Basket of News, Sept. 1-7, 2012

 Posted by on September 7, 2012 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
Sep 072012

Friends of the Basket Tom and Lorenzo are profiled by the New York Times.

You’ve been Madrolled. You’re welcome. If that was not the video of the week, it would be this one from DJ Flula about “Why Breaking Bad is Great.”

Where Mad Men can set an Emmys record for Best Drama Series may be the best drama at the Emmys.

Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner will present at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 15.

Breaking Bad‘s midseason finale Sunday night managed to deliver big ratings gains on last year.

Exit interviews: Vince Gilligan talks to the New York Times about Sunday’s episode of Breaking Bad, the season so far, and what’s to come in the show’s final installments.  And yesterday, VG talked BB everywhere — Salon, Slate, and Rolling Stone, among others.

Vincent Kartheiser talks to Stark Insider about social media, Pete Campbell and Thai food.  He talks to Playbill about his own youthful cynicism, the unhappy ambition of Pete Campbell, and tackling his first stage role in seven years.  And VK also chats with HuffPo about Death of the Novel.

Ben Feldman talks to the Ithaca Times about his alma mater, his path into professional acting and what it’s like to work on the set of Mad Men.

Kiernan Shipka revealed an edgier side last night as she attended day one of New York Fashion Week wearing a sharp military-inspired outfit.

Elisabeth Moss and Alison Brie rocked the red carpet at the 2012 GQ Men of the Year Awards.

John Slattery will be one of the covers for British GQ’s Men of the Year issue.

Jon Hamm looked dressed for biking over the Labor Day weekend. Update: Jon was a bit dressier at the DNC with Jennifer Westfeldt.

At Dividable Watts, is essaying Mad Men as Prophecy & Postmortem.

AMC dropped key art for Season 3 of The Walking Dead; wonders if there’s a pattern developing.

Janie Bryant talks about her favorite piece of S5 fashion.

Julia Ormond will star in Lifetime’s upcoming drama, Witches of East End.

Salon profiles Donna Nelson, professor of chemistry at the University of Oklahoma… and Breaking Bad‘s meth consultant.

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


  4 Responses to “Basket of News, Sept. 1-7, 2012”

  1. Be sure to check out all the pictures at the Elisabeth Moss and Alison Brie link… Slattery and Talia Balsam are also in the album, and wait until you see Slattery’s hair and beard!

  2. You guys are terrific. Thanks again for the posting.

  3. Everybody’s welcome, of course. Most of it would be in my (and Deborah’s) ordinary reading, but it’s nice to share. I think Mark Zuckerberg said that.

  4. See the following article (written from a Season One perspective)

    “Walt is a complex, sympathetic character. He has a good family life-he appears to have a strong relationship with his wife, and his teenage son clearly likes him.”

    “Walt has pride in the meth he produces but clearly struggles with feelings of exhilaration and guilt.”

    What changes four years (one year in BB land) has wrought!

    Walt is no longer “sympathetic” (Tilden Katz’ contrary exhortations notwithstanding). I’m not too sure that his full-blown megalomania constitutes a “complex” character. His “good family life” is history as is the “strong relationship” with Skyler. Walt Jr. “likes” Walt Sr. a lot less, now that he has been banished to stay with Uncle and Auntie.

    Whatever “pride” Walt has is now centered, not in his chemist’s expertise, but in his ability to manipulate everyone in his life (except Ehrmantraut whom he shot in a spastic loss of self-control).

    I haven’t yet viewed the Half Season Five finale, so more may be in the offing (for all I know).

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