Basket of News, April 5-11, 2014

 Posted by on April 11, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  18 Responses »
Apr 112014

The Mad Men Season 7 premiere is just days away… did you see Deborah’s spoiler-free review?

Diane Sawyer went behind the scenes at SC&P with Matthew Weiner & Co.  Matt also talked to CBS, and at length to Rolling Stone about where the show’s been and where it’s going: “I always kind of see the world as being Sally Draper’s story in a strange way…”

The Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere was HBO’s most watched telecast since the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos.

Here’s Jon Hamm on a dating show from 1996: Oh. My.

Christina Hendricks visited Conan O’Brien; the highlights include bits on Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and her hair color, but if you want to watch Conan gush about how beautiful Christina is–and that’s pretty funny in its own right–you can watch the whole episode.

Jessica Paré visited Jimmy Kimmel, which you can see in two parts.

Kiernan Shipka talks to Vanity Fair about growing up on camera, her style inspirations, and her favorite Sally moment.  She also talks to the Chicago Tribune about finally watching the non-Sally parts of the show.

Kevin Rahm and his wife Amy Lonkar Rahm are expecting their first child, a baby girl.

Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss talked to E! Online about the beginning of the end.

Jared Harris tells The Independent he still watches MM and goes to the Christmas parties. [Once you go conga... -K] Continue reading »


Basket of News, March 29-April 4, 2014

 Posted by on April 4, 2014 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  11 Responses »
Apr 042014

Mad Men dropped a psychedelic trailer for Season 7:

[The music is apt...but the intriguing question is whether it is period correct. -K]

Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks share pics from behind the scenes at Mad Men. [Even more than the ones Polly Draper left in the comments last week. -K]

Pics from the Mad Men Season 7 red carpet are great, but contain a potential spoiler regarding Pete Campbell’s hairline. Even more at AMC.

AMC also posted a few sneak peek photos for “The Beginning,” the only potential spoiler being Peggy’s location.

Variety reports on how Matthew Weiner has given many writers and directors their first big breaks during the seven-season run of Mad Men. (via Marly Kurtzer)

Matt also shared his inspirations for memorable moments from Season 6 with AMC.

Indiewire and Jezebel excerpt the paywalled TIME cover story on MM.

Jon Hamm is “intensely proud” of Million Dollar Arm “and not just because I have to be.”

January Jones explained to Jimmy Fallon why you should never break up with her.

Christina Hendricks talks to Net-a-Porter about her preferred fate for Joan.

Debra Birnbaum writes about being a secretary at SC&P.

AMC confirmed the companion series to The Walking Dead.

The season four finale of The Walking Dead set a new finale record, delivering 15.7 million viewers and 10.2 million adults 18-49.

Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple and Andrew Lincoln talked about the final and teased Season 5 with THR and the Daily Beast.  Scott Gimpel also answered fans’ questions at AMC, and did sessions with Deadline and Entertainment Weekly.

Twitter responded to that moment in The Walking Dead season finale.

Breaking Bad won a Peabody Award.

Bryan Cranston talked to CBS about LBJ and contrasts himself with Jon Hamm at NPR.

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


Basket of News, March 22-28, 2014

Mar 28, 2014

Our Basket overfloweth!  Let’s start with a few minutes from the Mad Men panel at Paley Fest 2014: Deadline reports more, including that Matthew Weiner introduced the season-finale screening but was absent for the Q&A.  IndieWire has even better coverage.  There’s a bit more at THR.  Outside, Vincent Kartheiser went a little True Detective in [...]

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Basket of News, March 15-21, 2014

Mar 21, 2014

This is CNN: Present just arrived! cc: @MadMen_AMC — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 20, 2014 Matthew Weiner continues his pre-season media blitz with Hanna Rosin at The Atlantic. (via ruthie)  And here’s more of the conversation, with observations on Don Draper, Joan Harris, Ted Chaough, Bob Benson, 1968 and more… (via tonya) Matt also [...]

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Basket of News, March 8-14, 2014

Mar 14, 2014

Mad Men pre-Season 7 is swinging into gear and I’ve got your Matthew Weiner right here… with BuzzFeed, Alan Sepinwall, Vulture, TV Guide, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Wrap, and The Hollywood Reporter.  Matt warns against reading too much into the pre-season photos… but they are consistent with [...]

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Basket of News, March 1-7, 2014

Mar 7, 2014

Via Polly Draper, your Mad Men Season 7 teaser: Don Draper scores high on Uproxx’s list of TV’s hardest-drinking characters…but he doesn’t top it. Jon Hamm was among those playing dominoes for Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis’ charity, Artists for Peace and Justice; can you guess who taught him how to play? Rich Sommer has booked [...]

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Well. The Oscars. I mean....

Well. The Oscars. I mean….

Mar 4, 2014

I watched. It’s been awhile but I thought, well sure, it’s true I haven’t seen a movie all year, but this promises to be a good show. We’ve got Ellen; we’ve got the Minelli/Luft/Garland crew, Bette Midler, Idina Menzel—this will surely be a gay gala! We got off to a wonderful start. Ellen’s so FUNNY, [...]

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Basket of News, Feb. 22-28, 2014

Feb 28, 2014

Julian Fellowes talks about the most recent season — and future — of Downton Abbey. Matthew Weiner talked to Saturday Evening Post about a variety of topics, while Jon Hamm, John Slattery, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser talked to the mag about watching their Mad Men audition tapes.  There’s more in the print version, starting [...]

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Basket of News, Feb. 15-21, 2014

Feb 21, 2014

Need to catch up on Mad Men Season 6? It’s streaming via AMC. Jon Hamm, January Jones,Elisabeth Moss,Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and Kiernan Shipka, and “additional panelists” will discuss Mad Men at PaleyFest on March 21. Jon Hamm will be one of the presenters at next month’s Independent Spirit Awards. Me to my [...]

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Basket of News, Feb. 8-14, 2014

Feb 14, 2014

If you missed last week’s Basket of News for tech reasons, it’s back online for you and still mostly timely. Happy Valentine’s Day. Let’s hope yours is better than Don Draper’s performance at the Pierre Hotel. The Walking Dead mid-season premiere delivered 15.8 million viewers Sunday night and beat the Olympics among adults 18-49. With [...]

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Basket of News, Feb. 1-7, 2014

Feb 8, 2014

Downton Abbey came in second to the Super Bowl, ratings-wise, with 6.8 million viewers. At the Writers Guild Awards, Breaking Bad bested The Good Wife, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men to take the drama series honor. Vince Gilligan and Matthew Weiner were among those on the red carpet. Matthew Weiner is also interviewed [...]

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Basket of News, Jan. 25-31, 2014

Jan 31, 2014

During the State of the Union address, President Obama invoked Mad Men in pledging to help narrow the wage gap between men and women, and promote policies that supported working mothers. Politico’s Dylan Byers notes that declining viewership for the SOTU made virailty a political consideration. From that standpoint, the Mad Men metaphor was the [...]

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