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'The West Wing' Cast To Reunite

4/9/2016 9:30am EDT
'The West Wing' Cast To Reunite At ATX Television Festival
Austin's ATX Television Festival has become known for staging reunions of favorite shows, and this year's event is no exception. Cast members of NBC's political drama The West Wing will reunite with series creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer Thomas Schlamme in June.

Bradley Whitford (pictured above, who portrayed Josh Lyman), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Dule Hill (Charlie Young) and Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) have confirmed their participation in a West Wing reunion panel at ATX with the specific date to be announced.

This isn't the first time cast ...

Christian Bale In Talks To Portray Apple Founder Steve Jobs In Biopic

10/16/2014 11:47am EDT
Christian Bale In Talks To Portray Apple Founder Steve Jobs In B
Oscar-winner Christian Bale has been tapped to play the iconic Steve Jobs in the upcoming film, "Jobs"

Sources confirm that the actor has signed on to portray the iconic developer, entrepreneur and marketer.

The film will be based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs.” The film will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.

Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly backed out of the role after choosing to take time off from acting earlier this year.

Writer Aaron Sorkin explained in an interview with the Daily Beast that the film will be broken down into three scenes. Each segment...

Aaron Sorkin: Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Will Save Lives

2/6/2014 2:00pm EST
Aaron Sorkin: Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Will Save Lives
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and Philip Seymour Hoffman talked about drug overdoses a few years before the actor's death. The pair worked together in 2007 on the film "Charlie Wilson's War" and confided in each other about their addictions.

The New York City medical examiner's office is expected to conduct additional toxicology and tissue tests on Hoffman, 46, whose autopsy proved inconclusive. He was found dead on Sunday surrounded by a large amount of heroin in his apartment and a needle sticking out of his arm.

Sorkin told, "Phil Hoffman and I had two things in common. We were bo...

'The Newsroom's' Third Season Will Be Its Last

1/14/2014 10:17am EST
The Newsroom
HBO series "The Newsroom" is getting canceled following its third season. According to the network, Aaron Sorkin's drama will begin production on its final season this spring.

HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said on Monday: "The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin - smart, riveting and thought-provoking. I'm sure this farewell season will be one to remember."

"The Newroom" centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his executive producer (Emily Mortimer),
newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison  Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Watersto...

'The Newsroom' Season 2 Finale: Love, Triumph, And Wikipedia

9/17/2013 9:51am EDT
The Newsroom Season 2 Finale
A rip-rousing conclusion to The Newsroom season 2 last night, as true love triumphs and maybe begins, and the newsroom crew (to no surprise but still satisfying) beats back attempts from various sources, including themselves, to shut them down.

Will and Mac finally kiss, proclaim their love for each other, and - in a move that was a surprise - get engaged. Sloan - after a frustrating evening of not being to say much at the news desk - expresses herself even better by planting a passionate kiss on Don.  Jim and Maggie don't kiss, but at least get to have the beginning of a worthwhile conver...

'The Newsroom' At PaleyFest: The Cast On Season 2 And The Show's Success

3/5/2013 2:20pm EST
The Newsroom
HBO's The Newsroom is fantastic. Shows like it are the reason we have TV in the first place. But what exactly makes the show such a phenomenon? At Sunday's Paley Center for Media evening celebrating the series, I spoke with several members of the cast to find out what they think makes it great - and learned a few things about what's coming up in Season 2.

For John Gallagher, Jr., who plays the ever so endearing Jim Harper, he knew the show was something special "When I read the pilot. I'd been an Aaron Sorkin fan for years but I thought when I read the first episode, I thought he'd complet...

Kristin Davis & Aaron Sorkin's Short-Lived Romance Is Over

8/23/2012 9:41am EDT
Aaron Sorkin & Kristin Davis
After just a few months of dating, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and actress Kristin Davis have called it quits.

The couple got together around May and went public with their relationship in June on the red carpet for Sorkin's new HBO show "The Newsroom."

A source told In Touch magazine, "They're very different people. She's focused on raising her daughter, Gemma, and he's working on his show. They'll definitely remain friends."

Davis adopted Gemma as a single parent earlier this year. Sorkin's show has received mixed reviews from critics but received a season two pickup from HBO.

Anne Hathaway & Aaron Sorkin Co-Host Fundraising Party For Barack Obama

8/7/2012 9:33am EDT
Anne Hathaway
"The Dark Knight Rises" star Anne Hathaway and "The Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin co-hosted a re-election fundraiser for President Barack Obama at filmmaker Harvey Weinstein's Westport, Connecticut, home on Monday night.

Weinstein recently compared Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney to films he made.

Weinstein said, "I spent the exact same amount on both movies. One movie was called 'The King's Speech.' It grossed $140 million, won a few Oscars including best picture, and did sensational based on its budget.

"The other picture was called 'Our Idiot Brother'... and it grossed $25...

Aaron Sorkin Denies Firing 'Newsroom' Writers, Defends Series At Summer Press Tour

8/2/2012 8:23am EDT
Aaron Sorkin
"The Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin has come under fire over allegations he fired his writing team. Sorkin says the rumors are "completely untrue," even though it's common procedure for writers to be shuffled around at the end of a season that has been widely criticized.

During the Television Critics Association press tour Sorkin said the firing rumors are "scaring the hell out of the writing staff." He added that the writers are "acting very, very strange," "coming to work early" and "being polite to me." He also joked, "I want the old gang back."

Sorkin also denied that the HBO series ...

Aaron Sorkin Hits Back At 'Newsroom' Critics

7/18/2012 11:28am EDT
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has jumped to the defense of his show The Newsroom after the series was disparaged by real-life journalists.

Sorkin's program about a TV newsroom debuted to mixed reviews last month and came under fire from some reporters who claimed it's an unrealistic portrayal of the industry.

Now Sorkin, who created huge hit The West Wing, has hit back at his detractors, insisting all his projects are fantasy-based and should not be taken too seriously.

He tells Fresh Air radio show, "I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes and disguises. It's inspirational. 'Gee...

'The Newsroom' And Five Other TV Shows That Are About TV Shows

6/25/2012 10:51am EDT
The Newsroom
Aaron Sorkin’s new show, The Newsroom, certainly isn’t the first show to be made about the behind-the-scenes working of a TV show. In fact, it’s the third time Sorkin has done it himself!

The Newsroom premiered last night on HBO, so we thought we'd take a look back at five of our favorite TV shows that are about TV shows. The following are our favorites… what are yours? Leave them in the comments.

1. 30 Rock (2006 - present)

It’s hard to imagine that when 30 Rock premiered, it actually went up against Studio 60 from the Sunset Strip, which was from Sorkin. TV critics knew only one could...

Aaron Sorkin Strikes Again With 'The Newsroom'

6/24/2012 10:00am EDT
The Newsroom
The Newsroom is pure Aaron Sorkin. The fingerprints of his creative vision are obvious and numerous throughout HBO's newest original series. And damned if that isn't a sight to behold.

Sorkin has a unique and very specific voice, one that television has missed. This isn't to detract from his successes with Moneyball and The Social Network, or at the beginning of his career with The American President and A Few Good Men. But Sorkin on the small screen is something different. Sports Night, The West Wing and even the lesser-regarded Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gave us the chance to savor ...

Kristin Davis Goes Public With Aaron Sorkin Romance At 'Newsroom' Premiere

6/21/2012 10:05am EDT
Kristin Davis
Actress Kristin Davis and revered screenwriter Aaron Sorkin went public with their new romance at a Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday night, openly kissing on the red carpet.

The Sex & The City star was first linked to Sorkin last month when editors at Life & Style magazine reported they had been on "several dates".

The pair kept quiet about the rumored relationship but new mom Davis, who adopted baby Gemma Rose last year, made no secret of her affection for The Social Network scriptwriter on Wednesday as they stepped out together for the first time.

They made their red carpet debut a...

Kristin Davis Dating Aaron Sorkin?

5/23/2012 2:22pm EDT
Kristin Davis
Sex & The City actress Kristin Davis has found love with respected screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, according to a new report.

The new mom, 47, has been on "several dates" with The Social Network scriptwriter, according to Life & Style.

A source tells the magazine, "It's early, but they like each other. They're both busy and get together when they can."

After splitting from his wife Julia Bingham in 2005, Sorkin dated actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth. Davis was previously linked romantically to Alec Baldwin.

Both have a child - Sorkin's daughter with Bingham was born in 2000; Davis, who h...

'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

1/13/2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...

Brad Pitt And 'The Artist' Dominate The NYFCC Awards

1/10/2012 11:02am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt added to his trophy cabinet on Monday night by scooping the coveted Best Actor prize at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The Hollywood hunk, who also landed a best actor honor at California's Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday, attended the Manhattan ceremony with his partner Angelina Jolie and picked up the trophy for his roles in Moneyball and The Tree of Life.

Silent movie The Artist also continued its success, being named Best Picture, while its maker, Michel Hazanavicius, landed the Best Director nod.

Meryl Streep was named Best Actress for her...

Kristin Chenoweth Tells Prevention Magazine She Regularly Gets Botox & Attracts Jewish Men

11/30/2011 5:00pm EST
Kristen Chenoweth
Prevention's January cover story features Kristin Chenoweth, on newsstands this week. This cover is particularly timely as Kristin will be hosting and performing at the American Country Music Awards on Monday, December 5, on FOX.

On if she's had plastic surgery and why she's happy to talk about it:

No, no work. But I get Botox regularly, and I'm very happy to talk about why. When I was thirty-five, I was having debilitating migraines about once a week. I went to my doctor in New York, and she said she wanted to give me five shots of Botox across my eyebrows. And I said, 'Oh, no. I ma...

Two Jews Review 'Moneyball' And Only One Sees A Home Run (Video)

9/22/2011 5:00pm EDT
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz - First thing I must say is...I basically know nothing about sports. I do watch the Super Bowl but only for the commercials. That said, I absolutely loved 'Money Ball,' which goes to prove, that you don't have to be a baseball fan, to think that this film, written by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillan and directed by Bennett Miller, is absolutely wonderful.

Brad Pitt portrays real life Baseball legend, Billy Beane. I'm sure there are many people out there that have no idea who Mr. Beane is...I being one of them. But I do now. Beane, once a promi...

And The Oscar Will (Probably) Go To...

2/27/2011 9:00am EST
The King's Speech
Oh, the pesky business of predicting Oscar winners. Depending on Academy voters’ moods, a pundit can come off as brilliant or dumb as a post. This seems to be an awfully predictable year – but be warned, that could mean upsets are in the air.

That said, here are my predictions for who will take home the gold at this Sunday’s Academy Awards in the major categories. I’ve devised my own odds system, which is completely made up; but, it does give a sense of how strongly I view the chances of each nominee.

What do you think? Am I way off base anywhere? Which categories are easiest to pred...

Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

2/22/2011 4:08pm EST
The King's Speech
Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...

'Inception' And 'The Social Network' Dominate WGA Awards

2/6/2011 5:12pm EST
Christopher Nolan, an Oscar snubee for Best Director this year, was honored Saturday for Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards for 'Inception.' Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin continued his march to the Oscar podium with a win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Social Network.' This might sound like doom for 'The King's Speech,' which has been on a roll recently with guild wins, but the film was not eligible for the WGA award due to strict rules.

On the TV side, the Drama Series award went to 'Mad Men' while 'Modern Family' nabbed the comedy award. In terms of specific episodes...

Aaron Sorkin Wins Scripter Award For 'Social Network'

2/6/2011 10:00am EST
Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin has edged ever closer to landing a Best Screenplay Oscar after winning the 2011 Scripter Award in Los Angeles.

"The Social Network" screenplay won Sorkin the coveted University of Southern California honor on Friday night.

Sorkin's adaptation of Ben Mezrich's "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal" is the favorite to win Oscar gold later this month.

Aaron Sorkin Says He's Returning To TV With New Series For HBO

1/26/2011 9:36am EST
He's got a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination for The Social Network, but he's not done yet. In a recent interview with BBC Breakfast, Aaron Sorkin revealed details of a project that's sure to sound familiar to any of his fans: a series set behind the scenes in television.

This time - his fourth television series - Sorkin is turning his eye toward cable news for HBO. "I've written the pilot episode and we're casting it right now," he says in the interview, though the premium network has made no official statement regarding a future project. Of course, writing and casting a pil...

'Inception' And 'Social Network' Lead Critics Choice Awards

1/15/2011 11:00am EST
Mind-bending drama Inception and The Social Network were the big winners at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, picking up 10 honors between them.

The Social Network claimed Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), while Inception took home six prizes, including Best Action Film, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.

The 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also honoured Oscar favourites Natalie Portman and Colin Firth with acting awards for their roles in Black Swan and The King's Sp...

'Black Swan,' 'Inception' & 'Fighter' Land Top Movie Nods For Writers Guild Awards

1/4/2011 2:24pm EST
Black Swan
Ballet drama "Black Swan" is set to face off against sci-fi thriller "Inception" and sporting drama "The Fighter" at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards after earning nominations in the top feature film category.

The movies will also battle family dramas "The Kids Are All Right" and "Please Give" for the best original screenplay prize.

Meanwhile, writer Aaron Sorkin earned a nomination for best adapted screenplay thanks to his work on film "The Social Network." "True Grit," "127 Hours," "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "The Town" will also compete in the category.

Earning ...

Andrew Garfield's Doubts Over 'The Social Network'

12/27/2010 2:29pm EST
Andrew Garfiled
Andrew Garfield nearly turned down the chance to star in The Social Network because he thought making a movie about Facebook was a "crazy" idea.

The British actor has received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin in the critically-acclaimed picture, which is tipped for success at the upcoming 2011 Oscars.

But Garfield admits he was reluctant to sign up at first because he couldn't understand why anyone would want to make a film about a website.

He says, "I said, 'A film about Facebook, really?' I thought that makes absolutely no sense... My first reaction was th...

Justin Timberlake 'Humbled' By 'The Social Network' Awards

12/14/2010 2:35pm EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake feels "humbled" by the positive reaction to his new movie The Social Network following a string of top awards nominations.

The film, about the rise of, has won rave reviews and garnered a number of top honors from critics' groups in New York and Los Angeles, as well as six Golden Globes nominations announced on Tuesday.

Timberlake's co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield will both compete for acting titles at the upcoming awards show, while David Fincher is up for the Best Director honor. And although Timberlake was overlooked, he admits he's fierce...

'The Social Network' Bags Three More Best Picture Wins

12/12/2010 9:30pm EST
The Social Network
'The Social Network' continues its reign on the pre-Oscar Awards: it has now won the Best Picture award from almost every major critics' group so far. Its most recent honors: Best Picture from The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The Boston Society of Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online. It was also named one of the ten best films by the American Film Institute (which bestows a top ten but no "best" award). Aaron Sorkin also won best Screenplay from all three critics' groups, and David Fincher won Best Director from all, tying with Olivier Assayas for 'Carlos' at the ...

The Social Network Triumphs At National Board Of Review Awards

12/2/2010 10:55pm EST
The Social Network
Director David Fincher's The Social Network has been hailed by America's National Board of Review after sweeping the board with four top awards, including Best Film Of The Year.

The movie's star, Jesse Eisenberg, has been named as Best Actor, while Fincher was honored as Best Director and scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, which chronicles the invention of

The organization announced the awards for the top movie talent of 2010 on Thursday. The board's picks often claim Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Lesley Manville was prais...

'The Social Network' Writer Defends Movie

10/15/2010 10:39am EDT
Aaron Sorkin
The screenwriter behind The Social Network has come to the defense of the movie following a swathe of criticism over its portrayal of female characters.

The film, starring Justin Timberlake, tells the story of social networking website, which was founded by entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg and a pal in their dorm rooms while he was a computer science student at Harvard University.

Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for the film and he was unhappy to see a negative review from TV writer Ken Levine, who slammed "the lack of a decent portrayal of women" in the picture. Sorkin took ...