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June 26, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you haven't seen Aaron Sorkin repeating himself, then you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done. Sorkin's new series, "The Newsroom,"premiered on HBO on Sunday to good ratings and rotten reviews. And though he's been on a career high for a year now (he finally won an Oscar to go alongside his Emmys last year), even longtime fans may be cooling on the prolific writer's way with words. Best example? The current viral hit "Sorkinisms," which has been working its away around the Internet since Monday.
April 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell and Steven Zeitchik
Over a 20-year career making stylized, often genre-tinged films, Danny Boyle has been known to look at a well-worn area in new and dynamic ways. With a potential Steve Jobs movie, he could be taking on a worthy subject. The British auteur is in talks to helm Sony Pictures' much-buzzed, sometimes-bumpy Jobs biopic that "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin has adapted from Walter Isaacson's comprehensive biography, The Times has confirmed. Boyle would replace David Fincher, the "Social Network" director who appears to have moved off the project.
July 3, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Sony began courting Aaron Sorkin to write its Steve Jobs movie a few months ago, it couldn't have seemed like a more perfect fit. Sorkin was the best around at chronicling the complexity and fragility of genius, and his stock was sky-high; in fact, with “The Social Network” and “Moneyball,” the writer had just picked up Oscar nominations two years in a row for screenplays about those very types. But like a cable news network erroneously reporting on a Supreme Court decision, Sorkin has crashed to Earth.
April 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of "The Social Network," David Fincher's drama about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, the director emerged as the front-runner to bring the story of another tech giant to the big screen: Apple founder Steve Jobs. Now the Hollywood Reporter says Sony Pictures is looking to replace Fincher at the helm of its highly anticipated Jobs biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography "Steve Jobs" with a script by "Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin.
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sony Pictures has hired Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for its upcoming biopic on Steve Jobs. Sorkin's task will be to adapt last year's biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and his hiring has been well received, likely due to his recent work adapting other books for the big screen. Last year, Sorkin was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on "Moneyball," and in 2010, he won an  Oscar for his adaptation for "The Social Network. "  Before that, Sorkin was also highly successful with the TV show "The West Wing," winning a couple of Emmy awards.
May 17, 2012
Aaron Sorkin once declined an offer from Steve Jobs to write a movie for animation house Pixar, saying he couldn't pen dialogue for inanimate objects. Now, however, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Social Network" will aim to help bring the life of the legendary tech icon to the screen in a film for Sony Pictures that will reunite him with his "Social Network" producer Scott Rudin. "Steve Jobs" will be based on the bestselling biography written by former Time magazine Managing Editor Walter Isaacson.
August 2, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. A lot unfolds in the remaining episodes of "The Newsroom": The Casey Anthony case gets explored; the whole Anthony Weiner Twitter-gate fiasco gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment; the man with whom Mackenzie cheated on Will makes a return; the Maggie-Don love triangle gets more thorny; and there's a major firing. Things got equally unwieldy when Sorkin, the show's creator and executive producer, took the stage Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn.
May 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Aaron Sorkin, who is writing an upcoming film about Steve Jobs, said he will write the lead character as if Jobs were writing a letter to God on why he should be allowed into heaven. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter who has been charged with putting together the script for the film "Steve Jobs," said his story will depict Jobs as a hero. He also said the movie will not focus on the whole of Jobs' life but rather a "point of friction. " Jobs "is an extremely complicated guy," he said, according to  Engadget . "I can't judge the character.
November 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The script Aaron Sorkin is crafting for a film about Steve Jobs will be comprised of just three scenes, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter said Thursday. "I hope I don't get killed by the studio for giving too much away," Sorkin said, speaking at an event for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. "This entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only. " The scenes will all take place backstage before three of Jobs' most important product launches: the original Macintosh; NeXT, which was the start-up Jobs created after leaving Apple; and the iPod.
September 13, 2010 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I won't be seeing "The Social Network" until later this week, but it's clear that the film's acidic portrait of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will be endlessly debated and dissected in media circles, especially because the film is based on "The Accidental Billionaires. " The book has been criticized for using composite characters and re-created dialogue and doesn't exactly offer much of a balanced account of Zuckerberg's controversial college years. The New Yorker has just put up a nice new profile of Zuckerberg, which, in addition to being really, really long, devotes considerable space to Aaron Sorkin's explanation of how he came to write the script for the film, which will open in theaters Oct. 1. When you put Sorkin up against Zuckerberg, it's a ridiculously unfair fight because even in interviews, Sorkin can effortlessly spew forth sparklingly quotable dialogue, while Zuckerberg comes off as a hapless, wildly inarticulate computer nerd.
January 15, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
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 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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 | By David Ng
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 | By David Horsey
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 | By David Ng
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 | By Meredith Blake
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)
June 26, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
What HBO and creator Aaron Sorkin hoped would be a smart, provocative drama has become an unintentional piece of performance art. That's the only way to explain the strangely vitriolic response to his new show,"The Newsroom,"which premiered Sunday night to a round of mixed to splutteringly negative reviews. Many critics, including this one, objected to Sorkin's decision to sacrifice the quality of the narrative in order to hit certain talking points - mostly about the state of journalism, the state of politics and the vicious dumbing down of American culture.
December 9, 2010
Aaron Sorkin chain-smokes, often stammers when he speaks but loves to tell a good story, as you would expect. The 49-year-old screenwriter behind such television shows and movies as "The West Wing," "A Few Good Men" and this year's "The Social Network" is a complicated mix of humility and egoism ? at once a self-deprecating goofball who struggles with insecurities and a confident titan of his field who recognizes that his name is itself a brand, one that melds fiction and reality into whip-smart dialogue delivered at breakneck speed.
August 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
John Oliver's tenure as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" has gone mostly trouble-free (aside from the studio losing all power before an interview with Aaron Sorkin), but the British comedian may have finally gotten into a bit of hot water by mocking fellow Brit and CNN host, Piers Morgan. Oliver did a segment on Monday's "Daily Show" about CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta changing his mind on medical marijuana, and in the process poked some fun at Morgan, who had told Gupta about the Vicodin he was prescribed after falling off a Segway in 2007 and breaking five ribs.
July 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Maybe the legacy media aren't dead after all: Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" posted a small gain in its Season 2 premiere Sunday. An average of 2.2 million total viewers tuned in to the 10 p.m. broadcast, according to Nielsen. That's a relatively modest 4% gain compared with last year's premiere, but at least the numbers are headed in a positive direction. That's good news for HBO, given that Sorkin's series about a fictional cable news network was considered something of a disappointment last season.
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