Basket of News, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014

 Posted by on September 5, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News
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Christina Hendricks talking to Variety about the end of Mad Men? Yes, please:

And here’s the trailer for Downton Abbey, Series 5:

Jon Hamm has been doing overseas press for Million Dollar Arm, but he also talks about Mad Men, life after Don Draper, and A Young Doctor’s Notebook along the way with HeraldScotland, Ireland’s Independent, and the BBC where (as tipped by Polly Draper) he suggests Mad Men will return in April (~13:52).  he also discusses A Young Doctor’s Notebook and the end of Mad Men at the L.A. Times.

BTW, Mad Men Season 7 Part 1 is due on DVD/Blu-Ray on October 21…and they’re claiming there will be commentaries. (via Polly Draper)

Matthew Weiner pays tribute to Christopher Manley, cinematographer for both Mad Men and Are You Here.

January Jones is flattered that “the fat Jew” would like to drink her post-yoga butt sweat. No, we’re not kidding.

Ben Feldman talks about Ginsberg’s nipple, his fall rom-com series A to Z, and his current movie, As Above/So Below.

Joel Murray talks to HollywoodChicago about opening Season 7, and Chicago improv. But what he really wants to do is direct (more).

Kiernan Shipka has joined the horror project February, written and directed by Osgood Perkins.

The Walking Dead will open PaleyFest in NYC in October.

The Hollywood Reporter has TWD Season 5’s key art atop an article with quotes from  Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and showrunner Scott M. Gimple.

The Wire alumnus Seth Gilliam talks to Entertainment Weekly about joining The Walking Dead.

Entertainment Weekly also asked The Walking Dead cast members how they want their characters to go “if and when their time comes.”  Indeed, the mag talked to Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan about their characters.

TWD Executive Producer David Alpert shares his favorite moments from the show and the comic character he can’t wait to introduce.

Bob Odenkirk talked with USA Today about Better Call Saul.  AMC also dropped a teaser video for the show.

Breaking Bad has given Apple’s iTunes a legal headache.

Bryan Cranston’s production company has sold a single-camera comedy called The Dangerous Book for Boys to NBC.

Bryan Cranston may be getting raves for transforming into LBJ, but Dean Norris will be playing Ben Franklin in a History Channel miniseries, Sons of Liberty.

Ana Crabtree, the costume designer for Masters of Sex, talks about where she departed from strict period attire, and her influences.

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


  6 Responses to “Basket of News, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014”

  1. Regarding the possibility of commentary tracks on the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of MM S-7a — I hope it’s true.

    I also hope the issue of the lack of commentaries on MM S-6 will be addressed. In all the pre-season and post-season press coverage of both S-6 and S-7a that I saw, none of the reporters ever brought it up and neither did MW or any of the other cast members.

    I’ve said all along that I thought it was an embargoed topic. That kind of silence doesn’t “just happen.” Something like that HAS to be orchestrated.

    The upcoming S-7a home video’s commentary tracks will offer the opportunity for the faithful fans of the show to finally get an explanation.

  2. How much will they be charging for the Season 7a DVD box? The same as they would have charged for a full season?

    • Amazon is listing it at around $30, but the price usually goes down by the time it’s released. Still, it looks like they’re charging as the same as they would a full season (I think other shows that have “split seasons” have done it the same way). And I’m still not believing that commentaries are included until it’s released (the pre-release notices for the season 6 set said that commentaries would be included).

  3. I agree there seems to be a gag order on the topic of commentaries.
    AMC, Lionsgate and Netflix probably have a big fat money deal and do not want to add to the discussion of missing commentaries.
    Money is always at the root of this jazz.

  4. Am I alone in thinking we are going to have a happy ending?
    Christina says it’s a beautiful ending.
    Tragedy is never beautiful…Can we have a place to post our speculative views of the ending?

    I want Don/Dick to go back to his roots and find his prostitute mother’s people…I want him to find some peace and love.

    And I would love him to have a little sleep away camp with Betty again!
    Also, it would be so wonderful for Peggy to play house with Stan.

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