Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mad Men Series Finale #MadMen @AMC_TV @MadMenCast #TV

So sad to be coming to the end of Mad Men tonight. It's been a wonderful ride and I hope it has one last thrilling loop for us tonight.

My final predictions are for Peggy and Stan to at least allude to a relationship developing, Don raising his boys, Pete and Trudy off in Witchita, Joan going into business with her new man, Roger living out his golden years on the 26th floor with Marie at home, and of course Betty pushing up daisies.

I doubt I will ever get to find out what Joan's medical condition was, but I guess you can't have everything. Maybe some years from now Weiner will open up his vault and tell us all the secret back stories...A girl can dream.

My co host Jeremiah Panhorst and I will be watching the finale together in Los Angeles tonight and then doing our last show recap podcast. We always run a bit late but I'm guessing we should be live by 8:30 pt or 11:30 et.

I'll add the podcast video here later tonight but if you want to watch live you can find the
live Mad Men Podcast here.

Here's the Doll that sang I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing that I mentioned in the pod cast

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bessie Smith On HBO tonight #TV #Bessie @HBO

Tonight at 8PM HBO is premiering BESSIE, the bio pic of Bessie Smith famous singer of the 1920s and 1930s, starring Queen Latifah. For me Bessie Smith is inextricably linked to pre code film with her famous rendition of St. Louis Blues that can be heard in so many films of the era. I can't wait to see how her life is depicted.

Here she is a rare film short appearance from 1929, Bessie comes in at 4:20 and sings at 6:57. This film also features Jimmy Mordecai as the worst boyfriend in the world.

The network description:

 Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today. BESSIE also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

Here's the trailer

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lost Horizon Mad Men Podcast #MadMen #TV

Peggy studying self confidence with her new mentor Roger Lost Horizon Mad Men
Jeremiah and I pick apart Lost Horizon the 12th episode of Season 7 of Mad Men. It was a great one. Can't believe we only have two more episodes...

Stories are starting to tie up but there is still quite a bit to be resolved. Stay tuned to the Mad Men podcast for all our scene by scene coverage.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Robert Osborne #TCMParty @TCM #TCMFF #BobsBday

Robert Osborne with set pieces from CASABLANCA       Photo credit Will McKinley

Sending out a big happy birthday to Robert Osborne for his birthday tomorrow, May 3rd. We all missed him, big time, at this years TCM Classic Film Festival. Hopefully he is now all healed up and ready to have a mah-vel-ous day in New York surrounded by friends and family.

We all tip our hats to you Mr. Osborne. You have brought classic film to so many of us, taught even the most knowledgeable film lover a thing or two, and always been the kindest most patient recipient of adulation at the TCM Classic Film Festival.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Will Aquarius Pick Up Where Mad Men Leaves Off #MadMen #Aquarius #TV

Aquarius NBC starring David Duchovny

All of us who were momentary excited about LA in the 1970s on Mad Men can now redirect our attention to Aquarius, which will feature LA in the late 1960s. Aquarius Stars David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak, a LAPD homicide detective from the previous generation, who is investigating a missing girl. The story is tied in with the Manson family ( or the Manson Brothers, as Meredith on Mad Men calls them). It's retro and serial killer...I think a network exec just died and went to heaven. Even if it is riding a decidedly petering out wave of TV genre and based on nothing but the trailer I'm gonna say this looks like a winner.

I also like that it is on network TV so it can't go to that gratuitous sexual, violent, sometimes both at the same time, place that cable often feels the need to.

2 hour series premieres Thursday May 28 on NBC and already has a straight to series order for 13 episodes.

Here is the network description and trailer. ENJOY!

Los Angeles. 1967.

Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, "Californication," "The X-Files"), a decorated World War II vet and homicide detective, barely recognizes the city he's now policing. Long hair, cheap drugs, rising crime, protests, free love, police brutality, Black Power and the Vietnam War are radically remaking the world he and the Greatest Generation saved from fascism 20 years ago.

So when Emma Karn (Emma Dumont, "Salvation," "Bunheads"), the 16-year-old daughter of an old girlfriend, goes missing in a sea of hippies and Hodiak agrees to find her, he faces only hostility, distrust and silence. He enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, "True Blood," "Friday Night Lights") - a young, idealistic undercover vice cop who's been allowed to grow his hair out - to infiltrate this new counterculture and find her.

The generational conflict between the two is immediate and heated, yet they're both dedicated officers and soon realize the need to bring Emma home is more urgent than they foresaw. The immediacy arises because she has joined a small but growing band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony, "Game of Thrones").

Ringing with the unparalleled music of the era, "Aquarius" is a sprawling work of historical fiction that begins two years before the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. It's a shocking thriller, a nuanced character drama and, in the end, the story of how we became who we are today.

Writer John McNamara ("In Plain Sight") serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), David Duchovny and Melanie Greene. "Aquarius" is a production of Tomorrow Studios.