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‘The Newsroom’s’ Thomas Sadoski to Star in Indie ‘The Mimic’

‘The Newsroom’s’ Thomas Sadoski to Star in Indie ‘The Mimic’
Thomas Sadoski is set to star in the indie “The Mimic.”

Thomas F. Mazziotti wrote and directed the pic. The film also stars Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon, and Austin Pendleton.

The story follows a protagonist who learns that imitation may not be the sincerest form of flattery when he is befriended by a younger neighbor on the town’s newspaper staff.
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Alison Pill: My Newsroom Costar Tom Sadoski Played Part in Joshua Leonard's Proposal: Details!

Alison Pill: My Newsroom Costar Tom Sadoski Played Part in Joshua Leonard's Proposal: Details!
Leave it to Don Keefer to document the major moments! Right after the New Year, actress Alison Pill announced her engagement to actor Joshua Leonard, flashing her ring on Instagram. But behind the scenes (as always) was Pill’s Newsroom costar and on-screen ex Tom Sadoski, who played producer Don Keefer on the HBO journalism drama. “I had been on a rocky mountain top in Joshua Tree, and Tommy Sadoski, who is like my older brother, who plays Don [Keefer] on The Newsroom, documented with his camera the [...]
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Two of Redford's Biggest Box-Office Hits on TCM Tonight

Robert Redford movies: TCM shows 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. That's what nostalgists have been bitching about for the last four or five decades; never mind the fact that movie stars have remained as big as ever despite the demise of the old studio system and the spectacular rise of television more than sixty years ago. This month of January 2015, Turner Classic Movies will be honoring one such post-studio era superstar: Robert Redford. Beginning this Monday evening, January 6, TCM will be presenting 15 Robert Redford movies. Tonight's entries include Redford's two biggest blockbusters, both directed by George Roy Hill and co-starring Paul Newman: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which turned Redford, already in his early 30s, into a major film star to rival Rudolph Valentino,
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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin

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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin
On Sunday night, "The Newsroom" comes to an end — and with it, apparently, Aaron Sorkin's time in television. Sorkin has created four TV series over the last 16 years: one little-viewed but fondly-remembered comedy ("Sports Night"), one beloved, award-winning drama ("The West Wing"), one utter mess ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), and most recently "The Newsroom," which has very vocal defenders and detractors, who always seem to be talking past each other in the same uncivil way that the show's characters lament about modern discourse. I've generally fallen into the detractor camp, pleased with what he's shown Olivia Munn can do as a comedienne, and enjoying a few isolated moments, but otherwise taking great issue with much of what Sorkin was doing from the first season all the way until this last one. But if Sorkin sticks to his promise to never return return to series television — "never" being
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Do We Expect Too Much From TV?

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Here we are, supposedly living in the new Golden Age of Television, and yet we're still whining all over the Internet about what we're watching.

Just look at this past week. People whined about NBC's live "Peter Pan." Some whined because it wasn't that great, while those who were determined to hate-watch it whined because it wasn't that terrible.

Viewers also whined about this week's "Sons of Anarchy" series finale -- did Jax's final act make sense? Did it provide a satisfying catharsis after seven long seasons? Or was it alternately gripping and frustrating, like the rest of the series had been?

People complained about the campus-rape episode on "Newsroom," the one that showrunner Aaron Sorkin called his finest episode yet. Given this week's controversy over the now in-dispute Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape victim at the University of Virginia, Sunday's "Newsroom" couldn't have been timelier, but a
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Aaron Sorkin Responds to ‘Newsroom’ Writer’s Complaint on Rape Storyline

Aaron Sorkin Responds to ‘Newsroom’ Writer’s Complaint on Rape Storyline
As “The Newsroom” marches onward to its third season and series finale, controversy has arisen outside of the show’s content, as one of the show’s writers, Alena Smith, has said that creator Aaron Sorkin kicked her out of the writer’s room for questioning the campus rape storyline of this Sunday’s episode. However, Sorkin responded on Monday, saying Smith was happy with the final draft of the script.

The episode, “On Shenandoah,” featured Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski), a producer on the show’s nightly news program, debating with a Princeton student, Mary (Sarah Sutherland), who runs an anonymous website where victims of sexual assault can tell their stories. The plot generated controversy over social media, especially given the recent blow-up surrounding Rolling Stone’s Uva campus rape story, and its subsequent retraction and apology.

After the episode aired, Smith tweeted the following:

As @emilynussbaum points out in her review of tonight's ep,
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Newsroom Writer Says Aaron Sorkin Kicked Her Out for Questioning Campus Rape Plot

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In his wildest fantasies, Aaron Sorkin could not have imagined that his fictional campus rape subplot on The Newsroom could have coincided so perfectly with the controversy over Rolling Stone's factually-challenged report on a very similar incident at the University of Virginia. But there is was in last night's penultimate episode of the series, with Acn prodder Don Keefer visiting Princeton University to interview a student who started a website to out her accusers after she said campus and local authorities did nothing to prosecute them for their alleged crimes.
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The Newsroom Season 3 Episode 3: ‘Main Justice’ Review

Director: Alan Poul

Writer: Aaron Sorkin and Jon Lovett

Synopsis: When the team attends the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, Mac makes an unexpected acquaintance and Will gets a surprise.

‘Main Justice’ kicks off where we left the last outing with the FBI raiding the Acn offices as they search for Neal (Dev Patel) and evidence regarding the illegally sourced government information and secret contact. As Will (Jeff Daniels) stays silent, Charlie’s (Sam Waterston) team try to start up the Newsroom as they pretend to ‘go live’ on the raid and this temporarily calls off the search. There’s a few different moods being thrown around, especially as the chief FBI Agent is Molly Levy (Mary McCormack), an old friend of MacKenzie’s (Emily Mortimer) and she’s not very happy about what’s occurring. In terms of calling the FBI’s bluff, it seems unusual for The Newsroom
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The Newsroom Season 3 Episode 2: ‘Run’ Review

Director: Greg Mottola

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Synopsis: While Rebecca must once again defend Acn during a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the aftermath of the Dod leak; Charlie and Leona deal with a hostile takeover; Sloan worries about Don’s involvement with insider information.

At the conclusion of ‘Boston’, Sloane (Olivia Munn) discovered that Acn were in the middle of a hostile takeover and Reece (Chris Messina) was completely unaware. They also discovered that Reece’s family members ‘the twins’ were in town. ‘Run’ begins with is the realisation that the business is in an unexpected crisis and these ‘twins’ are the ones trying to buy it. Here we meet Blair Lansing (Kat Dennings) and Randy Lansing (Chris Smith), new additions to the world of The Newsroom and a pretty dislikeable pair at that – as they’re supposed to be.

It’s also a huge episode in
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The Newsroom's Thomas Sadoski: "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye"

The Newsroom's Thomas Sadoski:
The Newsroom is getting close to going black. The HBO series will end with it last episode of the third season airing on Dec. 14. "It's so hard to say goodbye," Thomas Sadoski, who plays Don Keefer on the show, told me at the premiere of his new movie, Wild (in theaters in NY and L.A. on Dec. 3 and nationwide on Dec. 5). How so? "How do you say goodbye to Sam Waterston?" Sadoski asked, referring the his TV legend co-star. "You know what I mean? You hug him and you say, 'Thank you,' and you move on." #sadface! "You can't even put into words what those guys meant to me," Sadoski continued.  "It's sad. It's sad....
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Don Keefer Has Passed Away

  • DailyDead
Don Keefer left an indelible mark on the minds of horror and sci-fi fans with his crucial and courageous role in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone and his memorable turn in “The Crate” segment of George A. Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow. Though his impressive onscreen personalities will last forever, we’re sad to report that Don Keefer has passed away at the age of 98.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Don Keefer passed away of natural causes on September 7th. In the 1961 “It’s a Good Life” episode of The Twilight Zone, Don played Dan Hollis, a man celebrating his birthday with his wife, a few friends, and the six-year-old mind-reading malevolent mutant, Anthony Fremont. Don turned in a powerful performance, standing up to the young telepathic murderer and challenging his friends to put an end to the madness. His desperate speech was a spine-tingler and helped
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Don Keefer, Who Was Turned Into a Jack-in-the-Box on 'The Twilight Zone,' Dies at 98

Don Keefer, Who Was Turned Into a Jack-in-the-Box on 'The Twilight Zone,' Dies at 98
Don Keefer, a versatile character actor for six decades who starred in the original 1949 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman and made an indelible impression as “a bad man, a very bad man” on The Twilight Zone, has died. He was 98. Keefer, a founding member of the legendary Actors Studio in New York, died Sept. 7 of natural causes in his Sherman Oaks home, his son, Don M. Keefer, told The Hollywood Reporter. Keefer is perhaps best known to audiences as the terrorized, Perry Como-starved man who can't help but think “bad thoughts” during his birthday

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It’s A Wrap! ‘The Newsroom’ Third & Final Season Finishes Filming

I’ve found that HBO’s The Newsroom has been a show the critics have wanted to berate but instead have found themselves taken in by the brilliance of the characters. Aaron Sorkin’s tremendous fictional ‘Television Newsroom’ spectacle has portrayed the day-to-day news in the way that most people would want to see it done and now returns this Fall for its final season.

There’s insurmountable coverage these days by supposed news journalism that usually ends up being nothing more than extended gossip, alongside unconsidered guess work. If you care about the world we live in, and keep up-to-date with your current affairs then The Newsroom brought back those hopes that such organisations once led with honesty and then -somehow – it might come back one day in Western society.

Of course, Sorkin had the advantage of reinventing old news coverage – by the series being set in the past
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HBO picks up 'The Newsroom' Season 3, says it's the last one

Operation Genoa evidently didn't derail Atlantis Cable News entirely.

HBO finally confirmed Monday (Jan. 13) what Emmy winner Jeff Daniels signaled in a tweet several months ago: The Aaron Sorkin-created TV-news drama "The Newsroom" will get a third season, though it also will be the final one. It's expected to begin its run this fall.

Cast members clearly were hoping for the renewal. "This is rich ground, and there's a lot of stuff to get into," co-star Sam Waterston -- alias Acn president Charlie Skinner -- told Zap2it earlier. "These circumstances are rare, so I hope and long for a third season."

Thomas Sadoski, who plays news producer Don Keefer, also indicated to Zap2it he was anticipating the pickup from HBO: "To every question I've asked of them [about being renewed], they've said, 'Yes.'"

A multiple Emmy winner for "The West Wing" and an Oscar winner for "The Social Network,
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The Newsroom Review: Pulling Off the Happy Ending

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It's "Election Night, Part II" and although we all know how the election turned out, The Newsroom season 2 finale left me giddy in a way I never expected.

(And if you haven't watched the episode yet…Massive Spoiler Alert Ahead!)

Okay. You've been warned.

There was so much angst going into this episode. Almost everyone on the staff was begging to be fired, literally. They'd all but given up on their future at Acn... but then Jane, an anchor in the DC office gunning for Will's job, took a jab at MacKenzie in this The Newsroom quote…

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Thank you, Jane ,for being such a b*tch because that mean girl moment seemed to turn the tide from defeatism to determination. And it wasn't just about the job.

Will and Mac. Talk about a roller coaster ride.
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‘The Newsroom’ Recap: [Spoiler] Proposes In Shocking Finale

  • HollywoodLife
Election Night: Part II,’ the season two finale of ‘The Newsroom’ was full of emotional resignations, a shocking kiss and an even more shocking proposal. Warning: spoilers ahead!

With relationships brewing in the Acn office on The Newsroom, the staff were trying to focus on the 2012 election, but were distracted by Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) trying to resign — leaving the whole senior staff ready to also leave the company.

To start, I’ve got to say that after a season of ups and downs and a great deal of dialogue, this was by far the best episode I’ve seen yet — and one of the best finales ever.

Will, Mac & Charlie Debate Resignation

Starting off the episode, we learn that Will, Charlie and Mac will be able to resign like they want — since Acn president, Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda) was
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Thomas Sadoski Talks The Newsroom Season 2, Delivering Sorkin Dialogue, Working with Olivia Munn, the Show’s Polarizing Nature, and More

From the mind of Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball), The Newsroom is a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on network anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), his executive producer and former girlfriend MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Alison Pill and Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their idealistic and seemingly impossible mission to do the news well, in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, as well as their own personal entanglements. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Thomas Sadoski (who plays news producer Don Keefer) talked about how challenging The Newsroom is to make, how exhausting it can be to do such fast-paced dialogue for 16 hours a day, how passionate both the fans and haters of the show are,
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A Second Newsroom Actor Seems Positive the Show Will Return

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A Second Newsroom Actor Seems Positive the Show Will Return
Actor Thomas Sadoski, who plays producer Don Keefer at Atlantis Cable News, is piling onto Jeff Daniels's word that The Newsroom will return. "My understanding is that we're doing a third season," Sadoski tells Zap2it. "That's what I've been told. I don't know what the holdup is on their end [in announcing it], but to every question I've asked of them, they've said, 'Yes.'" There you have it. Almost. We'll see.
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'The Newsroom's' Thomas Sadoski: 'We're doing a third season'

HBO hasn't given the official word yet on Season 3 of "The Newsroom," but some of its stars are confirming they've gotten the green light.

Current Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels recently tweeted that the show was "coming back," and Thomas Sadoski -- who plays Atlantis Cable News producer Don Keefer -- is backing that up in advance of the Aaron Sorkin-created drama's Season 2 finale Sunday (Sept. 15).

"My understanding is that we're doing a third season," Sadoski tells Zap2it. "That's what I've been told. I don't know what the holdup is on their end [in announcing it], but to every question I've asked of them, they've said, 'Yes.'"

In this weekend's wrap-up to the show's current year, set on Election Night 2012, Don remains furious over lawsuits filed against Acn by a producer fired over the Operation Genoa controversy.

"I don't know that I have specific hopes and dreams for the character," Sadoski says.
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