11:05 PM PDT 3/14/2012 by Philiana Ng, Chris Godley
Jon Hamm, January Jones, Matt Weiner and Bryan Cranston were among the stars attending the launch of the AMC drama held March 14 at the Arclight Hollywood. "Mad Men" returns for its fifth season on March 25.
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt have a laugh at the Mad Men premiere. The AMC series returns for its fifth season on March 25 after nearly 1 1/2 years off the air.
January Jones, who plays Betty on the series, showed some skin at the Hollywood premiere. Jones can next be seen in the Nicolas Cage actioner Seeking Justice, out March 16.
At a PaleyFest event the night before, John Slattery revealed that he tried to read the scripts to upcoming episodes as early as possible.
Executive producer Matt Weiner told THR of the two-hour season premiere airing March 25: "It is a complete story. The ending of the second episode is related to the beginning of the first episode."
It was recently revealed that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who will appear in the upcoming Rock of Ages and supported the launch of Mad Men, auditioned for a role in Alexander Payne's upcoming film Nebraska. But according to Payne, Cranston wasn't "right for the part."
One of the big questions surrounding Mad Men when it returns to TV screens on March 25 is whether or not Don and Megan, played by Jessica Pare, actually get married. The two characters were engaged by the end of the fourth season finale.
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt
Mad Men star Jon Hamm, whose title has expanded from actor to director and producer on the series, and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt also co-star in the romantic comedy Friends With Kids, which Westfeldt also wrote and directed.
Alison Brie, who plays Trudy Campbell on the AMC series and also stars in NBC's Community, strikes a pose at the Mad Men fifth season premiere. Brie next stars in the romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement alongside Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.
Twelve-year-old actress Kiernan Shipka poses for photographers at the Mad Men premiere celebrating the fifth season. She will also appear, as herself, in an episode of ABC's upcoming comedy Don't Trust the B----.
Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane, has also recently appeared in Nikita, CSI and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Vincent Kartheiser, aka Pete Campbell, has been taking advantage of the unusually long break between seasons 4 and 5 of Mad Men. He co-starred in In Time and lent his voice for Rango.
Brit Jared Harris, who also recurs on Fringe as the villainous David Robert Jones, starred as Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes sequel, A Game of Shadows, and next appears in Lincoln.
Matt Weiner described Robert Morse's Bertram Cooper as someone who is deeply intrigued by the way of life in the East.
Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant walks the red carpet at the show's premiere and party. Bryant collaborated with Banana Republic to create the retailer's 65-piece Mad Men-inspired clothing collection.
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