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Danny Boyle Replaces David Fincher On Steve Jobs Biopic, Leonardo DiCaprio Could Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 6:16 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Just one week after word came out that David Fincher won't be directing the Steve Jobs biopic for Sony (and let's be clear, he was never really attached; the negotiations just never worked out), another big name is now being lined up.

David Fincher Won't Direct Aaron Sorkin-Penned Steve Jobs Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2014 5:04 PM
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  • 5 Comments
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A Steve Jobs biopic. Sony and Scott Rudin producing, Aaron Sorkin had written the script and David Fincher in the directing chair. It’s basically a dream re-team of the key principals behind “The Social Network,” which worked out swimmingly well for everyone, right?

The Apple Network: David Fincher May Direct Aaron Sorkin Penned Steve Jobs Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 11:02 AM
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  • 17 Comments
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"A movie about Facebook? Good luck"—that was the sentiment of many upon first hearing about "The Social Network," but they underestimated the talent involved. Featuring a crackling script by Aaron Sorkin and precise, energetic direction by David Fincher, the film was less about the actual website, and instead chronicled the genius, hubris, ambition, flaws and vision of one extraordinary person who changed the way we interact online. Now, it looks like Fincher is at it again, telling the tale of another tech titan.

HBO Cleaning House? The 3rd Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Be The Last

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2014 6:22 PM
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Is HBO cleaning house, and perhaps sweeping away dead or underperforming weight? Just one week after the cable network announced the upcoming fifth season of “Boardwalk Empire” would be its last—news which surprised many of its fans—HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin’s troubled drama “The Newsroom” would also end (read: be canceled, gently) after its upcoming final season.

'Boardwalk Empire's' Fifth Season Will Be Its Last; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns April 6

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 9, 2014 6:35 PM
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Was he playing it close to the vest, did slow ratings just catch up with the show, or did creative discussions yield a different approach? I interviewed “Boardwalk Empire” creator/head writer Terence Winter at the end of the fourth season late last year, and when I asked him if there was an end in sight for the show, he was fairly adamant that there were no plans to conclude the drama any time soon.

Recap: Aaron Sorkin Finally Gets It Right With The Season 2 Finale Of 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 10:04 AM
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Before diving in, a bit of a disclaimer and/or explanation is in order. Thanks to TIFF taking me away from the television for a couple of weeks, followed by some bungling couriers and concluding in massive fatigue upon returning from Toronto, "The Newsroom" slipped off the immediate radar. And a show you might have heard of called "Breaking Bad" took priority over the weekend. But with Walter White's latest adventures concluded for now, I finally got a chance to catch up with the last two episodes of "The Newsroom."

Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 3 'Willie Pete'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 9:56 AM
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Occupy Wall Street! Operation Genoa! Uganda! Mitt Romney! Troy Davis! Netflix splitting into two companies! (Yep, a passing reference was made to that quickly aborted blunder). "The Newsroom" has had a lot going on across the first two episodes, so much so that Aaron Sorkin felt compelled to rewrite and reshoot large portions of them, as he got started on work for the third episode. And in many ways, "Willie Pete" does feel like a very conscious pivot point episode, one where the focus shifts primarily to the character relationships and ditches covering a breaking news story, a least for the moment. The result? Probably the weakest episode of the new season thus far, and one that strains to reshuffle the deck only to leave everything exactly where it was when it started.

Paul Greengrass Circles Back To Aaron Sorkin-Penned 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7' For His Next Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 6:25 PM
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Don't worry if you forgot but way back circa 2008 Paul Greengrass had kicked around the idea of directing the Aaron Sorkin penned "The Trial Of Chicago 7." This was just after Steven Spielberg seriously considered it (Will Smith was tentatively slated to play Bobby Seale, with Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman and Philip Seymour Hoffman as defense lawyer William Kunstler), but it didn't quite come together. Then Ben Stiller teamed with Sorkin to have a crack at it and they developed it further, but DreamWorks wasn't willing to pull the trigger on the budget. Well, it seems there's been a change of heart.

Reshoots, Rewrites & Why The Second Season Of 'The Newsroom' Is Only 9 Episodes Long

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2013 9:17 AM
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Before the first episode of "The Newsroom" aired, expectations were sky high for one reason: Aaron Sorkin. This was going to be the new show from the mind behind "The West Wing" and Oscar-winner who penned "The Social Network," and moreover, it was going to tackle the thorny world of cable news. But the results were far from satisfactory. Wildly uneven, and sometimes more polemical than dramatic, the show still managed an average of 7.1 million viewers per week, though critics were divided, particularly when it came to show's on-the-sleeve politics.

Watch: 55-Minute Talk With Matthew Weiner, Aaron Sorkin & More Showrunners About Violence, Their Hit Shows & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 10:37 AM
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With the surplus of quality series currently on cable television, there are also the notable names and personalities behind them -- “Mad Men” and Matthew Weiner, D.B. Weiss and “Game of Thrones,” Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” All are articulate, enjoyable, and insightful, and thanks to the coming Emmy season, a roundtable with them and others has hit the web.

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