January 3, 2015 |
Since the 1980s, discerning movie and theater fans have known Jeff Daniels for roles on and off Broadway, his Purple Rose Theatre Company, and famed parts in films such as Terms of Endearment , Heartburn , The Squid and the Whale , and several Woody Allen flicks. More recently, Daniels has won laughs for co-starring with Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber To (the sequel to 1994's gleefully asinine comedy) and acclaim for HBO's The Newsroom , the Aaron Sorkin-created series that recently ended after three seasons.
March 25, 2014 |
IT'S ONE thing for Hollywood to keep re-telling the story of Jesus or keep re-making Superman movies, but is it already time for another biopic on Steve Jobs ? The Ashton Kutcher version came out last year. TheWrap.com, however, reports that Christian Bale is David Fincher 's choice to play Jobs in a new untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony. Fincher recently met with Sony's Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he'd helm the project only if Bale plays Jobs.
July 15, 2013
* THE NEWSROOM. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Forget what you may have seen in that artsy HBO promo: The second season of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," which begins this weekend, does not take place in a desert. Or on the set of "Breaking Bad. " Flashing back over the events of 2012, it does take a major character to Africa, while another sees this country with Mitt Romney. If you loved the show last summer, you'll love it again. And if it made you crazy, it likely still will. * RECTIFY.
July 15, 2013 |
When The Newsroom debuted last year on HBO, reaction was strangely schizoid. Viewers liked the show about a brilliant, tempestuous cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels) and his idealistic young staff. The August finale drew 2.3 million people. And strong online and on-demand interest bodes well for the second season, which begins Sunday (10 p.m.). But the show drove TV critics apoplectic. Perhaps they felt its creator, Aaron Sorkin, with his Emmy (for The West Wing ) and Oscar (for The Social Network )
July 12, 2013 |
* THE NEWSROOM. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. AARON SORKIN is not going to blink. And why should he? As "The Newsroom" returns to HBO, "The West Wing" creator's series about cable news is still the show that a year ago I called "both wonderful and terrible" - a quote that inexplicably failed to make it into any ads - and is still entertaining. In a way that only occasionally makes me want to throw things at the screen. Picking up 14 months after the events of the first season finale, Sunday's premiere introduces us to a $1,500-an-hour lawyer played by Marcia Gay Harden.
July 12, 2013 |
WAS SUNDAY night news night around the TV set for the Gallagher clan when John Jr. was growing up in Wilmington? Maybe not then, but it probably is now. This Sunday night marks the second-season premiere of HBO's drama "The Newsroom," in which Gallagher portrays the cable-news show's senior producer, James Harper. As a kid, the now-29-year-old actor recalled recently, it wasn't so much TV news that impressed him. He preferred the weather, as forecast by a popular Channel 10 meteorologist.
June 14, 2013 |
This time every year, I line up DVDs of all the great prime- time dramas I missed during the season and devour them, one by one. Top of the list this year was Warner Home Video's release of the A&E police procedural Longmire: The Complete First Season . A revisionist contemporary western set in Wyoming, this expansive, cinematic series based on Craig Johnson's novels stars Australian Robert Taylor as the sheriff of a not-so-sleepy rural...
August 27, 2012 |
No one presumably is more happy to see the first season of The Newsroom drawing to a close than its creator, Aaron Sorkin. The drama about brilliant, Quixotic cable news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his staff took a sustained critical drubbing. Initially, most of the outrage was focused on the hyper-articulateness of Sorkin's characters. Reviewing the series in The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum wrote, "In The Newsroom , clever people take turns admiring one another.
August 7, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Some things you just don't see coming. For Alan Poul, the Wynnewood native who's an executive producer on HBO's "The Newsroom" (10 p.m. Sundays), it was the first barrage of criticism for the Aaron Sorkin series set in a fictional cable news network. "I think we knew that there were elements of the show that might spark a conversation, might be slightly provocative," he said last week, after a Television Critics Association press conference in which he'd sat beside Sorkin as the show's creator vigorously defended himself against charges that, among other things, he was portraying supposedly smart women in dumb ways.
July 14, 2012 |
What a shame that Nora Ephron is not around to critique The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's new riff on media and politics in America. As a role model for working women, she would have surely assailed its depiction of female professionals as neurotics with the emotional intelligence of seventh graders. In Nora's absence, allow me. Back in the '90s and 2000s, Sorkin gave us The West Wing, a liberal fantasy about how America should be governed. His new series, on HBO, is a liberal fantasy about how the news should be covered.