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Now and Then: The Mad-As-Hell Women of Mad Men

History is not the most useful dramatic backdrop for a television show. It is, really, just one big spoiler alert: we already know what happens. But "Mad Men" is canny enough to twist this problem to its advantage, letting the past knock on the door in the middle of the night.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2012 4:56 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 3 Review and Recap: Reading 60s 'Tea Leaves'

In Sunday night's all-new episode of "Mad Men," Betty returns, Peggy makes a new hire and Don gathers no moss at a Rolling Stones concert. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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"Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner's Directorial Debut 'You Are Here' Stars Owen Wilson

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has chosen a project for his feature film debut. He wrote and will direct relationship comedy "You Are Here," which will start shooting in May in North Carolina with funnymen Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris") and Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 1:49 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Opener 'A Little Kiss': Review and Recap, Premiere Sets Record

After an 18-month hiatus, "Mad Men" is back with electric car windows, tacky polyester and even a bit of health consciousness. ("Please, no smoking.") Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2012 2:44 PM
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Jon Hamm Keeps it Classy with 'Mad Men' Cast on Today Show

Jon Hamm and Co. keep it classy on the Today show. He and his "Mad Men" co-stars and creator discuss the return the show for season five, their seventeen month break, and Hamm's recent comments about reality train-wreck television. He politely stands by his comments about Kim Kardashian being a "fucking idiot" and our culture rewarding her for it.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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It's 1965 for Newsweek's Retro 'Mad Men' Issue, Complete with Sexist Ads

Newsweek went back to 1965 for its retro issue featuring a cover story on "Mad Men," returning to AMC March 25. The magazine's "Mad Men" story was written by Eleanor Clift, who recalls her early days at Newsweek back in the 1960s. She recalls, "Women weren’t supposed to be openly ambitious in the ’60s...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:38 PM
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TV Watch: Betty Is Back With a Vengeance in New 'Mad Men' Teaser

Filling out their "Mad Men Is Back" campaign, AMC launched a "Betty Is Back" teaser. In just thirty seconds, the spot highlights moments of Betty's pearl-clutching, martini-swilling, child-slapping, cigarette-puffing style.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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Mad Men Magazine: Newsweek to Create 1960s Era Issue, Down to the Ads

To mark the long-awaited return of "Mad Men" in March, Newsweek will channel a 60s era layout and design. AdAge reports that in yet another stunt from editor Tina Brown, she will give a retro vibe to everything from the features to the advertisements.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 13, 2012 6:23 PM
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Christina Hendricks Talks Wonder Woman, Drive Soundtrack, and Emmy Plans

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has two films coming into theaters this weekend, Refn's thoughtful actioner Drive and romantic comedy I Don't Know How She Does It, a flippant women's movie about doing it all and doing it perfectly. After discussing her role in this supermom film, New York Magazine turned Christina Hendricks' attention to a more literal version of Wonder Woman, to which she said:"Sure! I grew up on the TV show, and I had Wonder Woman Underoos, and my brother had a Wonder Woman doll—sorry, Aaron, you're exposed. And Nicolas [Winding Refn] said, when we were on set, "I want you to be Wonder Woman." And I think he is such an extraordinary and exceptional director, that if he asked me to do it, I would do it in a heartbeat."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2011 4:57 AM
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