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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

A “Mad Men” news roundup

I still have “I Dreamed a Dream” playing in my head (<a href="”>thank you very much, Anne Hathaway), so am seeking distraction by contemplating my favorite television show, even though it isn’t Monday. Only two more episodes to go, and I’m stumped as to how Matthew Weiner will wrap things up this season. Then again, I wouldn’t want to know even if I could; I love how this show suprises me every week. I’m not the only one with “Mad Men” on the mind these days; here, for fellow fans, are a few links.
— Christina Hendricks talks about last weekend’s episode on GQ. She says that the prostitution plotline was simmering for a couple of seasons, that she thinks the moment Joan decided to do it was when Lane told her to go for a partnership, and that this is what Joan was thinking when she and Don locked eyes in the office at the end of the episode, with Joan first entering the room as a partner:

As I was playing it, it was sort of, “Don’t judge me, I’m in this room,” “What’s done is done,” and “Thank you,” all at once. It’s this sort of, here I am and let’s move forward. And just, really owning it, and yet, we’re not gonna discuss it.

— Geeks Who Drink (yes, they’re a real group) is organizing Mad Men Quiz Nights in a handful of cities next week; one of which is Seattle. It’ll be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Merchant’s Cafe; teams are limited to six players, admission fee is $5 per person, and the winning team will take home between $200 and $500 (depending on how many players there are). First come, first served. More information here; sounds like fun.
— A VP at Jaguar says he’s enjoying the Jag storyline this season, and isn’t worried that viewers will connect the company with prostitution. “We’re confident that people know it’s a fictional character,” said Pryor, though he said he no idea that particular twist was coming.
— This Jon Hamm interview is a couple months old, but it’s nonetheless worth a look. Love how he says he knows how “Mad Men” will end, and when the interviewer asks him if it’s good, he says, “I am smiling.”
— And, for those of us who gasped when Peggy said “Don’t be a stranger” and closed that door — here’s a video history of Don and Peggy, starting from the very beginning. Pretty comprehensive, for only three and a half minutes. Enjoy, and we’ll talk more “Mad Men” on Monday.

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