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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Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
After some notable success in the world of feature films, Aaron Sorkin will be making his triumphant return to television with a brand-new drama about the goings-on at a fictional cable news network. A Greg Mottola-directed pilot has already been shot, and HBO has now given the greenlight to an entire season of the hourlong show. Formerly titled More as This Story Develops, the series revolves around a cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his tough executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”
Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]
After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.
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Here’s a pretty wild collection of talent: Greg Mottola, director of Superbad, Adventureland and Paul, will direct the new HBO pilot that Aaron Sorkin is assembling starring Jeff Daniels as a new cable network political commentator. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
It hadn’t occurred to me that we might get another Dumb and Dumber, but now that the idea’s been floated, I’m finding it has the ring of inevitability about it. At the Sydney press junket for Hall Pass this weekend, Dumb and Dumber co-director Bob Farrelly announced that he and brother/co-director Peter Farrelly were planning a sequel to their 1994 hit. Dumb and Dumber is the movie that initially put the Farrelly Brothers on the map, kicking off a successful career that includes There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal and (my personal favorite of their films — yeah, yeah, judge all you want) Stuck on You, among others. Read Bob Farrelly’s quote after the jump.
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Around these parts, Rian Johnson‘s third feature film Looper is one of the most anticipated films of 2011/2012. The sci-fi / time-travel thriller is ready to roll cameras, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Xu Qing leading the cast in a story about “a group of killers who send bodies of their victims back in time, with China as the centerpiece of the storyline.”
Now Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Noah Segan have signed on as well. Read More »
On the day that a McSweeney’s parody/recontextualizing of some of Allen Gisnberg‘s most famous lines made a little ripple on the internet, it is appropriate that a trailer arrives for Howl, the film that chronicles the creation of the poem Howl and the obscenity trial that eventually followed its publication. James Franco stars as Ginsberg, and just as the film wasn’t widely praised at Sundance (David and Peter didn’t love it) the trailer is only modestly interesting. Read More »
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So there’s a lot of speculation about what Ryan Reynolds will be like in Green Lantern. And while it likely won’t give you much of an idea, you can have some fun seeing him as a much goofier superhero in the trailer for Paper Man. Here, Reynolds isn’t even real; he’s the imaginary creation of a failed novelist (Jeff Daniels) who strikes up a friendship with a 17-year old girl, played by Emma Stone. Most of you will get a kick out of Reynolds as he appears here; even in bleach-blond goofball mode, he manages to look heroic. Read More »