Talking Mad Men With Mad Men John Slattery and Jared Harris

by Ethan Alter March 21, 2012 6:00 am
Talking <i>Mad Men</i> With Mad Men John Slattery and Jared Harris

After a prolonged wait, Mad Men returns to the airwaves Sunday night and few people are happier about that than John Slattery and Jared Harris. The actors play Roger Sterling and Lane Pryce, respectively, two of the four named partners in the ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. We've seen the season premiere and while we wouldn't dream of giving anything away (because Matthew Weiner might hunt us down Hunger Games-style if we did), we can confirm that Roger, Lane and the rest of the characters you know and love are back in fine form. Slattery and Harris recently spoke with reporters by phone to discuss what viewers can expect from Season 5.

Game Change: Everything Old is Old Again

by Ethan Alter March 11, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Game Change</i>: Everything Old is Old Again

I finally got around to reading Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's much buzzed-about recounting of the chaotic 2008 Presidential campaign, well after all the hype surrounding the book had died down. And to be honest, I didn't really get what all the fuss was about. Sure Heilemann and Halperin provided some juicy nuggets about what was going on behind-the-scenes on both the Democratic and Republican sides, but as a work of non-fiction, it was awkwardly structured, poorly sourced (the authors famously relied extensively on anonymous and off-the-record contributors) and didn't offer any profound insights into the contentious, turbulent year that the country had just lived through. At its worst, Game Change resembled an US Weekly version of a political book -- lots of gossip, not much substance.



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