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Reunited and its so nice.
A big chunk of Mad Men-ers turned out at Taschen’s Beverly Hills store for the launch of the glossy coffee table book Mad Men. Showing up to support series creator Matthew Weiner, who oversaw the book with Taschen’s staff of editors and designers were Jon Hamm, January Jones, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare and others, making it the largest public gathering of the show’s alumni since it went off the air in May 2015.
Weiner was excited for the mini-reunion. He told THR that he doesn’t get to see everyone from the show »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg,Andy Lewis
It's been almost two years since the final episode of Mad Men aired, but we still feel that pang of sadness thinking about how the show is never coming back. Well, while we may not be getting a spin-off, we did get a special reunion on Thursday night thanks to Matthew Weiner and the release of his new Taschen book, Mad Men! Yes, Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Paré, Ben Feldman, and Kevin Rahm as well as many of the producers, writers, and creative talent behind the hit show got together to celebrate the show creator's launch. Weiner gave a heartfelt toast with the cast and crew by his side, expressing his excitement and appreciation for »
Imagine if all the fertile women in the world were rounded up and enslaved by an extreme regime that takes away their rights and their families.
According to the stars and creators of Hulu’s upcoming drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, that horrible reality “seems far away, but it also seems like it could be so close.”
“It’s really a dystopian world where an extreme regime rises up and says we have a better way,” explains executive producer Warren Littlefield in an exclusive new featurette for the show.
Turns out that better way is to snatch fertile women away from their friends and families and forbid them from even speaking about their previous lives.
In one scene from the new trailer, we see the captured women being lectured on how the world has become so filled with chemical pollution and radiation, that »
- Will Thorne
On Thursday, several Mad Men stars reunited to support the show’s creator Matthew Weiner, who is launching a tribute book to celebrate the hit AMC series. Costars January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, Jon Hamm and Jessica Paré attended the book’s launch at the Taschen book store in Beverly Hills.
Jones, 39, took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of herself from the evening posing with Hendricks, 41, and Shipka, 17.
“My girls!! And one Matt Weiner!” she captioned the post.
At the event, the three stars also posed alongside Weiner, 51, Hamm, 45, and Paré, 36.
The fan-favorite drama premiered »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Neon, the recently launched distribution company founded by Tom Quinn and Tim League, will release Oscar winning director Errol Morris’ “The B-Side,” a heartfelt portrait of photographer, Elsa Dorfman. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016 followed by a prestigious festival run, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Idfa).
The film is slated to open theatrically on June 2.
– Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide rights to “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo,” the compelling untold story about an extraordinary team.
The story is told told “with unprecedented access to archival footage and stories from the men who lived it, including the creator of Mission Control, »
- Kate Erbland
Five episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
“Feuds are never about hate,” famed screen legend Olivia de Havilland (Catherine Zeta-Jones) explains to a documentary film director in the opening minutes of what’s likely to be your simmering new obsession: Feud. “They’re about pain.” Anthology fetishist Ryan Murphy understands that pathos to a disturbingly detailed degree, and in tracking the blistering “friendship” between legendary actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, he ends up with one of his best cracks at the anthology genre in years.
The show’s premise risks stepping into the catty trap of comebacks and catfights at first blush, but Murphy and company have no desire to reduce Bette and Joan’s discourse into a frivolous fiasco. Feud is deliberate and cunning, with as much guile and guts as the two women at its center. Its drama is a slower-burn than Murphy’s typical chomping-at-the-bit style, »
- Mitchel Broussard
I’m infatuated with Osgood Perkins’ (exclusive interview) brooding The Blackcoat’s Daughter (read my review), so much so that I’m going to do everything in my power to get you to watch it. Now on DirecTV with a wider release set for March 31, Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers) stars with Emma Roberts (“Scream Queens”, “American Horror Story”) as two terrified girls […] »
- Brad Miska
Wgn America is ready to down some whiskey with Aaron Paul.
The cable network has put into development Blood and Whiskey, a drama based on the life of whiskey guru Jack Daniel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on Peter Krass' biography Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, the project tells the harrowing true tale of Jack Daniel, the boy distiller, teenage moonshiner and outlaw who built the world’s biggest whiskey empire out of the ashes of the Civil War.
- Lesley Goldberg
Busy Philipps is returning to broadcast TV. The “Cougar Town” alum will star in NBC’s comedy pilot “The Sackett Sisters,” Variety has confirmed. The project hails from executive producer Tina Fey. The single-cam comedy is about the Sackett family, which is reunited when two estranged sisters perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Philipps will play one of the sisters. “The Sackett Sisters” was written by “30 Rock” scribe Luke Del Tredici. Exec producers are Fey, Robert Carlock and David Miner. The project is the latest hot comedy in the works at NBC, following a sitcom co-created by Mindy Kaling, which will star Anders Holm. BBC and Starz announced Friday additional casting for miniseries “Howards End,” based »
- Sarah Ahern and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Starz and BBC are rounding out the cast for limited series Howards End, based on E.M. Forster’s classic novel. Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Mad Men) and newcomers Philippa Coulthard (The Catch, Secrets and Lies), Joseph Quinn (Dickensian) have signed on to the four-part series, alongside Rosalind Eleazar (National Treasure, Nw) and Alex Lawther (Imitation Game, Black Mirror). They join previously announced Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman. Howards End… »
A showdown’s a’ comin’! Not on the main street of Dodge City, but at the multiplex once again. The final throw down between the hero and villain has been a staple of cinema since its earliest days, mainly in action films and primarily the western. There have been countless screen versions of that infamous incident , the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (the most famous being the Kirk Douglas/Burt Lancaster 1950’s classic) . This most likely inspired many other “oaters”, the most celebrated being the iconic 1952 High Noon (which garnered an Oscar for star Gary Cooper). It’s set in real-time as the clock ticks to 12, while Will Kane readies himself for the arrival of the Miller gang. We’ve seen this plot used in many other genres, providing extra excitement to the final acts of every movie hero’s exploits from Rocky to Bond to Batman. But it »
- Jim Batts
Chelsea will have undergone some nips and tucks when it returns for Season 2.
Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, which returns on Friday, April 14, is switching to an hourlong format, with a new episode debuting every Friday night at 12:01 am Pt, the streamer has announced.
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During Season 1 — which received mixed reviews and underwent an early regime change — Chelsea produced three half-hour installments every week.
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James Remar sees God in Emma Roberts in this spoiler-free clip from Osgood Perkin’s brooding The Blackcoat’s Daughter (read my review). The clip, which is very safe to watch, is the entire crux of the film, centralizing on the belief in both God and the Devil. Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers) stars with Roberts as two terrified girls […] »
- Brad Miska
Hitting DirecTV exclusively on February 16th is Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter, an atmospheric thriller about demonic possession and the emotional aftermath that follows an attack at a private school. The film stars Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, and Lucy Boynton, who all deliver incredible performances.
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Perkins about what inspired his approach to The Blackcoat’s Daughter, his experiences collaborating with his talented ensemble, and whether or not he’ll be returning to the world of horror for his third directorial project (his other feature film, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, is currently available on Netflix).
Look for The Blackcoat’s Daughter on DirecTV beginning February 16th, with a subsequent theatrical rollout to follow on March 31st from A24.
Congrats on the film, Oz. What I enjoyed about this film is that it has a lot »
- Heather Wixson
To celebrate the release of Keeping Up With The Joneses, which is available on Digital HD, VOD and DVD now, we have three copies of the film to give away on DVD!
From Director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul, Adventureland) Keeping Up With The Joneses is a cringingly laugh-out-loud comedy that packs an all-star cast including Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Trilogy, Birdman) Isla Fisher (Now You See Me, Grimbsy), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, The Town) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, Fast & Furious).
Keeping Up With The Joneses follows an ordinary suburban couple, Jeff (Galifianakis) and Karen Gaffney (Fisher), who find it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses — their impossibly attractive and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors — especially when they discover Mr. and Mrs. Jones are covert spies embroiled in international espionage.
Tim Jones (Hamm) is an accomplished travel writer whose hobbies include blowing glass and his wife, Natalie (Gadot) is a social media consultant, »
- Paul Heath
As a kid growing up in Indiana in the 1970s, Ryan Murphy only ever penned two fan letters.
The legendary actress’ response wasn’t gushy, which made it feel all the more authentic. “She didn’t write ‘Love, Bette Davis, Xoxoxo.’ It was like ‘Thanks for the letter. You’re sweet. Bette Davis,” Murphy recalled Tuesday during a luncheon panel session devoted to his latest FX series, “Feud,” which bows March 5.
Murphy’s first letter to Davis led to a running correspondence which eventually led to a meeting in Los Angeles about a month before the screen legend died in 1989. Nearly 30 years later, the prolific writer-director-producer is at the helm of the limited series that tells the story of Davis and Joan Crawford’s frenemy relationship during the making »
- Cynthia Littleton
The potential series follows three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe, and risk everything to take their power back.
Lillard most recently recurred in Season 3 of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.
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Disney has finally found a director for its highly-anticipated Mulan remake, with New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro signing on to take the helm. This news comes just a few months after Ang Lee passed on the project back in October. But now the project is back on the right track. This hiring also makes Niki Caro the second female director at the studio to be at the helm for a project budgeted at over $100 million, following in the footsteps of Ava DuVernay and her film A Wrinkle In Time. Along with adding Niki Caro, the Mulan remake has brought on veteran Chinese producer William Hong as an executive producer.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney was considering other female filmmakers such as Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and celebrated TV director Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead). With Niki Caro taking the reins on this project, »
Grandfathered alumna Kelly Jenrette, Jessica McKenna (Party Over Here), Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Laysla de Oliveira (Gothica) have been cast opposite Jalen Rose in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot Jalen vs. Everybody, from Nahnatchka Khan, creator/executive producer of ABC's family comedy Fresh Off the Boat, and the series' executive producer Jake Kasdan. Written by Khan, the comedy follows former NBA player and current Espn personality Rose as he juggles his career… »
Mad Men fans still experiencing withdrawal symptoms are about to find relief from an unlikely — not to mention absorbent and yellow and porous — source.
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As you’ll see in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek, Don sees a lot of potential in the Krabby Patty. Unfortunately, per the episode’s official synopsis, Don’s new “industrial” take on the show »
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