Afternoon Links: Mad Men Season 6 Gets a Sketchy New Poster for You to Obsess Over
Free-associating on the official poster for Mad Men‘s sixth season: Draper crosses paths with Draper (maybe the embodiment his Dick Whitman persona?) as they head in different directions (past! Present! Future! A spring suit and a winter suit!); we have entered the fashion era of bad sheer sleeves; the moral or actual police are on to Don for either going the wrong way down Madison Avenue or for being a cad or maybe for some new secret crime yet to be unearthed; granted, this is a sketchy illustration, but I don’t see a wedding ring on Don’s left hand. Time to get out the magnifying glass. It’s going to be a long three and a half weeks.
- Dads! Dads! We got dads! Dads played by Martin Mull (on whose delightful, haunting paintings I creep) and Peter Riegert in the Seth MacFarlane live action sitcom Dads, hacker dads, and a tax dad who really thinks you should have sent in your forms by now.
- Fan of dads Will Shortz joined a panel of judges to dole out awards for the best new palindromes. This one is my favorite: “An igloo costs a lot, Ed! Amen. One made to last! So cool, Gina!“
- John Malkovich will be playing the pirate Blackbeard in Crossbones. Really looking forward to seeing if the historically accurate beard pigtail with ribbons makes it in.
- The JASH comedy network, from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Michael Cera, and Tim & Eric (and friend of Grantland Daniel Kellison) made its debut at SXSW. The “Charlie bit my finger” video, among others, was murdered with a hammer to make room for it, but everyone has to sweep their servers every now and then. We don’t want cobwebs to gather on our souls.
- Rob Lowe is set to narrate The ’80′s: The Decade That Made Us for National Geographic, because of course he is.
- Here’s Simon Cowell frightening singers, reminding me of this and giving me the willies.
- New blood at True Blood.
- Whatever, advertisers. I bet Franco looks good in leather.
- Tardar Sauce, stage name Grumpy Cat, mugs at SXSW.
- Breitbart.com got outfoxed by a fake headline from the Daily Currant. Lesson: If you’re reading some juicy news item on the Nightly Raisin, you might want to just pause a second and think about it before you re-post.
- “Today women wear outrageously theatrical shoes, and men wear sneakers or boring flat-soled lace-ups. This is very upsetting to me.”
- Danny Boyle’s pretty busy through 2016.
- “The brain isn’t a sophisticated computer that processes information objectively and efficiently, he said. ‘It’s more of a wibbly-wobbly, messy-guessy ball of goo.’”
- Stream Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience on iTunes here, a week before its official release.
- Just going to leave you with this image of Amanda Bynes’s makeover as a kind of postscript.