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Friday is the first full day of the Austin Film Festival (bravo to you if you make it all the way from a 9 am panel to the last film of the night), and whether you plan to wing it or stick to a schedule, here are just a few of the many events worth considering.
Friday Panel Picks:
Short Films, Big Leaps: Story Development in Pixar Short Films -- Pixar panels tend to be pretty entertaining, and today's will be led by Mary Coleman, a Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Her job is a fascinating one, and she's here to share. (Friday, Oct. 24, 9 am - 10:15 am, Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Assembly Room)
Deconstructing: No Country for Old Men -- Walk through this Coen brothers, Texas-filmed classic with Rachel Getting Married writer Jenny Lumet and Noah Hawley, creator and producer of the television show Fargo. Accompanying this panel »
- Caitlin Moore
With all the drinking, smoking, and other shenanigans always occurring on AMC’s Mad Men, it’s made me wonder once or twice if those involved are actually doing any of that stuff, “method acting” in a way, or if it’s all fake. Well, thanks to a new interview between Variety and Mad Men creator Weiner and Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka (who plays Sally Draper on the series), it turns out that my crazy theory about the show and its actors may actually be right—apparently, some of the Mad Men actors have been drunk during scenes they’ve done. After Variety asked if Weiner or Shipka had purchased anything from the Mad Men set, Weiner admitted to buying Roger Sterling’s bar, which he said he now has in his office, leading to the exchange below. Variety: Is the bar stocked? Matthew Weiner: The bar is stocked now, »
- Chris King
When AMC announced they were splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episodes halves, similar to what had been done with Breaking Bad in its last two years, I could only roll my eyes in disdain. The splitting of cable drama seasons is often an annoyance, and while it can work out fine with some series – The Walking Dead and its enormous fanbase seem to have adjusted just fine to the strategy over the years, in part because they’ve being doing it since the second season – it feels especially cumbersome and unnecessary when imposed upon the final years of a long-running drama that has long-since established a workable format.
It’s easy to forget that Breaking Bad seriously struggled with the half-length season format in its 2012 episodes, given how utterly brilliant the final eight hours were in 2013, but where Vince Gilligan and company had so carefully cultivated »
- Jonathan R. Lack
As Mad Men's final season (well, half-season) draws nearer, the idea that the show will be over-over — totally over, done forever — is becoming more distressing. AMC spun off Breaking Bad into the upcoming Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead has a spinoff in the works, too. Could Mad Men get the same treatment? So far, AMC and Matthew Weiner have said no. But that's just because they haven't heard our pitches yet.The Peggy story: Second Wave Peggy's the most obvious character to spin off because she's had the most to do; plus, her character's development is a microcosm for the many aspects of the women's movement. The challenge would be giving Peggy a new world to exist in, otherwise it would just be Mad Men without Don — given what we know about her, she'd continue to work with Ken and maybe Pete, unless something major happened. Like, »
- Margaret Lyons
Mad Men was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame last night, adding yet another accolade to the show's long list of awards. Creator Matthew Weiner and actress Kiernan Shipka (who grew up before our very eyes as Sally Draper) were on hand at the Waldorf-Astoria. Vulture caught up with the pair to ask about Mad Men's final days.Was there anything that you were dying to do in your character that you didn't get to do as Sally? Kiernan Shipka: No. I try not to think about what I want my character to do because I know it's going to be something totally different, and I'm always going to be surprised. But not really, I mean, honestly, the writing is so amazing that I don't even wish for anything more. Matthew Weiner: We're done, and she said that. She's either the best actress ever, or »
- Trupti Rami
Don Draper watched the late Bert perform "The Best Things in Life Are Free," and with the DVD and Blu-Ray for "Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1" released on Tuesday, AccessHollywood.com has a look at one of the special features that goes behind the scenes of that moment.
In the clip, series creator Matthew Weiner explains what the beautiful moment was all about.
Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Produced by Pigeon Fancier Productions, John & Josh International and the ABC, the show will compete with South Africa.s Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, Brazil.s The Mayor´s Wife and Belgium.s What if? season 2.
Nominations were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Mipcom. There are 40 nominees across 10 categories. For the first time, the International Academy is recognizing programs from the Us. Winners will be announced on November 24 Us time in a ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel. Nominations span 18 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the Us.
- Don Groves
Telemundo and Nat Geo Mundo have nabbed the first nominations for International Emmy Awards in the newly created category for U.S.-produced non-English programs.
Telemundo received three noms for hit telenovelas: “Pasion Prohibida,” “La Patrona” and “El Señor de los Cielos.” The fourth nom in the category went to Nat Geo Mundo’s “Temple de Acero,” a documentary about Hispanic veterans of U.S. military service. (Univision, the dominant Spanish-lingo outlet, did not enter any programs for consideration.)
In other International Emmy heats, Olivia Colman of ITV’s “Broadchurch” (pictured) earned a nom for lead actress. Channel 4 drama “Utopia,” which is in the midst of a remake by David Fincher for HBO, landed a drama series bid.
In all, the nominations handed out by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences cover programs 18 countries.
The ceremony will be held Nov. 24 at the Hilton New York. “Mad Men” creator »
- Variety Staff
When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Poehler).
Watch this behind-the-scenes clip featuring Owen Wilson.
The movie stars Emmy nominee Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover trilogy), Academy Award nominee Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Marley & Me, Midnight in Paris), Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler (Mean Girls, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”), Emmy nominee Jenna Fischer (NBC’s “The Office,” Hall Pass) and Laura Ramsey (She’s The Man, Mad Men).
Are You Here has a running time of 114 minutes »
- Michelle McCue
Another mob series with a glittering pedigree, including Martin Scorsese, who practically defined post-“The Godfather” crime movies; and “The Sopranos” alums Terence Winter and Steve Buscemi. A barrel full of Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award quickly followed.
Yet despite early awards heat and critical accolades, the pay-tv paean to Atlantic City didn’t fully cash in. What HBO programming president Michael Lombardo dubbed “one of the most superb ensemble casts of any television show I can think of” nabbed eight Emmys its freshman year (one short of “The West Wing’s” record), but lost best drama to “Mad Men,” produced by Winter’s former “Sopranos” colleague Matthew Weiner.
“Boardwalk” has remained a critical favorite. Yet with the crush of prestigious new programs in the ensuing years, the show slipped off the best-series ballot the past two seasons. »
- Brian Lowry
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb….
With the return of Boardwalk Empire in the last fortnight, it is worth reminding ourselves that it was ultimately cancelled. Ryan Leas writes for The Concourse:
“It’s something of an inglorious exit—a truncated eight-episode run, a rushed time jump from 1924 to 1931 … Boardwalk Empire’s extravagant sets and period details made it expensive to maintain, and there’s no way to argue that HBO was getting the best possible return on that investment … Boardwalk’s de facto cancellation inspired little grief, and little surprise.”
Read the full article here.
Losing The Sopranos in 2007 was graceful and poetic. The final minute alone has been the subject of intense debate regarding the consequence of Tony’s actions. But from The Sopranos spawned two top-notch television series: Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. The former led by Sopranos-producer Terence Winter and the latter by writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Simon Columb
In Tara Bennett's book "Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show," the job is variously described as being a dictator, a CEO or leading an army. And while we're now in the era of celebrity showrunners—Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers"), Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")—it's often forgotten how expansive the responsibilities that come with that position truly are. If you've ever wondered exactly how complicated the machinery is that drives your favorite show, or what the gig actually entails, Bennett's book—a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary directed by Des Doyle—is a slightly jumbled, but still interesting peek behind the curtain. With names like Joss Whedon, Jonathan Nolan, Terrence Winter, Damon Lindelof and more taking part, 'Showrunners' brings a broad spectrum of talent from shows both popular and niche, both successful and failed, to help define what that eleven letter word means. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis are asking ‘Are You Here’ with the comedy’s home entertainment release. The film is set to be distribued by Millennium entertainment and Gilbert Films on Blu-ray and DVD on September 30. The following synopsis for ‘Are You There’ has been released: When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Poehler). The comedy as written and directed by ‘Mad Men’ creator, Matthew Weiner, and also stars Jenna Fischer, Laura Ramsey, Melissa Rauch, Lauren Lapkus, Edward Hermann and Alana De [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Matthew Weiner of Mad Men fame is coming you way with his feature film writing/directing debut, Are You Here. The bizarre-sounding story is brought to you with a cast you might expect isn’t difficult for someone with Mad Men under his belt to get into his film.
Ben (Zach Galifianakis) inherits a sizable fortune when his father dies, despite the fact that Ben lives off-the-grid and had been estranged from his father. Steve Dalls (Owen Wilson), a womanizer and local television personality, is a friend of Ben’s, and decides to join up with Ben to fight the legal battle brought by Ben’s sister (Amy Poehler), but there’s a lot more going on than that. Check the trailer below for more of an idea of the ins and outs of friendship that are explored in this one.
The comedy certainly has the talent, including an impressive supporting cast, »
- Marc Eastman
Last week, fans went through interchanging cycles of rage and relief when Sopranos creator David Chase seemed to have told Vox that Tony Soprano was alive at the end of the series. But Chase’s representative later issued a statement: Tony was not alive, nor was he dead. “As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”
In an interview published Thursday on The Daily Beast, »
- Teresa Jue
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. »
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