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TV Review: Mad Men 7.11 “Time & Life”
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Mad Men
Season 7 Episode 11 “Time & Life”
Directed by Jared Harris
Written and created by Matthew Weiner
Starring Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Kiernan Shipka, Kevin Rahm
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 10pm

Mad Men 7.11 “Time & Life” review is coming right up. First, Let’s recap last week’s episode.

Don (Jon Hamm) has to sell his place, but it’s not like selling product in advertising. His realtor is frustrated because it’s so empty and sad. He had a bunch of small sad moments in this episode – Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) yells at him, he fires Mathis (Trevor Einhorn) because he blew it with a client and then insulted Don for it, and then the last shot in the hallway outside of his apartment – depressing.

Joan (Christina Hendricks) meets someone in California who is so not interested in dating someone with kids, having been there, done that. Not really a problem since they are across the country, so she lies about her son. He shows up in NY. She tells the truth and he doesn’t want it. But then he does.

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TV Review: Mad Men 7.10 “The Forecast”
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Mad Men
Season 7 Episode 10 “The Forecast”
Directed by Jennifer Getzinger
Written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner
Created by Matthew Weiner
Starring Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Kiernan Shipka, Kevin Rahm
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 10pm

It’s almost time to say goodbye to this exquisitely made period drama. There are only three episodes left til the finale of Mad Men. Before that happens though, let’s recap last week’s episode and review this week’s.

Don (Jon Hamm) had a rough time of it last week. Megan (Jessica Pare) flew in to negotiate divorce terms, and left with a million dollars (which he gave her), and all his furniture (which he didn’t). Well… that part was her angry mother. He found and lost his waitress. SHE rejected him because she must be bananas. Don stared with longing at the family picture Betty (January Jones), Henry (Christopher Stanley), and the kids made. A new photographer, Pima (guest star Mimi Rogers) scores with Stan (Jay R. Ferguson) but not with Peggy (Elizabeth Moss). Harry (Rich Sommer) is a sleazeball, expecting sex from Megan for help with her career, then bad mouths her to Don (who does not care) later. I wanted to kill Harry. The end of that episode with Don standing in the middle of his empty apartment was jarring.

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TV Review: Mad Men 7.9 “New Business”
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Mad Men
Season 7 Episode 9 “New Business”
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Written by Tom Smuts and Matthew Weiner
Created by Matthew Weiner
Starring Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Kiernan Shipka, Kevin Rahm
amc
Air Date: Sunday, April 12th, 2015, 10pm

Before we get to this week’s Mad Men 7.9 “New Business,” review, let’s take a look at what happened last week on 7.8 “Severance.”

Well the severance in question was Ken’s (Aaron Staton), whom Roger (John Slattery) fired at the behest of Ferguson Donnelly. Ken may have only one eye but he had the last laugh as he succeeded his father-in-law as head of Dow Chemicals and now is a client Roger has to please. Sweet karma!

Don (Jon Hamm) is back at the top of his advertising game, but the womanizing is leaving him hollow. He wants to reconnect with Rachel Mencken (Maggie Siff) after dreaming of her, which was a haunting foreshadowing, because she had passed away the week before.

Joan (Christina Hendricks) gets severely sexually harassed by clients, then gets in a snit with Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) when Peggy kinda alludes to it being her fault. Peggy goes on a unexpectedly wonderful blind date, then thinks again during next harsh light of the morning.

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TV Review: Mad Men 7.8 “Severance”
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Mad Men amc Don Draper

Mad Men
Season 7 Episode 8 “Severance”
Directed by Scott Hornbacher
Created and written by Matthew Weiner
Starring Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, and Kevin Rahm
amc
Air Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2015, 10pm

First a recap, then a review. Beware of spoilers!

The first of the final seven episodes of acclaimed AMC series Mad Men aired last night nearly a year after the 7th season began, and I miss it already. The first half of the season ended with a major death, that of quirky, wear-only-your-socks-in-his-office Bert Cooper (Robert Morse). Although Roger (John Slattery) got the news that he passed while Bert was offscreen, Don (John Hamm) was treated to a song and dance of Bert (either a ghost or the insanity in Don’s head) doing “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” with secretary back-up dancers. Don also lost his wife and almost completely lost his job in Episode 7.7 “Waterloo,” against the backdrop of the Apollo Moon Landing. It was the losing of the job that spurred the realization of divorce, for when he called Megan (Jessica Pare) and the possibility that he was now free to move to California to be with her came up, there was a knowing silence. It turns out McCann saves Don as they want a partnership with the company that makes them all rich, but they won’t do it without Ted (Kevin Rahm) or Don. And just like that, he’s back.

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‘Lost River’ Trailer: First Look At Ryan Gosling’s Trippy Directorial Debut
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Ryan Gosling's Lost River Movie Poster

The first trailer for Lost River, the directorial debut effort from Half Nelson and The Place Beyond the Pines star Ryan Gosling (who also wrote the screenplay), has been released online by Warner Brothers Pictures.

The movie has had a bit of a bumpy ride thus far, being met with a mixture of applause and boos when screened at the Cannes Film Festival. But whether or not you’ll enjoy the final product or not is to be determined on another day. This is about the first trailer. And it’s most certainly a strange and just a little bit trippy trailer to behold. Clearly Gosling has been trying to learn from the directors that he has worked with in the past, especially in his time with Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive and Only God Forgives.

You can read more about Lost River and watch the first trailer below.

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D23 Expo: Tom Hiddleston Is Young Captain Hook In Disneytoon Studios’ ‘The Pirate Fairy’
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D23 Expo 2013: The Pirate Fairy banner

Tom Hiddleston fans, get ready for seeing – or rather hearing – The Avengers star like never before… as the voice of a young Captain James Hook. The announcement was made during the mega animation presentation today at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA.

The talented actor will provide the voice of James, a cabin boy, who eventually ends up being Captain Hook in the new Disneytoon Studios’ Disney Fairies animated film The Pirate Fairy. Mad Men star Christina Hendricks will voice Zarina, a fairy who leaves Pixie Hollow and heads off to Never Land, befriending pirates like James along the way.

Hiddleston drew among the loudest and most passionate applause – especially from fangirls – at the entire three-hour event, which was filled with many other major announcements. He said he has loved Disney from a very young age, considering Baloo from The Jungle Book a “spiritual godfather.” When Hiddleston mentioned he used to sing the classic “Bare Necessities” tune, the crowd encouraged him to belt out the ditty. And how he did. Hiddleston snapped his fingers, as did audience members, as he sung a bit of the tune.

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Netflix Review: Drive
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Netflix Review: DriveDrive
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Kaden Leos
FilmDistrict
Originally Released: May 20, 2011

Let me just begin this article by pointing out the final paragraph of this post is the most important of the review.

Featuring Ryan Gosling amidst an impressive cast, the Nicholas Winding Refn-directed Drive is one of those rare films that become immediate classics. While touting some action and crime thriller material, the film is essentially a character study, with extraordinary technical work and some significant symbolism – all of which when combined demand your attention throughout the entire movie.

Drive focuses around an unnamed protagonist known only as The Driver, who leads a life of dichotomy involving cars – working as a mechanic and stunt driver by day, but by night works as a getaway driver for criminals in Los Angeles working heists. Moving to a new apartment, he lives next door to neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos). The three develop a new friendship that seems to put The Driver onto a new passageway in life.

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Ryan Gosling To Direct Christina Hendricks In Dark Fairy Tale ‘How To Catch A Monster’
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Christina Hendricks and Ryan Gosling Image

Get ready to see yet another actor make the leap from performing roles on set to one who will be directing one. Ryan Gosling has been the face of many great films, and soon we will be seeing him in Only God Forgives, a drama which reunites him with Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn. Now he is set up to direct a script he wrote called How to Catch a Monster.

Refn isn’t the only person from the Drive alumni who Gosling is teaming up with for a project. For his directorial debut, Gosling has recruited Christina Hendricks for the lead role.

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Blu-ray Review: All-Star Superman
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All-Star Superman Blu-ray DVDBy Frank Ramblings

All-Star Superman
Limited Edition Blu-ray | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack | 2-Disc DVD | DVD
Directed by Sam Liu
Starring James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Asner, Alexis Denisof
Warner Home Video
Release date: February 22, 2011

Perhaps the most beloved Superman story of all time, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman amazed fans as it hit comic racks from 2005 to 2008. Many readers who never considered themselves fans of the character agree that Morrison’s tale of the most powerful hero who ever lived completely changed their view of the Man of Steel. So when it was announced that this instant classic would be the basis for the tenth entry in Warner Premiere and DC Comics’ collection of animated films, many were understandably nervous. The result, however, was something pretty amazing.

The screenplay written by the legendary Dwayne McDuffie stays quite faithful to Morrison’s original story. After a series of events set into motion by Lex Luthor, Superman finds himself more powerful than ever — but there’s a catch. His body is slowly breaking down and his death is imminent. With this in mind, he wastes no time making his remaining time on Earth count for something. His adventures include a romantic birthday celebration for Lois Lane, a special visit to his hometown of Smallville, and run-ins with classic and original villains both on Earth and in space.

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Release Date, Cover Art For ‘All-Star Superman’ Animated Feature
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All-Star Superman Blu-ray DVDA lot of comic fans have been looking forward to the next DC Universe Animated Feature, All-Star Superman, and now they have a date to look forward to. It was announced that the DVD and Blu-ray will be released on February 22, 2011. We also got a look at the cover which doesn’t look like it was actually done by Frank Quietly, artist of the comic series the movie is based on, but it does look very similar to his style.

See the cover art here at right.

All-Star Superman is as I said, based on the comic of the same name, written by Grant Morrison with art by Quietly. The story follows a dying Superman as he faces his last days and has one last battle with Lex Luthor. The comic is one of the best series of the last few years, and it will be interesting to see how the unique story is translated into a 70-minute movie.

The movie is executive produced by Bruce Timm (mastermind of the DC animated universe), directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and written by Dwayne McDuffie (also Crisis on Two Earths, as well as a bunch of Justice League Unlimited episodes). The movie features James Denton as Superman, Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luther.

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