The stars of Mad Men got together to discuss their hit show at The Paley Center for Media in NYC last night. Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, and the rest of the cast sat down with show creator Matthew Weiner and moderator Brian Williams for a candid discussion about the new season. During the beginning of the panel, Brian joked with Matthew about an inaccuracy from Sunday's episode — don't forget to check out our Mad Men recap — where Joan, played by Christina Hendricks, said that she had made a reservation at Le Cirque, a real-life NYC restaurant that didn't exist in 1968, when the episode took place. Matthew laughed, "Christina Hendricks isn't here, but she ad-libbed that part." Brian also asked about another un-'60s moment when Don ordered an "Old Spanish," a made-up drink from 30 Rock, which Jon, Brian, and John Slattery have all guest-starred on. Matthew and Jon confirmed that the drink order was purely a nod to Tina Fey's former show. The event was the second big night out for the group this week after they attended a BAFTA celebration of Mad Men in the Big Apple on Monday. Stay tuned for our interview with the cast from the Paley Center panel!
HBO's new series Girls premiered at the School of Visual Arts Theater in NYC. The series is the brainchild of Lena Dunham, whose first big movie Tiny Furniture debuted in 2010. The film caught the eye of Judd Apatow, who reached out to Lena to see if she needed help with any projects. Their friendship helped bring Girls to TV, and Judd worked closely with Lena on the 10 episodes of the first season. The program centers around the friendships of four ladies living in NYC, and the plot has raised some inevitable comparisons to HBO's other landmark series about Big Apple women — Sex and the City. Girls, though, is a grittier look at the lives of 20-somethings and the mistakes they make, both personally and professionally.
Lena also stars in the show, along with Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke. Plenty of famous friends came out to support the cast, including a Preen-clad Claire Danes, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon. Allison, whose father is NBC's Brian Williams, wore a gorgeous white Donna Karan dress and Kwiat jewels. Zosia also has a well-known dad, writer David Mamet, and Jemima's father was in the band Bad Company! Brian and his wife Jane swung by the afterparty at the Standard Hotel.
Lena spoke to us last night about when Judd first reached out to her. She said, "I thought that it was a prank when Judd first got in touch with me. I thought my friend Isabel was emailing me using this weird technology that lets you pretend your email address is someone else's email address!" The affection is certainly mutual between Lena and Judd. He raved of Lena, "She's so funny, and she has a unique vision." Check out our full red-carpet report later today on PopSugar Rush.
Brad Pitt looked handsome in denim on denim shooting an interview with Brian Williams in New Orleans today. The segment will air on this Sunday's Meet The Press. He's there to talk on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a topic he spoke passionately about in Spike Lee's new documentary that aired this week on HBO. Brad's Make It Right campaign has so far finished about 50 of the promised 150 eco-friendly homes they set out to build in the area, one of which he toured with Brian this afternoon. While he is focusing his philanthropic efforts in Louisiana, Angelina has had a busy week, starting with her visit to Sarajevo. She'll reportedly make her directorial debut with her movie about the war in Bosnia and she also signed on to star in another project
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President Obama may have started yesterday with the intention of selling his stimulus plan to the American people with a full-court media press, but he ended it defending his stake on change. On the NBC Nightly News Obama handled ex-nominee Tom Daschle's tax problems by confessing to Brian Williams: "I screwed up." Check out how Obama maintained that he's ushering in the era of responsibility, and other highlights from last night.
- On Tom Daschle's withdrawal: Oh it made me angry and disappointed and it's something I have to take responsibility for. I appointed these folks. I think they are outstanding people. I think Tom Daschle as an example could have led this health care effort, a difficult effort better than just about anybody. But as he acknowledged, this was a mistake.
- On whether politics as usual has won: [T]he fact of the matter is Tom Daschle pulled out today. And I'm here on television saying I screwed up and that's part of the era of responsibility, is not never making mistakes, it's owning up to them and trying to make sure you never repeat them and that's what we intend to do.
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Summer blockbuster season is officially in full gear! Iron Man kicked things off but this weekend it's all about Indy and die-hard fans are already in theaters watching the long awaited fourth installment of the Ford/Lucas/Spielberg film. Shia may be the newcomer but he already knows how important it is to take his mentor's advice. When ET asked Shia what he's learned from the veteran actor he said, "Stay humble." We love it and hope he sticks to it. The cast showed up last night in NYC to express their gratitude to fans for a special screening. Oh and some other celebrities like Eric McCormack showed up as well. He looks so cute, makes me miss Will & Grace a little. I wonder if they agreed with Buzz's review of the film.
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I've lost count of how many crazy tv anchor videos we've shown you. Losing it on live tv must be an occupational hazard. What's in the coffee mugs those tv anchors are always sipping out of? Moonshine?