Is rapper Kanye West considering the name “I Am God” for his next album?
No, he is not, according to an anonymous source that spoke to E! News. In addition, someone that the Huffington Post cited as “a reliable source in West's camp” said that the phrase is actually the name of one of West’s songs on his upcoming album, not the title, which is where the misunderstanding may have arisen. The title, added the source, is “I Am A God,” not “I Am God.”
“We would never be so presumptuous or sacrilegious to call ourselves the supreme being,” the source said, according to the Huffington Post. (Your guess is as good as ours as to what that “we” indicates.) The source said the album title hasn’t been decided on yet.
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The impression that West was titling his album “I Am God” may have come from a BBC News article which was discussing the possibility that West and Kim Kardashian are considering the name North for their child.
“Mixed emotions greet reports that Kanye West is considering calling his first child North,” the article by Charles Nevin read. “It's a good joke, from a slightly unexpected source (neither the rapper nor his possibly even more famous partner, Kim Kardashian, are best known for their self-deprecating sallies, although the title Kanye is supposed to be contemplating for his new album, I Am God, is said to be ‘half tongue-in-cheek’).”
West first worked as a producer in the music industry and was a member of the rap group the Go-Getters, which released one album, before he crafted his first album, “The College Dropout,” and released it in 2004. “College” was followed by his albums “Graduation,” “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and his collaboration with artist Jay-Z titled “Watch the Throne,” among other works. He has won 21 Grammy Awards throughout his career.
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On the newest “Dancing with the Stars” episode, contestant Kellie Pickler and her partner Derek Hough performed a jazz routine that seemed to win over the judges and put Pickler and Hough in second place among the contestants.
The dance was set to the song “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and the set included thin green lights that glowed behind the couple as they performed the routine.
Because there wasn’t an elimination round during the first week of competition, contestants currently hold a score out of 60 rather than the usual 30, combining the scores of the first two weeks. Pickler and Hough currently stand at 47 out of 60, behind Disney Channel star Zendaya and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who hold a score of 50 out of 60. However, the two couples earned the same score for the second night with 26 out of 30.
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“For week two, last week was a spark,” judge Len Goodman said to Pickler and Hough. “This is a fire. Well done.”
Reviewers of the TV show seemed impressed with Pickler’s performance as well.
“Former 'American Idol' contender-turned-country star Kellie Pickler wowed with a thrilling, futuristic jazz number,” Access Hollywood wrote in its recap of the show.
Pickler said in an interview that she’s feeling more comfortable on the show after initially expressing trepidation.
“People are expecting me to be good, and I don’t know if I am or not,” she had said in an interview, according to Wetpaint. “I hope people don’t have too high of expectations for me, because I’m not a dancer.”
But in an interview with On the Red Carpet, a website produced by ABC News, Pickler said she now felt more at ease.
“I mean, last week was the first show – so overwhelming,” she said. “But I don’t know, I'm still running on adrenaline. I'm very happy… I'm very thankful… We gotta bring it next week, big time.”
Hough spoke positively of his partner in an interview with the website.
“I want her to be sensational because she has the capacity to be fantastic,” he said of Pickler.
One of the pairs will be eliminated tonight in the newest “Dancing with the Stars” episode.
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Actor Will Smith recently revealed in an interview why he decided against appearing in the Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino film “Django Unchained.”
“Django wasn’t the lead,” Smith said of the character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, telling the magazine that he believed actor Christoph Waltz’s character, the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, was the protagonist. “So it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”
Smith said he asked Tarantino to make the character of Django more involved.
“I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” the actor said.
But he was a huge fan of the movie, Smith said.
“I thought it was brilliant,” he said. “Just not for me.”
Smith was originally rumored to be considering playing the character of Django, a slave who embarks with Schultz on a mission to free Django's wife, who is working as a slave in the house of sadistic plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Actor Jamie Foxx eventually took on the role.
“Django” won an Oscar for Waltz for his portrayal of bounty hunter King Schultz and for Tarantino for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as well as the Oscars' Cinematography and Sound Editing prizes. Waltz also won a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for his role and Tarantino won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, while the film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for DiCaprio at the Globes.
Smith is starring with his son Jaden in the sci-fi drama “After Earth,” which will be released this June. “Earth” follows a father and son who are trapped on Earth a thousand years after most of humanity has fled the planet.
The actor also recently starred in “Men in Black 3,” in which he reprised his role of Agent J.
After a four-month hiatus and several assurances by both series creator Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams that the second half of would be superior to the first, Revolution has returned, leaving many to wonder if the time off allowed the writers the chance to fine-tune various elements of the show that needed some attention and excise the parts that were simply not working.
The first thing that comes to mind when watching ‘The Stand’ is the fact that the show seems to have done away with the rather unnecessary introduction that attempted to sum up the series in just a few sentences and then ended with “we’re hoping someone will come along and light the way.” Perhaps it was absent only because this was the big return from hiatus, but with any luck that segment won’t find its way back.
With the intro out of the way, Revolution picks up right where it left off at the end of ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine,’ canceling any thought that there might have been some kind of jump to usher in some significant structural changes to the series. But in keeping with some of Kripke’s comments at PaleyFest, the episode manages to deliver an explosive moment early on as the helicopter that was facing down Miles and the rest of the core group chases them into an abandoned diner and promptly blows it up.
While that one instance doesn’t immediately signal positive change, there are some subtle examples of the creative team successfully shifting priorities by delivering more action and diverting some of the focus away from the teen characters like Charlie, Jason and Danny. It still feels as though Revolution has a way to go before the allocation of screen time is at a more appropriate level (Jason has been kicked out of the Neville family and that can only mean more of him and Charlie), but as indicated by the early scene with Miles and Rachel, there’s a nice chemistry between the two that was rarely present between any of the primary characters during the season’s first 10 episodes, and hints at an interesting dynamic yet to come.
Instead of just throwing out what didn’t work before and pretending it never happened (which probably would have been okay with many viewers), ‘The Stand’ acknowledges that the show had finally taken care of one of its biggest storytelling problems when the hunt for Danny concluded in the midseason finale. With Miles and Co. free from their seemingly endless pursuit of the hapless Matheson child, and Monroe flying his attack helicopters around, wiping out factions of the resistance, Revolution felt like it was finally headed in a more promising direction.
But the writers went a step further in that direction by taking Danny out of the show altogether. Moments after Danny asserts himself to Charlie and takes part in the defense of the resistance’s headquarters, he destroys the helicopter carrying the pendant and amplifier onboard with the rocket launcher Miles lifted from one of Rachel’s friends. The victory is short-lived, however, as he’s cut down by a hail of gunfire haphazardly sent by the other helicopter as it crashes.
Danny’s death will likely serve as motivation for Charlie and Miles to continue their fight against Monroe, but it also allows for a bizarre scene where his mother removes a mysterious electronic device from his corpse that will hopefully provide some answers to Rachel’s involvement in the blackout.
Speaking of answers, there is still an annoying tendency for characters (i.e. Rachel) to keep valuable information away from the rest of the group for no other reason than a supposed lack of time. Purposely derailing the momentum like this was one of the primary problems with the first half of the season, and its certainly not doing any good here. ‘The Stand’ was heavy on action sequences, so it’s understandable why the answers weren’t immediately forthcoming, but here’s hoping the sense of forward momentum that carried over from the midseason finale leads to some much-needed clarity in the weeks to come.
On the other end, it’s encouraging to see the writers have paired Colm Feore’s Randall character with Monroe. Even if it’s just for the time being, putting another character with knowledge of the central mystery into the thick of things should help progress the action even further.
This is only the first episode back, so there’s no telling if any of the positive changes (aside from the removal of Danny) will stick, but now there’s at least some hope that things are capable of moving in the right direction.
Kevin Yeoman blogs at Screen Rant.
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that actor James Franco has gotten involved with ... well, pretty much everything. As Joshua Mohr wrote in a New York Times article in 2010, Franco’s “ambition over the past few years has manifested almost as performance art.”
This past weekend, the movie "Spring Breakers," starring Franco and Disney stars like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, made its debut in theaters nationwide. The movie, along with the Disney film "Oz the Great and Powerful," which was released earlier this month, has thrust Franco back into the limelight again, as Hollywood’s Renaissance man. Check out this rendition of what might be on Franco’s bucket list if he created one – and how much he's already completed.
– Get a degree
For Franco, this actually means get multiple degrees from multiple universities all at the same time, from Yale University to Columbia University. In 2012, a former professor of his alleged that he was fired from New York University because he gave the actor a D grade, according to Time magazine. In 2009, Franco was caught on camera sleeping in a Columbia class. His response? According to Gawker, he said, “It was this extra thing, it was 10 at night, it wasn’t a class.”
– Use degree(s) to teach college-level courses
Perhaps Franco really believes in the saying “knowledge is power” because he decided to not only obtain these degrees but also use the degrees to teach. A University of California, Los Angeles, student who recently took Franco’s screenplay/creative writing workshop told LA Weekly that Franco “definitely cares a lot about teaching and it’s not just something he’s just doing.” The student also said Franco holds office hours and “gives five or 10 minutes of feedback every week” to each student.
– Guest-star in a soap opera
On “General Hospital,” Franco plays a character named Franco, an artist who also happens to be a serial killer. In 2010, the actor told “Good Morning America” he decided to play in the soap opera because “it’s a different form of entertainment that I have ever worked in.”
– Write a book
“Many of the stories end in nihilistic violences and gratuitous gore, which, let’s admit, can be entertaining... yet many of these tales have no emotional payoffs,” wrote Mohr in his New York Times review of Franco’s book “Palo Alto” in 2010.
– Stay awake as long as possible
“I don’t get much sleep,” Franco told “Good Morning America” in 2010. “I am very busy.” This is obvious because it seems as if no human being with a normal sleep cycle could cram all the activities Franco does into his or her schedule.
– Get nominated for an Oscar
Franco got the nod from the Academy after his portrayal of outdoorsman Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s film "127 Hours," in 2010. The film, based on a true story, follows Aron, a solo hiker, after he falls into a ravine in Utah and is trapped for five days, out of human view and with limited supplies. USA Today’s review called Franco “thoroughly captivating.”
– Host the Oscars
Franco co-hosted the 2011 ceremony with Anne Hathaway, but many critics responded negatively to the ceremony. The Hollywood Reporter wrote in its review that Franco “seemed distant, uninterested and content to keep his Cheshire-cat-meets-smug smile on display throughout.”
– Star in a Disney movie
In "Oz the Great and Powerful," Franco plays the wizard who falls into the land of Oz and must help save it from destruction. Franco received mixed reviews – most, like The Boston Globe, called him out for a poor performance, with the Globe writing that Franco was “too callow, too feckless, too much the dude for this role.” However, some like IndieWire argued, “Franco makes it his own, and again proves his can be an underestimated leading man.” Whether his portrayal of the great wizard was good or bad, it is still an interesting move for Franco to go Disney, especially considering the film was released around the same time as the racy, polar-opposite "Spring Breakers."
– Star in a movie with Disney stars
In "Spring Breakers," directed by Harmony Korine, Franco is almost unrecognizable in his role as Alien, a rapper/gangster who sports beaded cornrows and tattoos. He plays the not-so-great influence on already-rebellious college students (played by Hudgens, Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who venture to Florida for their spring break.
The 34-year-old has already done so much that you have to wonder, what could possibly be next?
Saba Hamedy is a Monitor contributor.
One-on-Three interview with J-P Passi, Sami Helle, and Toni Välitalo: The Punk Syndrome – Winner, SXGlobal Audience Award
J-P Passi, co-director, The Punk Syndrome
Sami Helle, bassist, Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day
Toni Välitalo, drummer, Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day
Erin: My first question is for J-P. What compelled you to make a movie about this band?
J-P Passi: The anarchy of the guys. We have two directors, and the other one saw them on TV on a news program. It was a news flash on the band, who were still in the very early stages of their career.
Sami Helle: Four years ago.
J-P Passi: He told me about the band and asked if I would be interested.
Erin (to Sami): How did you guys get together, and what made you want to form a band?
Sami: It was Pertti, our guitar player. He has been a punk rock freak for 30 years. Of course, we just do the music. He said, “Okay, let’s just put a band together,” then we did that. Three guys, me, Toni, Kari, then Pertti started this band, and in 2010, there was a movie called A Little Respect, a Finnish movie. That movie needed a song. So the song was in that movie, and the rest is history.
Erin: It sounds like you guys ascended very quickly.
Sami: It was quick. It came really quickly.
J-P: They have a really long history together. They were already working in that direction.
Sami: We’d known each other for a long time, and so far, so good to be together.
Erin: How do you guys come up with ideas to write songs?
Sami: It’s the other guys who write the songs.
Erin: You just play them.
Sami: Yeah, basically I have no say about the songs! (Laughs.) It’s Pertti who makes the songs. The message is [usually] what’s wrong with the world today, and about their lives.
Erin: So the music comes from the lives you lead, and your frustrations.
Sami: Yes. Pertti’s frustration, mainly. [His ideas] are about sticking it to the government, and everyday things.
Erin: Your band is made up of people who are developmentally disabled–
Sami: Mentally handicapped.
Erin: I am also developmentally disabled. Nobody really knows exactly what I have. When I was three, they thought I was autistic, but the thing was, I could read, whereas normally–
Sami: I am mildly handicapped. Mentally handicapped. And I too didn’t know for a long time what I was. They said I was mildly handicapped when I was 14. For 14 years, I didn’t know what I was. That’s the truth. When they put a label on me, “You are mentally handicapped, that’s that. That’s what you are.” But sometimes they don’t go through specifically who you are.
Erin: Growing up, I experienced a lot of frustration from my peers because at some point during the day, I would have to leave, and go to another room–
Sami: I know what you’re saying. I was taunted when I was a youngster because there was [a big group of kids who would taunt me]. I had girls who came to me and started to bully me. I went down to the principal’s office. They were like, “What’s wrong with this? I [reported] the students to the teachers and the principal. But when their parents stepped in, they were like, “Oh, our girls don’t do that!”
Erin: Even though you don’t necessarily write the songs, how much of your frustration goes into your music?
Sami: When I’m onstage, I [channel] the frustration from the girls who bullied me into the music, and all that stuff comes out. I don’t write the lyrics, but 30, 40 percent of the time, I feel the same. Toni feels the same, we all feel the same. This is our way for us to say, “Screw it!”
Erin: With the kind of music you play, do you think that being disabled puts you at an advantage? As disabled persons, you’re marginalized to begin with.
Erin: When I was watching The Punk Syndrome, I was reminded of a musician, and I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, named Wesley Willis.
Erin: He was also mentally handicapped, and he had schizophrenia. He would write songs about having schizophrenia, and stuff around Chicago, where he lived. He passed away ten years ago. There was some fear of him being exploited due to his disability. Do you guys fear being exploited because of your disability, or that people might take advantage of you?
Sami: No. Because we’re out there. First of all, we went out there. At first we thought that people would shoot us because we are mentally handicapped. [Instead], everyone was so supportive. We were like, “What’s going on?”
When I was a youngster, there was a lot more negativity. We’ve had fans that have come to different parts of Finland to see us, people who would travel 200km just see us. People have been really, really supportive. It’s easy for us to do punk rock, because it’s already a family. Everybody saw us and said, “You’re pretty good!” They don’t look at us as mentally handicapped, they just look at us as us. And that part has been really good.
Erin: Do you think you’ve found some acceptance, now that you have cultivated a niche for yourselves?
Sami: Yeah. When we are musicians, everybody accepts us, but when we are on our own in society, it’s a little difficult. When we are musicians, it’s like, “Okay, we’re on our own!” It’s harder when we’re not musicians.
Erin: So it’s like when you’re out performing, you’re accepted, and then when you’re in the real world–
Sami: It seems like we have to do a lot more in the real world to be accepted.
Erin: And then you write songs about the “real world”, and then you play them–
Sami: It’s Pertti that writes the songs. Sometimes, I’m not agreeing with the views of the songs. But I still have to play the songs!
Co-Director J-P Passi
Erin (to J-P): How long did you follow the band?
J-P: About eighteen months or so.
Erin: And during that time, they gained a huge following.
Erin (to Sami): When you formed the band, did you think it would get as big as it did?
Sami (laughing): No.
J-P: It was kind of a project.
Sami: It started because our manager put one of our songs on YouTube. After that, it was like, WHHHHOOOOOOAAAA!!!! A lot of people watched it. After that, it got so big, we got gigs, and the rest is history. The movie came, and everything got big.
At this juncture, the publicist asked Toni to say a few words. His thoughts were translated from Finnish by J-P Passi.
Toni via J-P: He really likes the film. But in the film, he was visiting a group home. It was busy there. He wants to stay with his parents, and he will stay with his parents. He will not leave home.
Erin: I totally understand that. What are your hopes for the film, and what are your hopes for the future?
Sami: Especially today, I am looking forward to seeing how Americans react to this. It’s always a little nerve wracking, because people are different. For some of them, it’s a big success. But you never know when you go to a different place. We’ve been to Canada, and that was that. And now we’re in America, one of my favorite countries. Because I lived here for four years, and I haven’t been in America in 21 years. It’s good to be back.
Erin Scherer blogs at The Film Panel Notetaker.
Ted Danson’s daughter Kate will appear on an episode of her father’s show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” this April.
According to Kate Danson, she plays a lawyer who goes up against the CSI team when they’ve made a misstep. A Hollywood Gossip report stated that the incident occurs after a body is found in a rainforest and the team goes to a serial killer’s hideout.
“I was really fortunate to get to work with him on CSI,” she told WENN, “It was so much fun. We never worked together like that. We did a short film together but nothing professional until now, so it was really great going head to head with him… I come pretty hard at my dad and dig into him, which was a lot of fun to play.”
Her episode will air April 3, the actress said.
“I'm hoping it will be a recurring character,” she said.
As previously reported, “CSI” was recently renewed by its network, CBS, for another season and Danson is signed on for another two years.
Kate Danson is credited as appearing in the 1989 movie “Cousins,” which starred her father as a wedding guest named Larry and for which Kate Danson is cryptically credited as “Wedding Killer Listener.” The actress has also guested on shows such as the 2008 TV series “Raising the Bar” and the show “The Protector” as well as the 2010 short film “The Dinner Party.” She appeared with her stepmother, actress Mary Steenburgen, in a 2011 comedy short titled “Keepin’ It Real Estate” and stars in a short film titled “Three Forms of Insomnia.”
Danson joined “CSI” in 2011 and stars as D.B. Russell, a night shift supervisor. The actor was nominated for and won multiple awards for his role as bar owner Sam Malone on the TV series “Cheers” and for his guest turn on the FX series “Damages,” respectively.
Former TV star Bob Newhart will appear in a guest role on the popular CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” according to a report by the website TVLine.
Newhart will portray Professor Proton, a TV science personality who hosted a children’s show. “Bang” characters Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) were big fans of the show, according to producers Bill Prady and Steven Molaro, and when Sheldon discovers the professor can be hired to appear at events, he books Newhart’s character to come to their apartment.
“We're really excited about it,” Molaro said during the show’s PaleyFest panel, according to NBC.
Newhart will appear on the May 2 episode of the CBS comedy.
The last time the actor appeared on television was 2005, when he had a guest-starring role on the ABC dramedy “Desperate Housewives.” Newhart is best-known for the TV shows “The Bob Newhart Show,” which aired from 1972 to 1978 and focused on Newhart as a psychologist living in Chicago, and “Newhart,” which ran from 1982 to 1990 and featured the actor as the owner of an inn in Vermont with an eccentric staff. “Newhart” went down in television history after it aired its series finale in which Newhart woke up in bed and looked over to see actress Suzanne Pleshette, who played the actor’s wife on “The Bob Newhart Show,” and Newhart described a dream he had had to her in which he ran an inn in Vermont.
More recently, Newhart appeared in the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy “Elf” and the 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses.”
“The Big Bang Theory” is currently airing its sixth season, with its seventh season already having been renewed, and centers on a group of scientists and their respective girlfriends and wives. New episodes regularly win the night for ratings for the show’s network, CBS.
"Bates Motel," which premiered on A&E on March 18, is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's cinema classic "Psycho" and set in modern times. The show focuses on the relationship between Norman Bates and his living mother, Norma. Norman is played by Freddie Highmore who starred in the 2005 movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and Norma is played by Vera Farmiga, most famous for her role in the 2009 movie "Up in the Air," which also starred George Clooney.
Reviews have largely been positive, with Los Angeles Times writer Mary McNamara complimenting Vera Farmiga's performance in particular, saying she "is reason enough to watch" "Bates Motel." Meanwhile, New Jersey Star-Ledger writer Vicki Hyman gave it an A-, saying, "[It] wastes little time in shedding blood (there is a rather graphic sequence in the pilot), but there's more suspense than outright scares. This property is definitely worth the hourly rate."
According to Screen Rant writer Sandy Schaefer, however, the fact that the audience knows where the story is leading could take away some of its drama, because many audience members are just waiting for Norman to snap.
"Alfred Hitchcock’s famous explanation about the real difference between surprise and suspense – a bomb exploding with no warning vs. being forewarned about the bomb in advance – lies at the heart of the difference between his film Psycho (based on the Robert Bloch novel) and the new A&E television series 'Bates Motel,' which examines Norman Bates’ upbringing and the events that will ultimately mold him into a cross-dressing murderer with dual personalities."
However, The Star-Ledger's Hyman compared the setting of the show's sleepy town White Pine to that of the classic TV show "Twin Peaks." So if you were a fan of "Peaks" or of the original "Psycho" film, "Bates" is only three episodes into the first season. There's plenty of time to catch up... if you dare.
Ben Frederick is a Monitor contributor.
Mad Men Season 5 proved to be the most polarizing in the show’s history to date (it even failed to snag a Golden Globe nod for Best TV Drama), but its themes of social, political and cultural upheaval – coupled with the emergence of modern domestic dissatisfaction – resonated with even the more critical viewers and fans.
Thus, anticipation remains high for the return of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce staff, following the S5 finale – and its ominous conclusion - but proceeding what has been acknowledged as the penultimate season, before we learn Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) ultimate fate in the seventh season.
AMC has announced that Mad Men S6 will premiere this year on Sunday, April 7th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, beginning (like S5) with a two-hour episode – written by head showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner – before it returns to the regular 10 p.m. ET/PT time slot on the 14th, with an episode that Hamm is directing.
Here are statements from the official press release:
“To be able to continue exploring the stories of these characters for a sixth season is an amazing opportunity,” said Weiner. “We love mining this world andlook forward to bringing the audience stories that we hope will continue to both surprise and entertain them.”
“It is a calling card and a point of great pride for AMC to be the network home of’Mad Men,’ led by Matthew Weiner and his brilliant team,” said Charlie Collier, President and General Manager, AMC. “We can’t wait to share season six with the world and what better way to start than with a special two-hour premiere?”
“The success of ‘Mad Men’ is built on the exceptional artistry and imagination of Matthew Weiner, the cast, and the entire writing and producing team,” saidKevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group. “They continually strive to raise the bar and we look forward to bringing viewers another great season.”
Furthermore, during an interview with The Daily Beast, Weiner confirmed (again) that season 7 is going to be the last. He emphasized that having an end date was instrumental in shaping the overall narrative for S6 and that executive producers (and fellow showrunners) Maria and André Jacquemetton convinced him to not hold anything back for the final season; though, Weiner suspects he will “probably be painted into a corner by the end of the season,” but seems okay with the idea (in the public eye, anyway).
Weiner also confirmed the following:
- Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) is returning in S6, but there’s no guarantee she’ll ever reunite with Don (professionally or personally, for that matter).
- The final, cryptic, moments in the S5 finale are very important, in setting the stage for season 6. In fact, Weiner advises that viewers “just [re-watch] the last 10 minutes of Season 5 right before Season 6 starts.”
- Peter Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) will NOT commit suicide this season, as Weiner admits the aura of despair – giving way to self-inflicted death – surrounding the character in S5 was “completely unconscious on my part.”
Lastly, Weiner says season 6 and 7 will have the most observable contemporary relevance of any seasons in the show to date:
“There’s always the intention to have it have something to do with the world we’re in right now. That’s only because I only can write from what I know. And for some reason or another, this season feels particularly related to where I feel that we are right now, as a country and as a society…There’s been a bit of a blow to our self-esteem. None of the economic realities of the ’60s, of any of the years that we’ve done the show, reflect what’s going on right now. It was really a boom time for the economy, for job creation, and American industry. But I think that the social order, the blow to our self-esteem and turning inward as we deal with the loss of something. The loss of our—now I’m being super-vague about it. I’m not prepared to talk about it.”
We’ll find out exactly what he means when Mad Men returns with its sixth season on April 7th, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.