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With AMC’s Mad Men now airing its final episodes Sunday nights, I recently landed an exclusive interview with John Slattery. During the conversation he talked about letting go of Roger Sterling and the Mad Men universe, what people always want to talk about when they meet him in real life, how the process of making the show changed during its seven year run, his thoughts on what the final season is about, and more. In addition, with Slattery returning to play Howard Stark in Marvel’s Ant-Man movie, he talked about returning to that universe and how he came to learn that he'd be back as Stark. Finally, as someone that watches a lot of television, I’m extremely sad to say goodbye to the world that creator Matthew Weiner shaped. Making great TV is hard. The team that brought Mad Men to life made it look easy. You will be missed. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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Mad Men just came back for the final half of its final season, and we're starting to get majorly nostalgic for the last seven seasons of the groundbreaking series. We can't imagine any of the cast not being involved, but like every project in show business, the casting process was a long, difficult one, and yes, there was even a time where Jon Hamm wasn't going to play Don Draper. The truly fun thing is finding out who almost became a Mad Men costar, and we've discovered five stars who were thisclose to nabbing a spot on the AMC hit. See who almost made it to Madison Avenue. »
Martin Burgoyne reviews the ninth episode of Mad Men season 7…
‘New business’ is the very apt title for this latest episode of Mad Men. Whereas the previous episode was trying very hard to cover all bases on the goings on at Madison Avenue, this episode seems to focus primarily on three main storylines…
Firstly we have Don and his very peculiar fascination with a very ordinary looking brunette waitress… (Seriously, what does Don see in her exactly?) I mean she’s pretty, but has the personality of the mean lunch lady from my school days. It’s clear that she reminds Don of an old flame who has recently passed away. Don’s guilt over the way things ended between them is most likely the main cause of this bizarre pairing. It’s an odd storyline, especially for the ninth installment of a fourteen episode run. Introducing a new love »
- Martin Burgoyne
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic, Preacher focuses on Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted Texas preacher who embarks on a journey to find God. Perkins will play Vyla Quinncannon, Jesse’s strong-willed mother who owns the local slaughterhouse.
Mimi Rogers can now add NCIS to her extensive TV resume.
The actress will appear in the CBS procedural’s final two Season 12 episodes, TVLine has learned.
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She will play a CIA officer in “The Lost Boys” and “Neverland,” airing May 5 and 12, respectively. Further details about her character aren’t yet available.
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As AMC prepares to air the “Mad Men” finale May 17, the show’s creator, Matt Weiner, harks back to his debut, 1996 microbudget film “What Do You Do All Day?” that he wrote, produced, directed and starred in. A Variety critic slammed the picture, but Weiner talked about how that whole experience fueled his subsequent work.
Talk about your early career.
I made an independent film before I started my life in television, and it actually helped me get my career started. It was a $12,000 movie. I’m in it, my wife’s in it, my car’s in it. It’s a strung-together, black-and-white movie. We sent it off to some film festivals, it premiered at Santa Barbara, and Variety ran a review.
Did you read Variety in those days?
I grew up in Los Angeles, and Variety has this sort of iconic quality. To be in Variety seemed to »
- Variety Staff
Recognize Rainey Qualley? She might look familiar from Mad Men—she played Cindy, the fur-coat wearing model Don Draper (Jon Hamm) undressed with his eyes earlier this season. Or if you happened to be in Nashville last month, you might have seen her opening up for Willie Nelson (!) at the Ryman. The 25-year-old country singer chatted exclusively with E! News ahead of Sunday's Acm Awards, and as it turns out, she's not the only famous one in her family: Her sister Margaret Qualley stars on the HBO series The Leftovers, and their mom is actress Andie MacDowell! So what does Mama MacDowell think of her oldest daughter forging a career in country music? "She's very supportive," »
Kiernan Shipka was always destined for the spotlight! The "Mad Men" star stopped by Thursday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where she opened up about her start in showbiz. Check out the clip above to see one of Shipka's first sketches on the late night show! The blonde beauty started working with Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" when she was just 6-years-old, and Jimmy had a very special treat for the actress. "I feel like this is really coming full circle, I found out I booked 'Mad Men' in the 'Jimmy Kimmel' parking lot," the actress told the comedian. "We were excited you were coming on, because when you were a kid, we were like 'She's great, we need to use her all the time,'" Kimmel explained, before showing a vintage clip of a very young Shipka impersonating Britney Spears. In the funny bit, Kiernan plays an aspiring dancer who's been »
- tooFab Staff
While Mad Men gets an incredible amount of (deserved) attention for its writing, acting, and costuming, in recent years, it seems like that praise, while still present, has been overshadowed by something else: fan theorizing. Over Mad Men‘s past couple seasons, there have been countless theories written by fans, critics, and others about the show, predicting that Pete would commit suicide, Don is D.B. Cooper, and Megan is going to meet a similar tragic end to that of Sharon Tate. None of those has ever come to fruition (and I don’t expect them to, especially regarding Megan since Matthew Weiner poked fun at that theory a little bit last week, with Meredith talking about the “Mason brothers”); however, now, in this final stretch of episodes, a new theory has emerged and is getting a lot of support, and it predicts that Don, at this moment on the show, »
- Chris King
We couldn’t help but wonder: Will Sarah Jessica Parker‘s second HBO series be as popular as her first?
The actress will star in and executive produce the single camera comedy, which follows a married couple — Frances (Parker) and Robert (Wings‘ Thomas Haden Church) — through an extremely protracted uncoupling.
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Prepare this intel for a time-sensitive dead drop: AMC’s adaptation of John le Carre’s The Night Manager is fleshing out its cast.
Tobias Menzies (Outlander) and David Harewood (Homeland, Selfie) have joined the cast of the forthcoming spy drama, as have Katherine Kelly (Mr. Selfridge) and Neil Morrissey (the BBC’s Line of Duty), our sister site Deadline reports.
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Published in 1993 as le Carre’s first post-Cold War novel, The Night Manager follows a British solider-turned-luxury hotel auditor who gets roped into an intelligence operation to take »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Naomi Campbell is celebrating her 29th year modeling, so naturally she visited "The Late Late Show" and taught James Corden how to strut his stuff on the runway. Watch James, Naomi, Nick Kroll, and Katherine McPhee get their model on in the clip below. You seeing this Karl Lagerfeld? Because you should probably hire James for FW2015.
Yesterday was Tax Day (oh joy!), and the entire country was in the mood to celebrate. Or, at least James Corden was. He and Katherine McPhee teamed up to sing Tax Day carols set to the tune of some popular Christmas songs -- because after all, this is "a time when Americans »
- Mehera Bonner
Following on from this week’s trailer, Paramount Pictures has dropped an international TV spot from Terminator Genisys, which offers up some new footage from director Alan Taylor’s “reset” of the iconic sci-fi action franchise. Take a look below…
When John Connor (Jason Clarke, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, Insurgent) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
Terminator Genisys is »
- Gary Collinson
Eight years after wrapping up one of the best shows in TV history, its creator still finds himself having to justify its final scene – but there’s really no need
Mad Men is ending in several weeks and there is considerable pressure on Matthew Weiner to find a suitable way to end his groundbreaking series. Most of that pressure comes from the outsize reaction that his mentor, David Chase, unknowingly prevoked in 2007 when he ended The Sopranos with a famous scene that cuts away in the middle of the action leaving the audience to figure out Tony Soprano’s definite fate.
The decision was hotly contested at the time (thankfully Twitter didn’t exist back then), and it is still a sore spot among some fans and constantly debated whenever any big, important series eventually comes to a close. Eight years later, David Chase is still explaining himself and his decisions, »
- Brian Moylan
The AMC Networks operation will handle the film about two best friends who drifted apart. It features Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss and was written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring says that Perry “has created a fascinating and unnerving psychological portrait, which elicits a career-best performance from Moss, and cements Perry's status as a filmmaker to watch." The writer/director returned the compliment, saying that IFC… »
Mary Steenburgen has left Harlan for Tucson.
The Justified scene-stealer boarded Last Man on Earth Sunday as the latest survivor of a virus that obliterated most of human civilization.
Though the Fox series’ premise is a grim one, “We really have fun,” Steenburgen says. “I’m kind of a laugh junkie. It’s what I appreciate in life, because life is rich and sometimes it’s hard, and I really, really love to laugh and gravitate towards people who make me laugh.”
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Warning: Spoilers for Terminator Genisys follow. Although not if you watched yesterday’s trailer…
Yesterday Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions dropped the latest trailer for Alan Taylor’s upcoming Terminator reboot Terminator Genisys, which revealed a pretty huge plot point concerning John Connor. Yes, as we saw yesterday, the leader of the human resistance is now Skynet’s most advanced weapon. Speaking to EW, actor Jason Clarke shared a few thoughts on his role and how the big plot twist shapes his character:
“To quote Spinal Tap: ‘It turns it up to 11.’ It takes it from a typical machine chasing the good guys to giving it a bit more complexity within the same realm. Technology has become more and more engrained inside of us and John becomes the ultimate realization of that… I made a decision to make a freer John. He’s freed from being a messiah, freed »
- Gary Collinson
I’ve always been able to identify with Megan Calvet. She’s a Montrealer, French-Canadian, fluently bilingual, brunette. (The similarities end there, but I’ll take it.) From the moment she became a main character, I’ve been curious about the francophone world she inhabits. I was thrilled when Mad Men introduced her parents in “At the Codfish Ball,” but disappointed that Julia Ormond speaks broken French. Of course, she’s Julia Ormond, and she’s great in this role (when she speaks English), so I’m willing to overlook it.Megan may be a Montrealer, but her parents are European (Émile is Belgian, or at least the actor is in real life; and Marie is “French”). It’s consistent: Calvet isn’t a common Québécois last name. That gives a small clue as to Megan’s somewhat patrician demeanor. Each time Megan interacts with her family in French, I listen closely to the dialogue, »
- Olivia Collette
"...'Roger' gives 'Don' some unwanted advice.
"'Peggy' and 'Stan' disagree over an account's personnel.
"'Harry' asks for Don's blessing..."
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- Michael Stevens
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