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Amy Poehler Explains Why Charity Work Is So Awesome

The coolest fact we learned this week: working to support a cause isn’t just “good for your ego”—it also “makes your ass smaller.”

At least that’s what Amy Poehler told the audience at Variety‘s 5th annual Power of Women event earlier this month when explaining why she loves working with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. SPOILER: there will be tears.

Our favorite Upright Citizens Brigade alumnus salutes the ”beautiful, bossy, right-amount-of-crazy” ladies in the audience after explaining that she devotes herself to charity work because she wants ”…to be around people who dream…and do things.

If you’re not at least slightly moved by this speech then we don’t really know what to tell you.

Poehler also held an “Emmy losers party” with Donald “Jon Hamm” Draper last month to benefit the WWO. Those interested in the group might want to check out November’s 9th annual gala hosted by Seth Meyers, who will be the fourth best “Weekend Update” host in the room if Poehler,  Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon show up. (There’s a reason he won’t be hosting the Golden Globes for the next two years.)

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Jon Hamm’s Publicist Defends His Manhood

Jon Hamm GQThe Internet discovered some time ago that Mad Men star Jon Hamm has been blessed with some…attributes that endow him with a certain easily exploitable notoriety. The actor’s publicist, however, was not amused by the fact that the New York Daily News recently devoted a few valuable inches of its gossip column to discussing Hamm’s tendency to crowd a room with his gifts (which are apparently creating a problem on the show’s set).

An “inside source” says the extra-tight pants of Mad Men‘s upcoming sixth season, set in the late 60′s, have required AMC‘s design team to work a little Photoshop magic on promo images of Don Draper–but Hamm’s rep naturally doesn’t want to discuss this massive scandal.

The long and short of it: enough with the Dick (Whitman) jokes!

We have to say, though: We understand why Hamm’s flack is sick of reading this sort of easy click bait, but we also don’t really see how the star is getting shafted by the press. It’s all in good fun, right?

Apparently not: the very irritated rep told the Daily News that “It is ridiculous and not really funny at all. I’d appreciate you taking the high road and not resorting to something childish like this that’s been blogged about 1,000 times.”

Correction: make that 1,001.

Harry Potter and Don Draper Shared a Bath

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter or Mad Men (and especially if you’re both), then this promotional still for the upcoming British miniseries A Young Doctor’s Notebook probably did its job by catching your eye immediately. If you also happen to have a crush on Daniel Radcliffe and/or Jon Hamm, then may still be catching your eye–in fact, you probably aren’t even reading this. Hey! Down here!

A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the upcoming Sky Arts four-part miniseries set to launch on December 6, is based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov–and no, it’s not about a romance between a young wizard and a handsome ad man. The show tells the story of a middle-aged doctor reflecting on the time he spent working as a young medic during World War I. Radcliffe plays the younger doctor, and Hamm the elder.

While the two actors may not be close enough to share a romantic bath, they’ve certainly been singing each other’s praises as their project’s launch date nears. “He’s one of the best”, Radcliffe said of Hamm. “He is really funny and incredibly personable. The thing I haven’t heard people say is he is also one of the best technical actors”. Meanwhile, Hamm called Radcliffe his “comrade in arms.”

Radcliffe also addressed the bath scene depicted above, saying, “It was great, because you know you are the envy of every woman ever”. While that may be true, we hate to see Radcliffe selling himself short — we’re pretty sure there are plenty of Harry Potter fans who wouldn’t mind helping him wash behind his ears.

All-Star Cast Introduces ‘The New Yorker’ iPhone App

Another clever promo from those eggheads at The New Yorker: This meta-comedic short film directed by Lena Dunham (HBO‘s “Girls“) features the writer/actress/producer introducing the concepts of an iPhone, an app, and the magazine itself to charmingly oblivious talk show host Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“). The interview — like so many on late night talk shows — centers on Hamm showing a clip of Dunham’s “new film”, in which she portrays an exasperated New Yorker editor trying to explain the importance of the new app to a flustered assistant (played by fellow “Girls” regular Alex Karpovsky).

This isn’t the first time the magazine has used big-name actors and directors to get the word out about their digital ventures — for their 2010 iPad app launch, they released another comedic short film starring Jason Schwartzman and directed by Roman Coppola.

Source: Ad Age

Dems Redesign Logo, Website

The Democratic National Committee has a brand new logo (pictured left), given its website a makeover, and has a new slogan, “Change That Matters.” DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan told Ad Age that the changes are meant to “reflect the openness of our party.” He went on to describe the party as “grassroots” and one that “fights for everyday people.”

The new logo has already been criticized by those in advertising, design and even by Mad Men actor Jon Hamm (who’s an expert because he plays an ad man on TV?).

PR Tactics: Block and Tackle

The phrase “block and tackle” gets thrown around a lot, but in PR, like in football, it can get quite literal. And the media love nothing more than to write about a PR person who abuses them.

Many remember the notorious Apple PR video where two company reps ambush an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 after an Apple exec is asked a question about iTunes being a monopoly. Ok, so the reporter used the “m word,” but the Apple exec should have been well prepared for that one and not just have looked over at PR to bail him out. “You’re focusing on a different agenda and we’d like you to focus on iPhone,” said one of the PR reps.

Apparently something similar happened at the season launch party for AMC’s Madmen this week. The LA TimesMaria Elena Fernandez complains that the interview everyone wanted, Jon Hamm, aka Don Draper, the lead character in the show, was very hard to get. That’s not entirely surprising and part of the blame goes to his publicist Erica Gray of PMK.

According to Hernandez, reporters tried to get time with Hamm, and they did. Hernandez has several lengthy quotes in her story. But after approaching him a second time, PR stepped in, “…before we could utter one syllable, Gray (does she make a lot of money doing this kind of thing?) led him away again,” she said.