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

Yay It's The Newsroom Trailer! (Also, Fuck The Newsroom)

I watch and love HBO's The Newsroom, while knowing full well that in almost every capacity, The Newsroom fucking sucks. » 10/03/14 5:20pm 10/03/14 5:20pm

Melissa Harris-Perry on the Times, Shonda Rhimes and Angry White Men

Melissa Harris-Perry tackled the angry black woman stereotype on Sunday with a twist — what if television’s white guys were positioned as angry white men? » 9/22/14 10:05am 9/22/14 10:05am

How Believable Was the Breakup on The Newsroom Last Night?

On Sunday night's premiere of season two of The Newsroom, some stuff happened, most of which was really pretty dull. To be fair, it's hard to see how it could have been more interesting than the season one finale, when star-crossed lovers Maggie and Jim almost got together after Maggie had a meltdown in front of one… » 7/15/13 6:20pm 7/15/13 6:20pm

Justin Timberlake Finally Learns True Meaning of ‘Take Back The Night’

Incredibly, Justin Timberlake genuinely seemed to have no idea that "Take Back The Night," his latest club single for all of us to get SeXXXy to, shares a name with a massive sexual assault awareness campaign. » 7/15/13 9:00am 7/15/13 9:00am

Cute White Dresses and Bizarre Black Lace at the Newsroom Premiere

Last night in Hollywood, stars gathered for the Season 2 premiere of HBO's The Newsroom. The fashion? Like the show, and like Will McAvoy himself, it was on the serious side. » 7/11/13 12:10pm 7/11/13 12:10pm

Olivia Munn Knocks a Bro Out in The Newsroom's Second Season Trailer

Will the second season of the hit(?) HBO show be a little more woman friendly? Considering that Aaron Sorkin doesn't think there's a problem, probably not, but if you want to watch Olivia Munn go buckwild and Jane Fonda look/act amazing (always welcome), here's your chance. » 6/10/13 9:30am 6/10/13 9:30am

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

Aaron Sorkin Gave Mindy Kaling (Solicited) Notes on The Mindy Project

An unlikely friendship indeed: it seems that Aaron Sorkin and Mindy Kaling have been buddies for a few years now, beginning when he sent her a bottle of champagne after he enjoyed an episode of The Office that she penned. » 7/25/12 10:50am 7/25/12 10:50am

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

10 Things You May Have Missed On TV This Week

In this week's TV roundup, a woman becomes a professional snuggler, The Newsroom is still condescending, there's a real creeper on The Virgin Diaries and The Bad Girls Club explains dolphin rape. » 7/20/12 7:00pm 7/20/12 7:00pm

Motorcycles. Boating. Butterflies. Okay, I think I get what she's trying to say. No one expects…

Lindsay Lohan's Dad Knocks Up The Woman Who Literally Just Dropped Her…

Two mice fell into a bucket of cream. One of them panicked and drowned, but the other one kicked his little legs until he churned that cream into butter and walked out. And then Kate Major and Michael Lohan announced they were having a child, and the surviving mouse was like "What the fuck, didn't you just file a… » 7/16/12 9:00am 7/16/12 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… » 7/09/12 6:50pm 7/09/12 6:50pm

10 Things You May Have Missed In TV This Week

In this week's TV roundup, a vampire and her maker breakup on True Blood, "Imma let you finish" comes full circle, the Alabama Shakes shake up Late Night and Sarah Palin sure loves her guns. » 7/06/12 7:00pm 7/06/12 7:00pm

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

10 Things You May Have Missed In TV This Week

In this week's TV roundup, Louis C.K.'s daughter tells a pretty good joke, we learn Pam's back story on True Blood, The View grills Rielle Hunter and the premiere of Aaron Sorkin's latest masturbation fantasy The Newsroom. » 6/29/12 7:00pm 6/29/12 7:00pm

Ew. The best way to make this bearable is by imagining Cheri Oteri as Barbara…

'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