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"Mad Men" gets the Rockwell treatment on cover of The Saturday Evening Post

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In anticipation of "Mad Men's" seventh and (*sob*) final season, The Saturday Evening Post is giving AMC's hit the Norman Rockwell treatment.

image002 1The magazine's March/April issue features some of the characters fans have loved/hated as the employees of Sterling/Cooper and their families lived, loved, grew, imploded and fab-fashioned their ways through the 1960s.

In the artwork, Don, Betty, Joan, Pete, Roger and Peggy are being observed, appropriately, by series creator Matthew Weiner. He's the one literally hanging in the background as a window washer. (The original is below)

Cover artist Sharif Tarabay is a master of the Rockwell look. Besides a feature on "Mad Men," the Post also examines the "new" look of vintage 1960s-era art in advertising.

"Mad Men" returns Sunday, April 13 and will have two, seven-episode parts to its last season. Break out the Hershey bars.

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'Doctor Who' adds new recurring character

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DocWhoSamuelAndersonSamuel Anderson ("The History Boys," "Gavin & Stacey)" is set to join the cast of "Doctor Who" as a recurring character in the new season, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, BBC America said in a press release. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches when the series returns to BBC America later this year.

Anderson said: "I was so excited to join "Doctor Who" I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It's a quintessential part of British culture and I can't believe I'm part of it. It's an honor to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can't wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"

While Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: "For the fourth time in "Doctor Who" history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the first Doctor. These days it's the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi's first season of "Doctor Who"!"

Filming recently began on episode four of the new series, which will co-star Robert Goodman  and episode five, co-starring Jonathan Bailey  and Pippa Bennett-Warner.

 

 

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Sid Caesar and the men of many faces

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Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, was perhaps best known as a pioneer in television sketch comedy ("Your Show of Shows"). But he was also a chameleon whose talents were showcased in Neil Simon's 1962 Broadway musical, "Little Me."

sidceaserIn it, he played seven different characters, an insanely challenging night of theater. By coincidence, New York City Center just finished a short Encores! run of "Little Me," featuring Fox Chapel native and Carnegie Mellon University graduate Christian Borle.

The new stage concert version was a hit with the critics, as was its star.

"If Borle were not already a Tony winner for 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and one of the best things in NBC's unlamented 'Smash,' we could consider this a star-making performance," gushed Linda Winer in her Newsday review.

Indeed, the Encores! production added an eighth character at the very end.

I caught the final show February 9 after seeing yet ANOTHER tour-de-force, multiple-role performance only hours earlier. Jefferson Mays, a Tony winner for "I Am My Own Wife," portrays eight decidedly daffy men and women in the critical darling of Broadway, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder."

From Asquith D'Ysquith Jr. to Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, Mays is the very picture of British caricature. Bryce Pinkham co-stars as a poor man of good breeding who discovers he's eighth in line to the title of Earl of Highhurst and will do anything to get it.

Also in the cast is Catherine Walker, a CMU grad who on that day stepped into the role of Phoebe, the only nice member of the D'Ysquith clan.

Playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre, "Gentleman's Guide" is a delight, with Broadway newcomers Robert Freedman (book, lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music, lyrics).

So, eight hours, two actors, 16 roles. And yet it all made sense. Sid would have felt right at home.

(Top photo: Rachel York and Christian Borle. Credit, Joan Marcus)

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Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' kicks off Berlin International Film Festival

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So, if they held a huge red carpet event down the street from your hotel, you'd have to check it out, right?
 
imageThat's how we came to be standing outside on a cold but clear night Thursday, watching a parade of Audi cars whisk film stars and dignitaries to opening night of Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival.
 
Writer/director Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was the opening-night act, with bellboys on the red carpet dressed in the movie's distinctive purple uniforms.
 
Red carpet events aren't made for spectators, they're there for the cameras. Happily, a giant screen was set up over the Berlinale Palast entrance for the first arrivals of festival officials and jury members were applauded by the crowds.
 
Given the chilly, 35-degree temperature, some of the women chose to skip the Hollywood gown glam. Those who did opt for plunging necklines or skimpy dresses supplemented their looks with jackets of varying degrees of elegance.
 
Few Americans might have recognized these folks, although jury members Greta Gerwig and Christoph Waltz got big cheers. The loudest applause was delivered, predictably, when some of the "Grand Budapest" stars arrived, including Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton (in what appeared to be an odd, but chic mens suit) and Pittsburgh native Jeff Goldblum.

Anderson staple Bill Murray stepped out of a car and made a show of sipping from a martini. Shortly before, there appeared a young man in the crowd, wearing a "Ghost Busters" outfit. Coincidence? We think not.
Murray has another red carpet event Saturday, the premiere of "Monuments Men." It stars Matt Damon and its director, George Clooney. The crowds at Berlinale can prepare for even bigger swoons.

 

 

 

 

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Zachary Quinto reportedly signed to 'Agent 47' with Rupert Friend

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Deadline.com reports that Zachary Quinto, star of stage ("The Glass Menagerie) and screen ("Star Trek's" Spock 2.0) will by in the "Hitman" sequel "Agent 47," with Rupert Friend ("Homeland"). Paul Walker had been cast in the lead and his death in a car crash postponed filming for director Aleksander Bach. The project will now go before the cameras in March, Deadline said.

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