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For Don Draper's Backstory, 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Researched Captains of Industry

The latest episode of "Mad Men" ("The Quality of Mercy") is all about alpha males protecting their territory--in this case, the ad execs in the newly merged agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is undermining and challenging new partner Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm), who is clearly infatuated with Draper's blossoming one-time protege Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), while Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) is trying to dominate upstart Bob Benson (James Wolk).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 3:45 PM
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TV Stars Make Movies: Jon Hamm Goes Disney, Whither Hendricks, Moss, Cranston?

Don Draper has gone Disney. With the news of Jon Hamm starring in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," which centers on the true story of one man's Mumbai discovery of the next pitching sensation in baseball, we take a look at four TV stars who are primarily known for one role -- and what their big-screen prospects are.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:16 PM
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Five Striking Similarities Between Elisabeth Moss' Roles on 'Mad Men' and 'Top of the Lake'

A joy of the current TV season is that one of the medium’s finest actresses, Elisabeth Moss, has key roles in two of the finest series in recent memory -- “Mad Men,” now in its sixth season, and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake.” While the athletic, hardened Kiwi detective Robin Griffin and sharp-as-a-tack ‘60s Mad Woman Peggy Olson are worlds, eras and professions away from one another, I’ve noticed some striking similarities between the two characters.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 3:44 PM
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Watch: 'Mad Men' Season 5 Recap (Video)

Are you already swilling a highball, stroking pearls or sporting high-waisted trousers in anticipation of the season six premiere of "Mad Men" Sunday night? Well, here's an economical three-minutes video precap to bring you up to speed. Hopefully this is the last of the appetizers before a satisfying entree.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 7, 2013 7:57 PM
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Watch: Glitzy Promo Teasers for 'Mad Men' Season Six and Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra'

Two glitzy teasers have landed: One for the much-anticipated sixth season of "Mad Men," promising the "affair of the year," and one for Steven Soderbergh's made-for-TV HBO film "Behind the Candelabra."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2013 1:12 PM
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AMC Sets Premiere Date for 'Mad Men' Season Six

AMC has set Sunday, April 7 as the premiere date for the sixth season of "Mad Men." As with Season Five, the 1960s ad men drama will debut at 9pm for a special two-hour premiere episode written and directed by showrunner Matthew Weiner.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 1:30 PM
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Zou Bisou Bisou! Best Pop Culture Quotes from 2012 [Videos]

"Argo fuck yourself," and other soundbites from the year, are compiled in Vulture's 2012's Most Memorable Pop Culture Quotes. Also included are Lena Dunham's shakey assertion in "Girls" that she's "at least a voice of a generation," and Megan Draper's "Zou bisou bisou" crooning from "Mad Men."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:58 PM
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Watch: 'Indiana Jones' Inch by Inch, 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Parodies, Drinking 'Mad Men' [Video]

Much to our delight, someone managed to make a rudimentary one-inch by one-inch breakdown of “Indiana Jones.” Link below, plus a video of every onscreen drink in "Mad Men"!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 7:48 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Chats 'Mad Men' Season 6 with GQ: Peggy Stays in the Picture

"Mad Men" fans worried that Peggy Olson's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce signaled her bow from the show can now rest relatively easy. (Though really, would "Mad Men" let go of its MVP? Probably not.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:59 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Finale Review and Recap: 'The Phantom' of an Old Self Comes to Life

In a weak finale of a strong season of "Mad Men," ghosts haunt the characters and portend something terrifying: There is no escaping the past.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2012 6:16 AM
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