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'Clear History': HBO movie's 'Curb'-iest moments

Watching an HBO one-off starring Larry David and Jon Hamm was such a no-brainer for me that I think I expected to like it too much. Clear History — which first aired Saturday night and is available now on HBO Go — works better as an extended all-star episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm than as a full-length feature.

But would any Curb fan turn down a feature-length episode? Hell to the no! The film’s complicated backstory and confusing arc (are we really to believe the cantankerous Rolly –  basically Larry David playing himself — is considered the nicest guy on Martha’s Vineyard?) can be overlooked if you decide to just sit back and enjoy the performances from David, Hamm, and co-stars Kate Hudson, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Bill Hader, Michael Keaton, J.B. Smoove, Philip Baker Hall, and an uncredited Liev Schreiber. (Maybe he thought Ray Donovan would put a hit out on him if he figured out he’d jumped from Showtime to HBO to play a long-haired Chechnyan criminal?)

Below, Clear History‘s Curb-iest moments:
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The ESPYs: Jon Hamm is mad funny as host

Welcome to the ESPYs! You know, that awards show that happens on a Wednesday on ESPN? Yeah, they give out awards to athletes who are like “Thanks, but I totally have an actual championship ring back at home.”

I’ve personally never felt the need to watch the awards show, or as host Jon Hamm calls it “the world’s largest gathering of people wearing sunglasses indoors,” but the idea of missing the Mad Men star hosting was too risky to pass up. Those of you who’ve seen Hamm guest on 30 Rock or make a cameo in Bridesmaids knows that the man with immeasurable beauty can crack a joke or two, and tonight’s awards were no different. Showing no mercy, Hamm poked fun at Dwight Howard, the city of Detroit, and swimmer Ryan Lochte. Some examples of his killer lines: “Honestly, I’ve always been a little wary of the BCS system. I just feel like you can’t completely trust something just because a computer says it.” and “Manti Te’o — fake internet girlfriend or a real girlfriend who goes to Notre Dame? Pretty much the same amount of sex.” Boom. (Check out Hamm’s full monologue.)

We were off to a good start, and thankfully, the show very rarely lost its steam, thanks to some on-point sketches shown in between the awards. Here are the top 10 things that I took away from it:
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Jon Hamm hosts ESPN's ESPYs tonight. Do you care?

The ESPY Awards are, by definition, a weird thing. Why hand athletes trophies that commemorate Excellence in Sports Performance? Don’t those athletes already get trophies for their excellent sports performances by… winning games?

That said, even those who don’t understand the show’s existence may find their interest piqued by this year’s host: Jon Hamm, modern-day renaissance man extraordinaire. His SNL appearances have made us laugh; his Mad Men performance has made us think; his car commercial voiceovers have made us listen in spite of ourselves; his pants have made us widen our eyes in amazement. We love him so much that we’d watch him read the phone book, provided phone books still existed.

But is all that enough to get legions of people who don’t care about sports — who take pride, in fact, in how little they care about sports — to pay attention tonight?
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'Mad Men': Will it really end in 1969?

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Since the very beginning of Mad Men, Don Draper has seemed doomed. From the show’s opening-credit sequence, with a silhouetted suit falling helplessly from the Madison Avenue skyline, to this year’s season premiere, which featured Don delving into a copy of Dante’s Inferno, the future always seemed bleak for our dapper anti-hero.

Oblivious to the fact that he’s always on the wrong side of history, Don began to wither. What seemed cool about him in the beginning — his afternoon drinks and serial womanizing — has devolved to pathetic.

So where will it end? And more importantly, when? Will the year be 1969 when Mad Men returns for its seventh and final season? Or 1970? 1973…? Or might Matthew Weiner throw a curve and leap into the future — say 1980 — before flashing-back to the beginning of the previous decade.

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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Zach Galifianakis does it his way -- VOTE

With only two episodes remaining in this season’s Saturday Night Live, our year-long contest to honor the show’s best guest host is racing around the final turn towards the finish line. Zach Galifianakis made his case over the weekend with a delightfully weird show that reveled in the comic’s zaniness and signature mock outrage. The star of The Hangover movies had some help — with cameos from his Hangover buds, a Game of Thrones stud, and even Jon Hamm — but Galifianakis more than pulled his own weight. Now that he’s hosted SNL three times, he’s earned the right to be on the show’s short list of go-to guests, especially after the double-dose of “Darrell’s House.” (No bonus points for web exclusives in our competition, but this cut sketch of the “Kanish” was just what the doctor or–)

Justin Timberlake and Melissa McCarthy continue to dominate the voting, and Vince Vaughn performed well enough to eliminate Seth MacFarlane, who was threatening to go wire-to-wire after hosting this season’s premiere. Vaughn has his work cut out for him, since Galifianakis is sure to draw a fair amount of support this week, and Kristen Wiig is on-deck. The Bridemaids star returns to host for the first time since her emotional last dance signaled her departure from the show last May after seven seasons. Even Timberlake should be worried… READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Keep Zach Galifianakis weird

In a culture saturated by best and worst lists, it’s easy to fall into the trap of labeling everything you see either “brilliant” or “awful.” Sometimes, though, entertainment is solidly middle-of-the-road — and that was certainly the case with Zach Galifianakis’s third SNL hosting stint. It never soared to the heights of his first few outings, but it was a solidly funny night that featured a few inspired moments — and, perhaps more importantly, only one outright clunker of a sketch. That’s a pretty good batting average as far as Saturday Night Live goes.

The night got off to a slow start with another Fox & Friends cold open. As funny as Bobby Moynihan’s dumber-than-dirt commentator can be — I loved how he thinks the “W” in WNBA stands for “worse” — the sketch itself is the very definition of low-hanging fruit (“hey, those guys on Fox News sure are conservative!”). And if the funniest thing about a bit is the stream of one-liners that quickly scrolls by as it ends, it may be time to reevaluate the rest of what’s happening onscreen.

But when Galifianakis actually took the stage, he set the tone for a night that would be kookier and more surreal than the average SNL installment — if not generally funnier.  READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm reveals why 'Mad Men' keeps secrets better than the CIA -- VIDEO

Mad Men creator Matt Weiner’s obsession with confidentiality is no secret. The show’s actors keep mum in interviews, terrified of letting slip even the tiniest hint of a sliver of a spoiler. When reviewers received advance copies of the show’s sixth season premiere this year, they were instructed not to reveal what year the episode took place, the existence of any new characters, and “whether the agency has expanded to an additional floor.” And according to star Jon Hamm, new featured guest star Linda Cardellini wasn’t even allowed to attend the show’s premiere — since doing so would have effectively announced that she’s on Mad Men this season.

Jon Stewart was fascinated by this anecdote when Hamm told it on The Daily Show last night. “The CIA cannot keep their people from being outed!” the comedian exclaimed. “How do you, in a cast and a set, and with all the people–”

That’s when Hamm interrupted Stewart, revealing the secret to Mad Men‘s secret-keeping success. It’s simple: “We frequent, as a cast, far fewer Venezuelan prostitutes than the CIA. Just as a group.” Point: Don Draper.

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'Mad Men' takes on Martin: A look back at how the show tackled 6 major events

Mad Men is, obviously, a period piece — but creator Matthew Weiner has been careful to prevent the series from ever feeling like That ’60s Show. Throughout its run, Weiner and his team of writers have made a habit of referencing then-current events coyly rather than using them to catalyze plots. See, for example, the way season 3′s “Wee Small Hours” mentions 1963′s March on Washington, but focuses much more on trouble at the office than that civil rights milestone.

Then again, some events are too big for Mad Men to tackle obliquely — which is why nearly every season has featured one episode that revolves around a certain historical watershed and, more specifically, how it affects the lives of every one of the show’s characters.

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Jon Hamm spends '7 Minutes in Heaven' with a very lucky guy -- VIDEO

Comedian Mike O’Brien doesn’t usually get much more than a peck (if he’s lucky!) from the male guests that stop by his closet for the popular web series 7 Minutes in Heaven, but leave it to Jon Hamm to really take things to the next level.

This latest installment opens with an especially spicy reading of a mock Mad Men script where Hamm-as-Don Draper admits he didn’t cheat on his wife and instead went home and “took care of it solo, if you know what I mean.” Later, there is a visit from a tickle spider and a question about how often “the sex act ends in crying.” (For the record, it’s 50/50.)

Most 7 Minutes episodes end with a kiss and Hamm’s is no exception. The level of heat in O’Brien’s closet rarely rises above a quick, awkward smooch, so it’s a surprise when Hamm pushes him against the wall for a faux make out session, complete with flying shoes and tussled hair.

It’s all in good fun, of course. While Hamm is best known for his dramatic work in Mad Men and films like The Town, he is also a gifted comedian, having co-starred in Bridesmaids, guested on 30 Rock and hosted Saturday Night Live.

Check out Hamm’s 7 Minutes in Heaven below.

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Jon Hamm talks about the elephant in the room: 'They're called 'privates' for a reason'

Jon-Hamm-Rolling-StoneHead’s up, America: Jon Hamm knows you’re all talking about his private parts, and he isn’t happy to hear it.

The actor finally weighed in on No-Underwear-gate, the culmination of two years worth of tabloid photos, Tumblrs and blog posts about what exactly is going on underneath Jon Hamm’s pants. Recently, an “AMC Insider” explained someone finally had to tell Hamm to put some underwear on for the filming of the show, because otherwise it would be too distracting. Hamm isn’t amused.

“Most of it’s tongue-in-cheek,” he said to Rolling Stone. “But it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have – a prurience….They’re called ‘privates’ for a reason. I’m wearing pants, for f**k’s sake. Lay off. I mean, it’s not like I’m a f***ing lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn’t part of the deal … But whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite.”

Details about Mad Men are scarce, but we’re guessing Hamm’s comments mean there isn’t going to be a tongue-in-cheek underwear account for Sterling Cooper Draper Campbell Harris this season.

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