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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
This might be the best damn Halloween costume for a dog that I've seen all year. And I've seen a lot of 'em... It's Jack as Don Draper from "MadMen. " Jack was part of the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22. The parade has a reputation for some of the most creative costumes around -- and it's the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the country, they say.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
I have a feeling "Mad Men" is not going to end so happily for some of its fans. I say that after watching Sunday night's opener of the final season and hearing creator Matthew Weiner talk about where the series is going in its last 14 episodes. Before the final credits tonight, viewers will see one of the two characters who matters most, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), near spiritual paralysis, and the other, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), brought to her knees in emotional pain. You'll hear Don saying things like, "She knows I'm a terrible husband … I really thought I could do it this time … I keep wondering, 'Have I broken the vessel?
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April 8, 2013
Spanish actress Sara Montiel is dead at 85, Don Draper is having a depressing time of things, and a nice German man has invented a faster way to apply contraception. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for Monday, April 8, 2013. Montiel, who starred in some of Spanish cinema's most successful movies in the 1950s and 60s, has also been credited as a singer on several occasions. She died at her home in Madrid, according to El Mundo . Looking back at the 60s in a less biographical light, Mad Men started its sixth season this week with an incredibly gloomy episode that included a lame New Year's Eve party, a sad vacation trip and a lot of death.
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Don's on the mend. Sort of. It was an admittedly slow yet steady start to the new season. That's how it should be with recovery. There was no jumping into massive transformations or profound moments of clarity. It was more of a catch-up to see how the dust has settled - or kicked up - in the past two months (in "Mad Men" time, of course). Are Don and Megan still together? Have SC&P rehired Don? Are Peggy and Joan this close to starting their firm to prove those chauvinists wrong?
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By Jordan Bartel, b | March 21, 2012
Recently, comedic duo The Fine Brothers created an 8-bit "Saved by the Bell" choose-your-own adventure. Now, it's Don Draper's turn. In anticipation of the show's season premiere Sunday, Ben and Rafi Fine, working with Doctor Octoroc, who created the music and animation, are offering this awesomely 80s 8-bit version of Sterling Cooper Draper Price (we particularly liked the how the show's theme-song intro looks). You get to play as Don Draper to complete three separate tasks to save the company (because that's how Don rolls)
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By Jordan Bartel | May 7, 2012
Megan and Don's relationship has come to a place that marks a new beginning -- or a marriage's end. So Megan has decided to quit Sterling Cooper Draper Price (and Don's workplace control). Yes, she seems to be a born salesperson, a natural creative type that can charm the pants off of a hardened Heinz executive (plus she's, you know, smart and has good ideas). But what she really wants to do is act. After last episode's confrontation with her dissapointed father, her ditching SCDP should come as no surprise.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2013
Megan's sun-bronzed stomach and bikini bottom versus Dante's “The Inferno.” Guess which one Don Draper is locked in on at the opening of Sunday night's “Mad Men” on AMC. If you guessed the midsection of the divine Mrs. Draper, you would be wrong, because Season 6 of this even more divine drama opens with the return of the guy I think of as Existential Don. That's the dangerous and lost Don Draper - the guy who haunts late-night bars...
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By Karmen Fox | April 29, 2013
At last, more insight into Don Draper's psyche. Now that old Don is back, most of season six's sins have been cyclical, from revisiting adultery and prostitution to a hefty resurgence in Don's liquor bill. The reboot of old Don has sometimes made this season repetitive and dry. But it's to serve a point: Don's stuck in a vicious cycle of debauchery as a means to self-medicate. But can he change? This episode, on the other hand, was shocking -- filled with feelings of panic and anguish, rather than dread lingering from season five.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | July 27, 2008
Advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is having health concerns and a sudden problem in bed. His strikingly beautiful wife, Betty Draper (January Jones), meanwhile, is feeling feminist Betty Friedan's "nameless aching discontent" worse than ever in their suburban Connecticut life, and has taken up horseback riding and flirting with strangers to try and fill the void. Copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) has a most unwelcome office mate, as well as a host of problems in her new role as unwed mother.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | October 10, 2008
The Starter Wife, a hit cable miniseries that garnered 10 Emmy nominations, arrives tonight as a weekly series on USA. Debra Messing reprises her role as Molly Kagan, ex-wife of a show-biz mogul forced to navigate the shark-infested straits of Hollywood with only a little help from a few select friends and a 7-year-old daughter. One of the friends is played by the divine Judy Davis, who won an Emmy for her work in the miniseries and, happily, has signed on for the season. (9 tonight, USA)
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Bob Benson's secret is finally revealed. And, no, it's not teaming with the NSA to spy on SC&P's phone conversations. But before we get into that, let's talk about Don helping someone else run from the military for a change. This season has been somewhat slow and slightly spotty, especially when delving into current affairs (see: the MLK assassination , which featured next-to-no perspective from the black characters). At times, this season has briefly alluded to the Vietnam War, whether it's Kevin's Greg's self-imposed stay in the Army or Ginsberg lamenting the war's 200 body bags a week.
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Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
The unrest of the '60s is still simmering. As the political tensions rise, so escalates the turmoil in Don Draper's world. 'A Tale of Two Cities' focused on fierce rivalries: East versus West Coast, Joan versus Pete and Cutler versus Ginsberg. No one was stabbed (thankfully), but Roger did get sucker punched. And it was hilarious. Roger was the shining beacon of much appreciated comic relief in an episode riddled with ominous and violent undertones. After last season, I've become somewhat numb to the death imagery in 'Mad Men,' since they tend to hammer it rather hard into viewers' heads.
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By Karmen Fox | May 27, 2013
It's a battle royale this week. No, Pete didn't get punched in the face (yet). 'The Better Half' explored contending relationships, both at home and at work. It was one of the more shocking and gruesome episodes since a man lost his foot to a lawn mower. Thankfully, nobody died. The match-ups: Don vs. Ted, Betty vs. Megan and Abe vs. civilized society. Nobody was a clear winner, but the definite loser was Peggy. More on the advertising wunderkind in a bit, but first, let's talk about Don. This season has elicited a lot of gripes about rehashing the same ol' story line for Don. Yes, he's a philander; yes, he's a lush; yes, he's unhappy.
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By Jacqueline Scott | May 16, 2013
Last weekend, the film "The Great Gatsby" was reported to have earned a whopping $51 million, according to Business Insider. Just prior to its release, however, many critics ripped the film for distorting the classic novel on which it is based with over-the-top production, including 3-D images and a modern soundtrack produced by Jay-Z. This is the third time that one of the most well-known flawed heroes of 20th century fiction has had his story told on the big screen. But unlike its B-movie 1949 adaptation or drab 1974 version starring Robert Redford, this film explodes with excess - just as Jay Gatsby had intended with his mansion parties on the West Egg. It also gives audiences yet another chance to analyze the one-time Bolton Hill resident F. Scott Fitzgerald's version of the Great American Novel, this time as told through the lens of director Baz Luhrmann.
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By Karmen Fox | May 6, 2013
Peggy's back, and so is the "Mad Men" we all love. True, Peggy has appeared in the show for most of this season. And the overall themes (prostitution and adultery) are still present in "For Immediate Release. " But it's as though the writers were just as excited as we are for the Peggy and Don reunion, no matter how fleeting. My how it shows. Now that she and Don will be working together, Roger's quips are that much sharper, Don's glances are that much more seductive, and Pete's comeuppance is that much more awkward (as it should be)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | August 29, 2008
WELCOME BACK Real Time with Bill Maher returns to HBO tonight just in time for one of the country's most daring political comedians to share his thoughts on the Democratic and Republican conventions. No one on mainstream TV goes where Maher does, and the medium is better for it. Maher's show will air weekly through the November election. No preview available. (11 tonight, HBO) GET MAD ON SUNDAY Mad Men is on a terrific run. The past two episodes ended in scenes set in the home of Madison Avenue ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm)
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | August 16, 2009
Let's get one thing clear from the start: I love "Mad Men," and this stylish series about life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s is by far the best drama on television. It's steeped in authentic period detail while still speaking more eloquently than any other TV drama to America today. But there is historical detail, and then there is historical detail. And when it comes to keepers of the historical flame in Baltimore, this is a city that loves its past and can be downright picky about it. "Mad Men" opens Season 3 tonight at 10 on AMC with a business trip to Baltimore.
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