Basket of News, Aug 2-8, 2014

Aug 8, 2014

Vincent Kartheiser quietly married Alexis Bledel earlier this summer. Congrats! Elisabeth Moss may be the female lead in Season 2 of HBO’s True Detective.  Ms. M talks about The One I Love, the last day of Mad Men, and more at HuffPost Live.  Elisabeth has also joined the casts of Queen of Earth, and Meadowland. [...]

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HELLO?

HELLO?

Aug 6, 2014

Call me when you fix the damn phone! – Pete Campbell As Deb mentions in her recap, communication is a problem in A Day’s Work. People stumble into assumptions, can’t find the people they need to see, can’t tell whether anyone is hearing them, or can’t communicate at all.

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Masters of Sex: Expectations and Disappointments

Masters of Sex: Expectations and Disappointments

Aug 5, 2014

This episode “Dirty Jobs” seemed to have a lot to do with illusions and people trying to fit into them.  Betty isn’t used to being called “Mrs. Moretti,” and she tells Bill, “It makes me feel like I’m pretending to be somebody I’m not.” “Things aren’t always what they seem, are they,” Bill says to [...]

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Thus Spoke Mad Men

Thus Spoke Mad Men

Aug 5, 2014

A lot of recaps of Mad Men 7.04, The Monolith, noted that the episode contained multiple references to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, very few actually listed them all. Well, if you want something done right… Here is my list of 2001: A Space Odyssey (referred to henceforth as “2001”) allusions in Mad [...]

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Hell on Wheels Season 4 Premiere: Elusive Eden

Hell on Wheels Season 4 Premiere: Elusive Eden

Aug 2, 2014

Hell on Wheels offers us a season premiere that is in no way different from its season finale. Season 3 closed with a lackluster episode, as if director Neil LaBute had no sense that a finale was a different animal from a regular episode. He’s back a year later with Elusive Eden, an episode with [...]

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Basket of News, Jul. 26-Aug. 1, 2014

Aug 1, 2014

Donielle Artese, who played Paul Kinsey’s girfriend Sheila White, needs a new kidney; they’re taking crowdfunding now. The Hell on Wheels Season 4 premiere airs this Saturday; AMC is marathoning the series starting today at 3 ET. The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT. The Walking Dead‘s official Season [...]

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The Return of Fan Art Thursday!

The Return of Fan Art Thursday!

Jul 31, 2014

I have been unable to keep up with this little project, especially since the blog crash. Allow me to point out that we’ve had so many fan art entries over the years that part of the task is now to search our archives and make sure it’s not a repeat. And, since we lost a [...]

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Vacation news

Vacation news

Jul 30, 2014

I will be out of the country, with limited internet access, from July 31 through August 12. Mad Chick will be handling Masters of Sex duties. Season premiere and episode 2 of Hell on Wheels are already written and will post as soon as each episode ends. Karl will keep the News running. Other people [...]

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Masters of Sex: Determining Sex

Masters of Sex: Determining Sex

Jul 29, 2014

One thing that struck me as interesting in Masters of Sex episode 2.03, Fight, was that Bill Masters had a genetic test on hand that determined definitively that the baby with ambiguous genitalia was male. Watson and Crick first published the structure of the DNA double-helix in 1953. Was Masters really determining sex by a [...]

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Masters of Sex: Fight

Masters of Sex: Fight

Jul 28, 2014

Masters of Sex Episode 2.03, Fight, gives us close to a single-set episode, a venerable form for shows that want to do something different; something singular. Confining two characters together, you reveal those two characters in new and important ways. It’s not an easy form to sustain, though, and there are plenty of potential pitfalls. [...]

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Basket of News, Jul. 19-25, 2014

Jul 25, 2014

Christina Hendricks talks to Vulture about what she’s buying from the Mad Men sets, and how, after the show wrapped, “We partied for about a week straight.” Gold Derby looked at the odds that Robert Morse will take home an Emmy this year.  The Sundance Channel lists Morse’s “Top 5 Movies from the ‘60s.” Kiernan [...]

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"All this time I thought you were a football hero who hated his father"

“All this time I thought you were a football hero who hated his father”

Jul 23, 2014

This one has me thinking … The Dick Whitman we see in Korea is no football hero, we know that. And in 6 1/2 seasons there’s not one piece of evidence on screen to suggest Dick could have been anything more than a tackling dummy. I’d be interested to know just what kind of backstory [...]

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Review: Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Review: Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Jul 22, 2014

The Marvel Avenger’s STATION exhibit is currently at Discovery Times Square ($27 per adult), and presumably will travel all over the place. Since we occasionally write about Agents of SHIELD here, as well as review various Marvel movies (among others), I figured it was an apropos subject for a review. Don’t go. Since I was [...]

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