On Mad Men, John Slattery proved to be fantastic at letting down his loved ones; on Friday Night Lights, Zach Gilford demonstrated an equal talent for being disappointed in his. So it makes perfect sense that the pair would team up to play a father and son with a rocky relationship in In Our Nature, an indie drama slated to premiere later this week at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Specifically, Gilford stars as a son who still harbors resentment over his parents’ split. When a scheduling mishap leads to Gilford and his girlfriend (Jena Malone) sharing the family vacation home with his dad and his girlfriend (Gabrielle Union), father and son are forced to come to terms with one another and with the women in their lives. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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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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It’s never quite been clear to me why Linda Cardellini isn’t a bigger star. Cardellini’s talents have been apparent ever since she starred in Paul Feig’s Freaks & Geeks back in 1999, and over the years she’s shown remarkable range in projects ranging from the deadly somber (Brokeback Mountain) to the utterly silly (Legally Blonde, the Scooby-Doo films).

I don’t know whether her next movie, Return, will do much to raise her profile, but if it doesn’t it certainly looks like another to add to the “Reasons Linda Cardellini Should Be More Famous” pile. Cardellini plays a war vet who’s initially excited to return home to her husband (Michael Shannon) and kids after a long deployment, but struggles to fit back into a world that’s clearly moved on without her. Critics praised Cardellini’s riveting turn after the film’s debut at Cannes last year, and even in this 85-second trailer, it’s easy to see why. Watch the video after the jump.

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How awesome is the AMC television series Mad Men? The fictional drama is beginning to jump off the small screen into reality. If you’ve been watching the television series, then you know that John Slattery‘s character Roger Sterling has been writing his memoir titled Sterling’s Gold.Well it appears that Grove Press is actually going to publish the 176-page hardcover book on November 16th 2010. You can now preorder Sterling’s Gold on Amazon for $11.43 (33% off the $17 cover price). Here is the official product description from the back cover:

Advertising pioneer and visionary Roger Sterling, Jr., served with distinction in the Navy during World War II, and joined Sterling Cooper Advertising as a junior account executive in 1947. He worked his way up to managing partner before leaving to found his own agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, in 1963. During his long and illustrious career, Sterling has come into contact with all the luminaries and would-be luminaries of the advertising world, and he has acquired quite a reputation among his colleagues for his quips, barbs, and witticisms. Taken as a whole, Roger Sterling’s pithy comments and observations amount to a unique window on the advertising world—a world that few among us are privileged to witness first—hand—as well as a commentary on life in New York City in the middle of the twentieth century.

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As perfect as J.K. Simmons (above) was playing Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, it’s no surprise to report that director Marc Webb is recasting the role for his 3D reboot of the franchise. In order to separate his film from the previous ones, everyone has to be recast and so far, Webb is holding his own, grabbing Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, Emma Stone (Zombieland) as Gwen Stacey and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as The Lizard. Two of the names reportedly being considered for Parker’s cigar-chomping, loud talking boss are John Slattery (Mad Men) and Sam Elliot (The Big Lebowski). There’s more info after the break. Read More »

The last time we checked in on Martin Freeman his name was being bandied about as a likely candidate for Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. Given that the fate of that film is still up in the air, I’m not much sirprised to see that Mr. Freeman is booking other work. He’s now set to co-star in Animals, from director Marcal Fores. The film will have the actor playing a schoolteacher in “a fantasy-laced coming-of-age tale that [producer] Sergi Casamitjana dubs as ‘Donnie Darko’ meets Gus Van Sant.’”

Not that this role will have any impact at all on the possibility of Martin Freeman being in The Hobbit; Animals will shoot for eight weeks beginning on Monday, and Mr. Freeman will only work for about a week of that schedule. A couple of interesting craftsmen are involved behind the scenes, too: Buried cinematographer Eduard Grau is shooting, and Pan’s Labyrinth editor Bernat Vilaplana will cut the film. [Variety]

After the break, Ed Burns tries to talk Sam Worthington down from a ledge, and a Mad Men fave books a new role. Read More »

Howard Stark Will Appear In Captain America

Howard Stark

Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger takes place during World War II, which makes it hard to do a lot of the Marvel Universe cameos we’ve become accustomed to over the past couple years. But you can expect to see one Stark in the film, just not Tony Stark.
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First Look: The Adjustment Bureau

Universal Pictures has released the first two photos from George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau.  The movie is a sci-fi romance based on the Philip K Dick short story The Adjustment Team. The movie follows an affair between a politician and a ballerina, which is “affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.”

The film stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp. Take a look at the first two photos after the jump, and you too, can discover what Damon and Blunt are looking at. The movie hits theaters in late July, so we should expect to see a trailer sooner than later. Possibly attached to Universal/Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood? But that is just a guess…

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