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'The Gambler' (2014) Movie Review

16 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »

- Brad Brevet

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Sony leak: Aaron Sorkin claims women have less difficult roles than men

15 December 2014 2:10 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aaron Sorkin has claimed that women's roles in Hollywood have a lower "degree of difficulty" than men's.

In a leaked email published by The Daily Beast, Sorkin argues that Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren are two of the only female stars "who can play with the boys".

The leak follows the revelation that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their American Hustle co-stars, despite having more screen time than some of them.

Responding to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, he wrote to her in an email: "That was a great and very interesting column today. I'd only take issue with one thing and that's the idea that something like Bridesmaids is seen as a fluke and that's why we don't see more movies like Bridesmaids.

"There's an implication that studio heads have a stack of Bridesmaids-quality scripts on their desk that they're not making and it's just not true. »

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The Newsroom

15 December 2014 8:40 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: HBO

Episodes: 25 (hour)

Seasons: Three

TV show dates: June 24, 2012 -- December 14, 2014

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.

TV show description:

Created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), this TV series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the people who put together a nightly cable-news show on the fictional Atlantis Cable News (Acn) channel.

The unapologetically old-school president of the news division is Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterson), a professional who learned at the feet of the legendary newsmen.

The anchor and managing editor of News Night is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a moderate Republican whose success is largely the result of never offending anyone. He's in »

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Aaron Sorkin: Media printing Sony hack details is morally treasonous

15 December 2014 2:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aaron Sorkin has hit out at the media for publishing details obtained by the hack on Sony Pictures' computers by the Guardians of Peace.

The creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom wrote a column in the New York Times saying there was little public interest in the details.

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"The Guardians just had to lob the ball; they knew our media would crash the boards and slam it in," said Sorkin.

"First, salaries were published. Not by the hackers, but by American news outlets."

He continued: "Then came the emails. A squabble between the Sony executive Amy Pascal and the producer Scott Rudin, an inappropriate and racially charged exchange, an insulting critique of recent Adam Sandler movies, a new idea for the Spider-Man franchise. Published. Everywhere."

Sorkin admitted that he was »

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‘The Newsroom’ Finale Might Look Better In Hindsight (Spoilers)

14 December 2014 7:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

So Aaron Sorkin? As Claude Rains said at the end of “Casablanca,” “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Then again, anyone who has stuck with “The Newsroom” through its three interesting, exhausting, at times aggravating seasons — or for that matter, “The West Wing” in its heyday — won’t find that to be a major surprise, or always a bad thing.

Yes, the writer rails against the failings of the modern media, but that’s because of his faith in the nobler aspects of the calling. Yet in romanticizing the news, his fictionalized work didn’t just preach, capitalizing on the benefit of hindsight to illustrate where journalists have fallen short, but too often rang hollow.

Those excesses, for good and ill, were evident throughout this finishing six-episode arc and Sunday’s series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which followed the sudden death of news »

- Brian Lowry

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Series finale review: 'The Newsroom' - 'What Kind of Day Has It Been'

14 December 2014 7:06 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A few thoughts on "The Newsroom" series finale coming up just as soon as I'm a newsman on the side... "What Kind of Day Has It Been" was the title of the first season finales of all three of Sorkin's previous TV shows, and now the title of the final "Newsroom" — which, at 25 episodes total, was only slightly longer than any of those shows' first seasons. Structurally, it resembled other things Sorkin has done in the past — the flashbacks were evocative of "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" from "The West Wing" — and with most of this show's personal relationship business long since wrapped up, he used the finale to tweak the characters' history a bit to acknowledge different ways in which the show fell short. So it turned out, for instance, that Jenna's seemingly oblivious question from the pilot was actually intended as a desperate plea for optimism from »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Will Emmy fave Allison Janney win first (yes, first) Golden Globe thanks to 'Mom'?

14 December 2014 1:05 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Would you believe us if we told you that Allison Janney has six acting Emmys to her name, but not a single Golden Globe? Crazy, right? That could all change this year thanks to Janney's Globe nomination as Best TV Supporting Actress for the CBS hit sitcom "Mom." Could this be the year she finally wins that elusive Golden Globe? -Break- Golden Globes: Complete list of film and TV nominations For those keeping track at home, Janney won four Emmys for "The West Wing" in the early 2000s (two lead, two supporting) and then she had double wins this year for "Masters of Sex" (Drama Guest Actress) and "Mom" (Comedy Supporting Actress), bringing her total to six Emmys. Janney is now in third place with acting wins, behind Cloris Leachman with eight trophies and Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore at seven each. For such an Emmy legend-in-the-making, it's shocking »

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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin

12 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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 »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Aaron Sorkin Bashes Michael Fassbender, Dismisses Him For Role in Leaked Sony Emails; Producer Jokes About Star's Manhood

11 December 2014 8:31 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It’s time for Aaron Sorkin to pen an apology note! The Oscar-winning writer and producer, 53, known for being the voice behind hit shows and films like The West Wing, The Newsroom, and 2010’s The Social Network, became yet another victim of the massive company-wide Sony hack when emails between him and Spe co-chairman Amy Pascal surfaced.  At the time, Sorkin was looking for someone to star in his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic when Pascal floated the name of Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender into the conversation.  “I don't [...] »

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Is Aaron Sorkin’s message to viewers that women should shut up about rape? | Hadley Freeman

10 December 2014 12:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In his latest plot, the Hollywood screenwriter appears to be telling victims not to pursue their allegations

Scene opens. Aaron Sorkin is walking down a hallway. He is walking, and he is talking, talking and walking. Only losers stop and talk. The creator of The West Wing and Oscar-winning screenwriter is followed by three dynamic young male writers, Tom, Dick and Harry, and one equally dynamic female writer, Susan.

Sorkin is in trouble over a plotline in his series The Newsroom, which appears to suggest that women who report sexual assault should shut up. Some wonder what to make of the fact that even television’s most celebrated writer should address the issue in such a cavalier fashion. He too is bemused, in his own way.

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- Hadley Freeman

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Flashback Friday: Revisit Nickelodeon Hit Clarissa Explains It All 20 Years Later

5 December 2014 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Back in the wild world of the '90s, before Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers were tending to the questions of growing minds, kids turned to television to get advice. And one of the greatest TV sages was Nickelodeon's Clarissa Darling. The fast-talking, free-spirited, self-dressing tween dispensed sassy knowledge to viewers on Clarissa Explains It All, taking on every subject from dating to how to deal with annoying little brothers. Played by Melissa Joan Hart, Clarissa has developed a nostalgic following as '90s kids grow up and fondly think back to the simpler times of landlines and neighbors who entered through the window. »

- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc

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Sports Night: Aaron Sorkin’s Best TV Show?

5 December 2014 5:36 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

When The Newsroom‘s final season premiered last month, Aaron Sorkin announced that it would be his last foray into television, ending a much-lauded, often unlucky run on the small screen (in favor of a much more lucrative, award-filled career as playwright and screenwriter). Of course, that announcement brought up the ages-old debate of which Aaron Sorkin show was better – The West Wing or Sports Night (neither The Newsroom or the hot, entertaining mess that was Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip can even begin to enter the discussion here); and for me, the answer is always Sports Night. Sure, there’s no denying The West Wing‘s cultural influence, not to mention the bevy of talented actors that passed through its fictional version of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue through its seven season-season run (the first four of which were under the pen of Sorkin, who is credited with writing 85 of the »

- Randy Dankievitch

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The Newsroom Season 3 Episode 1: ‘Boston’ Review

22 November 2014 9:37 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Anthony Hemingway

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Synopsis: In the wake of the Genoa debacle, the team decides to use caution in reporting a major breaking story. Neal is contacted by an anonymous source in possession of stolen government documents; Sloan looks to solve a takeover puzzle.

Aaron Sorkin has deservedly earned the plaudits in his career and when you’re writing the likes of The West Wing and The Social Network, to name a couple, then every ounce of praise is wholly warranted.  The HBO series The Newsroom has been adored by fans but initially ruffled the sensitive feathers of some critics, I often wonder if a series such as this is little too close to the truth of how the News should be reported and how the media should truly act. The high expectations of Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) and Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) in how they report the »

- Dan Bullock

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Review: Katherine Heigl returns to TV in 'State of Affairs'

17 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and anytime a new show becomes a hit, you can guarantee that another network — usually several networks — will be racing to copy it. With "State of Affairs" — either the last new fall network show, or the first mid-season replacement, depending on your point of view — the question isn't whether it's imitating another show, but which one. Is it a belated attempt to do a network-friendly version of "Homeland," with a Carrie Mathison type who's reckless and emotional and has lots of sex, but who isn't certifiably crazy? Is it NBC's attempt to repeat its own success last year with "The Blacklist" (whose Monday at 10 timeslot "State of Affairs" takes over tonight), only under the mistaken belief that people are really watching for Liz and not Red? Or a bit of both? Katherine Heigl returns to TV (after an uninspired stretch of movie "romantic" "comedies") as Charleston Tucker, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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TVLine Items: Bradley Whitford Feels Happyish, Frequency the Series & More

14 November 2014 12:36 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bradley Whitford doesn’t just have a new job — he’s the new boss.

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Whitford (The West Wing) has joined the cast of Showtime’s Happyish pilot, playing Jonathan Cooke, the morally ambiguous boss of Steve Coogan’s Thom Payne. The 30-minute pilot, which begins filming in New York this December, also stars Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) as Thom’s wife Lee.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* NBC has given a script order to a TV reboot of the 2000 film Frequency, written by Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver, »

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Hilarious Aaron Sorkin Parody Video Sketch

14 November 2014 9:46 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night. The show included an comedy sketch that hilariously parodies the writing style of Sorkin. Sorkin is the man behind such shows as The West Wing and The Newsroom. He also wrote films such as A Few Good MenThe Social Network, and the upcoming Steve Jobs movie. I've come across a lot of Sorkin parodies, but this is the best one that I've seen and it's crazy meta. For those of you who are familiar with Sorkin's work, you're going to love this. I also included the interview for you to watch below.


- Joey Paur

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Aaron Sorkin Adapting Hollywood Poker Memoir, Regrets Hurting Mark Zuckerberg's Feelings

14 November 2014 6:51 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With "The Newsroom" currently rolling out its short final season, Aaron Sorkin is reportedly turning away from TV, where he made his name with "The West Wing," in order to focus on movies. The "Social Network" Oscar-winner has a number of projects in the works, including Danny Boyle's Michael Fassbender-starring Steve Jobs biopic, "The Politician," about John Edwards, the long-gestating "The Trial Of The Chicago 7," and an adaptation of "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis' Wall Street book "Flash Boys," but the walk-and-talk fan has just lined up another potential writing project. According to Deadline, Sorkin is reteaming with his Steve Jobs producer Mark Gordon on an adaptation of Molly Bloom's memoir "Molly's Game," which details how the author, a law student, ended up running an exclusive high-stakes Hollywood poker game, with players including Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire. It certainly seems like »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Newsroom Season 2 Blu-ray Review

14 November 2014 5:09 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Aaron Sorkin’s return to television with the HBO drama series The Newsroom was intended to be a triumphant return to form.  Its basic premise—following the lives of the people that work at a cable news network—seemed to provide a vehicle through which to opine on the major political issues of the day, not dissimilar from Sorkin's The West Wing.  But instead of the romantic idealism of Sorkin’s previous series, The Newsroom was a more grounded, and thus a slightly more cynical or aggressive series.  It proved to be mighty divisive and didn’t garner nearly the same amount of acclaim as The West Wing or Sports Night, but I mostly liked the first season even if the show did have a few major issues. In its second season, The Newsroom went through some significant tweaking both to its structure and its characters, and while there are »

- Adam Chitwood

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Atx Television Festival to host 'Dawson's Creek' writers' room, 'Gilmore Girls' reunions

13 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Next year's Atx Television Festival will feature two high-profile reunions: The cast of the Gilmore Girls and the Dawson’s Creek writers' room. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel will be on hand for a panel honoring the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut. "So, after years of peace and quiet, these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it," Palladino said in a statement. "Gilmore was the highlight of my ridiculous life. I can't wait to sit with »

- Natalie Abrams

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Aaron Sorkin signs on to adapt poker memoir 'Molly's Game'

13 November 2014 6:58 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It looks like, for the time being, Aaron Sorkin is staying true to his word and sticking to film writing, thanks to a few rounds of poker. The West Wing and Newsroom creator has signed on to adapt the memoir Molly's Game, a tell-all written by Molly Bloom, who for eight years ran the world's most exclusive poker game in Los Angeles. Mark Gordon under The Mark Gordon Company has optioned the rights to the book and set Sorkin to pen the script, after the two most recently came together for the upcoming and still Steve Jobs-less Steve Jobs biopic. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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