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Despite being currently tied to other projects, actor/Wolverine Hugh Jackman and Social Network scribe/cocaine-craver Aaron Sorkin have signed on to do a musical for Broadway’s 2013-14 season. Here’s the pitch: it’s about Harry Houdini, and, wait for it, it’s a musical! (Obviously it’s a musical, Hugh Jackman’s contract demands that he must be singing and dancing for at least 90% of any stage appearance.)
But that’s not all.
If you’re still on The Internet and/or not checked out of your job in media or publishing for the week already, that brief rumble you’re about to hear is the collective groan as word spreads on the title of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama:
Moneyball is not your grandpa’s baseball movie. Even if you don’t know a fly ball from a snowball and couldn’t care less how the great American pastime turned into the great American religion, this is a great American movie that will leave you cheering.
Reportedly, Aaron Sorkin researched his forthcoming HBO series about cable-news windbaggery, More As This Story Develops, by visiting the set of Chris Matthews’s Hardball. However, plans for Mr. Matthews to visit Mr. Sorkin’s set–and appear on-camera as a character in the Sorkin universe, one in which everyone talks quickly and has hidden pieties that are revealed Read More
A Social Network
“I don’t touch Facebook,” declared Michael Romanowicz, 29, a freelance web designer who nixed his profile and more than 300 friends on the social network last year after he decided it was making him unproductive. (Worse, it was showing him too many pictures of his ex-girlfriend.) “I’m a digital professional and I fundamentally disagree with the philosophy of how Facebook has structured their product.”
It’s not that he and the social network didn’t have some great times. “What was really cool was that one of my friends was one of the first few hundred Facebook users, and for some reason he had a super admin access,” he said. They used the account to snoop through strangers’ photos.
But Facebook became “annoying” and “inundating” as it grew, and at some point, it stopped being fun.
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the aspiring-actress daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has booked her first gig–a role on an HBO show. And no, it isn’t the scion-ette comedy that is Lena Dunham (daughter of Carroll Dunham) and Allison Williams (daughter of Brian Williams)’s new HBO comedy Girls, though we think Kick would fit in just fine Read More
The Social Network screenwriter, West Wing creator, and Making Movies playwright Aaron Sorkin has taken every available chance to assail bloggers that he’s been given. Incredibly, he’s been given many, and he continues to use them to take the opportunity to reiterate his tired anti-blogger rhetoric time and time again. Yet: his latest swipe—backhanded, sniveling, and skeptical of a proven New York Times reporter if only because of said reporter’s background as a blogger—is especially impressive.
Vulture obtained the script (a few months after The Daily gave us a synopsis) to Aaron Sorkin’s forthcoming HBO pilot, about an embattled news anchor who compels his audience through didactic monologues. Sounds a bit like the Sidney Lumet classic Network, a comparison not lost on Mr. Sorkin. The anchor is Read More
Facebook Feud, The Social Network
Divya Narendra is a villainous character in Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network. Along with the Winkelvoss Twins, Narednra represents the privileged Harvard elite who lacked the vision and skills of the more socially inept Mark Zuckerberg.
A piece by Geoffrey Fowler in the Wall Street Journal paints a very different picture. Unlike the Winkelvi, Narendra Read More