January 15, 2014 |
For much of last year, Amy Pascal was under fire. The co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment presided over two of last year's big-budget bombs, "After Earth" and "White House Down. " Her studio reported losses of $181 million for the summer months. Activist investor Daniel Loeb hammered Pascal's division, demanding an end to the "free passes" Sony studio executives got when their films disappointed and calling on parent company Sony Corp. to spin off part of its entertainment business.
January 10, 2014 |
From the moment we met her two years ago, Lena Dunham has been as much character as creator. Her story - a 23-year-old with one small film to her credit handed the reins of a high-profile, frantically marketed HBO series - bled through the show's narrative even before it aired. That she also starred in "Girls," which follows the exploits of four young post-collegiate women living in New York, only solidified the narrative blur. As with Woody Allen in his mid-career heyday, where the written narrative ends and the creator's reality begins is sometimes difficult to distinguish.
December 24, 2013 |
First writer Aaron Sorkin left the project. Now its star, Hugh Jackman, has also departed. The long-planned stage musical based on the life of Harry Houdini has lost its leading man, with Jackman withdrawing from the role. The Australian actor has cited scheduling difficulties, saying that he wasn't able to commit to the time that the part required. In a statement sent out Monday, Scott Sanders, one of the show's producers, confirmed the actor's departure. "Hugh has been terrific to have on this part of our journey.
September 24, 2013 |
Sunday night at the Emmy Awards was a good night for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Daniels, Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale and Tony Hale. As a result, it was a good night to be at the HBO after-party at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Sure, AMC's “Breaking Bad” took the top spot for dramatic series and ABC's “Modern Family" won for the fourth straight time in the comedy series category, but, with “Veep,” “The Newsroom,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Behind the Candelabra” all scoring wins for HBO, the prestige cable network could claim an impressive haul of golden statuettes.
September 23, 2013 |
Acceptance speeches at Hollywood awards shows aren't usually noted for their high-brow references or even basic coherence. But when Jeff Daniels won an Emmy Award on Sunday for his lead role in the HBO series "The Newsroom," he paid tribute to the late Lanford Wilson , the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist whose plays have been an important part of the veteran actor's career. Wilson, who died in 2011 at 73, was the author of such seminal dramas as "Burn This," "Talley's Folly" and "Balm in Gilead.
August 23, 2013 |
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its creator, Aaron Sorkin. And if the nostalgic montage wasn't already a dead giveaway, the events of the pilot drove home Sorkin's purpose: After going on an inflammatory tirade about the dumbing-down of America, anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels)