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We talk Humans on AMC with William Hurt!

We talk Humans on AMC with William Hurt!

“The best reason to make machines more like people is to make people less like machines,” declares a scientist in AMC’s intriguing new drama Humans. Sounds kinda great, doesn’t it — genial, talking and walking Siris to do the housework and other drudgery that keeps us from the stuff we really long to do? But what if there comes a point where we create technology so sophisticated that it no longer requires us to advance and repair itself  — a theory dubbed the Singularity by mathematician John von Neumann in 1958? What is the incentive to excel in school or … Continue reading

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Whack jobs: AMC’s “The Making of the Mob: New York”

AMC's The Making of the Mob: New York

ALSO SEE: Funny How? AMC Celebrates The Silver Anniversary Of Goodfellas AMC goes to the mattresses for Mob Mondays starting June 15 at 10pm ET/PT (following a special 25th anniversary airing of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) with the eight-part docuseries The Making of the Mob: New York, a look at how young hoodlums in the early 1900s built organized crime empires. Ray Liotta narrates the series, which includes dramatic reenactments, archival footage and exclusive interviews. Among the more notorious mobsters featured are: Charles “Lucky” Luciano The juvenile delinquent turned bootlegger headed up The Commission in 1931 that put the “organized” in … Continue reading

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FUNNY HOW? AMC celebrates the “Goodfellas” 25th anniversary

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ALSO SEE: Whack jobs: AMC’s “The Making of the Mob: New York” Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas gets a special 25th anniversary airing June 15 at 7pm ET/PT to kick off AMC’s Mob Mondays. Wise up on one of the greatest flicks of all time: Goodfellas was nominated for six Oscars, but won only Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci. Al Pacino turned down the role of Jimmy Conway over typecasting concerns. Pacino starred as a gangster in the forgettable Dick Tracy the same year. Goodfellas is based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, recounting the activities of the real-life … Continue reading

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Mad Men recap Season 7 Episode 13 – Everyday, the end’s a-getting closer

Mad Men Episode 13 Betty Draper Francis

Mad Men Recap Season 7 Episode 13 (Original airdate Sunday, May 10): “The road the real hobo follows is never ending. It is always heading into the sunset of promise,” says the author of The Milk and Honey Route, a 1930s handbook for hobos — also the title of the penultimate Mad Men episode. “You follow on hopefully from one bend in the road, until in the end you step off a cliff.” Which brings us to Don, waking up alone in a Kansas motel and discussing his proposed route toward the Grand Canyon on the phone with Sally Don’s … Continue reading

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Mad Men Season 7 Episode 12 recap: Don is floating in a most peculiar way

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 12 recap: Don is floating in a most peculiar way

Don’s new apartment is almost ready. If he’ll just choose paint, he could move in next week. Despite Meredith’s efforts to ground Don, we know he’ll never live there. And though Jim Hobart and Ferg make him say it – “I’m Don Draper from McCann Erickson” – we know he never will be. In this lyrical, reference-laden episode called “Lost Horizon,” Shangri-La is lost to Draper and company. Can Don find it again? Will he even try? McCann is mission control, Harry informs Roger as the computer is wheeled out of SCP’s rapidly emptying offices: statisticians, programmers, 15 people just … Continue reading

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Mad Men recap Season 7 Episode 11 – There’s No Time, No Life

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Mad Men recap Season 7, Episode 11 “Time & Life” (original airdate April 26, 2015): McCann Erickson has finally done the dirty deed, pulling the plug on SCP without notice – except the eviction notice on their two floors of the Time Life building, that is. Convinced this is a mistake, Roger, with Joan eavesdropping, calls Ferg and discover’s it’s not. “I think you’ll see it’s all good news,” Ferg says. Roger is crushed, Joan stoic, as they inform their fellow partners. Though the McCann coup de grace is supposed to remain secret, the entire office eventually gets wind of … Continue reading

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Recap of Mad Men Season 7 Episode 10 – “The Forecast” calls for diminished expectations

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 10

Recap of Mad Men Season 7 Episode 10, “The Forecast” (original air date April 19, 2015): When Roger assigns Don the task of writing a vision statement on the future of Sterling Cooper for Roger to deliver at an upcoming retreat with other division presidents of McCann, we learn the theme of “The Forecast”: What’s your vision of the future? Reasonable hopes and dreams, Roger advises: “It doesn’t have to be science fiction.” Joan’s in Los Angeles. Why? No matter — it’s all just an excuse for Joan to meet Mr. Too Convenient to Be True, who walks into the … Continue reading

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Mad Men recap: “You’re nothing but a liar. An aging, sloppy, selfish liar.” Ouch!

Mad Men recap: "You’re nothing but a liar. An aging, sloppy, selfish liar.” Ouch!

Mad Men recap, Season 7, Episode 9 “New Business” (original air date April 12, 2015) Mad Men Episode 9 New Business opens with a Don and Betty 2.0 moment — he’s in the Francis kitchen making milkshakes for their sons when she returns late from a function (some distant Rockefeller) and they discuss her evening. She’s enrolling at a university in fall, pursuing a master’s in psychology. “I know it’s beyond your experience, but people love to talk to me. They seek me out to share their confidences.” Don jokes that it should be fascinating for everyone involved, and they … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul Season 1 finale recap: Jimmy returns to Cicero in “Marco”

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No one can break your heart — or your will — like kin. And as we reach the Better Call Saul Season 1 finale knowing Chuck sabotaged Jimmy’s law career from the get-go, preferring his baby brother serve as his errand boy and not his equal (and, worse, that Big Brother McGill has every intention of profiting further from the Sandpiper Crossing case), it’s a stinging reminder that no matter how your adult years go, family has a knack for keeping you the kid who crashed the Chrysler right up unto the grave. The revelation leaves Jimmy at a crossroads. The only family member he has … Continue reading

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Mad Men Season 7 Episode 8 recap: “Severance”

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 8 recap: "Severance"

The second half of Mad Men’s final season begins with a dark gem of an episode, framed by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” In case you’re not yet sure where this ride is taking us, Ms. Lee says, “I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames/And when it was over, I said to myself/‘Is that all there is to a fire?’” It’s April 1970, and Don is restored to his corner office; with him, an ingenue wearing not much more than a $15K chinchilla coat. “You’re not supposed to talk. … Continue reading

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