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October 16, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AARON SORKIN'S hotly debated script for "Steve Jobs" avoids biopic formula, instead looking at the Apple co-founder in the context of three product launches. Sorkin talked with Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson about the movie. Q: "Steve Jobs" is about a particular individual, but it also fits a tradition of movies about American industrial titans, men with whom Jobs has things in common. A: In a way, this character has been around forever. William Randolph Hearst became "Citizen Kane.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2012 | Ellen Gray
THE NEWSROOM. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   TOWARD THE end of the first season of "The West Wing," there's an episode in which President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff decide it's time to stop being the kind of ineffectual power players Ed Rendell would call "wusses. " "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" became a rallying cry not just for the characters but for their creator, Aaron Sorkin, who wasn't so much interested in making a drama about how things worked in Washington as he was in showing how they could work.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010
TALENTED AS Orson Welles was, one wonders if he could have made "Citizen Kane" about a guy who was only 26 - barely old enough to shave, let alone build Xanadu, and the media empire that defined his time. But that's the problem that faced Aaron Sorkin when he signed up to write "the Social Network," a movie that examines the prickly personality and rise to power of Mark Zuckerberg, just 19 when he began to build his Facebook empire, just 21 when lawsuits arose to challenge his throne.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
"I'm poorly made. " That's Steve Jobs talking - well, wordsmith Aaron Sorkin channeling Steve Jobs - near the end of the film that bears the name of the Apple cofounder and late, lamented, mythologized, criticized tech icon. Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is talking to his daughter, Lisa (Perla Haney-Jardine), a Harvard freshman whose relationship with dad has been rocky, to say the least. First, Jobs denied that he was her father, and even after DNA tests proved paternity, he refused to acknowledge her. In Steve Jobs , directed with cinematic gusto by Danny Boyle from a theater-piece Sorkin script, Lisa comes and goes (ages 5 and 9, two very good young actresses)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2016
A list of the major winners at the 73d annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills: Motion Pictures Drama: The Revenant. Director: Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant. Musical or Comedy: The Martian. Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant. Actress, Drama: Brie Larson, Room. Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon, The Martian. Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy. Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed. Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TELEVISION WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
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 )
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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January 12, 2016
A list of the major winners at the 73d annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills: Motion Pictures Drama: The Revenant. Director: Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant. Musical or Comedy: The Martian. Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant. Actress, Drama: Brie Larson, Room. Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon, The Martian. Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy. Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed. Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
How do you compress 56 years of someone's life - someone with a troubling adoption story, someone considered a visionary of the computer age, someone whose products are used by millions every day, someone who embraced Zen and Wall Street with equal ardor, someone who treated friends, family, and colleagues with disdain if not cruelty, someone who died of cancer at the peak of his career - into a two-hour movie? As far as Aaron Sorkin is concerned, you don't. Presented with the assignment, and the paycheck, to create a screenplay based on the life of Apple and Pixar cofounder Steve Jobs, the Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network looked to try something different, something that wasn't merely a dramatic reenactment of a life.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
"I'm poorly made. " That's Steve Jobs talking - well, wordsmith Aaron Sorkin channeling Steve Jobs - near the end of the film that bears the name of the Apple cofounder and late, lamented, mythologized, criticized tech icon. Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is talking to his daughter, Lisa (Perla Haney-Jardine), a Harvard freshman whose relationship with dad has been rocky, to say the least. First, Jobs denied that he was her father, and even after DNA tests proved paternity, he refused to acknowledge her. In Steve Jobs , directed with cinematic gusto by Danny Boyle from a theater-piece Sorkin script, Lisa comes and goes (ages 5 and 9, two very good young actresses)
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AARON SORKIN'S hotly debated script for "Steve Jobs" avoids biopic formula, instead looking at the Apple co-founder in the context of three product launches. Sorkin talked with Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson about the movie. Q: "Steve Jobs" is about a particular individual, but it also fits a tradition of movies about American industrial titans, men with whom Jobs has things in common. A: In a way, this character has been around forever. William Randolph Hearst became "Citizen Kane.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
STEVE JOBS' famous Reality Distortion Field, created by his feats of persuasive razzle dazzle, gets turned against him in the new movie bearing his name. The wacky, don't-call-it-a-biopic "Steve Jobs" creates a distortion field of its own - it's loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography, but is obviously and flagrantly slippery in its use of facts. Even its casting is strange. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs and makes no attempt to mimic him, adding to a wave of dissent from This-Isn't-The-Real-Steve detractors.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
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 )
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* 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.
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