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Be Careful Around January Jones, Former Bobby Draper Warns Child Actors

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2011 11:30AM
January Jones, Jared GilmoreJanuary Jones has made a career out of playing some rather chilly characters -- Betty on 'Mad Men' and Emma Frost in 'X-Men: First Class' -- but does life imitate art? Well, maybe.

Jared Gilmore, who played the Emmy-nominated actress' son Bobby on 'Mad Men,' had some words of advice for the next young actor who takes his place.

"Be careful around January [Jones]," he told TV Guide Magazine. "She's not as approachable as the others. She's really serious about what she does. Everyone else is so nice."

Uh oh -- when a little boy is scared to talk to you, you might want to re-examine your public persona.

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'Lost' Creator Damon Lindelof Rips January Jones' Performance in 'X-Men: First Class'

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 8th 2011 11:20AM
January Jones and Damon Lindelof'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof wasn't a fan of 'Mad Men' star January Jones' performance in 'X-Men: First Class' and let all 129,000 of his Twitter followers know about it.

After watching last week's No.1 movie at the Box Office, Lindelof took to his Twitter page to praise the movie and some of the performances, "Dug FIRST CLASS though, especially Fassbender, McAvoy and the best deployment of the PG-13 single-use eff-bomb I have ever seen."

However, he was less than kind to Jones' acting skills.

In the movie, Jones plays the character of 'Emma Frost', and Lindelof talked about Frost's powers in the movie, or lack thereof.

Lindelof tweeted this message, "Emma Frost's THREE mutant powers: Telepathy, Transformation to Solid Diamond and last but not least, Sucking at Acting."

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'X-Men' Cast Chooses Their Favorite Superpowers on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 26th 2011 12:30PM
The cast of 'X-Men: First Class' on 'Today'The X-Men franchise will get a bit of a reboot next weekend with the release of the prequel, 'X-Men: First Class,' exploring the origins of the mutant super-group. Four cast members -- James McAvoy, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, and Bill Milner -- appeared on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to talk about the film and revealed their choices if they could have any superpower they wanted.

Jones, who plays Emma Frost, would want to have the power of flight, which was Milner's choice at first, but he changed it to wanting a tail. Why would he want a tail? "Dunno," he said, "I think it'd look nice. I can hold a lemonade while I'm on the computer."

Matt Lauer pointed out that a tail is an appendage, not a superpower, and asked if anyone wanted to be able to shoot webs from their hands. McAvoy, who plays Professor X, said that would be hard to explain to your mother when she went to wash your sheet. Spider-Man is a teenager, after all.

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January Jones Embraces Betty Draper's Mean Side (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 18th 2011 11:45AM
January Jones Likes Being Mean, Regis Tries a Scottish Accent (Again)January Jones says she's come to enjoy playing mean characters like 'Mad Men's' Betty Draper, and Regis Philbin is inspired by Jones' 'Unknown' co-star Liam Neeson to try out his Scottish accent again on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"Now that [Betty Draper has] become stronger and more independent and, sort of, mean, I guess, I'm getting more offers to play mean people," Jones said, adding that it's much more fun to play unkind characters. "I don't want to be sweet and nice."

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Gwyneth Paltrow Resolves 'Glee' / Kings of Leon Feud, January Jones Talks 'Mad Men' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 17th 2011 1:10PM
Gwyneth PaltrowThe Kings of Leon and Ryan Murphy have resolved their feud in the form of an unlikely peacemaker: Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actress, who starred in Murphy's 2006 film 'Running With Scissors,' took it upon herself to patch things up between the feuding parties -- via text message, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After the band said they wouldn't license their music to 'Glee,' Murphy, uh, quoted the lyrics to the non-censored version of Cee Lo's 'Forget You.' The band insisted it often turns down such requests and it wasn't meant as an insult to the show, but drummer Nathan Followill got into a war of words with Murphy on Twitter.

According to THR's source, though, after Paltrow's intervention "it's all good now."

In other TV news ...

The 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series is getting a whole hairier -- the most famous Wookie of all, Chewbacca, will appear in the show's season finale. "Rrrrrrrowwwwr," confirmed Chewie to the New York Times this morning when asked if the rumors were true. [NY Times]

January Jones thinks everyone should just chill out about 'Mad Men' because she's certain a new season will eventually be filmed. "People should relax," she said about speculation over the ongoing contract discussions that have stalled production on the yet-to-be-announced season 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

VH1 announced a star-packed lineup for the 15th season of its popular 'Storytellers' series. Kings of Leon will lead off the new season, which is set to premiere in May. Also getting episodes of their own are Death Cab for Cutie, Cee Lo Green, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray Lamontagne. [THR]

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January Jones Breaks the News to Jon Stewart: Very Few Jews in South Dakota (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 16th 2011 10:45AM
January Jones and Jon Stewart discuss the lack of Jews in South Dakota.January Jones was on 'The Daily Show' (weekdays, 11 PM ET on Comedy Central) to promote her new movie, "Unknown," but she ended up spending almost her entire interview with Jon Stewart talking about her home state of South Dakota.

"How would I do [in South Dakota]?" Stewart wondered after hearing about the state for a few minutes. "Do they have Jews?"

"No," Jones said, knowingly shaking her head. "We don't."

"Could we set up a little preserve where Jews could roam freely?" Stewart suggested.

Jones joked that the Jews could roam with the buffalo, which lead Stewart to make an even more ridiculous joke in which he had South Dakotans petting the exotic Jews and declaring "They're much softer than I thought."

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January Jones and Jimmy Fallon Shoot Arrows as Cupids on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 15th 2011 5:44AM
January Jones, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'January Jones and Jimmy Fallon dressed like Cupids in honor of the Valentine's Day holiday and held an arrow-shooting competition on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). And by dressed like Cupids, we mean they put on fake wings.

But the arrows were real.

Actually, no they weren't. They were like something out of Green Arrow's arsenal. Each had a tiny plunger on the tip, so it could stick to the points board. It's a good thing too, as this was also a drinking game.

They could either hit hearts with point totals in them, or broken hearts, which would mean they'd have to do a shot of champagne.

"Yeah, we're going to do shots of champagne," Fallon confimed when Jones started laughing. "I'm very classy."

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January Jones Emmys 2010: About That Blue Dress...

by Elena Cox, posted Aug 30th 2010 2:50PM
January JonesThe always beautiful January Jones of 'Mad Men' was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at last night's 2010 Emmy Awards, but, unlike the show that made her famous, Jones didn't take home a statue for her role as Betty Draper. The first-time nominee lost to perennial contender Kyra Sedgwick, who nabbed the prize for her performance in 'The Closer.'

Before the event, Jones walked the carpet with rumored boyfriend Jason Sudeikis of 'Saturday Night Live' fame.

Jones donned
a futuristic Versace gown and Miu Miu heels which, unfortunately, helped land her on our worst dressed list.

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 4:30PM

With the Emmy awards a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category. Now come the categories for lead actress and actor, starting with the six worthy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama.

Nominees:
Connie Britton, 'Friday Night Lights'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'

Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
January Jones, 'Mad Men'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'

Who will win:
The temptation here is to say that one of the previous winners, such as Hargitay or Close, will take the award because of the Academy's lack of creativity with their picks. But Margulies is a known quantity -- she's been nominated six times for 'ER,' both in the lead and supporting categories, winning after the show's first season -- and 'The Good Wife' was widely-watched enough to make me think that she may get the award this year. She carried the first year hit on her shoulders and did a great job playing the wounded but resilient Alicia Florrick.

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January Jones Cast in New 'X-Men' Movie

by Scott Harris, posted Aug 18th 2010 11:01AM
Over the course of her four seasons as 'Mad Men's' Betty Draper, January Jones has had to deal with any number of on-screen difficulties, from a philandering husband with a hidden past to the decline and loss of her father. But now she's about to deal with something even Betty might have some trouble with: mutants.

Yes, it's true: according to Deadline, Jones is making the jump from 'Mad Men' to 'X-Men' as she has been cast in the role of Emma Frost, better known to her allies and adversaries as The White Queen, in the upcoming prequel 'X-Men: First Class.'

Jones, of course, is no stranger to movies, having appeared in films such as 'Love Actually,' 'American Wedding' and 'We Are Marshall' prior to taking on the role of Draper for AMC. Since 'Mad Men' began in 2007, however, she's only appeared on one movie, 'Pirate Radio,' due to the show's demanding schedule.

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Six Series Spin-Offs I'd See in a Second

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 12:02PM
'Criminal Minds'
With the season coming to a close, the networks are starting to look toward next season. In the case of 'Criminal Minds,' that includes exploring the possibility of a spin-off series. They ran an embedded pilot for it earlier this season, introducing the new cast, and they've already had tremendous success with both 'NCIS' and 'CSI' spin-offs. But whatever happened to the old-school way of creating spin-offs?

'Frasier' was a long-time cast member on 'Cheers' before he headed off to Seattle and sitcom super-stardom. 'The Jeffersons' spent time living next to the Bunkers ('All in the Family') before moving on up. Even as recently as 'Friends,' they spun series co-star 'Joey' off into his own series -- maybe that's when it all went so wrong.

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'Mad Men': Season Three - DVD Review

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 6th 2010 4:04PM
Mad Men season 3What do you look for in a DVD set? Are you the type of person who expects to see a lot of extras (commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, bloopers, deleted scenes, documentaries, etc) because DVDs allow us to have all of those things and it would be a ripoff for the consumer if we didn't get them? Or are you the type of person who is just happy to have the actual episodes to watch over and over again whenever you want and you don't really care about the extras?

You're in the middle? What a politician.

I lean towards the former for newer shows and towards the latter for older shows. Though I would love to have commentaries and features for older shows, I realize that's not always possible. I ask this because the DVD set for the third season of AMC's 'Mad Men' has cast and crew commentaries for every single episode. Let's take a look at that feature and everything else in the set.

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Should 'Mad Men' Really Chase After More Emmy Noms?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2010 11:02AM
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Yesterday, Brad told you about how the 'Mad Men' powers that be are figuring out how to improve their chances at the Emmys. It was strange to think that a show as successful as 'Mad Men' was angling for a way to get more awards, but there is a reasoning behind the strategy. You see, even though 'Mad Men' has consistently been honored for the show and the writing and direction, the actors -- Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, etc. -- have been shut out. That's irksome. Not one Emmy for acting. Plenty of nominations, but no wins.

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'Mad Men' Producers to Change Emmy Submissions

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 1st 2010 5:03PM
Mad MenThe producers behind 'Mad Men' are trying to maximize their potential Emmy nominations and wins. They have decided to reposition last year's nominee Elisabeth Moss from best lead actress to best supporting actress.

The move kind of makes sense, particularly given the strong performance January Jones gave at the end of last season. The emotional drama between the soon-to-be-divorced couple of Don and Betty Draper is likely to take more of the show's spotlight rather than the affairs of Peggy Olson (and I mean "affairs" literally).

Admittedly, it's kind of sad that the producers have to do this sort of political maneuvering in order to improve their chances of winning an Emmy, particularly since Peggy Olson is such a cute character. While the show centers around Don Draper, 'Mad Men' has more of the feel of an ensemble show and it has some excellent acting talent. Perhaps the Emmys should create a new category for "Best Cast." 'Mad Men' would be sure to win that one.

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'Mad Men' Dashing for More Emmys

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 1st 2010 9:15AM
The 'Mad Men' may still be the power players in their '60s TV land universe, but it's the Mad (Wo)Men who are plotting to take home more Emmys this fall.

Last year, Jon Hamm, a.k.a. Don Draper, was the show's Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, with John Slattery winning an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Roger Sterling. But among the show's scene-stealing female cast, only Elisabeth Moss earned an Emmy nod, an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her role as Peggy Olsen.

This year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Moss will submit her name in the supporting actress category, paving the way for a potential lead actress nomination for January Jones and her work as desperate housewife (and soon-to-be-ex) Mrs. Don Draper.

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