Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin is firmly on board to pen Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, the question is how exactly he plans to do it. And while Sorkin’s had plenty of experience writing about real-life people and events, there’s added pressure this time around because the late Apple co-founder has a far higher profile than did the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane or Texas congressman Charlie Wilson, or even Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg when Sorkin wrote movies about them.
In a talk at the AllThingsD conference this week, Sorkin admitted his hesitation about tackling a modern icon, and offered a few thoughts on how he might want to approach the task at hand. Read more of his comments after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic will be getting a little help from the man who helped make Steve Jobs himself. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs back in 1976, has been hired to serve as a “tutor” on the production. No doubt he’ll be of great help to writer Aaron Sorkin, who told recently reporters “I know so little about what I am going to write.” More details after the jump.
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Last year we heard that Sony wanted Academy Award-winning The Social Network/The West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay for a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson‘s best-selling biography. Sony had purchased the rights in a $1 million deal made just days after the Apple co-founder’s passing on October 5th 2011. Last we heard, Sorkin was “strongly considering” the project. Since then, another movie from an independent producer based on Jobs’ life starring Ashton Kutcher has been revealed. Tonight Sony has sent out a press release, announcing that Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt the screenplay for their own bio. Read the full press release after the jump.
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HBO has released a third full length trailer for season one of Aaron Sorkin‘s return to television — The Newsroom. In the series, Jeff Daniels plays “a big-time, buttoned-up news anchor who finally lets his real personality fly, and then has to deal with the career fallout that results.” Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
After a decade of false starts on the big screen, an adaptation Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections looked to finally be making some headway on the small screen. HBO began developing it as a series with producer Scott Rudin last fall, and quickly signed director Noah Baumbach as well as a high-profile cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. The novel, which won the National Book Award in 2001, centers around an elderly couple and three adult children as they gather for “one last Christmas” near the turn of the millennium.
But alas, it seems this incarnation of the project isn’t going anywhere, either. After viewing the pilot, the premium cable has chosen to pass on the series. While HBO apparently liked the episode and the performances, it was concerned about the long-term sustainability of the premise. The book’s plot jumps back and forth through time, filling in the characters’ backstories, and HBO worried that it would be difficult for viewers to follow. The decision was not related to this week’s straight-to-series order of True Detective; with Luck off its plate, HBO would have had the resources to do both. [Deadline]
After the jump, the West Wing gang prove they’ve still got their walk-and-talk skills.
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HBO has released a second full length trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s return to television — The Newsroom. In the series, Jeff Daniels plays “a big-time, buttoned-up news anchor who finally lets his real personality fly, and then has to deal with the career fallout that results.” Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ellen Burstyn gets political, while Mitt Romney goes Hollywood. After the jump:
- Ellen Burstyn is Sigourney Weaver’s mom in Politcal Animals
- Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney could cameo on SNL
- Relax: Maggie Smith is not leaving Downton Abbey yet
- DirecTV and Starz renew their distribution deal
- A first look at the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom…
- … the premiere of which will feature Jesse Eisenberg’s voice
- The first episode of HBO’s new comedy Girls is now online
- True Blood unveils a playful new teaser for Season 5
- Fringe has shot two different endings, in case it gets cancelled
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Aaron Sorkin returns to television with The Newsroom, and this first trailer makes the show out to be so very Aaron Sorkin. For fans of The West Wing and Sports Night, that’s probably all you need to hear.
For those who aren’t predisposed to love Sorkin’s work, here’s the attraction in The Newsroom: Jeff Daniels, playing a big-time, buttoned-up news anchor who finally lets his real personality fly, and then has to deal with the career fallout that results. There are a few potential red flags in this trailer: Sorkin’s near-trademark treatment of women; the possibility that the main figure is a political mouthpiece in search of a character; and a reliance once more on Sorkin’s classic “one man fighting the good fight” approach.
But good lord, Jeff Daniels just looks great. He’s an actor that is often dismissed, I think, and the brief couple minutes of this trailer may be enough to change that for many people. Read More »
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