John Slattery talks about the risks of being typecast as Roger and confirms Sesaon 5 is still in limbo. He and Kristen Schaal (who played Nannette in the Mad Men pilot) star in the latest video from The National, “Conversation 16” (James Urbaniak also has a role).
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeld talked to the New York Times about working together on Friends With Kids — a movie about marriage and parenting. Also, it was Jon’s birthday this week, in case you missed it. Plus, he made The Onion.
Vincent Kartheiser and Rich Sommer did a Mad Men-themed PSA for high-speed rail. Rex Reed had some unkind words for Vincent’s turn in Elektra Luxx, among many unkind words for the movie. [Despite not caring much for Reed’s reviews, I felt obligated to mention it, given that the review mentions Vincent is naked, which may be of interest to some of you. -K] The Hollywood Reporter liked it a little better.
Jared Harris talked to the MTV about palying Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
January Jones talks about dressing for red carpets and reading the best and worst dressed lists the next day.
Matt Long (Joey Baird) has joined the cast of Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct, which will also feature some BSG alums.
Darby Stanchfield (Helen Bishop) has been added to Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama pilot Damage Control.
Abigail Spencer (Suzanne Farrell) has been cast in Grace, an ABC pilot set in the world of professional dance.
Bryan Batt and Patricia Clarkson will offer two benefit performances of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans.
Missy Yager (Sarah Beth Carson) and Sam Trammell (True Blood) are expecting twins.
Miles Fisher (Jeffrey Graves) joins the cast of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
The Envelope is running an Emmys poll centered around Mad Men vs. Boardwalk Empire.
History professor James Livingston turns Daniel Mendelsohn’s NYRB critique of Mad Men on its head, bringing in themes from “Babylon” to boot.
The Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) essays “The Devil in Don Draper.”
The Wall Street Journal profiles “The Don Draper of Asia.”
The Contra Costa Times has this week’s MM-themed fashion piece on… men’s hats.
Cablevision Systems Corp. will rename its Rainbow Media unit as AMC Networks Inc. following its planned spin-off.
Speaking of AMC, here’s a new and extended trailer for The Killing.
The Globe & Mail’s Margaret Wente mentions Mad Men in essaying “the century of women.”
Rance Crain recalls how old school Mad Men stayed ahead of Ralph Nader and the FTC… and how the industry changed.
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