Jon Hamm, just chillin’ with his silhouette on The Draper Bench, a semi-permanent art installation on the Avenue of the Americas outside the Time & Life Building in NYC, home of the series’ Sterling Cooper & Partners Advertising Agency.
How quaint. Jon Hamm’s life is imitating art.
Turns out the 44-year-old actor, who plays the role of Mad Men’s anti-hero, Don Draper, has been facing his own demons off the set.
Hamm just completed a 30-day rehab stint for alcohol addiction, which wrapped just days before the premiere of the AMC drama’s final season premiere. According to TMZ, the actor spent the last month at the deluxe Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn.
“With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction,” his rep said in a statement. “They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.”
Hamm doesn’t have the most glamorous background story. His parents divorced when he was a toddler, his mother died when he was 10, and his father passed away when he was 20.
“I was … unmoored by that,” Hamm told The Observer about his father’s death. “… In bad shape.”
He turned to therapy and antidepressants.
“It gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral,” he said. “It helps.”
The shadow of Don Draper, according to Westfeldt, hasn’t been easy to handle, either. …Full Story
The BBC said Wednesday it will not renew the contract of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after he physically and verbally attacked a producer while filming on location, according to BBC Director-General Tony Hall. The show, however, has been renewed.
Clarkson was the face of the incredibly popular program whose fans have been begging for his return since he attacked Oisin Tymon, leaving the producer with a bloody lip. Hall said he understands Clarkson’s dismissal “will divide opinion,” but said that a line had been crossed and it didn’t matter that Clarkson is a superstar.
“There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations,” Hall said. …Full Story
Sound the international crisis alarm! Chart-topping boy band One Direction said Wednesday that Zayn Malik has left the group.
Forget sea level rise; we’re about to sink into an ocean of teenage tears.
“After five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band,” said Malik, 22. “I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.”
Last week, after being accused of cheating on his fiance, Malik flew home from a tour stop in the Philippines, citing stress. Rumors have swirled that the singer may be entering rehab for drug addiction, so stay tuned.
The absence from the Asian leg of the tour isn’t his first. Malik was not present last November when an estimated 15,000 screaming fans packed Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando for a free One Direction performance. A rep told the Associated Press at the time that Malik took ill after recording that weekend and was not well enough to fly. A likely story.Full Story
It’s not a weird sci-fi dream you’re having. The X-Files really is returning.
Fox announced Tuesday that it will air six new episodes, with shooting beginning this summer. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully, so it looks like this thing is shaping up to be pretty legit.
Show creator Chris Carter said he thinks of the franchise’s absence as a “13-year commerical break,” adding that “the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger.”
No further details were provided, so until this thing airs, we’ll be left with so very many questions: Are Scully and Mulder back in the FBI? Are they still together? Or is the show going to ignore the terrible second movie? Skinner has to be director of the FBI by now, right? Plus, who’s the bad guy now that Cigarette Smoking Man is dead?
Only time and potential spoilers will tell.Full Story
Rock legend David Crosby hit a jogger Sunday while driving 55 mph near his home in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.
The pedestrian was airlifted to a Santa Barbara hospital, KEYT television reports, after suffering multiple fractures, abrasions and lacerations.
According to a California Highway Patrol report, Crosby was going the posted speed of 55 in his 2015 Tesla when he was blinded by the sun and hit the man on a highway. The injuries suffered by Jose Jimenez, 46, were not life-threatening, and the boy he was with was not hit. Crosby suffered no injuries.
“David Crosby is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone,” the rocker’s rep said. “And, based off of initial reports, he is relieved that the injuries to the gentleman were not life threatening. He wishes the jogger a very speedy recovery.”
Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor, but police are still investigating.Full Story
Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.
Writing in the New York Times, the filmmaker and philanthropist said a recent blood test showed a possible early sign of cancer. The news was a blow to the star who had already had a double mastectomy.
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,” she wrote. “I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.”
Jolie, 39, revealed two years ago that she carries a defective breast cancer gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer — strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led the actress to have her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate. …Full Story
That’s how much Broken Lizard is asking you to pitch in to make a Super Troopers sequel a reality.
My, desperation is a stinky cologne.
The comedy troupe has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to get the follow-up to the 2001 shenanigans-filled cop flick produced. Fox Searchlight will distribute the sequel in North America if Broken Lizard and you can make the financing happen.
As of Tuesday night, the campaign had brought in roughly $1.1 million, so it would seem reaching the $2 million won’t be too difficult. If the goal is met, shooting will start this summer, which is practically right meow.Full Story
Ask and from Vin Diesel you shall receive.
The Furious 7 star, who you may have read welcomed his third child with girlfriend Paloma Jimenez last week, has revealed the baby name the Twitterverse has been clamoring for.
On Monday, the 47-year-old told Natalie Morales of Today that he named the newborn after his late Fast and Furious co-star, Paul Walker. Only it’s a girl, so her name is Pauline, which happens to be my middle name, so bonus points for that.
“It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world,” he explained.
Diesel feels so strongly about his fallen friend that he believes he was present when Pauline was born.
“He was in the room,” Diesel recalled. “There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just … knew he was there.”
Haunted childbirth. Just what every woman dreams of.Full Story
Who knew living with a bunch of Playmates and one entitled old man might make you want to off yourself?
Said theory has just been confirmed by Holly Madison, who has written a tell-all memoir that takes readers, get this, Down the Rabbit Hole. The official mouthful of a title: Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.
In her book, Madison reveals that she experienced depression during her stint as Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriend. Writes publisher Harper Collins, “Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn’t a dream at all — and quickly became her nightmare. After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.”
Madison reveals that life in the mansion wasn’t all champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but rather strict routines and detailed rules. She also tells her side of the five seasons-long drama that was The Girls Next Door reality TV show in which she lived with Hefner and his other girlfriends, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marguardt. …Full Story
What pairs best with Skinnygirl wine? Skinnygirl tears, of course.
We assume that’s the combo Bethanny Frankel is lapping up right now after her appearance Sunday on Watch What Happens Live detailed her recent split from boyfriend Mac Cerussi and prompted potential legal action courtesy of estranged husband Jason Hoppy.
Frankel, 44, revealed on the show that she and Cerussi broke up a few weeks ago.
“They’re in different places in their lives and they were headed down different paths,” an insider tells Us Weekly. “They were cohabitating for a bit, but are not anymore.”
Frankel said she’s not exactly in the market for a third husband at this point, adding, “I don’t know what I’m looking for, and I don’t know if I’m looking for anything. I think the kind of guy that I would need to be with has to be able to handle me, which is a tall order.”
Funny, because it seems Hoppy is up to the task. …Full Story
Taylor Swift knew these domain names were trouble.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is about to make a bunch of new web address suffixes available. That means that in addition to .com or .org or .whathaveyou, the Internet is about to play host to .porn and .adult, among others.
Fortunately for public figures and companies, they’re being given a window of time during which to purchase theirname.whatever, and Swift jumped all over it, buying up taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult.
No word on whether she’s after taylorswift.sucks, which is a real thing that could exist soon.
Country megastar Jason Aldean just made a stepmom out of his former mistress, Brittany Kerr. The couple wed in Mexico on Saturday evening, Us Weekly reports.
“This is the best day ever — I’ve got my girl here, my friends, my family — it’s the best day ever!” Aldean told the mag.
“Today has been the best day of my life,” Kerr said. “I feel like the luckiest woman to have been able to marry my best friend.”
Among the guests: Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, because of course.
The 38-year-old Burnin’ It Down singer and 27-year-old American Idol alum met in 2012 — and were caught making out at a Los Angeles bar — while Aldean was still married to ex-wife Jessica Ussery, with whom he has two daughters, Keeley, 12, and Kendyl, 7.
Aldean filed for divorce in 2013 and got engaged to Kerr last September.Full Story
Someone’s trying to be just like Beyonce. Jessica Pare has welcomed her first child, a son named Blues Anthony.
Mmhhmm. We see what she did there.
Blues Anthony Pare Kastner was born to the Mad Men star and her musician boyfriend, John Kastner, on Thursday, a source tells People.
Kastner Instagrammed the good news with a photo of his daughter, 8-year-old Summer Lee, holding the new addition.
Pare, 34, who plays Don Draper’s wife on the AMC drama, managed to fly under the pregnant-celebrity radar until October, despite her boyfriend announcing the good news on his Instagram account a month prior.
Shows how much we pay attention. Congrats to all these people whose names we know thanks to TV.Full Story
It’s starting to feel like Groundhog Day. Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was rushed from a Los Angeles courtroom to a hospital on Friday for the fourth time since he was charged with hit-and-run, murder and attempted murder in February.
According to the Associated Press, the 49-year-old Death Row Records co-founder collapsed after a judge set his bail at $25 million.
Defense attorney Matthew Fletcher told TV station KABC that Knight fell, hit his head on a chair and knocked himself out. Fletcher said he had seen Knight in his cell and “he was dripping sweat … like somebody threw a bucket of water on him.”
Knight, who suffers from diabetes and blood clots, told his attorney that he has been kept in solitary confinement and hasn’t been receiving his medication.
“He’s being treated worse than Charles Manson,” Fletcher said.Full Story
Look out for celebratory gunfire; Chris Brown is officially off probation, more than six years after he attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna just hours before the 2009 Grammys.
“IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!!” Brown tweeted, then deleted, after his hearing Friday. “Thank the Lord!!!!!!”
“I couldn’t be more delighted,” attorney Mark Geragos told the Associated Press after the hearing. “He is in a spot right now and a place right now that I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Geragos said of Brown, 25, adding that Friday’s hearing was “a monumental feat for him.”
We wonder if this means Canadian officials will let Breezy enter the country now.Full Story