Amy Poehler devotes a substantial amount of ink in her new memoir Yes Please to telling readers that she "had no business" writing a book in the first place. With a schedule that includes 12-hour days on her sitcom Parks and Recreation, as well as raising two boys under 6, Poehler makes no secret of what a tedious process it was to complete Yes Please. Fortunately, the final product is much easier to consume than it apparently was to produce.
But while there aren't any jaw-dropping revelations per se, Yes Please includes plenty of new information about Poehler that even die-hard fans probably didn't know. Here are the most interesting tidbits we learned about the comedienne:
After logging seven seasons on Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss knows how to keep a secret. So when the actress was asked about her rumored role on...
Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss may have something a little more sinister than Don Draper to deal with next year. The Emmy nominee is a front-runner for one of television's most coveted roles: the female lead in Season 2 of HBO's True Detective...
Lindsay Lohan says she's planning her theatrical debut in a West End production of Speed-the-Plow.
While attending the Jeremy Scott fashion show in London, Lohan told The New York Times she's been in the U.K. for several months now preparing for a "potential" role in the David Mamet play. "It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that," she said. "I'm nervous but I'm excited." The actress would play Karen, a role that Madonna originated in the production's 1988 run at the Royale Theatre. Alicia Silverstone and Elisabeth Moss have also held the role.
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As Mad Men heads into its final, seven-episode stretch, it will do so without one of its original characters.
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On Sunday's finale...
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"The moon belongs to everyone. The best things in life they're free."
The coup led by Roger Sterling in Mad Men's midseason finale may not be as impressive a feat as the Apollo 11 crew landing on the moon, but both could have easily ended in disaster. And while both missions were successful — though in the case of Sterling Cooper & Partners, with one casualty — Don Draper is reminded once again that success isn't the only thing that matters...
In just a few brief scenes, Mad Men's Lou Avery has become one of the most hated characters on TV.
After taking over as Sterling Cooper & Partners' creative director in the wake of Don Draper's meltdown and suspension, Lou (Allan Havey), quickly made his presence felt. Although Lou isn't bogged down by a host of personal problems like Don (Jon Hamm) is, he's a bit of a square and lacks Don's creative spark, which almost instantly put him at odds with Draper protégé Peggy (Elisabeth Moss). Making matters worse...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 7 premiere of Mad Men. Read at your own risk.]
"Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something."
Yes, Matthew Weiner, you have our attention. The Mad Men creator kicked off the first half of his advertising drama's final season speaking directly to the audience through the mouth of recurring character Freddie Rumsen (Joel Murray). But it was the next line of Freddie's Don Draper-quality pitch for Accutron watches that reveals what seems to truly be on Mad Men's mind for this episode — and perhaps the remainder of the series.
"Do you have time to improve your life?"
That's certainly a question we imagine Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has been asking himself lately...
The times are always a-changin' on Mad Men.
But as the AMC drama kicks off the first half of its final season (Sunday, 10/9c), the show's focus will be on how much (or how little) the characters have grown during the near-decade viewers have been following them. "[This season] is about the consequences in life and if change is possible," creator Matthew Weiner says. "There is a real growth over this last season from what are the material concerns of your life to what are the immaterial concerns."
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Last season focused on ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) repeating the mistakes of his past with even more serious consequences. Although Don seems to be truly committed to doing things differently in the early going of the new season, will that make a difference? In other words: Is true change possible, or is it the attempt to change that matters?
"That is the question," Weiner says...
And so the unnecessarily long goodbye begins for AMC's breakout, breakthrough signature series Mad Men, its final 14 hours being unconscionably broken into two halves over two years, starting Sunday at 10/9c. (Yes, it worked for Breaking Bad, but this isn't that kind of show.) While prolonging the inevitable, and potentially blunting whatever narrative momentum still exists in a most inelegant and desperate-seeming way, it's no wonder the often dazzling opening episode — titled "Time Zones," in a nod to the firm's now-bicoastal focus — is so preoccupied with time.