Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wrote and directed his first movie this past year, and it's finally hitting theaters this summer. Called Are You Here, it stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, which sounds like a slam-dunk on paper but the early reviews from Are You Here's film festival premiere have been pretty rough on the movie. Are You Here is set for a theatrical and VOD release on August 22nd.
Today's Lost Roles is brought to you by Childrens Hospital, which has its season premiere on Adult Swim tonight at midnight. If you're cool, you'll watch it.
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. This week, I interviewed Rob Huebel, star of beloved comedy shows like Human Giant and Childrens Hospital (currently kicking off its fourth season) and movies like The Descendants and I Love You, Man. Huebel was nice enough to [...]
Duels or “classy show-downs” as they are often called by no one, have been solving hot debates for ages. They're useful for delivering crowds a champion, through often unpredictable means (just ask Alexander Hamilton). Television loves a surprise, so what better way to measure and battle elements of TV than with a duel? Here, we will battle two characters in an imaginary contest of wills. Sometimes a winner will be crowned because of pertinent facts, and sometimes in spite of them.
This week? Don Draper v. Robin Scherbatsky in secret pasts.
Over the years, some people have tried to claim that Mad Men is not a comedy. Oh really? It has sexual [...]
Sorry, did I say "to the death?" I meant to write, "in bowling," ooooops. This week's episode of All Star Celebrity Bowling is arguably as funny as a video where people bowl can ever be. (Seriously, bowling, ugh, go away.) Team Nerdist consisted of Weird Al, Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, Pete Holmes and Team Mad Men had Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, Rich Sommer, Matt Weiner (which is nuts). Fun was had by all: Pete got into a fight with Vinny Kars and tried to heckle Don Draper since Jon Hamm has no mockable flaws, Weird Al did his wacky arms thing, and Jon Hamm won the competition for best human [...]
In anticipation of the premiere of Mad Men's final season this Sunday, Seth Meyers and the Late Night crew made three parody videos of an AMC spinoff called Bad Men that riff off Draper's irresistibly suave way of selling the most seemingly impossible ad pitches to clients. Click through for the other two installments in the series.
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss wrote an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the show's upcoming ninth season, which starts in September, but it looks like another creator of an award-winning TV drama has an interest in stepping into the Always Sunny writers room: Mad Men's Matthew Weiner.
In a NY Times piece about the Game of Thrones guys working on the show, Always Sunny creator Rob McElhenney says Matthew Weiner has been "threatening to write an episode.” Weiner may be known for his drama work on Mad Men and as a writer/producer on The Sopranos, but he got his start [...]
Matthew Weiner is the creator of the best show on television. It is called Mad Men. Before it, he wrote on another "best show on television." It was called The Sopranos. Before that, he wrote on Becker. (Between these jobs he also wrote briefly for the comedy nerd respected Andy Richter Controls the Universe but Becker was his first steady job and he spent significantly more time working on it.) If you haven't seen Becker, it’s the type of sitcom that was created around the turn of the millennium, when comedies weren't necessarily expected to be great but were expected to star people like Ted Danson. It was fine, solid [...]
Jon Hamm was on The Nerdist podcast this week and said that he will be making an appearance on this week's live 30 Rock. This is very exciting news for fans of his dumb, dumb, dumb Dr. Drew Baird character and beautiful things. What transplanted hands will he be endorsing this time?
Then an hour later, on Parks & Recreation, Brad Leland, the man most famous for playing Buddy Garrity on Friday Night Lights, is set to play one of the candidates in the city councilman debate. He sports a goatee and mostly talks about guns but you know he's thinking about high school football.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has cast Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson to star in his upcoming dramedy filmYou Are Here, and Amy Poehler is potentially on board too. The movie's about a weatherman who's "forced to get his own life in order" when his best friend does the same, and while not set in a 60s advertising agency, it will likely inspire many hazy midday imaginings of Amy Poehler and Owen Wilson in gorgeous outfits making snappy remarks about how little they care for civil rights. I mean, Zach Galifianakis is already even Draping in this photo. Talk about MEANT TO BE.
Mad Men returns this Sunday, and with it, so do those incoherent teaser trailers for next week's episode, featuring a bunch of out-of-context snippets tied together. The Simpsons made a promo for its new episode in the style of those awful Mad Men teasers, and it's pretty spot-on.
It was revealed a few months ago that Mad Men star John Slattery would be guest starring in the upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development, and just today, Slattery gave an interview to The Huffington Post in which he discussed his experience filming the show (albeit without revealing who his character is or sharing any plot points). It's just nice to hear a talented guy gush about a show we all love. Here's the entire Arrested Development portion of the interview:
How about Arrested Development? You know, I don't really know anything. Since I was on, which was brief, they've probably reconceived the whole thing. Mitch Hurwitz [...]
A few hours ago, John Roberts tweeted that he's recording an episode of Bob's Burgers tomorrow with Jon Hamm. Assuming this episode won't air until the Fall, this gives the writing staff a few months to think of the perfect Jon Hamm inspired hamburger specials (or Hammburger specials). Here are a few to get them started: Barak O-Hamm-a, 21 Hamms, Happy as a Hamm, Bull Dur-Hamm, The Hoover Hamm, Viet-Hamm War, Midterm Ex-Hamm, St. Louis Hamms, Hamm Yankees, Silence of the Hamms, and Frankly, my dear, I don't give a Hamm.
"Because of the delays, her two shows shot simultaneously, so Brie would sometimes have to run between both sets in the same day. 'That’s when I’m most excited and feel like it’s all happening, you know what I mean?' she says. 'I liked shooting at Mad Men and then going over to Community and literally taking my hair down. Because Community really feels like the parents are gone and we’re all just having crazy sleepovers and making blanket forts.'” – An excerpt from the New York Magazine profile of Alison Brie, which features a surprising amount of discussion of her feet and the fans of them.
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