'Mad Men's' long, strange trip
April 23rd, 2012
11:36 AM ET

'Mad Men's' long, strange trip

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 22 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

So that was weird, huh? Turn on, tune in and drop out, indeed.

Peggy, who was left rattled after a fight with Abe and a misplaced good luck totem, established the air of unease that settled over Sunday's episode.

Her encore presentation to the Heinz delegation fell flat, and when the company’s rep expressed his displeasure, she laid into him in a manner that was reminiscent of Don's confrontation with Jantzen several seasons back.

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Filed under: Mad Men • television • TV recaps
Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins our vote as the 'Veep'
April 23rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins our vote as the 'Veep'

Confession time: If someone told me a show that was equal parts "The West Wing" and "The Larry Sanders Show" was forthcoming, I'd already be intrigued.

Throw in Julia Louis-Dreyfus and a strong supporting cast, including Anna Chlumsky, "Arrested Development's" Tony Hale and "Upright Citizens Brigade" vet Matt Walsh, and it's hard to see how it can miss.

Sunday night's premiere episode definitely lived up to its potential. This being a comedy, you have to guess that Louis-Dreyfus' Vice President Selina Meyer is not going to be an idealized figure like Martin Sheen's President Josiah Bartlett by any stretch of the imagination.

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April 23rd, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Want to be the next improv sensation? Rachel Dratch has advice

"Saturday Night Live" alum Rachel Dratch is perhaps best known for her outrageous portrayal of "Debbie Downer," a sullen sad sack with a knack for saying just the thing to take the wind out of everyone’s sails.

But these days Dratch has a new, happier role: that of mother to toddler Eli Benjamin.

She recently sat down with CNN to talk about her new book, "Girl Walks into a Bar... Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle,” and says that while having a baby at 44 was a shock, the reaction from other women has been equally surprising.

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'Game of Thrones': Melisandre 'delivers' as things get creepy
April 23rd, 2012
09:59 AM ET

'Game of Thrones': Melisandre 'delivers' as things get creepy

[Note: This post contains spoilers for the April 22 episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," and the George R.R. Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" novels upon which the series is based.]

Forget for a moment that on Sunday's "Game of Thrones," Peter Dinklage provided more Emmy-worthy moments as Tyrion, the black-sheep “imp” coming into his own as a power player in the cutthroat titular game.

Let's also momentarily put aside that poor Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finally got her rag-tag band of followers out of the desert – albeit landing in the city of Qarth, where the two-legged variety of vipers appeared to be as common as the sort slithering through the sand outside.

No, the scene from Sunday's episode that’s sure to have folks talking is its final one – in which the shadowy (hooray for double entendre!) fire priestess Melisandre gets involved in the game in a big, and creepy, way.

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic are having a baby
April 23rd, 2012
09:32 AM ET

Giuliana and Bill Rancic are having a baby

After years of struggling to conceive, Giuliana and Bill Rancic are finally expecting!

The E! News host and her husband announced Monday on the "Today" show that they’re going to become parents via a gestational surrogate.

The pair, who star on the Style network reality show “Giuliana & Bill," have been open about their journey to parenthood, which has included a miscarriage and ineffective IVF treatments.

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Emily Blunt tells us something we don't know
April 23rd, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Emily Blunt tells us something we don't know

[Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from an interview that aired on "The Dinner Party," a national public radio show about culture. You can hear the interview in its entirety here: www.dinnerpartydownload.com.]

Actress Emily Blunt first made a splash in the States as the neurotic senior assistant to Meryl Streep’s character in "The Devil Wears Prada."

Since then she’s starred in several films, including "Young Victoria" and "The Adjustment Bureau." Her latest movie is the Judd Apatow-produced comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," where she plays (wait for it)...a woman who's been engaged for five years.

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