Friday, March 6, 2015

AMC Plotting A ‘Mad Men’ Send-Off To Remember

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

It should come as no surprise that Mad Men, a drama about a 1960s advertising firm, has designed what it hopes to be an unforgettable send-off campaign.

The pioneering AMC series will launch its seventh and final season on April 5 — culminating in a swan song that probably will generate the kind of frenzied chatter last seen by its sister drama Breaking Bad in 2013.

To rally viewers as the end draws near, the network is promoting the final stretch of the drama with a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign. There’s even a black-tie ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for its premiere.…

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Obama To Look Back, Ahead At Selma

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday, but he will be focused less on the past than on the future, particularly the agenda he hopes to carry out beyond his time in office.

Obama is laying out plans for a post-presidential period that his friends envision as a busy third act of his life, using his public prominence to try to address socioeconomic challenges in the world.

Economic empowerment for the disadvantaged, expanded opportunities for girls and the programs that help young men in the project that he calls “becoming a man” all are likely to figure in the agenda of the last two years of his presidency and afterward, according to people close to him.…

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Did Jeb Bush Go Far Enough To Try To Save Terri Schiavo To Save His Iowa Chances?

By Michael Bender, Bloomberg News (TNS)

Standing at the pulpit of his Sioux City, Iowa, mega-church a decade ago, the Rev. Cary Gordon wept over the death of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman who had her feeding tubes removed more than 1,500 miles away in Florida. Now, the politician mostly closely associated with trying to keep her alive is coming to the state searching for support for his prospective presidential bid.

To much of the world, it appeared as if Jeb Bush, then the governor of Florida, stood his ground against those who wanted to take Schiavo off life support.…

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