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Sorkin Talks Upcoming HBO Series 'The Newsroom,' False 'Barton Fink' Experience, Cliffhanger Pressure, Pedi-Conferencing, Steve Jobs (VIDEO)

Aaron Sorkin's terrific in-depth interview with Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, which has been published incrementally on the Times' Arts Beat blog, had its final installment today. Sorkin talks "the writer's enemy is fatigue," stressing the cliche of the cliffhanger, and the two on-air shows he's "evangelical" about. Excerpts from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 8, 2012 6:12 PM
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New Trailer for Sorkin's 'Newsroom' is Jeff Daniels vs. The World

Jeff Daniels plays a "smart, talented guy who isn't very nice" in Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom." The pressure for the new HBO series builds in this new trailer. "Newsroom" will debut June 24. Daniels is joined by Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, Jane Fonda and Sam Waterston. Here are more details and the first trailer, in which America gets punched in the face.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 12:59 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Punches America in the Face

Keith Olbermann anyone? Actually, Jeff Daniels' news anchor, at the start of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series "The Newsroom" (June 24), is an upstanding objective news anchor without political bias until he completely loses it--under video grilling that goes viral. Like Peter Finch in Sidney Lumet's 1976 "Network," he's mad as hell and he isn't going to take it anymore. Daniels ("The Squid and the Whale") is a terrific actor; I first met him at the start of his career, playing Debra Winger's husband Flap, on the set of "Terms of Endearment" in 1982.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2012 3:51 PM
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