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12 Songs Given Second Lives as Famous TV Show Themes

12 Songs Given Second Lives as Famous TV Show Themes

Originally posted 04/01/2015 07:00AM

Mad Men is ending, and while the show's opening credits are inseparable from RJD2's haunting theme, there was a time when that beat was known only as "A Beautiful Mine," by RJD2 and rapper Aceyalone.

Matthew Weiner originally wanted a Beck song to play as the show's opening theme, but the singer turned down every offer from the show's producers. Weiner was driving and listening to NPR one day when he heard "A Beautiful Mine" played as segue music between two stories and was immediately struck by it, though the version that ultimately was used was so different from the original that RJD2 didn't recognize it when he first heard it. He's probably okay with it now, though.

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Demián Bichir: Get to Know the SAG Nominee (and What He Did to Celebrate!)

Demián Bichir: Get to Know the SAG Nominee (and What He Did to Celebrate!)

Originally posted 12/15/2011 05:00PM

Demián Bichir, star of the movie A Better Life, may not be a household name, but after a SAG nomination for best actor alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, he better get used to being in the company of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Already well known in his home country, the Mexican-born actor, 48, is about to become more familiar to the rest of the world, too. Here are a few things about him.

1. He got lightheaded after his SAG nomination
When PEOPLE asked Bichir how he felt after his unexpected nomination for his role as an immigrant father in the drama A Better Life, he said, jokingly, "I really don't feel anything. I am a little numb right now. But then that may be because I am drunk. I have been drinking tequila all morning."

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Mary-Louise Parker Keeps Parents in Emmy Loop | Mary-Louise Parker

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Mary-Louise Parker Keeps Parents in Emmy Loop

Originally posted 09/21/2008 03:25PM

Four-time Emmy nominee Mary-Louise Parker may play a pot-dealing mom on Showtime's Weeds, but celebrating her own success with her real-life mom and dad makes it satisfying for the actress.

"The best part is my parents," Parker, 44, told PEOPLE at Saturday's Los Angeles Confidential pre-Emmy party, which she hosted. "I get to call them if they don't know already, but usually they know before me. That's absolutely the best part."

Parker – who is up against Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Applegate and America Ferrera for comedy actress in a series – has been nominated twice for Weeds. She won an Emmy in 2004 for the miniseries Angels in America – and can sometimes feel pressured to keep scoring nominations, she told PEOPLE.

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