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LISTEN: Aaron Sorkin apologizes for ‘The Newsroom’

- April 22nd, 2014

Aaron Sorkin has apologized for The Newsroom in the most Sorkin like way possible.

According to Buzzfeed, Sorkin was at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Monday and took a couple of seconds away from promoting himself to answer a few concerns people have been sitting on since The Newsroom began in 2012.

“I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom, and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin told press during a conference.

Good luck starting over with only one season left in the show’s future, but we’ll let you continue, Sorkin.

“I set the show in the recent past because I didn’t want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in, so I didn’t want to make up fake news, and also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do,” Sorkin said.

“So, I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn’t my intent, and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or to try to persuade you of anything.”

Now, that’s interesting. The one aspect of the over dramatized show, full to the brim with childish fantasies of what a newsroom should actually be and how it should actually operate, that doesn’t get criticized is the hopeful morality Sorkin instills into his fictional reporters, chase producers, and anchors.

Nonetheless, Buzzfeed reported that Sorkin made it painstakingly obvious he was deeply apologetic about this one aspect he had written into the show. The showrunner further explained that although he’s a storyteller who writes intimate plots revolving around politics and journalism, he’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert in those fields.

“I like writing romantically and idealistically. I try to balance that with just enough realism so that it feels like whatever romantic ideal is in there is somehow attainable,” he explained. “I haven’t become an expert in anything. I’m not sophisticated when it comes to politics, when it comes to journalism. I’m not as smart as the characters are or, as you can see, as articulate. I want to make it clear: I don’t know nothin’.”

Then, Sorkin ostentatiously proclaimed that he’s not happy with any of his work, including Emmy winning episodes of milestone cable dramas like The West Wing and Sports Night.

“…with everything, from Sports Night to The West Wing, Studio 60, and The Newsroom, we shoot my first drafts and you just have to live with, ‘There’s bad writing out there. Now, we had to do it. This is what you signed up for, and we had to do it.’ It’s kind of like a M*A*S*H unit…We just want to stop the bleeding here.”

Even though the apology is there, it feels like Sorkin is actively trying to defend every mistake he’s made. His television writing is poor, because he doesn’t have enough time to hone it. His characters are exaggerated because he’s not an expert in those fields.

This wasn’t an apology, Sorkin, this was an admittance of defeat. The Newsroom isn’t a terrible show, and it’s a shame to see a talented show runner not stand behind his work.

I guess there’s always next time. Meanwhile, the West Wing is available to watch on Netflix, and that’s one hell of a show.

George R.R. Martin responds to controversial Game of Thrones sex scene adaptation

- April 22nd, 2014
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George R.R. Martin has responded to the blacklash over a  scene in the most recent episode of  Game of Thrones that deviated wildly from how most readers interpreted it in the books.

Warning: Spoilers for the Game of Thrones episode “Breaker of Chains” after the break.

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Courtney Cox on ‘Friends’ reunion: ‘It’s not going to happen’

- April 22nd, 2014

Remember that song I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts? Remember how it was the theme song for that popular TV show Friends?

Well The Rembrandts were lying to us all, because they are not here for us. In fact, any inclination of a Friends reunion has officially been squashed, and hopes have been ruined.

Courtney Cox, or Monica for the Friends enthusiasts, informed David Letterman on The Late Show Monday night, that the cast of the hit show will NOT be coming together for a reunion.

Letterman asked the question that so many have been wanting to ask, and here is the answer we all got:

It seems as though the cast has long since washed their hands clean of the show, as Courtney says she has been trying to get the cast together for a simple dinner for 10 years now, with no success.

Matthew Perry, who played Chandler on the show, shot down the idea of a reunion last year, and the co-creator of the show Marta Kauffman, even mirrored Perry’s thoughts a few weeks later.

So it seems as if the rumours have finally been squashed, with Cox bluntly saying, “it’s not going happen.”

Jennifer Aniston however, told Conan O’Brien last August that she had a nightmare that the Friends reunion occurred, but she didn’t get the invite.

At least she can join the millions of fans in comfort of knowing that no one will get an invite.

Canada’s Smartest Person: Competition or job fair?

- April 22nd, 2014

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When you first hear CBC is seeking Canada’s Smartest Person, it sounds like a job posting to run the CBC.

But despite the challenges facing CBC with regard to government budget cuts and the loss of the NHL contract to Rogers, how you parlay the title of Canada’s Smartest Person into other successes will be up to you.

Canada’s Smartest Person, which aired as a two-hour special in 2012, is returning to CBC this fall as a nine-episode series. It will be taped in front of a live studio audience.

The application process currently is under way, having begun last week and remaining open until June 15. But waiting until the last minute would not be, um, a smart thing to do. Details are available at cbc.ca/smartestperson.

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older as of January 2014. So no annoying whiz-kids, please.

Canada’s Smartest Person is based upon the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which in recent years has endeavored to redefine what it means to be smart. According to the theory, there are six main categories of intelligence: Logical, visual, physical, linguistic, musical and social. Most people have strength in two or three of these areas, but few excel in all of them.

Which essentially means, you don’t necessarily have to be a rocket scientist. Back in 2012, Peter Dyakowski – an offensive lineman with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, pictured above – emerged with the title of Canada’s Smartest Person.

Dyakowski now has a corner office at CBC. I kid, I kid. But nonetheless, being named Canada’s Smartest Person would be a pretty impressive thing to put on a resume.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Brian Williams raps Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin and Juice’ on ‘Tonight Show’

- April 22nd, 2014

Jimmy Fallon has done it again.

The late night comic is gaining a reputation for setting the Internet abuzz the next morning with his hilarious skits from the night before, whether it’s his bang-on imitations of musicians, or his smooth rhymes and slick moves with Justin Timberlake that turn the Tonight Show stage into a giant dance floor.

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Last night was no exception, as he turned stoic and serious NBC newsman Brian Williams into a gangsta, with a mash-up of him rapping Snoop Dogg’s seminal hip-hop track, Gin & Juice.

Watch below:

I feel sorry for the poor person who had to cut that video, but hey – kudos – it’s an instant classic.