April 3, 2015 |
IT'S TEMPTING to suggest Jon Hamm may already have done what he most needed to do to move on from Don Draper, a character whose passage through the '60s may not have been conducive to living into his 60s. But I've never confused Hamm with Draper and when the "Mad Men" star met with reporters in January to talk about the AMC drama's final seven episodes, we didn't know he'd be checking into a rehab facility the following month for treatment of...
March 27, 2015 |
IF YOU THINK you're having a bad day today, imagine what it must be like to be a tween girl. Zayn Malik said yesterday that he is leaving One Direction . Has algebra ever seemed so pointless? Zayn, who recently left the quintet's world tour to return home, was told by his boy-band mates that they "totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. " Zayn said in a statement that his time with One Direction "has been more than I could ever have imagined.
March 25, 2015 |
Jon Hamm: What now? Will the public still love Jon Hamm once Mad Men , which kicks off its final episodes April 5, is finally over? Will we still respect him? These questions are keeping the actor up at night. "The one constant thing I've had in my career is now removed," Hamm, 44, who has played Don Draper for seven seasons, tells GQ. "And that's an eye-opener. " Will Hamm cease to exist in a post-Don Draper world? "Are people still going to take me seriously?"
December 17, 2014 |
With a growing body of innovative original productions, from House of Cards and Lilyhammer to Orange Is the New Black and Marco Polo , Netflix has proven it deserves a place in the vanguard of TV programming. Yet the streaming site's most buzzed-about offering this month isn't one of its own shows. It's the British import Black Mirror , a sci-fi anthology series whose six one-hour episodes have driven critics and sci-fi geeks to distraction with passionate praise.
July 12, 2014 |
One of the giants of 20th-century European literature, Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) achieved in his stories an intoxicating blend of comedy, drama, and social satire. His particular brand of magic realism also featured blistering critiques of the Soviet political system, making much of his work unpublishable during his lifetime. His masterpiece, The Master and Margarita , was written in the 1920s, but not published until 1967. Bulgakov, who was a physician, had more luck during his lifetime with a series of autobiographical short stories he published in medical journals during the 1920s, surreal yarns about a know-nothing youngster fresh out of medical school stuck in the middle of nowhere who is responsible for the health of an entire town.
May 16, 2014 |
"MILLION DOLLAR ARM" is a movie about pitching, but the baseball kind. Its putative hero is a sports agent, and its plot is about a marketing ploy. And although there've been good movies about sports agents before, "Million Dollar Arm" feels like "Jerry Maguire" by way of Jay Mohr's character. Jon Hamm plays JB Bernstein, an L.A. swell who drives a Porsche and lives on a property big enough to accommodate a guesthouse, where he stores Lake Bell, in case he runs short on models.
July 11, 2013 |
NORTHEAST-born and -bred Val Keil is Playboy 's Miss August. In the July/August issue of the lad mag, Keil poses in old-timey cinematic shots that recall the Golden Age of Hollywood ( sans Hays Code restrictions, of course). "I don't think there's been a centerfold in black-and-white in a long time, so I'm honored to have that," Keil told me, in an unmistakable Philly accent. "It makes me look so glamorous!" Keil, a 2009 graduate of MaST Community Charter School, decided to send her pictures to Playboy on a whim, telling herself she would be a Playmate of the Month or nothing at all. Playboy flew her out to LA, and weeks later she got a call from the mag saying that Hugh Hefner liked her pictures and he wanted her for the August centerfold.
November 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK - NBC says Liz Lemon, the harried heroine of 30 Rock , will soon be getting married. Fans of 30 Rock might have reasonably assumed that Lemon, played by Tina Fey, would ride out the series' seventh and final season as a perennial bachelorette unlucky in love. But Fey, who is also the creator and producer of the NBC comedy, clearly thought otherwise. The network said Thursday the perennial bridesmaid will wed on the 30 Rock episode that airs Nov. 29. "But not in a creepy way that perpetuates the idea that brides are virgins and women are property," according to the NBC announcement.
August 9, 2012 |
PAUL F. TOMPKINS doesn't like performing in comedy clubs, which should make his job tough considering that he's a comedian. His reasons are pragmatic. "Comedy clubs aren't really in the comedy business," Tompkins said from his home in Los Angeles. "They're in the bar-and-restaurant business. " He wants to put on a show; they want to sell overpriced, watered-down drinks and chicken wings. How can he form a connection with his audience if they have got a waitress asking if they want another lager before the end of the set?
April 16, 2012
Conan (11:00 p.m., TBS) Actor Kevin Hart; actress Brittany Snow; First Aid Kit. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) Actor Jon Hamm; comic Ted Alexandro; White Rabbits perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) Actress Drew Barrymore; singer Blake Shelton. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) Zac Efron; Krysten Ritter; Noel Gallagher performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37 a.m., CBS3) Comic Kathy Griffin. (Ch. 10)