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On Mad Men, he will never see her again.


Esquire: Matthew Weiner on Mad Men's Origins, Peggy's Baby, and Why There Will Never Be a Spinoff

Was there a struggle with how little Mad Men had to be "about," plot-wise? Much of today's television focuses on extraordinary people.

TV and film, in general… some of it is designed for escape, designed to satisfy the lack of justice that we feel in everyday life. We find heroes and we get to have the wish fulfillment of, for example, a woman who has it all, who talks tough and tells people where to go and, yeah, they fail sometimes. There's not a lot of that on the show. I give the example of how we try to make it less abstract by making it more like real life: If a young man runs into a beautiful woman at a party on Mad Men and she gives him her phone number and he writes it on a piece of paper and then he loses his coat, he will, on a normal TV show, end up figuring out how to find her. On Mad Men, he will never see her again.

Michael Keaton & The Making Of Birdman


EW interviews Michael Keaton, and an inside look at the complexity of shooting the film:

Anything—a misremembered line, an extra step taken, a camera operator stumbling on a stair or veering off course or out of focus—could blow a take, rendering the first several minutes unusable even if they had been perfect. “Alejandro had given us all a picture from Man on Wire—the man walking on the tightrope between the [World Trade Center] towers,” says Stone. “It felt like that—like making a film and doing a play and doing a stunt all at the same time. He would shout at the monitor ‘No!’ or ‘Yes!’ and you didn’t stop until you heard that accent-tinged ‘Yes!’”

Also a piece by Variety, on how they shot the Time Square scene:

There were four takes, starting at 8:30 p.m. If the shot was too early, the lighting wouldn’t work; too late, the crowd would thin. Crew was kept to a minimum, to draw as little attention as possible. Keaton’s movements were accompanied by only four people: Lubezki [cinematographer]; the focus puller; the boom operator; and the digital imaging technician. Eight production assistants worked on crowd control. Inarritu was close by; for two of the four takes, he shot Keaton with his smartphone for footage used in a subsequent scene in which Emma Stone watches the incident on YouTube...

Steven Meisel Q&A


The date on this interview is Jan 28, so somehow I missed it, but nonetheless a good one with the 60 year old Meisel. Above self portrait from 2014.

WSJ Magazine:

The prolific fashion lensman discusses his iconic images of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Amber Valetta, timed to the opening of his exhibition ‘Role Play’ at Phillips in New York City


Tim Blanks: Your selection of images for the Phillips show seems to be a concise career overview. Is that how you saw it?

Steven Meisel: It wasn’t just my decision. I would have pushed it further, to be honest. They had first given me a selection, then we went back and forth. It was a compromise.


I would hope my sense of humor is obvious in everything. I don’t consider myself just a fashion photographer. It’s more than that. I’m also a very funny person, and I have a good sense of humor. And I hope people see that.

Mario Testino Being A Douchebag

Dev Patel

Dev Patel Speaking to The Guardian:

“I remember going to this one Burberry show, and it was exciting. They’ve always been very kind to me and, even as a gangly guy, I felt I was rocking their suits. So when I was invited to one of the fashion shows in London, I went. Even though I had this preconceived notion – ‘I’m not going to fit in with this crowd, it’s going to be intimidating’. I was sitting there, and this fellow says, ‘Are you the one dating Freida Pinto [his Slumdog co-star]?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess.’” He gives an embarrassed shrug. “And then he says: ‘Why? How? Why is she dating you? She’s so beautiful.’ And I say, ‘Yeah. She is!’ And then he says: ‘But you’re so, ugh, so normal-looking.’” Patel looks upset even now. It turns out it was the photographer Mario Testino.

John Galliano: "I’ve never done this sober before"

John Galliano US Vogue

Vogue: John Galliano Reflects on His New Role Helming Maison Martin Margiela

Today, the designer is marveling in the world around him. “It’s great just being alive again,” he says, “and every experience is new.” He adds, in a confidential whisper, “I’ve never done this sober before. And I have to keep reminding myself that it’s actually quite normal. It’s actually quite nice, John.”

Joni Mitchell


NY Magazine: Joni Mitchell, the Original Folk-Goddess Muse, in the Season Seemingly Inspired by Her

“Exactement,” says Joni Mitchell, happy that, after several hours of conversation and half a pack of cigarettes, I get it — at least this point anyway. “All my battles were with male egos,” she says. “I’m just looking for equality, not to dominate. But I want to be able to control my vision. There are those moments when I wax feminine and I get walked on.”

We’d been talking about record executives, and exes, and fussy by-the-book musicians who wouldn’t do what she wanted. “Basically, at this time, I’m trying to fix my legacy. It’s been butchered. It’s been panned, and scanned, and colorized.” To her several-million-strong crowd of fans, that might seem a strange notion. But exactly how she is celebrated is of special importance to her. To hear her tell it, most of her life has been spent in a state of revolt against other people’s nonsensical ideas about how she should think or dress, what she should believe, and how she should play music. She mentions the guy her record company sent not long ago — “the burglar,” she calls him — to root around her storage unit to cobble together a boxed set she calls a “turd,” which she eventually got killed. She started the process over herself, the result being the booklike package sitting on the table between us: four discs, 53 songs, a thematically and not chronologically arranged memoir in music and words, exactly four hours long, called Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced. It would be one long dance.

Olivier Theyskens Update


De Zeen Magazine: The fashion industry is "saturated" says Olivier Theyskens

What are you focusing on now that you've left Theory?

Olivier Theyskens: I only left Theory recently, in June. I committed to do a dress for one of my girl friends, she wanted the wedding dress of her dreams. I've been used to doing some of these kinds of dresses with ateliers that have whole crews that are able to work on it, but this time I thought I'm just going to do it. It's terrible but I worked for three months on that dress.



A good background on Bob Odenkirk

Chicago Magazine: What About Bob

Saul Goodman survived four seasons, all the way through the series finale in 2013—and beyond. Gilligan and Gould could not let go of the character, and they began writing a spinoff series, also set in Albuquerque but before the action in Breaking Bad begins. “Vince and Peter clearly could have done anything they wanted after Breaking Bad,” says Odenkirk. “This was purely motivated by their desire to challenge themselves and figure out this character: Who did he start as? And how did he become that thing that we got to know?”

AMC has signed on for at least two seasons, and Odenkirk’s dramatic work in the first 10 episodes has been so strong that Gilligan found himself tearing up in the editing room during a few scenes. “We knew he was one of the funniest men alive,” says Gilligan, “but it wasn’t until we started shooting Better Call Saul that I realized the depth of drama and emotion he could truly put into this character. He only scratched the surface of that ability on Breaking Bad.”

Alexander Schaper

Alexander Schaper From Sneakers to Suits: Designer Alexander Schaper on His Transition From Adidas to Filippa K

Aexander Schaper formerly worked for the Adidas Fashion Group. In August 2014, Schaper joined Filippa K Man as its senior menswear designer, and today he showed his first collection for the brand.

What did you aim to achieve when you took on the senior designer role at Filippa K Man?

My aim has been to add a little bit more of an attitude to Filippa K Man; a true contemporary design, with a focus on quality and functionality; and a classic base of colors where the tones and hues are what is important for the overall look. Men like fashion to be easy and functional. It’s all about the total look of layering, and I like our design to come from that belief.

Loren Brichter

Loren Brichter

Loren Brichter is an app developer, he made the Letterpress app, & was the developer: create or help popularize app features such as pulling on a touch screen to refresh a page, panels that slide out from the side of a screen and the "cell swipe," which is swiping to uncover a list of hidden buttons.

In an interview this month he had this to say that caught my attention, in italic:

Do you mostly focus on one project at a time, or are you a multitasker?

I’d describe my work schedule as cooperatively single-threaded with a heavy context switch cost, so I try to keep time slices on the order of about a week. So I have lots of projects going at once that usually relate to each other in some way, but I only consciously work on one at a time.

I can’t consciously multitask at all, but I think my brain works a bit like libdispatch. The subconscious can chew on a lot of stuff in parallel. So when my conscious mind switches back to some other work it put aside earlier, there are usually a couple good ideas waiting for it.