Mad News, May 14-20, 2011

 Posted by on May 20, 2011 at 9:00 am  Actors & Crew, Awards, Media-Web-News
May 202011

 New York magazine asks: “Can AMC survive its own success?” [It’s a meaty piece opening with photos of a makeup test for Elisabeth Moss. -K]  The channel just rejected the six pilot scripts it had been developing.

/Film can hook you up with the trailers for the MM-inspired Pan Am and Playboy Club pilots.  Matthew Weiner is flattered by the 60s trend, but NYT columnist Maureen Dowd doesn’t like it, despite the feminist spin being put on the era in the shows [I wonder if she objected to the headline put on her column? -K].

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt talk to IndieWire’s Anne Thompson at Cannes about Friends With Kids.  JH was a smash at the Art of Elysium bash.  Did he really wake up Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie?

Speaking of Cannes, Deadline reports that John Slattery steals the show in Return, the only American film selected for the Directors Fortnight section of the fest this year.

BTW, did you catch the special Jon Hamm cameo on SNL last week?  Jon and singer Ellie Goulding met at SNL; they have a mutual fandom.

January Jones talks to Allure about dating in the spotlight and her unconventional training for X-Men: First Class (ScreenRant has new pics of JJ from the movie; James McAvoy jokes about their fight scene.)  January also says she gave up on therapy because her doctor talked more than she did during their sessions. [Still not as bad as Dr. Wayne… -K]  THR has video of January swimming with sharks. The Daily has more pregnancy gossip.

Aaron Staton gets into the nitty-gritty of making the L.A. Noire video game with Gamespot. Aaron is one of several familiar names cast by Carrie Audino and Laura Schiff for the game.

Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen are officially divorced in an apparently clean split, as splits go.

Melinda Page Hamilton talks to AMC about Anna Draper.

Kristen Wiig talks a very little bit about her sex scene with Jon Hamm in Bridesmaids. Jon insults his character in the movie.

Janie Bryant reveals where she found Joan’s pen necklace.

Malcolm Jamieson will be a panelist at American Cinema Editors’  EditFest NY.

Alison Brie turned up at the Museum of Arts & Design’s young patrons gala, part of the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC.

The Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert urges Emmy voters to nominate Jon Hamm, Mad Men, and some who were snubbed last year.

Speaking of the Emmys… will Jon Hamm be facing off against The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln?

What’s Mad Men doing in’s TV Season Finale Guide? Click to find out…

At TV Squad, the awesomeness of the show turns up as a benchmark for other great TV episodes.

The L.A. Times reports on Picture Car Warehouse, which leases hundreds of police cars, fire trucks and school buses, period autos and custom-built vehicles to Mad Men, ad men and more…

English ad men fascinated with MM have launched an ad copywriting contest.

The BBC’s MM-inspired The Hour is getting good advance buzz.

This week’s MM-invoking style piece is about… short sleeved shirts.

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


  9 Responses to “Mad News, May 14-20, 2011”

  1. Saw Bridesmaids — it was awesome. So funny. Hamm’s character is a riot in it.

    Liking the fact he’s getting so much work now.

  2. Two great things about Friday — the day before the weekend and Karl’s Mad Men News post.

    Thanks so much, Karl!!

  3. Thank you, Polly.

  4. Thanks for this post!

    Would love to watch the “Janie Bryant reveals where she found Joan’s pen necklace” clip, but it keeps freezing up. Anyone have any luck with it?

    Thanks, Heather

  5. Saw Bridesmaids last weekend, and yr rite, John Hamm was a scream.

    As for Pan Am and Playboy Club 1962 Mad Men rip offs: clunky dialog, a bad Hamm impersonator, obvious plot, and no subtlety whatsoever, do not a new Mad Men make.

  6. Heather,

    Sometimes, I find reload/refresh works to get video working. Otherwise, it may be a browser issue.

    In any event, Janie retweeted the Joan story here. She also noted that Don always wears cufflinks with edges, because circles and ovals wouldn’t fit his character.

  7. Sad about Moss and Armison 🙁

  8. Hey, that Lane’s girlfriend Toni in The Playboy Club. Again.
    I didn’t know she was played by Naturi Naughton.

  9. 18 May was the day our “Burt Cooper” Bobby Morse turned 80. Happy Birthday to him, and many more!

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