Basket of News, Nov. 15-21, 2014

 Posted by on November 21, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  2 Responses »
Nov 212014
 

John Hamm photobombs January Jones and Kiernan Shipka. More normal pics of the event at AMC. One of those shows January taking a selfie with Kiernan, which January posted to Instagram.

Jon Hamm is also set to reprise his brief role as an inept National Parks employee on Parks and Recreation. (via Polly Draper)

The Audience Network will air the U.K.’s Black Mirror: White Christmas, which stars Jon Hamm, in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

Matthew Weiner will be presented with an International Emmy Award next week by Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

Robert Kirkman talks to THR about revisiting several familiar locations last Sunday on The Walking Dead.

Melissa McBride talks to AMC about filming her action-packed Season 5 scenes and how Carol has changed since Season 1. She also talked to Entertainment Weekly about last Sunday’s epsiode.

Emily Kinney talks about modelling, Beth, and why it’s getting harder for her to watch The Walking Dead.

Steven Yeun gets his very own Funny or Die skit titled “What’s Eating Steven Yeun.

Michael Cudlitz talks to Vanity FairTV Guide and Zap2It about Abraham, Rick and Negan.

The Wall Street Journal visited Walker Stalker Con.

Christina Hendricks is attached to star in The Hurricanes, a buddy comedy about a struggling former pop star attempting to get her band back together.

Jessica Paré talked aboot the end of Mad Men and more with the Canadian Press.

Patrick Cavanaugh (Smitty) is in a new Wendy’s advertisement. (via Mad Chick)

Kasha Kropinski talks to Entertainment Weekly and Cowboys & Indians about her pivotal scenes in last week’s Hell On Wheels.

The Better Call Saul series premiere will be a two-night television event.

Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos have joined the cast of Better Call Saul.

Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases like you.

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Nov 202014
 

Don Draper by Grant Gould


A newer portrait of our favorite Mad Man by Grant Gould.

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The H Word

 Posted by on November 19, 2014 at 5:53 am  Mad Men, Season 2, Season 5, Slideshow  19 Responses »
Nov 192014
 

mad-men-s05e05-lane-and-pete-fight
There have been a few discussions of gay people on Mad Men, and the discussions usually get pretty derogatory.

“So Kurt is a pervert.”—Harry in Season Two, The Jet Set.
“I knew queers existed, I just don’t want to work with them.”—Ken in Season Two (same episode).
“You people.”—Don (talking to Sal) in Season Three, Wee Small Hours.

Smitty criticized Ken and Harry for their discomfort and disparaging remarks about Kurt, saying, “What, you’ve never met a homo in advertising before?”  He implied that their attitude was ridiculous because they probably have met plenty of gay men in the industry already (including Sal, although Harry and Ken were seemingly oblivious to Sal’s sexual orientation).  However, although the term “homo” was used in the 1960s, it’s not used much today.  Articles have been written about why “gay people” sounds much better  than “homosexuals.” Continue reading »

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Nov 172014
 

the-walking-dead-episode-506-carol-mcbride-pre-980-1There are a lot of windows in episode 4.06, Consumed, of The Walking Dead. Our friends (Daryl and Carol, mostly) gaze through them; their zombie tormentors bang on them; we even see some pretty good gallows humor written on them. Continue reading »

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Homeland 4.08: Halfway to a Donut

 Posted by on November 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm  Homeland, Slideshow  4 Responses »
Nov 162014
 

Homeland_408_Ambassador_and_husbandIn Homeland episode 4.08: Halfway to a Donut, Carrie finally realizes what Quinn knew all along: Their work has no right answers, no good choices, no moral high ground.

And despite the pleasures of the episode, my overarching reaction is, so what? I mean, really, Carrie? The rest of us knew that all along. Continue reading »

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Hell on Wheels 4.12: Thirteen Steps

Hell on Wheels 4.12: Thirteen Steps

Nov 16, 2014

Hell on Wheels episode 4.12, Thirteen Steps, gave us a stunning, staggering hour of television. As an experience, as a single, standalone hour, it was close to perfect. And yet, it leaves me with roiling questions about this series and its directions, especially after the announcement that next season will be its last. There’s two […]

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Basket of News, Nov. 8-14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014

Hell On Wheels will be returning for a fifth and final season. Like it has done with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC will split the final season into two halves, with seven episodes airing in 2015 and seven in 2016. [Deadline also notes some curious aspects of the decision to end the show. -K] […]

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Fan Art Thursday: Skywalking Dead

Fan Art Thursday: Skywalking Dead

Nov 13, 2014

Maybe you’ve seen this. I think it’s pretty funny. T-shirt available for purchase here.

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Hell on Wheels: Anson Mount

Hell on Wheels: Anson Mount

Nov 12, 2014

So, on re-watching the Hell on Wheels episode Bleeding Kansas, I was struck by how damn good Anson Mount is. I rarely mention it, perhaps because my recaps are more involved in what’s going on with the show and characters, and I don’t talk about acting much at all. But Mount is worth mentioning because […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: We're Not Stopping

The Walking Dead Recap: We’re Not Stopping

Nov 10, 2014

Any episode of The Walking Dead that begins on a hopeful note — with the survivors reminiscing in a sunny field, or perhaps speeding north in a bus on an empty road — is bound to end in mayhem, or perhaps death. That’s one of the new rules of the zombiefied world, and it’s as […]

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Homeland 4.07: Redux

Homeland 4.07: Redux

Nov 9, 2014

With Redux, for the first time in Season 4 of Homeland, we have an episode that is entirely personal. In many ways, it’s a “traditional” episode of Homeland, in which the backdrop of world politics and CIA espionage is the theater in which Carrie Mathison’s mental illness gets enacted. I’m not entirely thrilled by this […]

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Hell on Wheels 4.11: Bleeding Kansas

Hell on Wheels 4.11: Bleeding Kansas

Nov 9, 2014

The most violent, the bloodiest, the most vulgar episode of Hell on Wheels yet, Bleeding Kansas was also one of its best. Episode 4.11 moved at breakneck speed, so that when “Next On…” appeared on my screen, I was surprised.

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Basket of News, Nov. 1-7, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

Downton Abbey is returning for a sixth season. Live With Kelly and Michael‘s Halloween episode featured a Mad Men-themed sketch. Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun also showed up on Live With Kelly and Michael‘s Halloween special to warn of the zombie apocalypse. Jon Hamm displays his love of internet cats on @midnight. Amy Poehler tells Seth […]

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