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Chicago – iO Chicago continues the Grand Opening at its new venue with one of its most famous alumni – the illustrious Joel Murray. Besides opening the seventh season of “Mad Men” with a brilliant monologue as Freddy Rumsen, Murray brings his “Joel Murray & Friends” show to the new iO Chicago on August 30th.
Murray is the youngest of the famous “Murrays of Wilmette, Illinois,” which includes brothers Brian-Doyle, Bill and John, plus sister Nancy. He is also one of the earliest members of the former Improv Olympics – now called iO – which grew from its modest beginnings in Chicago with founders Del Close and Charna Halpern to their latest multi-theater venue on Kingsbury Street. Joel Murray comes back to his roots with “Joel Murray & Friends” in The Mission Theater at the venue, which will feature some other famous iO alumni including Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Mitch Rouse (“According to Jim”), Kevin Dorff (“Conan »
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As the final season of "Mad Men" begins, freelancer Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray) speeds through a sleek, cinematic pitch for Accutron watches, selling the fantasy of time harnessed, exploited, made beautiful. He's selling, in a sense, "Mad Men" itself. "It's not a timepiece," his tagline goes. "It's a conversation piece." Of course, AMC's stalwart drama is a timepiece, long defined by its sumptuous period detail and glancing relationship with the real-life history of the Sixties. But "Mad Men" has always been in conversation with that history, committed to the notion that "culture" not only responds to changing times but also actively shapes how we live and subsequently remember them. Freddy delivers his presentation of the Accutron campaign, devised by Don Draper (Jon Hamm), directly into the camera, his question making us complicit in the conversation. "Are you ready?" This is the enduring appeal of "Mad »
- Matt Brennan
Nearly 15 years after the release of "The Blair Witch Project," the prospects of a legitimately scary found footage horror movie about a couple of ill-fated naifs wandering through the woods sounds about as likely as an over-the-hill eighties comedian transforming into a provocative filmmaker. But that's exactly what Bobcat Goldthwait has done over the past several years, with a string of black comedies that have obtained cult status through his post-acting career: "Sleeping Dogs Lie" explored the fallout of dog blowjob guilt, "World's Greatest Dad" found Robin Williams exploiting the death of his character's suicidal son, and "God Bless America" featured Joel Murray literally murdering obnoxious reality television stars. Needless to say, Goldthwait's humor belies deep-seated insecurities about people unwilling to consider the consequences of their actions, so it was only a matter of time before he made a horror movie. "Willow Creek" conforms to the traditions of the genre with. »
- Eric Kohn
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I park my white horse outside... "I know I am flawed, but I am offering you more than anyone else ever will." -Bob Benson Five years ago, after a long night at press tour, Matt Weiner and I sat down to discuss the third season premiere of "Mad Men," "Out of Town." It was a sprawling conversation, covering not just the episode, but past decisions about the show and even, near the end, his future hopes for it. As the series has gone on, Weiner has grown more close-mouthed about what's coming next, but this was far away from the hypothetical end of the series that he felt comfortable talking a little about what he envisioned for it: I would like to see them get to the end of this (decade), and that was my original intention when I wrote the pilot. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Stephanie Drake, who has played crack-up receptionist Meredith since season five of Mad Men, received a promotion on this season's fourth episode, as she landed on her heartthrob Don Draper's desk. And while no airplanes were thrown at her this time (thank you, Joan), she did almost take a couch to the face (Ginsberg, we're looking at you.) Podcast: 'Girls on Men' Podcast, Season 7, Episode 3 with 'Mad Men's' Joel Murray While Meredith's bright outfits and voluminous hair filled the episode with welcome cheer, Roger set off on a murky quest to retrieve his daughter from a hippie
- THR Staff
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as the other couch is full of farts... "Oh, believe me: there's always a hierarchy." -Roger "Mad Men" was so busy dealing with the politics and tragedy of 1968 that season 6 didn't have a lot of time for the pop culture of that year. Perhaps as a make-up, we get "The Monolith," an episode whose name evokes the mysterious black object at the center of "2001: A Space Odyssey," and whose plot involves a fear of man being replaced by computers, much as the Hal-9000 in that film sought to kill off the human astronauts (and also had more personality than either of them). And Lloyd, the computer engineer responsible for installing Sc&P's new technological marvel, even tells Don, "It's been my experience these machines can be a metaphor for whatever's on people's minds." "Mad Men" is often a show that, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Mad Men opened on Sunday night with Sterling Cooper & Partners happy to show off their new Ibm 360, the computer that Harry Crane was so eager to get into the office. It’ll impress their clients and perhaps get them some more business.
Mad Men Recap
In order to fit the sizeable machine at Sc&P, the creative lounge is out and the computer is in. Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) is less than thrilled about the arrangement, but Lou (Allen Havey) tries to reassure her that the computer is going to be of far more use to her than the lounge. Despite their prickly relationship of late, Lou recommends Peggy for creative on Pete’s (Vincent Kartheiser) Burger Chef account. Cutler (Harry Hamlin) had wanted Ted (Kevin Rahm) on it, but Ted wasn’t interested. Pete, however, insists on having Don (Jon Hamm) do the work.
Lou isn’t about to let »
Fortress Features (The Collector, The Collection, The Hunted ) is in pre-production on the indie flick Bloodsucking Bastards, directed by Brian James O’Connell, and the first casting news has arrived.
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- Steve Barton
Mad Men episode “A Day’s Work” honed in on Peggy's Valentine’s Day woes and Don Draper's efforts to get back in the ad game and attempt to finally open up to his daughter Sally.
Mad Men Recap
Don Draper (John Hamm), still on hiatus from Sterling Cooper & Partners, prepares for an 8 p.m. meeting by sleeping till noon, watching some Little Rascals, eating crackers and casually sipping some booze. It turns out his meeting is with Dawn (Teyonah Parris) from the office. She lets Don in on the action between the firm and Lou Avery’s (Allan Havey) dealings with Mohawk Airlines. After the meeting it seems like Don is more eager than ever to get back to work and stop getting information through Dawn and pitching through Freddie Rumsen (Joel Murray).
Trying to forget about her ex, Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) decides to throw herself entirely into her work. »
Until very recently, Joel Murray's defining Mad Men moment was Freddy Rumsen's infamous pants-peeing incident from the second season. The recurring player may have one-upped himself during the recent premiere, which opened on Murray delivering Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) a flawless pitch for Accutron watches -- the result, we learn later in the episode, of a deal to be Don's (Jon Hamm) creative ambassador. The pair now have more in common than any viewer might have predicted back when Freddy became the first Sterling Cooper staffer to take an involuntary leave of absence. Photos: 'Mad Men' Season 7 Promo Art
- Michael O'Connell
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
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