The Social Network is a masterpiece—does it matter that it bent the truth?

It’s become widely accepted that a movie adapting a novel should use its source as a guide rather than a strict blueprint. If a change would improve the film, then that change should be made. The book isn’t sacred, nor should it be. This becomes more complicated when it comes to nonfiction. It’s one thing to tweak the…

The good and the bad of Aaron Sorkin are on full display in his directorial debut, Molly's Game

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When highly successful Hollywood screenwriters suddenly decide to direct, they generally do so out of a desire to protect their vision. That can hardly be the case with Aaron Sorkin. Whether his scripts have been interpreted by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men, The American President), David Fincher (The Social Network), or…

Aaron Sorkin would reboot The West Wing with Sterling K. Brown as president

Fans of The West Wing have wanted a revival since around the time the show wrapped its final season, a desire that has been heightened now that we seem destined for a Margaret Atwood-inspired reality. Who doesn’t want to relive Jed Bartlet’s presidency, or at the very least, his sartorial choices, now that we have a…

Take a look at Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut in the Molly’s Game trailer

Much of the visual style of the upcoming thriller Molly’s Game goes by in a whirl in the initial trailer. The camera seems to be in near-constant movement as it tracks illicit poker games, courtroom dramatics, and behind-closed-doors intrigue involving the Russian mob, movie stars, and people with both a lot of money…

Allison Janney says she’d be down for a West Wing reboot

Allison Janney says she’s down for a West Wing reboot, though she says it would need to be done with a whole new cast. In an interview with Variety, Janney—who played C.J. Cregg on the original Aaron Sorkin production—said that “it would be just a great time for West Wing now, for whoever is disillusioned by what’s…

Aaron Sorkin promises to fight in post-election note to his daughter

Aaron Sorkin—never one to miss an opportunity to wax about the United States—wrote a letter mostly aimed at his daughter, Roxy, following Trump’s election to president. The piece was published at Vanity Fair, and it has shades of his best work like The West Wing, and just a touch of that opening Newsroom speech.…

Michael Cera might be a guy called Player X in Aaron Sorkin’s poker movie

Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, has already drawn in a fair amount of high-profile talent, including Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim star Michael Cera might also be signing on for Sorkin’s tale of high-stakes poker among…

This video essay examines how to design dialogue, according to The Social Network

In the past few years, there’s been a boon in video essays on filmmaking and filmmakers on the internet. Insightful, short videos have cropped up that look at a particular director’s oeuvre, or use clips from multiple sources to illustrate a point about how a particular tool could or should be used when making a film.…

Jeff Daniels pretty much reprises his Newsroom role to talk Trump

HBO’s The Newsroom hasn’t aired a new episode since 2014, but that doesn’t mean Jeff Daniels has entirely exorcised the spirit of Will McAvoy, the blustery but sometimes insightful anchor he played on the controversial Aaron Sorkin show. In a new video posted to Bloomberg Politics’ YouTube channel, Daniels becomes…

Aaron Sorkin is directing his first movie

Although he’s served as a showrunner, executive producer, and writer for any number of shows and movies—from Sports Night and A Few Good Men all the way up to HBO’s recently concluded The Newsroom—Aaron Sorkin somewhat surprisingly doesn’t have a single director’s credit to his name. At least, he didn’t until today,…

Aaron Sorkin once pitched a Pixar movie about talking office supplies

Aaron Sorkin just made a movie about Steve Jobs, but that wasn’t the first time his career found itself in the orbit of the iconic Apple co-founder. As the legend goes, Jobs asked Sorkin to pitch a movie to Pixar—another company he co-founded—in the ’90s, but since nothing ever came of it, any details about that pitch…

Do you have to like Aaron Sorkin to like Steve Jobs?

A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are split on Steve Jobs, the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic of the Apple icon that’s expanding into wide release this week. Returning again to Farmhouse Tavern, the A.V. Club’s film critics also find time discuss two visually sumptuous movies that opened in theaters…

The Muppets get Aaron Sorkinized in a chatty Studio 60 crossover parody

In a weird coincidence of television history, the fall of 2006 brought with it two NBC series about the stressful goings-on behind the scenes at a Saturday Night Live-esque sketch comedy show: Tina Fey’s freewheeling half-hour comedy 30 Rock and Aaron Sorkin’s tense hour-long drama Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. For a…

The tension between Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle drives Steve Jobs

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It’s a scene straight from the Aaron Sorkin playbook: A prickly, smartass genius man explains to a naïve female subordinate how coincidences work—and specifically, how a coincidence is responsible for the genius’ computer project sharing her name. Only in this case, the man performing the calmly rational condescension…