March 18, 2012 |
Way back when the world was young and romantic comedies opened at theaters every weekend, "When Harry Met Sally" had everyone talking, and not just because of that famous deli scene. Within minutes of meeting Sally (Meg Ryan), Harry (Billy Crystal) flatly states that women and men cannot be friends, because no matter what sort of relationship is occurring on the surface, deep down all the men are interested in is having sex. Even with the women they don't find attractive. Inevitably, he is proven wrong and right — he and Sally become friends before succumbing to their obvious deep and true love for each other — but for months it was a major topic of conversation.
HOME & GARDEN
October 23, 2010
Occasionally the Home section likes to follow up past coverage and tell readers what has happened since articles were published. Some updates: After we printed David A. Keeps' cover article on 89-year-old silkscreen artist David Weidman on July 24, we've seen his work pop up in various places, and not just Urban Outfitters stores. Viewers of "Mad Men" know that copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) has to fight for respect from her male colleagues, she frequently commits fashion don'ts, and she has an uncanny knack for choosing the wrong men. Her taste in art, however, is unimpeachable.
June 5, 2012 |
NBC and its beloved but low-rated comedy"Community" received a bit of a boost Tuesday morning when the nominations for the second annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were announced and both the show and its network led all other nominees. "Community" was the most nominated individual show, with six nods, while NBC led all other networks with 14 nominations. It even beat out Emmy favorite HBO, which had 12 nominations and led all cable channels. ABC received 13 nominations and Fox received 12. "Mad Men" and"Parks and Recreation" were also favorites, with five nominations each.
July 20, 2012 |
The cable creep has finally taken over the Emmys. Making steady inroads over broadcast television in recent years, cable networks dominated the nominations for the coveted top drama category Thursday morning, blanking the major networks by taking five of the six slots - leaving the remaining nomination for public broadcasting. Those drama nominees - "Boardwalk Empire"(HBO), "Breaking Bad"(AMC), "Downton Abbey" (PBS),"Game of Thrones" (HBO),"Homeland" (Showtime) and"Mad Men" (AMC)
August 9, 2012 |
The Emmys are so predictable … so boring … so uninspired … unless, of course, voters are rewarding your favorite show yet again, and then it's wildly on-target, a well-deserved honor bestowed by perceptive and discriminating industry authorities. FOR THE RECORD: Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Gold Standard column in the Aug. 9 edition of The Envelope said that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a 12-time Emmy nominee. The actress has 13 nominations. - Expect a great many predictable (and well-deserved)
June 15, 2003 |
Strangers keep stopping Elisabeth Moss on the street. Perhaps that has something to do with the 20-year-old actress obviously knowing what happens next to her character, Zoey Bartlet, on NBC's "The West Wing." The kidnapping of the president's daughter at the end of the season inspired a cliff-hanger. But Moss isn't talking. "If I told them," she says, "it would ruin the surprise for them."
April 9, 2013 |
“Mad Men” returned to AMC Sunday night with a premiere that was criticized by some for being too slow - perhaps a touch ironic, given that the episode saw Don Draper and his colleagues ringing in 1968, a year that was anything but uneventful. As faithful viewers know, “Mad Men” frequently uses the historical to illuminate the personal. In the climactic first-season episode, “Nixon v. Kennedy,” Don, a man of humble origins, faced a crucial challenge from Pete Campbell, born into the East Coast elite.
February 24, 2013 |
It's a pretty good bet that when stars arrive on the Oscar red carpet Sunday they'll be wearing clothes, jewelry and accessories selected with the help of a fashion stylist. And fans are more aware than ever that their idols don't create their looks alone. It's been only half a decade since celebrity stylists really began stepping out from behind the camera to claim a piece of the spotlight generally reserved for their clients. In the short time since Rachel Zoe first appeared in her own docudrama on Bravo in 2008 and her former assistant Brad Goreski splintered off from Team Zoe to star in his own series, a slew of other stylists have launched clothing lines and major collaborations, establishing that the age of the celebrity stylist-as-brand is here to stay.
April 15, 2013 |
It seems to me things in Vietnam might have turned out differently for the United States if only we'd had Trudy Campbell fighting on our side. Because, as I've long suspected and as Pete discovered in Sunday's “Mad Men,” hell truly hath no fury like a Trudy scorned. Though she doesn't get much screen time, Trudy has long been one of my favorite characters on this show. Her unique ability to be perky, gracious and utterly ruthless all at once, and to get alpha males like Don Draper to bend to her will without so much as mussing a hair is, in a word, inspiring.