Aaron Sorkin returned to the world of television this year with HBO’s The Newsroom, and while I didn’t hate the show as much as some did, it was a far cry from the glory days of The West Wing. For those feeling nostalgic, or for the West Wing obsessed (of which I’m a card-carrying member), a video has surfaced called “Walk and Talk the Vote” which reunites a large chunk of the show’s cast. The ad is in support of Bridget Mary McCormack, a non-partisan candidate for Michigan State Supreme Court, but it touches on the importance of all non-partisan voting.
It’s great to see Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Melissa Fitzgerald and even Lily Tomlin back together, but I really would’ve loved to see Rob Lowe return and complete the “original five.” Nevertheless, hit the jump to take a trip down memory lane, and if you’ve still never seen The West Wing I highly suggest you rectify that as quickly as possible.
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Several weeks ago, Sony Pictures invited us to attend the press junket The Amazing Spider-Man. The reboot takes a grittier, more realistic approach to Peter Parker’s journey to becoming your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and sees the wall-crawler struggling to come to grips with the mysterious disappearance of his parents. For more on the film, click here for all of our previous coverage.
During my on-camera interview with Martin Sheen, who plays Uncle Ben, we talked his experience working with Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), the blockbuster feel on set, his thoughts on Spawn, and what it was like being on The West Wing during the Aaron Sorkin years and after Sorkin left the show. Hit the jump to check out the interview, and click on the corresponding links for my interviews with co-stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary. The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd.
Last night was the premiere of Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO series, The Newsroom. The show felt like Sorkin² in terms of the dialogue, the big soaring speeches, and the important parables. It also felt like a bit of a retread as it quickly became apparent to Sorkin fans that he was reusing characters from his previous series’, specifically Sports Night and The West Wing. Obviously, this comparison is based off only one episode, and perhaps The Newsroom will evolve to where these new characters will actually feel new.
Hit the jump to see how Sorkin’s new characters compare to his old ones.
By now, you’re most likely familiar with the NBC series Community. If you’re a fan of the show, you’re aware of its genius. If you’re not a fan of the show, you’ve no doubt heard of its genius from the legions of fans working tirelessly to recruit their friends to the show’s league of fandom. Not only is Community brilliant and whip-smart, but it’s also incredibly funny and is certainly one of the most wholly original shows on television. Last week I got the chance to speak with Danny Pudi, who plays Abed on the show, in conjuction with Speed Stick’s “Handle It” campaign.
Guys are encouraged to tweet their most awkward or embarrassing stories to @SpeedStick with the hashtag #HandleIt, and Pudi will choose his favorite submission, develop the script, and star in a video based on the entry as the winner’s “inner voice.” During the course of our conversation, Pudi talked about his own worst/most awkward “Handle It” moments, what’s coming up on Community (including another video game episode and an Ocean’s Eleven caper), and I asked him about his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in The West Wing. Hit the jump to watch or read the interview.
It’s been six years since The West Wing left television (and in my book, it’s more like a decade since I couldn’t keep going after Aaron Sorkin left the show), but it will always be one of the best programs in the medium’s history. It was inspiring, funny, smart, and moving, both emotionally and with people constantly moving. The “Walk-n-Talk” was one of the show’s memorable devices, and that device has now been appropriated to promote the fitness campaign, “Everbody Walk“. Funny or Die has put together an amusing video for the campaign featuring West Wing cast members Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina, Melissa Fitzgerald, and William Duffy reprising their roles and poking fun at the classic show’s beloved trademarks.
Hit the jump to check out the video.
As I’ve said all week, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year. While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale. It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward. But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.
At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider. Over the past few days I’ve posted my interviews with Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard and Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly. Today I’ve got Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. During the interview we talked about premiering at SXSW, Joss Whedon, rehearsals, how much changed on set, how did they get involved in the project, Liberal Arts, The West Wing, and a lot more. Hit the jump to check it out.
There have been few spy movies in the past decade without a middle east centered plotline. The Double, starring Topher Grace, Richard Gere, and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, is a throwback to the cold-war espionage films of the ’60s. When a US Senator’s murder bears the trademark of an infamous assassin, rookie FBI agent (Grace), must team up with a retired CIA operative (Gere) to find the killer’s whereabouts. But when true identities are called into question, each must decide who’s playing who.
At the film’s press day, I sat down with Grace and Moyer, who has a small but integral role as a Russian convict. After joking about their Internet habits, on-set pranks, and Moyer’s love of The West Wing (Martin Sheen plays a FBI honcho), we didn’t have time for much else. The two actors, who have a great banter, also discuss their favorite spy films and getting into character. Hit the jump for the full interview.
Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day is the amazing Aaron Sorkin series The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection. While it’s normally $299.98, they have it on sale for 67% off – which makes it $99.99 for the 154 episodes on 45 discs. The West Wing was originally broadcast from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006 and it follows the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). It’s an incredible show that won numerous awards. Amazon’s deal is only for today.
by Bob Starr Posted: April 15th, 2010 at 8:00 am
Television shows based around sports have always been a bit of an enigma to me. While I appreciate the need to represent the theme of athleticism on TV it seemed the audience for such a show would be tuning into other programming. That would be actual sporting events, specifically.
This obviously put a series like Sports Night in a difficult predicament. The perceived core demographic is either out playing sports, or watching it on TV (instead of this show) and the remaining viewing audience thinks they need to be sports fans to understand the content. Even with a tagline of, “It’s about Sports. The same way Charlie’s Angels was about law enforcement.” the inherent misperception of who Sports Night was trying to capture as an audience is the most likely reason the series lasted only two seasons.
Trust me when I say, this may have been one of the greatest upsets in television history because Sports Night is simply one of the best shows I’ve watched. It was deserving of overtime, and I’ll tell you why after the jump.