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How a 'Mad Men' Live Read Captured Matthew Weiner's Writing Style and The Show's Transitory Bliss

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There were no shortage of fetes surrounding the end of "Mad Men" recently. But the one that essentially functioned as the show's series finale party, the one that brought together the legendary cast and crew of the groundbreaking drama for one last hurrah -- didn't actually star any of them.  Instead, Film Independent teamed up with AMC for an event in the tradition of its established series of live reads of great film screenplays: Filmmaker Jason Reitman cast and directed a table read of a classic "Mad Men" episode -- meaning that the cast in attendance got to see themselves reinterpreted, in front of a live audience packed into the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  Read More: Why the Live Read is Here to Stay Reitman recast the roles with a group of actors of varying fame: Colin Hanks, Fred Savage, Kevin Pollak, David Wain and Rob Huebel were »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 6, 'Certain Agony of the Battlefield': In Which We Say Goodbye

23 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

Previously: Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 5, 'Scarred By Many Past Frustrations': Twins, Reunited Cloning Around Following last week's installment, which served as a bridge episode, this week's mother of an offering more than made up for 305 in terms of story and execution. In it, Sarah and Paul were reunited one final time before the latter exited in one of the most explosive scenes of the series to date. Meanwhile, the rest of the episode was punctured with dream sequences and other supporting characters attempts to come to the rescue, especially where Sarah's friends and family were concerned. Really, it was about time. Science Class As was alluded to last week, the Castor clones are indeed spreading their disease to the general population through sexual intercourse. Thanks to Cosima's research on Gracie we also learned that one of the effects of the illness is infertility, an issue that's often »


- Amber Dowling

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Jenji Kohan and the 'Orange is the New Black' Cast on Season 3, Emmy Drama and Body Positivity

23 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

Motherhood. Faith. Responsibility. Unexpected. Volatile. Badass. These are a few of the (and, let's face it, some of the only) words that the "Orange is the New Black" show creator Jenji Kohan and her cast used to describe the Season 3 arcs of Netflix's dark horse hit about the inhabitants of a women's prison in upstate New York. "I've been saying it's a season of faith and motherhood," said Kohan at a Netflix For Your Consideration event for "Orange is the New Black" on Wednesday. Selenis Levya, who plays Gloria on the show, agreed, saying "you're going to get to see what happens when a mother is protecting her own, and when she's protecting what she's created in prison to be her own." Kohan joined Levya and her fellow cast members Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Laverne Cox for a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A at »


- Becca Nadler

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Watch: Exclusive Clip from 'Queen of Versailles' Director Lauren Greenfield's 'Beauty CULTure'

22 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

Before she directed the critically lauded documentary "The Queen of Versailles," about the construction of the largest mansion in the country and the wealthy weirdoes who contracted it, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield made her feature debut with "Thin," a nonfiction portrait of four anorexia sufferers.  Greenfield returns to the hazards of beauty in an episode of Kcet's "Artbound" called "Beauty CULTure." Women and Hollywood has an exclusive clip from the 30-minute program that features Jamie Lee Curtis, porn actress Cindy Margolis, "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Eden Wood and her mother, and Greenfield herself discussing what beauty -- and its dictates -- mean to them.  Here's the press description for the episode:  "Beauty Culture investigates our obsession with beauty and the influence of photographic representations on female body image. Film subjects hail from diverse points on the beauty landscape....

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- Inkoo Kang

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After Years of Talking, Here's What Marc Maron Will Say -- And What He Won't

22 May 2015 12:44 PM, PDT

One of the first things Marc Maron said to Indiewire when we sat down over coffee in his Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park was "I'm not freaking out about anything."  Read More: FX's 'Louie' Is an Important Show, But Is IFC's 'Maron' More Fun? And our half-hour conversation lived up to it -- after decades in the business and much discussed ups and downs, Maron seems almost zen-like about the current state of his career, which includes the return of his IFC series "Maron" for a third season, a vibrant stand-up career and of course, his podcast "Wtf," which just crossed the 600-episode mark. Below, Maron reveals what Academy Award nominee he'd like to bring on as a "Maron" guest star, the Fox pilot idea that never happened, the primary reason why he'll censor his podcast these days and the intricacies of balancing a TV »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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7 Images From Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' Have Arrived

22 May 2015 11:09 AM, PDT

Reboots have gotten pretty annoying in their excess, but we are not complaining about this one. David Wain and Michael Showalter are offering up a 8 episode prequel to their cult classic 2001 movie "Wet Hot American Summer," and the gang is all here: Janeane Garofalo, Bradley Cooper (hopefully offering up more of the man-on-man action he had in the movie), Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks and Michael Ian Black all return, while Jon Hamm, Josh Charles, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig are among the newcomers. We could not be more excited, especially now that those first official images have been released... "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp" arrives on July 31st on Netflix.

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- Jeremy Staley

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First Look: Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks And More In 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp'

22 May 2015 9:07 AM, PDT

This summer, the gang is getting back together, and no, we're not talking about the dudes in "Entourage." Fourteen years later after "Wet Hot American Summer," Netflix is home for all the players to return (and more) in the series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp," and today comes the first official images for the followup.  Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Ad Miles, Christopher Meloni , Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, and David Hyde Pierce are all part of the star-studded ensemble for this movie which actually takes place two months before the events in the movie. And writer/creator David Wain shared how the new eight-part show will expand the story. “For us, the original move was about »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On the Finale's Secrets and Why He Thinks Binge-Viewing is Bad News

22 May 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

Nearly a week after "Mad Men" aired its 92nd and final episode, creator Matthew Weiner sat down with writer A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library to reflect on the acclaimed AMC drama. It's the first talk he's given since the much-discussed "Person to Person," aired last Sunday. Read More: Review: 'Mad Men' Series Finale, Season 7 Episode 14, 'Person to Person' Ends an Era with Empathy Although the chat covered some familiar territory, Weiner spoke about his literary influences -- John Cheever's short stories and Frank O'Hara's poetry, his feelings about the current state of television, and gave some insight on some of the show's most beloved characters. Yes, that includes Betty. Below are some highlights from the chat, which is also available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Matthew Weiner doesn't like ambiguity for ambiguity's sake Without getting too spoiler-y, Weiner discussed "Mad Men's" final scene, »


- Eric Eidelstein

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Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' Confirms Crazy Famous Cast With First-Look Photos

22 May 2015 7:56 AM, PDT

Netflix and "Wet Hot American Summer" co-creators Michael Showalter and David Wain blew our minds earlier this year when they revealed that their series return to the cult classic film, subtitled "First Day of Camp," would include nearly every one of the movie's now-pretty-damn-famous ensemble cast.  Read More: Watch: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Netflix Series Confirms Oscar-Nominated, Mega-Star Cast And today, we have proof that they are not filthy liars, with the below eight photos from the set, featuring stars Michael Showalter, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Marguerite Moreau, Janeane Garofalo and Paul Rudd.  We also have confirmation of an important fact: "First Day of Camp" refers to the first day of the camp season chronicled in the original film -- meaning that despite 15 years passing for the actors, the characters they're playing are actually two months...

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Every Shot From David Letterman's 'Late Show' Farewell Montage

22 May 2015 6:37 AM, PDT

The barrage of images accompanying Foo Fighters' "Everlong" on David Letterman's final "Late Show" went by so fast it was hard to process them, and frankly, the screen got a little blurry at times. Fortunately, Adam Nedeff has gone through the montage and captured every last one of them, identifying them for good measure. It will take a lot longer than the song's six minutes to go through them all, but no one's in a hurry to say that last goodbye, are they? (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));February 1, 1982: The first thing viewers ever saw...a warning from Larry "Bud" Melman. Posted by Adam Nedeff on Thursday, May 21, 2015 Here it »


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Watch: First Teaser For Sofia Coppola's 'A Very Murray Christmas' With Bill Murray

22 May 2015 6:20 AM, PDT

Bill Murray has already starred in a modern Christmas staple with "Scrooged!" but it looks like the actor is ready to take a shot at making another holiday classic. For a while now, we've heard bits and pieces about a Christmas special he's been working on with director Sofia Coppola, and a very brief first taste has arrived. Netflix has dropped a promo for the appropriately titled "A Very Murray Christmas." George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Maya Rudolph are also involved and the story will involve Murray playing himself and trying to avoid a Hollywood figure who wants to represent the actor who famously forgoes having a manager or agent. And somewhere in there will be rooms for Christmas carols to be sung by the actors (everyone is playing themselves) and probably more bits and pieces of holiday cheer. "A Very Murray Christmas" hits Netflix in December. Watch below. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images)

21 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT

Here's your first look, via official images courtesy of EW, at cast photos from producer Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," which will air on the FX network.  The 10-episode first season ("American Crime Story" will be a new franchise, just like "American Horror Story") will be based on the book "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by Jeffrey Toobin, which provides audiences with a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explored the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the Lapd’s history with the city’s black community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. It was previously reported that both Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman will be absent from the film, because the »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Sexual Violence on "Outlander" vs. "Game of Thrones"

21 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

This column contains spoilers for recently aired episodes. The past week has seen two notably violent episodes of two major shows (which is saying something, given that both series are already so reliably graphic). There's been a fascinating contrast in viewer, and critical, response to their varying depictions of sexual assault -- which speaks to the broader chasm between the two shows in terms of how they treat their characters -- and, by extension, their audiences. Last Saturday, "Outlander" saw Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in Wentworth Prison (also the title of the episode), facing down the nefarious Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), who tortured and prepared to rape him. The next day, "Game of Thrones" concluded the episode "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" with the marriage of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), who then raped her on their wedding night. Viewer response to the Sansa event was overwhelmingly. »


- Sara Stewart

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Behind the Scenes of NBC's Red Nose Day, Which Aims to Be 'Funny For Money'

21 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Tonight, NBC is digging deep for children's charities with Red Nose Day, a three hour charity special featuring star-studded sketches and musical performances -- an annual tradition in the UK that production company Done + Dusted is responsible for bringing to America for the first time. Read More: NBC Fall 2015: Everything You Need to Know, From Neil Patrick Harris' Variety Show to A Very Confusing Wesley Snipes Series A few sketches have already been released (including the above "recreation" of an all-female "Reservoir Dogs," featuring the cast of "Orange is the New Black"), but tonight's the big night for the team. Via email, producer and Done + Dusted president Ian Stweart explained to Indiewire what to expect from tonight's special, and which partners went above and beyond when it came to creating original comedy for the night. I'd love to hear a little bit about the origins of the project »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Rise: The Promise of My Brother's Keeper' to Simulcast on Discovery Channel & Own June 21

21 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT

Directed by Dawn Porter ("Gideon's Army," 'Spies Of Mississippi"), the documentary film "Rise: The Promise of My Brother's Keeper" explores the lives and families of boys and young men of color from 4 programs around the U.S. that are living the principles of the My Brother's Keeper (Mbk) initiative, and will simulcast on Discovery Channel and Own: Oprah Winfrey Network on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21 at 7Pm Et/Pt.  The film also addresses President Obama's challenge to cities and towns to encourage coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies for improving the life outcomes of all young people, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they were born. In an interview with President Obama conducted on May 18 from Camden, New Jersey, he shared his own personal experiences as a young man, as well as his motivation for, and commitment to the My Brother's Keeper initiative. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Netflix Reveals 'BoJack Horseman' Season 2 Release Date, New Poster

21 May 2015 8:11 AM, PDT

"BoJack Horseman," one of the unexpected pleasant surprises from Netflix last year, will be back maybe sooner than expected -- all 12 episodes of the animated comedy's second season will premiere on July 17. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins, "BoJack" revealed the inner ennui of a one-time sitcom star who wonders if he's a good (horse)man. Check out the poster for Season 2 below.  Read More: Why 'BoJack Horseman' Makes Netflix Matter in the Online Television Age

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Is 'Grace and Frankie' the Exception That Breaks the New Emmy Rules?

21 May 2015 7:42 AM, PDT

"Grace and Frankie" is a comedy. So says Netflix, and so says the Television Academy. Netflix, mind you, is making the argument (in part) because they need a strong Emmys presence on the comedy side of things, now that "Orange is the New Black" has been relegated to drama. Despite submitting a petition for Jenji Kohan's prison dramedy to be reinstated as a comedy, Netflix's pleas were denied by the Television Academy. The show is simply too long to be a comedy under the new rules passed down in 2015. For Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's new series, though, the Television Academy is happy to comply. Despite the fact Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris created a show with equal doses of comedy and drama (if not more of the latter), there's no debate over which category it should compete in at the Emmys. Why? It's only 30 minutes long. »


- Ben Travers

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Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’

21 May 2015 7:03 AM, PDT

No need to tell you that the education system in this country is a wreck. And even more so for black and Poc students. Add to that the violence that takes place on a regular basis in communities across the country, and it’s a wonder how any student can make it through each day. So in an effort to bring the situation to light, and possibly to enact some real change, comes the independently produced TV pilot, “MysEducation,” created, written and executive produced by Yakira Chambers, along with co-exec-producer Jason Calabro, and directed by Jarrett Conaway. Starring Ashalyn Garner, Courtney Howe, Maryam Myika Day, Philip Prendergast, Chaize Macklin and Kenesha Hemmings, the show focused on two black female high school students: Tomi (Howe), an overachieving, intelligent, college prep high school student struggling to fit and achieve in what she calls the alien environment of a “grandfather clause, members only »


- Sergio

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Watch: Exclusive 'Rogue' Season 3 Teaser Unleashes a War on Chicago

20 May 2015 3:57 PM, PDT

Read More: Why 'Mad Men' Needed a Happy Ending In the third season of DirecTV's gritty cop drama, "Rogue," Detective Ethan (Hauser) is sent to Chicago to infiltrate a notorious firm of power brokers and attorneys. But he's not alone. Grace follows him to the Windy City in search of the people who murdered her son. The two stars are joined by a top notch cast of TV powerhouses, including Schiff, Luke and Carter, a new addition. DirecTV is set to premiere the super-sized, 20-episode third season on June 24 at 9pm on Audience Network. Ten episodes will air in 2015 with the second half of the season airing in 2016. Check out the trailer above. Read More: Matthew Weiner, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Are Feminists, and Here's Why

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- Ben Travers

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Superhero Stories: If You're Not Doing It Like 'The Flash,' You're Doing It Wrong

20 May 2015 12:15 PM, PDT

When it came time to evaluate "Avengers: Age of Ultron," I used a simple metric: How much is it like "The Flash"? In the space of a single season, which ended last night with the crackling and eventful "Fast Enough," the CW series has come awfully close to the Platonic ideal of what a comic-book adaptation should be. There are any number of factors that make "The Flash" such a success. In Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, the show picked a lead who can convey childlike enthusiasm, grown-up regret, and young adulthood's combination of untutored hesitancy and go-for-broke heedlessness. (There's a smidgen of twentysomething horniness as well, but "The Flash" is a determinedly PG-rated show.) Showrunners Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg surrounded him with a strong supporting cast, especially Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Barry's surrogate father and moral compass; Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, a brilliant but mysterious. »


- Sam Adams

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