Basket of News, Jun. 28-Jul. 4, 2014

Jul 4, 2014

AMC’s “Dead, White and Blue” marathon of every single episode of  The Walking Dead so far, starts today at 9AM/8c.  AMC has videos, quizzes and more connected to the marathon. Robert Kirkman says there will be “a ton of answers” in TWD‘s Season 5 premiere. Vulture has a behind-the-scenes video from the cast and crew of [...]

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In Care Of: Stan is Dressed to Impress

In Care Of: Stan is Dressed to Impress

Jul 2, 2014

Mad Men Episode 6.13: In Care Of–The episode opens with Stan approaching Don about the California office. I’m struck by his appearance. Stan of the scruffy face. Stan, who never wears a tie, who puts a jacket over a polo shirt for client presentations. Stan, who comes to work in a leather fringe jacket. Stan [...]

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Five More

Jul 1, 2014

Hey Basketcases, I just found and restored 5 more posts from late April/early May. I have them up in the slideshow (the rotating display of images and post snippets) so that you can revisit.

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Fear stimulates my imagination

Fear stimulates my imagination

Jun 30, 2014

Fear stimulates my imagination. I had this quote on the brain tonight, because I am working on a tight deadline and I know how stimulating it is. The quote is from Season 1, Episode 1: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. At the time, the quote seemed glib and witty, a sigh of relief and a [...]

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Basket of News, Jun. 21-27, 2014

Jun 27, 2014

So, this happened: Joan! Christina Hendricks of Mad Men speaks at White House Summit on Working Families via @AP_Images pic.twitter.com/3bdL7xCOUX — Charles Dharapak (@Dharapak) June 23, 2014 And this: “Peggy and Joan…I’m always rooting for them.” —Obama on how the issues these Mad Men characters face remind him of his grandmother #EqualPay — The White [...]

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What happened to Mitchell?

What happened to Mitchell?

Jun 25, 2014

In Mad Men Episode 6.11: Favors, Don comes home to find Megan talking with Mitchell Rosen. Mitchell leaves and Megan explains he’s 1-A, draft eligible. Don asks how that’s possible if Mitchell is in college. Megan says he sent his draft card back in protest, so they reclassified him. Later that night, Don and Arnie [...]

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Restoration Progress

Restoration Progress

Jun 24, 2014

So, we’re making fantastic progress. Every “Basket of News” has been restored. For reasons that make no sense at all, none of the Fan Art was lost, even stuff posted after the last backup date. Crazy but true. I’ve found and restored an additional six posts, including the recaps for Waterloo and The Strategy. I’ve [...]

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Revived & Reborn Basket of Kisses FUNDRAISER

Revived & Reborn Basket of Kisses FUNDRAISER

Jun 23, 2014

Basketcases, let’s talk turkey. We’re writers. Deborah has some good computer knowledge, can do fancy things with HTML, can make MS Word sit up and bark like a dog. But we’re not techies. Fixing this website involved things like “php.ini” and “SQL” and other things we can’t say. We don’t make money from this gig. [...]

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Basket of News, Jun. 7-20, 2014

Jun 20, 2014

Matthew Weiner, Robert Morse, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Vincent Kartheiser, and Kiernan Shipka participated in a Q&A after a screening of “Waterloo.” Jon Hamm joined THR’s drama actors’ roundtable to talk Typecasting, among other things.  Jon was also part of a L.A. Times roundtable (with Norman Reedus and Lizzy Caplan), including [...]

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We're BAAAAAACK!

We’re BAAAAAACK!

Jun 19, 2014

As you can see, we’ve lost a ton of data: Everything posted after April 22, 2014 is gone. The most recent Wayback Machine save is May 27. Everything after that is permanently lost. If you have Word files or downloads or screen captures of missing stuff, please send it to us! If you’d like to [...]

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Basket of News, May 31-June 6, 2014

Jun 6, 2014

Matthew Weiner’s Are You Here has a trailer online. Matt told Entertainment Weekly that the finished version — which debuts in theaters and on demand Aug. 22 — is “actually quite a bit different than it was” at the Toronto Film Festival. ICYMI, the Lipps posted Part Two of their interview with Mr. Weiner. Matt also talked to Vanity Fair about Don Draper’s [...]

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Waterloo Recap: The Best Things in Life Are Free

May 26, 2014

The moon belongs to everyone The best things in life are free The stars belong to everyone They gleam there for you and me. I guess it’s a good thing Don Draper hasn’t joined Roger Sterling on an acid trip. As evidenced by the ending of Mad Men episode 7.07: Waterloo (the mid-season finale), he really hallucinates enough [...]

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Basket of News, May 17-23, 2014

May 23, 2014

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 [...]

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