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Aaron Sorkin Has Meetings With Both DC And Marvel

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Aaron Sorkin has written some pretty incredible films including A Few Good Men and The Social Network, in addition to being one of the only show-runners to write nearly every episode of his creation, The West Wing. Among his numerous other awards, Sorkin won an Oscar for writing The Social Network, and was nominated for a second for Moneyball. Now his attention may be turning to the most lucrative genre of all... superhero flicks.

ComicBook.com caught Sorkin at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and he revealed he has meetings with both DC and Marvel to possibly write a film for either of their Cinematic Universes:

“I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them, it »

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A Taste Of What To Expect In Westworld Season 2

11 hours ago | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Westworld is the latest, great HBO show, as well as one of the most talked about shows of 2016 (perhaps behind only Stranger Things). It masterfully blended the science fiction and western genre into a creepy and very entertaining little package, completely shaking up the formula and leaving the original film it is based on in the dust. Mysteries abound, the show featured some incredible writing and acting, with Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins both at the top of their game. Have you watched it yet? If not, let me be the most recent person to pester into watching it. It really is that good. If you haven't watched it, there be Spoilers ahead!

Unfortunately, the wait for Season 2 will be a long one; we aren't getting more Westworld until 2018. That hasn't stopped co-creators/show-runners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan from offering us a taste of what to expect in the second season! »

- Nick Doll

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Aaron Sorkin Clarifies His Comments on Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

15 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As tends to happens when Aaron Sorkin speaks in public, people had mixed reactions to the Oscar-winning screenwriter discussing Hollywood’s diversity problem during a panel discussion last weekend. The “West Wing” creator and “Social Network” scribe clarified his remarks in Variety today: “Of course I am aware of the diversity problem in Hollywood,” he writes, adding that it was he who “brought the subject up Saturday morning and kept coming back to the subject.”

Read More: Aaron Sorkin Stunned by Hollywood’s Diversity Problem, Offers Help Any Way He Can

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men?” Sorkin asked the audience during the panel. “And you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on? You’re saying that if you are a woman or a person of color, you have to hit »

- Michael Nordine

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Stx, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ and Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After two years, Stx Entertainment has “Bad Moms,” “The Gift” … and more than a half-dozen other titles that range from near misses (“Desierto”) to outright flops (“The Bye Bye Man”). Never mind, said motion picture group chairman Adam Fogelson at his studio’s CinemaCon presentation Tuesday. He’s more than confident that his studio’s next chapter — or as he called it, “Stx 2.0” — is filled with hitmakers.

Read More: Stx Entertainment Acquires Jonás Cuarón-Directed Tiff Winner 

Fogelson began by pointing to his studio’s early wins including “Bad Moms.” Starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, it took in $113 million domestic on its way to becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of 2016. A sequel, “A Bad Moms Christmas,” goes into production next month with a November 3 release date.

Fogelson noted that of the 10 movies Stx has released in 19 months, five have starred or were directed by women. “We have »

- Graham Winfrey

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HBO’s Vice Principals: Georgia King Talks Expanded Role And Fun Times On Set

16 hours ago | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s currently on of the funniest shows on HBO.

Vice Principals season one is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today.

The show’s premise is about two competing vice principals of a high school, who are vying for the top job as principal. Then the school district hired an outsider for the top job—leading the two vice principals to develop crazy plans to rid of her from the school.

The nine episodes are some of the most creative laugh-out-loud comedy you’ll ever experience.

The show stars Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Georgia King.

Lrm had an exclusive phone interview late last month with Georgia King to talk about the first season of the show Vice Principals. She discussed the evolution of her character on the show and working with a hilarious cast.

HBO’s Vice Principals season one is currently available on Blu-ray, »

- Gig Patta

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Aaron Sorkin Reportedly In Talks With Both Marvel And DC

16 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

ComicBook.com is reporting that West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is due to have meetings with both Marvel and DC this week. Sorkin, one of the most praised screenwriters and producers in the business, is set to meet with executives to discuss working on one of their properties.

In a comment sure to rankle fans, the scribe admits, “I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one,” and that he’s hoping that “somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m gonna wanna go back and start reading from the first issue on.” Both studios have used the tactics of hiring known comic book fans to give their work a bit of fan authenticity, so approaching Sorkin marks a slight break from the norm. »

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Jessica Chastain And Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Is A Sexy Play For Stx First, Awards Movie Second

17 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Las Vegas – This wasn’t necessarily Stx Entertainment’s finest moment. After a rough 2016 that featured one breakout hit (“Bad Moms”), one critically acclaimed wonder (“Edge of Seventeen”) and a bunch of bombs, the fledgling mini-major wanted to reassure the nation’s theater owners at CinemaCon that everything was back on track. Well, they certainly tried.

Chairman Adam Fogelson hyped the studio’s three-year distribution agreement with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp (a company that at one time planned on releasing its own movies in the Us and then did an about face) and its summer release, Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” with the director and star Cara Delevingne in attendance.

Continue reading Jessica Chastain And Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Is A Sexy Play For Stx First, Awards Movie Second at The Playlist. »

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CinemaCon: Stx plots Eddie Murphy, Elton John animations

17 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Separately, the studio said Robert Rodriguez has come on to direct the family animation Ugly Dolls, which Stx has now dated for May 10, 2019.

A healthy star quota including Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevingne and Mark Wahlberg turned out on Tuesday to charm convention attendees.

STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson told CinemaCon attendees at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace that the studio has added two family animation titles to its growing slate.

Eddie Murphy will lend his voice talents to Bo Jr, the story of a bull, in development title The Eddie Murphy Project.

Also in development is an adaptation of the Broadway smash Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat featuring the talents of Elton John, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Tim Rice. In development

Cara Delevingne joined French writer-director and EuropaCorp chief Luc Besson and Fogelson on stage to promote Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and debut the new trailer.

The film opens on July 21 and falls under the »

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CinemaCon: Stx unveils Eddie Murphy, Elton John animation projects

17 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Separately, the studio said Robert Rodriguez has come on to direct the family animation Ugly Dolls, which Stx has now dated for May 10, 2019.

A healthy star quota including Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevingne and Mark Wahlberg turned out on Tuesday to charm convention attendees.

STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson told CinemaCon attendees at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace that the studio has added two family animation titles to its growing slate.

Eddie Murphy will lend his voice talents to Bo Jr, the story of a bull, in development title The Eddie Murphy Project.

Also in development is an adaptation of the Broadway smash Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat featuring the talents of Elton John, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Tim Rice. In development

Cara Delevingne joined French writer-director and EuropaCorp chief Luc Besson and Fogelson on stage to promote Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and debut the new trailer.

The film opens on July 21 and falls under the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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CinemaCon: STX Touts Luc Besson’s Sci-Fier ‘Valerian’ as a Blockbuster

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two-year-old Stx Entertainment is stepping up to the big league as it touts Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” as a blockbuster.

“Valerian” was the centerpiece of Stx’s second-ever presentation Tuesday at CinemaCon with footage from a new trailer and in-person appearances by Besson and star Cara Delevingne, who portrays Laureline, with Stx Motion Picture Group Chairman Adam Fogelson. The movie opens July 21 against Warner Bros.Dunkirk,” directed by Christopher Nolan, and Universal’s comedy “Girls Trip.”

Stx agreed in January to market and distribute “Valerian” for EuropaCorp Films USA as part of a new, three-year agreement between the two studios — essentially taking the film over from Relativity Media’s bankruptcy and troubled attempts to regain its financial footing.

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Luc Besson, Lexus Co-Pilot Design on ‘Valerian’ Spacecraft

The trailer, which will be released Wednesday, launched with a desert chase scene with »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive Deleted Scene Clip From Why Him? Showing Bryan Cranston Against A Flying Drone

17 hours ago | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Conversations can’t be private anymore.

Out on Blu-ray and DVD today, Bryan Cranston stars in the hilarious comedy Why Him?, in which he plays a very overprotective father.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Bryan Cranston and James Franco fight the ultimate battle of wits and wills in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy from filmmaker John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Zoolander). Ned (Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

The film also stars Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key, Zoey Deutch and Cedric the Entertainer.

There are plenty of extra features on the Blu-ray and DVD. »

- Gig Patta

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Aaron Sorkin Says He’s Taking Meetings With Both Marvel & DC

17 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fight, fight, fight, fight! There is no fanboy battle more tiresome than the continual battle between devotees of DC Films and Marvel, with both sides unable to realize their blind fidelity to a brand is a bit silly. However, Aaron Sorkin is going to step right in the middle of the battlefield.

Today at CinemaCon, the screenwriter behind “The Social Network” and “The West Wing,” and the writer/director of the upcoming “Molly’s Game,” revealed he’s considering some kind of gig with major superhero players in Hollywood.

Continue reading Aaron Sorkin Says He’s Taking Meetings With Both Marvel & DC at The Playlist. »

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Jessica Chastain’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Looks Winning — But Where Are Real-Life Star Gamblers?

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stx Entertainment debuted the first footage from Aaron Sorkin’s anticipated directorial debut “Molly’s Game” — and while star Jessica Chastain ably takes the lead, some notable stars were missing. Like the real life men ((like Tobey Maguire and Ben Affleck) who were implicated in the true story of Molly Bloom — the arranger of high-stakes pokers games in Hollywood. Maguire was even fined $800,000 for his participation in the games. A rough trailer screened at CinemaCon did not specifically call out any of the famous people that were pegged to the illegal ring. Also Read: Stx Entertainment Struggles With Flops, Executive Exits and a Shift. »

- Matt Donnelly

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'Molly's Game': Aaron Sorkin Brings Stylish First Look to CinemaCon

19 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Aaron Sorkin told the crowd at CinemaCon he's ready to tell the story behind the headlines in Molly's Game.

"It isn't often you come across a story that is both cool and has a lot of heart, and this one does," Sorkin said after the first trailer for his directorial debut screened.

The film stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a skier who, after her Olympic dreams are dashed, heads to Los Angeles and becomes a cocktail waitress and eventually rises through the social circuit to became an organizer of underground poker games for the Hollywood elite. But when a Russian mob connection surfaces, »

- Aaron Couch

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Tom Holland & Jon Watts Defend Spider-Man: Homecoming As Something New And Different

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Is Spider-Man stuck in a creative rut, or is Sony just afraid to take risks with the character? After watching the latest official trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, I was struck by how similar it felt, not just other Spider-Man movies, but rather how it seemed so paint-by-numbers (if you're old enough to remember when that was a thing). The reason many fans have responded to Deadpool and Logan, aside from the freedom of their R-ratings, is how different these films were from other superhero movies. Deadpool told a non-linear story of anti-hero dying from cancer while Logan tells a linear story of an anti-hero dying of Adamantium poisoning... Uh. 

Wait. Rewind. What point was I trying to make?  

Look, we all know that superhero films follow a clichéd formula: get powers, lament powers, make a big mistake, take a beating from the big bad, and then even the score in a climactic boss fight. »

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Aaron Sorkin Is Surprised To Learn About Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

28 March 2017 6:28 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Aaron Sorkin had a wake-up call during the Writers Guild Festival this past weekend. According to a report from Variety, the man behind shows like “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” was shocked to discover that women and other minorities in Hollywood have a harder time making projects. “Are you saying that women and minorities […] »

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CinemaCon 2017: Sony Pictures Cannot Contain Their Excitement To Reveal Blade Runner 2049

28 March 2017 2:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sony Pictures Motion Group Chairman Tom Rothman is very excited to reveal Blade Runner 2049 to the audiences of CinemaCon 2017 this week.

He reminisced his days when he first watched the original Blade Runner back in June 25, 1982. He loved being transported in the world created by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford. He described the original film “cool as sh!#.”

With Blade Runner 2049 on the horizon, Rothman introduced Ryan Gosling on to the stage. He even described on visiting the set, in which Gosling had thousands of gallons of water dumped on him for take after take.

Related: Exclusive - Blade Runner 2049 Composer On The Music Of The Sci-fi Flick

And CinemaCon taking place in Las Vegas, they mentioned the setting takes place in Las Vegas 2049 (although it was filmed in Budapest).

Gosling said, “It was so surreal to be walking around in the universe of Blade Runner. »

- Gig Patta

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Aaron Sorkin Needs to Learn to Love the Internet if He Wants to Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Issues

27 March 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“Adapt or die,” Billy Beane shouted in “Moneyball,” words written in the Oscar-nominated screenplay from Steven Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin. And yet, when it comes to the internet, Sorkin refuses to follow his own advice.

Though he’s embraced the personification of “old man screams at clouds” to varying degrees of success, this weekend proved why Sorkin can’t hide from the web any longer — not without becoming the kind of person that he has always despised.

On Saturday, Sorkin took part in a conversation at the Writers Guild Festival where he — by all reports — first learned about diversity issues in Hollywood.

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?” Sorkin asked the audience. Later, he brought the subject up again, asking for clarification. »

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Aaron Sorkin Needs to Learn to Love the Internet if He Wants to Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Issues

27 March 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Adapt or die,” Billy Beane shouted in “Moneyball,” words written in the Oscar-nominated screenplay from Steven Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin. And yet, when it comes to the internet, Sorkin refuses to follow his own advice.

Though he’s embraced the personification of “old man screams at clouds” to varying degrees of success, this weekend proved why Sorkin can’t hide from the web any longer — not without becoming the kind of person that he has always despised.

On Saturday, Sorkin took part in a conversation at the Writers Guild Festival where he — by all reports — first learned about diversity issues in Hollywood.

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?” Sorkin asked the audience. Later, he brought the subject up again, asking for clarification. »

- Ben Travers

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Wtf of the Day: Aaron Sorkin Was Unaware of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

27 March 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Aaron Sorkin on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?” is an actual, sincere question Aaron Sorkin posed to an audience at an event held Saturday during the Writers Guild Festival in Hollywood.

This is an Oscar-winning screenwriter who has won six Emmys. He’s one of very few Hollywood writers who have achieved mainstream fame. And he seems to know startlingly little about the industry when it comes to its treatment of people who aren’t white and male.

The West Wing” and “Newsroom” creator also asked attendees, “You’re saying that if you are a woman or a person of color, you have to hit it out of the park in order to get another chance?” He didn’t follow up the query by requesting that they explain “sexism,” “racism,” or “double standards” to him, but maybe that would have been a good idea. He’d clearly benefit from some sort of Privilege 101 class.

As hilarious as Sorkin’s obliviousness is, it’s also disturbing. One of the most well-known and successful writers in the industry — who has served as showrunner on numerous series — seems to have absolutely no awareness of Hollywood’s lack of inclusiveness. With conversations about the underrepresentation of women and people of color behind the scenes and onscreen becoming increasingly mainstream, it’s genuinely shocking that Sorkin seems to have missed the memo. But then again, is it? This is part of the problem — that many folks like Sorkin are living in a bubble of sorts. The problem isn’t affecting them, so they don’t notice it.

In his defense, the “Steve Jobs” and “Moneyball” screenwriter didn’t deny that the problem existed, and also indicated that he would like to be part of the solution. “Genuinely troubled by his lack of awareness, he continued to ask away and ultimately offered assistance,” Variety writes. “What can I do [to help]?” he asked. “I do want to understand what someone like me can do … but my thing has always been: ‘If you write it, they will come.’”

It’s what comes after the “but” that’s a problem. Hopefully as Sorkin’s education about this well-documented issue evolves he’ll reconsider his “thing” and realize that unfortunately the situation isn’t as simple as writing a great script.

Kudos to Sorkin for a couple of things, though. 1) He seemed to be eager to ask questions and learn more about the situation rather than giving his two cents about a problem he acknowledged he knew little about. Yes, it’s embarrassing that he didn’t know that these issues existed, but at least he’s trying to learn about them now. That’s something. 2) He asked what he can do to help. Rather than simply shrugging the situation off, Sorkin asked how he could improve the situation. And there’s lots he can do. We’d recommend — without snark — that he start by reading up on Hollywood’s discriminatory attitudes and practices. There’s plenty of research out there, including reports from USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change (Mdsc) Initiative and San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film. As “Selma” director Ava DuVernay has said, “The onus is not on the marginalized to educate.”

After he builds a foundation of knowledge, Sorkin can ask to talk to women and people of color in the industry about their experiences to gain some insight. (Listen to them. Do not talk at them. Do not come from a place of defensiveness.) Sorkin can look to someone like “American Horror Story” and “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy about how to be a better ally.

Last year Murphy launched Half, a foundation within his 20th Century Fox-based production company aiming to diversify Hollywood. Murphy aimed to have 50 percent of directing gigs on his show filled by women, people of color, and members of the Lgbt community. “I personally can do better,” Murphy acknowledged at the time. And he has done better. Just months after announcing Half he exceeded his original goal.

Sorkin’s comments are making headlines, and understandably so. We hope this pushes the dialogue about Hollywood’s lack of inclusiveness further. That being said, let’s not just publicly shame Sorkin and turn him into a punchline. His ignorance is undeniable — and really, really frustrating for a lot of people — but he is explicitly asking how he can play a role in effecting change. Most of us aren’t educated in the public eye, and thank goodness for that, but the learning curve can be pretty humiliating. Rather than writing Sorkin off, let’s see what his next move is. Maybe he will make an effort and do his part to make a difference.

Wtf of the Day: Aaron Sorkin Was Unaware of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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