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March 27, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Though she thinks "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is gorgeous, it isn't his chain-smoking ad exec character that Audra Yeomans is looking at when tuning in to the '60s-era show. More often, she's eyeing the glasses Don Draper is sipping his whiskey out of, or in Sunday's case, the ash tray he's filling. The owner of Seek Vintage in Noble Square noticed a translucent blue ashtray on a conference table during this week's premiere, around the point at which copywriter Peggy Olson is attempting to sell Heinz execs on the idea of a "bean ballet" for an ad campaign.
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May 15, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) There's no denying the community flavor of “Mad Men” co-star John Slattery's directorial debut. Adapted from Pete Dexter's novel (Slattery also co-wrote the script), “God's Pocket” takes place in the titular Philadelphia neighborhood, whose label isn't used as a compliment. The town's got a chip on its shoulder and dirt under its fingernails. What happens there, however, is all over the place. Mickey (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final roles)
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March 27, 2012 | Stephen Markley
No show on television receives the same kind of writerly worship and scrutiny as AMC's “Mad Men.” The post-mortem's of the fifth season's first episode dominated every blog and website Monday morning, and this is entirely deserved. The serial drama, first dominated by HBO with “The Sopranos”, has become the chic way to remain literary without actually reading a book. However, it has long been my stance that dramas like “Mad Men” and “The Wire” really do have literary ambitions and represent a potential revolution in long-form storytelling if a network could ever eschew their profit...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Dana Moran @redeyedana and Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The first seven episodes of the "Mad Men" final season ( 9 p.m. April 14, AMC; 3 stars out of 4 ) have been titled "The Beginning. " But this isn't the beginning at all, really -- it's the beginning of the end, both of the 1960s and the show itself. Each season of "Mad Men" picks up with a jump into the future -- Season 2 opens more than a year from the Season 1 finale. But these time-machine trips have become shorter and shorter as the show has progressed, and at the dawn of Season 7, we find ourselves in January 1969, a mere two months after we last saw our antiheroes gathered around...
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September 3, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
Baseball players have heroes after whom they try to model their games. So surely managers have other managers they try to emulate when arguing with umpires, right? According to first-year White Sox manager Robin Ventura, not so much. "I don't have those," he said. "Lou [Piniella]'s were good. I've seen a couple of Lou's. Those were good. I don't think I have any base-tossing in me. " The easygoing Ventura is as volatile as a bowl of tapioca pudding, losing his cool during the season about as frequently as Chicago does during the winter.
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June 27, 2012 | Stephen Markley
The answer to the question posed in my own headline headline is "No. " “Mad Men” did not jump any kind of shark in its fifth season, but maybe it tripped over a manta ray or some lesser ocean predator. [Warning: spoilers ahead - and, I know, I'm writing this three weeks after the season ended, a time during which I was attempting to avoid spoilers myself, but screw you, I was in Iceland and just saw the finale the other night] “Mad Men's” fifth season problem was entirely explicable, which is that without Jon Hamm's Don Draper...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Dana Moran @redeyedana and Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The first seven episodes of the "Mad Men" final season ( 9 p.m. April 14, AMC; 3 stars out of 4 ) have been titled "The Beginning. " But this isn't the beginning at all, really -- it's the beginning of the end, both of the 1960s and the show itself. Each season of "Mad Men" picks up with a jump into the future -- Season 2 opens more than a year from the Season 1 finale. But these time-machine trips have become shorter and shorter as the show has progressed, and at the dawn of Season 7, we find ourselves in January 1969, a mere two months after we last saw our antiheroes...
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March 6, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The first look at the seventh season of "Mad Men" shows Don Draper disembarking a plane, maybe to reinforce the fact that the upcoming season will the last. Or maybe Don's just going on vacation? Although the music, a cover of "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)," does indicate a bittersweet goodbye. The seventh season of "Mad Men" will debut at 9 p.m. April 13. AMC is splitting the 14-episode final season into two halves, like it did with "Breaking Bad. " Jon Hamm is the only actor we see in the...
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March 7, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
AMC on Friday released a psychedelic key art created for the seventh season of "Mad Men. " Created by graphic designer Milton Glaser, the image will be featured in the ad campaign leading up to the April 13 start of the show's final season. According to AMC, series creator Matthew Weiner grew up with a poster of Glaser's work in his home and has dreamed of collaborating with the artist. Glaser's iconic style helped define the look of the late 1960s. The seventh season of "Mad Men" will debut at 9 p.m. April 13. AMC is splitting the...
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | Stephen Markley
It seems to me that we should stop defining eras by presidents and begin defining them by the best and/or (possibly) most influential television show. This is tricky territory because clearly we're not about to use the most popular show of the time. We can't go around calling it the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” era or the “American Idol” era or the “Sixteen and Pregnant” era. That won't do at all. We can, however, point to one show that seemed to capture the zeitgeist of a certain time, that served as an...
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April 11, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT PASSOVER MENU Tortoise Club 350 N. State St. 312-755-1700 A traditional prix fixe features matzo ball soup, a choice of gefilte fish or salad, flourless chocolate cake and four entree options: braised brisket, roasted chicken, baked salmon or Lake Superior whitefish. 5-9:30 p.m. Through Tuesday. $39.95. DRINK 2ND STORY: NOW YOU SEE ME Webster's Wine Bar 1480 W. Webster Ave. 773-868-0608 Storytellers Robyn Okrant, Nick Kawahara, Scott Woldman and Dashiell Bark-Huss share true tales with musical accompaniment ranging from a woman's year-long commitment to...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
AMC on Friday released a psychedelic key art created for the seventh season of "Mad Men. " Created by graphic designer Milton Glaser, the image will be featured in the ad campaign leading up to the April 13 start of the show's final season. According to AMC, series creator Matthew Weiner grew up with a poster of Glaser's work in his home and has dreamed of collaborating with the artist. Glaser's iconic style helped define the look of the late 1960s. The seventh season of "Mad Men" will debut at 9 p.m. April 13. AMC is splitting...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The first look at the seventh season of "Mad Men" shows Don Draper disembarking a plane, maybe to reinforce the fact that the upcoming season will the last. Or maybe Don's just going on vacation? Although the music, a cover of "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)," does indicate a bittersweet goodbye. The seventh season of "Mad Men" will debut at 9 p.m. April 13. AMC is splitting the 14-episode final season into two halves, like it did with "Breaking Bad. " Jon Hamm is the only actor we see in the photo and video teaser, but January...
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
If you're mad about "Mad Men" and want to catch a glimpse of Christina Hendricks, Michigan Avenue is the place for that celeb sighting. Hendricks is expected to make an appearance on Thursday in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) to kick off the 12-day Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard, which runs from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2. She is the special guest host of the #ShopFest, a fall fashion runway show with bites, cocktails and a performance by Jason Derulo starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30....
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June 19, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Writer Keith Huff talks "Mad Men," "House of Cards" and his world premiere noir comedy play at Lookingglass He won a Writer's Guild Award for "Mad Men," wrote for the first season of "House of Cards" and is currently working on a new SyFy show called "Helix" with executive producer Ron Moore of "Battlestar Galactica" fame, but lifelong Chicagoan Keith Huff is first and foremost a playwright. His drama, "A Steady Rain" - in which two Chicago cops make a career-ending domestic disturbance decision - debuted in 2007 at Chicago Dramatists and earned a Broadway run...
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | Stephen Markley
It seems to me that we should stop defining eras by presidents and begin defining them by the best and/or (possibly) most influential television show. This is tricky territory because clearly we're not about to use the most popular show of the time. We can't go around calling it the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” era or the “American Idol” era or the “Sixteen and Pregnant” era. That won't do at all. We can, however, point to one show that seemed to capture the zeitgeist of a certain time, that...
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
If you're mad about "Mad Men" and want to catch a glimpse of Christina Hendricks, Michigan Avenue is the place for that celeb sighting. Hendricks is expected to make an appearance on Thursday in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) to kick off the 12-day Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard, which runs from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2. She is the special guest host of the #ShopFest, a fall fashion runway show with bites, cocktails and a performance by Jason Derulo starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Other events planned for the fest...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT All-Day Grilled Cheese Little Market Brasserie 10 E. Delaware Place 312-640-8141 Celebrate - drum roll, please - National Grilled Cheese Month with an All-Day Grilled Cheese sandwich made with fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado and sriracha sauce and served with fries ($12.95). It arrives with a free house-made soda in your choice of flavors such as meyer lemon sour and smoked salted cream soda. 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.-midnight. DRINK Journeyman Distillery Tasting Maria's Packaged Goods & Community...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Given how much "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, who directed Sunday's two-hour premiere, hates spoilers, the task of reviewing "The Doorway" ( 8 p.m. Sunday, AMC; 4 out of 4 stars ) seems akin to walking on some late 1960s eggshells. Fortunately, these eggshells smell like hibiscus blossoms and marijuana. Here's what I can tell you: Don and Megan's trip to Hawaii, which we already knew was happening, is a hell of a lot more fun than that time he left her behind at a HoJo in upstate New York.
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