ICYMI, Deborah has a spoiler-free review of the Mad Men midseason premiere. The Lipps also posted Part 3 of their writeup for the Lincoln Center event. BTW, Film Society of Lincoln Center has posted a podcast of the event.
The presentation of Mad Men artifacts to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is covered by the Washington Post (which has video of Matthew Weiner speaking at the event), as well as the BBC and of course Smithsonian.com.
Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka did an adorbs joint interview with the New York Times. Kiernan also talks to the National Post about the Season 7 diner scene between Sally and Don, to Vogue about her favorite moment with Jon Hamm, working with eight different onscreen brothers, and whether or not she’ll end up in fashion. She did a photo shoot with Marie Claire and a short video at The Vine.
Matt Weiner told Vulture that Don Draper is a hero of assimilation. (via Polly Draper) He was also the guest on NPR’s latest “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” (via Allison) He talked about his journey and teased Season 7 to the New York Daily News and the Associated Press. He discussed Don and Tony Soprano at the Daily Beast. And he talked to the Jewish Daily Forward about what comes next, what he kept from the set, and all the Jews on the show.
Jon Hamm reflected on Don Draper with the New York Times. And Polly Draper rounded up a ton of Hamm…links. Jon talked to Alan Sepinwall about Peggy, Don’s style, his taste in women and much more. He also did an exit interview with Variety, with video. (Marly sent us this one also) He talked about unwinding from Don at People. He was to start filming his next movie soon, but on April 1st, he was named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Elisabeth Moss talks with Reuters about how she never became bored with Peggy and how her character may, or may not, end up. Seems like there’s a bit of a spoiler here, but maybe not, as she’s usually so good at secrecy. Ms. Moss and Mr. Weiner both talked to the Wall Street Journal about… elevators.
Vincent Kartheiser talks with Vulture about Pete Campbell and the rest of the gang walking off into the sunset, the Illuminati and (as always) the Alamo.
John Slattery talks to HitFix about Robert Morse, directing, and learning to recognize exposition. There is a minor –but awesome–spoiler that Mr. Weiner apparently did not embargo.
Christina Hendricks drinks pints in Soho with the London Evening Standard.
Aaron Staton has joined the cast of Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
The MM cast dished their favorite moments to the New York Post.
AMC breaks down Mad Men by the Numbers. (via Polly Draper)
At THR, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd broke down the events of the finale and gave an early glance at season six.
The Walking Dead used the season finale to unspool the first look at the zombie drama’s spinoff.
Steven Yeun talks Morgan with Variety.
Josh McDermitt is glad that Eugene is finally killing walkers.
Nathan Fillion penned a love letter to TWD.
Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk talked about making Cinnabons on The Late Late Show. He also talks to AMC about his initial reaction to starring in a Breaking Bad prequel, what his former castmates think of the series, and whether he’d prefer to have Saul or Jimmy as his legal representation.
Giancarlo Esposito channeled Gus to encourage Vince Gilligan to cast him in Better Call Saul.
Dave Porter, Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad‘s composer, talked to esquire about the differences in scoring the two shows.
Hayley Atwell took questions about Agent Carter and Ant-Man at the Emerald City Comicon; Uproxx compiled the answers.
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