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Created by Kevin Falls
Produced by Left Coast Productions, 20th Century Fox Television
Aired on NBC for 1 season (13 episodes) from September 24, 2007 – December 19, 2007
Moon Bloodgood as Olivia Beale
Reed Diamond as Jack Vasser
Charles Henry Wyson as Zack Vasser
Dan Vasser is your average every day newspaper reporter living in San Francisco with a wife and child, both of whom he loves and works hard for. One day Dan finds himself randomly transported through time with no idea of when he is, why he was sent back in time, or what he’s supposed to do. Dan quickly begins to realize that he’s been brought back on a mission to track a person’s life and help them in some way. In time, Dan discovers he has been given »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Read More: Aaron Sorkin in Nantucket on How He Almost Didn't Pitch 'The West Wing' For 20 years, the Nantucket Film Festival has been bringing art house fare to the sunny Massachusetts island south of Cape Cod. Founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart, the festival has carved out its identity as a writer's festival. Since its first year, the festival has hosted the Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, which recognizes promising screenplays by emerging writers. Past winners include Patrick Tobin's "Cake," which went to be made into a film starring Jennifer Aniston, and "Down the Bone," Debra Granik's eventual directorial debut. In addition to a cash prize, winners receive an all-expenses paid, month-long artist-residency with the Screenwriters Colony, a mentorship program dedicated to supporting the next generation of writing talent. Past mentors have included the late Bingham Ray, writer-director Patty Jenkins and actor-writer-director Campbell. »
Earlier this week, we got a reminder of how much the TV world will miss Jon Stewart for all the laughter he brings, with his overjoyed reaction to Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement. Last night, we got a reminder of how valuable he can be even when there's nothing he can possibly joke about. Here's the opening to last night's "The Daily Show," where Stewart turned fully into an Aaron Sorkin character, in the best possible way, as he admitted he had no comedy to provide his audience in the wake of the Charleston church shooting. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive This is as angry as I've ever heard Stewart, in part because he seemed so resigned to that anger, having opened too many shows responding to national tragedies. Despite this horror being so far, Stewart's old friend Larry Wilmore did, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Entourage attracted some of Hollywood's biggest names during its glory days on HBO. It felt like everybody, be they A-list actor, director or screenwriter, wanted the chance to send themselves up on the show.
With the Entourage movie hitting UK cinemas this week, we pick out nine stars who brought a bit of Hollywood glamour to our TVs with cameo appearances on the show.
The record-breaking Titanic and Avatar director made four Entourage appearances in total, the highlight being his involvement in Vincent Chase's Aquaman movie. What's surprising is just how good an actor James Cameron is... we really believed he was passionate about making that film!
2. Gary Busey
Gary Busey is a force of nature. This much is true. The actor has forged a reputation as an eccentric, and he spoofed that to the max across three episodes of Entourage. Who could forget the moment he poured water all over Turtle? »
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Hayao Miyazaki classic, a couple of already-forgotten 2015 releases, the final season of what could be Aaron Sorkin’s last TV series, and more. Spirited Away (2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo) - $21.96 (41% off) Chappie [Blu-ray + UltraViolet] - $19.93 (43% off) Wild Tales [Blu-ray] - $24.93 (29% off) Run All Night (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $22.99 (49% off) Unfinished Business [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) The Lazarus Effect [Blu-ray] - $19.94 (50% off) Beyond the Reach [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (48% off) My Dinner with Andre [Blu-ray] (Criterion Collection) - $27.99 (30% off) The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Aaron Sorkin is an exceptionally talent writer who brings a playwright’s sensibilities to television which means his characters talk. A lot. But unlike so many prime time series, his characters actually have something to say. It’s a shame more people don’t want to hear whatever it is being discussed because Sorkin series tend not to last very long.
There were two seasons of Sports Night, four Sorkin-produced episodes of The West Wing and a single uneven season of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. For his self-proclaimed final act in television, Sorkin gave us three ever-shortened seasons of The Newsroom. This last ran on HBO and other than using a handful of words, could have easily aired on the major networks. After all, Sorkin didn’t pander with nudity or excessive violence.
The series’ conceit was that we were watching the fall and rise of network anchor »
- Robert Greenberger
Felicity Huffman has officially scored a hat trick at ABC. From “Sports Night” to “Desperate Housewives” to her recent turn on limited series “American Crime,” Huffman has had critics and viewers raving in wildly diverse roles. She picked up an Emmy in 2005 for the first season of “Housewives,” and one of the joys of that night was sharing it with her husband — and fellow Emmy winner — William H. Macy.
What do you remember about day you won?
What was exciting was Bill and I got a hotel room — my kids were 2 and 3 at the time — which meant we could sleep in a little bit. I didn’t know how to get a dress, no one really wanted to dress me. Kevin Hall came out and said, “I’ll give you a dress” and very kindly the costumer from “Desperate Housewives” came. I liked my dress but I was sitting there in hair and makeup thinking, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Though one’s now starring in a drama, the other in a comedy, Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”) have both famously spent time in the other category — and agree that the lines are now getting blurred. Their back-and-forth banter at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio proved the point, as the actresses chatted about the thrill of doing theater, and the emotional toll of getting into character.
Lizzy Caplan: I was wondering what your first job on television was.
Janney: I’m not kidding you!
Caplan: Did he give you any…
Janney: Nothing untoward happened! He wanted me to play a janitor and then I was a school teacher. He kept changing what my part was. I don’t remember what the show was called. And that was my first TV show! »
- Debra Birnbaum
In the era of superstar showrunners like Matthew Weiner and Shonda Rhimes, TV fans regularly credit the brilliance of a beloved series to the voice of a single auteur. Buffy was Joss Whedon’s inner demon slayer. Only Aaron Sorkin knows the secret percussion underlying that hallway banter. But in some cases, the individual creative vision is shared.
Variety spoke with two showrunning trios and one duo behind three of this year’s Emmy contenders to discuss mindmeld, throwing down in the writers room and achieving that magic alchemy.
“The biggest thing I’d done was ‘Tiny Furniture,’ which was a movie with a crew of five. HBO was wise in bringing on supervisors,” Dunham says of the decision to pair her »
- Geoff Berkshire
“What does winning look like to you?” “Reclaiming the fourth estate. Reclaiming journalism as an honorable profession. A nightly newscast that informs a debate worthy of a great nation…a place where we all come together.” – Will McAvoy and MacKenzie McHale, The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To” For three seasons, The Newsroom proved to be one of the more controversial shows on television among viewers and critics alike. For many, The Newsroom became the number one show to “hatewatch,” simply hoping without end that it would become self-aware. The biggest issue that many had with the show was that it was an exercise in editorialization. Instead of being a drama with a message, The Newsroom was a message with a story. This would typically be a valid complaint, but from the absolute very beginning, Aaron Sorkin’s latest television attempt never tried to disguise what it truly was. In the show’s first viral scene, »
- Jasef Wisener
This is one of the few categories with near locks: Can one really imagine Phyllis Nagy's screenplay for "Carol" or Nick Hornby's for "Brooklyn" not eventually making the cut? Even Sundance's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" has a very strong chance of getting in here for Jesse Andrew's script. In their way stands a lot of very high profile films with big name writers (the Coens for "Bridge of Spies," Aaron Sorkin for "Steve Jobs," and last year's winner for Best Original Screenplay for "The Revenant"), so it's definitely not going to be easy. Best Adapted Screenplay predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. As Sure Things As One Can Get This Early On: Nick Hornby, "Brooklyn" Phyllis Nagy, "Carol" Other Potential Contenders From What We've Already Seen: Donald Marguiles, "The End of the Tour" Marielle Heller, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" Jacob Koskoff »
- Peter Knegt
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is giving us our first look at Michael Fassbender as iconic entrepreneur and Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a new look at the man behind the ubiquitous Apple revolution.
This isn’t your typical chronological biopic on the man behind the iGeneration, and hopefully by now, we’ve all forgotten about that other Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher. In Steve Jobs, the action is set backstage at three of the brand’s iconic product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1997, and the iPod in 2001. The film will chart an already successful Jobs through a career low and exile from Apple, before he returns to unveil the revolutionary iPod.
- Rachel West
Oscar pundits, start your engines! The upcoming biographical drama “Steve Jobs,” based on the famed founder of Apple Inc., is helmed by award-winning director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin. Going behind the scenes of three iconic product launches in the '90s, culminating in the unveiling of the iMac, the film digs deep in portraying the man who, according to a line in the trailer, engineered one of the “two most significant events of the 20th century.” The film will be released Oct. 9, four days after the anniversary of its subject’s death. Although it is too early to tell how “Steve Jobs” will fare in next season’s awards race, it is at the very least sure to draw attention to its star Michael Fassbender, who brings his signature charisma to the man who invented the future. Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen also star. Check out the trailer below. »
Read More: Why Michael Fassbender Thinks It's Important to Work With First-Time Filmmakers Despite a turbulent ride to production, the first trailer for Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" has us pretty excited. Michael Fassbender stars as the late Apple CEO and tech mastermind in what promises to be his definitive cinematic treatment. Envisioning a screenplay from "The Social Network" Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, Boyle's film will explore the personal tradeoffs that came with Jobs' desire to revolutionize technology, and will balance his successes and failures in a sweeping account of his incredible life story. The debut trailer (posted above) neglects to show us much footage, but it's all the better for it. As the screen narrows in on Jobs, with his back to us as he looks towards an empty theater, the music quickens and the condemning voices of those closest to him -- played by the likes of Kate Winslet, »
- David Canfield
Universal shared a first glimpse of Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" during last night's series finale of "Mad Men." Watch the teaser below. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the long-gestating film stars Michael Fassbender as the titular Apple mogul, alongside Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels. Sorkin has apparently written a 181-page, three-act screenplay that spans 16 years. The film passed from director to director, and studio to studio, like a hot potato before finally landing at Universal. "Steve Jobs" launches in theaters October 9. (Conspiracy alert: Could "Steve Jobs" open the New York Film Festival? In the "Mad Men" finale, Peggy was seen with the second annual poster hanging on her wall, and it got me thinking this could happen. This year, Nyff runs September 25 to October 11.) Read More: Alex Gibney Doesn't Pander to Steve Jobs in His Unsparing New Doc »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Trailers are problematic things. Reveal too much, and you put the audience off. Reveal too little, and you fail to grab their interest. The balance is particularly difficult to strike when the film in question is a biographical drama, and one which lacks explosions, car chases and the like. This is why it is so notable when a trailer arrives for such a film, and is perfect – like this one, for Steve Jobs.
Based on the book Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin has crafted a screenplay that dramatises the rise of the man that shaped the digital age with nothing more than his passion, ambition and vision. It charts both his professional and personal life, and details the effect that his career had on his relationships with those around him, as well as on himself, using a three-event narrative structure.
“Set backstage at three iconic product »
- Sarah Myles
Another Steve Jobs movie? Already? That seems to be the main knee-jerk reaction to the first "Steve Jobs" trailer, which was released May 17 during the big "Mad Men" finale. The Ashton Kutcher movie "Jobs" came out in 2013 and pretty much bombed. This new "Steve Jobs" movie stars Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, with a high-profile team including director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin. It looks like classic Oscar bait, and some fans seem to think that's why it exists, while others think it could be a palate-cleanser after the failure of "Jobs."
The new trailer makes Jobs seem like a rock star, focusing on his back facing an empty theater -- then an adoring audience -- and hides that Fassbender is even playing the role until the final shots.
Here are some early reactions: "So, was Ashton Kutcher's version a 2 hr long trailer 'til they got a stronger cast? »
- Gina Carbone
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- Scott Beggs
Universal Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the upcoming "Steve Jobs" biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and the late Apple founder and CEO. Check it out below. Plot: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. The new movie co-stars Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley, Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team. "Steve Jobs" is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) from a script by Aaron Sorkin. It's set to hit theaters on October 9th. Trailer: »
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicentre.
Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.
Steve Jobs will release in UK cinemas 13 November. »
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