1. “Jon Hamm Talks About the Mad Men Series Finale.” The actor speaks with Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times about the screen cut to the 1971 Coca-Cola “Hilltop” commercial and more.
“My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man. And so, this thing comes to him. There’s a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, ’Wow, that’s awful.’ But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led. There was a little bit of a crumb dropped earlier in the season when Ted says there are three women in every man’s life, and Don says, ’You’ve been sitting on that for a while, huh?’ There are, not coincidentally, three person to person phone calls that Don makes in this episode, to three women who are important to him for different reasons. You see the slow degeneration of his relationships with those women over the course of those phone calls.”
2. “The Untold Story of ILM, a Titan That Forever Changed Film.” For Wired, Alex French and Howie Kahn go inside the magic factory.
“As it turns 40 this year, ILM can claim to have played a defining role making effects for 317 movies. But that’s only part of the story: Pixar began, essentially, as an ILM internal investigation. Photoshop was invented, in part, by an ILM employee tinkering with programming in his time away from work. Billions of lines of code have been formulated there. Along the way ILM has put tentacles into pirate beards, turned a man into mercury, and dominated box office charts with computer-generated dinosaurs and superheroes. What defines ILM, however, isn’t a signature look, feel, or tone—those change project by project. Rather, it’s the indefatigable spirit of innovation that each of the 43 subjects interviewed for this oral history mentioned time and again. It is the Force that sustains the place.”
3. “Filming the Impossible.” For Reverse Shot, Nicole Richter sits down for a chat with Catherine Breillat.
“It’s true that I am perhaps less direct now than I was when I made Une vrai jeune fille, but I still seek to write things that are impossible to shoot. I write them and I arrive on set and I have to do this scene and I don’t know how. I force myself into a position where I have to do the impossible. It allows me to come up with things that no one has ever done before. It’s rather the things that are everyday, the things that are banal, that are expected, that are ordinary that I find much more difficult and I think I am not as good at. It is the scenes where you don’t know what to do where you surprise yourself. And you ask yourself why certain scenes are impossible to shoot. It turns out they are for very banal and prosaic reasons—for reasons of our upbringing and middle-class morality.”
4. “An Interview With the Real-Life Ad Man Who Created That Coca-Cola Commercial.” For Slate, Laura Bennett sits down with Bill Backer, former creative director of McCann.
“See, my moment came out of truth and emergency. I had to come up with a commercial, we were getting sent to record in London and were stuck in an airport in Ireland. I had a studio rented and paid for, lots of actors and producers. I looked around people were sitting there together having a coke. So I wrote that on the back of a napkin: ’I’ve got to teach the world to sing. I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love.’ That’s what the product was doing at the time. It just felt like I heard a voice from somewhere saying, ’I’d like to be able to do this for the whole world.’”
5. “László Krasznahorkai wins the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.” Hungarian writer announced as sixth winner of the Man Booker International Prize.
“The experimental Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai has been awarded the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize, it was announced tonight at an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The prize is awarded every two years to an author for their entire body of work, which can either be written in English or available in English translation. In accepting the award, Krasznahorkai becomes the sixth winner of the award, joining the Albanian novelist Ismail Kadaré, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, Canadian author Alice Munro, and American writers Philip Roth and Lydia Davis. Krasznahorkai has previously been honoured in his own country with the Kossuth Prize, which is presented by the Hungarian President. The author also received the German Bestenliste Prize in 1993 for his novel The Melancholy of Resistance, which is awarded to the best work of literary fiction that year.”
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