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From MSNBC Research Assistant to The Newsroom Co-Star

Some people have all the luck.

Consider the fateful trajectory of Margaret Judson, who plays the part of producer Tess Westin on The Newsroom. As revisited in The Daily Herald by Dann Gire and Jamie Sotonoff, this University of Illinois broadcast journalism grad had no intentions of becoming an actress. But after working initially in New York as an NBC page, she transitioned within 30 Rock to the land of meant-to-be:

“I met Aaron [Sorkin] when I was working as a research assistant for (MSNBC’s) Keith Olbermann. He came into our newsroom to research for a pilot he was calling More As This Story Develops at the time.”

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Aaron Sorkin is ALWAYS Issuing BLISTERING Rants About The Huffington Post

Aaron Sorkin, speaking at an event hosted by The New Republic and HBO, had some unkind words for The Huffington Post. According to Mother Jones, Sorkin — who is a contributor to HuffPost — said the site is a perfect example of “a genuinely damaging force in our culture.” Interesting. We feel the same way about The Newsroom!

Sorkin felt that wasn’t enough hating, so he kept going:

I don’t think we’re very nice to each other anymore… There’s just too much money to be made and too much fun to be had laughing at somebody else fail. And that’s become okay. It used to be the kind of thing that you didn’t do in public…And now it’s what covers…the homepage of the Huffington Post. ‘13 Epic #Fails.’ There’s the need to put an exclamation point after everything, and there’s the need to…create fantastic stories instead of just reporting on things that we need. So the adjectives and adverbs that you’ll see in headlines are always about how somebody issued a blistering this against [someone or something] — just anything to get a clip.

We have no idea what this fool is talking about.

This Just In: Aaron Sorkin Reshoots Cost HBO a Lot of Money

It’s the kind of juicy feature article pull quote that publicists usually can only dream of in the midst of a Skinny Margarita evening confab:

Aaron Sorkin on the multi-million dollar reshoots of the first few episodes of Season Two: “I doubt HBO’s going to be happy with my telling you this, but I got off to a false start with Season Two. With my hat in my hand, I went to HBO and said, ‘Would it be all right if I started again? I know it’s going to cost time and it’s going to cost a lot of money.’ Other networks would have said no.”

That email-bulletined excerpt and a whole lot more can be found in a cover story by senior TV writer Lacey Rose for the June 28 edition of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The article also runs down the list of The Newsroom Season Two consultants, a group that includes CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and former TIME editor Jim Kelly.

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Jane Fonda: ‘I’m Rupert Murdoch Marinated in Ted Turner’

That’s how potential 2013 Primetime Emmy nominee Jane Fonda described Leona Lansing, her character in The Newsroom, during a recent Google+ hangout with Gold Derby head prognosticator Tom O’Neil:

“By that, what I mean is – That I am a ferocious businesswoman who looks very, very closely and primarily at the bottom line. But I’m not ruthless. I don’t try to hurt people by telling “not truths.” I think Ted Turner is that way.”

“And that’s why I say Rupert Murdoch, in the sense that she is ruthless in defending her company and in watching the bottom line. But she doesn’t want to tell lies. And that’s Ted Turner.”

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Aaron Sorkin: Steve Jobs Biopic Will Consist of ‘Three Scenes’

During today’s portion of the Newsweek/Daily Beast Hero Summit in Washington D.C., Aaron Sorkin provided a tantalizing preview of the script structure he is relying on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography.

Per a report by the publication’s TV critic Jace Lacob, here’s what Sorkin told Tina Brown:

“I hope I don’t get killed by the studio for giving too much away,” Sorkin said, “but this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time.”

Each of the three scenes will run 30 minutes in length and Sorkin said they will be “all set right before three major product launches.”

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Aaron Sorkin Writers-Firing Story Turns Into Unholy TCA, Twitter Mess

Yesterday at the TCA, The Newsroom writer-creator Aaron Sorkin hung a reporter out to dry. In a fashion so shocking it probably merits serious consideration as a Season Two subplot.

From Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes’ account of the Beverly Hilton HBO proceedings:

Sorkin took a moment to tell the critics that (a) the writing staff on the show had not been fired; and (b) he had not kept on staff an ex-girlfriend — two elements of a story that had been reported somewhere and picked up everywhere, maybe even by some of those in the room.

“Seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff,” Sorkin said. “They’re acting very strange. They’re coming to work early, being polite to me, and I want the old gang back. I love the writing staff.”

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Aaron Sorkin Cans His Newsroom Writing Staff

The Daily is reporting that Aaron Sorkin has gotten rid of his entire Newsroom writing staff, with the exception of his ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury.

“Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs. This process is nothing out of the ordinary,” an HBO rep told The Daily.

The Newsroom had 10 credited writers in its premiere season. HBO renewed the show for a second season after its second show aired.

Update – 08/01/12: During the TCA panel for The Newsroom, Sorkin denied both aspects of The Daily article, saying he had not fired the writing staff and Kinsbury never was his girlfriend:

“Seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff,” Sorkin said. “They’re acting very strange. They’re coming to work early, being polite to me, and I want the old gang back. I love the writing staff.”

Creator of ‘Sorkinisms’ Video Chats with Romenesko

Media blogger Jim Romenesko tracked down Kevin Porter, the 22-year-old Los Angeles resident behind of the “Sorkinisms: A Supercut” video that went viral this week. Porter, a professional video producer, told Romenesko he’d been working on the video that highlights Aaron Sorkin’s penchant for recycled dialogue since 2010, but picked up the pace a few months ago to have it finished in time for the Newsroom premiere.

The video went viral shortly after being posted to YouTube on Monday morning, much to Porter’s surprise.

“I definitely underestimated people’s interest in it,” he told Romenesko. “I estimated it would get probably a couple of thousand view the first week. But the reaction has been larger than I ever imagined. Did I think the LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, Grantland and the Huffington Post would pick it up? I didn’t.”

Porter, a long time Sorkin fan, wrote on Twitter that he’s thinking about doing a follow-up video: “Maybe Part II premieres once The Newsroom season is over. There’ll be loads of material.”

The Recycled Dialogue of Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin, it seems, has a tendency to repeat himself.

The video’s editor, Kevin Porter, calls the supercut a tribute to Sorkin. He says, “This is not intended as a critique but rather a playful excursion through Sorkin’s wonderful world of words.”

We’ll be listening for these “Sorkinisms” while watching future episodes of The Newsroom. Should make for an absolutely wretched drinking game.

Hat tip Buzzfeed.

HBO Releases New Trailer for The Newsroom

A promising second trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO drama The Newsroom premiered Sunday night prior to Game of Thrones. The show stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, a network news anchor struggling to honor journalistic ethics in the face of soulless corporate demands, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, and Jane Fonda as the scary media mogul who owns their asses.

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