News Wrap: Hamm Talks Mad Men, Hanks Releases New Larry Crowne Trailer, In Talks with Zemeckis

by Maggie Lange
June 13, 2011 5:35 AM
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“I think it should end. Everything should end.” So states Mad Men star Jon Hamm in this interview with the BBC, during which he also criticized AMC studio bosses for the hold up of Mad Men’s fifth season: “When billionaires fight it tends to take a lot longer than when normal people do."

While Mad Men is tipped to score multiple Emmy nominations (ballots are in voters' hands; here's more about the voting process), shooting won't get under way until late July, Hamm estimates; he will direct the first episode of the fifth season, following in the path of co-star John Slattery, who directed two episodes last time around. (Here's Scott Feinberg's video interview with Slattery and TOH's flip cam interview with Hamm and partner Jennifer Westfeldt at Cannes.)

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Universal has released a second trailer and official poster for Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks' upcoming recession-themed romance (July 1). Clearly aimed at the adult demo--no one under 30 will go near it--Hanks directs and stars as a middle-aged man who attends community college after being fired and falls for his teacher (Julia Roberts). Next up for Hanks, THR reports, could be a reunion with director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) for the $100-million-budgeted toy-to-screen adaptation Major Matt Mason. Hanks and Playtone have been developing the film since 2009, when the star brought his own Matt Mason toys to meetings with Mattel executives.

Celebrities, Twitter titans, and Tracy Morgan’s 30 Rock co-stars continue to state their disapproval of Morgan’s homophobic rant during a stand-up act on Thursday night in Nashville. Although Morgan has apologized for saying he would “pull out a knife and stab” his son if he were gay, the backlash is heated. On Friday, Tiny Fey and NBC apologized and condemned his remarks. Said Fey: Tracy Morgan is “not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.” 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin tweeted his disapproval, while Cheyenne Jackson said: “I am disgusted and appalled.” Wanda Sykes and Chris Rock have also made public their criticism. UPDATE: Morgan called into GLAAD, which issued a press release.

As Raiders of the Lost Ark celebrates its 30-year anniversary (the world premiere was June 12, 1981), Entertainment Weekly reports that Indiana Jones might be based on a professor at Yale. During research for his upcoming book,Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time, journalist Mark Adams discovered a debonair Hiram Bingham III, professor of history at Yale, who discovered the Machu Picchu ruins. Read Adams’ comparison of the two professors here.

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