gets us back into the flashback era of Saul’s youthful life of crime, sometime in the 1990s. At this point, we have something like a timeline of Saul’s life: He’s “Slippin’ Jimmy,” a con man from the outskirts of Chicago (Cicero). At some point he gets in big trouble and either does or does not go to jail, but this inspires him to turn over a new leaf, under the guidance of his much-older brother, Chuck. In this period he gets a law degree, and goes to work for his brother’s firm. Then somethingsomethingsomething, and now Chuck is loony and Jimmy is on his own living/working in a nail salon. Continue reading »

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Feb 232015
 

Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 8, Lady Mary and Lady Edith

Love may not conquer all, but it can conquer quite a lot.

Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 8, the official season finale—although the “Christmas Special” will serve as the season finale in the U.S.—did the usual combination of wit, and stupid, and fun, and dull. It’s the must-watch TV that we wonder why we watch. But I cannot escape the knowledge of one thing: The entire plot surrounding the death of Isis the Big Dog was a machination to introduce Lord Grantham to the stone carver, so that he could suddenly be inspired to help Mrs. Patmore.

Really? We killed a dog for this? Continue reading »

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Blog Note: Recap Delays

 Posted by on February 23, 2015 at 9:14 am  Lippsisters.com  No Responses »
Feb 232015
 

I was watching the Oscars. Downton Abbey will be up tomorrow. I’m hoping Better Call Saul will not be affected, and will also be up tomorrow. But it’s a lot of TV for one little bitty blogger to recap.

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The Walking Dead Double Recap: Community

The Walking Dead Double Recap: Community

Feb 23, 2015

I don’t think any two episodes of The Walking Dead have been as different as these. Them was a tone poem on the weight of grief; The Distance is another move-the-plot step out onto the old tightrope of risk and trust. I found both episodes satisfying, for completely different reasons.

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Oscar Open Thread

Feb 22, 2015

We are chatting. Gowns. Awards. Movies. Songs. GO FOR IT!

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Be sure to stop by for our Oscar open thread on Sunday

Feb 20, 2015

As you know, I’m an addict. I’ll be here with blog open and bells on. Or something.

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Basket of News, Feb. 14-20, 2015

Feb 20, 2015

ICYMI: The Mad Men Season 7.2 promo photo gallery. Jessica Pare’s ensemble is a custom Janie Bryant design. Matthew Weiner talks to THR (in print and video) about the early Mad Men auditions. Don Draper’s gray suit and fedora are headed to the Smithsonian.  The L.A. Times details some of the exhibitions, panel conversations and […]

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Mad Men Season 7.2 Photo Gallery

Mad Men Season 7.2 Photo Gallery

Feb 18, 2015

AMC has released a large photo gallery of Mad Men Season 7 (Part 2). Now, I ask that none of you go nuts. These photos are gorgeous, but I invite you to remember that when the promotional gallery for Season 6 was released, you all went bonkers trying to figure out what the party was. […]

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Outlander: Prologue and Foreplay - Recap of Sassenach, Episode 1.01

Outlander: Prologue and Foreplay – Recap of Sassenach, Episode 1.01

Feb 18, 2015

We’re just about eight weeks out from the return of new Outlander episodes, so there’s no time like the present to revisit the past. I do not hold myself up as the paragon Outlander expert. I’m just a fan who’s intrigued by storytelling, who sees this series of books and shows as delicious study material, and who […]

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Better Call Saul Episode 1.03: Nacho

Better Call Saul Episode 1.03: Nacho

Feb 17, 2015

You see? This is why people hate lawyers. Double dealing! Excessive use of pay phones! Really bad wigs! Episode 3 of Better Call Saul, Nacho, had it all. So, Vince Gilligan is having fun with timelines. Our “present day” for the series is 2002, but we’re getting flashbacks to really oversized mobile phones and a […]

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