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Aaron Sorkin at Nantucket Film Festival: "I Write Radio Plays"

This weekend, Aaron Sorkin was honored with the Nantucket Film Festival's Screenwriters Tribute award for his work in film and TV.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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David Fincher In Early Talks to Helm Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic

Following their collaboration on "The Social Network," it seems that director David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin (who scored a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the film) will re-team. Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic script, based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography, is reportedly poised to have Fincher at the helm.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 26, 2014 2:48 PM
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Tribeca Launches First-Ever Innovation Week, with Aaron Sorkin Kicking Off Future of Film Panel

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival is launching its first-ever “Tribeca Innovation Week.” Running April 21-26, the Innovation Week will be a place for coders, screenwriters, hackers, futurists, gamers, directors, engineers, venture capitalists, film financiers, techno radicals, the generally curious and anyone who has a story to tell, to explore convergence in media.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 12, 2014 12:58 PM
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Things I Learned at HBO's Emmy Party, from Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Status to Soderbergh's 'Glue'

HBO knows how to throw a good bash, and their annual Emmy after-party at the Pacific Design Center was a huge improvement on the sad and gloomy death-obsessed 65th Emmy Awards, which nonetheless drew the largest audience in eight years. Who are these mythical TV Academy voters who misled most of the Gold Derby Emmy predicters? I did terribly on my picks but came out ahead of many others, it turned out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2013 4:23 PM
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'Newsroom' Review and Recap 2.7: The Slap (SPOILERS)

When the season began, with talk of a lawsuit and of the need to immediately retract a huge story -- a claim that U.S. troops had committed a war crime by using sarin gas on civilians -- it appeared that institutional bias was indeed likely to be a culprit, the slant view of liberal journalists who see what they believe and assume the worst about the military. Now look what we actually got.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 25, 2013 10:00 PM
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In the Works: Paul Greengrass in Talks to Helm 'Trial of the Chicago 7,' from Aaron Sorkin's Script

Director Paul Greengrass is in final talks to helm "The Trial of the Chicago 7," from a script by Aaron Sorkin. The much-delayed film follows a defining moment of 1960s American history: the trial of the seven individuals charged with conspiracy and rioting during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The project at one point had Steven Spielberg attached.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 2:01 PM
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'The Newsroom' 2.1 Review: "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers" (TRAILER)

The second season of Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama series "The Newsroom" promises to be every bit as entertaining as its first -- if not more so, due to a unifying structural choice that takes fuller advantage of novelistic narrative freedom of post-"Sopranos" cable drama.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 9, 2013 7:53 PM
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Sorkin Reveals Structure of Steve Jobs Biopic

Walter Isaacson's bestselling Steve Jobs biography was nothing if not a door-stopper. So writer Aaron Sorkin's challenge was to figure out a way in: cradle to grave biopic? One slice? He went with something closer to "Slumdog Millionaire"'s ingenious way of using the questions as entries to parts of a life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 15, 2012 4:48 PM
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'The Newsroom' Season 1 Finale: 'The Greater Fool' Rushes In, Can't Help Falling in Love

Though not a strong episode, the season finale of "The Newsroom" was weirdly likeable by virtue of its commitment to sheer rom-com craziness. Because that is, for better or worse, what the show boils down to: A large serving of romance, with a side of news.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 2:58 AM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 9 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 2' -- Whither the Mock Debate?

Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom" was a moderate letdown from last week's strong episode, with promises of a mock debate barely materializing. But Sloan, the best thing about the Sorkin-scripted show, did get in a great one-liner: "Me? FUCK you."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2012 3:57 AM
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