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The Newsroom: Aaron Sorkin Takes on the Media

In an early scene of HBO's new Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom, a college student asks the show's hero, Will McAvoy, why the U.S. is the best country in the world.

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 It's a vapid question, to be sure, but Will's mean-spirited answer — he says simply that it isn't, and then rattles off a withering, Sorkinian litany of statistics about literacy, life expectancy and infant mortality that prove his point — is both electrifying and kind of depressing.

Will (Jeff Daniels, in his first TV series role) is a moderate Republican cable news anchor whose show, "News Night," has succeeded in the ratings because Will has played it safe, journalistically speaking. (One critic calls him the "Jay Leno of news anchors.") When we first meet him, he's in a rut, and his staff, none too impressed with his very public tantrum, has decided to seek other employment....read more

Sidney Lumet Dies at 86

Sidney Lumet, the Oscar-nominated director of such modern classics as Network, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and The Verdict, has died. He was 86.

Lumet died Saturday morning of lymphoma at his Manhattan home, his stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, told The New York Times.

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Borgnine to Get Lifetime Achievement Award from SAG

Ernest Borgnine will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild at the organization's 17th annual awards ceremony.

SAG announced Wednesday that the 93-year-old actor will be recognized when it hands outs its prizes on Sunday, Jan. 30, live on TNT and TBS.

"Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen...read more

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The Americanization Of Emily
As Young As You Feel
Network
The Network - Trailer 1

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Year Title Description
1980 Altered States Movie, Source
1980 Altered States Movie, Writer
1976 Network Movie, Writer
1971 The Hospital Movie, Writer
1969 Paint Your Wagon Movie, Writer

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