being the ricardos

Aaron Sorkin already has his first post-Trial of the Chicago 7 film lined-up: Being the Ricardos. The film will tell the story of husband and wife Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who played Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy. Nicole Kidman is set to play Ball while Javier Bardem will play Arnaz, with Sorkin writing and directing the project for Amazon Studios. At one point, Cate Blanchett was circling the project to play Lucille Ball.

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Making of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look behind the scenes of the making of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the unique visual style that gives it such vibrant life. Plus, a video essay explores how Aaron Sorkin crafted a compelling battle in court in the script for A Few Good Men. And finally, a new edition of The Deets from Disney+ takes a look at some interesting details from behind the scenes of National Treasure. Read More »

The Mandalorian Fan Service

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explores how The Mandalorian uses fan service references on the planet Tatooine in a more effective way than in previous Star Wars projects. Plus, Aaron Sorkin breaks down his career, including A Few Good Men and The Social Network, and Moonbase 8 stars John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

Stuntmen React to Norbit

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, stuntmen react to a surprisingly sophisticated stunt from Eddie Murphy‘s stupid comedy Norbit and more. Plus, Aaron Sorkin provides a breakdown from a scene in his new movie The Trial of the Chicago 7. And finally, Wonder Woman franchise star and all around incredible Gal Gadot explains some Hebrew slang terms. Read More »

Fracis Ford Coppola Criticizes Marvel Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explores the rise and fall and eventual rise again of The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola. Plus, The Trial of the Chicago 7 writer and director Aaron Sorkin answers some questions about screenwriting to help aspiring writers. And finally, actor Frank Langella looks back at some of his most memorable roles, including Dracula, Dave and Masters of the Universe. Read More »

the social network sequel update

The Social Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and a lot has changed in the world – and the world of Facebook – since the film’s release. Since then, the social media giant has only gotten worse, becoming a kind of petri dish for insane conspiracy theories and election meddling that has significantly weakened American democracy. And Mark Zuckerberg, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg as kind of a harmless jerk in the movie, has only grown more reviled for his actions, and inactions. This has lead many to suggest a Social Network sequel is in order, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has said in the past that he’s up for it. Now, as Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 gears up for release, he’s repeating his desire to return to the world of Facebook – on one condition: director David Fincher has to return as well.

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Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is nothing if not a showcase for great performances. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin has his flaws – some of which are on display here – but one thing he does very well is creating the kind of punchy, snappy, rat-a-tat dialogue that good actors love to sink their teeth into. Some of that dialogue may not always sound natural – indeed, it often borders on speechifying. But Sorkin’s way with words, and a good actor’s talent for delivering those words, usually makes all the difference.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 Trailer

With peaceful protests turning violent in cities all over America this summer, Aaron Sorkin‘s drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 couldn’t be more timely and relevant. The new Netflix original movie focuses on the true story of another peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the court case that followed when seven protesters charged by the federal government with conspiracy. The first Trial of the Chicago 7 trailer has arrived, and it looks like it will be one of the most gripping movies of the year. Read More »

west wing reunion

The Bartlet Administration is back. Sort of.

HBO Max will stage a reunion of The West Wing for the first time in 17 years, with creator Aaron Sorkin and the original cast all coming together for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote. The reunion is to benefit When We All Vote, a non-profit org founded by Michelle Obama to inspire voter participation in every election. And in case you forgot, there’s a pretty big election coming up.

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Trial of the Chicago 7 First Look Photos

Aaron Sorkin‘s next movie as both a writer and director is The Trial of the Chicago 7. The true story follows the infamous 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy following the counter-cultural anti-Vietnam protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. What started as peaceful protests turned to a violent clash with police and the National Guard. It’s a story that feels more relevant than ever in our current political and social climate, and the first look photos that have just surfaced showcase the all-star cast bringing this pivotal moment in history to life. Read More »