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Big Screen
BuzzFeed for your 4th of July Hangover... 18 ways Drop Dead Gorgeous makes you proud to be an American
Vimeo Best Supporting Visual Effects? in The Great Gatsby
Towleroad Tilda Swinton showing solidarity with Russian gays at the Kremlin
Deviant Art Claire Hummal is rethinking Disney Princesses with more period-accurate wear 

Amiresque on The Bling Ring
Under the Radar talks with Pedro and cast on I'm So Excited 
i09 for those who are not spoiler-averse "10 great movies where the heroes are doomed" 
Guardian here's a list topic I've literally never seen before... "the 10 greatest Arab movies"

Small Screen
Gold Derby Can Mad Men ever turn around its Emmy problems?
Vulture why hasn't ABC Family renewed OR cancelled Bunheads? Is there any hope for one of the best shows on TV to return? And if they wanted to capitalize on the acclaim, why on gods green earth didn't they submit it for Emmy consideration? It's all very baffling.

Today's Curiousity
Salon interviews Miranda July on her new celebrity-heavy forwarded email project "We Think Alone" with personal outbox appearances from Kirsten Dunst, Lena Dunham and more.



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In the comments section for ASP's conversation with Allison Weiner, someone asked if Bunheads was going to be renewed. Weiner responded that it was. Yes, I am so desperate that I am quoting and taking comfort in a Youtube comment, but I really need this show to return. Plus, Allison Weiner must have some sort of insider connection, right?

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

who is allison weiner?

July 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Come on, how could any show beat Mad Men? It was a wonderful season, Jon Hamm was beyond perfection, Moss was perfect, the writing was pitch perfect, the finale was so emotional. Come on. This is the Dostoievski of the television, the Picasso of tv shows. It's not only television: it's great art. It's the best tv show ever, tied with The Wire. People should stop pretending there is anything half as good as Mad Men. There. Is. Not.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Cal - I 100% agree with you but sadly the world has now decided to collectively take Mad Men's brilliance for granted. Even the smartest tv critics are enjoying dissing it lately. (This is why we can't have nice things.)

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

You make me wish I wasn't entirely bored with the first season and continued watching.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Drop Dead Gorgeous is so hilarious.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

It's so strange that the none of the Mad Men actors have won an Emmy. It really makes no sense so I'm just going to put it down to jealousy on the voters' part! And how has it never won Costume?

The award I'd really love to see it get this year is Supporting Actor for Vincent Kartheiser but he probably won't even be nominated.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSVG

Regarding that doomed heroes list, apparently the person writing it didn't sit through the Wall-e credits.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpaco.

SVG -- it's never won costumes because emmy voters are just like oscar voters and certain time periods give them ballot boners so they keep giving it to shows like The Borgias instead.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

I thought last season of Mad Men was meh... but it was still better than most shows on TV, so it kind of didn't matter. This season was a real return to form though, but I mostly feel bad for the actors who get so little recognition and will probably see their nominations dwindle.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

That's the sad truth, Nathaniel. They probably tie-break it on yards of fabric used.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSVG

First - I mean, Mad Men won four Drama Series Emmys in a row - let's not cry for it too much. Second, it's insane that Mad Men didn't win last season - it was BY FAR the best show airing during that Emmy period. By far.

This year I could easily see something like Homeland (i think i'm the only one on earth who preferred season 2 to season 1) or Game of Thrones overcoming it. This is not to say that Mad Men wasn't it's usual excellent self in season six - it was, but it was, by design, a difficult and often unpleasant viewing experience at the same time. I suspect a lot of the people who had trouble with it did so because the series made them uncomfortable on some level in a way it hasn't before - and all the period trappings and Roger Sterling one liners couldn't - again, by design - defuse that sense of unease. The first few episodes were excruciating for me, but looking back over the course of the season as a whole I see exactly how they fit into the overall picture, and why they were necessary. I do not expect Emmy voters to do the same, and who cares?

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Game of Thrones doesn't have a chance at the Best Drama Emmy. Genre bias.

Mad Men should win, but the Emmys have a history of rewarding series consecutively in the the series categories and then never rewarding them again once they've lost. It's frustrating.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

The critical lambasting Mad Men has taken this season has been such a disappointment. I get that it's boring having to write that a show is still firing on all cylinders after six seasons, the level of care that goes into that show on every level is truly astonishing. That it has never won an acting award feels like madness, and if Christina Hendricks couldn't win with The Other Woman last year, and Jon Hamm couldn't win for The Suitcase, then the chance of it winning an acting tropy are probably numbered. I'd be hugely happy with a nomination for Vincent Kartheiser this year, and I think he stands a good chance given what a strong story arc he had this year, and that last year proved the Emmys are willing to nominate other Mad Men actors besides John Slattery in Supporting.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterben1283

I hope but don't believe it there's a chance for "breaking bad" winning this year.

I guess I'm over "mad men" like I'm over "dexter", that I abandoned - too late - mid-finale last year out of anger. with "mad men" I started this season but I guess I'm not interested anymore. it's not 'bad', just uninteresting to me and too enamored with some characters.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

(not saying that "dexter" and "mad men" are comparable in quality, as "dexter" was actually awful recently)

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

I love Elizabeth Moss, but with Claire Danes doing all those mannerisms in every single frame there's just no way she can get that trophy, also every day I'm more convinced that Jon Hamm will follow the steps of Calista Flockhart, Kim Cattrall, Steve Carell and Francis Conroy and become Emmy-less. That's good company.

Can't we at least hope for James Wolk in the guest categories? Bob Benson is the most charismatic character of this whole season.

July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Re: Critics of Mad Mad Men Season 6: Nobody seemed to care that the set-up and pretense of the Mad Men season possibly had pay-off and a reckoning. There were critics already writing it off by the 4th episode, one of the worst times to do that for any given Mad Men season. People were annoyed with Don cheating (the show seemed to underline how bad of an idea it was given how it was connected to a person in his past who molested him- that nobody talked about- even before Sally witnessed it), that a lot of 1968 was shown (except last season had A LOT of references to much more obscure historical events central to the episode) even calling it Forrest Gump-y, and hated the flashbacks that had always been in the show DNA. People seemed to think the id and chaotic quality of episodes like "The Crash" were not on purpose which to me, even if you found that episode did not work you had to realize the show was telling you it was working on different gears than before despite operating out of the same Mad Men playbook.

As for the Emmys, Gold Derby annoys a little bit because they never break down the quality. Plenty of smart TV critics can just look up the selected episodes the actors and shows chose for Emmy consideration and have as good of an idea of who could win. Comparing 24 and Mad Men on simply awards trajectory just seems insane to me because they are such different beasts in network early aughts with a very commercial zeitgeist plot versus the cable giant of the late aughts with the pull the curtain up attitude of the past. I think MM can win for Writing (the Emmys love rewarding pilots, hence why Homeland won and likely the 3 Mad Men writing nominations split) for "In Care Of", hopefully Janey Bryant's brilliant costuming finally comes through, and if nobody from the show somehow wins for acting, at least give me a Kartheiser nomination. Hamm, I think does have a chance but with that poor guy's luck him and Cranston will lose to Spacey's lame southern drawl camp.

I can deal with Breaking Bad and even Game of Thrones winning but Downton Abbey, House of Cards, and Homeland would really disappoint me as with the exception to a handful of episodes, those three shows were not as good as the others by a long-shot. Even the otherwise reliable acting on those shows took a hit with some really pedestrian writing (poor Lewis and Danes).

July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

The Great Gatsby may be the most artificial film of the year, and for once, that is a good thing! Thanks for the Video link. They do deserve a nomination.

July 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

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