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Newsweek Issue Is Homage to Mad Men; EW and Rolling Stone Laud Season 5 Premiere


With the Season 5 premiere just days away, Newsweek went all out with a retro Mad Men edition; Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone offer glowing advance reviews of the premiere; and GQ features John Slattery on its cover. For more of this week’s Mad Men coverage, keep reading.

Newsweek honors Mad Men with its latest issue, designed to hark back to the 1960s.

Newsweek‘s vintage issue caught the eye of Indiewire and the Hollywood Reporter, while Ad Age invites readers to vote for their favorite 1960s ad from Newsweek.

Rolling Stone, Bloomberg News, the Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly [no link] give the premiere episode high marks.

GQ profiles John Slattery for its cover story, calling him indispensable. Also, check out a behind-the-scenes video of Slattery goofing around for the mag’s cover shoot.

Matthew Weiner and the Mad Men cast sit down for an interview with Matt Lauer on Today (via Indiewire). “The characters have realistic problems,” Weiner says of the show’s appeal.

Jimmy Pardo jokes with Jon Hamm in the Conan dressing room and suggests they become the next Batman and Robin.

Vulture pits Mad Men against Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a competition for the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years. (Mad Men won.) presents a Venn diagram of Don Draper’s “ladysphere,” including sections for family, love/sex and business.

Mad Men is also in contention for best on-air drama in Zap2It‘s annual TV Show March Madness tournament.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Matthew Weiner explains his decision to make the Season 5 premiere two hours long. He also breaks down his 10-month production timeline.

ShortList interviews Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery, who reveals a classic Roger one-liner that was cut from the very first episode of the show.

The Wrap draws parallels between Don’s “Why I’m Quitting Tobacco” op-ed letter and the recent New York Times op-ed letter from an unhappy Goldman Sachs employee.

Lucky, Jezebel and E! analyze the fashions from Mad Men‘s red carpet premiere. “Modernity rules,” Jezebel proclaims.

The Associated Press (via the San Francisco Chronicle) predicts how the fashions will evolve in Season 5, from shorter skirts to thicker eyelashes.

The New York Times surveys the various ways that marketers and media companies have taken advantage of Mad Men fever.

Ad Age compiles a guide to its coverage of Mad Men and Mad Men-era articles, including Season 4 recaps and coverage of the show’s ad campaigns.

Indiewire comments on the latest Season 5 trailer: “The spot reminds us of all of the great, morally conflicted times we have shared together with the employees of Sterling Cooper.” The site also analyzes the new Season 5 cast photos.

Business Insider puts together a slideshow comparing ads (Kodak, Jantzen, Right Guard and others) created for Mad Men with the ads that actually ran in the 1960s.

David Droga, creative chairman of ad agency Droga5, compares today’s advertising industry with that of the ’60s: “We might not dress as snappy as them, but I feel like there’s more interesting things going on this year.”

Matthew Weiner responds to the controversy surrounding the “falling man” ad campaign for Mad Men.

Adweek interviews Andrew Cracknell, a real-life 1960s ad man who revisits his experiences in his book, The Real Mad Men.

The Denver Post commends the new line of Mad Men-inspired clothes from Banana Republic.

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