Basket of News, May 17-23, 2014

 Posted by on May 23, 2014 at 8:11 am  Media-Web-News
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Gothamist unpacks the cultural references in “The Strategy,” including Burger Chef ads like this. Also, MAD Magazine‘s Mort Drucker gets a feature from AMC that refers to the parody “My Fair Ad-Man.” (via Hollis)

Megan Draper death theories, also courtesy of Gothamist.

Matthew Weiner guests on The Colbert Report.  Matt also spoke to the Jewish Journal about the show’s Jewish characters, casting his son Marten, and more…

Jon Hamm talks to Vanity Fair about his vagabond life with actress-writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt, and the movie hero so many are sure he’ll become.

Once he had signed on for the part, Hamm had a celebratory dinner with Weiner at Cafe Luxembourg, near Lincoln Center. After the meal, walking out of the restaurant, they ran into playwright Tony Kushner, who told Weiner he was excited about the show. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy,’ ” says Hamm. Weiner remembers the moment, too: “I joked to Jon that I had paid for that interaction to take place.”

Jon is also one of the voices for the audiobook of John O’Hara’s New York stories. (via Polly Draper)  And he talks to USA Today about the difficulties of being Draper.

…but what you really want to see is Jon re-enacting a scene from “The Suitcase” with Amy Sedaris.

Alison Brie does a Vanity Fair photoshoot with a great video in which she answers the question: Don or Roger?

Elisabeth Moss talks to AMC about her five favorite Peggy moments.

Rich Sommer  discusses Harry Crane’s partnership at SC&P and his ever-evolving relationship with Don Draper.

Rich and Ben Feldman talk to Vulture about auditioning for Matt Weiner and the perils of pilot season.

“The Strategy” put Mad Men atop The Hollywood Reporter‘s power rankings for the week.

Vulture looks at how “The Strategy” portrays family, while The Advocate looks at the episode’s portrayal of life for gay men in the Sixties.

Yahoo has a piece on why John Slattery is underrated in his portrayal of Roger Sterling.

Janie Bryant talks Season 7 fashion at InStyle.

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, a feverish fable starring Christina Hendricks, got a very mixed reaction at the Cannes Film Festival.  You can watch Christina talk to THR about the movie.

Kiernan Shipka joins the cast of the dysfunctional family in indie drama The Greens Are Gone.

The Milton Hershey School in central Pennsylvania had a hidden video camera  in the boys bathroom. (via Judy S)

Frank Darabont is seeking discovery of AMC’s other TV deals, including those concerning Mad Men andBreaking Bad, as part of his lawsuit over The Walking Dead profits.

Robert Kirkman teases Season 5 of The Walking Dead at Entertainment Weekly.

Breaking Bad beat out Denmark’s Borgen, Netflix’s political drama House of Cards and French supernatural drama The Returned to win this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Award for best international program.

Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes, The Walking Dead‘s Scott M. Gimple, Masters of Sex‘s Michelle Ashford,The Americans‘  Joel Fields and House of Cards‘  Beau Willimon discuss the art of television at the L.A. Times.

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


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