Aaron Sorkin Is Hurt You Think The Newsroom is All About Him

Sunday's episode of The Newsroom, and its clumsy handling of a rape plotline, garnered quite a bit of criticism, both here and elsewhere. This bothered Aaron Sorkin, because even Sorkin the Great is not impervious to other peoples' opinions of him: Monday night at the Writers Guild Association, he was "surprised by… » 12/09/14 4:50pm 12/09/14 4:50pm

Aaron Sorkin Upset Writer Broke the Sacred Trust of the Writers' Room

After The Newsroom's ridiculously over-the-top rape subplot aired last night, Alena Smith, a writer on the show, tweeted out her experience in the writer's room during the episode's creation. "When I tried to argue, in the writer's room, that maybe we skip the storyline where the rape victim gets interrogated by a… » 12/08/14 4:10pm 12/08/14 4:10pm

A Terrible Episode With Worse Timing: The Newsroom Tackles Campus Rape

The last three seasons of The Newsroom have been both fascinating and infuriating: a depiction of nuts-and-bolts newsjournalism so fantastical that it couches its sanctimonious shaming in righteous idealism. It is show creator Aaron Sorkin's Herman's Head-style universe, where ethics are shouted down unto the people… » 12/08/14 12:50pm 12/08/14 12:50pm

Sorkin Says Lady Execs Are Also to Blame for Lack of Good Female Roles

Aaron Sorkin is known for writing witty, rat-a-tat dialogue for his TV and movie characters, but unfortunately that quick paced, off-the-cuff way of talking doesn't always serve him so well in real life. Case in point, a response he recently gave during an audience Q&A for Tribeca Innovation Week that was thoughtless,… » 4/23/14 7:15pm 4/23/14 7:15pm

J. Lo and Casper Try to Ignore the Glory Hole-Shaped Elephant in The…

Things in Chez Lopez have apparently been strained since Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart accidentally tripped and fell into an "exotic massage parlor" and a gay porn shop the night before Lopez's 43rd birthday party. She's been "frustrated" and "short-tempered" with Smart since the incident, but is also "the… » 8/06/12 9:00am 8/06/12 9:00am

Aaron Sorkin’s Ladies Sure Do Slip on a Lot of Banana Peels

At a Wednesday session of this summer's Television Critics Association press tour, Aaron Sorkin took the stage alongside Newsroom accomplices Jeff Daniels and executive producer Alan Poul to pedantically explain to critics and journalists who, on the whole, don't much care for his new show that The Newsroom is… » 8/02/12 10:00am 8/02/12 10:00am

Madonna Tastelessly Waves Guns Around Onstage Post-Aurora Shooting

In her continued (and, if you ask me, unnecessary) bid for relevancy, Madonna most recently pissed off Mothers Against Guns during her MDNA tour. They objected when Madge waved around some (fake) firearms onstage during a concert in Murrayfield, Scotland not 48 hours after the Colorado Dark Knight Rises shooting, also… » 7/23/12 9:00am 7/23/12 9:00am

Fred-Willard-Penis-Gate Continues: Actor Says It Was 'All a Big…

Following his arrest for lewd conduct, Fred Willard's lawyer released a statement today: "With all due respect to the individual officer, our belief is that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law. We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter." And the dude who runs the theater totally has his… » 7/19/12 9:00pm 7/19/12 9:00pm

Adele! You're Even More Pregnant Than We Thought!

ADELE, YOU SLY DOG. As it turns out, the old "sitcom star sits on the couch with a pillow over her stomach for the entire season because she's supposed to be an unlucky-in-love Single Woman Lawyer and they didn't feel like writing a pregnancy into the script" works occasionally! Although the singer announced her … » 7/10/12 9:00am 7/10/12 9:00am

This Week on The Newsroom: Justin Timberlake Is a Fan!

Welcome back to "The Newsroom": Recaps from an Internet Girl, our weekly feature where we recap Aaron Sorkin's new media drama without actually watching a single episode. Sound purposefully limiting? That's because it is. Sorkin hasn't given us female bloggers very much credit when it comes to comprehending his oh-so… » 7/09/12 6:50pm 7/09/12 6:50pm

Aaron Sorkin Says Nora Ephron Was a Fan of The Newsroom, As HBO Gives…

When it comes to his characters, Aaron Sorkin is best known for creating a collection great white males—and he doesn't seem to be the biggest supporter of ladies in general. That is what makes it all the more unusual, then, that Nora Ephron, who was both great at writing women and championing them in real life,… » 7/02/12 10:00pm 7/02/12 10:00pm

The Newsroom: Recaps from an Uninformed Internet Girl

Early last week, The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin drew ire when, during a press conference for his suuuuuuuuper serious new HBO drama The Newsroom, he referred to Globe and Mail reporter Sarah Nicole Prickett as "Internet Girl," a diminutive as ignorant as it is demeaning — The Globe and Mail, for those… » 7/02/12 6:40pm 7/02/12 6:40pm

'Write Something Nice,' Aaron Sorkin Tells 'Internet Girl' Reporter

Aaron Sorkin might not ever be able to live down his recent interview with The Globe and Mail's Sarah Nicole Prickett. (Especially because most critics think his new HBO show, The Newsroom, isn't good enough to act as a distraction.) And, hopefully, he won't, because her piece is a fantastic portrait of a man who is… » 6/25/12 10:25am 6/25/12 10:25am