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Jon Hamm: Kim Kardashian comments 'not personal,' but not wrong

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As the Jon Hamm-Kim Kardashian "feud" goes on -- and we use that term very lightly -- we can be sure that one thing the "Mad Men" star said is true: "Stupidity is certainly celebrated." And we're apparently in the middle of a party.

"It's surprising to me that it has become remotely a story," Hamm told E! News. "I don't know Ms. Kardashian, I know her public persona."

"I would never say anything personal about anyone that I have not met," the actor told "Access Hollywood" on Tuesday night, saying that his remarks had been taken out of context.

Here's Hamm's Elle UK comment, minus the context, minus an amusing expletive: "'Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being ... [an] idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."

That's not Hamm's only opinion on not-so-nice things Hollywood types profit from. "This industry is populated by a lot of narcissistic, mean-spirited, horrible people who get rewarded for being narcissistic, mean-spirited and horrible," he told Playboy in an interview for its April issue.

(Shoot -- stupid is starting to look like a compliment.)

Parse the Kardashian comment and the defense Hamm presented to E! makes some sense: "What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offense to it and that is her right."

Kardashian on Monday had noted that although she did not know Hamm, she respected him and believed he was entitled to his opinion. However, she said: "Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, 'stupid,' is in my opinion careless."

So who's stupid now? There are so many choices:

Was it Hamm, for invoking gossip hot-buttons like Kardashian and Paris Hilton? Or Kardashian for taking time to take offense? Or folks in the media for noticing Hamm's Elle UK quote in the flood of "Mad Men" press and putting it under a microscope with little context?

Hamm, whose series starts up again March 25, would choose the latter. "I said what I said" about the phenomenon of reality TV, he told "Access Hollywood," and he stands by it. "I just wish it would have been reported correctly."

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton is actually looking pretty smart in all this, for going happily on with her Twitter life and not saying a thing.

Hamm is, however, playing it very smart in one area: He tells Playboy "it's been awhile" since he's had sex outside.

"In the era of TMZ, I don’t think outdoor sex is a particularly good idea. It's one of those things that sound way better than they actually are. There's something not sexy about all the twigs and bugs and sand. You end up with stuff in places you don’t want it."

Wise man.

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Photo: Jon Hamm arrives for the PaleyFest 2012 panel discussion about the show "Mad Men" on Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

 



'Mad Men' wants to make motherhood work for January Jones

January Jones as Betty Draper

January Jones is coming back to work on AMC's "Mad Men" soon, and she's got the full support of her show when she returns with a new role: motherhood.

Jones delivered a baby boy, Xander Dane, on Sept. 13, which would likely explain her absence from Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards the night the show was named outstanding drama series yet again

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Are Christina Hendricks' curves Matthew Weiner's responsibility?

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Christina Hendricks is no stranger to chatter about her famous figure, and Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards show was no exception.

Hendricks reportedly sidestepped questions about her bod at the press conference after the "Mad Men" cast accepted the trophy for outstanding drama series, ultimately getting bailed out by show creator Matthew Weiner, who nudged reporters to ask him about his figure instead.

Not a surprising move, as Weiner told us he feels partially to blame for the major interest in her curves.

"I'm kind of responsible -- her physique was something that hadn't been on TV in a long time," he said of casting Hendricks as bombshell office gal Joan Holloway.

"She's a sex symbol, and we're at a point in time where it's OK for people to say anything to anybody when you're a public figure," he told the Ministry.

As Weiner sees it, iconic characters like Joan slip into the ether and emerge as common property.

"Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, their physique is something that becomes a part of the culture.... I can't make any jokes about it; I understand that it's hard for her. But," he asked, "does anyone talk to Jon Hamm and say, 'Lift your shirt up and show us your abs?'"

Hendricks and Weiner will continue to ponder the gender divide on the AMC hit, the cast of which we announced  Wednesday will be hosting this year's Rape Treatement Center fund-raiser at the Beverly Hills home of Ron Burkle.

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Photos: Matthew Weiner (Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press); Christina Hendricks (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

 


Exclusive: 'Mad Men' cast to host Rape Treatment Center brunch

"Mad Men" cast and creator Matthew Weiner

The cast of "Mad Men" will celebrate a full week with their hands on another Emmy for outstanding drama series by giving back: The stylish gang will host a fundraiser for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center's Rape Treatment Center this Sunday, at the Beverly Hills estate of magnate Ron Burkle.

The cause, which champions care for victims of rape and sexual abuse as well as prevention, will be represented by series creator Matthew Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Aaron Staton and Vincent Kartheiser.

Weiner was initially approached to participate by longtime RTC supporter Slattery, who plays agency honcho Roger Sterling on "Mad Men."

"When John asks me to do something, I do it," Weiner told the Ministry.

Thankfully so, as the Rape Treatment Center encourages an open dialogue about rape, still one of the most underreported crimes in the country, according to RTC head Gail Abarbanel.

"Over the course of the RTC's history, television story lines have been effective in changing attitudes," Abarbanel said. "Mad Men" has certainly tackled the issue, particularly with Hendricks' character Joan Holloway, whose fiance forced himself on her in the show's second season.

"It’s been very interesting because we’re really telling human stories. We don't go out of our way to make political statements," Weiner said. "We’ve had a lot of sexual violence on the show. Unfortunately, in the most civilized countries, this happens. Telling the story about Joan was a part of that."

Indeed, as a period drama, "Mad Men" doesn't shy from gender inequality in and out of the workplace.

The show "really has a connection to what we do and to the beginning of the rape center," Abarbanel said. "What they portray in the '60s is really what we confronted in the '70s. All the attitudes in the treatment of women ... attitudes about victims, some of them, still persist today."

The RTC and the "Mad Men" gang will work toward changing that come Sunday.

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Photo: The cast and crew of "Mad Men" including, from left, Elisabeth Moss, Rich Sommer (back row), Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks, visit in the press room after winning the Emmy for outstanding drama series on Sunday. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images



January Jones pregnant, looking forward to 'life as a single mom'

January-jones-pregnant January Jones is pregnant, and the baby is due this fall. And that's all she's going to tell anyone for now.

"She's really looking forward to this new chapter in her life as a single mom," the "Mad Men" actress' rep told People early Thursday evening.

There was no word on who the father is; Jones and actor Jason Sudeikis ended their off-and-on relationship in January.

As her baby body develops, Jones will hit the big screen in June as mutant telepath Emma Frost in "X-Men: First Class." "The costumes are insane ..." she told Hero Complex in January. "If you look at the comic book, she's barely dressed. She's got quite the bod, which is very intimidating."

And here we were, asking ourselves, who in the world would bother to publicize any celebrity news in the hours right before the royal wedding -- because wouldn't that news be likely to get lost in the crush?

Guess we got our answer. Just sayin'. 

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AMC delays 'Mad Men' to 2012; we miss you Don Draper

Jon Hamma as Don Draper in 'Mad Men' -- delayed to 2012 Jon Hamm lovers will have to brace themselves for a dry spell this year now that the fifth season of "Mad Men" has been postponed to 2012.

Continuing contract negotiations between show creator Matthew Weiner and AMC have led to the delay of the 1960s-set drama and the absence of Don Draper in our lives.

"While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key noncast negotiations, 'Mad Men' will be back for a fifth season in early 2012," the network said, according to Show Tracker.

A deal hasn't been brokered because the network wants to add more product placement to the product-heavy show, add more commercials by shaving two minutes off the total running time. (Translation: Even less Don Draper in our lives.)

One report said that negotiations could collapse because of AMC's demands. Weiner, who has won several Emmys for the series, is looking for a deal that will allow him to get $15 million a year -- or upwards of $1 million an episode -- putting him among the top-paid showrunners in basic cable. Talk about mad men...

But Weiner insists the delay is unrelated to monetary issues.

How to Survive Life Without 'Mad Men'"I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans," he told "Mad Men" fan blog Basket of Kisses.

"First of all, the number that's been published is not true. Second of all, I offered to have less money, to save the cast, and to leave the show in the running time that it's supposed to be. The harder that I've fought for the show, the more money that they've offered me."

Tough life, eh?

In the meantime, the show's stars are working on various geek-friendly projects: You can catch Hamm now in Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" and John Slattery in "The Adjustment Bureau," both currently in theaters. Hamm will also appear (shirtless!) in Judd Apatow's "Bridesmaids" comedy with Kristin Wiig. He's also teaming with indie-filmmaker/girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt to make "Friends with Kids" and will again perform with Westfeldt in April in an L.A. Theatre Works radio theater production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters."

Christina Hendricks will star in the action flick "Drive" this spring and has just signed on for the film "Seconds of Pleasure" with Brendan Fraser, Julia Stiles, Matt Dillon and Kristen Scott Thomas. January Jones will appear in this summer's highly-anticipated "X-Men: First Class." Elisabeth Moss will star in Walter Salles' adaptation of "On the Road" and is appearing in London in the West End production of "The Children's Hour" alongside Keira Knightley.

And if these alternatives don't strike your retro-drama fancy, click on the gallery above for more alternatives for your "Mad Men"-less summer.

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Photos, from top: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men"; January Jones in "X-Men: First Class." Credits: AMC; Murray Close / Fox


'Mad Men' guys Rich Sommer and Michael Gladis talk about picking up chicks

Rich Sommer and Michael Gladis -- who bonded over the pool table in the days between the "Mad Men" pilot and shooting the series, Sommer told the Ministry recently -- tossed out a few pickup lines Sunday on the Emmy Awards red carpet.

Sommer's wife, Virginia, however, need not worry. With baby No. 2 on the way, Rich's current "pickup line" is: "Hi, I'm married -- and then I'd walk away, I'd just walk away."

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Video credit: Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times


Scone-deprived Hollywood gets its fix at BAFTA/LA's Emmy TV Tea Party

Stanley and Phyllis Come awards season, casts of nominated series travel the party circuit in packs -- kind of like the Jets and the Sharks but better dressed and sipping Champagne. At least that was the scene at the eighth annual TV Tea Party thrown by the British Academy of Television Arts/Los Angeles  -- BAFTA/LA -- at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday.

"Mad Men," nominated for best drama series, was repped by Rich Sommer, Bryan Batt, Alison Brie and a poised Kiernan Shipka, 10, who was clearly enjoying her trip down the red carpet during her fourth season as Sally Draper.

"The Office," which snagged four nominations this year including best comedy series, contributed Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner and Creed Bratton. Alas, not among them was nominated series star Steve Carell, who is leaving the show after next season.

As the cubicle crew prepared to walk the red carpet, they bravely pondered the hit series' future without him. "I think it's going to be like any other job where bosses quit and there are mergers and we're going to go on as we always have," said Baker, who plays grumpy Stanley on the show. "We're going to make people laugh, and we're going to go to Steve's house and stalk him and call him, and it will be business as usual."

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'Mad Men' goes big with its Season 4 Hollywood premiere

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Jon Hamm Mad Men premiere pictures from Hollywood Riding a wave of high demand for an early fix of "Mad Men" -- the premiere was moved to a larger venue at the last minute --  AMC pulled off the West Coast launch of the series' fourth season Tuesday night at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood. 

And did it with style and lots of good people, of course -- click the photo at right to see the red carpet arrivals.

"Calls from 'Mad Men' fans in some high places started to pour in," a network source told Show Tracker. "The kind of fans you can't refuse." 

Christina Hendricks, Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Rich Sommer, Vincent Kartheiser, Aaron Staton and show creator Matthew Weiner were among those representing cast and crew. Moss and January Jones are among those expected Sunday at the New York premiere, where, according to Show Tracker, bigger crowds are expected.

One thing to note before getting too close to Hendricks: Weiner admitted to ABC News' Diane Sawyer on Tuesday that her character, Joan, is "terrifying" to him.

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Could Mel Gibson learn a little something from 'Mad Men'?


Mel Gibson could've learned a thing or two about "What Women Want" while working on that 2000 film, though perhaps it didn't stick. Maybe the actor could stand to pick up a few pointers on how to address the ladies, courtesy of the gentlemen of "Mad Men"?

After at least 3,000 days of listening to angry tapes -- and listening to them, and listening, and are the guys on the radio still playing the tapes because we want to get in our car and go home but we're afraid our brain might explode if we hear the tapes again -- alleged to be the actor vigorously, ahem, chatting up ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, it's time for a smooth-talking palate cleanser in the boys-and-girls department.

We're grateful to Fishbowl L.A. for pointing us toward this mellow, manly montage from the gang at Sterling Cooper. We've also imported a nonscientific online poll from an earlier Ministry post about Mel, after the break, because nothing says "I'm working out my issues" like clicking on the computer and seeing if others agree with you.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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