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Second Circuit WorldCom Decision Evokes Nostalgia For Dialup

By Peter J Reilly, Contributor

It is somewhat odd to fit Internet technology into a statutory definition that has not been updated since the Mad Men era. The Second Circuit’s recent decision (IRS v WorldCom) is fraught with nostalgia.  The decision is an appeal of a small part of a bankruptcy case that would be starting middle school if it were human.  When something as big as WorldCom blows up, the fighting over the scraps can continue for quite a while since there are some pretty big scraps.  The two scraps involved here are a claim by the IRS for $16,276,440.81 in excise tax.  I don’t know how much that claim is worth to the government.  Even at pennies on the dollar it would be few hundred grand.  More significantly there was an order for the IRS to refund $38,297,513 in excise tax.  The excise tax is the 3% excise on telephone services that was passed as an emergency war measure.  I don’t remember that war, but my immigrant grandmother, Nana Reilly, did.  It was against Spain (My cousin Marianne told me that Nana Reilly asked her once if she remembered the McKinley assassination.  She had mixed him up with Kennedy.) …read more

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Video: Is TrueCar's new female car shopper ad sexist? [w/poll]

By Brandon Turkus

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TrueCar is getting bashed in both traditional and social media venues over a 30-second ad that’s gone viral due to what some perceive as sexist overtones. The ad features a number of women talking about using TrueCar for their latest vehicular purchase, and how the website takes the “anxiety” out of buying a car. It ends with the line, “I don’t need to bring a dude with me.”

The backlash, particularly on TrueCar’s Facebook page has been pretty severe, with angry women firing away at the service over the spot. In response to the bad press it’s been getting on sites like BuzzFeed and AdWeek, TrueCar’s PR agency, PGCCampbell, and the company’s founder and CEO, Scott Painter, issued the following statement:

“Regardless of race or gender, being a more informed car buyer benefits consumers. TrueCar supplies a hassle-free experience for both men and women by providing car-buying information the public can’t get elsewhere.

This particular ad is pro-consumer and pro-women. It was developed by our creative director, who is a woman, and it addresses a real consumer issue in the marketplace.”

Judge for yourself by screening the video below. Then vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in Comments. Has TrueCar been watching a bit too much Mad Men, or are people overreacting?

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Awesome Wedding Invitations Mimic Iconic Movie And TV Posters (PHOTOS)

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We have a feeling Siskel and Ebert would have given these wedding invitations two thumbs up.

Southern California couple Joshua and Rachel Watson took inspiration from their favorite films and TV shows when they crafted the invitations for their June 1 wedding. With the help of photographer Jordan Nakamura, the Watsons inserted themselves into posters for films such as, “Casablanca,” “Inception” and “Mad Men,” then sent guests a DVD case with one of the posters as the cover and a CD of their favorite music inside.

Joshua, a photographer, told HuffPost Weddings in an email that he and Rachel, who works in film and television, felt “burnt out” with traditional wedding and engagement photography. “[Traditional photography] seems a little ‘cut-and-pasted’ to us,” he said. “We wanted our engagement and wedding to be the first time we actually collaborated and created something together, and decided to produce this.”

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Best & Worst Beauty Of The Week: Kiernan Shipka, January Jones, Selena Gomez & More (PHOTOS)

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The best beauty looks this week showcased great hair. “Mad Men” starlet Kiernan Shipka sported an age-appropriate updo, while “Iron Man 3″ actress Rebecca Hall proved that she has the best effortless summer waves.

And the worst looks of the week were hair-raising, too — Kelly Osbourne may have forgotten that she has bright purple hair when she applied too much self-tanner and Uma Thurman (who was looking stellar just last week!) may have skipped out on shampooing and/or brushing her hair before hitting the red carpet.

Click through the the slideshow to see which stars shined this week and which ones missed the mark. Do you agree? Tell us in the comments below!

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Bryan Cranston Time 100: When Jon Hamm Met The ‘Breaking Bad’ Star

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Bryan Cranston earned a coveted spot on the Time 100 list and the magazine asked his fellow AMC star Jon Hamm to do the write-up.

In the piece, “Mad Men” star Hamm discussed his bizarre initial encounter with the “Breaking Bad’s” leading man.

“The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot for a little-known network called AMC, and he was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, with slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from my mouth,” Hamm wrote. “Our shows hadn’t premiered yet. We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context. He was friendly, funny, gregarious, humble and lovely.”

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Kip Pardue On ‘Mad Men’: ‘Sunshine’ From ‘Remember The Titans’ Guest Stars

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Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 6, Episode 3 of AMC’s “Mad Men,” titled “The Collaborators.”

Mad Men” specializes in surprising, nostalgic guest-casting. After “Freaks & Geeks” alum Linda Cardellini stole the show in the AMC drama’s Season 6 premiere, another early 2000s favorite had a guest appearance in the show’s third episode: Kip Pardue, who is fondly remembered as Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass, the long-haired, left-handed California quarterback in Denzel Washington‘s high-school football film “Remember The Titans.”

Pardue’s “Mad Men” guest spot had him playing a hot shot Heinz ketchup executive, who stopped by Sterling Cooper in a blue suit for an unofficial visit. While Don (Jon Hamm) and Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) were excited to vie for his business, Heinz beans executive Raymond Geiger (John Sloman) made it clear that the visit was just for show. Still, word got back to Peggy that Heinz was potentially up for his grabs, and her new boss Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm) pushed her to compete for the business, so Pardue could very well turn up again later this season.

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"Game of Thrones" Will Never Beat "Mad Men" — Here's Why

By Tim Beyers, The Motley Fool

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So far, Game of Thrones is beating Mad Men in the ratings war. The second episode of the fantasy epic based on author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” books drew in 4.3 million viewers, versus 3.4 million for the Mad Men premiere.

As far as I’m concerned, both shows are well written and worth watching. Yet if HBO were spun off from Time Warner as an independent company, I’d still rather own shares of Mad Men distributor AMC Networks .

Sources: HBO, YouTube.

Why? Accessibility. By bundling its content with cable providers, HBO makes it unnecessarily difficult to cater to the increasing number of viewers who are just as comfortable watching via tablet as they are on TV.

Consider how Comcast‘s obtuse Xfinity service handles streamed HBO content. Watching on my Mac requires a log-in to comcast.net and then navigating to a “watch TV” tab, where I can look up episodes and movies. Once I’ve done that, starting or picking up an episode works great — just so long as I haven’t changed devices. The Comcast Web experience is self-contained.

So is the iPad experience, where HBO GO is available. Logging in there with my Comcast credentials gets access to episodes but no viewing history, making it a poor substitute for Netflix and Apple‘s iTunes, both of which bookmark video content across devices.

But where Xfinity really fails is in the living room. Prior seasons of Game of Thrones simply aren’t available through Xfinity On Demand. Interested catch-up viewers are instead pushed to the Web to experience Comcast’s streaming weaknesses live and in living color.

Meanwhile, synchronized viewing is only going to get more important. According to IDC, tablets are on track to outsell desktop PCs this year and will outsell laptops come 2014. Hundreds of millions of mini-TVs are out in the wild, waiting to be fed. Hundreds of millions more are coming.

Separately, a recent survey conducted by Belkin and Harris Interactive found that roughly 30% of viewers surveyed said they were at least somewhat interested in replacing traditional cable with digital services such as Netflix. It’s a good bet a number of these rule-breaking TV fans already are, or are about to be, tablet owners.

Liberty Media‘s John Malone, a cable industry insider, may have said it best when he questioned the long-term veracity of cable network efforts to bundle content in order to preserve profits.

Cable network operators “have to face reality that maybe you need to segregate your market like everybody else,” Malone said in an interview with CNBC’s David Faber.

Malone is right: Bundling doesn’t make sense anymore. Time Warner is only limiting HBO‘s options — and devaluing its content — by sticking with the dinosaurs that insist upon it.

For further analysis of how Netflix is changing entertainment, tune into our newest premium research report, in which we take you inside Netflix’s entertainment empire and tell you

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'Game of Thrones' Season Debut Slays 'Mad Men'

By Carol Pinchefsky, Contributor

Don Draper, winter is coming. Although the dashing Mr. Draper is frequently concerned with identity and the dark pockets of the human heart, he needs be even more concerned about HBO’s Game of Thrones. Mad Men’s world is a cut-throat business, but it’s losing out to actual cutting of throats: According to the New York Times, GoT pulled in one million more viewers with its 2013 season debut. …read more

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Advertiser Wins Army Contract

By Rich Smith, The Motley Fool

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On a relatively slow day for Defense Department business Tuesday, a sizable contract was awarded to a company you don’t often think of as belonging to the military-industrial complex: McCann Worldgroup, a subsidiary of giant, globetrotting ad agency Interpublic   — and just in time for the return of Mad Men.

The Pentagon awarded McCann a modification to a previously awarded contract to provide “professional marketing and advertising services in support of personnel recruitment and retention programs throughout the Army.”

The instant contract is valued at $192.1 million, and by dollar value, accounts for more than half the $347 million in contracts that DoD announced yesterday. It also raises the total amount of money that the Pentagon has awarded McCann for advertising services under this contract, to $565.1 million.

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John Slattery Talks ‘Sobbing’ On ‘Mad Men’

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What’s left for Roger Sterling? He’s tried a younger wife, Don’s mother-in-law, and a few exciting (sometimes nude) adventures with LSD. Now he’s bored. Is therapy the final frontier? “Turns out your experiences are nothing,” he tells his shrink in “Mad Men‘s” sixth season premiere. “You’re just going in a straight line to You Know Where.” John Slattery says Roger wishes he was so blasé, and talked to Vulture about what brings out the actor’s own moments of existential crisis. For the Roger-Joan shippers, he tries to clear things on that front too.

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Eight Anachronisms from the Mad Men Season Premiere You Might Have Missed

Critics and fans alike have always praised Mad Men for its incredible attention to detail. After all, it would be hard to find a period piece as painstakingly accurate and overall faithful to its era. But did anyone else notice a major downturn in last night's season premiere? I mean, the occasional anachronism is forgivable, sure, but some parts of the episode (which was still great overall, by the way) felt downright sloppy.

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Mod Men: Shutterstock Explores What The World Of ‘Mad Men’ Would Look Like Today (PHOTOS)

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Just in case you haven’t noticed already, “Mad Men,” everyone’s favorite 1960s period drama depicting the sexy world of advertising elite, is back on the air. Don’t worry, we won’t give away any spoilers as to what Don Draper and company are up to in the years 1967-68. But the sixth season’s mini fast forward in time did get some people thinking… what would the world of “Mad Men” look like today?

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Is Megan’s ‘Mad Men’ Soap A Nod To ‘One Life To Live’?

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Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 6, Episode 1 of AMC’s “Mad Men,” titled “The Doorway.”

One of the big developments that happened in between “Mad Men” seasons was Don’s wife Megan landing her first TV role on a fictionalized soap opera called “To Have And To Hold.” On the soap, Megan (Jessica Pare) has a small, but increasingly more prominent role as a maid named Corrine. But characters and events in the soap seem to have a few similarities with “One Life to Live.”

The most obvious connection was a reference to the show’s central character Victor. When a “To Have And To Hold” fan asked Megan for an autograph in Hawaii, she told her, “I can’t believe Victor won’t acknowledge you.” Victor Lord was the patriarch of “One Life To Live,” the wealthy father of Erika Slezak‘s multiple-personality character Viki Lord.

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James Wolk On ‘Mad Men’: ‘Lone Star’ Actor Joins AMC Drama For Season 6

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Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 6, Episode 1 of AMC’s “Mad Men,” titled “The Doorway.”

James Wolk is bringing another handsome face to the world of “Mad Men.” The star of the short-lived, yet critically-acclaimed, TV show “Lone Star” appeared in the “Mad Men” Season 6 premiere as Bob Benson, the new, overzealous accounts guy “in the outfield” at Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce, who got Don coffee and then got his behind handed to him, courtesy of Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton).

Since Wolk’s “Lone Star” was canceled, the actor has gone on to appear in many popular TV shows. On “Happy Endings,” he played Grant, a love interest for Adam Pally‘s character Max. Wolk also appeared in multiple episodes of “Shameless” and co-starred opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA‘s miniseries “Political Animals” as Douglas Hammond, the son of Weaver’s character, Elaine Barrish.

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Linda Cardellini On ‘Mad Men’: ‘Freaks And Geeks’ Star Portraying Don’s Mistress

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Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 6, Episode 1 of AMC’s “Mad Men,” titled “The Doorway.”

On Sunday’s Season 6 premiere of “Mad Men,” viewers may have been surprised to see a familiar face of the ’90s in the Draper apartment: “Freaks And Geeks” star Linda Cardellini.

Cardellini played Sylvia, a woman who lives in Don (Jon Hamm) and Megan’s (Jessica Pare) building, and also happens to be Don’s latest mistress. Can’t say we didn’t see that one coming!

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‘Mad Men’ Season 6: Exclusive New Portraits (PHOTOS)

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If you’re a fan of “Mad Men,” then you know that nothing is ever black and white on the critically acclaimed AMC drama.

Unfortunately, almost all of the show’s super stylish Season 6 portraits have been lacking color … until now. The Huffington Post has the exclusive first look at brighter, less serious, more optimistic portraits of Don (Jon Hamm), Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Roger (John Slattery), Betty (January Jones), Joan (Christina Hendricks), Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Megan (Jessica Paré), just in time for the new season’s splashy two-hour premiere (Sunday, April 7, 9 p.m. ET).

We still can’t reveal what year it is or any other details, spoilery or not, but you’re free to do your own investigative research with these seven fabulous photos.

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8 ‘Love Actually’ Cast Members Who Made It Big On TV (PHOTOS)

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What do Betty Francis (née Draper) and Rick Grimes have in common? Neither character would be who s/he is without “Love Actually.”

Mad Men” star January Jones and “Walking Dead” leader Andrew Lincoln both appeared in the 2003 romantic comedy hit along with plenty of other now-familiar faces.

Before she was Betty, Jones was “Love Actually‘s” flirtatious Jeannie, who picked up British horndog Colin (Kris Marshall) at her local Wisconsin bar along with her roommates, one of which was played by “Happy Endings” and “24” star Elisha Cuthbert.

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