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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: 4 Clips From 'Million Dollar Arm' Starring Jon Hamm & Lake Bell Get On The Mound

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 4:40 PM
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Million Dollar Arm
The saying goes, "If you build it, they will come" but sometimes, you have to go to India first. Spring is here, and baseball season is starting, and Disney is getting on the mound with "Million Dollar Arm," another inspirational sports movie with a fish-out-of-water twist.

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.

Joel Edgerton Joins 'Life,' Zach Galifianakis & Jon Hamm Are 'Keeping Up With The Joneses' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2014 5:50 PM
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Life, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson
With diehard RPatz fans trying desperately not to fall asleep during "The American" as they bone up on the movies of Anton Corbijn, they'll have to expand their study list as another top shelf talent joins "Life."

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).

Watch: Jon Hamm Goes From Madison Avenue To India In Trailer For 'Million Dollar Arm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 11:28 AM
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Million Dollar Arm
It might feel like this year's World Series is a distant memory, but in just a few months players will be back on the field for spring training. And for those of you eager for the small of grass, hot dogs, beer and spending four hours watching a game involving bats and balls, Disney has a treat.

Review: 'Clear History' Starring Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton & Eva Mendes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2013 11:44 AM
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There are few people who have refined to hilarious perfection the intersection of circumstance, happenstance and neuroses quite like Larry David. As a writer/producer on "Seinfeld" and writer/producer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he has created two extensive catalogs to a body of work where anxiety, superficial concerns and selfishness are also instantly relatable, and often gaspingly funny. And while the future of 'Curb' remains in limbo—David has remained undecided on another season, though the door at HBO is wide open for him to walk through at any time—he's instead focused his energy on feature-length movie for the network, that on paper seems like a homerun. Reteaming with "Seinfeld" and 'Curb' writer/producers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, and lining up a staggering cast, the fact that "Clear History" misses the mark as wide as it does isn't so much a disappointment as a complete mystery.

Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe Will Open 'A Young Doctor's Notebook' For A Second Time

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 23, 2013 11:43 AM
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Young Doctor's Notebook Jon Hamm Daniel Radcliffe
C'mon, surely. The picture above was one that passed across our retinas around about a year ago, and for many it came blissfully free of context. For those of us in the U.K., however, it was actually followed by a TV miniseries, “A Young Doctor's Notebook,” about the experiences of a country doctor in revolutionary Russia. Jon Hamm played the older version of Daniel Radcliffe's young doctor, looking back on the experiences of his callow self.

James Franco Lining Up To Direct 'The Sound And The Fury,' Wants Jon Hamm For The Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 5:24 PM
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The Sound And The Fury James Franco Jon Hamm
Well, that didn't take long. Less than a week after bailing on directing "The Garden Of Last Days" James Franco has another directorial effort in the works, it's yet another literary adaptation and he's rounding up friends and colleagues to take part.

Watch: Larry David Wants Revenge & Recycles 'Seinfeld' Joke In New Trailer For HBO Comedy 'Clear History'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 6:21 PM
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Clear History Larry David Jon Hamm
Let's face it: Larry David isn't an actor. Like his best bud Jerry Seinfeld, he has a very defined comedic box in which he fits, and within those parameters, he's devastatingly hilarious. There's nothing wrong with that -- if you know your strengths and can continue to be great, why not? And while David used an extreme version of himself to power "Curb Your Enthusiasm," his big screen lead outing in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" didn't quite come together in the eyes of many (though this writer takes a certain shine to it). Can he succeed with his second try at a leading movie role in "Clear History"?

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