Saturday, March 24, 2012

If You're a New Yorker You May Have Been Stalked by Dexter Morgan

In a recent interview with Vulture Michael C. Hall  fesses up:
When you landed the role of Dexter, didn't you actually practice stalking people in the city?
[Laughs.] I pretended to stalk people. I wasn't actively stalking people, but I did follow them. If there was somebody alone, I'd follow them around, just to see what it felt like — no syringe, though. Maybe go down on the subway and stay a car away. Try not to get noticed, just to see what it felt like.

Did you ever get caught?
No. I never got caught. I know! [Laughs.] The key was distance: Don't get too close, and if you feel like you might be spotted, relocate, cross the street. It was pretty easy, especially if it's the busy part of the day. I learned if you're out and about, you're probably being followed by someone — so don't go down those deserted alleyways! It was kind of creepy. I creeped myself out.
 Italics mine. As a single woman that was by far the most comforting tidbit I've read all day. Can I get an "Amen!"  from the other sitting ducks ladies out there?

This Photo of Kiernan Shipka aka Sally Draper Will Make You Feel Old and Unfashionable at the Same Time


Happy Mad Men Eve, Tellyphiles.

Here's 12-year-old Kiernan Shipka wearing expensive clothes very well. Apparently, she's into that (ht: Suri's Burn Book):
While Mad Men, returning for a fifth season at the end of the month, took a long sabbatical, Kiernan has been making a name for herself as a mini-fashionista - boasting a wardrobe most women double her age would be envious of.
The tween's favourite labels are Portugese children's brand Papo D'Anjo and Ralph Lauren. She has also guest blogged for Lucky magazine and has regular input into her Mad Men wardrobe, overseen by costume designer Janie Bryant. 
Fuck her wardrobe. Why can't I have eyebrows like that?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Get Ready for Sunday's Season Premiere with This "Mad Men" Crib Sheet

Did you just realize, like I did, that on the eve of  Mad Men's much-anticipated season 5 premiere (after a 17-month long hiatus) you kind of forgot to study?

The Daily Beast's Lace Jacob Jace Lacob offers you a shot at redemption. Like the nerd who crams for the big test and gives the answers to his slacker friends the next day at school, Lacob has helpfully compiled this cheat sheet with all the pertinent details like how exactly we came to know the inimitable Mrs. Blankenship:
On the night of the office Christmas party, Don drunkenly slept with his secretary, Allison (Alexa Alemanni), and then refused to acknowledge their illicit affair. Allison then broke down during a market-research session and threw a brass cigarette dispenser at Don, quitting. She was replaced by Ida Blankenship (Randee Heller), a gruff and inept career assistant who had previously worked for Bert Cooper.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Morning Joe" Panel on Trayvon Martin Was Something To See

Proof that black people and liberals aren't the only ones who should be pissed off and dismayed at the fubarred "investigation" of the murder of Trayvon Martin by Sanford Florida's police department.

Joe Scarborough, former Florida congressman and host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, gets it so right as he discusses the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's murder with Al Sharpton.

Here are some clips, whole segment here.

The intro:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Freeze Frame: January Jones and Jon Hamm at the "Mad Men" Premiere Party

January and Jon look three sheets to the wind great and all but the best part of this photo is the girl in glasses looking at January like, "I am so over these skinny broads." Me too, my bespectacled friend, me too. (Via)

Maria Menounos Is Probably On Your Man's DVR Right Now

Who knew boys watched entertainment news? From Esquire's "The 100 Best TV Shows For Men":
#9. Maria Menounos on Extra
There is no greater flirt on television — not Padma Lakshmi, not Kelly Ripa, not that minx Brian Williams — than Menounos, and that she does it so brazenly and joyfully is all the more refreshing.

Theme Song Throwback: Mister Roger's Neighborhood

Like today's throwback could be anything else?

It's Mister Rogers' Birthday

"We've got to have more of this neighborhood expression of care."

And then there's this must-read, now legendary profile by Tom Junod that first appeared in Esquire in 1998 (HT: The Dish) :
Nearly every morning of his life, Mister Rogers has gone swimming, and now, here he is, standing in a locker room, seventy years old and as white as the Easter Bunny, rimed with frost wherever he has hair, gnawed pink in the spots where his dry skin has gone to flaking, slightly wattled at the neck, slightly stooped at the shoulder, slightly sunken in the chest, slightly curvy at the hips, slightly pigeoned at the toes, slightly aswing at the fine bobbing nest of himself… and yet when he speaks, it is in that voice, his voice, the famous one, the unmistakable one, the televised one, the voice dressed in sweater and sneakers, the soft one, the reassuring one, the curious and expository one, the sly voice that sounds adult to the ears of children and childish to the ears of adults, and what he says, in the midst of all his bobbing nudity, is as understated as it is obvious: "Well, Tom, I guess you've already gotten a deeper glimpse into my daily routine than most people have."
Update: New documentary about Mister Rogers, details here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Diss of the Day: Sorry, HBO. You're Out of "Luck"

PHOTO CREDIT: Gusmano Cesaretti/HBO

It certainly isn't the best of times for the heretofore untouchable TV tastemaker; the cable net cancelled their horseracing drama Luck after three horses from the production died.

Smelling blood in the water, Andy Greenwald of Grantland goes in. Read it and wince. The last two lines of this excerpt are so good and true I laughed out loud (Via PopCultureBrain):

Ever since HBO’s great unforced error, allowing Sopranos staffer Matt Weiner to take his spec script about cigarette-smoking alcoholics to upstart AMC, the network’s hour-long business has been positively bipolar. On one side, the network reaps beaucoup attention and subscriber fees from its dusty imaginarium of classed-up genre indulgences, True Blood and Game of Thrones. Both have their virtues, the latter more than the former, but their dependence on gore and sexposition hidden behind a veneer of respectable IMDb pages and Oxford accents is undeniable. (The same masturbate-and-switch is currently on display on the fiction bestseller lists, where mom-porn phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey is fem-dominating the competition.) But on the other side of things, HBO continues to doggedly green-light high-profile hours that suffocate viewers with a scrim of importance, high-mindedly high-stepping over all the little things that have traditionally attracted loyal eyeballs, like “pleasure” and “humor” and, in the case of Luck, “more than two female characters.” Treme, now headed into its third season, continues to feel more like a social justice grant than a television show, and Boardwalk Empire, blessed with a wonderful cast and remarkable production values, has never been able to provide a single compelling reason for its existence. It’s not a good show, but it’s awfully good at playing one on TV.

Donald Glover & Aubrey Plaza are "Awesome People"

My favorite entry so far from the click-crack tumblr Awesome People Hanging Out Together.

Don't you wish we could read what the rest of Donald's shirt says?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Discovery Channel's "Frozen Planet" Uses Penguins and Polar Bears to Make You Cry

Prepare for your reentry to the work-week grind by reminding yourself there are other species on Earth toughing it out in an incredibly hostile environment. Watch tonight's two-hour premiere of Discovery's Frozen Planet at 8pm, EST/PST (from the same team that produced Planet Earth and Life).

James Poniewozik at Tuned In writes a moving review:
Penguins stoically inhabit one of the least hospitable regions on Earth—a place that looks, really, like an alien planet—aided by no special physical might but simply persistence, adaptation and the ability to huddle in groups. They strive, they endure, they persevere. Perhaps better than any animal, they represent the absurd dignity of life, of abiding persistently in a world that is trying to kill you and will eventually succeed.
Penguins. They're just like us.