Christina Hendricks

‘Another Period’s’ Best Gag: Suffrage and Hysteria

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Sex, politics, and sexual politics were on the menu last night for an even-more-gross-than-usual episode of Another Period. Edith Wharton can’t even bother to turn over in her grave for this kind of stuff. Everything from gay conversion therapy to women against feminism to Freud to manual relief of hysteria got touched upon in half an hour — and everyone in the Bellacourt family also got, um, touched upon, before the curtain fell.
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Christina Hendricks Joins the Cast of SundanceTV’s “Funny and Shocking” Series, ‘Hap and Leonard’

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Across Mad Men’s run, viewers saw characters transform along with the times: the show started in the 60s, and then, towards its close, leapt into the 70s. Now, at least one of its actors will be continuing the chronological tracing of America’s personal and national (and surely sartorial) histories: Christina Hendricks has joined the cast of SundanceTV’s upcoming 80s-set dramedy, Hap and Leonard.
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In Defense of Ryan Gosling’s Flawed But Fascinating ‘Lost River’

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Hollywood studios are not exactly in the business of taking risks these days. When Warner Brothers handed Ryan Gosling $3 million for distribution rights to his debut film as writer/director, Lost River, perhaps they were playing some kind of a long game, picking up his passion project to bank some goodwill for future, presumably more commercial-friendly efforts. By committing to putting this dark, bizarre, difficult movie into theaters, they were taking the kind of risk that’s increasingly rare in this reboot-and-sequel climate, and one that’s worth applauding. But applause has not exactly been forthcoming for Lost River.
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“It’s About Class”: Matthew Weiner and ‘Mad Men’s’ Cast on the Show’s Final Episodes

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“It’s about the malleability of American culture,” said Mad Men creator, writer, and showrunner Matthew Weiner on Saturday night. Weiner was at a sold-out Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center to toast “Mad Men: The End of an Era,” a special panel celebrating the show in its final season. The event was set up like a clip show, with Weiner joined by Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slatter. The actors introduced their favorite clips featuring their Mad Men characters — Don Draper, Betty Draper, Joan Holloway, and Roger Sterling, respectively — and reminisced over how these scenes came to be and what they learned from them. It was a night of celebration and remembrance — there was nothing as close to a hint about what will happen when Mad Men‘s final seven episodes start next Sunday on April 5, but still plenty to learn about one of finest shows of our time.
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“People Want to Be Whisked Away”: ‘Mad Men’ Exhibit Illuminates the Ideas Behind the Iconic Show

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Early on in the Museum of the Moving Image‘s Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit, there’s a framed display of three pieces of notebook paper. It’s from 1993, dated “1 a.m.” in the corner, and it’s a bunch of chicken scratch from Weiner’s journal that, taken together, forms the very beginning of Mad Men. “Got an idea the other day,” he writes, “my horoscope said I’d have a great one and although it had been a passing thought a few days before now, it is suddenly real.”
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