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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 Trailer For John Slattery's 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Turturro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 1:46 PM
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God’s Pocket,
Philip Seymour Hoffman may no longer be with us, but thankfully he's left a couple completed films to help soften the blow of his tragic loss. Later this year we'll see him in Anton Corbijn's thriller "A Most Wanted Man," but coming first this spring, Hoffman will feature opposite John Turturro in "Mad Men" star John Slattery's drama, "God's Pocket."

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.

Sundance Review: 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro & Christina Hendricks

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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God’s Pocket,
In God’s Pocket, a small town in Pennsylvania where everybody knows everybody’s business, it wouldn’t be uncommon to look out your window and see a man with one leg digging through the trash. Unfortunately, the same is also true of “God’s Pocket,” a morbid, 1970’s-set bummer of a film that strands its talented cast with less-than-deserving material. The film opens with a funeral and a fight, then quickly flashes back to three days prior where we’re formally introduced to Mickey, (a beleaguered Philip Seymour Hoffman), a low-level crook and one of the few residents of the insular town not to be born there. Along with his co-horts (played by John Turturro and “The Wire” star Domenick Lombardozzi), Mickey’s daily routine involves stealing meat trucks, gambling or getting wasted at the local watering hole.

Philip Seymour Hoffman To Star In John Slattery's Directorial Debut, Cate Blanchett Teams With David Mamet For 'Blackbird'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 16, 2013 10:19 AM
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Incoming casting news, fresh from the French Riviera: first off, Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on for a new film, so we can all get our regular dose of rumpled magnificence. “God's Pocket” will be directed by John Slattery, who you know as “Mad Men”'s silver fox Roger Sterling but who is making the move to directing (having helmed several excellent episodes of the series in which he stars), adapting a Pete Dexter novel about Mickey (Hoffman), whose attempts to move on after the suspicious, and not unwelcome, death of his unstable stepson are frustrated by a local reporter with a hunch.

Exclusive: Photos From Tribeca Standout 'Bluebird' Starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, Adam Driver & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 18, 2013 4:13 PM
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Bluebird, John Slattery, Emily Meade
You won't see our review until tonight when the film premieres, but "Bluebird," the debut feature from first-time filmmaker Lance Edmands is a strikingly good drama and an auspicious beginning for writer/director Lance Edmands. Starring Amy Morton (George Clooney's older sister in "Up In The Air"), "Mad Men" actor John Slattery, Louisa Krause (the bitchy, scene-stealing hotel clerk in "Young Adult"), Emily Meade ("Fringe," "My Soul to Take,") plus co-starring Adam Driver ("Girls") and Margo Martindale, "Bluebird" is a wintry, stark and yet deeply penetrating and mature examination of interconnected lives between two sets of mothers and families.

Tribeca First Look: Naomi Watts In 'Sunlight Jr.,' Melissa Leo In 'Bottled Up,' The Hotties Of 'GBF' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 11, 2013 1:16 PM
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The Tribeca Film Festival is rolling out more first-looks. First off, is director Steph Green’s latest endeavor, entitled "Run and Jump." The film marks Green’s return to Tribeca after winning in the Best Short Narrative category in 2008 for her film "New Boy." "Run and Jump" stars "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Will Forte in a rare dramatic turn (perhaps a preview of things to come in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"), Ruth McCabe, and Edward MacLiam. It follows an Irish wife and mother who find herself having to band her family together after her husband suffers a stroke.

Review: 'In Our Nature' An Exploration Of Discord & Dysfunction Backed By Strong Performances

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 7, 2012 8:00 AM
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If it weren’t for dysfunctional relationships, independent films might never have any stories to tell. “In Our Nature” is the latest in a long line of small-scale films about children who don’t get along with their parents, and the terms both come to in the process of a shared experience that throws them together – in predictably unwitting fashion, of course. But solid performances from the central quartet of actors, including Zack Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery and Gabrielle Union elevate Brian Savelson’s debut as a writer and director despite its familiarity as not just a story but almost an entire cinematic subgenre.

I Don't Need Another Screwed Up Family: Exclusive Clip From 'In Our Nature' With Johnny Slattery & Gabrielle Union

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 1:05 PM
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Family past, present and future come together over one weekend in writer and director Brian Savelson's feature debut "In Our Nature." The result is a story that plays out with both humor and heartache as two generations try to forge a bond that has been frayed over the years between a father and his.

Watch: Trailer & Poster For 'In Our Nature' Starring Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union & 'Mad Men's John Slattery

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 14, 2012 12:54 PM
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We know the break between "Mad Men" seasons can be difficult, but luckily, the always solid John Slattery is keeping his chops honed on the big screen as well. And "In Our Nature" offers another chance to see the actor in top form alongside an equally game cast.

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