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Don Draper says “What?” by Barbecue Bros
November 5, 2010, 1:11 pm
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To help with the “Mad Men” withdrawal, here is a video of Don repeatedly saying “What?”

(via Slashfilm)

The floor plan of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce by Barbecue Bros
October 19, 2010, 6:14 pm
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The floor plan of this season’s swanky offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce located in the Time Life building, lovingly created by Kratkocasnik.

(via Vulture)

Read This: Jon Hamm: The Last Alpha Male by Barbecue Bros
September 13, 2010, 10:14 pm
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Good read on my current mancrush from the latest issues of Details.

“Fuck. You. Motorcycles,” Jon Hamm says in a low, grinning growl. The delivery is pure Don Draper, but the guy behind the wheel is looking a whole lot more laid-back in his madras shorts, Wayfarers, and beat-up St. Louis Cardinals cap than his tortured television alter ego ever does.

It’s a sunny summer day in Malibu, the kind that makes any trip up the Pacific Coast Highway feel like a car commercial or a scene from a jubilant surf movie. Or that’s how it would feel if this pack of leather-trousered bikers would kindly unclog the road. The moment there’s an opening between the hogs, Hamm hits the accelerator and we take off, a silver blur hurtling toward Oxnard. The blur, in case you can’t make it out, is a not-yet-released gullwing SLS AMG, on loan from the good folks at Mercedes-Benz.

This is, as Hamm notes, a “bizarrely lunatic car.” It’s insanely fast. “That was 140,” he says calmly as he eases back down to a reasonable, autobahn-worthy pace. Hamm recently became the voice of Mercedes, lending his sonorous, all-comforting, all-promising pitchman’s authority to its TV spots.

“It’s funny, right? Kind of this weird synergy,” Hamm says, alluding to the fact that the role he’s most identified with—Don Draper, the powerful and powerfully conflicted master of advertising on AMC’s Mad Men—has now led to an actual gig selling cars.

“It’s strange, but it’s good for me. I vote yes.”

There’s also this interesting insight into Hamm’s comedic sensibility from Sarah Silverman:

“It’s funny,” Hamm says. “You realize certain people didn’t know I was funny because they only saw me through Mad Men—or only knew me as me and never thought I could do Mad Men. Sarah Silverman said, ‘Hammy, you’re good. I had no idea!'” Silverman met Hamm in 2000 through a group of friends, including Rudd, Adam Scott, and Jon Schroeder, who all played poker together. “When I tuned in to Mad Men, I couldn’t believe he was this smoldering, brooding sexual man,” Silverman says. “I was like, ‘Oh my God—that’s Hamm!’ To me, he’s just this super-silly idiot.

“He’s one of the very few actors who are comedian-compatible,” she continues. “Not to sound elitist—I just mean he’s one of us misfit toys.” Silverman proves this by pointing out her minor but important contribution to Hamm’s career. “Before Mad Men, he played a cable guy on my show on Comedy Central. He had one scene. On his jacket, just small enough that you can’t read it on TV, it says: EATIN’ ALL THE PUSSY SINCE ’92.”

Link (via Valet)

The “Mad Men” Rolling Stone Cover by Barbecue Bros
September 7, 2010, 6:05 pm
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I posted a link to the behind the scenes photos last week, and now here’s the actual cover. Look at Peggy, giving us the bedroom eyes and stuff.

Although Jezebel gets a little nit-picky and points out 6 Photoshop errors.

(via The Live Feed)

Rolling Stone: Behind the Scenes of “Mad Men” by Barbecue Bros
September 2, 2010, 3:16 pm
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Here are a few of the gorgeous black and white shots taken on set. “Mad Men” has been on fire this season, right you guys?


Linkdown: 8/12/10 by Barbecue Bros

Toy Story 3 has officially become the highest grossing Pixar movie ever, grossing over $895 million worldwide 

– Interviews with Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick

Arcade Fire‘s latest album The Suburbs lands at number 1 on the Billboard charts, with 156,000 copies sold last week

Interview with Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) about the “Lost” Epilogue

– The final season of “Friday Night Lights” will premiere on October 27 on DirecTV (via Vulture)

Bon Iver might be collaborating with Kanye West…wait what?

– Broken West‘s frontman had a brief cameo on this past weekend’s episode of “Mad Men”

– New Radiohead song, “Giving Up the Ghost

Interview with the awesome Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”)

– Flavorwire: The Evolution of Teen TV Show Hangouts

Linkdown: 8/10/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Two lengthy recaps of Lollapalooza 2010 from AV Club and Pitchfork

– Spin has their own set of the best photos from the festival

– The latest AV Club Undercover has The Swell Season covering Neutral Milk Hotel‘s “Two Headed Boy”

– Vulture wonders which “Mad Men” character will drop acid first

– You can stream the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack, which has songs by Black Lips, Broken Social Scene, Metric and more here (via Flavorwire)

Batman 3 could take place in New Orleans to take advantage of tax breaks offered by the state and local government

Weezer‘s upcoming album on Epitaph is entitled Hurley…and ridiculously features a photo of Hurley from “Lost” (Jorge Garcia) on the cover

– A new Andre 3000 song off a forthcoming mixtape (via Spin)

There might be a role for Jennifer Aniston in the “Arrested Development” movie…huh?