Jul 082016

It’s a light news week, doldrums of summer and all that, but here’s what we’ve got:

Matthew Weiner talks about Frank O’Hara’s poetry (“Meditations in an Emergency”) and Mad Men.

Jon Hamm’s new movie, Keeping Up With the Joneses, sparks interviews and a set visit.

As a writer on the subject of 007, let me warn you to believe NO rumors about Jon Hamm being cast as James Bond. Damn, that’s just silly.

James Wolk says that Mad Men’s Bob Benson lives on.

Mad Men’s Jared Harris as artist’s muse.

Drive and Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn wanted Christina Hendricks to play Wonder Woman.

Stars of The Last Man on Earth, including January Jones, discuss possibilities for Season 3.

Elisabeth Moss has started shooting Season 2 of Top of the Lake with Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie.

The Walking Dead has promoted four cast members to series regulars for Season 7.

The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus parties with the glitterati.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of the new stars of The Walking Dead, wants to play another superhero.

Also, Reedus and Morgan are having a lot of fun at a co-star’s expense.

Can Bob Odenkirk win an Emmy for Better Call Saul?


  3 Responses to “Basket of News, July 8, 2016”

  1. 22 EMMY NOMS for The People v. O.J. Simpson.

    Finally, these people get something right.
    Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance are wonders to behold.

  2. Deborah,

    From your knowledgeable perspective as someone who writes on James Bond, who do you think will be selected for the role after Daniel Craig?

    Given how violent SPECTRE was and the negative reaction it received, what do you think the odds are that Barbara Broccoli will return to a more retro Bond from the 1960s, and which actor do you think she will select?

    • I suspect another relative unknown. I don’t think they want to be laden by someone with star power. In addition, they don’t *need* star power–the franchise brings its own stardom–so why should they pay for it?

      What they want is a man approximately 32-38 years old, tall or tallish (Craig is the shortest so far), and a citizen of the UK or Commonwealth. You don’t ask, but I think the Idris Elba stuff is wrongheaded because he’s way too old, not because he’s black.

      I’d love it if they’d return to someone more dark and smoldering in the Clive Owen mode.

      Spectre made a fortune, and was the #11 grossing movie of its year. Bond movies tend to piggyback on the zeitgeist of their time; they’ll stay violent while violent films are the trend.

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