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Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: "Blowing Smoke"

Posted By Becky Kirsch on Oct 11, 2010 at 7:30AM

The wheels are really coming off the wagon that is Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and on this week's episode of Mad Men, Don may have added another nail to the coffin. As the water continues to rise for the company, it's getting harder and harder for Don and the rest of the team to land new accounts. Much like the end of season three, it feels like big changes are on the horizon.

This week the smaller adjustments begin: layoffs are made, Betty may be uprooting the Draper kids, and Don makes a very big decision regarding the future of the agency without consulting his partners. There's a lot to chew on as we gear up for next week's big finale, so just read more

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Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: Episode "Chinese Wall"

Posted By Lauren Bradshaw on Oct 4, 2010 at 6:45AM

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is plummeting in a downward spiral on this week's Mad Men, and even though there isn't any carnage to be had (yet), the vultures are already circling. When Ken Cosgrove attends a dinner with his fiancee, Cynthia (it's Alex Mack!), he learns through a guy at rival agency BBDO that Lucky Strike has abandoned the Sterling Cooper ship. As a result, the entire staff comes together for a call to arms. Roger does his best fake surprise over the news, Don rallies the troops with a motivational speech, and the partners set their sights on new clients. Can the company be saved?

But it's not just all work. Peggy takes it to the sheets with one of her previous suitors, and it's time to break out the cigars for Pete: he's a proud new papa. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of the night when you read more

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Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: Episode "The Suitcase"

Posted By Entertainment on Sep 6, 2010 at 10:30AM

For such an innocuously-titled episode, this week's Mad Men is anything but. There's both potty humor and the raw honesty, and by the time the vomit and ghosts appeared, I was convinced I was watching the wrong show.


The series really roughed up its Emmy-fresh sheen to peel back the curtain and show us a more, uh, interesting side. Aside from the boxing and strength metaphors, this episode is really about Don and Peggy and exposing a new facet of their relationship.

Let's get to it, shall we? To discuss the maddest moments of this week's episode, just read more

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Mad Men Season3 Coming Soon!!

Posted By eastcoastgirl on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:22AM

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.
Returning for its season, the Golden Globe®-winning series for Best TV drama and actor will continue to blur the lines between truth and lies, perception and reality. The world of Mad Men is moving in a new direction -- can Sterling Cooper keep up? Meanwhile the private life of Don Draper becomes complicated in a new way. What is the cost of his secret identity?
Created, executive produced and written by Weiner, this drama series stars Jon Hamm (We Were Soldiers), Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing), Vincent Kartheiser (Angel), John Slattery (Desperate Housewives), Christina Hendricks (Kevin Hill), and January Jones (We Are Marshall) along with guest star (and stage/screen legend) Robert Morse (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying). Michael Gladis (Third Watch), Aaron Staton (The Nanny Diaries), Rich Sommer (The Devil Wears Prada), and Bryan Batt (La Cage Aux Folles") round out the cast.
The Premise: The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.
Check out the new series of thirteen video featurettes that will get you up to speed on all the lies, scandal and intrigue behind the show. Watch The Best of Mad Men Season 2.
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An interview with Peggy-Elisabeth Moss

Posted By eastcoastgirl on Jul 25, 2009 at 6:35AM

'Mad Men' star Elisabeth Moss has been a fan and critic favorite as ambitious Peggy since the show began; as the Emmy-winning drama heads into its third season on Aug. 16, Moss returns to her role with a Lead Actress Emmy nomination of her own.

The actress, who was best known as First Daughter Zoey Bartlet on 'The West Wing' before she jumped back in time to the '60s, talks to AOL TV about her Emmy nod, what's ahead for career gal Peggy in season 3 -- and Moss' upcoming wedding to 'Saturday Night Live' star Fred Armisen. -- By Kimberly Potts Does it feel like TV is the place to go for strong female characters right now?
Yes, I really do think that. I mean, I think it's possible in film as well, but I think more than ever this time is a real high point for television and for women in television. I mean, look at that category. These women ... Glenn Close, Sally Field ... and it's the same in the male category as well, but I think that it's very noticeable in the female category that there are roles there that have never been possible before.

Peggy is still a perplexing character to a lot of viewers ... how well do you think you know her?
Pretty well, I'd say. And I feel like I've known her pretty well from the beginning, and I actually really, really like her as a character. I love playing her. Even if I'm just sitting there, and not saying anything, I just really like her. She's been through so many changes, and so many things have happened to her, and I think that she's -- and it's weird speaking about her -- but I'm proud of her and I'm so protective of her. I want good things for her.

Peggy had the great speech to Pete at the end of season 2, where she lets him know about the baby and that she isn't interested in him anymore. How'd you feel about that episode?
I think it was the kindest thing she possibly could have done to him. I can't really speak for [Pete, Vincent Kartheiser's character], but I think maybe Pete did love Peggy. Or maybe he just ended up loving what she represents. But it wasn't going to work out, and he wasn't going to be happy, and I think that her being honest with him and having that kind of clarity about how she felt was kind. A lot of people also think that moment is just about the baby, and it's not. It's so much more about her love for him. She truly did love him. That speech for me was a dream come true, to say those lines and to work with an actor like Vinnie. He's always so extraordinary, and whatever recognition I get for that scene, I have to give him half of it, because he's so talented and so good.

Congratulations on the Emmy nomination! Where were you when you found out?
Aw, thank you so much. I was in bed, actually. I slept late and my fiancé woke me at about 11:30 and told me. It was very nice ... it couldn't have been nicer. And I was very surprised and very excited. I mean, to be perfectly honest, it was completely unexpected to be nominated at all, and then hearing about the 15 other nominations [for 'Mad Men'] and both Jon [Hamm] and John [Slattery] being nominated ... I'm so proud of them and of all the writing nominations. All of these people are friends of mine. So it's very exciting for that reason, and on a personal level. And to be nominated along with all these strong and brilliant women ... I'm 26 years old, and I know it sounds cheesy, but I do feel like I already won.
In season 1, viewers were coming up with all kinds of theories about Peggy's weight gain, but you knew from the beginning where the story was going. How tough was it to keep that secret, especially since you were wearing prosthetics?
It was hard, because there was a really weird period of not being able to say anything. I did know from the very beginning, from before we started filming. ['Mad Men' creator Matt Weiner] had told me, because I had to do all those fittings. So there was that weird period when I was wearing the padding but couldn't say anything about the pregnancy. And I would do interviews and people would ask me like, "So, the clothes aren't very flattering are they?" Or, "Oh, you know, it's really great that you women are representing such real women's bodies," and I would be like, "Yeah, totally, it's awesome." I would have to just basically lie and agree with them, because I couldn't say anything about what was really happening. I wanted to be like, "No, no, no, I'm not gaining weight," but I had to sort of bite my tongue and say that the clothes weren't flattering.

You and Jon Hamm have great chemistry as Peggy and her boss, Don. How do you pull that off, especially since they're not in a romantic relationship?
Yes, that's one of the cool things about the show, and something that really represents the sort of show it is, that Don and Peggy never fall into a [romance]. That would have been really easy to do, to go there, and we have never gone anywhere near it. That's a testament to the show, and it's made their relationship far more interesting and meaningful. And you'll see even more in season 3. It goes even deeper into that -- this is a very special relationship that they have and far more interesting than if they were just romantically involved.

Can you talk about Peggy in the new season? Is she going to continue to become a stronger woman, a stronger career woman?
Absolutely, absolutely. I think the theme for Peggy in season 3 is that she's just trying to figure out who she is. I was just speaking to Matt yesterday about this on the phone, and Peggy really is just trying to figure ... what her role is in the office, what her role is as a woman in the 1960s. She's changing, for sure, and she makes some mistakes, but she's just trying to figure it out.

Because of the costumes and styling, you look so much different on the show than you do in "real life." What kind of reactions do you get when people see you outside of your Peggy role?
[Laughs] A lot of people say, "Oh, you look so different, oh you look smaller." But I like that I look so different on the show. To me, I'm an actor first, so I like to embody a character, and I like to look different with hair and clothes. I like it when people say, "Oh my God, you look different!" I'm like, great, I've achieved what I set out to achieve. So it's always a compliment for me. It means I'm doing my job.
You worked as a child actress but have avoided the negative career and personal paths that a lot of former child actors end up taking. To what do you attribute being able to steer clear of those things?
I don't know what makes people take the paths they do, but I was lucky, because I had a very well-rounded life. I have a great family, and I was dancing at the same time I was acting, for about 10 years, from ages 5 to 15. So I didn't place the importance on just one thing. Whether or not I got a movie was not the end of the world, because I had ballet class to go to. You know, I was concerned about getting a job, getting the right part in 'The Nutcracker,' school ... so I had a great balance that allowed me to not place too much importance on the wrong thing. I also didn't have a crazy amount of success at 10 or 12 years old, so I had the chance to work on my craft and develop it, to grow into the person and the actress that I am now, at 26. I feel like I'm in a strong place, and I can handle [success] now.

You announced your engagement to 'Saturday Night Live' star Fred Armisen earlier this year ... any wedding plans for the near future?
Yes, we have set a date, and it's not too far off, so we're definitely in wedding planning mode. I love the wedding magazines, and I love looking online at stuff ... to me, it's just the most fun thing in the world. We're planning this really cool, fun day, and we're kind of deep into it. We're having a nice time with it.
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Jon Hamm Returns to Your TV Soon

Posted By eastcoastgirl on Jun 12, 2009 at 5:38AM

The end of season two left viewers wondering what would come next. Sterling Cooper just merged with a British ad agency, Jon Hamm's Don Draper threatened to quit.
Audiences also witnessed a painful reconciliation between Draper and his pregnant wife Betty (January Jones) after he had disappeared to California without telling her.

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Fred Armisen and Elisabeth Moss

Posted By eastcoastgirl on Jan 23, 2009 at 7:12AM

No joke: Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen is getting married.

He and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss are engaged, her rep confirms to Usmagazine.com.

See photos of flashy celeb engagement rings.

"It happened just a few days ago," Moss, 26, first told usaweekend.com on Thursday. "It's private, so I don't want to share the details of how it happened, but I will say it was perfect."

See unforgettable celebrity wedding photos.

The two have been spotted together a lot recently. They hit a Vanity Fair party for Mad Men earlier this month at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. The New York Post reported that they "canoodled in a corner."

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Mad Men on The Soup!

Posted By CocoChic on Jan 17, 2009 at 7:00PM

I love The Soup (and Joel McHale) and some of the guys from Mad Men stopped by to celebrate their Golden Globe win. Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell), Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove), and Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) prove that they are not only great dramatic actors but would be fun to hang out with in real life too! Make sure you watch until the end.

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Jon Hamm Gap Ad

Posted By la dee da dee on Dec 10, 2008 at 10:49PM


Yay I was so excited to see this new GAP ad with Jon Hamm in it....:)

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Being Joan Holloway

Posted By CocoChic on Oct 8, 2008 at 3:44PM

When boredom hits, I turn to my hair and makeup to entertain me. For some reason, today seemed like a good day to do myself up like Joan. My hair looks much more red in the picture than it is in real life.

Maybelline Full N Soft mascara and a little Chanel lipstick in Matador. Plus a headband, some teasing, and an handful of bobby pins. Maybelline Full N Soft mascara and a little Chanel lipstick in Matador. Plus a headband, some teasing, and an handful of bobby pins.

By the way... last fall someone told me I looked like the daughter from the West Wing. Well, I didn't remember her and didn't watch Mad Men last season so I didn't know who that was. Low and behold, it's Peggy! I don't see the resemblance but I'll let the guy think that.

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