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Janeane Garofalo to Make Broadway Debut in “Marvin’s Room”

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Janeane Garofalo in “Love Hurts

Janeane Garofalo is set to make her Broadway debut. The two-time Emmy-nominated actress and stand-up comedian will star in Roundabout Theater Company’s “Marvin’s Room,” The New York Times reports. She’ll take the stage this summer. The production will be directed by Anne Kauffman, who is also making her Broadway debut.

The play, which originally ran Off Broadway in 1991, “follows the uneasy reunion between two estranged sisters, one of whom has leukemia,” the source details. A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro was released in 1997. Streep received a Golden Globe nod and Keaton an Oscar nomination for playing sisters Lee and Bessie, respectively. Garofalo will be portraying Lee, and Lili Taylor (“American Crime”) will take on the role of Bessie, who needs a bone marrow transplant and asks Lee for help.

Garofalo’s film and TV career spans nearly 30 years, with credits including “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “24,” “The West Wing,” “200 Cigarettes,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Reality Bites,” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” She received two Emmy nominations for her role in “The Larry Sanders Show.” In 2012, Garofalo starred in “Russian Transport” Off Broadway.

“With more channels and more media outlets comes the ability of more people to work than when there were only three channels. But there are still rules for mainstream films, music, and TV. That’s the nature of it, that the ladies be attractive, young. The men have more leeway, they can look many ways,” Garofalo has observed. “If you want to see middle-aged women and older: British television. They’re very good about people looking many different ways.”

Both Garofalo and Taylor are 50-plus years old.

Kauffman’s previous directing credits include Off Broadway productions of “The Thugs,” “Belleville,” and “Smokefall.”

Previews for “Marvin’s Room” kick off June 8 and the play will officially open June 29 at the American Airlines Theater.

Janeane Garofalo to Make Broadway Debut in “Marvin’s Room” 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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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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Aaron Sorkin Says He’s Taking Meetings With Both Marvel & DC

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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. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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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 […] »

- Jordan Appugliesi

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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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Aaron Sorkin Has Just Been Made Aware Of The Diversity Problem In Hollywood

27 March 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The past few years has seen Hollywood grapple with a diversity problem that they can no longer ignore. #OscarsSoWhite has been a big part of the the campaign that has not only raised awareness about the issue, but also been part of forcing the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences to diversify their membership. The topic has been a regular part of movie culture discourse, whether it’s discussing the lack of opportunities being afforded female directors or the casting “Iron Fist.” However, it seems this entire subject has gone right over the head of “The West Wing,” “The Newsroom,” and “The Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

Continue reading Aaron Sorkin Has Just Been Made Aware Of The Diversity Problem In Hollywood at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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

26 March 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Aaron Sorkin has spent his career writing stories about controversies and power struggles in modern society — from “The West Wing” to “The Social Network” to “The Newsroom.” But one high-profile conversation point seems to have passed him by: The lack of diverse writers’ rooms in Hollywood.

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Sorkin revealed his lack of insight during a discussion at the Writers Guild Festival in Los Angeles on March 25, Variety reports.

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men?” he asked the audience at one point. “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 it out of the park in order to get another chance? »

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

26 March 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Aaron Sorkin has spent his career writing stories about controversies and power struggles in modern society — from “The West Wing” to “The Social Network” to “The Newsroom.” But one high-profile conversation point seems to have passed him by: The lack of diverse writers’ rooms in Hollywood.

Read More: Aaron Sorkin Writes a Letter to His Daughter About Donald Trump: ‘This Is Truly Horrible’

Sorkin revealed his lack of insight during a discussion at the Writers Guild Festival in Los Angeles on March 25, Variety reports.

“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men?” he asked the audience at one point. “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 it out of the park in order to get another chance? »

- William Earl

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

23 March 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Year’s Winner: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: While a number of actors have won this category twice, we haven’t seen a repeat victor since Ray Walston won for “Picket Fences” in 1995 and 1996. That streak will continue at least one more year, given last year’s winner is ineligible in 2017.

Fun Fact: “The West Wing” won this category four times with four different actors: Richard Schiff (2000), Bradley Whitford (2001), John Spencer (2002), and Alan Alda (2006).

With “Game of Thrones” ineligible, this field is wide open. Only three of last year’s six nominees are eligible to earn another nomination in 2017 — Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) — meaning even if all three get back in, we’re going to see some new blood this year…

…starting with John Lithgow. The beloved Emmys presence (a five-time winner and 11-time nominee »

- Ben Travers

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James Corden On The Game He’d Like To Have President Donald Trump Play — PaleyFest

22 March 2017 10:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Late Late Show host James Corden was at PaleyFest with EPs Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe tonight to discuss his mission with the series in a panel moderated by The West Wing thesp Bradley Whitford. Little known outside the UK prior to his Late Late Show debut in 2015, Corden won two Emmys in 2016, quickly establishing himself as a pop culture phenomenon and late-night staple. Credit his creative and innovative segments and easy rapport with celebrity guests. While… »

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Colin Farrell Re-Teams with Yorgos Lanthimos for a New Amazon Series

22 March 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why the Greek director’s tragicomic sensibility is perfect for the subject matter.

Not to be outdone by Netflix’s upcoming string of auteur dramas, Amazon Studios just announced that director Yorgos Lanthimos will be reteaming with The Lobster star Colin Farrell for an upcoming original series. The topic? The Iran-Contra Affair. For those of you (like me) who are too young to remember, the so-called Iran-Contra Affair was a scandal that occurred during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, in which administration officials conspired to sell weapons to Iran (against whom there was an arms embargo) in order to funnel the profits to a right-wing Nicaraguan army known as the Contras (to whom Congress had forbidden funding). The initial plan was to use said profits to negotiate the release of several hostages held by Hezbollah, but then Colonel Oliver North got involved and devised a plan to use the money to also fund the Contras. Farrell »

- Jake Orthwein

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Ivanka Trump Gets Own Office In The West Wing Of The White House

21 March 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

First daughter Ivanka Trump will be given her own office in the White House as her role expands. Ivanka Trump Gets Own Office In White House Though still not officially a government official, Trump has set up shop on the second floor of the West Wing, in the office next to senior advisor Dina Powell. She is […]

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- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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Martin Sheen: ‘Which living person do I most despise? Yellow Hair'

18 March 2017 2:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on Donald Trump, Apocalypse Now and saying sorry to his son

Born Ramón Estevez in Ohio, Martin Sheen, 76, began his career on the stage, earning a Tony nomination for his role in The Subject Was Roses in 1965. He went on to star in numerous films, including Apocalypse Now. In 1999, he took the role of President Bartlet in the TV series The West Wing, going on to win a Golden Globe. He is currently in the Netflix series Grace And Frankie, and stars in Anne Of Green Gables, out next week on DVD. He is married with four children.

When were you happiest?

1 May 1981 in Paris, because that’s the day I was reconverted to Catholicism.

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues

14 March 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Abortion. Alcoholism. Pedophilia. Slumlords. Assisted suicide. Civil rights. Criminal justice reform.

These are all timely topics for television drama in 2017. But they were also tackled, with gritty realism, more than a half century ago on two landmark CBS series: “The Defenders” (1961-65), starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as crusading father-and-son defense attorneys, and “East Side/West Side” (1963-64), featuring George C. Scott as a New York City social worker, with Cicely Tyson as his able secretary. Tyson’s series regular role, coupled with the fact that she appeared with her natural hair, was groundbreaking in a fraught period of civil rights struggles.

The New Frontier era ushered in by President John F. Kennedy’s election marked a moment when the networks made room for “prestige” narrative series that dealt with weighty social issues. The appetite for serious fare was stoked by the May 1961 declaration by Kennedy’s FCC chairman, Newton »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Bachelor Finale: Who Did Nick Choose? And Did She Accept?

13 March 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This is it, lovers of love! After 10 weeks of blood, sweat and rose-scented tears, the battle for Nick Viall‘s heart reached a dramatic conclusion during Monday’s two-hour Bachelor season finale.

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Two hopeful bachelorettes remained atop the full-night event: Raven Gates, the 25-year-old fashion boutique owner from Arkansas, and Vanessa Grimaldi, the 29-year-old special education teacher from Montreal.

Despite Nick’s rocky history of looking for love on television — he was the runner-up on two separate seasons of The Bachelorette — Papa Viall was “very hopeful” that his son would “be »

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The West Wing's Richard Schiff Joins ABC Drama Pilot The Good Doctor

13 March 2017 5:58 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Richard Schiff is trading the Oval Office for the Or.

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The Emmy-winning star of The West Wing has joined the cast of ABC’s medical drama pilot The Good Doctor as a series regular, per our sister site Deadline. Schiff will play Dr. Ira Glassman, the president of a prestigious hospital who advocates for the hiring of Dr. Shaun Murphy (Bates Motel‘s Freddie Highmore), a young doctor with Savant syndrome. Glassman has mentored Murphy from a young age, and wants him to join the hospital’s pediatric surgical unit. »

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‘The Good Doctor’: Richard Schiff Cast In ABC Medical Drama Pilot

13 March 2017 5:22 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The West Wing alum Richard Schiff is set for a key series-regular role opposite Freddie Highmore in The Good Doctor, ABC's medical drama pilot from House creator David Shore and Hawaii Five-o co-star Daniel Dae Kim. Written by Shore based on a South Korean format and directed by Seth Gordon, The Good Doctor centers on Dr. Shaun Murphy (Highmore), a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Schiff will… »

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Quantico Recruits Krysta Rodriguez

13 March 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Quantico is staging a Smash grab, casting Krysta Rodriguez as a take-charge Washington, D.C., insider, TVLine has learned.

The former Ms. Ana Vargas will play Maxine “Max” Griffin, whom the official character description calls the “intelligent, passionate and fiercely driven” founder of a professional women’s networking platform known as “The Roster.” Max’s guiding purpose: Get politics to treat women better.

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TVLine can reveal exclusively that Max also is the fianceé of Hunter Parrish’s mystery character, who’ll make his first appearance in the March 20 episode, “Lnwilt.” She’ll appear in multiple episodes. »

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American Crime Season 3: Grade the ABC Franchise's Latest Premiere

12 March 2017 7:59 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC introduced us to yet another American Crime on Sunday night, as the anthology drama returned with its third season. Having previously tackled such issues as rape culture, racial prejudice in the justice system and homophobia, series creator John Ridley is putting a spotlight on other timely subjects in Season 3: immigration, sex trafficking and drug addiction, among others.

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Much as American Crime‘s sophomore run began with a harrowing 911 call, Sunday’s season premiere kicks off the same way — except, instead of reporting a rape, »

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The West Wing’s Leo McGarry Explains Addiction Better Than Anything on TV

11 March 2017 9:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The West Wing will always go down as one of the best written drama series in the history of television.  The Aaron Sorkin scripted show was and is still the best political drama the world has ever seen.  But it was so much more than just a show about politics and the White House.  The show touched on nearly every major issue in society but did it in a way that was real, authentic, and with a great impact.  One of the show’s central characters is Leo McGarry who was played by John Spencer, a part he won an Emmy

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- Nat Berman

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