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

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

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

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 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