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The 10 Kookiest ‘Mad Men’ Conspiracy Theories

Ah, Mad Men. You puzzle us, you entertain us, you alienate us — and you send us scurrying down rabbit holes of hyper-analysis, historical research, and wild conjecture. Creator Matt Weiner’s insistence on maximum secrecy (and comically mysterious teasers) has led, rather directly, to the show becoming a repository for some of the Internet’s wildest conspiracy theories. Here are the ten kookiest. … Read More

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Handwritten Screenplay Pages From Film and Television

“You can’t write poetry on a computer,” says Quentin Tarantino, and he can’t write his screenplays on one either — he does it old school, longhand, in a notebook, putting his words in typewritten form at the last possible second. It may make him sound like a Luddite, but he’s far from the only one; plenty of Hollywood’s most successful scribes prefer to work by hand, at least in the early stages. This week, we found out that Lawrence Kasdan wrote The Empire Strikes Back in longhand as well, and a trip down the Internet rabbit hole turned up several more popular films that were worked out by hand before they made it to the screen. … Read More

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Time to Over-Analyze These Amazing ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Promo Photos

After a barrage of posters, trailers, and cast interview videos that have told us basically nothing, the release of Mad Men‘s official Season 6 is a bit of a relief. The pictures only hint at what’s to come, through the poses characters strike together, but there’s still plenty to notice. Don and Megan’s relationship still seems to have some spark to it; Betty and Henry’s, not so much. But it’s Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s newest partner, Joan, who stands out most of all, resplendent as an Egyptian queen in blue and gold. We also see her and Peggy together in one photo, which makes us wonder whether the two of them will be conspiring again this season. Let the over-analysis begin! … Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘Mad Men’ Season 6, Plus Brand New Promo Photos

Earlier today, the premiere date for Season 6 of Mad Men was announced, along with news of the opening episode being a two-hour special. Unfortunately, April 7 is a long way away, and Matthew Weiner clearly doesn’t take pity on us with his “can’t tell you” attitude (actual quote — his lips are padlocked.)

However, with enough reading between the lines of interview quotes and just a little stalking of on-set photos, we’ve been able to compile everything we do know about this season, which apparently will be too good to completely avoid talking about it from excitement.  … Read More

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Relax: Matthew Weiner Confirms Peggy Olson Will Be Back on ‘Mad Men’ Season 6

You know what they say about loose lips: they start rumors that take the Internet by storm, causing fans to fulminate against the creators of their favorite shows despite having absolutely zero hard facts to go on. A hint of exactly this sort incited a flood of speculation when Jared Harris implied in… Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Reveals His Favorite Scene from Season 5

In “Far Away Places,” the Season 5 episode of Mad Men that featured Roger Sterling’s first acid trip, we see the same day repeated three times, all from different points of view. Three couples have three very different fights, that are also very similar. It was admittedly one of the finest hours in a season that was packed to the gills with fantastic, dramatic TV moments. As it turns out, the resulting conversation that takes place between Roger and Jane — both lying on the floor in their bathrobes with matching towels wrapped around their heads, quietly agreeing that their relationship is over — was Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s favorite of the entire season. … Read More

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Elisabeth Moss Discusses Her Rumored Departure from ‘Mad Men’

Earlier this month, an offhand remark that Mad Men’s Jared Price made during an interview left us worried that Peggy’s recent exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce could possibly signal the end of Elisabeth Moss’ time on the show — which would be a horrible thing! We wondered if Matt Weiner had lost his mind. Then that lovely movie theater run-in between Peggy and Don in the season finale helped put our minds at ease; even if she’s no longer at the agency, it looks as if Peggy will remain a significant figure in the Mad Men universe because of their connection. A new GQ interview with Moss provides further confirmation of this fact. … Read More

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What Christina Hendricks Makes of Joan’s Epic Decision

We previously discussed Sunday night’s controversial episode of Mad Men earlier today, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to table “The Other Woman” just yet. In a new interview with GQ, Christina Hendricks reveals that Matthew Weiner had been working on this storyline for years now, and that she had… Read More

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Matthew Weiner of ‘Mad Men’ to Direct First Feature Film

Readers, are you sick of hearing about Mad Men yet? Well, too bad, because today brings some irresistibly intriguing news about showrunner Matthew Weiner. He’s written and is set to direct his first feature film! And it’s a road-trip movie with a cast full of comedians! You Are Here, which will begin shooting in May,… Read More

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Why Won't Matthew Weiner Reveal Any 'Mad Men' Season 5 Footage?

There’s a new Mad Men trailer today, but don’t bother dropping everything to watch it. Like every other preview that’s been released for the past seven months, it’s a cheeky compilation of footage from previous seasons. Less than two weeks before the first new episodes in a year and a half, Matthew Weiner still won’t give us a glimpse of what the characters are doing in Season 5.

In fact, Mad Men‘s showrunner is on high alert for spoilers. Yesterday, Variety published an excerpt of a letter accompanying critics’ advance premiere screeners, in which Weiner writes, “I know you are aware how strongly I feel that the viewers are entitled to have the same experience you just had. My goal every season is first and foremost to entertain the audience, and I know that this is best accomplished when key storylines are not revealed in advance. I am asking you to please join with me to ensure this enjoyment by not revealing any of these answers or other issues.” … Read More

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