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Jeff Daniels Sings the Terms of Endearment Blues

54BelowLogoOr, more precisely,”Allen Parkway Inn.” Per Stephen Holden‘s review in the New York Times of the actor’s recent musical run at 54 Below, the song highlights the class system that unfolds on most big Hollywood movie sets:

The song describes with barbed good humor Daniels’ humiliation at being put up in a dingy motel while filming Terms of Endearment, while those higher on the marquee received comparatively royal treatment.

Amazon is, presently, temporarily out of stock of the CD from which that song came, Live at the Purple Rose. That’s a good thing; it suggests that in-between seasons, Newsroom fans are turning to Will McAvoy‘s very tuneful night job.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Jeff Daniels Has No Time for Twitter’s Will McAvoy

As might be expected, there are a number of renegade Will McAvoy Twitter accounts. Leading the pack is @WillMcAvoyACN, which at press time had surpassed 55,000 followers.

The actor who plays McAvoy, Jeff Daniels, chatted with The Hollywood Reporter’s Erik Hayden at this week’s west coast premiere event about his personal media habits. He likes to tune into MSNBC when a big news story breaks and feels no urge to monitor The Newsroom doppeltwits:

Daniels sees immediacy, if not necessarily reliability, in Twitter – though was less enthusiastic about the McAvoy parody account that has amassed over 50,000 followers. “Will wouldn’t even bother looking at it, which is very similar to Jeff Daniels,” the actor said.

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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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Jane Fonda Accepts LA Press Club’s Inaugural Visionary Award

When NBC LA anchorman and reporter Robert Kovacik recently reminded on his Facebook page that he would be interviewing actress Jane Fonda as part of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 5th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards, held last night at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the first comment he received came from a female resident of Malibu:

No offense to you Robert, but I feel very strongly that Jane Fonda is a lying b*tch who betrayed our nation. Ask her if she did indeed hand over to the VC the notes that the American POWs gave to her. They died a brutal death because of her traitorous actions. Shame on her.

Strong words, perhaps too strong. But Fonda is well aware of this specter. Last night during her Q&A with Kovacik, here’s how the worthy LAPC Visionary Award recipient answered when he asked about her biggest life regret:

“Sitting on that gun in North Vietnam. I’ll go to my grave with that one.”

The remark has been quickly pounced on this morning at Breitbart.com, The Daily Caller and elsewhere.

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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.