Major actors going to TV and major characters returning to TV are just two of the following TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • MTV’s new found footage show, The Experiment, is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
  • Mark Strong will star in an AMC pilot called Low Winter Sun.
  • Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan (above) will romance Adam Levine on American Horror Story season 2.
  • Matthew Weiner talks seasons 6 and 7 of Mad Men including Elisabeth Moss‘ role.

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  • Bruce Boxleitner says Tron: Uprising is “not a kiddie show”
  • Friends With KidsJennifer Westfeldt goes to HBO
  • Rebel Wilson‘s Super Fun Night could be headed to ABC
  • Is a Mad Men star leaving the show for good?

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On Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss‘s character Peggy Olson is one of the key ingredients to the show’s recreation of the 1960s. She makes mistakes, as all the characters do, but is a key part of the show’s conscience, and a manifestation of progressiveness. It is a character that could so easily have just been a walking symbol, but Moss gives Peggy real life; a simple shot of her perceptive, weighted gaze is enough to pass judgement on other characters, even as Peggy is sometimes tempted to join in the shenanigans.

Commitment to Mad Men has prevented Moss from taking many big feature film roles, but there is an indie that has been around for a few years (looks like the film was originally shot just as Mad Men was starting, in 2007) in which she plays one of the two leads. The film is A Buddy Story, and it is an oh-so-indie looking road trip story involving a rootless musician (Gavin Bellour) and the neighbor (Moss) who joins him on the road to escape part of her own life.

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Thanks to those ugly contract negotiations between AMC and showrunner Matt Weiner, it’s been over a year since the last episode of Mad Men aired. But patient fans will be rewarded soon, as the fifth season of the stylish AMC drama is set to premiere just over a month from today. To remind you of that fact, AMC has released a series of teasers featuring key players Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Joan (Christina Hendricks), Roger (John Slattery), Betty (January Jones), Pete (Vincent Kartheiser), and of course, Don (Jon Hamm). Watch them after the jump.

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On paper, Lawrence Kasdan‘s Darling Companion sounds promising. Kasdan, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and filmmaker, directed the drama from a script he co-wrote with his wife Meg Kasdan, also an Oscar nominee. The star-studded cast, as the trailer is happy to remind you, includes two Academy Award nominees (Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard) and three Academy Award winners (Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, and Kevin Kline), as well as promising younger actors like Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. But at the end of the day, no number of collective accolades can guarantee an interesting picture, and unfortunately, the trailer for Darling Companion looks pretty cringeworthy.

The Kasdans’ screenplay revolves around a dissatisfied older woman named Beth (Keaton) who adopts an abandoned dog she finds on the side of the road and finds contentment in her bond with him. But when Beth’s self-absorbed husband (Kline) loses the dog, the couple pull together a search party to find him and everyone finds that they’re affected by the experience in unexpected ways. Watch the video after the jump.

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As Garrett Hedlund continues his negotiations over the lead role of Kaneda in Warner Bros.’ Akira remake, the studio and director Jaume Collet-Serra are wasting no time filling in the other roles as well. Buried in one report about Hedlund starring in the film was a tidbit about Keira Knightley being approached for the project. Though her possible role has not been revealed, I’m guessing she’s up for the part of Kaneda’s love interest Kei, member of an underground rebel group.

Knightley’s involvement is far from a done deal at this point, as she’s yet to enter talks. Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman, who were also given offers last month, apparently aren’t any farther along in the process either. Still, the fact that they’ve been approached at all suggests the filmmakers are hoping for a certain caliber of talent for the movie. (Not to mention a certain level of British-ness.) Knightley and Bonham Carter have both been nominated for Oscars in the past, and while Oldman has somehow escaped that honor, it’s not for lack of deserving. [The Hollywood Reporter via The Playlist]

After the jump, another potential project for Gary Oldman, while Jane Campion gets Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham to sign on for her latest.

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An Uncanny Similarity Between Mad Men and The Office

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When the season finale of Mad Men was over, there was a minor tinge of déjà vu that I couldn’t immediately pin down. Hours later, it occurred to me that one of the major twists in the finale shared several fun similarities to The Office (Scranton Branch). In fact, up until the epiphany, I had never considered Don Draper to be every bit the serious, hip and fair boss that Michael Scott is delighted to find in the mirror each morning when he combs back his hair. As is /Film’s reader friendly policy, spoilers ahead

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Since no one on the Internet is discoursing on the season three finale of Mad Men, the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, has decided to do just that in a new interview. After the jump, we’ll dive into Weiner’s candid explanations for the massive changes that went down last Sunday and how they may or may not bleed into season four. We also intertwine our thoughts on the finale and our opinion of the entire season.

Before we get into that, the trades report that Weiner’s directorial movie debut, You Are Here, has been delayed until 2011. The primary cast for the romantic comedy, which includes Jennifer Aniston, Zach Galifiankis, and Bradley Cooper, is said to still be aboard the project. Though no further details are given on a time frame, Mad Men‘s fourth season is cited as the reason for the production’s delay. Weiner also has a very-active film deal set up at Lionsgate.

But what of Sunday? Make no mistake, Mad Men is a great series, but we did find the finale, while exciting and epic, to underscore a problem observed throughout this season: Weiner’s ambitious decision to explore Don Draper‘s adulterous domestic life and his need to load up on peripheral characters outside of Sterling Cooper has dulled our connection to the actual Mad Men. It’s not that they’re exceedingly selfish bastards—we’re cool with that—but some of them now border on office dressing. Blasphemy you say? “Shut the Door, Have a Seat,” and let us know your opinions in the comments. Spoilers below and my comparison of Mad Men to The Office

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