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Matthew Weiner, known for his ability to depict women in the metaphorical prison of 1960s misogyny, will move on to depicting women in the literal prison of prison. In his first post-Mad Men project, Weiner will direct a season four episode of Orange Is the New Black, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. This is the first time Weiner has directed a project that he didn't write, though he will surely make his mark known somehow — perhaps a flashback will reveal that an inmate was a secretary at Sterling Cooper, or Piper and Alex will drop acid and spend the episode rehashing their relationship in a dream sequence, or Suzanne will watch a coke commercial and ache with longing for a familial happiness she'll never achieve (and then a sudden jump cut will reveal that she actually wrote that coke ad). Weiner, who is a friend of Orange Is »
- Jackson McHenry
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. As his first post-Mad Men project, Matthew Weiner is directing a season-four episode of longtime friend Jenji Kohan's Orange Is the New Black. Marking the first time Weiner has helmed a project he didn't write (he directed nine Mad Men episodes and the 2014 feature Are You Here), the Emmy-winning showrunner joins Jodie Foster, Nicole Holofcener and Allison Anders as directors on the Netflix series. The episode is currently filming and an
- Chris Gardner
Update: Turns out these are actually fan posters created by Midnight Marauder.
See Also: High-Rise reviewed on the Flickering Myth Podcast
High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.
Enter Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Sienna Miller).
But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, »
- Amie Cranswick
When Don Draper listens to the Beatles on Mad Men, our protean anti-hero doesn’t cue up one of the Fab Four’s biggest hits on his underused turntable. Instead it’s “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Revolver’s psychedelic swan song in which John Lennon sings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead: “Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream,” he urges, “it is not dying.” In the three years since the episode’s airing, more and more of the music world has relaxed and accepted digital streaming (it is not dying, after all), but the Beatles … not so much. Will the world’s biggest band ever make it to Spotify or Apple Music? A spokesperson for Universal Music, the Beatles’ record company since buying Emi’s recorded-music arm in 2012, directed questions to Apple Corps, the business entity that represents the group’s members and their heirs. Apple Corps »
- Marc Hogan
Jon Hamm has been waiting to give his Golden Globes speech for eight years, ever since he won for the first season of AMC's "Mad Men" during the 2007 ceremony that didn't air because of the writer's strike. Will he now win a bookend trophy for the show's closing season and finally have the chance to give his long-awaited Globes speech? Hurry -- make your own predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict who will win the Globe for Best TV Drama Actor. -Break- Kevin Spacey ('House of Cards') vs. Sam Heughan ('Outlander'): Golden Globes battle According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by our Editors (website staff editors), Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's nominations) and other Users just like you, »
Vincent Kartheiser understands why you hate him, even though he’s not actually Pete Campbell. “I’m a human being too,” he told TheWrap during a recent interview, saying it is a “universal … biological” reaction to associate an actor’s face and voice with a specific character — particularly a borderline despicable one like his “Mad Men” on-screen alter-ego. Kartheiser, who recently starred on Nat Geo’s “Saints & Strangers” miniseries, does it too, so he can’t blame you for human nature. That said, he probably doesn’t want you to hate his real face and voice, all things being equal. »
- Tony Maglio
Also new to Netflix in December: New comedy specials from Mike Epps and Brent Morin, Adam Sandler's controversial "The Ridiculous 6," the buzzy transgender indie drama "Tangerine" and "Queen of Earth," starring "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss.
Here's what's coming to Netflix in December 2015.
Available Dec. 1
"30 for 30: Chasing Tyson" (2015)
"50 Shades of They": Season 1
"A Christmas Star" (2015)
"A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z" (2014)
"Broadchurch": Season 2
"Christmas Wedding Baby" (2014)
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)
"Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003)
"Detectorists": Season 1
"I'm Brent Morin" (2015, Netlix Original)
"Jenny's Wedding" (2015)
"Las magicas historias de Plim Plim": Season 1
"Real Rob": Season 1 (2015)
"See You In Valhalla" (2015)
"Stir of Echoes" (1999)
"Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming" (2007)
- Sharon Knolle
Casting and chemistry can, occasionally, trump concept. So NBC’s big-box-store development approach receives an unexpected (and slightly ironic) infusion of energy from “Superstore,” thanks largely to America Ferrera and Ben Feldman as its adorable, meant-for-each-other leads. While much of this is familiar – and even echoes that “People of Walmart” Web meme – the show comes closer to approximating the desired mix of sweetness and silliness than most of the network’s workplace series have since “The Office.” Receiving an early preview behind “The Voice,” “Superstore” returns in January with the also-ok “Telenovela,” offering a pretty good comedy hour, at reasonable prices.
Despite a single-camera format, “Superstore” only once ventures beyond the parking lot of the fictional wholesaler, Cloud 9, during the four episodes previewed. The premiere introduces Jonah (“Mad Men’s” Feldman, last seen on NBC in the short-lived romantic comedy “A to Z”), who immediately antagonizes the level-headed Amy »
- Brian Lowry
Coinciding with its digital release of Minions in the States today, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released a brand new short film entitled ‘The Competition’, which is one of three shorts set to feature on the home entertainment releases (the others being ‘Cro-Minion’ and ‘Binky Nelson Unpacified). Check it out here…
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
The trio embarks upon a thrilling »
- Gary Collinson
Post-“Mad Men,” Vincent Kartheiser doesn’t seem to have an issue with typecasting. After all, there are very few similarities between ’60s ad executive Pete Campbell and his character William Bradford on Nat Geo’s 17th-century-set colonial miniseries “Saints & Strangers,” which comes to a conclusion tonight. Kartheiser told TheWrap that every role he’s taken since “Mad Men” has felt like the opposite of Campbell, because that character was so detailed and anchored to a specified place and time. And playing Bradford, the longtime governor of Plymouth Colony, proved a bigger challenge in preparation. “This isn’t World War II, »
- Tony Maglio
Two Minions compete in a series of escalating games in which both are doomed to lose. Bring home Kevin, Stuart and Bob in the World's #1 Comedy of the Year! And Get 3 all-new Mini-Movies when you buy Minions on Digital HD Nov 24th. 2015 or on Blu-ray Dec 8th, 2015. We have your first look at these exciting aimed shorts with the full-length The Competition: A Minions Mini-Movie. This marks the first time a mini-movie from the Despicable Me franchise has been made available in its entirety prior to the home entertainment release.
The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me global film franchise headline their own movie for the first time in Minions, available on Digital HD November 24, 2015, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A much anticipated prequel to the »
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as there's a bird loose in the lobby... "Are you fucking serious?" -Kevin There once was an HBO Sunday drama that ended one episode with its main character on the verge of death, and opened the next with him suddenly in a hotel, in circumstances far from what we know of him, going by a different name — Kevin, in fact — and having the damndest time trying to get home, no matter what he tried. Whether Tony Soprano was in the afterlife, an alternate reality, or simply dreaming while lying comatose in the hospital, his adventures as Kevin Finnerty proved particularly divisive among that show's fans: some saw this as of a piece with all the dream sequences, flashbacks, and other stylistic departures employed in the past; others stubbornly clung to the belief that they were watching a straightforward mob drama, »
- Alan Sepinwall
With every decade comes a new crop of hot young It girls, and sometimes, it can be hard to keep up - but some smart, stunning young stars are aiming to inspire hearts and minds just by being themselves. Such is the case with teenage phenoms like The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg, who made waves earlier this year with her heartfelt and eloquent video project on cultural appropriation. It only makes sense that the 16-year-old keeps company like Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard, and equally intelligent celebrity kids like Willow Smith and Lily-Rose Depp. We've rounded up eight young stars who we wish we could have at our cafeteria lunch table. Keep reading to get to know them now, then check out even more celebrity kids to follow on Instagram. »
- Brittney Stephens
When news of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was announced, the roles in the movie undoubtedly became the hottest casting spots in Hollywood. But who knew Emma Stone and Jon Hamm wanted to get in on the Force?
In honor of “The Force Awakens'” impending release, just less than a month away, “Saturday Night Live” recruited director J.J. Abrams to show some of the “never-before-seen” screen tests of auditions, featuring some big names.
“A black stormtrooper! Yeah, right,” said Boyega in his audition, bursting out into laughter at the aspect of the script that many fans fought against, before regaining a straight face. “A black stormtrooper?!”
“Mad Men” star Hamm appeared in full costume, auditioning for an iconic role: “Hamm Solo. »
- Alex Stedman
After Batman Begins, it seems that every major character has to get a gritty origin story. Now it seems that even holidays are getting gritty origin story reboots, as National Geographic is airing a more realistic retelling of the origins of Thanksgiving this weekend called Saints and Strangers. (Don't expect any paper hand turkeys.) It stars Vincent Kartheiser, best known for his portrayal of Mad Men's most punchable weasel Pete Campbell. Kartheiser has traded in the slicked-back hair and blue suits for a big, burly beard and long tendrils of hair; he sort of resembles a young version of Vincent Price's insidious Witchfinder General. Speaking with GQ, Kartheiser described his character, William Bradford, as "a Man who has a turn..." There's a turn in his story where there really is no right choice. The right choice eludes him, and this is a man who believes the right choice »
- Greg Cwik
The Academy branches have been furiously screening all sort of less heralded fare of late. Tim already talked us through the animated shorts and I'm most intrigued by the Chilean allegory about a bear ripped from his circus life and a film about Russian astronauts. But there's more to uncover!
Heads up that we've updated that shorts, animation, and documentary section of our famed Oscar Charts. Click over and read up on the fascinating competitions.
As with all things Oscar, the shorts categories do get more attention than they once did many moons ago -- particularly with that mini theatrical tour of the nominated films each year -- but it's still not much.
Live Action Shorts
This year we've got barbers shaving cartel leaders, interpreters delivering babies, nuns interrupted, little boys in big wars, father and daughter visits gone awry, and much more in the Live Action shorts category. There's »
- NATHANIEL R
Despite a dreary, rainy evening in New York City on Thursday, more than 750 guests — a melange of Hollywood, the culturati, New York society and the current cast of “Saturday Night Live” — stepped out to attend the American Museum of Natural History’s annual black-tie museum benefit. Lorne Michaels, executive producer of ‘SNL,’ and Tina Fey co-chaired the swanky gala, which raises money for the museum’s educational and scientific programming.
On the red carpet, ‘SNL’ cast members were buzzing about working with Matthew McConaughey, who for the first time in 14 years, is hosting the show on Nov. 21. The actors raved about the Oscar-winner’s strong work ethic and willingness to make fun of himself.”Matthew McConaughey has never disappointed a human being in his life, and he’s not picking this week to do that,” said Bobby Moynihan. “He is the best. He’s already been wonderful, and is going »
- Paul Chi
National Geographic Channel famously claims to have an obsession with accuracy that holds its science- and history-themed documentaries up to a higher standard than typical cable fare. Rigorous research into the look and feel of a subject are meant to infuse authenticity, and result in entertainment that can also inform.
And, like competitor Discovery, the Fox Cable Networks-owned channel has been forging its way into producing quality scripted content. Earlier this year, NatGeo scored with “Killing Jesus.”
Now, National Geographic is mounting its most ambitious project yet: “Saints & Strangers,” a two-part epic that debuts Nov. 22, and relates the story of the Mayflower landing, and the relationship between the first colonists and the Native Americans who greeted them. The massive cast includes “Mad Men’s” Vincent Kartheiser, “Black Sails’ ” Ray Stevenson and “Apocalypto’s” Raoul Trujillo, in authentic Abenaki Indian garb. But there is one part of the production that’s »
- Christopher Vourlias and Whitney Friedlander
Ok, not really — although Chicago Legal has to be in the pipeline, right? — but the following Funny or Die parody does present a pretty compelling case for why Wolf’s inevitable forthcoming spinoff should be about the people who clean the streets of the Windy City.
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While the trailer is clearly a joke, full of cheeky dialogue (“You sort garbage better than anyone on this team! »
In her original essay, the “Mad Men'” costume designer discusses how she found a place where fashion and film meet.
My love of fashion and TV/film started as early as I can remember. My mother got me hooked on movies. When I was young, she would take dresses for my dolls. I made my first dress when I was 8 … and haven’t stopped.
I didn’t immediately think about fashion as a career, but I finally got my degree in fashion design. After school, I moved to Paris to follow my dream of becoming a designer. That didn’t really work out at the time, so I ended up moving to New York after four months in Europe. There, I worked as an assistant designer in the fashion district. One night, I met a costume designer at a party, and knew exactly what turn I wanted my career to take. »
- Janie Bryant
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