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19 items from 2017


Aaron Sorkin’s Brilliant WGA Speech

20 February 2017 3:20 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

“In my family it’s an honor just to be overlooked.” Great stuff.

The post Aaron Sorkin’s Brilliant WGA Speech appeared first on Awards Daily. »

- Sasha Stone

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14 Trump-Trolling Tweets for Presidents Day

20 February 2017 10:42 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Making a special occasion of an everyday occurrence, the Twitterverse took extra care to let President Donald Trump know that it is not pleased with him on Monday, Presidents Day. “Throughout our 100 years of existence we have held every president accountable,” the Aclu tweeted. “Happy Presidents’ Day.” While many others are taking to Twitter to simply tweet Trump’s “The Apprentice” signature phrase — “You’re fired” — at him. Also Read: Read Aaron Sorkin's Anti-Trump Tirade at WGA Awards Among them is Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who was fired when she refused to enforce his travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries. »

- Linda Ge

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Read Aaron Sorkin’s Anti-Trump Tirade at WGA Awards

19 February 2017 10:57 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Aaron Sorkin lit into President Donald Trump in a “Network”-inspired speech at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday. Here are his remarks about Trump transcribed. (We added the word “don’t” in brackets in two places where Sorkin dropped it.) From time to time I write stories about politics so it was suggested to me that I might have something to say about the situation in which we currently find ourselves. It’ll come as no surprise that I do. So, in the spirit of Paddy Chayefsky, here goes. We’ve been told that as coastal elites »

- Tim Molloy

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In Anti-Trump Speech, Aaron Sorkin Is Mad as Hell and Not Gonna Take It Anymore (Video)

19 February 2017 10:09 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin accepted an award named for Paddy Chayefsky on Sunday, he sounded like one of the “Network” screenwriter’s characters: He was mad as hell at President Donald Trump and not gonna take it any more. He urged a room filled with Writers Guild of America writers — “old and young, black and white, gay and straight, wealthy and struggling, and yes, liberal and conservative,” he said — to write stories that will change the state of the country. “The most powerful delivery system ever invented for an idea is a story,” he said. Also Read: Read Aaron Sorkin's Anti-Trump. »

- Tim Molloy

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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

19 February 2017 9:50 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes, »

- Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

19 February 2017 9:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes, »

- Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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‘Lion’ Star Dev Patel On His Indian Journey & Preparing For Saroo: Q&A

16 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Editors Note: This story originally ran on November 22, 2016. Dev Patel’s career started in his native United Kingdom, with a role on the hit teen drama Skins. But it was with Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning 2008 film, that he became a real star. Equally adept at drama and comedy, Patel went on to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, as well as star alongside acting royalty in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel duology. This year, he's in The Man Who… »

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Robert McKee, Issa Rae to Be Honored at 2017 Final Draft Awards

16 February 2017 10:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Final Draft awards for screenwriters announced its 2017 honorees on Thursday. The show will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Feb. 23, hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

This year’s ceremony will honor Robert McKee with the hall of fame award. Brian Cox, Quincy Jones, Margaret Nagle and Steven Pressfield will be on hand to present the award and speak to McKee’s contributions to the screenwriting community. Additionally, Issa Rae will receive the inaugural New Voice award, which recognizes a rising star in the industry.

Robert McKee is one of the most sought-after screenwriting lecturers in the world,” said Scott McMenamin, president of Final Draft. “We are honored to celebrate his tremendous contribution to the art of screenwriting.”

McKee is a writer and instructor known for his Story Seminar inspired by his book “Story,” a vital work for screenwriters. His students have gone on to win more than 60 Academy Awards, 200 Emmys »

- Seth Kelley

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Exclusive: Kevin Costner on the ugly human nature faced in Hidden Figures

15 February 2017 8:41 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

The historically overlooked real-life heroines of the Nasa Space Race are quite rightly the stars of Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures. However, the supporting cast of the likes of Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons add a depth which allows Melfi’s film to explore the wider society of 1960s America. James Kleinmann had the chance to sit down with Kevin Costner to talk about his role as Al Harrison, a fictional composite of a number of the top men who headed up Nasa’s Space Task Group.

Costner explained how he approached the role, and what the essence of Harrison’s role in the narrative was,

“You have to be a scientist first and foremost, or you can’t lead them. They talk in a very specific language, and a lot of scientists and engineers don’t have that. They’re so brilliant at what they do »

- Jon Lyus

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TV Review: ‘Doubt’ With Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox

11 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doubt” is what might happen if a Shonda Rhimes show got lost on the way to production and accidentally ended up at CBS. It touts many of the hallmarks of Rhimes’ glitzy workplace soaps: The legal drama stars Katherine Heigl, formerly of “Grey’s Anatomy,” as Sadie Ellis, a heroine with twisted parentage, consuming investment for her work as an attorney, and a dysfunctional sex life. An actress from one Rhimes show, with all the personality traits of Olivia Pope from “Scandal” and the profession of Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder” — “Doubt” feels very familiar.

At the same time, the show does feel very CBS; as if the Shondaland methodology for creating drama was tempered by some of the chilly soul-searching of “The Good Wife” and the fraught intergenerational dynamics of “Blue Bloods.” Creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater both worked on “Grey’s Anatomy” before shifting to CBS’ “Madam Secretary” — two shows »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Oscars: What Should Have Won – Network over Rocky for Best Picture

6 February 2017 1:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why Network should have won Best Picture at the 49th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1976 were a rarity, in that, almost all of the nominees for Best Picture are truly excellent and have gone on to become celebrated classics.

While Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky ultimately triumphed against its formidable competition, I feel, despite loving Rocky and the franchise it spawned, that it perhaps didn’t deserve to be named as Best Picture of 1976.

To me, the award should have gone to the brilliant razor sharp media satire that is Network.

Network follows the exploits of TV network Ubs and the complete and utter breakdown of its long-standing news anchor Howard Beale, who at has just been told he is to be fired in two weeks due to increasingly dwindling viewing figures.

Left on by his ratings-hungry bosses for his final broadcasts, Beale manages to »

- Graeme Robertson

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How ‘The Social Network’ Represents the Ideal Marriage of Writer and Director

2 February 2017 7:23 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Resonating since its release well over six years ago, David Fincher‘s The Social Network has endured as a film of expert structure and specifically collaboration. So comes a new video essay by Michael Tucker from Lessons on the Screenplay which dives into screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s famous stylings, pointing out specifically what makes the material soar. Through rhythms of dialogue — rising, falling, climaxing — and overlapping language with multiple trains of thought (just to name a few), Sorkin crafts a multi-layered story in The Social Network  that makes it less a story Facebook’s inception and creation, but about two friend’s disintegrating relationship. On top of this, the non-linear structure adds for another layer of poignancy and intrigue, as the audience gets to see the two characters reflect on their now-shattered friendship years later.

Tucker also discusses the importance of collaboration — particularly, Sorkin’s work with David Fincher — and »

- Mike Mazzanti

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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Writers and the scripts that made them great

25 January 2017 4:51 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

Having scoured the ranks of actors to draw up a shortlist of the best of them and then a selection of their best work, we now move on to consider the best work by the greatest writers. This can be a harder thing to judge, given that there will often be a team of writers, or polishing work is done on a script that is otherwise someone else’s work. Quentin Tarantino did some polishing on Crimson Tide, but by contrast his script for Natural Born Killers is much less distinctively his, bearing as it does a lot of Oliver Stone’s fingerprints. What we will (try to) focus on are those writers who rather than being hacks for hire have instead crafted something all their own and seen it transition relatively unmolested to the screen.

As with the Best of the Best of the Actors, we »

- Dave Roper

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Et Obsessions: August Wilson Exposed, ‘The Founder’ and the Return of Tgit

23 January 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, this is what we’re most excited about:

‘Jitney’

On Thursday, Jan. 19, August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, made its long-awaited debut on Broadway, completing the playwright’s 10-play American Century Cycle on the Broadway stage. With an ensemble cast featuring Moonlight and American Horror Story: Roanoke breakout André Holland, Jitney tells the story of black men trying to eke out a living as unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh.

The play’s Broadway debut happens to coincide with the theatrical run of Fences, another Wilson play that’s made its way to the screen with Denzel Washington starring and directing and Viola Davis delivering an Oscar-worthy performance. “[Audiences] are being exposed to greatness,” Davis told Et by phone when asked about the significance of Wilson’s two works being produced for stage »

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The West Wing: Lin-Manuel Miranda Creates a Tribute to the NBC Series

16 January 2017 8:34 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Hamilton isn't the only political figure Lin-Manuel Miranda can rap about. Recently, the Broadway star wrote a musical tribute to the classic NBC series The West Wing, TVLine reports.Created by Aaron Sorkin, the political drama was set in the West Wing of the White House and followed the staff of the fictional U.S. president Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The cast also included Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, and John Spencer. The show ran for seven seasons before ending in 2006.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Rap About ‘The West Wing’ (Video)

16 January 2017 12:20 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lin-Manuel Miranda has moved from rapping about the Washington Administration to rapping about the Bartlett Administration. The Tony-winning “Hamilton” creator and “Moana” songwriter has released a new rap set for “The West Wing Weekly,” a podcast that provides in-depth analysis on every single episode of Aaron Sorkin’s famed Bush-era political drama. The show features guest appearances from former political staffers and is co-hosted by “West Wing” cast member Joshua Malina, who provides an insider’s perspective. For this episode, Miranda collaborated with the podcast creator, Hrishikesh Hirway, to create “What’s Next?”, a song named after Martin Sheen’s oft-repeated catchphrase during his run. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings a New Song for ‘The West Wing’: ‘What’s Next?’

16 January 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

More than 10 years after President Bartlet left the White House, “The West Wing” continues to feel relevant — maybe now more than ever. On the eve of this Friday’s presidential inauguration, “Hamilton” creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda has written a new song for the West Wing Weekly podcast named after one of the political drama’s most oft-repeated questions: “What’s Next?” Watch below.

“Ginger get the popcorn / The filibuster is in / I’m Toby Ziegler with the drop in / What kind of day has it been?” begins the track, which is accompanied by footage of the show. Created by Aaron Sorkin, “The West Wing” ran for seven seasons between 1999 and 2006 and took place in what increasingly seems like an alternate reality where our elected officials do their utmost to serve the American people rather than themselves. »

- Michael Nordine

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings a New Song for ‘The West Wing’: ‘What’s Next?’

16 January 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

More than 10 years after President Bartlet left the White House, “The West Wing” continues to feel relevant — maybe now more than ever. On the eve of this Friday’s presidential inauguration, “Hamilton” creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda has written a new song for the West Wing Weekly podcast named after one of the political drama’s most oft-repeated questions: “What’s Next?” Watch below.

Read More: Scottish Newspaper Compares Donald Trump’s Inauguration to a ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode

“Ginger get the popcorn / The filibuster is in / I’m Toby Ziegler with the drop in / What kind of day has it been?” begins the track, which is accompanied by footage of the show. Created by Aaron Sorkin, “The West Wing” ran for seven seasons between 1999 and 2006 and took place in what increasingly seems like an alternate reality where our elected officials do their utmost to serve the American people rather than themselves. »

- Michael Nordine

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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2017

11 January 2017 9:34 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a set release — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2017, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar (with release dates, where applicable). If you want to see how we did with our picks last year (potentially to shame us), head on over here.

100. The Discovery (Charlie McDowell; Winter Tbd)

One of the primary pleasures of Charlie McDowell‘s directorial debut The One I Love was his ability »

- The Film Stage

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