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'Mad Men': Matthew Weiner says the show will end in 3 seasons. Does this mean mustaches will be cool again?

Now that the protracted Mad Men negotiations are finally over, the show’s creator is looking ahead to the show’s future — and, surprisingly, already seems to have a conclusion in mind. Exec producer Matthew Weiner tells TV Guide that he only sees the show lasting for another three seasons: “I think that’s how long the story is…I want the show to end before the machinery has worn out.” It’s unclear if Weiner has run this plan by his network: AMC had no comment on the three-season plan. Weiner’s reps wouldn’t respond to EW’s calls for confirmation, but the 7th season cut-off seems to make sense. Weiner and the cast are currently only signed through season 6, but given that everyone involved with Mad Men has made their career off the show, it seems logical that everyone would be onboard for another season. (Although we can likely expect some fun season 7 contract negotiations.)

So now we have to start asking the deeper questions: Is seven seasons too few for a show this good? Or is it too many? Should the show go out earlier, before the flab starts settling in? And are you ready for the invasion of the ’70s mustaches? READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' casting cuts? Who could you not live without?

There’s trouble brewing at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and AMC are at loggerheads over his next contract, and the cable station announced today that season 5 of the Emmy-winning series, once hoped to arrive this summer, will be delayed to 2012. The two parties remain at odds over creative issues related to monetizing the revered but modestly-rated series, and some reports claim that AMC asked Weiner to ditch two characters in a cost-saving measure. Everyone in last year’s cast is under contract for season 5, but after that, who knows?

If true, I’m immediately in Weiner’s corner — no matter that he refuses to take a reported $30 million offer that would make him the highest-paid showrunner on cable television. If there was ever a series that made the most of a deep cast, it’s Mad Men. Take, for example, affable Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton). He was missed when he was left behind after the break-up of the original ad agency, making his return in the middle of season 4 like greeting an old college chum. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men: Season 4' DVD Giveaway

When we heard that Season 5 of Mad Men won’t be premiering until early 2012, we were thrust into a deep despair. What are we supposed to do this summer if we can’t follow the ups and downs of Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and the rest of the SCDP gang — watch Wipeout? Go outside, for Pete’s sake? (Oh, Pete, we may miss you most of all!) Ugh. Who else needs a drink?

Thankfully, the horizon isn’t totally bleak. Mad Men‘s explosive fourth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray today, and it’s packed with extras — a three-part documentary called “Divorce: Circa 1960s,” a featurette detailing “How to Succeed in Business Draper Style,” and, of course, commentaries for all 13 episodes that feature series creator Matthew Weiner, along with his cast and crew. Maybe, just maybe, watching every second of footage on each of these four discs will make the long wait ahead just a bit more bearable.

Lucky for you, EW is giving away 10 sets of Mad Men Season 4 on DVD. They’re courtesy of Lionsgate, and available while supplies last. Can’t wait to get your grubby little paws on one of these fabulous prizes? Then look below for instructions on how to enter our contest. READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm's 40th birthday celebrated with 40 photos

In honor of Jon Hamm’s 40th birthday — and in celebration of my editor considering me spending time Googling Jon Hamm “work” — here are links to 40 photos of him. (This is more a gift for us than him. But whatever.)  READ FULL STORY

'The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump' on the scene: Read the best lines here!

Image Credit: Michael Kovac/WireImage.com

The rules for any roast demand that the roasters should have genuine affection for the roastee. You never rib someone you don’t like. But at the taping of The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump last night in New York City (airing on Comedy Central on Tuesday March 15 at 10:30 pm EST) not all of the comedians on hand had love in their hearts for the Trumpster — including Lisa Lampanelli, who had established that roasting rule in the first place. “Well, I broke the rule because the money’s really good,” the Roast veteran jested to me on the red carpet. Whitney Cummings, who’s quickly becoming a Comedy Central MVP, added, “Donald takes himself very seriously. I think he’s a clinically diagnosed narcissistic egomaniac. I think we’re dealing with a real sociopath here.” First-time roaster Anthony Jeselnik predicted, “They say you only roast the ones you love, so this is going to be short.” Sure others played nice — namely Larry King, who gushed “The Donald…what a guy!” more than once during the show — but it was the nasties, led by Roastmaster Seth MacFarlane, who ruled the night…and proved that gotta-like-the-roastee rule irrelevant.  READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson, and John Krasinski do staged reading of ‘The Philadelphia Story’ in L.A. Would you follow them to Broadway?

hamm-johansson-krasinskiImage Credit: Hamm, Johansson: Jennifer Graylock/AP Images; Kras

Theater mavens know that staged readings — i.e. intimate, paired down (often to just a few tables and chairs) presentations of unproduced plays — rarely grow into full Broadway productions featuring the same actors. For every How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which Daniel Radcliffe read in 2009 and is now headlining), there’s a Promises, Promises (which Anne Hathaway read in 2008 and Kristin Chenoweth starred in the next year). And that’s if the show ever makes it to a theater in the first place.  READ FULL STORY

Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic: Most handsome male cast ever?

Hoover-biopic-castNow that Josh Lucas is in talks to star in J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood-directed Hoover biopic, the film is shaping up to be the most handsome movie of all time. In the film, Lucas would play aviator Charles Lindbergh alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular character, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick as the clean-cut Agent Smith, and The Social Network‘s Winklevoss wonder Armie Hammer as Hoover’s supposed secret lover Clyde Tolson. Mr. Eastwood, this is how you get movie attendance up!

If you break it down, I’d like to think each offers varying degrees of attractiveness: READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, and Rico Rodriguez: Our bonus Entertainers of the Year covers

1132-inset-covers-hammJon Hamm feigns disappointment, joking that 2010 was supposed to be The Year We Make Contact, but his 2010 may as well have been subtitled, The Year He Made Contact. To the 2.9 million viewers who tuned in each week for season 4 of Mad Men, Hamm peeled away even more layers from Don Draper, his crumbling ad exec who somehow managed to emerge from the depths of self-loathing sober, smiling — and engaged to be remarried. In his spare time, he gave his left arm — and right — to play Liz Lemon’s gorgeously dimwitted ex on 30 Rock, hosted Saturday Night Live (twice), and sang Springsteen at the Emmys. On the big screen, he played tough, as a steely fed tracking a gang of Boston bank robbers in the hit drama, The Town. “My eternal pessimist comes out whenever things get as good as they have been,” Hamm tells EW. “However,  I will say that 2010 was the best year I will ever have.” Hence the reason he’s one of our Entertainers of the Year.

Check out our other bonus magazine covers, featuring Glee star Jane Lynch and Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez after the jump:


Ryan Reynolds now officially the Sexiest Man Alive

This morning, People announced that Ryan Reynolds is its 2010 Sexiest Man Alive. The issue hits stands Friday, at which time we’ll be able to see if the magazine resisted the urge to show him shirtless. (Can you imagine the letters?) The Green Lantern star proves why he’s really on the list — his sense of humor. “Now it’s going to be, ‘Sexiest Man, take out the garbage.’ That does sound better,” Reynolds says of how the title might turn into a perk with his wife, Scarlett Johansson. “The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers.”

People also has a tease of some of the runner-ups on its website, which includes a pretty phenomenal shot of Jon Hamm, Kellan Lutz lying shirtless on a truck, Drake, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, Jon Bon Jovi, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello (wet), Robert Downey Jr., Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams, Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Vin Diesel, winner of People’s first-ever Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook campaign. The cover also shows that Johnny Depp and Conan O’Brien make the cut.

What are your thoughts on People‘s pick, people?

Clip du jour: Don Draper says what?

Mad Men is certainly full of lots of questions: Who am I? How do we construct American manhood? What kinds of love and alienation can coexist, and when do these feelings pull us apart? Most importantly, though, Don Draper asks one question over and over and over: What? READ FULL STORY

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