The Back of Don Draper’s Head Lives to See Season 4

This just in from The New York Times: AMC has renewed the next season of Mad Men! This might seem about as surprising as ABC renewing Grey’s Anatomy for another season, but despite the show’s critical darling status, it’s not exactly a ratings powerhouse, and we wouldn’t have called season 4 a sure thing by any means. With amazing buzz so far this season, we hope this vote of confidence from AMC will push show creator Matthew Weiner to ever more obsessive levels of genius. Witness, for instance, Sunday night’s boogie session between Pete and his wife Trudy. Is it fair to say the two jitterbugged their way into the hearts of network executives? We think so. Or maybe it was the Charleston? Truth be told, we spent about 15 minutes Sunday night trying to figure out the name of that old-fashioned vaudeville knee-switching optical illusion dance, to no avail. Check it out in all its gloriousness after the… Read More

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Would You Rather See Woody Allen’s Manhattan Moved to Brooklyn or Taken Over By Muppets?

Fans of director Woody Allen (especially, we find, those who think Annie Hall is too mainstream) absolutely die for Manhattan, the 1979 romantic comedy wherein Allen’s character romances a 17-year-old. Today we came across an NYU film student’s update of Allen’s film, bearing the all-too-appropriate-for-2009 new name, Brooklyn. The trailer absolutely nails the opening montage with classical accompaniment. A very cool idea, we must concede, but how does it stack up to another offshoot of Manhattan we found a few months ago? That one starred muppets. Check out both videos after the jump, and voice your opinion in our… Read More

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Separated at Birth: Grace Coddington’s Doppelganger

We can’t wait to see The September Issue, R. J. Cutler’s documentary treatment of queen bee fashion magazine Vogue. Aside from Anna Wintour, one of the film’s stars is Grace Coddington, the magazine’s longtime creative director. Where Wintour is known for her signature bob and sunglasses, Coddington’s trademarks are her red hair and barely-there eyebrows. We hesitate to say this because we’re not implying that anyone is a witch, but: Coddington really, really reminds of Bette Middler’s character in Hocus Pocus, the 1993 Disney Halloween comedy. It’s uncanny,… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we freaked out when mom tried to throw out our bacon. Ugh, Mom! We baked Where the Wild Things Are-themed cupcakes and decided they were too cute to eat. We recoiled in graphic design horror at the poorly-designed elements of the Star Wars universe. We sent Lord Mario (the snootier, British-er version of videogame Mario) a telegram. We helvetica’ed to our hearts’ content at Typedia. We didn’t know how to tell our friend we hated his novel. We lusted after a super-cooling-sounding self-published YA book based on a 14-year-old’s notebook scribblings. Finally, we remixed Sexy Bitch, and can we just say? Damn,… Read More

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Flickr Found Photo Fridays: Don’t Let It Be Forgot

When Senator Ted Kennedy died yesterday, some say Camelot went with him. The moniker for King Arthur and the knights of the round table was originally applied to the Kennedy family by Jackie Kennedy soon after JFK’s death. While we can’t say whether Camelot will live on, we can address this problem the only way we know how: by typing “Camelot” into Flickr and seeing what turns up. Join us for a special Found Photo Friday in memorium of Ted… Read More

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The End of the (Reading) Rainbow

Reading Rainbow, the book-centric PBS children’s series, has reached the end of its 26-year run, NPR reports. We remember it best as the show various babysitters parked us in front of during our formative years, but we do love to read, so maybe its message sank in. We weep for host LeVar Burton and his legion of fans, even though we have to admit that we didn’t know the show was still on the air. Blame it on the recession…oh yeah, and George W. Bush’s education policy. Because the show stresses why kids should love reading rather than how to read, it’s not in line with the Bush administration’s focus on phonics and spelling. So basically, George W. Bush killed Reading Rainbow. After the jump, a guided tour through some timeless Reading Rainbow… Read More

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Quote of the Day: Lev Grossman and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Turf Wars

“I used to write in a local coffee shop, but there was another guy, another writer, who kept sitting in my favorite seat. I would show up, and he would be there, and I would get exiled to a couch or something, and it would throw me off my game. Then I figured out that he was Jonathan Safran Foer. True… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: The Men Who Stare At Goats

The trailer for George Clooney and Ewan McGregor’s inscrutably-named November dark comedy is now live. The movie follows reporter McGregor as he investigates a story on a top-secret U.S. military unit that Clooney claims to be an operative of. Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges also star, rounding a cast that gives this movie the amount of star power Inglorious Basterds is currently enjoying. Check it out below. Is the Clooney of O Brother, Where Art Thou?… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we crossed “photoshoot starring Diane von Furstenberg and Big Bird” off our list of things we never thought we’d see. We worked out with Marky Mark. We protected our personal space with a device that is both stylish and functional. We were alarmed when we couldn’t find Waldo. We met a 26-year-old who will ascend to the position of managing editor at The New Yorker. We said, “you go, Jeremy Piven!” We wondered who Pete is (was?). And finally, we hated ourselves for liking this video of Taylor Swift and… Read More

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Better Know a Musical: Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie, the terminally square musical of the ’60s, is having something of a moment here in 2009. This week, Mad Men repurposed Ann-Margret’s shrill opening sequence from the film version. That comes on the heels of Gina Gershon singling out a scene in the upcoming Broadway revival, in which she will star along with John Stamos, as “too gang-rape-y” yesterday. Wow, a Mad Men-approved, gang-rape-y good time! Sounds good, right? Well, don’t get too excited, because Bye Bye Birdie is actually one of the corniest musicals of all time. We have this on good authority, having acted in it in 9th grade (we played Reporter… Read More

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