Now, before I get in trouble for pitting two women against each other, I just want to point out that Peggy and Joan are the most oft-mentioned favorite characters on Mad Men, male or female. As such, we must know which of the top-rating Sterling Cooper & Partners mainstays really takes the crown. Here, we've got two equally awesome characters, with two equally vocal fan factions: so who will walk out of this cage match alive? Let's take a look at the categories:
Level of Badassery
Well, when it really comes down to it, let's remember that Joan broke a vase over her rapist husband's head, and Peggy stabbed her soon-to-be-ex boyfriend with a makeshift spear.
They're certainly formidable opponents in this category, but it's important to remember that Peggy learned from the very best.
Is this even a question? Though to be fair, with Joan's recent shift into more menswear-inspired looks (think vests, suits, etc) she's faltered more, just as Peggy's shift into swingy A-line minis is a vast improvement over the unsightly plaid of yore. So, we're effectively on a more even playing field these days.
Taste in Men
This one's another tough category, though not in a good way. When you look at their dating history, you've basically got Dr. Rapist vs. Pete Campbell (gosh, they're both so horrible in their own unique way), and Roger Sterling vs. Ted Chaough (better, but still generally untrustworthy).
Oh well – best of luck in future romantic endeavors!
Now, this is truly tough. Joan just signed Sterling Cooper & Partners' biggest account, but when we last saw Peggy she was interim Creative Director, literally wearing the pants as she enjoyed her view from her corner office. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm all for that Peggy-and-Joan-open-their-own-agency spin-off.
I'll always have pro-Peggy leanings, but I can't deny the awesomeness that is Joan either. What do you think?
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David Ayer's Sabotage is just the latest stop in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour, though it probably won't do the actor too many favors. Schwarzenegger plays John "Breacher" Wharton, the leader of an elite DEA task force that specializes in taking down drug cartels. Each member of the team is a blunt instrument drunk off of their alpha male (and female) machismo, but to be fair, they are damn good at what they do. They're masters at going in hard, killing whoever needs killing, and heading to the strip club and drinking themselves into a stupor before the next round of street sweeping. Unfortunately, it turns out years of busting cartel bosses and being deeply unpleasant to everyone you come into contact with eventually catches up to you, and members of the squad start dying in ghastly and elaborate ways. And just like that, we have what basically amounts to an Agatha Christie novel with a gym membership and a pile of meth.
Unfortunately, and as expected, giving Agatha Christie a couple of reps at the gym and a pile of drugs turns her into a blithering idiot, because Sabotage is incredibly stupid. The central mystery somehow manages to be both preposterous and predictable at the same time. The film's one saving grace is its action. The action scenes are adrenal and exciting and unbelievably gory. Bloated corpses are poked and prodded, viscera hangs like ropes from a rafter. This film takes immense pleasure in being completely disgusting. It’s downright gleeful about it. Here's a full shot of a soiled toilet, just because. Here's a piece of skin hanging on some metal, why not. Isn't that cool?
While Sabotage does manage to thrill in spurts and stutters, there's absolutely nothing beating at the heart of the film. All of the main characters are completely and utterly repugnant, and you'll pity anyone who has to endure their company throughout the film. When characters do start to die, you won't feel all that broken up about it. In fact, you may even feel a twinge of joy, like the earth was suddenly unburdened from a pure source of rampant douchebaggery. Just imagine the most disgusting, and off-putting person you can, and then give them a gun, a badge, and a fierce sense of entitlement, and you have every single member of the film's DEA squad. They're all terrible.
And if that weren't bad enough, the acting ranges from mediocre to terrible. The usually wonderful Olivia Williams and the capable Sam Worthington continually forget which continent they're on, their accents dropping in an out like a bad radio connection; Schwarzenneger has a complete inability to emote anything apropos of the situation at hand. When looking upon a pile of ooze that was formerly in the shape of one of his best friends, his disappointment is more akin to seeing a temporarily occupied gym bench on chest day. All of the charm the actor showcased in something like the recent Escape Plan is washed out by Breacher's moping about his dark past, and when Schwarzenneger isn't allowed to be fun, then he's completely boring.
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Really, I should hate Sabotage. It’s a completely stupid and mean spirited film, but there’s a strange charm to the depravity of it all. There's an audaciousness to it. The film goes as far as it can to push limits, and succeeds at being appaling. It’s a film that knows how stupid and ugly it is and champions that fact. It’s playing in its own filth, and as gross as that is, at least it’s having fun. This is the kind of film that will be in heavy rotation at the local frat house. That’s doesn’t mean the film is good or even okay, but if you like watching horrific violence, awful mysteries, and awful people being awful, then boy do I have a film for you.
Mad Men is one of those shows that takes very little improving – it's basically flawless. That said, here's a little list of things we think could make Season 7 the season to end all seasons:
Last season did not have nearly enough of Joan. How I wish all of the time we wasted on Sylvia Rosen's angst was spent on Joan instead. We never even got to see the moment that she successfully closed the deal with Avon! Though, presumably, with Avon as one of Sterling Cooper and Partner's biggest accounts, we'll be seeing a lot more of her.
Let's take all of Betty's screentime and donate it to the Joan Harris-Holloway fund. January Jones can be a real emotionless wooden plank sometimes, and on a show with such phenomenal performers, why give the time to her?
So, Ginsberg seemed to be slowly but surely losing it last season (what was with the Martian transmissions?). Unfortunately, everybody was too caught up trying to figure out who the heck Bob Benson was, so we lost out on some good Ginsberg screentime too.
More Don + Roger
Okay, let's be real: their chemistry is off the charts. Last season, we got shorted on Roger/Don scenes, as Don was busy drinking himself out of his senior partner position (no mean feat, when you think about it). But they did share a nice moment in the finale – even as they put him on forced leave, Roger looks remorseful (as remorseful as Roger can get, at least) as he utters the infamous "You s**t the bed in there" line.
More Peggy + Don
No, not that kind of "Peggy and Don." I ship a lot of pairings, but Peggy and Don are not one of them (though apparently, the real people they were based off of got married). That said, like Don and Roger, they have wonderful (platonic) chemistry. "The Suitcase" remains one of my favorite episodes, and their ultra-emotional goodbye at the end of season 5 packed quite the wallop.
More Pete + Failure
Now, there's something I ship. Pete falling down the stairs in a fit of rage/crashing a Chevy/"Not great, BOB!" were all some of the best moments of last season. I'm not pulling for a Lane Pryce-style exit (too soon?), but there is something lovely about seeing smarmy Pete's life come crashing down around his ears (just like his hairline).
Peggy + an actually good love interest
I just want Peggy to be happy, okay? Let her make Ted Chaouoaough eat his heart out. Lots of people want her to end up with Stan, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. He definitely gives off some deviant vibes sometimes.
So there's what I want from Season 7 – mainly for Peggy to take over the world and to finally stop going after married men who are way beneath her league. What do you want? Share in the comments!
Harry Styles, Sir Tom Jones, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Rita Ora were among the stars who turned out for a glitzy party in London on Monday night (02Dec13) to celebrate Playboy's 60th anniversary. Hugh Hefner's saucy publication marks six decades in print this year (13) and British supermodel Kate Moss was chosen to don the iconic bunny outfit to grace the cover of the 60th anniversary December issue.
The publication's milestone was marked with a lavish bash at the Playboy Club in London on Monday, hosted by Moss and designer Marc Jacobs, and the party attracted big name stars including Sir Tom Jones, One Direction heartthrob Styles, and actress Miller.
Model Daisy Lowe was also in attendance, along with pop singers Rita Ora and Matt Goss and TV presenter Alexa Chung, rocker Noel Gallagher, model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hayley Atwell and Bob Geldof.
It was a busy night for both Styles and Moss, as they had both picked up prizes at the British Fashion Awards in the U.K. capital earlier in the evening.
The 31-year-old star will pick up where beauties like Dita Von Teese, Kate Moss and Transformers: Dark of the Moon star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley left off as ambassadors for the racy firm.
The Martyrs star will model lacy bras, panties and garter belts from the company's 2012 spring/summer line in upcoming ads.
Top Story: "Matrix" Sequel to Premiere at Cannes
The Matrix: Reloaded, the sequel to the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix, will be shown out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, the second day of the festival, The Associated Press reports. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss will be released worldwide the same day. The Cannes Film Festival, now in its 56th year, is the world's best-known film festival and serves as a launching pad for movies that are shown out of competition. The festival runs May 14-25. The original movie won four Academy Awards and grossed more than $460 million worldwide. The third and final film in the trilogy, The Matrix: Revolutions is scheduled for release this November.
Kidman Shared Oscar Glory With Cruise
Nicole Kidman, who won Best Actress for her performance in The Hours, shared her Oscar victory last month with ex-husband Tom Cruise. The actress told People magazine in an interview published Thursday that she called Cruise in New Zealand after she won. "It was so important for me to talk to Connor (her son) and yes, to Tom. We have very different lives now, but as I've said to Tom, I will be there for him for the rest of his life, always there," she said. Kidman and Cruise's 10-year marriage ended in 2001 in a bitter divorce.
O'Donnell Demands Retraction From "Enquirer"
Rosie O'Donnell demanded a retraction Thursday from the National Enquirer tabloid, which printed a story on April 15 claiming she and her live-in partner, Kelli Carpenter, were on the verge of splitting up, Reuters reports. O'Donnell's attorney Bert Fields said she may proceed with a lawsuit for defamation and other claims--even if the tabloid retracts the story.
Nazi-Era Fund Seeks Spielberg's Help
Germany's compensation fund for Nazi-era slave laborers said it will seek assistance from director Steven Spielberg to record the testimonies in an effort to keep alive the memory of surviving victims, the AP reports. Officials said Thursday they would seek Spielberg's help for a plan to interview up to 1,000 survivors. Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, which was set up after the filming of 1993's Oscar-winning Schindler's List, has already videotaped the testimonies of more than 50,000 Holocaust survivors.
John Wayne's Son Dies
Michael Wayne, the eldest son of late actor John Wayne, died of heart failure Wednesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center following complications from lupus, an immune system disease, the AP reports. He was 68. He headed Wayne Enterprises, which owns many of his father's films. Among the films Michael Wayne helped produce were The Green Berets (1968), Big Jake (1971), The Train Robbers (1973) and Brannigan (1975).
Did CBS Staffers Bet on "Survivor"?
Costa Rica-based online sportsbook BoDog.com has dropped betting on the CBS reality show Survivor after allegedly finding network employees were wagering on the program--and winning, the AP reports. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before Survivor: Marquesas, the fourth show, and bet on no other events. BoDog's Lance Bradley said they wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of Survivor. At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases.
Fans Walk Out of Pearl Jam Concert
Dozens of fans walked out of a Pearl Jam concert Tuesday in Denver, Colo., after lead singer Eddie Vedder took a mask of President Bush and impaled it on a microphone stand, the AP reports. Several concertgoers booed and shouted for Vedder to shut up as he told the crowd he was against the war and Bush. During the show, however, Vedder said: "Just to clarify ... we support the troops." Vedder used a Bush mask in Australia and Japan to perform the song "Bushleaguer."
Role Call: Tim Story Exits "Barbershop" Sequel, Jane Joins "Punisher"
Director Tim Story has dropped MGM's Barbershop sequel to helm the DreamWorks' comedy Date School, Variety reports. Story denies money was a factor in his decision and said he was worried about repeating himself too soon ... Dreamcatcher star Thomas Jane will play the lead role in Artisan Picture's big-screen adaptation of Marvel's The Punisher for writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh. The film, which revolves around FBI undercover agent and tough-as-nails vigilante Frank Castle, is aiming for a summer 2004 release.
Melissa Rivers, daughter of comedian and author Joan Rivers, reveals in the April 6 issue of TV Guide that she and husband John Endicott have separated. Rivers and Endicott tied the knot on Dec. 12, 1998 at New York's Plaza Hotel in a winter wonderland ceremony that included 100 white-painted trees and more than 20,000 flowers. Rivers told the magazine: "I had a pretty wedding. I made the pretty house. I had the pretty baby, I had the handsome husband. I had the career, he had the career, with me at the gate, waving.
"And the reality is: I'm flawed. He's flawed. I'm still in the honeymoon stages of trying to stay above the fray, and I'm going to be civil, but there have been days when I've just wanted to freak."
Black, Hispanic and Asian performers including Salma Hayek, Rosie Perez and rapper Eve took part in V-Day Harlem at the Apollo Theatre in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, the Associated Press reports. The event, a staged version of The Vagina Monologues, was a benefit to raise awareness about violence against women. Proceeds from the performance will go to several black, Hispanic and Asian women's anti-violence organizations.
The Tea Council is launching a new ad campaign aimed at revamping its image and has signed model Kate Moss to become Britain's new spokeswoman for tea, PageSix.com reports. The Tea Council is hoping Moss, who once admitted to drinking between 10-15 cups a day, will convince its target audience of women ages 25 to 34 that tea isn't just for grandma anymore.
Tara Reid, who plays a college newspaper journalist in National Lampoon's Van Wilder, told Newsday that she was attracted to the role to see "what it was like on the other side." In the film, Reid's character, Gwen, has to rewrite a piece that she feels is not very fair--which she thinks journalists don't do enough. "Some of the things people write about me are so not right, or so off, and I think, 'God, wouldn't it be nice if someone, one day, went back and opened their eyes?'"
Susan Sarandon, Leelee Sobieski and Robin Tunney will star in director George Hickenlooper's indie film A Whale in Montana. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, the film--a cross between Ghost and In the Bedroom--follows a widowed doctor (played by Sarandon) working in a small town and raising her 7-year-old daughter. The film also stars Donald Sutherland, David Strathairn and Rory Cochrane and is budgeted at less than $10 million.
Christina Ricci is in talks to star in Borgia, a historical drama set in the 15th century. She will join Ewan McGregor, who signed on last week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ricci will segue into the project after she completes shooting Woody Allen's untitled project.
Jimmy Fallon of Saturday Night Live is the latest star to join the untitled Allen project, which begins shooting this spring. Like most Allen films, the plot is being kept under wraps. Fallon will join Ricci, Jason Biggs, Glenn Close and Danny DeVito.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus told the Sunday edition of The Washington Post that unlike her two former Seinfeld co-stars, the show has been a blessing for her. NBC is hoping her new comedy, Watching Ellie, will not go the way of Jason Alexander and Michael Richards.
In an effort to distinguish its flagship series Raw on TNN and Smackdown on UPN, the World Wrestling Federation has designated specific wrestlers exclusively to each show, Variety reports. Raw, which airs Monday nights, will feature the Undertaker, Kane, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Lita and the Hardy Boyz, while Thursday night's Smackdown will include the Rock, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Edge and Stacy Kiebler. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and Jazz will float between the two shows for the time being.
Musicians Charlie Daniels and Aaron Neville spent Easter Sunday counseling inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where almost 90 percent of the prison's inmates are serving life sentences. The effort was part of Operation Starting Line, a coalition of more than 20 faith-based organizations that, through religion, try to help inmates turn their lives around , the AP reports.
Jazz history is getting some long-overdue recognition in New Orleans, La. The Preservation Resource Center and the New Orleans Jazz Commission launched an ambitious project to designate long-ignored landmarks in the city's music history by placing their first of 100 "jazz house" historic plaques on a home in New Orleans, La. The plaque was placed on the home where Armand J. Piron--the leader of a popular society band, teacher and music publisher--once lived, the AP reports.
Calling all diamond lovers: betcha don't have a diamond CD! In honor of her 15 million album and single sales in the U.K., Celine Dion was given a solid silver CD Thursday by U.K. radio station Capital FM, Launch Music reports. The disk, made by the Queen of England's jewelers, has more than 2.5 carats of diamonds sprinkled on it.
But wait...it can be yours! Celine is auctioning off the one-of-a-kind disk on March 31, to benefit Help A London Child charity. Go to http://sonymusic.co.uk/celinedion/hmvbid to place your bid.
Janet Reno is headed to Hollywood this week, The Associated Press reports. On Tuesday, the former U.S. attorney general is booked to interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. As Florida's 2002 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Reno is looking to get as much publicity as possible.
Rosie O'Donnell is showing Florida she's really serious about their law that bans gays from adopting children. The AP reports the talk-show host purchased full-page ads in various Florida newspapers urging the Legislature to change the current adoption law.
The Oscar-nominated film Memento will air on TV's Starz! channel beginning in June. Starz! paid $3.5 million for exclusive TV rights to the independent thriller about a man who suffers from severe memory loss while in search of his wife's killer.
In more Memento news, four honors were bestowed upon the film at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, including best feature, best director (Christopher Nolan), best screenplay and best supporting female actress (Carrie-Anne Moss).
There's certainly no shortage of awards ceremonies in Hollywood these days. The Golden Raspberry Awards--a spoof show held on the eve of the Academy Awards--were held Saturday, and Tom Green won five "Razzies" for Freddy Got Fingered. According to the AP, Green is the only actor in "Razzies" history to attend the awards and collect his prizes.
The man who popularized the phrase "rock 'n' roll," the late DJ Alan Freed, can be found in a new final resting place, the AP reports. As of Wednesday, March 20, a brass urn containing Freed's ashes, was moved from a mausoleum in N.Y. to an undisclosed wall at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Lance Freed, Alan's son, approved of the transfer saying, "he lived for...the music."
One of Hollywood's most popular romantic leads of the 1970s, Ryan O'Neal, will appear as a presenter at tonight's Academy Awards, despite his yearlong battle with leukemia, Reuters reports. Paper Moon, Love Story and Barry Lyndon--the latter of which he played opposite his daughter, Tatum O'Neal-are just a few of the films to O'Neal's credit.
Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Summer of Sam), spoke about the need for blacks to be in power positions in the movie industry at the East Lansing Film Festival in Michigan. Lee, never one to shy away from controversy, said that blacks play token roles in too many feature films.