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If ever there was an argument against nominative determinism, it’s the acting career of Jon Hamm. As philandering ad executive Don Draper on Mad Men he’s brought one of the most intense and believable performances in the current TV renaissance of “mysterious, angry white dudes), a quality he’s since brought to other film and television roles. We assume he was similarly impressive when he played Winnie The Pooh in the first grade – possibly using some clever ad-speak to convince Rabbit to give him some Honey – and Judas in Godspell at age 16. Surprisingly, for the guy who’s the current toast of Hollywood, he didn’t take acting at all seriously at first. In fact, save for those two juvenile attempts at it, he’d basically abandoned acting as a viable career.
Luckily for all of us, he reconsidered after moving home to complete his college degree, »
- Tom Baker
With summer slouching towards its sweltering end, Hollywood is throwing everything and the kitchen sink into theaters, hoping something will magically turn into blockbuster gold. Unfortunately for them, Peter Travers is back with his trusty Scum Bucket — and he's itching to fight these films back and vanquish the 10 worst movies of August.
First up is The November Man, in which Pierce Brosnan plays a spy nowhere near as cool as James Bond and who's stuck doing the same old boring action movie stuff (like screaming, "Run!"). Next is the latest in the Step Up series, »
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 »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The new film Are You Here follows Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson), a womanizing weatherman, and his slightly off best friend, Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis), as they return to Ben’s childhood home after his estranged father passes away. Upon learning that Ben has inherited a majority of the family fortune, the two friends must deal not only with the strain these events are having on their friendship, but with Ben’s controlling and bitter sister (Amy Poehler), Ben’s father’s beautiful young widow (Laura Ramsey), and each of their own shortcomings as they try to straighten out and take control of their lives
- Mike Tyrkus
The hellish Emmy curse for "Mad Men" actors and actresses continued Monday night, as Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks became the show's 33rd and 34th performers to lose acting Emmys throughout the show's seven-year run. Indeed, no actors have ever won an Emmy despite the AMC drama earning four trophies for Best Drama Series (2008-2011). Below, the list of all 34 "Mad Men" acting losses over seven years. -Break- Join the hot Emmycast debate going on right now in our Gold Derby forums Hamm is by far the show's biggest Emmy loser, going 0-for-13 throughout his career. Counting this year, he's lost seven acting awards and three producing kudos for "Mad Men," as well as a trio of Comedy Guest Actor bids for "30 Rock." As series creator Matthew Weiner told me on the Creative Arts red carpet last week, Hamm has a "very particular style of acting that's based on reality. »
The cast of “Orange is the New Black” was out in full force on the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet, but the other attendees were the ones singing the show’s praises. Everyone from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andre Braugher to “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner admitted that they were hooked on the Netflix comedy.
Star Uzo Aduba already won her category for Outstanding Guest Actress at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony last week, but told Variety that it only lessened some of the pressure she was feeling tonight, since the rest of the show’s nominations would be announced during the main show. “We are very much a team on our show — it’s still a slightly tense situation, but some of the breath has left my lungs,” she laughed. Aduba admitted that, aside from her castmates, she’s rooting for HBO’s “True Detective” and “The Normal Heart” to sweep their categories, »
- Laura Prudom
This year, Emmy weekend was an endurance test of parties and preening. But there were no heavy sighs about having to attend Sunday’s Evening Before bash, which raked in more than $2 million for the Motion Picture Television Fund.
The Emmy eve fundraiser has become a welcome tradition for the biz’s top movers and shakers. For those fortunate enough to make the scene at the Lawn at Century Park, the Evening Before is the last call before the Main Event, the last chance to toast the nominees in the moment when everyone still has a shot at winning.
As always, the festive environment is enhanced by sponsored installation booths offering partygoers a chance to play games and score major swag — two favorite Hollywood pastimes. But it’s the people watching that is the main attraction at Evening Before.
See Also: Exclusive Photos from Mptf’s Evening Before the Emmys »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chicago – You would think that a film written and directed by Matthew Weiner – the creator of “Mad Men” – would be worthwhile company, especially when the cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. It is disappointing to note that not only was this cliché-ridden mess unpalatable, but it also switched gears two-thirds of the way through to evoke a different mood, and that schizophrenia didn’t help the overall product.
The story of two dysfunctional friends who go to the country because one of them has inherited the farm sounds ho-hum just in that description, and everything that happens seems wedged in by presenting a series of assigned stereotypes instead of interesting characters. Owen Wilson, now pushing 50, is again portraying his familiar puppy dog womanizer character, which is now as creaky as his standard tousled hair cut. Zach Galifianakis again plays the puffy and confused stoner manboy, but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It was a star-studded evening to remember as the annual Variety and Women in Film pre-Emmy celebration powered by Samsung Galaxy honoring the television nominees was held Saturday night at Gracias Madre on Melrose Avenue.
Partygoers dined on delicious vegan Mexican food and sipped cocktails al fresco sponsored by Crystal Light, and arrived at the party in Mercedes Benz S65 Amg Coupes.
The patio at the hip Mexican eatery on Melrose Avenue was packed with the industry’s biggest names. Laura Prepon was one of the first to arrive. Lizzy Caplan was bombarded with well-wishers predicting her win Monday night. Julianna Margulies and her husband, Keith Lieberthal, chatted with Anne Heche and James Tupper. The cast of “Scandal” — including Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry, and newly minted Emmy winner Joe Morton — was thrilled to reunite with Dan Bucatinsky, and took several selfies to commemorate the moment. »
- Debra Birnbaum
At last weekend's Creative Arts ceremony (which you can watch this Sunday on Fxm), Gold Derby caught up with two would-be Emmy producing champs come Monday night: "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner and Warren Littlefield for "Fargo." (Watch the full red carpet interviews below.) -Break- Join the red-hot Emmy debate going on right now in our red-hot message boards Nine-time Emmy champ Weiner had no idea why his "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm had yet to claim victories at the Emmys, but didn't think it was a grave injustice. "I don't know that awards are about justice. Jon is an excellent actor. I don't vote in that category. I don't nominate in that category. I would vote for him. But he's been nominated every time and I think that recognition is great." Watch our complete red carpet interview with Weiner: Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Wh. »
Crazily uneven as it is, Matthew Weiner’s comic drama Are You Here should be seen on account of being … Matthew Weiner’s. Mad Men is among TV’s supreme dramatic achievements, and anything that illuminates its creator’s worldview — especially as we prepare for the final episodes — is helpful in putting the show in perspective. And the movie is very illuminating. It’s practically an essay on the counterculture, in how being an unruly outsider can liberate us from the meaninglessness of the capitalist grind — and yet also be a stage for self-destruction. It’s funny, clunky, earnest, and barely credible, but it’s all of a piece.Owen Wilson is the Don Draper character, Steve Dallas, who also has a heavy dose of Bill Murray. He’s an oversexed, wiseacre pothead weatherman in a small market (Annapolis), and he’s clearly on a road that leads nowhere. Early on, »
- David Edelstein
On the latest episode of TheWrap's popular video series “Drinking With the Stars,” Laura Ramsey, who plays the female lead alongside Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis in Matthew Weiner‘s comedy “Are You Here,” sat down with film reporter Jeff Sneider to discuss how her experience on “Mad Men” helped her land the coveted role. Ramsey and Sneider enjoyed drinks at Mixology at The Grove in West Hollywood, where the up-and-coming actress looked completely different than she does in “Are You Here.” Also watch: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler Help Matthew Weiner Do Comedy in ‘Are You Here’ Trailer (Video) Despite. »
- Jeff Sneider
Confession time. I really wanted to love this movie. I mean, I really, really, really did. Sadly, not everything we want in life comes true. On the other hand, I’m an optimist and try to remain open to compromise. So, while I did not hate the film by any means, I came away only kind of liking Are You Here.
Matthew Weiner makes his feature film debut as a writer and director with Are You Here. For those of you in the know, that alone is quite an exciting idea. For those of you who watch too much reality TV and not enough of the good stuff, Matthew Weiner is known for writing substantially on the AMC series Mad Men and the HBO series The Sopranos. Now that I have your attention, I’m afraid things about about to get real, as in real disappointing.
Are You Here had a lot of promise. »
- Travis Keune
There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay marriage takes the spotlight this weekend courtesy of Starz Digital doc To Be Takei about the multi-faceted actor/activist and social media talent who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in TV’s original Star Trek. It will be joined by Millennium Entertainment’s Are You Here with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler which will open day and date by Mad Men writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Brian Brooks
It takes a special kind of sequel to be able to withstand a nine-year gap between releases, and unfortunately for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for doesn’t appear to be up to the task. Instead, the Ya adaptation If I Stay looks poised to take first place this weekend.
Here’s how things might play out.
1. If I Stay — $20 million
Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Mia, a 17-year-old cellist who is coma-bound after a car crash that kills her family, in this emotional adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller. MGM and New-Line co-financed the $11 million project, »
- Lindsey Bahr
As a huge fan of Matthew Weiner's Mad Men, I've been eagerly anticipating his feature film debut, and so was disappointed to hear about the negative critical reaction to You Are Here when it debuted at the Toronto film festival last fall. Weiner has since indicated that the film was unfinished. He edited it further, reshaping the material, and the refashioned project has been dubbed Are You Here (no question mark), which makes no particular sense. Without having seen the first version, I can't comment on the changes, but I can describe the new version as a movie that plays as though it's a work in progress ... that makes no particular sense. Owen Wilson stars as Steve Dallas, a TV weatherman in Annapolis, Maryland....
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For seven years, Mad Men used to command an entire floor of L.A. Center Studios, but when I went there on Tuesday to interview Matt Weiner, that once-bustling second floor was now a ghostly, quiet place populated by four people: Weiner, his assistant, and two people heading toward the elevator with packed-up boxes and discarded desk chairs. Mementos from Mad Men could still be seen in places — the show's Sterling Cooper sign plate even graces the door to Weiner's office — but now that filming on the AMC advertising drama has wrapped and the final episode's early 2015 air date is set, Mad Men has been ceding its formidable floor space to a new era of television hopefuls. "The Tyra Banks pilot was just here," Weiner said with a grin, ushering me in.The end of Mad Men was weighing heavily on his mind, but Weiner also has a big-screen »
- Kyle Buchanan
If Matthew Weiner‘s name wasn’t on Are You Here, you never would’ve guessed this movie came from the mind behind Mad Men. The focus, power, subtlety and charms of his AMC drama are nowhere to be found in his feature directorial debut. The staggering drop in quality is disappointing, but worse than that, even on its own terms, Are You Here is a notable misfire. Are We Here is about two seemingly different friends, Steve (Owen Wilson) and Ben (Zach Galifianakis), and how the death of Ben’s father challenges and enriches their friendship and those around them. Ben — who is considered a failure by his family — inherits most of his father’s money, which he was left to clean up his act. This delights the selfish and greedy Steve, while disappointing Ben’s sister, Terri (Amy Poehler). She had plans for her father’s shop, land and money. Since »
- Jack Giroux
"Are You Here" writer and director Matthew Weiner spent the last two decades in television, in which he was instrumental in bringing not one but two of the most popular and important TV shows of the era, "The Sopranos" and "Mad Men" to the small screen. Once production wrapped on HBO's acclaimed mob series, Weiner started work on a '60s-era drama centered on New York's most prestigious ad agencies, "Mad Men," ultimately winning seven Emmys in as many years. Now, with the latter almost in his rear-view, he turns his attention to the big screen.
As Weiner told Moviefone, he's concerned with storytelling and less focused on the medium, be it television, film, or theater. With that attitude, it should come as no surprise that the USC Film School alum makes his directorial feature debut this summer. His new movie, "Are You Here," stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and »
- Jonny Black
Rich Sommer has mad love for his Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser and new wife Alexis Bledel. Speaking with Us Weekly at an Aug. 19 screening of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's new movie, Are You Here, Sommer, 36, raved about what a good couple the newlyweds are. "She's lovely, and I can truly say that Vinny is night and day — he's a different person since they first started hanging out," the actor told Us of the stars, who tied the knot in June. Of the [...] »
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