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Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

30 Mar

If this week’s Instagram collection could be summed up in one emoji it would be heart eyes as there are plenty of co-stars hanging out treats on offer with a strong dose of cute.

 

Kicking off this week with a big scoop of adorable and Rami Malek hanging with co-star Portia Doubleday’s dog Logan.

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Da fuck?

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Keeping on the Mr Robot train and on set selfies from the new season that don’t reveal anything new, but I heart regardless. Heavy Darlene eyeliner is always welcome.

 

Everything about this photo is charming as hell and now I want this coupling to be a very real thing.

 

Girls is on a hot streak this season and this week’s Marnie-centric episode was as triumphant as Allison Williams looks in this photo.

 

Flashing back to simpler times and pre whatever happened that caused Christopher Abbott to leave Girls under a cloud. But he did return and boy did we get a much more beardy Charlie in the process and this episode really is top tier Girls. It was good to see him again even if it was tinged with the tragedy of what has since become of Charlie. I miss that awesome bed he made.

 

Praise is justifiably heaped on Jane the Virgin from so many different angles and visually it continues to be striking in fresh and new ways. Everyone here looks spectacular.

 

They also kill it in motion.

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In exactly 12 weeks… #OITNBS4 #84days #comethru

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The OITNB countdown has begun and I cannot wait to spend more time with these ladies.

 

One thing I spend more time thinking about than is maybe necessary is whether actors end up falling asleep during sleeping scenes or in this case in a pile of laundry after fake taking a lot of drugs. And the answer looks like yes.

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Happy Easter. Love, #NewGirl #SingerSongwriters

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Album cover ready.

 

Basketball being played on set between takes gives me instant ER vibes and I’m also enjoying how these poses both resemble a superhero stance and shooting hoops.

 

This is very cute and I am happy Elementary has been renewed for season 5.

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28 weeks ago(according to Instagram) @roomthemovie premiered at the #telluridefilmfestival. After the screening @jacobtremblay and I toasted. He had chocolate milk and I had red wine. I remember feeling so vulnerable after sharing this movie with the world for the first time; unsure of what was to come. Last night marked what may be our final toast to this film . He had a soda and I had sake. We are in Japan. Together we have traveled the globe, spent almost two years hanging out, playfully arguing about things like who can hold their breath longer and talking at length about Room. At its core, every step of the way has been taken with love. We were generous and patient with each other. We laughed a lot, especially when it was hard. We picked each other up, answered for the other when one was tired and always kept silliness alive. Thank you Room for bringing us together. Thank you Room for uniting us with the rest of the world. Thank you to everyone who shared this journey with us. I will never ever forget it.

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Keeping on the cute theme and sadly my request to keep this going for forever has been denied and the Room promo tour is officially over.

 

It’s not an Anthora coffee cup, but regardless I’m getting Bob Benson flashbacks.

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Love my sweater ! Thank you @coach 🐅

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Diane Kruger models this Coach sweater that I would like to see in my closet and also on TV Ate My Wardrobe sweater queen Chelsea Peretti.

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Happy birthday to a most loving and devoted lady @amysedaris Xxx

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Instagram is a platform used for many things including celebrities wishing each other happy birthday in picture form. Sarah Jessica Parker took this opportunity to post not one, but a whopping nine pictures celebrating the incredible Amy Sedaris and it only made me love SJP even more.

 

Justin Theroux went with a more sedate two, but this one is also fabulous.

 

It’s like Aya Cash reached into my brain with this picture/caption. The world needs more Melanie Laurent.

 

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Aug

Last week it was all about Comic-Con style and this edition of “Out of the Box” looks to the panels and parties of the Television Critics Association Press Summer Tour. Current and forthcoming shows with plenty of familiar faces feature as we take a look at the big style hitters.

Winner: James Wolk at The Crazy Ones Panel

James Wolk Crazy Ones TCA

“Not great, Bob!” is still one of the best line readings of the year and James Wolk has featured several times on this list thanks to the sartorial greatness of Bob Benson on Mad Men. The Crazy Ones is also set at an ad agency and while I’m pretty lukewarm to the promos, having James Wolk as a cast member (and the bonus of Kelly Clarkson) will be enough to get me to watch the pilot. Even though it’s the height of the summer, Wolk has gone for an impressive amount of layering with shirt, hoodie and jacket and he looks pretty great in a smart/casual manner. His face is saying he’s listening intently, his slightly raised eyebrow suggests disagreement. Either way Wolk is a welcome sight.

Runner Up: Claire Danes at the Homeland Panel

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Claire Danes is the only one I’ve mentioned but she is not alone in this shot; Damian Lewis’ suit is lovely and if his socks were not skin tone then he’d have his name in bold too and Rupert Friend looks like he has come from a Mary Poppins audition. Danes is often one of the best dressed on the red carpet and while you can’t see all of the Thakoon lilac dandelion dress because she is sitting down; it’s elegant without looking like she is trying too hard. I think the key behind TCA dresses is a late afternoon/early evening cocktail party approach and all of the women that feature this week have got that spot on. The Christian Louboutin t-bar sandals are now on my shoe wish list.

Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham at the Parenthood Panel

Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham

Reminding me once again that I still haven’t watched Parenthood (I know) this double dash of patterned dress brilliance from Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman is making me want to get right on that. While I’m not the biggest fan of nude colored shoes they get a pass as the dresses are both on the eye-popping side. Bonus points awarded for excellent lip color.

Hannah Simone at the Fox TCA Party

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While I might not have paired nude shoes – we already know how I feel about them and it’s a bit matchy matchy with a nude dress – this is a striking look from Hannah Simone thanks to the orange floral lace detail. It’s another great choice for a relaxed summer event like this where you want to look professional without resorting to floor length gowns or jeans and t-shirt. I miss New Girl and so I’m really happy to see the cast out and about again.

Runner Up: Emily Bett Rickards at the CW, CBS and Showtime TCA Party 

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The Felicity/Diggle/Oliver team is at the heart of Arrow and hopefully this is something season will capitalize on. Emily Bett Rickards gets footwear approval as she opts for orange heels that go with this blue, flower embellished dress. This is a dress that can be dressed down with flats or dressed up in this manner with a pair of bold heals and a simple clutch.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

28 Jun

One of the shows that has featured on almost every “Look of the Week” is Mad Men and this edition is going to be a Mad Men special; celebrating some of the best costumes from the season 6 finale “In Care Of.” The costuming on Mad Men has always been exceptional and Janie Bryant’s work this season continues this tradition as picking an era appropriate outfit isn’t the endgame and clothes can help define a character. They can also help shape the conversation as we saw when Megan wore a t-shirt that had also been worn by Sharon Tate and the floodgates of conspiracy theories were opened.

Winner: Peggy Olson 

Peggy Power PantsuitIt was a tossup between this and Peggy’s cleavage enhancing mini dress and Channel No.5 combo; ultimately the Pantsuit of Power (thanks Tom & Lorenzo for that excellent name) felt like the Peggy Olson we have been waiting for. Both the seduction dress and this pantsuit are outside of Peggy’s usual costuming wheelhouse and she has definitely matured this season as she has progressed in her job and grappled with a complicated romantic entanglement. Peggy ends the year working in Don’s office and she looks incredibly comfortable in this environment; this is the first time we have seen Peggy rocking a pantsuit at work. Ted has shown that he isn’t exactly the great guy she has been telling Don he is, but I hope that season 7 is going to be the year Peggy shows what a dominating force she can be. This Pantsuit of Power is just the start.

Runner Up: Stan Rizzo 

Stan Mad MenOne of the stars of this season has been Stan Rizzo and his beard (this photo is courtesy of the Fuck Yeah Stan’s Beard Tumblr) and Stan turned up to work in his best suit and well cared for facial hair to present an idea to Don. That idea was to open a small office in California while dealing with Sunkist and Stan would run it; Don said no thank you and then stole the idea for himself. Poor Stan. It doesn’t end there and the California office became the beacon of hope for all cowardly men (ok just Ted). Stan isn’t going to California and so hopefully he will still be around next season to join Peggy and show everyone else how to get things done.

Runner Up: The Draper Family

MM_613_JT_0416_191It’s not every day that your father takes you to the house he grew up in so be sure to wear your Thanksgiving best, oh right your father grew up in a whorehouse. Despite Sally’s recent rebellion and being thrust into an adult situation thanks to witnessing her father’s indiscretion, she’s still dressing like a young girl. I’m expecting that to change next season and Sally will start wearing more daring outfits that we’ve only really seen on Megan, or she’ll look like the 1960s version of Blair Waldorf. Bobby’s jacket reminds me of Henry Jennings’ rainbow coat in The Americans and is something I would wear if it came in an adult size. Gene looks as adorable as ever – will he finally get the chance to speak next season? Don looks as he always does but he’s finally revealed another piece of his past to his children.

Runner Up: Bob Benson 

Bob Benson Pinny Mad MenOne of the highlights of this season has been the mystery of Bob Benson and while his motivations are still relatively unclear he does know how to rock a mini Thanksgiving themed apron (it’s almost as good as the short shorts). One thing we do know is Bob is willing to humiliate the man he claimed he loved to save his job and he’s also not going to listen to Roger; he’ll hangout with Joan all that he wants to. The addition of James Wolk to the cast has been wonderful (and not just because of that charming smile) and hopefully his new show on CBS won’t stop Bob Benson returning next season.

What was your favorite Mad Men look in the season finale?

Mad Men 6.12 “The Quality of Mercy” Review: “You Like Trouble, Don’t You?”

17 Jun

There has a strong sense of doom and gloom on Mad Men this season with national events and personal experiences featuring fraught and violent moments. This might be why outlandish theories about Megan and Bob Benson developed traction and while the Bob Benson mystery has been solved, this foreboding feeling remains.

MM_612_JT_0325_0336The episode opens and closes with Don lying in the fetal position; first in his daughters bed at home and then on his coach in his office. On both occasions he is pushing those who were once close to him further away; Megan is trying to reach out to him but is having no luck and an argument with Peggy where she calls him a monster results in him curling back into this position. Don has been adrift all season, he is the empty suit in his pitch and after the incident with Sally last week he is even more despondent. Don’s job is all about connecting with a wide audience, but he is the one having issues with connections this season. It’s a bad sign when you’re sneaking vodka into your morning orange juice so I think it’s safe to say that Don is in bad shape. Outwardly he is still doing a relatively fine job at work and home; he ‘saves’ a pitch but also humiliates Ted and Peggy in the process and Sally hasn’t told her mother about what she saw.

Instead Sally has cut herself off from her father and thanks to some bad city experiences Betty does not suspect Don as a reason for Sally not wanting to visit. Sally wants to go to boarding school and like her father she is very good at selling herself; all those times that she made drinks for her parents comes in handy as she tells the girls at the boarding school that she can make a Tom Collins. Any Sally storyline that involves drinking, getting high and Glen is enough to cause concern but it turns out that Glen is not actually all that creepy anymore (ok he’s still a tad creepy) and he defends Sally’s honor after his friend makes the moves on her. When Sally is asked “You like trouble, don’t you?” she responds with a sly smile and in this moment it looks like Sally is having a good time. Sally is both out of her depth and in control in these moments and this dichotomy is apparent when Sally tells Betty why she wants to go to boarding school; she wants to be a grown up but also get a good education. Sally is still incredibly young, but she has also experienced the harsh reality of being let down by the one person who should protect her and so when she tells her mother “My father has never given me anything” it isn’t strictly true as he’s given her this new jaded outlook on life. What a gift to give!

Don’s relationship with his daughter is broken and at work he’s fallen out of favor with Peggy. Peggy and Ted are incredibly obvious in their shared attraction as they flirt and discuss creative ideas as if there is no one else in the room. While Ginsberg is merely annoyed by this as it means none of his ideas are getting heard, Don sees it as a much larger problem as Ted’s judgement is impaired. Don is partly right, but it also reads as petty jealousy as his former protégé no longer needs nor respects him. The way Don handles it is reminiscent of how he took charge by getting Ted drunk a few weeks ago; he does it in a public arena and hurts Peggy by giving credit to the now dead Frank Gleason. Don is convinced that Ted can’t be that virtuous and wants Peggy to see this too, but all this does is fracture their already fragile relationship. While they keep discussing working together as a team, the actions of both men don’t suggest that this is going to happen any time soon.

In Don’s eyes he is being merciful to both Peggy and Ted by throwing his weight around, but his phone call to Harry about Sunkist was out of pure spite after seeing Ted and Peggy at the movies together. Megan is excited by this development (and it’s adorable when Megan mouths “Oh my god” at Don) but Don uses it as an opportunity to go back on his word with Ted. Once again it makes more business sense to go with Sunkist as the billings are much higher, but this adds to the disharmony as we head into the final episode.  Don pretty much throws his toys out of the pram in this episode as he tries to get what he wants by stomping over Peggy and Ted’s idea under the illusion of protecting the business.

There is a battle of wills raging in creative but if we head to the floor above another power play is occurring and it takes an unexpected direction this week. Pete doesn’t want to work with Bob after Bob’s declaration last week – a declaration of admiration not love as Bob puts it – so Pete turns to Duck to find a new job for Bob. Duck looks into Bob’s past and finds that he isn’t who he says he is, no he isn’t an undercover agent or Don Draper’s illegitimate son but he does share a similar history with Don in that he has reinvented himself to get ahead. Pete mentions that he has been in this position before and while it looked like Bob’s days at SC & P are over, Pete instead shows him mercy and lets him keep his job. Why would Pete do this? With Don he attempted blackmail and when he went to Bert with the truth he was met with a “Who cares?” Pete’s earlier attempts this season to tell Don what was going on with the firm fell on deaf ears and Pete has used these prior experiences and weighed up his options.

I’ve watched this scene a few times, particularly Bob’s reaction as he is just as confused by Pete keeping his secret as I was at first. Bob shows what a chameleon he is as he shifts from fake smiling ‘I’ll get you a coffee’ Bob (“For one thing I want you to stop smiling”) to resignation as he realizes that Pete knows the truth. It gets tense as Bob tells Pete “You don’t respond well to gratitude” and he’s also incredibly protective of Manolo, emphasizing once again that he isn’t doing anything untoward with Pete’s mother. The mercy that Pete shows is delivered in such a bitter way that it’s easy to see why Bob is perplexed and needs Pete to clarify what is going on. It feels like Pete is talking about Don, not other gay people when he says “I don’t know how people like you do it” and “your kind of animal.” Pete has always shown distaste for Don’s big secret and how Don can so easily lie about who he is.

Like Don, Pete is also thinking of the business and this is most evident from this statement “Where you are and who you are is not my concern” because he knows that Bob is a good account man and as the agency is so divided he probably figures that he needs a strong ally. It’s also hilarious that Pete doesn’t even remember hiring Bob, it’s like he just appeared with two coffees one day. For Bob it’s the opposite as he claims it was the best day of his life. This Don Draper 2.0 story is compelling and I hope that Bob Benson gets to stick around for the final season of Mad Men.

Other thoughts

– Chevy are really putting Ken through the wringer and trying to turn him into a pirate in the process (first the injured leg and now the eye patch). Ken no longer wants to tap dance and who can blame him after all this account has put him through.

– Once again the internet delivers on the Mad Men gif front as here is Don’s amazing baby impression.

– The episode is full of baby imagery; the movie they watch (Rosemary’s Baby), Don’s sleeping position, Ken’s news and the ad pitch. Don’s recent hallucination had him projecting the idea that Megan was pregnant and mother imagery has been a repeated throughout the season. Is this a reaction to the chaos of 1968?

– The political ad Don watches uses imagery of fear about the level of crime in the country and it’s easy to see with material like this why there is a sense of doom at this time.

– If only Roger knew what Lee Garner Jr had asked Sal to do.

– For an excellent reading of last week’s Bob Benson revelation I would highly recommend the always incredible Tom & Lorenzo and their “Mad Style” article talks extensively about Bob and the “Best Little Boy in the World” syndrome, even if their theory doesn’t completely pan out.

– On the way to the boarding school interview Sally is eating fries from McDonalds and on the way home Betty offers Sally a more adult ‘treat’ as she gives her a cigarette which Sally takes. This is much different from the last time we saw Sally smoking (look how young Kiernan Shipka is in this video). Sally now feels very differently about her father than she did in this season 2 clip, though she’s still just as snarky towards her mother.

Any predictions for the Mad Men finale next week?

How Betty Got Her Groove Back and other Mad Men Musings

2 Jun

A few week’s ago I was joined by Kerensa Cadenas to talk about season 6 of Mad Men and specifically Don Draper losing his charismatic sheen. I thought it was time to catch up with Kerensa and see if these feelings towards Don have changed. So come join us to find out what we think of Don, those Megan/Bob Benson conspiracy theories and how Betty became the smartest person on the show.

MM_609_MY_0221_0189Emma: We have so much to talk about from the most recent episode (which was terrific) including; the state of Don, Peggy’s love/work life, all things Bob Benson (are his intentions honourable? Plus those short shorts), how Betty got her groove back and what the merger has added to this season.

First I want to mention the last discussion we had which came after episode 4 (“To Have and to Hold“) and this is when both of us were having some very strong, negative Don feelings and I was wondering how you feel about Don now that we are episode 9? It was funny that after we raged about Don so much after the start of the season, episode 5 showed Don in a pretty good light; he got to have a good father/son moment with Bobby (this Bobby is a lot of fun) and the lack of Sylvia made him seem less reprehensible. They also showed a great Don pitch moment, not to a client but Ted as he proposed the merger.

So Don’s great again, right? Not so much as he tried to assert his dominance with Sylvia in the bedroom and then thanks to her rejection he was reduced to a creepy hallway lurker. He’s probably never looked as pathetic as he did in his drugged up state desperately reaching for the woman he can’t have. This was coupled with some rather on the nose flashbacks (the prostitute who nursed him back to health was also the first woman he slept with – yep possibly the most overt Madonna/whore complex on TV in flashback form) and my sympathy with Don is pretty low all over again.

The merger has led to some interesting conflicts and comparisons as Ted and Don have been dick swinging with each other and it looks like Peggy is caught between the two men. In the last episode Peggy told Don that Ted “never makes me feel this way” as Don has a tendency to unload on Peggy and take all of his frustration out on her. Don’s response is that Ted “doesn’t know you” and it feels like he is using his knowledge of her past over her. In a way Ted doesn’t know her and this is clear when he rejects Peggy at the end of the episode when she tells him what happened with Abe (leaving out the part where she was the one who stabbed him). Ted is all fake smiles and doesn’t act like he knows her at all so maybe Don had a point. Peggy is caught between two bosses; one that she has romantic feelings for and one that treats her like shit. In a moment like this I want her to head to one of three places; for a cigarette with Joan, for a joint with Stan (so we can get another moment like this) or for cocktails with Megan.

MM_609_MY_0225_0800Speaking of the latter, I just really want something good to happen with Megan; we both spoke before about how much we like this character and it sucks that she is caught up in this Don Draper cycle. The marriage has felt doomed since the premiere (or really from the S5 finale) when they showed that Don isn’t listening to what she is saying. This has been repeated throughout the season and Megan has confessed these feelings of loneliness to her mother (who told her to make Don think of sex) and her co-star Arlene, who tried to kiss her. As you mentioned in an earlier email THAT Betty line summed up Don amazingly well:

“That poor girl. She doesn’t know that loving you is the worst way to get to you.”

I want to talk Betty, because somehow they have made this character likeable again (and she was definitely this episode’s MVP) but first I would like to hear your Don thoughts.

Kerensa: Since the last time we discussed Mad Men, my feelings for Don haven’t really changed. I’m continually frustrated by his actions, his lack of respect for basically everyone, all the “dick swinging” as you said and those flashbacks so over the top. Basically, every time Don’t onscreen, I’m doing this. And like we’ve talked about I like having irredeemable characters but for whatever reason as of late, I just don’t enjoy Don.

And that hall scene with Sylvia was one of the lowest, I think that we’ve seen Don, but that SONG. I feel like at the end of this week’s episode, we are yet again led to believe that maybe Don will try to commit to Megan again. But I doubt it.

And we must talk Betty because that line about Don–maybe was the most accurate description of him in the whole series.

MM_609_MY_0221_0540Emma: Yeah Betty got her groove back and she totally owned every scene with Don (and every scene she was in really). When we last talked about Betty I mentioned that this season was the first time in a long time that I liked this character and she’s continued to be this way this season. I find it interesting that we haven’t seen how Betty lost the weight (and I’m sure it isn’t through the Weight Watchers group she was attending) but I’m glad she’s not the punching bag that she’s been reduced to in past seasons. She was the one who seduced Don, she was the one who held all the power during their post-coital chat (Don likes to hug apparently and sex isn’t intimate, hmm). She delivered THE line that perfectly sums him up and the next day she’s gone, back to the life she loves while Don watches on alone.

I’m also glad that we got to see Betty being a good mother as this is another area where she’s been cold in the past. Though she does neglect to mention Gene (and like Don even considers Gene if what he said to Megan about Bobby is any indication), poor Gene. One day you will mean something. And thankfully they’ve given Bobby a personality this year.

What are your Betty thoughts?

Also the Mad Men conspiracy theories are going through the roof this week – first Bob continues to throw up major question marks (while looking totally cute in his short shorts) and now the links between Megan and Sharon Tate are in the mix after Megan wore this T-shirt. Is Megan doomed?

MM_609_MY_0221_1015Kerensa: It was really great to see Betty in that power position with Don because I feel like he made her feel less than that all the time while they were married.  And it does seem that she is happy with Henry because I feel like Henry treats her with respect that Don never did. And also, Betty will be an AMAZING politicians wife, like she’s gonna be running the show. Guaranteed.

That line is the most perfect thing this show has ever done. And I think was probably so telling to Don–who likes to think he’s this enigma–that there are people there who DO see through all his shit. I also wonder if hearing all that #realtalk from Betty will change things for him? I’m guessing not, but we can hope I guess.

Also, Don Draper likes spooning? Really? Like that’s a scenario I can’t imagine. I feel like he’d be one of those guys that you’d assume would just leave right after sex and then there he is being big spoon and you’d be supremely confused. And you KNOW he always has to be big spoon.

On to the conspiracies!

Yeah, what is going on with Bob? I’ve heard so many weird things–he’s Don’s son, the smoke monster (jk) or my favorite was that he’s actually Joan’s new gay BFF. Whatever is going on with Bob, as long as they keep putting James Wolk in short shorts, I won’t complain about Don. I swear.

Now, the Megan/Sharon Tate theory was super compelling to me. I just watched Robert Hendrickson’s documentary Manson (1973) at a local theater, so Sharon Tate and the Manson killings have been at the forefront of my mind. I feel like everything that’s been going on with Megan this season, despite her acting success, has at least for me been accompanied by this sense of dread and doom. I can’t pinpoint it, but every time I see her onscreen I just have this terrible feeling. And I really like Megan–as I know you do–so I really, really don’t want that to be the case.

What do you think about all the conspiracies?

MM_609_MY_0225_0493Emma: I just did a spit take at the image of Don wanting to be the big spoon. He really doesn’t seem to be the snuggling type.

The thing about Don is that he says he wants to change but I don’t know if he really does and it’s something they’ve repeated throughout. I think he likes the idea of being saved, but not the results. What happens if he can’t save the one he is with? And this brings me to the recent Mad Men conspiracy theories and I love all of this chatter, even if they are somewhat outlandish. Like you there’s something about Megan’s scenes this year that have this doom and gloom feeling. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s so alone and we know that Don will never love her the way he did before the orange sherbet incident and when she was still at SCDP or perhaps it’s something more sinister.

I was going to ask you about that documentary as the Manson Family murders are often mentioned when people discuss the end of the 60s and how this was the really dark side of the flower power era. Is this something that was discussed in this documentary?

On one hand I really don’t want Megan to die (because I like her) but in terms of the story I think a loss like this would have a huge impact on Don and how he behaves. Or it could send him into a destruction spiral. My other thought was with last year’s suicide clues everyone figured it might be Pete, but instead it was Lane – could the same happen this year? Instead of Megan it could be her co-star Arlene who is pretty relaxed about how safe it is to walk through Central Park at night? The impact from Arlene’s death would be small so it’s unlikely to be her. Other potentials could be Betty, who we’ve also seen head into the city without thinking of her surroundings and they’ve also done the classic trick of making the audience like her again. I know Matt Weiner loves Betty and so I also think this won’t happen as the political storyline is too juicy. So we swing back to Megan. I love most of these theories come from a t-shirt and sirens.

Now to our favourite short shorts wearing enigma and Bob Benson. The brilliance of this character is how much my opinion changes as to whether he is doing these things for good or bad (to put it simply) throughout an episode. I was so happy to see that he was with Joan (though things didn’t seem romantic adding credence to the gay theory) but then I was sure he was going to tell Pete about Roger’s stop. Instead he told a story about his father (he told Ken his father is dead, Ken is crazy suspicious of Bob) and showed concern for Pete’s predicament. He’s been hitching his wagon to Pete all season and his concern seems genuine but why? Pete’s mother mentioned that Pete’s father had affairs so maybe he’s Pete’s illegitimate half brother?!?! And it’s not as crazy as the Don relation and this show does love illegitimate children.

One non conspiracy relating question – what do you think of Pete and Joan’s conversations of late? Is he trying to hit on her? It’s also interesting that Joan holds Pete in such high regard (she claims that he’s the only one who hasn’t broken a promise to her) even though he set up the Jaguar business.

MM_609_MY_0225_1137Kerensa: Yeah, that was something that was mentioned in the Manson documentary. I also recently saw The Source Family–about another cult but one on the more “happy” end of the spectrum if you will. And both discussed the ways in which that time era–with all its upheaval–was a time that these things could be formed.

I agree with that. Megan could totally be a red herring. And I don’t think it’s Arlene because like you said there would be little to no impact on the world of our characters. I don’t want it to be Betty either, but could you imagine the fallout from that? I mean I think that would destroy Don.

I really don’t want Bob to be a bad guy. I think basically everyone on this show is a bad person–so it would be refreshing to have a character that doesn’t have any sort of agenda. And I really hope him and Joan are together together! I dunno about this theory of him as Pete’s half brother. I see where you are coming from with it, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. And if it does (or Bob as Don’s son) that’s really pushing Mad Men into major soap opera territory.

With Pete and Joan, I feel like he’s just lonely. His life’s a mess and he doesn’t have anyone to talk to. He really has no one he can confide in at the office and Joan, if I was Pete, would be the person I would go to because she’s the most levelheaded one there.

Emma: Yes the brother theory is totally soapy and so I expect they won’t go this far. I hope you’re right about Bob being a good person, this show sure needs one of those.

Will we find out more about Bob tonight?

Kerensa Cadenas is a writer living in Los Angeles. She is a staff writer for Women and Hollywood. She also writes for This Was TelevisionForever Young Adult, and Bitch magazine. She was the Research Editor for Tomorrow magazine. You can follow her on Twitter and read her ridiculous thoughts about teen television at her website.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

31 May

It’s been a Mad Men heavy week here at TV Ate My Wardrobe and this continues with today’s edition of “Look of the Week.” There are no real rules to this weekly feature and as always it is a snapshot of what I have been watching (and looking at online) and each pick is for a variety of reasons including; what it adds to the storyline, what it tells us about the characters involved or simply because it looks good. One person who would have been included is Diane Kruger but her street style was discussed in an earlier post and with The Bridge nearing its premiere date expect to see more Kruger on here (and hopefully more Joshua Jackson).

Winner: Bob Benson on Mad Men “The Better Half”

Bob Benson Wears Short ShortsThere could only be one winner really and it’s Bob Benson in his short shorts as he prepares to spend the day at the beach with Joan and her son Kevin. It’s a hard look to pull off and James Wolk does just that as he moves about with ease in Joan’s apartment, he even manages to look not too awkward when Roger drops by unannounced. This week has been a big one for Mad Men conspiracy theories (for more on Megan’s t-shirt head here) and Bob is at the center of these as his intentions are still unclear; is he a good guy trying to get his career going or is there something more nefarious going on? It’s been a fun game to play so far and I’m glad that even in the warm weather and a trip to the beach Bob still has his cup of coffee from Anthora. Bob doesn’t need an amphetamine laced injection as long as he has a cup of coffee then he has boundless energy.

Runner Up: Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington in The Hollywood Reporter Magazine

HR_ROUND_TABLE_SHOT_02_029_v6_B_a_p HR_ROUND_TABLE_SHOT_11_004_v5_B_a_pThis is the second week in a row that Elisabeth Moss has appeared in a non Mad Men related capacity (last week was all about her new haircut) and this photo is part of The Hollywood Reporter’drama actress roundtable. There is a variety of styling on this front cover ranging from casual to fancy; Scandal’s Kerry Washington looks relaxed and chic in black vest and white trousers (with a stripe of black to add to the monochromatic theme) and Elisabeth Moss could rock up to a cocktail party in this black and white dress and towering heels. This shoot is much better than last year’s all gown theme and they’ve picked styles that suit each actress. The hair and make-up is similar enough without looking like they’ve matched everyone in a Stepford Wives manner (and I’ve started a lipstick treasure hunt to find out Elisabeth Moss’ shade/brand. There will be updates).

Runner Up: Dr Alana Bloom on Hannibal “Trou Normand”

Dr Bloom, Hannibal, Will

Dr Bloom

First of all I want to say how happy I am that Hannibal has been renewed for a second season as I was starting to worry about the fate of the show and now I can get back to worrying about the fate of Dr. Alana Bloom. These photos are from last week’s episode and I wanted to feature this colorful costuming that stands out amongst the dark attire of all around her. The skirt is a deep red and paired with the patterned red blouse Dr Bloom is a striking figure in the gloom. It’s a pretty good representation of how Alana fits into the shows narrative as she has become a figure of light for Will as their relationship has developed – a kiss occurred in the previous episode and Alana admitted that she has feelings for Will but she can’t act on them yet while he is unstable. Alana is also the character who is the most in the dark when it comes to Abigail Hobbs; Jack rightly doesn’t trust Abigail and Will has figured out that Abigail is a killer. Alana implicitly trusts Hannibal and this could be her downfall as she tells Jack “He has no reason to lie about any of this.” The audience knows this isn’t the case and I’m going to spend the rest of the season worrying about what will happen to Dr Bloom. She does provide balance and reason to the team and her costuming is functional but still fashionable; wrap around dresses are a favorite. It’s this balance that I hope will keep this character around for season 2 (it’s so nice to write that knowing there is going to be a season 2).

Who was your look of the week?

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