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The 10 Best Episodes Of 'Mad Men'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 16, 2014 2:13 PM
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Mad Men
It might not be the pop culture phenomenon that it once was (the grabbier, faster likes of “True Detective” and “Game Of Thrones” having surpassed it at the nation’s watercoolers), but last Sunday saw the return of “Mad Men,” and if the seventh season premiere was anything to go by, it’s as good as it ever was. Matthew Weiner’s show, about the lives of the employees of a Madison Avenue ad agency in the 1960s (and in particular, the alienated, self-reinventing golden boy Don Draper, played to star-making effect by Jon Hamm, and Elisabeth Moss’s secretary-turned-high-flyer Peggy Olsen) has been a critical favorite since it launched in 2007 and almost singlehandedly made AMC a serious home for prestige drama (paving the way for network-mates “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” in the process).

Watch: New Teaser & Images For 'Mad Men' Season 7 Take Flight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 11:36 AM
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Mad Men
As writer/creator Matthew Weiner has already made clear, don't read too much into the airport/airplane centered promos for the seventh season of "Mad Men." The motif was mostly selected to allow the cast to look glamorous and they certainly do in this new teaser for the final season of the show. And as you might expect, the final fourteen episodes are gonna be packed.

Watch: First Teaser For 'Mad Men' Season 7 Plus 2-Minute Character Recaps For Don Draper & Peggy Olson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 1:28 PM
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What's the best show on television right now? "Game Of Thrones"? "True Detective"? Or is it "Mad Men"? We'll leave you to argue in the comments section, but there's no doubt Matthew Weiner's ad world drama has been a game changer and we're at the beginning of the end. This spring kicks off the first half of the seventh and last season, with AMC spreading out their money maker to make us all keep tuning it. And the first teaser has arrived (via Vulture).

Sundance Review: 'The One I Love' Starring Elizabeth Moss & Mark Duplass

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 26, 2014 10:02 AM
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The One I Love
At first blush, "The One I Love" appears to be just the latest standard operating relationship dramedy to pass through Sundance. But while the relationship at the center of the film is the engine that drives the narrative, there are much more mysterious things going on under the hood. The film centers on Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), a couple currently experiencing a rough patch in their marriage.

Sundance Review: Terrific & Remarkable ‘Listen Up Philip’ Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2014 11:05 AM
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Even the simplest melody can sound marvelous when played by a virtuoso, and in cinema, it’s amazing what well-trained, naturally gifted professional actors can do to with even basic material. Just look at the gigantic gulf between early Joe Swanberg movies featuring unrehearsed amateurs and his more recent, creatively successful films starring professionals: there’s a world of difference. Similarly, Alex Ross Perry’s terrific third feature, “Listen Up Philip,” is a quantum leap forward from his last feature, the micro-indie “The Color Wheel,” and it’s thanks in large part to great actors making the excellent script really sing.

Watch: Sundance Teaser For 'Listen Up Philip' Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 10:51 AM
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Listen Up Philip
“The character is so specific and such a curmudgeon and so angry. But when I heard that Jason [Schwartzman] wanted to do it, it really clarified things for me,” said Elisabeth Moss told EW about deciding to take a role in "Listen Up Philip." “Jason has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable. He doesn’t try to make them likable, but there’s something about the way he is that makes you just want to watch him. You’re interested in what his character’s doing even if he’s being an asshole.”

Sundance First Look: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In 'Listen Up Philip' & Miles Teller In 'Whiplash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:32 PM
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More stars, more directors and lots of exciting stuff hitting Sundance. Our look at the movies hitting Utah continues with two indie filmmakers tackling some bigger movies....

Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss To Star In 'The Color Wheel' Director Alex Ross Perry's 'Listen Up Philip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 4:02 PM
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Jason Schwartzmann, Elisabeth Moss, Alex Ross Perry
Shot on black-and-white 16mm film, noted for its abrasive, rapid-fire dialogue style, we'll fully admit, "The Color Wheel," director Alex Ross Perry's screwball-ish black comedy divided Playlist writers from the rest of the world, even though it was a cause celebre film for indie filmmakers and indie-championing publications. (And yet enough of us liked it to include the film's climax in our Best Movie Scenes & Moments Of 2012) Still, any time an indie filmmaker gets a shot into the big leagues, or at least a chance to work with professional actors and not their friends, it's always worth keeping an eye on. Hell, look what it did for Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers, with "Drinking Buddies" and "Cyrus" easily being among their best films to date.

Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass & Ted Danson Are 'The One I Love'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 7, 2013 5:31 PM
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An unexpected mix of thespians -- Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson have signed on to star in a new indie entitled “The One I Love,” from first-time feature director Charlie McDowell and first-time feature scribe Justin Lader. Moss and Duplass will play a married couple with relationship issues, while Danson will play their therapist. Duplass will also be executive producing, once again flexing his multi-hyphenate muscles. 

Berlin Review: Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake' A Satisfying & Cinematic Crime "Novel" In The Shape Of A TV Show

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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Taking the concept of binge-watching to a whole new theatrical level, we were lucky enough to spend most of our Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival in a large auditorium consuming Jane Campion’s six-hour “Top of the Lake” TV series, which will air in seven episodes on The Sundance Channel starting March 18th. It was a great experience, and not just because of the quality storytelling and filmmaking on display, but because of the sense of community and buzz you get at this type of event. We saw the show divided into three two-hour chunks, and during the brief intermissions, the audience buzzed with speculation: who was the father of the unborn child? Was X dead or alive? What was the significance of Y?

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