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Aaron Sorkin

  1. [UPDATED] Aaron Sorkin Threw Female Newsroom Writer out of the Writers Room Over Rape Storyline

    I started seeing rumblings on Twitter last night of some sort of epic train wreck about to take place on HBO's The Newsroom. The train, it did wreck, but what came after is even more horrifying.

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  2. Steve Jobs Flick Owes Much to Jobs’ Daughter, Says Aaron Sorkin

    *West Wing theme plays*

    Aaron Sorkin is at pains to stress that his untitled Steve Jobs biopic is not. A biopic, that is. That may be why he's giving a dollop of credit to Jobs' daughter Lisa.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: A KRANG Halloween Costume

    KRANG!!

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  4. Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs, Promises “Crushing It” to Come

    BALE CRUSH! BALE SMASH!

    Get ready for walking and talking! Aaron Sorkin has confirmed to Bloomberg that Christian Bale will star in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Hobbit Feet Socks

    Things We Saw Today

    Things like these are the reason I love ThinkGeek so very much. (via Laughing Squid)

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  6. Is “Historical Accuracy” a Good Defense of Patriarchal Societies in Fantasy Fiction?

    Olden Lore

    Are you aware that human history is full of examples of sexist, patriarchal societies where women were discriminated against? I'm sure you are, as a reader of The Mary Sue. I'm pretty sure you are as a person alive in the 21st Century, too. Yet so many of the historically inspired fantasy worlds we love are remarkably intent on reminding us of this. When I raise this issue with someone, I often get some variation of this in reply. Sexism in (to pick the most obvious example) medieval fantasy is okay or even desirable, the thinking goes, because in the real European Middle Ages sexism was the status quo. There's no denying that, but fantasy is called fantasy because it's a fantasy. There were no dragons in the real Middle Ages either, but we don't have a problem including them.

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  7. Watch The Latest Episode Of The West Wing (Basically)

    Great Moments in Advertising

    You know, the wait between seasons of our favorite shows are just getting longer and longer these days. I think we need to start a petition or maybe put the decision to some kind of vote. Wait, this isn't the premiere of Season 8 of The West Wing but a clever political ad with a huge Hollywood assist? Still awesome. Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Bradley Whitford, Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, Melissa Fitzgerald, Joshua Malina, and Lily Tomlin help Mary McCormack's sister, Bridget Mary McCormack (interesting names, McCormacks), in her political aspirations. Earlier in the year, some of the cast reunited for a Funny or Die video, but this is even better. I won't ruin anything by listing my favorite parts, just please, let me present to you the best four minutes you'll spend doing anything today. (via Mashable)

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  8. What Was President Obama’s Favorite Part Of The Dark Knight Rises?

    I Guess I Can't Argue With That

    "She’s spectacular. I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion." - President Barack Obama stating for the record that Anne Hathaway was the best part of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. He was speaking at a fundraiser hosted by Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin, and Joanne Woodward

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  9. You Can Watch the Full Pilot for HBO’s The Newsroom On YouTube for Free

    If you didn't catch the premiere episode of Aaron Sorkin's new show, The Newsroom, yesterday on HBO, and feel guilty about procuring it via somewhat common, though nefarious means, good news: You can watch the pilot right now, for free, on YouTube.

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  10. HBO’s The Newsroom Is Pretty Great, If You Like Aaron Sorkin, That Is

    I'm a very big Aaron Sorkin fan, from Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, to his most recent crowning achievement, the somewhat embellished Mark Zuckerburg biopic, The Social Network. He's a very good writer, and gets the most out of his actors, arguably more than any other showrunner or supervisor in the business. After Sorkin "left" television following the end of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and with The Social Network being nominated for and winning multiple awards, his return to television looked bleak. Luckily for Sorkin fans, it didn't actually take very long for him to return, and this time, he's on HBO, which provides a higher quality audience and isn't a slave to ratings as much as the networks on which his past shows have aired. The Newsroom airs this Sunday, and if you dig Sorkin's style, you're going to love it.

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  11. Why NBC and Sony Continue to Make Community the Rodney Dangerfield of Sitcoms

    Essay

    Back in its 1990s heyday, NBC latched on to its sitcom hits and ran with them. Friends and Seinfeld were like the golden children who could do no wrong. And yes, those were good shows. You know what's also a good show? Community. So why does NBC continue to treat it like its red-headed stepchild? That red-headed stepchild is hilarious, sweet, and has tons and tons of friends! Well, as one of those friends (and a fake redhead), I want to discuss how Community became the Rodney Dangerfield of television.

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  12. Aaron Sorkin Will Write the Steve Jobs Biopic, So Don’t Worry, It’ll Be Great

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    There was a rumor that this was going to happen, and now it is confirmed: screenwriter extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin will be the one adapting Walter Isaacson's biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs for the big screen. Sorkin, most famous for his work on The West Wing, has already won an Oscar for his last script about a tech giant (The Social Network), so this will be familiar territory for him. Not that Sorkin couldn't handle unfamiliar territory ... oh, wait, just remembered Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Never mind. We'll take familiar territory.

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  13. Aaron Sorkin to Write Sony’s Steve Jobs Movie

    We knew Ashton Kutcher will be playing Steve Jobs in an indie biopic, and we also knew Sony was planning a rival Steve Jobs movie. It turns out Sony has brought in the big gun to pen their rival flick, as Aaron Sorkin is now set to pen the screenplay. It's obvious we're big fans of Sorkin here at Geekosystem, slipping in mentions of Sports NightStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and his upcoming HBO show The Newsroom whenever we can (just like that, actually!), so we're thrilled that he'll be handling the movie adaptation of the life of Steve Jobs. After all, he did a pretty solid job handling another famous tech figurehead, Mark Zuckerberg, in his Facebook movie, The Social Network. You may have seen that.

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  14. Check Out Both Trailers for Aaron Sorkin’s New Show, The Newsroom

    For those who contributed to both Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip being canceled because you didn't watch them, Aaron Sorkin is basically the best writer on television. Those shows were somewhat different beasts than his most popular show, The West Wing, so if you only watched the political drama, you probably don't know what you missed with both Sports Night and Studio 60. Well, Sorkin has finally made the move to a channel that'll, in theory, treat him right -- HBO -- and won't require the highest of possible ratings to keep his shows on the air. His new show, The Newsroom, is set to air on June 24, and should be in the same style of his other shows: The best stuff on TV. Yes, that's a style. Watch the two trailers for the show right here, above and below the break.

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  15. ER‘s Dr. Ross and Dr. Carter Vie For the Role of Steve Jobs

    Oh Really?

    So, do either of those dashing 1990s heartthrobs look anything like Steve Jobs to you? It may interest you to know that while Noah Wyle (Dr. Carter) has actually played the late Apple CEO before -- in 1999's TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley -- it's George Clooney (Dr. Ross) whose name has been mentioned since Sony purchased the rights to Jobs' biography. Isn't George Clooney just the guy that every dude wishes would play him in the movie about his life? But okay, we'll stay open-minded. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing J. Edgar Hoover, after all.

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  16. Aaron Sorkin Broke His Nose While Writing

    Not a Misprint

    Aaron Sorkin did that to his face, guys. While writing. That is how intense he is -- he breaks his freaking face. You might be wondering if this means that Aaron Sorkin actually walks and talks while he writes, but no. That is not the case. At least not this time. No, he was reading some of his own writing to himself in a mirror and then got too close. And like some scene out of Evil Dead 2, the reflection of Aaron Sorkin reached out of the mirror and punched the real Sorkin in the face. No, I'm kidding. But he did head-butt himself by accident. And then he went to the Emmys, where Getty Images got the picture from above (that is Brenda Strong to the left). Thank you, Getty Images. And thank you, Aaron Sorkin.

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  17. The Device Every Screenwriter Wishes Existed: The Plot Device [Video]

    I See What They Did There

    Every writer's nightmare is the blank page. Aaron Sorkin has an excellent quote about it: "I love writing but hate starting." Well, what if there was a thing that put your script in motion at the push of a button? Well, that's what this is about: a Plot Device. Get it? (Geeks Are Sexy)

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  18. The Social Network’s Windows XP Blooper

    Windows XP was released in 2001, but users didn't get ahold of Service Pack 3 until May of 2008. How's your 95-out-of-100 Metascore now, Aaron Sorkin? (IMDB via David Pogue)

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