Feb 112016
 

Pete chip n dip 1

It’s a chip ‘n dip.

Peggy, Trudy, Beth, Bonnie

Christ on a cracker!

Pete chip n dip 2

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Feb 082016
 

Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 6, Edith leading the house tour

He was more of a philosopher than a thief.

Somewhere in the course of watching Downton Abbey Season 6, Episode 6, I was asking myself what was the point of it all. Lady Mary romance, Daisy bitch, Anna pregnant, blah blah blah, it seemed, in some sense, to be playing by numbers, hitting each point in an almost perfunctory manner. Setting aside, of course, Maggie Smith’s magnificent meltdown, which played in no way how I expected it to play. Hang on, I’ll get back to that. What I really want to say is that I slept on it, and woke up this morning realizing that this episode of Downton Abbey was as virulent an indictment of the upper classes as Julian Fellowes has ever indulged in. It was vicious.  Continue reading »

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Basket of News, February 5, 2016

 Posted by on February 5, 2016 at 7:45 am  Media-Web-News  7 Responses »
Feb 052016
 

Yikes! There is a Russian Mad Men, and Matt Zoller Seitz is all over it. Seitz has also written video essays about four movies that inspired Mad Men.

Lots of SAG news, including a lavish fashion spread in PopSugar, a Kristen Wiig/Jon Hamm reunion (they co-starred in Bridesmaids and Friends With Kids), and ICYMI, Roberta talks about Jon Hamm presenting but not winning.

Also at the SAGs, Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel on the red carpet following news of a Gilmore Girls revival.

Christina Hendricks didn’t think Mad Men would ever get picked up. Continue reading »

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Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on February 4, 2016 at 4:00 am  Characters, Mad Men, Season 1, Slideshow  4 Responses »
Feb 042016
 

Dr wayne and betty

Car fender bender

Numb fingers lead to shrink’s couch

Don calls Dr. Wayne

Dr Wayne phone call

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Feb 012016
 

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When we unleash the dogs of war, we must go where they take us.

Race tracks, spewing blood, pigs, and illiteracy. What fun! I think we all agreed that Sir Robert’s ongoing gastric complaints would somehow interconnect with the Downton Abbey war over control over the local hospital, probably with a medical emergency that depends upon either modernization (most likely) or the local touch. (Although, come to think of it, why don’t they ever bring Sybil’s death up in this regard?) However, I don’t think any of us expected him to spew blood like John Hurt in Alien, with internal bits of Earl landing all over Neville Chamberlain. Bravo for bringing the unexpected! Also, ew.

Obviously, we need a picture of the bloodbath, but for those of delicate sensibility, I’m putting it below the fold, so read on. Continue reading »

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Jon Hamm presenting, not winning

Jon Hamm presenting, not winning

Jan 30, 2016

Coming atcha live–Jon Hamm is doing a delightful job as co-host, along with Kristen Wig, of the SAG Awards. I mean, sort of…we haven’t seen them since the show started. It’s all presenters, all the time. I always forget to watch the SAGs, so maybe that’s status quo, but it’s sad. OH I GET IT […]

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Basket of News, January 29, 2016

Jan 29, 2016

Jon Hamm received a Golden Globe labeled “John Hamm”. You can’t make these things up. Elisabeth Moss confirms that Season 2 of Top of the Lake will begin filming in the spring. Jared Harris (Lane Pryce of Mad Men, and currently killing it on The Expanse) will be a part of Robert Zemeckis’s new Brad […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Jan 28, 2016

Hi Shirley. Hi Dawn. “Keep pretending. That’s your job.” Bye Dawn. Bye Shirley

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Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 4: The Mystery of Life

Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 4: The Mystery of Life

Jan 25, 2016

“I’m surprised you know what a gear shift is.” “I know more than you think.” I don’t know why I never noticed it before, but Tom Branson wears enormous hats. In the opening scene of Downton Abbey Season 6, Episode 4, we see Tom walking the estate, and his hat is huge. But when I […]

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Basket of News, January 22, 2016

Jan 22, 2016

This year, Mad Men is included among the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) award winners. Here’s an interview with GALECA’s president about the awards. This article on casting opens with a discussion of auditioning for Don Draper. The ‘Golden Age’ Of Television, Casting Directors Expand Their Reach For anyone who is nerdy about […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

Jan 21, 2016

Ossining neighbors Francine and the junior league Where is Carlton?

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Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 3: Lady Mary Gets Her Way

Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 3: Lady Mary Gets Her Way

Jan 19, 2016

A peer in favor of reform? It’s like a turkey in favor of Christmas. So, Branson is back. Woohoo, I guess. Welcome to Downton Abbey Season 6, in which all happy endings play out forever. Branson is a good character, decently acted, good-looking, but his story has never been fully realized. Was the obnoxious teacher […]

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Basket of News, January 15, 2016

Jan 15, 2016

In case you missed it, Jon Hamm was recognized by the HFPA for his work on Mad Men. Adweek reminds us that he did win one other. Rami Malek’s mom agrees that Hamm deserved the award more than her son (thanks, Polly). Matthew Weiner has been nominated for a DGA (Director’s Guild Award) for Person […]

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