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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.

Related Shameless Season 5 First Look: The Gallaghers Take on Hipsters

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.

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- 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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Josh Malina Pulls Jimmy Kimmel Birthday Prank on Scandal Costars Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn: Videos

13 November 2014 6:19 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Gotcha! Scandal actor Josh Malina wanted to do something for Jimmy Kimmel's 47th birthday on Thursday, Nov. 13, so he asked some of his costars on ABC's hit political drama — including Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn — to record video messages for the late-night host. Sounds nice, right? Little did they know what Malina had planned for those messages. The West Wing alum, 48, strategically pre-wrote all the greetings so they could be re-edited to create other sentences. He then cut and spliced the birthday wishes at [...] »

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Us networks plot film spin-offs

13 November 2014 1:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).

Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.

The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.

UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »

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Is The Newsroom's Aaron Sorkin Done With TV? He's Got An Answer

10 November 2014 2:40 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Not everyone knows Aaron Sorkin's name, but they've almost certainly heard his trademark rich and frenetic dialogue. The creator and writer of The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom is busy wrapping up the final season of the latter, and once that's done, his television career may fade to black.

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- Tim Surette

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Few Actors Have Scored Original Song Nominations

10 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Since its premiere at Sundance, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been garnering Oscar buzz and rave reviews. The film could score nominations for best picture, director, actor and more, but after submitting three songs to the Academy for consideration in the best original song category, the film could add another nomination. Two of the songs were written by Ethan Hawke, who could garner a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of the father. If Hawke receives a best original song nomination for one of his songs, he will join a short list of actors who have scored nominations for songs since 1994.

Both Annette O’Toole and her husband Michael McKean were nominated in 2004, for their song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow,” which appeared in 2003’s A Mighty Wind. Well known for her role on Smallville as Martha Kent, O’Toole didn »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Aaron Sorkin says he's done writing for TV, and not a moment too soon

10 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The Newsroom just aired its third and final season premiere, but already its creator Aaron Sorkin is thinking about the future—and it looks like his next inspirational monologues won't be airing on television. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 8, Sorkin said, "I'm pretty certain I'm about to write my last three episodes of television," referring to the final three episodes of The Newsroom. Sorkin acknowledges the whole "never say never" adage, but when pressed about whether "pretty certain" meant forever, he remained firm. "Yeah. And I want to be really clear about this. Really clear about this, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Aaron Sorkin Says The Newsroom Will Be His Last TV Show

10 November 2014 9:11 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

The third and final season of HBO's The Newsroom began last night. And according to showrunner Aaron Sorkin, it will likely be the last season of television he ever writes. The creator of The West Wing, SportsNight and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip indicated as much in an interview with the Los Angeles Times this weekend, while leaving open the small possibility that he could be bluffing. »

- Matt Wilstein

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Aaron Sorkin Says He's Done With TV After 'The Newsroom,' Mark Zuckerberg Says 'The Social Network' Was "Hurtful"

10 November 2014 8:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Aaron Sorkin has proven to be one of the more distinguished and reputable television scribes in the history of the form, writing for shows like “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” that are as intellectually thrilling as they are occasionally glib. He’s a master of the high art of verbal chicanery, and his barbs and eloquent put-downs are hard to beat. His most recent project, “The Newsroom” (which kicked off its third and final season last night — recap here) has been perhaps his most divisive yet: an unabashedly blunt hour of television that’s been accused of sexism, ludicrous exaggeration and a whole litany of other things. Perhaps weary of fending off his increasingly venomous critics, Sorkin has officially announced his intentions of retiring from television — presumably to focus on more cinematic projects like his Danny Boyle-directed biopic of Steve Jobs. “I know the whole never-say-never stuff, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Hitchcockian Thriller At Granny’S House – First Pics

10 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Director Les Mahoney (Available) has nearly completed post-production on the indie horror, thriller feature At Granny`s House. This film stars Rachel Alig (Bikini Spring Break), Glenda Morgan Brown (“The West Wing”), Mahoney (Coldwood) and indie horror favorite Bill Oberst Jr. (of the Emmy-winning Takethislollipop.com and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies).

This title is of a loving caregiver whose dark secret makes Granny’s house a macabre place of death – and love. Shot entirely in a rural … Continue reading →

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Aaron Sorkin ‘Pretty Certain’ He’s Done Writing Television After ‘The Newsroom’

9 November 2014 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Aaron Sorkin fans should savor the third and final season of “The Newsroom,” which starts Sunday, as it may be his last television project.

“I know the whole ‘Never say never’ stuff,” Sorkin told the Los Angeles Times in an article published Saturday. “But I’m pretty certain I’m about to write my last three episodes of television.”

Sorkin made the declaration in May as he was writing the final season of the HBO drama, but hadn’t changed his mind when the Times checked back in with him in late October.

“All these months later, I still don’t see another series in my near future,” Sorkin said. “But, again, you never know. Maybe I’ll get another idea.”

While Sorkin is best known in television for “The West Wing,” he also created “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” While Sorkin has had a bumpy ride in television, »

- Alex Stedman

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Aaron Sorkin: I'm Done With TV After 'The Newsroom'

8 November 2014 2:39 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Aaron Sorkin has had his fill of writing for television. The West Wing creator, whose series The Newsroom begins its third and final season Sunday on HBO, told the Los Angeles Times that he doesn't expect to work on another show after this one.  Read more Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn Offer Advice on Mastering Sorkin Dialogue In May, just before penning the series' final episodes, he talked about being ready to move on from the medium. "I know the whole 'Never say never' stuff," said Sorkin, who won the Oscar for scripting The Social Network and has also written

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- Ryan Gajewski

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The Newsroom Season 3 Review: Final Season Gets Off to Strong Start with Humor and High Stakes

8 November 2014 8:37 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The final few minutes of The Newsroom’s second season finale appeared to quickly close the book on the show, but Aaron Sorkin’s divisive HBO series is now back with six more episodes to wrap things up in proper fashion.  Indeed, the tidying up of storylines at the end of season two almost felt like Sorkin had had enough with the constant criticism (some justified, some not) of the show, which was intended to be his triumphant return to television after winning an Oscar for The Social Network.  Instead, Sorkin’s look at the world of cable news was a bit of a mixed bag as it tried to find the blend of humor and importance that worked so well in The West Wing.  The show seemed to find a slightly more solid footing in the second season as Sorkin shifted the focus to the characters, backed away from »

- Adam Chitwood

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Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones Cast in Upcoming Hank Williams Movie

7 November 2014 11:13 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has added The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford and fellow Emmy-winner Cherry Jones to its cast.

Whitford will play iconic songwriter and music publisher Fred Rose, who co-wrote with Williams such classic tunes as "Kaw-Liga" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." He also penned numerous songs recorded by other artists including the Willie Nelson hit, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and "Deed I Do," by Sophie Tucker. With entertainer Roy Acuff, Rose formed Acuff-Rose, one of the most »

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