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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Premiere Recap: “Time Zones”

It’s a classic Mad Men advertising pitch. We open in extreme closeup on a pudgy face telling a story about how the Accutron Watch changes a man, with hear several slogans: “This watch makes you interesting.” “Accutron. It’s not a timepiece. It’s a conversation piece.” … Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘Mad Men’ Season 7

Few shows are as tight-lipped about what direction they’re taking as Mad Men. Unlike Game of Thrones, there’s no spoiler-filled book series to let viewers know what’s coming. As a result, reliable dirt on the final season of Matt Weiner’s ’60s advertising drama is hard to come by. We’ve compiled the few scraps of information out there into a handy guide of what to expect this Sunday. Click through for the full rundown on Don Draper’s last Old Fashioned-fueled romp through Madison Avenue. … Read More

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10 Surprising Similarities Between AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men’

It feels like the end of an era. Two groundbreaking series that challenged the traditional television model with cinematic visuals, stellar writing, and an unforgettable cast are coming to an end. The Breaking Bad finale airs tomorrow, while the seventh and final season of Mad Men debuts early next year. The ambitious shows about a chemistry teacher turned meth king pin and a 1960’s New York City ad exec with a dark past seem wildly different, but the AMC dramas have more in common than first meets the eye. We take a brief look at a few of their surprising similarities past the break. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’s’ Split Season 7: You’re Killing Me, AMC

Here in the “responsive commentary” racket, the only thing that rivals writing something too late is writing something too early. Last week, this site looked at the dire-sounding Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, surveyed the less-than-promising post-BrBa/Mad Men AMC line-up, and asked the question, “Is the golden age of AMC over?” For asking said question, I was branded with both the “e-word” (elitist) and the “h-world” (hipster). Such accusations prompted, as usual, a worried removal of my artisan organic wire-rimmed glasses, a long pull off my home-brewed stout, and a few heartfelt spins of Animal Collective on vinyl. And then AMC announced that their solutions to filling the original programming holes in their schedule are a) a Walking Dead spin-off and b) splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episode halves. Can I say “told you so” yet? … Read More

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Matthew Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ Season Six: “I Don’t Know What More You Can Do In Twelve Weeks of TV”

In the aftermath of last night’s season finale, Mad Men series creator, showrunner, and all-around mastermind sat down with Vulture’s Denise Martin for… Read More

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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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