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The Internet Can't Get Enough of These Pictures of Steven Mnuchin and Wife Louise Linton with a Sheet of $1 Bills

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The Internet Can't Get Enough of These Pictures of Steven Mnuchin and Wife Louise Linton with a Sheet of $1 Bills
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza now have their signatures on the $1 bill.

The two men toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on Wednesday, accompanied by Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, who posed with her husband as he held a sheet of new dollar bills.

The resulting photos prompted a number of playful responses on social media. Many posters played off Linton’s love for designer clothes, as well as an incident earlier this year in which she posted and commented on Instagram in a way that suggested insensitivity about wealth disparity.

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The definitive, annotated, essential list of 'Mad Men' rankings

  • Hitfix
My thoughts this week are, as you might imagine, consumed with "Mad Men," and as I was getting lunch this afternoon, I started thinking about the many different copywriters who have worked under Don and/or Peggy over the years. This inevitably led me to try to rank them, and the next thing I knew, I was tweeting that ranking and a bunch of other non-essential ones. Then, after reading Twitter responses and seeing things I missed and/or ranked unfairly, I composed the following completely essential, not-at-all rushed or superficial list of annotated "Mad Men" rankings. Please commence to arguing in the comments, and feel free to rank other things either more important (Don pitches) or less (Ken Cosgrove pen names). Non-Don/Peggy copywriters ranked Ginsberg, Freddie, Smitty (and Kurt), Megan, Kinsey, Ted, Mathis, Danny, Ed, Joey... Lou Notes: Kinsey is probably suffering from recency bias, and I've forgotten
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2014, the Original Soundtrack: The Year in Music

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For the last few years, I’ve taken it upon myself in my capacity as Sos co-founder and eternal DJ to gather up some of my favorite tracks of the year, along with excerpts of dialogue and scoring from some of my favorite films (and, this year, TV series!) of the year, and cram it into a mix that could fit onto a hypothetical CD-r. But since this has been the year of the mixtape (hello Guardians of the Galaxy, Mommy, and Boyhood), and since there’s been such an overwhelming bounty of great music to choose from, I opted for a “C120″ format – two “sides,” one hour each. Since non-film music is the one area of pop culture Sound on Sight will (hopefully) never devote a subsection to, it’s the one instance I allow myself every year to flex my geekery in this area.

Lots of really great
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Actress Martha Stewart May Still Be Alive Despite Two-Year-Old Reports to the Contrary

Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 -- if any -- was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now,
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Mad Men: The Final Season Part 1 Blu-Ray Review

When AMC announced they were splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episodes halves, similar to what had been done with Breaking Bad in its last two years, I could only roll my eyes in disdain. The splitting of cable drama seasons is often an annoyance, and while it can work out fine with some series – The Walking Dead and its enormous fanbase seem to have adjusted just fine to the strategy over the years, in part because they’ve being doing it since the second season – it feels especially cumbersome and unnecessary when imposed upon the final years of a long-running drama that has long-since established a workable format.

It’s easy to forget that Breaking Bad seriously struggled with the half-length season format in its 2012 episodes, given how utterly brilliant the final eight hours were in 2013, but where Vince Gilligan and company had so carefully cultivated
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'Mad Men' Season 7 Blu-Ray Exclusive

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'Mad Men' Season 7 Blu-Ray Exclusive
As "Mad Men" rolled out the first half of its final run on AMC, one of the most talked about scenes was the fantasy song and dance sequence with Bert Cooper (Robert Morse).

Don Draper watched the late Bert perform "The Best Things in Life Are Free," and with the DVD and Blu-Ray for "Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1" released on Tuesday, AccessHollywood.com has a look at one of the special features that goes behind the scenes of that moment.

In the clip, series creator Matthew Weiner explains what the beautiful moment was all about.

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What If MTV Ran the Emmy Awards?

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What If MTV Ran the Emmy Awards?
To avoid a conflict with Sunday Night Football, NBC moved the 2014 Emmy Awards telecast up a month, to August 25. But in swerving clear of the football juggernaut, the Emmys steered right into the lane of the landmark cultural occasion of late August: the MTV VMAs, scheduled for one day prior. It got us thinking: What if we took things to their logical conclusion and handed MTV control of the Emmys, as well? Using categories from both the VMAs and their summertime counterpart, the MTV Movie Awards, we've imagined what would happen if the cable network was in charge of handing
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How “The Best Things in Life Are Free” Gave ‘Mad Men’ Its Most Ominous Ending Yet

Don Draper is losing his mind. This is not a new theory, but after last Sunday’s season finale (for this half of Mad Men’s final season) it looks like it is becoming a fact. A season that has had Don fighting to keep everything – his job, his marriage, his family – finally allows our battered protagonist to end things on a high note with Don back on top at Sc&P, letting go of a marriage that seemed only to weigh him down, and building an honest relationship with his kids (well, Sally at least). But then the true cracks start to show. While Don has spent the past season fighting to keep his place in his world, his world has forgotten him. Betty wants to pretend Don was just a “bad ex-boyfriend” instead of her ex-husband and the father of her three children. Sc&P marched on despite Don’s forced leave of absence and
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'Mad Men's Robert Morse on Dancing Into the Sunset

'Mad Men's Robert Morse on Dancing Into the Sunset
"The phones have been ringing off the hook!" Robert Morse exclaims, which isn't surprising given the 83-year-old actor's turn in the Mad Men split-season finale last Sunday night. (Here there be spoilers, so anyone who has not yet seen the episode, you may want to turn back now. Seriously.) Having played Sterling Cooper & Partners' co-founder and resident Zen philosopher/Japanaphile Bertrand Cooper on the show for seven seasons, Morse saw his character shuffle off this mortal coil right after his character witnessed Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Viewers learn
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Mad Men’s Robert Morse on Dancing for Jon Hamm, His Bursting Inbox, and Bert’s Orchiectomy

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Mad Men’s Robert Morse on Dancing for Jon Hamm, His Bursting Inbox, and Bert’s Orchiectomy
Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t yet seen Mad Men’s mid-season finale, get on that and come back later. This week, Robert Morse will head to the set of Mad Men. Filming is underway on the series' final episodes, and the 83-year-old actor still gets scripts and turns up to table reads regularly, even though his character Bertram Cooper passed away in Sunday’s mid-season finale. Morse tells us series creator–executive producer Matthew Weiner wouldn’t have it any other way, and as far as TV deaths go, Weiner wrote Bert one hell of a swan song: a dazzling song-and-dance number set to “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” Vulture chatted with Morse about his wife’s tearful reaction, his smooth moves, and how he found out that Bert had only one testicle.Hi, Robert! Hello, hello! How are you doing today?I’m a Vulture [laughs]. What’s the feedback been like?
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‘Mad Men’ Q&A with Matthew Weiner: ‘Life and Death Are Bigger than Money’

‘Mad Men’ Q&A with Matthew Weiner: ‘Life and Death Are Bigger than Money’
Matthew Weiner spent most of Memorial Day in his office writing the final finale of “Mad Men,” while fans parsed the state of the Sterling Cooper universe after Sunday’s midseason finale.

He took a few moments away from focusing on next year’s last seven episodes to discuss some of the broader themes and plot points from this year’s first half of the farewell season.

Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Mad Men” episode 7, “Waterloo.”

Although the seven episodes seemed to be over in a blink of an eye, Weiner said he and his writing team “really tried to tell a whole season’s worth of story.” Now that “Waterloo” has aired, the truth can be told. The writing team had long planned for Bert Cooper to die while watching the July 1969 moon landing. And they’ve been wanting to script a song-and-dance number for
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Matthew Weiner Talks About Mad Men’s Mid-Season Finale, 2001, and Why Joan Is So Mad at Don

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Matthew Weiner Talks About Mad Men’s Mid-Season Finale, 2001, and Why Joan Is So Mad at Don
At the beginning of this season, Mad Men creator-executive producer Matthew Weiner spoke with Vulture about the impact of splitting the final 14 episodes, and the timelessness of Don’s creative work. Where does Don have left to go from here? Is the honest progress he's made in these last seven episodes built to last, or is his personal Waterloo yet to come? Answers won't arrive until next spring, but the morning after Sunday's momentous mid-season finale, Weiner talked about setting up the end by having Don earn his integrity and laying the groundwork for everything from that last dazzling vision of the late Bertram Cooper to Meredith’s ill-timed pass at Don to, yes, Ginsberg’s severed nipple.There's already debate online about whether Don’s vision of Bert singing and dancing to “The Best Things in Life Are Free” was a tribute to Robert Morse or an indication that
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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Mid-Season Finale Review

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[This is a review of Mad Men season 7, episode 7. There will be Spoilers.]

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For the second time in as many weeks, Mad Men has delivered an episode that, largely due to the weight of its closing moments, could easily have served as an incredibly satisfying end to the series itself. Unlike last week’s slow pull away from Don, Peggy, and Pete forming an improvised family unit at a Burger Chef, however, ‘Waterloo’ puts another spin on the series’ typically elegiac way of ending things by affording Robert Morse a chance to send the indomitable Bert Cooper off with a rendition of ‘The Best Things in Life are Free’ that is ...

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Mad Men season 7 episode 7 review: Waterloo

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After seven years, Mad Men is delivering its very best and still capable of surprising us. Here’s our review of the midseason finale…

Review

This review contains spoilers.

7.7 Waterloo

“What is happiness? The moment before you need more happiness.” That season five line typifies the cynicism that, previous to Waterloo, I’d taken to be Mad Men’s essential perspective.

Over six and a half seasons, Matthew Weiner’s show has been a circus of disenchantment and unfulfillment. Against a backdrop of social discontent and ad-land lies, we’ve seen Don’s death wish, Joan’s compromises, Pete’s frustrations, Peggy’s loneliness, Kinsey’s failed ‘enlightenment’, Lane’s fate and more. “What is wrong with you people?” Megan once asked Peggy. They’re Mad Men characters is the short answer; unhappy people whose job it is to create more unhappiness.

Then came this year’s midseason finale.

Not
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"Mad Men" Meets Its "Waterloo" With a Song in Its Heart

The seventh season of "Mad Men" his its midway point, and its last episode until 2015, with a song in its heart -- specifically, "The Best Things in Life Are Free," which Bert Cooper returned from the grave to croon to a teary-eyed Don Draper. It was a surprising move, to say the least, and one not without its detractors -- my own take on that, and the rest of the episode, is here -- but there's no question it left us with a strong image to contemplate over the long break until the show's finale seven episodes. In its final season, "Mad Men" has knocked off characters and finalized stories with greater aplomb than any show since "The Wire": They'll be done with every one of them in seven hours, so why not give Ginsberg a psychotic break, or send Bert Cooper off to the great agency in the sky?
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‘Mad Men’ Recap: ‘Waterloo’ Charts Course for Final 2015 Episodes

‘Mad Men’ Recap: ‘Waterloo’ Charts Course for Final 2015 Episodes
Every great ad is a story. Ain’t that the truth.

Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen the “Mad Men” season 7-a finale, “Waterloo.”

We close this first half of the final season on a surprisingly hopeful note for our heroes. The mood seems to match the feeling of the country in July 1969 after the triumph of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

After nothing but bad news for years — assassinations, the Cold War, riots and Vietnam — the country was ready for some rah-rah news and Neil Armstrong’s fateful footsteps certainly qualified. “Waterloo,” written and directed by series creator Matt Weiner, seemed to underscore a lot of the big themes that Weiner has always pointed to in discussing the series. One of the biggest is his desire to show that the 1960s in reality are not at all as they are remembered in hindsight. I thought it
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Mad Men Mid-Season Finale Review: “Waterloo” (Season 7, Episode 7)

As Bert Cooper would say, Bravo.

In the week leading up to this mid-season finale, many Internet critics and commentators criticized AMC’s decision to split Mad Men’s season in two halves. Unlike Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, action-heavy series that created excitement and anticipation with surprising cliffhanger endings, how could a slower, more character-driven series finish on a resonant note? Well, from the moments we see Bert Cooper watch the lift-off of Apollo 11 and Ted cut the engine as he steers two clients on his plane, “Waterloo” is a high-wire hour, full of superb acting and story turns both devastating and triumphant. This was an episode filled with darkness and light, some big wins and an incredible loss. If “Waterloo” does not rank as the series’ best episode, it is certainly in the top five.

The best place to start is with the dearly departed Bertram Cooper,
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'Mad Men' Season Finale Recap: The Best Things in Life Are Free

'Mad Men' Season Finale Recap: The Best Things in Life Are Free
During a brainstorming session in last week's episode "The Strategy" — perhaps the first time Don Draper has ever addressed Peggy Olson as a true creative equal, he gifted her with a great piece of advice: "I start at the beginning again, see if I end up in the same place." But that strategy doesn't work as well for his life, as the Season 7.1 finale, "Waterloo," shows in spades. Don started over with a second marriage, and it ended just like the first one, except this time it only took Megan
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