Aaron Sorkin

Celebrate Alec Baldwin’s 55th Birthday With His 10 Best Scenes

The great Alec Baldwin turns 55 years old today, and in attempting to cook up a proper tribute to him, we realized that his is a body of work less about hours than moments, less about films or shows than particular scenes. His career trajectory has been an unusual one: though he was initially pegged as a marquee leading man, he never quite found success as one. The good stuff came later, when he reinvented himself as a character actor, the kind of gunslinger who could parachute in for a supporting role, crush it in a couple of scenes, and slip out the back door. So to mark his 55 years, we’ve rounded up our ten favorite Alec Baldwin scenes, from film and television, for your consideration. … Read More

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The Best Breakup Lines in Film

Breaking up is hard to do, but the movies have taught us that a witty one-liner can be empowering during tough times. We searched through film history for 25 of the most memorable goodbye lines. Don’t be too sad, though. This is where some of the best screenwriting really shines. Feel free to borrow these lines next time you need to tell someone, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Leave us your favorite Dear John and Jane quotes in the comments,… Read More

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Watch a Supercut of All the Shouting on ‘The Newsroom’

Whether or not you were a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s much-maligned (but surprisingly popular!) HBO drama (we’re of a mixed opinion around here), you have to admit that the first season of The Newsroom contained just as much yelling as it did walk-and-talks and recycled Sorkinese. If your Wednesday afternoon could use an auditory jolt right about now, click through to watch a supercut of all the crazy commotion, courtesy of Slacktory — but do your coworkers a favor, and put on some headphones first. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The trailer for the upcoming season of Doctor Who has landed online, and it’s chock full of awesome Dalek action. Also: dinosaurs on a spaceship! [via io9]

2. “The writing staff was not fired. And just seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff. They’re acting very,… Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Will See All New Writers for Second Season

If you haven’t been enjoying the “dramatically inert, infuriating mess” otherwise known by many as Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, you still may want to stick around for season two. Reports indicate that most of the writers behind the TV news drama have been fired. “They’re not coming back, except for Sorkin’s ex-girlfriend [Corinne… Read More

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Watch a Supercut of Shockingly Similar Aaron Sorkinisms

If, for some reason, you continue watching The Newsroom and you come across a line you’re sure you’ve heard before, don’t assume it’s déjà vu. It’s more likely you really have already encountered it — in some other Aaron Sorkin TV show or movie. This fantastic seven-minute supercut, billed as “a tribute to the work of Aaron Sorkin: the recycled dialogue, recurring phrases, and familiar plot lines,” reveals just how often the renowned writer steals from himself, from catchphrases to dads with secret girlfriends to gay Jesus asides. Hear the cavalcade of “I’m really quite something”s, “I’m not other people”s, and “This isn’t happening”s below. … Read More

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The 10 Best TV Shows About TV Shows

Did you watch The Newsroom last night, TV fans? And did you love it, or did you agree with most critics, who were put off by Aaron Sorkin’s condescending sermonizing, too-similar characters, and questionable representation of how the TV journalism world works? For our part, we were even more disappointed than we expected to be. Not only were the reviewers right, but the show was a bit too “rich, middle-aged white guy saves the world” for our taste — and, in accordance with that, the “kids these days” hand-wringing that was also Sorkin’s fixation in The Social Network (which, for the record, we enjoyed) felt like a bit much.

Although we had originally intended to give The Newsroom at least three episodes to win us over, we found last night’s premiere — which critics seem to agree is the best episode they’ve seen — so off-putting that we might have to give up now. Thankfully, for those of us who were particularly looking forward to a TV show about the making of a TV show, there are plenty of great series out there to take its place. From The Mary Tyler Moore Show to 30 Rock, we’ve rounded up the ten best TV shows about TV shows below. … Read More

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TV’s All-Time Greatest Writers

If you shut off Girls this past Sunday with a sigh of relief, you’re not alone. Between May and June we’ve all endured an emotionally exhausting line-up of season finales (not to mention penultimate and triumvirate finales), and frankly this week was a nice, quiet reprieve. Sort of. Knowing what’s ahead, it’s been impossible to get too comfortable. New seasons of Breaking Bad and Louie are slowly approaching, we can’t not watch Weeds‘ last season, there’s catching up to do on Bunheads, and of course this Sunday, Sorkin is back. So, in an exercise to get the juices flowing, we’ve decided to round up the writers we believe to be most responsible for putting us in this stressful state of TV addiction, starting with the king of TV confabulation himself. … Read More

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Review Roundup: Why Are Critics So Disappointed in ‘The Newsroom’?

We — and every other TV connoisseur in America — have been counting down the days till the debut of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, The Newsroom, since the show was announced several months ago. But while we’ll still be watching the premiere this Sunday, the sheer number of negative reviews that have already been published is starting to worry us. While a few critics are sticking up for the show — The Hollywood Reporter praises its strong cast and engagement with complex issues — the majority seem fairly unhappy. How could critics possibly like an Aaron Sorkin TV show about cable news (Metacritic score: 56) less than the Dallas reboot (62)? After the jump, we take a look at the reviews to see what’s turning them off. … Read More

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The 5 Upcoming Shows TV Critics Can’t Wait to See

If you followed the coverage of this spring’s TV upfronts, then you probably have a pretty good idea of which shows critics find promising. But just in case you’ve lost track of what you’re supposed to be anticipating, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards have revealed the honorees for the year’s Most Exciting New Series, a… Read More

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