13 items from 2014
The final season of Mad Men opened with a slam-dunk pitch not from Don Draper but Freddy Rumsen, the one-time senior account man at Sterling Cooper who was forced out after peeing his pants in the office during a bender. Redemption? Sort of. Freddy’s on the wagon now, but at the end of Sunday’s episode, we learn that the “It’s not a timepiece, it’s a conversation piece” was, in fact, Don’s idea, delivered with gusto by character actor Joel Murray. On the occasion of this semi-victory, Vulture spoke to the 50-year-old scene-stealer (who just happens to be Bill Murray’s little brother) about being called a sad guy by series creator Matthew Weiner, the craft behind Freddy’s memorable Mozart pants symphony, and channeling his inner Don. That opening scene almost makes up for the pants-wetting, right?When I read the script I was like, »
- Denise Martin
Accutron: It’s not a time piece. It’s a conversation piece. The first Accutron hit the markets long before Freddy Rumsen was pitching it in such surprisingly elegant language. Actually, it had been selling for about ten years, debuting in October of 1960 (just around the time Mad Men‘s first season was drawing to a close). Watches of the time, and for several centuries previously, were built around a “balance wheel,” a little pendulum that shifts back and forth and keeps the watch’s hands moving. Watchmaking company Bulova did away with the balance wheel for their Accutron watch, inserting a fancy electric tuning fork and cementing Accutron as the first electronic watch in history. Those tiny metal forks also made the Accutron the most accurate wristwatch ever made, and a “horological revolution” (thanks, Wikipedia!). At least until 1969, when Astron debuted the quartz-powered Astron and Joel Murray, as Rumsen, sat »
- Adam Bellotto
Mad Men’s season premiere on Sunday night, titled “Time Zones,” picked up less than a year after the events in last season’s finale in which Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was put on a sabbatical after a cringe-worthy pitch to Hershey executives.
Mad Men Recap
The episode opens with Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray) testing out a pitch for Accutron for Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) In her Sterling Cooper & Partner’s office. She’s impressed with the direction he’s going in, and cleans it up with the simple catchphrase – “Accutron, it’s time for a conversation.” After her meeting with Rumsen, who’s freelancing for the ad firm, Peggy heads to a status meeting with Lou Avery, who’s serving as Don’s replacement for the time being.
Not at the office is Roger Sterling (John Slattery). He’s busy in bed with a naked women in an apartment littered »
I don't think there's enough sunshine in all of California to brighten up the dark state of affairs everyone is in as Mad Men begins the first half of its last lap. Where does one begin in this cold January of 1969? Peggy crumpled on the floor in sobs of her great-big-investment Upper West Side apartment? Roger passed out naked on the floor of his filthy, garbage-littered hotel-room-cum-counterculture-commune? Ken – still sporting an eye patch from his little shotgun mishap with the Chevy execs – completely overwhelmed and overworked? A happy, suntanned Pete – seriously, »
[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 7 premiere of Mad Men. Read at your own risk.]
"Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something."
Yes, Matthew Weiner, you have our attention. The Mad Men creator kicked off the first half of his advertising drama's final season speaking directly to the audience through the mouth of recurring character Freddie Rumsen (Joel Murray). But it was the next line of Freddie's Don Draper-quality pitch for Accutron watches that reveals what seems to truly be on Mad Men's mind for this episode — and perhaps the remainder of the series.
"Do you have time to improve your life?"
That's certainly a question we imagine Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has been asking himself lately...
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- Adam Bryant
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
Mike, Sulley and the Monsters University gang are heading back to the big screen this month as the stars of Disney-Pixar's latest short film Party Central, which is set to be shown in cinemas before Muppets Most Wanted; here's a brand new poster for the short...
"When the Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers throw their first party and no one shows up, Mike and Sulley return to Monsters University with a plan to make sure it’s the most epic party the school has ever seen. It is directed by Kelsey Mann, the story supervisor from Monsters University, and features the following voice talent: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Peter Sohn, Julia Sweeney, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Bobby Moynihan, and Joel Murray."
- Gary Collinson
Monsters University's Oozma Kappa fraternity steals a rival party in a new sneak peek at Disney Pixar's latest short film Party Central, which will be attached to prints of Muppets Most Wanted, opening March 21. The first scene released last month showed Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (voiced by John Goodman) stealing a door station to transport unwitting students to their party. Now, we get to see how they are able to lure their fellow monsters over to the Oozma Kappa house, by using a trail of pizza slices. In addition, we have a poster for this short, directed by Kelsey Mann, which features Art (voiced by Charlie Day), Terri (voiced by Sean Hayes), Terry (voiced by Dave Foley), Don (voiced by Joel Murray), Squishy (voiced by Peter Sohn) and Mrs. Squibbles (voiced by Julia Sweeney).
Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (voiced by John Goodman) take extreme measures to ensure their Oozma Kappa party is a success in the first clip from the Pixar short film Party Central, which we reported last month will be attached to Muppets Most Wanted in theaters March 21. The short is set within the Monsters University universe, with the Oozma Kappa fraternity house set to throw their first big party. When no one shows up, Mike and Sully steal a door station to liven up the festivities, with one door placed at another raucous party and the other at the Oozma Kappa house. In addition, we also have two new photos from the short, featuring Art (voiced by Charlie Day), Squishy (voiced by Peter Sohn) and Squishy's mother, Sherri (voiced by Julia Sweeney), along with more details from director Kelsey Mann, who served as the story supervisor on Monsters University. »
Is there anything Bill Murray hasn't done? And I'm not talking just movies.
A man of seemingly legendary stature, the actor broke out on "Saturday Night Live" in the late '70s and only grew more prominent with unforgettable roles in "Caddyshack" (1980) and "Ghostbusters" (1984). Since then, Murray has also established himself in dramatic roles, such as in the acclaimed Sofia Coppola movie "Lost in Translation," which garnered him a Best Actor nomination.
Whether or not you've seen Murray on the big screen or at the ballpark, there's still much to know about the star. From his duet with Clint Eastwood to his unbelievable encounters with fans, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Bill Murray.
1. Murray is a part-owner of three minor league baseball teams, including the Riverdogs in Charleston, South Carolina. and the Brockton Rox in Massachusetts, which explains this.
2. Murray admits to signing on for the "Garfield »
- Jonny Black
With The Good Dinosaur bumped back to 2015, this year is the first since 2005 without a new Pixar movie to look forward to, but the animation maestros aren't entirely absent from cinemas as Monsters University duo Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) return to the screen for the new short Party Central, which is set to play alongside Muppets Most Wanted. Here's the first look image, direct from Disney...
"Mike and Sulley return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen."
- Gary Collinson
Disney and Pixar have announced the debut of an all-new animated short, this time focusing on the characters from this past summer's Monsters University. Party Central will be attached to Muppets Most Wanted when it hits theaters May 21, 2014. This six-minute spin-off follows Mike, Sully and their Oozma Kappa frat brothers as they try to throw one mean monster blowout of a bash. They become quite dismayed when they realize no one is going to show up. Putting some extra inter-dimensional doors to good use, they get creative and pull in all sorts of secret guests (no spoilers!) to keep the party rocking through out the night (will we see an appearance from some of the biggest monsters in history?). Entertainment Weekly has released the first photo from the short, which made its debut at last year's D23 Expo.
Disney Pixar have just sent over the first image for their brand new short-film, Party Central. The short is set to sit in front of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted which is released March 28th. If you didn’t get enough from the Monsters University in the sequel, here’s a little bit more!
Here’s a bit of info that goes along with the short which features the likes of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Peter Sohn, Julia Sweeney, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Bobby Moynihan, Joel Murray as the voice cast.
Mike and Sulley return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen. »
- David Sztypuljak
13 items from 2014
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