Mad News, Oct. 17-23, 2010

 Posted by on October 23, 2010 at 11:00 am  Actors & Crew, Matthew Weiner, Media-Web-News
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Jessica Paré did this week’s Q&A at AMC. She also spoke to NY mag’s Vulture  (the first of many to do so, as you’ll see), FancastABC News and the Wall Street Journal. [Was that last one set up by Cooper? -K]

Matthew Weiner talked to Vulture about “Tomorrowland” and motherhood on the show.  He also spoke to TV Guide. The Atlantic’s Eleanor Barkhorn has related thoughts on Joan’s non-abortion.  At the New York Times, Ross Douthat mines the Vulture pieces for an essay on Mad Men vs. Domesticity.

The Daily Beast ran a pre-finale interview with Matthew Weiner, in which he said “Tomorrowland” would confound people’s expectations. The site also lists the 12 Most Memorable Moments of the season.

Elisabeth Moss also talked to Vulture about the finale and Peggy’s Season 4.  Ms. Moss is also set to star alongside Keira Knightley in new West End play The Children’s Hour.

Rich Sommer talked to Vulture about Crane. [Sorry, couldn’t help myself. -K]

You know who else talked to Vulture? Christopher Stanley, that’s who.

Sam Page talked to the New York Post about the finale, Greg, and the impact Mad Men has had on his career.

Robert Morse will be the guest on the Kevin Pollak Chat Show this Sunday, to service your Mad Men withdrawal.

“Tomorrowland” drew 2.44 million viewers.  That’s up 5% from last year, and we know that number increases significantly throughout the week.

Meredith Blake of the L.A. Times watched the finale with Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and Cara Buono at the 21 Club.

The aforementioned Mad Women get imaginary internal dialogue from Go Fug Yourself.

Christina Hendricks on her first ever diet? No, says Christina.

Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss do about 15 minutes with WorldScreen, apparently recorded during their recent foreign promo jaunt. [Some nuggets of new info tucked in there. -K]

L.A. Times music critic Ann Powers essays Mad Men and Sonny & Cher.

ABC News asked psychologists about Don’s proposal.

Jon Hamm for Superman rumors will not die. Rich Sommer fans the flames on Twitter.

January Jones is starring opposite Liam Neeson in the new thriller Unknown.  Trailer at the link.

Two-time SAG Award-winning actor Kiernan Shipka joins the cast of the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Smooch.

Jared Harris had to bow out of the movie version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to take that gig as Prof. Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes sequel.

Janie Bryant has launched her debut line of nail lacquers for beauty company Nailtini. She also has a book imminent (Rich Sommer displays it for you).  Ms. B further talks to Stuff (NZ) about fashion inspirations for the show, and is profiled by Amahzing.

Michael Gladis talked about the challenges of his guest shot on Law & Order: SVU.

At the HuffPo, Diane Winston asks, “Did Mad Men Get Religion?

Vanity Fair investigates which band Megan might have seen at the Whisky a Go-Go.

Kratocasnik takes a run at the SCDP floor plan.

Fortune reviews the brands of Season 4.

The Chronicle of Higher Education breaks down the Peggy-Joan conversation in “Tomorrowland.”

TV Squad lists the 10 most meaningful lines of the season.

At the New York Times, Letty Cottin Pogrebin — author of How to Make It in a Man’s World and co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus — talks about “Tomorrowland.”

Serious Film hands out awards in the Season 4 Yearbook. (h/t Nathaniel.)

Reason has a review of a new book on Albert Lasker, the original Mad Man.

Congrats to Jon Hamm — he’s now famous enough to be the subject of a ridiculous story in the National Enquirer! [Linked only because the story and picture are truly funny. -K]

Mad News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.


  14 Responses to “Mad News, Oct. 17-23, 2010”

  1. So it was an amazing exercise to play only what you’re given, and not try to add more or to make it into something else, to just wait to see how it develops. …Pare with Vulture

    I have been thinking that this, MW’s holding back of scripts and plot developments, is one of the keys to the “feel” of the show. Without knowing the “future”, and I am also not sure how much backstory they are given, the actors don’t really know who they are, or why they do things. They have to be very careful about what they project in terms of nuance, because an attitude taken could be reversed next week. It is existential tv.

    MW has also talked about compassion, about judging actions, but not judging people (for better, or for worse.) By eliminating or reducing psychology in his show, MM becomes about pure action and surface. The feelings remain very real, but since we don’t really understand the sources of the feelings and affects, all we can do is to choose to empathize or not. It is context and justification, the reasons people feel anger or joy, that usually determines our empathy.

    So for Don/Faye/Megan, or Glen, or Betty, or Joan, or Peggy we create our own little stories to justify our empathy or its withholding. And we are almost always wrong, because on a moment to moment basis, Weiner makes sure the stories are irrelevant or just wrong.

    Ozu and Bresson made movies this way.

  2. “Playgrounds” is my favorite as well.

  3. Unknown looks pretty sleek and dark.

  4. David Mamet is another one who doesn’t like actors “interpreting” his lines. You can check out some of Mamet’s work for a certain “flatness” in the performances.

    “There’s no such thing as character development; all there is is action.” …Mamet

    Obviously it is complicated, and actors are gonna do what actors do. Pare says she doesn’t think Megan is calculating. Does that mean she couldn’t ask Weiner? “We don’t ask questions like that here.” But Hamm says that Weiner does answer questions.

  5. I think I speak for everyone when I say this about Christina Hendricks not going on a diet:

    THANK GOD. We love you just the way you are.

  6. bob,

    Jon & Elisabeth also discuss the knowing vs. not-knowing aspect of playing the characters in that ScreenWorld video.

  7. There’s an article about Jessica Paré at that appears to contain some new quotes that they got from her in French. Here’s my translation (of just the paragraphs where she’s quoted):

    “That was when they gave me a last name,” she related in a broken French she doesn’t practice often. “I was overjoyed. I had legitimacy. And when they told me that my character was a Montrealer whose father was a professor, I was more excited by that than by my sex scene with Don Draper. Sleeping with Don, anyone can do that. Coming from Montreal, that’s something else.”


    Was Jessica Paré aware of, and does she agree with, the idea advanced by some that Mad Men is a sort of ode to motherhood? “All I know is that I love children. Being with them is natural for me. I have a very large family and I spent all my summers playing with my nephews and nieces and younger cousins in our house in Morin Heights. I imagine that Matthew and the others sensed that aspect of my personality and took advantage of it. I also think that my character, because she comes from another culture, is younger and has professional ambitions. She has a more modern side than the classic 60s housewife.”

    Despite the final scene where Don surprises everyone, including himself, by asking Megan to marry him, Jessica doesn’t know what the future holds for her. “He may have asked her to marry him, but they’re not married yet. And if you’ve followed the series, you know that one can expect anything from the authors. That’s why I prefer not to speculate too much on how things will go in order to not be disappointed.”

    There’s also a mention that the French lines were written by Dahvi Waller, a Mad Men writer who is also from Montreal. I do so hope they set something up here next season!

  8. #7 Marissa: those quotes are very interesting, but i don’t find them at the URL you posted. Did you find them somewhere else?

  9. #8 berkowit28: Oh crud, I can’t believe I copied the wrong URL! It’s actually at Thanks for letting me know.

  10. #10 Thanks, Marissa, much better. I got something out of reading that the journalist interviewed Pare on Monkland “a few blocks from where she grew up”, and which is also half a mile from where I grew up. (I know the distance because I walked there to elementary school every day for seven years.)

  11. Yeah, I was pretty psyched, too. MONKLAND OH MY GOD THAT IS LIKE TWO METRO STOPS FROM ME.

    I wonder if they were anywhere near THIS intersection…

  12. Really enjoyed reading the interview with Christopher Stanley and hearing his take on Henry Francis; he seems to have a good understanding of the role. Unlike a lot of people, I have always enjoyed Henry Francis and thought he was far better for Betty, even though it’s taking a long time for her to realize that, and she’s still clinging to the memory of Don. He’s insisting Betty grow up, give up her sense of entitlement and be more concerned about her children and those around her–and that can’t be a bad thing. And he’s doing it with sympathy and concern–even when most of us would just want to throw up our hands. Furthermore, it was Henry, not Betty, who suggested Sally see the therapist. That Betty is using Sally’s therapist for her own purposes is typical of what I see as her narcissistic nature.

    We’ll see how long Henry’s patience lasts; I would hate for him to become a 2-dimensional saint, just the way how, even though I never really ever “liked” her, I’m not pleased with how Betty’s character seems to have morphed into something utterly 1-dimensional this past season.

  13. […] — but if you don’t parlez vous Francais [As I clearly do not –K], Basketcase Marissa translated the highlights for us last week in the comments. She also talked to the […]

  14. I like the Google translation of Pare’s interview:

    “That’s where they gave me a name, says it in a broken French that she does not practice often. I was ecstatic. I had legitimacy. And when they told me that my character was a Montrealer whose father was a teacher, I was pretty excited over this idea by my fuck scene with Don Draper. Sleeping with Don, everybody can. Coming from Montreal, is something else. “

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