Mad Men

‘Mad Men’ Characters Star in Vintage Ads for Emmy “For Your Consideration” Campaign

The ad execs of Mad Men are stepping through the looking glass for the show’s “For Your Consideration” Emmy campaign. Released to The Hollywood Reporter, a new campaign shows the stars of the series in a set of characteristically relevant vintage advertisements in a clever and appealing bid for nominations. Joan Harris hawks hair dye, Betty Francis goes for gold, and Don Draper, “a complex and unpredictable man,” hides his true self behind a pair of sunglasses. Noticeably absent: Michael Ginsberg plugging Band-Aids… or straight-jackets? … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 5 Recap: “The Runaways”

Forgive me for sounding ancient, but maybe this season of Mad Men is a carousel of sorts? I’m not sure, really, but I feel like we keep circling around issue after issue, coming back to characters and dramas that feel sort of familiar, repetitive, where the goal posts have been moved just one inch. Which is to say, I had been convinced that after the sex and breakup of “Field Trip,” that Don and Megan were done, finito, never to talk again. But they do, and there’s a reason: Don’s “niece,” Stephanie Draper calls. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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How Don Draper Would Sell Philip Roth’s ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’

A while ago I made an educated guess that this season of Mad Men would feature one or two books that came out in 1969. The Godfather, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood could all still show up in this two-part final season of our favorite show about horrible men in nice suits. Yet those other titles would just be an extra-nice surprise, as last night’s episode featured Don on his couch, reading the book I most expected to see: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: “The Monolith”

Hey fans of Angry Males! Do you like metaphors? Because this episode was chock-a-block full of them. It was called “The Monolith,” and the central monolith was Sterling Cooper & Partners’ brand spanking new 1969 computer, installed to make Harry happy, taking over the creatives’ “lunchroom.” Is the monolith the moon, hanging over this (late… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘Review’ in Review

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Review ties up its first season and Veep hits the Best Coast.  … Read More

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12 Things We Learned From Matthew Weiner’s ‘Paris Review’ Interview

In The Paris Review‘s storied history, they’ve only done four in-depth interviews on the art of screenwriting: Billy Wilder, John Gregory Dunne, Terry Southern, and now Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner have all weighed in on the delicate art of writing for the screen. Weiner’s interview was the highlight of the spring 2014 issue, and it’s now online in its entirety. (One of a plethora of Matthew Weiner articles out there: do check out his By the Book column in The New York Times Book Review, too.) Here are some facts and writing advice that we’ve picked up from Mad Men‘s mad genius. Caution: spoilers ahead, I suppose, if you’re Matthew Weiner. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: “Field Trip”

Do Hitchcock blondes ever go to the farm? The answer was a decided yes on this week’s Mad Men, with the return of Betty Francis, kitted out in her best orange sherbet shift dress with a matching orange sherbet coat, her hair a glorious blonde helmet, her lipstick a perfect red, tripping along in heels, smoking a cigarette before trying some milk straight from the cow. She was trying her hardest, but the visual was all wrong: on her son Bobby’s field trip, everyone had jeans and shirts, the authority figure of the teacher didn’t even bother with a bra (free love!), and there was Betty, completely overdressed. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: The First Lady and Leslie

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Archer and Parks and Recreation wrap up their seasons while ABC’s Black Box fails to make waves. … Read More

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