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June 1, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Sam Waterston spent part of May on the Lena River in the upper reaches of Siberia, 12 air-hours east of Moscow, finishing a film interrupted earlier in the year when his Soviet co-star had a heart attack. "A Captive in the Land" is the first Soviet-American co-production since George Cukor's "The Bluebird" in 1976, Waterston believes. It's an adventurous tale of two men with nothing in common forced to work together for their mutual survival. The enveloping symbolism is evident.
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November 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stephen Colbert addressed the erroneous "60 Minutes" report regarding the Benghazi attacks and the subsequent apology on "The Colbert Report" on Monday night, but when Colbert attempted to discover just who was behind that apology, he got sucked into his own web of misreporting. This being a comedy show, the misreporting was all fake, of course. Colbert claimed there could be only one person behind the "60 Minutes" apology, and that was former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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June 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutor Jack McCoy is getting a promotion to New York district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order." Sam Waterston's character will get the new job as a result of the departure of Fred Thompson, who asked to be released from the NBC drama as he weighs a bid for the Republican nomination for president. Waterston will begin his 14th season as McCoy when the show returns in midseason.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like many of his characters, Aaron Sorkin has a thick-skinned, tough-talking, "that large rectangle to your left is the door" attitude toward public opinion. It was very much in evidence last year when the reaction to his high-wattage HBO drama "The Newsroom" was frantically divided; love and hate seem words too small to describe the varied opinions. In a bit of unintentional satire, Sorkin blamed the media for the bad reviews, claiming that the press just didn't like being on the pointy end of the skewer.
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June 18, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
Director Roland Joffe's riveting 1984 re-creation of the Cambodian War and its genocidal aftermath was shot by Chris Menges in a style of scalding immediacy. It stars Sam Waterston (pictured) as New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg and the Oscar-winning Dr. Hanig S. Ngor as the friend he had to leave behind in hell (A&E Saturday at 5 and 9 p.m.).
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January 23, 2003 | Anne Valdespino, Times Staff Writer
Ask James Waterston about looking remarkably like his famous father and he assumes you're talking about breaking into the business when you've got a successful parent. "I thought you meant the advantages of being," he lowers his voice, " 'Son of Sam.' " Yes, he sometimes gets called by his father's first name when being ushered into an audition, and oh, yeah, Variety got it wrong when it said he would be starring in the upcoming Merchant Ivory film "Le Divorce" -- his dad got that part.
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June 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Jeff Daniels is known for a wide range of roles in theater and film, but we wanted to pick his brain about his current stint: his role as cantankerous cable news anchor Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom. " The hyperdramatized series was the subject of heated debate when it made its bow last summer for its ideology and its sometimes shallow portrayal of women. All of which makes it all the more interesting to see how it will fare when its second season launches next month.
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February 22, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Finnegan Begin Again" (debuting on HBO Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a real winner about two people who are starting to think of themselves as losers.
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July 11, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Aaron Sorkin is taking in the last bit of quiet. The second season of "The Newsroom" premieres Sunday and, if last season is any indication, it's sure to generate a bit of chatter. The workplace drama, about a prickly newscaster (Jeff Daniels) and his cable news team, marked Sorkin's return to television after nearly six years away. It was a return that didn't exactly receive a warm welcome -- with some folks rebuffing the show's ideological tone and portrayal of women. VIDEO: Live chats with Emmy 2013 contenders Before a screening Wednesday in Los AngelesĀ of the second season's first episode, Sorkin talked about his approach this time around.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like many of his characters, Aaron Sorkin has a thick-skinned, tough-talking, "that large rectangle to your left is the door" attitude toward public opinion. It was very much in evidence last year when the reaction to his high-wattage HBO drama "The Newsroom" was frantically divided; love and hate seem words too small to describe the varied opinions. In a bit of unintentional satire, Sorkin blamed the media for the bad reviews, claiming that the press just didn't like being on the pointy end of the skewer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Aaron Sorkin is taking in the last bit of quiet. The second season of "The Newsroom" premieres Sunday and, if last season is any indication, it's sure to generate a bit of chatter. The workplace drama, about a prickly newscaster (Jeff Daniels) and his cable news team, marked Sorkin's return to television after nearly six years away. It was a return that didn't exactly receive a warm welcome -- with some folks rebuffing the show's ideological tone and portrayal of women. VIDEO: Live chats with Emmy 2013 contenders Before a screening Wednesday in Los AngelesĀ of the second season's first episode, Sorkin talked about his approach this time around.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Jeff Daniels is known for a wide range of roles in theater and film, but we wanted to pick his brain about his current stint: his role as cantankerous cable news anchor Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom. " The hyperdramatized series was the subject of heated debate when it made its bow last summer for its ideology and its sometimes shallow portrayal of women. All of which makes it all the more interesting to see how it will fare when its second season launches next month.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When Sam Waterston sits down in a corner booth at a posh Beverly Hills hotel, one expects rarefied reflection from this stage and screen actor best known for his 16-season portrayal of crusading prosecutor Jack McCoy on "Law & Order" - and, sure, he gets to that. But more surprising is the way he dissolves into boyish laughter as he describes watching Jeff Daniels, his costar in HBO's"The Newsroom," crouched over a toilet in an explosive bathroom scene in "Dumb and Dumber. " "I didn't watch the movie until we already shot quite a bit [of 'The Newsroom']
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutor Jack McCoy is getting a promotion to New York district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order." Sam Waterston's character will get the new job as a result of the departure of Fred Thompson, who asked to be released from the NBC drama as he weighs a bid for the Republican nomination for president. Waterston will begin his 14th season as McCoy when the show returns in midseason.
NEWS
January 23, 2003 | Anne Valdespino, Times Staff Writer
Ask James Waterston about looking remarkably like his famous father and he assumes you're talking about breaking into the business when you've got a successful parent. "I thought you meant the advantages of being," he lowers his voice, " 'Son of Sam.' " Yes, he sometimes gets called by his father's first name when being ushered into an audition, and oh, yeah, Variety got it wrong when it said he would be starring in the upcoming Merchant Ivory film "Le Divorce" -- his dad got that part.
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
Director Roland Joffe's riveting 1984 re-creation of the Cambodian War and its genocidal aftermath was shot by Chris Menges in a style of scalding immediacy. It stars Sam Waterston (pictured) as New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg and the Oscar-winning Dr. Hanig S. Ngor as the friend he had to leave behind in hell (A&E Saturday at 5 and 9 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stephen Colbert addressed the erroneous "60 Minutes" report regarding the Benghazi attacks and the subsequent apology on "The Colbert Report" on Monday night, but when Colbert attempted to discover just who was behind that apology, he got sucked into his own web of misreporting. This being a comedy show, the misreporting was all fake, of course. Colbert claimed there could be only one person behind the "60 Minutes" apology, and that was former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When Sam Waterston sits down in a corner booth at a posh Beverly Hills hotel, one expects rarefied reflection from this stage and screen actor best known for his 16-season portrayal of crusading prosecutor Jack McCoy on "Law & Order" - and, sure, he gets to that. But more surprising is the way he dissolves into boyish laughter as he describes watching Jeff Daniels, his costar in HBO's"The Newsroom," crouched over a toilet in an explosive bathroom scene in "Dumb and Dumber. " "I didn't watch the movie until we already shot quite a bit [of 'The Newsroom']
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Sam Waterston spent part of May on the Lena River in the upper reaches of Siberia, 12 air-hours east of Moscow, finishing a film interrupted earlier in the year when his Soviet co-star had a heart attack. "A Captive in the Land" is the first Soviet-American co-production since George Cukor's "The Bluebird" in 1976, Waterston believes. It's an adventurous tale of two men with nothing in common forced to work together for their mutual survival. The enveloping symbolism is evident.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Finnegan Begin Again" (debuting on HBO Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a real winner about two people who are starting to think of themselves as losers.
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