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Dee Dee Myers, former White House press secretary for President Clinton, tells Variety that she doesn’t have a “playbook” for her transition from politics to Hollywood. She’ll assume the role as Warner Bros.’ head of corporate communications in September, taking over from Susan Fleishman.
“Obviously I have a lot to learn,” Myers told Variety. “In politics there are a lot of complex issues and a lot of different stakeholders. The news media is interested in everything that happens. So how do you then position your fill in the blank [issue] to meet those challenges? I thought that’s where things were comparable to entertainment.”
Myers first met with Warner studio chief Kevin Tsujihara in December in New York where the two had a conversation about “generally what’s going on in the world,” said Myers.
The two then met a month later in Los Angeles, and then again a »
- Alexandra Cheney
With its newly launched Innovation Week, the Tribeca Film Festival is calling on coders, gamers, hackers, directors, screenwriters, techies — and anyone with a story to tell.
The fest’s latest addition features a series of discussions called Future of Film: The Story’s Edge aimed at combining technology with storytelling. Tribeca’s director of programming Genna Terranova says Innovation Week will provide a way of packaging more effectively a topic that’s been on the fest’s agenda for some time.
“The way that we framed it is new,” Terranova says. “We have been doing these events for the last several years, but really felt we should bring (them) together so you can have a more fluid experience.”
Innovation Week kicks off on April 21 with a conversation between writer-producer Aaron Sorkin and former presidential speech writer Jon Favreau, who will discuss the transition from an analog world to a digital one. »
- Andrea Seikaly
8 p.m.-midnight April 15
New York Filmmaker Party
Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall
7:30 p.m. April 16
6:30 p.m. April 17
Opening Night – Documentary Competition
Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Gala
Tribeca Interactive & Interlude
A Music Film Challenge in Collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Co., with a performance by Damon Albarn; Highline Ballroom
3 p.m. April 18
- Variety Staff
Earlier this week it was announced that David Fincher was no longer attached to direct Sony Picture's Steve Jobs biopic. The script was written by Aaron Sorkin, and to have the two guys who brought us The Social Network develop this movie would have been a dream team of awesomeness. They would have delivered one hell of an incredible film.
So why isn't Fincher going to direct it anymore? Because he wanted $10 million up front in fees, as well as control of the marketing. The studio won't agree to that, so the director walked. Fincher is one hell of a talented individual, and the guy makes virtually perfect films. Knowing that he is going to deliver a high quality film that they know is going to be good, I say give it to him. The guy isn't going to let you down, and more importantly, he's not going to let the fans down either. »
- Joey Paur
Above: a production still from the set of Manoel de Oliveira’s new production O velho do restelo, via our new Mubi Tumblr! Sight & Sound is poised to unveil a Best Documentaries of All Time list and Richard Brody has unveiled his ballot in advance, with annotations:
"...The history of documentary filmmaking isn’t the fact of capturing events on the wing but the idea of doing so, not the invention of investigative recording but its reinvention. That’s why, for this list, I selected movies that open new vistas for documentary filmmaking, which imply vectors of activity and thought that are still being realized today by the era’s best documentarists—and why, in mentioning these films, each of them implies many others that they have inspired. "
Above: Nathan Silver is turning to Kickstarter to fund his next project, Stinking Heaven. Keep your eyes out for his brilliant film, »
- Adam Cook
Josh Charles takes a melodramatic stand against healthy food in a new video parodying Aaron Sorkin's “The Newsroom” on Comedy Central's “Inside Amy Schumer.” See video: Aaron Sorkin's ‘The Newsroom’ Gets Eviscerated in Funny or Die Sketch (Video) Charles, who starred on Sorkin's short-lived dramedy “Sports Night” in the late '90s, plays a world weary fast food restaurant manager who's determined to stick to tradition in this spot-on send up of Sorkin's HBO drama. “You tell corporate I'm not putting apple slices on my menu!” Charles declares in the video, titled “The Foodroom.” “What's next, no »
- L.A. Ross
Inside Amy Schumer Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows "Inside Amy Schumer" is always a valuable source of original, incisive sketches -- and in the case of this parody of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," a damning and hilarious one too. Amy brings aboard guest Josh Charles -- yes, the same one who's recent "Good Wife" arc has been, uh, shocking -- for a dramatic walk-and-talk version of politics at a fast food restaurant. The whole thing is funny, but the amazing moment is when Amy says, "A woman's life is worth nothing unless she's making a great man greater." Considering Aaron Sorkin once referred to a female reporter as "internet girl" and meant it sincerely, the takedown of "The Newsroom" feels especially kickass. »
- Louis Virtel
Because Aaron Sorkin has a distinct style, he's an easy target for parody. However, that doesn't mean parodying him is easy. There's still a cadence, a tone, and a personality to mimic, and nailing down those elements takes a sharp comedic mind. Enter Amy Schumer, who's probably about to break out in a big way. She's the writer and star of the upcoming Judd Apatow film, Trainwreck, and she currently has a series on Comedy Central entitled Inside Amy Schumer. On the latest episode, she did a glorious parody of The Newsroom by resetting it in a fast food joint. The results are hilarious. It's also great to see Josh Charles, who starred on Sorkin's Sports Night, lampooning the kind of role he once played for real. Hit the jump to check out the sketch.
- Matt Goldberg
The latest episode of Inside Amy Schumer includes an incredible parody of a faux Aaron Sorkin television series The Foodroom. In the latest drama from Aaron Sorkin, the manager of a fast food restaurant defends his old-school ways against the increasing pressure to offer healthy options. The Good Wife/Sports Night star Josh Charles plays J.J. […]
- Peter Sciretta
Sony Pictures has turned down the Oscar-winning filmmaker's demand for $10 million as pay-day as well as control of the marketing of the movie, reports contactmusic.com.
A source said that Fincher's salary demands were "ridiculous".
"You're not doing 'Transformers' here. You're not doing 'Captain America'. This is quality - it's not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success, but not up front," said the source.
It was said that Fincher had joined the. »
- Arun Pandit
Everyone stop panicking, because we’ve found Will Gardner! He isn’t dead after all! He’s simply having a bit of a mid-life crisis, guys, and it’s Ok. I have a plan to get him back to his rightful home on The Good Wife.
In a segment titled “The Foodroom” on Inside Amy Schumer, we find Will struggling with his new career choice. As Amy tells him in the clip, he’s damaged goods, and we all know why. Clearly, he was mistaken for dead and then forced to leave Chicago (and Alicia) behind. Plus, he was obviously »
- Samantha Highfill
Like all our episodes this one pretty much touches on everything from what happened over the weekend as Brad went to a Mariners' game and the casino, to all the latest movie news including rumors of an Die Hard 6, David Fincher dropping out of directing Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic, the Blended trailer, the weekend box office results, new DVDs and Blu-rays and much, much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Sorkin is known for his critical hits "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom," but over the years, he's become just as well known for his snappy, witty dialogue, walk-and-talk exchanges, and elaborate monologues -- almost to a fault. Paired up with Sorkin vet Josh Charles ("Sports Night"), Schumer skillfully throws Sorkin's brand of highbrow drama into a greasy kitchen and, well, it's magic. »
- Jonny Black
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Even in repose, these articulated action figures by Neca, made to tie in with the July 11 release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, look very fierce. Andy Serkis leads the apes as Caesar, while Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman will represent the human race in the movie. [Neca via Collider] Steve Jobs: David Fincher will not be directing Sony's upcoming big-screen adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs. He was in talks to helm the project, based on a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, his collaborator on The Social Network, but discussions hit a snag -- possibly in regard to his payment and control over marketing -- and so it looks like both Fincher and Sony will go their separate ways. Fincher is finishing...
- Peter Martin
After rolling out some footage at CinemaCon, David Fincher's "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, has a first trailer. In classic Fincher trailer fashion, the spot has an arresting song (a cover of Elvis Costello's "She" -- itself a cover of the Charles Aznavour original -- by Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs) playing throughout. To recap, "Gone Girl" is adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own bestselling thriller. Affleck stars as an all-American husband whose wife (Pike) goes missing -- foul play is seemingly involved -- and he's put in the hot seat as the number one suspect in her would-be murder. It arrives October 3, the exact same release date "The Social Network" had four years ago. Meanwhile Fincher doesn't seem to be getting his wanted-for payday to direct Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, which is being adapted by "Social Network" Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
As if you needed another reason to get onboard with Inside Amy Schumer, tonight's episode includes this dead-on Aaron Sorkin parody. Plus, it has The Good Wife and Sports Night's own Josh Charles as the righteous manager of a fast-food restaurant who just wants America to be great again, dammit! "A woman's life is worth nothing unless she's making a great man greater," Schumer says, perfectly encapsulating everything that's wrong with The Newsroom. The over-the-top sexual tension, the patriotic monologues, the fact that Charles's character is named "J.J. MacAhoy" — this is some gooood fake Sorkin. »
- Margaret Lyons
Something's afoot in the first trailer for David Fincher's upcoming mystery thriller, Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. The new clip finds Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, reeling in the aftermath of the disappearance of his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), amidst search parties, candlelight vigils and incessant television coverage. The mood, however, soon shifts when we're shown shots of the couple fighting and detectives scouring the Dunne residence for clues. The clip ends with a smarmy sounding Nick telling a TV interviewer: »
For a time it looked like Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic was going to be a bit of a Social Network reunion, but now that does not appear to be the case.
Aaron Sorkin, who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Social Network, is writing the screenplay for the Steve Jobs flick, based on the book by Walter Isaacson. Director David Fincher, who directed The Social Network, was in negotiations with Sony to helm the biopic, but talks have ceased and it looks like Fincher is out.
Per a source at Sony Fincher’s demands were a little too… demanding. Apparently the Oscar nominated director wanted an upfront fee in the vicinity of $10 million, as well as control over casting and marketing.
The source also says Fincher could re-enter negotiations, but he’s going to have to back off a few things, namely the large upfront fee and control over marketing the film. »
- Philip Sticco
It was recently reported that David Fincher was in talks to direct the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is written by Aaron Sorkin. At the time, Fincher said that the only way he'll do the project is if Christian Bale will play the lead role. Apparently there were many other requests that will likely result in him losing the job. According to THR, the helmer wants Sony Pictures to give him $10 million upfront and hand over control over marketing. A source close to the studio said his request is "ridiculous," adding: "You're not doing 'Transformers' here. You're not doing 'Captain America.' This is quality . it's not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front." And this isn't the first time he's requested control over marketing. Back in 2011, Sony allowed him considerable input into the marketing of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," including honoring his »
News: Christian Bale sought for Jobs biopic
News: Sorkin script based on three Apple product launches
David Fincher has left a high-profile biopic of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs after Sony Pictures turned down Fincher's alleged "aggressive" demands for $10m (£5.9m) in up-front wages and control of the marketing of the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fincher was named as a frontrunner to direct the as-yet untitled drama, which has been adapted by Aaron Sorkin from an official Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Sorkin and Fincher had worked together on the Oscar-winning 2010 biopic The Social Network, about the founding of Facebook.
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- Guardian Staff
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