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In advance of the final season of “Mad Men” on AMC, an extensive new history reveals many of the show’s uncensored, never-before-told secrets and origins. Creator Matthew Weiner auditioned John Slattery for the role of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) before taking the role of Roger Sterling. January Jones tried out as Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) twice before accepting as Betty Draper. The network also really hoped for a spinoff series set many years after the 1960s focusing on a modern-day adult version of daughter Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka), but Weiner did not want to make that commitment. The final episodes of the four-time Emmy winner as Best Drama Series will start airing on April 5. Hollywood Reporter

To the surprise of nobody, Disney announces a sequel to the blockbuster 2013 film “Frozen.” The Oscar winner as Best Animated Feature will once again involve directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Voiceover star Kristen Bell hopped on Twitter to express her delight on Thursday. Other cast members expected to return would include Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. No production details or release date info were announced. E! Online

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Barbra Streisand will present her former co-star Robert Redford with this year’s Chaplin Award on April 27. The annual event is hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Other presenters will include director J.C. Chandor, Jane Fonda, and John Turturro. A seven-film tribute April 24-27 will offer “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Candidate,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” “Ordinary People,” “Quiz Show,” “Three Days of the Condor,” and “The Way We Were.” Playbill

In an expected move, CBS renews three of its comedies for next season. “Mom” is currently in its second season and was an Emmy winner last year for Allison Janney. “Mike and Molly” will be headed into a sixth season and won for Melissa McCarthy after its first year. “2 Broke Girls” with Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings will be back for a fifth season. USA Today

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Julie Andrews discusses the 50th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Best Picture “The Sound of Music” in several new videos. In one of them, she reflects on her recent appearance at the Academy Awards and the performance by Lady Gaga. She also chats about the difficulties of shooting, the film’s legacy, and returning to Austria 50 years later. Xfinity

Sony Pictures is joining MGM for a new feature film version of “The Magnificent Seven.” Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) is set to direct with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Haley Bennett as the first stars on board. Production is expected to start soon. The original 1960 movie starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Variety

Richard Glatzer, co-writer and director of “Still Alice,” dies Tuesday at age 63 after a long battle with ALS. Along with Wash Westmoreland, he helmed the indie film during its 23-day shoot last year. Julianne Moore won the Oscar as Best Actress for playing a professor suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Huffington Post

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