Our Mad Men season 7, episode 4 recap looks at the events of tonight’s episode titled “The Monolith” in which Don has another rough week.

Don’s back at SC&P

Picking up with last week’s big news, Don is now back at Sterling Cooper & Partners. On his first day officially back, everyone has convened upstairs where they’re having a meeting about a computer being installed. It’s going to do “lots of magical things like make Harry Crane seem important,” according to Roger. Everyone has high hopes about the device (“It’s the Mona Lisa,” according to Stan), but it comes at a price for employees like Peggy: The computer has to take over the lounge where we’ve seen them frequently work.

Back at the bottom

The beginning of the episode began with a dinner date between Pete and Bonnie. He bumps into George from Vicks, who’s now working for Burger Chef, and they decide Pete and SC&P can work on the campaign.

A meeting with the partners finds Ted being invited back to New York to take on the opportunity, but he suggests Peggy takes it instead. Then they decide to give it to Don. Lou’s weary of this idea, so Peggy ultimately heads the project.

Lou offers Peggy a raise of $100 more a week as a form of encouragement – and a way to talk her into working with Don. After accepting with a hint of hesitation, she asserts her authority right from the start of the project by making Don come into her office instead of vice versa, which has happened on so many episodes in the past. She tasks him with coming up with 25 tags – and Don isn’t happy about it at all. He storms back into his office, throws a typewriter into his window, and leaves SC&P for the weekend.

The following Monday he skips his meeting with Peggy and is instead pre-occupied with a game of solitaire. He’s also more interested in offering up advertising advice to Lloyd, the technician who’s installing the IBM 360 in the office.

After his chat with Lloyd, Don sees the potential in his company and asks Burt if they can pitch a campaign because he thinks they have exponential growth. However, Burt reminds him that they don’t need new business right now and they frankly don’t need Don either (he compares him to dead man Lane – ouch). Feeling like he couldn’t be lower at SC&P, Don goes to Roger’s office and sneaks out one of his bottles.

Don quickly gets drunk in his office and calls Freddy about going to a Mets game. On their way out Don stumbles towards Lloyd to mumble some nonsense and passes Peggy who’s frustrated that Don isn’t doing what’s been assigned to him. Joan thinks that the partners put no thought into the decision.

Freddy ends up bringing him home instead of to the game, and the next morning he gives Don a pep talk about getting the work done and working his way back up. Don gets inspired just in time, because Peggy had just been told by Joan that he has a set of rules that he has to be following in order to keep his job. The next morning at the office, Don promises Peggy the tags she needs by lunchtime. May this be the end of Don’s bottle bottom?

Hippie life

Roger’s ex-wife Mona visits the office with Brooks to inform him that Margaret has run away with hippies, and she’s “terribly worried.” She tries to enlist Roger to go and save her, but Roger likes the idea of Brooks going instead. Later we hear Brooks was thrown in jail while out on his mission.

So, Roger and Mona head out to grab their daughter, who is indeed enjoying the hippie life away from Brooks and their child Ellery. Mona has little patience for her daughter’s resistance to coming back into the city to be with her child, but Roger wants to spend a little more time at the hippie ranch because he thinks Margaret won’t suddenly change her mind the moment her parents show up. That’s so not cool, man.

Roger hangs around and partakes in their ways of living with the earth – no electricity, plenty of weed, and lots of time staring at the moon. Margaret says she’s happy here, and Roger can’t argue. After seeing her run off with a guy that night, the next morning he tries to pull her away again – physically – but fails after a slip in the mud and then a reminder of how bad a father he is to her. He heads back into town without daughter in tow.

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The fifth episode of the season airs Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. eastern/pacific on AMC. Check out a preview below:

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?