Trump's unexpected election win prompted 'The West Wing' writer Sorkin to pen an emotional letter to his daughter, Roxy.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has written an open letter to his ex-wife and teenage daughter in the wake of Donald Trump’s shock election victory this week, urging them to “fight injustice”.
In a letter addressed to “Sorkin Girls” and published by Vanity Fair, the 55 year old award-winning creator of ‘The West Wing’ reflects on what the divisive Republican president-elect will bring to the United States over the coming four years after his win over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
“Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from,” Sorkin writes. “That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it – this is truly horrible.
Sidestepping arguments about accuracy, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle take an artistic, impressionistic approach to this biopic about the iconic Apple founder. Using a structure that would work perfectly on stage, the film tells his story through just three extended scenes. In the process, it reveals even more about human nature than it does about Steve Jobs or the tech business.
The first segment is set in 1984, as Steve (Michael Fassbender) is about to launch the game-changing Macintosh computer with cofounder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), marketing expert Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) and developer Andy Hertsfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg). As he organises the launch event to within an inch of its life, he's interrupted by his ex-girlfriend Chrisann (Katherine Waterston), but Steve still refuses to accept that her 5-year-old daughter is his. He also has an important conversation with the Apple chairman John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) just before going on-stage. This same scenario is repeated two more times, at the 1988 launch of NeXT and at the 1998 launch of the iMac, tracing Steve's fierce business acumen, complex interaction with his colleagues, and his evolving connection with his daughter.
Fassbender bravely never hedges his bets as Jobs, finding a tricky balance in an innovator who changed the world but never quite made sense of his personal or professional relationships. This is a man who is likeable and cruel at the same time, eliciting both laughter and gasps of horror from the audience. Fassbender's kinetic energy is hugely engaging, matched cleverly by Winslet's Hoffman, the only person with whom Jobs speaks about his own flaws. With both Rogen's generous Wozniak and Stuhlbarg's determined Hertzfeld, Jobs is much more dismissive, although there's respect under the surface. And its the literate banter with Daniels' thoughtful Sculley that gives the film its brainy kick, especially as it's so inventively written and directed to weave conversations right into flashbacks.
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The actor confesses he's never been a fan of technology himself.
Since Apple founder Steve Jobs died in 2011, there have been two films about his life. First was 2011's Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher, which flopped with the critics and at the box office. And now Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin are taking a stab at it with the festival hit starring Michael Fassbender. It's titled, cleverly, Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender aimed to capture the spirit of Steve Jobs in the new movie
After Christian Bale had to drop out of the role, Fassbender was surprised to be offered the part. "I got approached by Danny Boyle," he says. "He sent me the script and asked me if I was interested. I read the script and it's amazing writing - amazing - and Danny's a phenomenal director, and just a wonderful person. So I jumped on board. It's really that simple."
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The two-time Oscar winner has been cast as '50s TV sweetheart Lucille Ball, according to new reports.
Cate Blanchett is to be cast as Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic produced by the late American actress’s two children – Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr – and written by Aaron Sorkin, according to The Wrap.
The website reports that Australian star Blanchett will play the TV sweetheart in a movie that will focus on Ball’s twenty-year marriage to Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz from 1940 to 1960. The couple created and starred in the hugely successful sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’, the very first such show to be filmed in front of a live audience.
Cate Blanchett will be portraying '50s TV star Lucille Ball
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Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs and said he didn't know who Michael Fassbender was.
Is it time to suggest Aaron Sorkin is no longer the relevant screenwriter he was during The West Wing years? No, No, It probably isn't. In recent years, Sorkin has offered up some of the finest scripts in Hollywood - Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball - as well as working on HBO's The Newsroom.
Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs
But still, the latest leak of the Sony emails suggests Sorkin's propensity for the glittering A-list casts instead of looking at the bigger picture. The 53-year-old has written the script for the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic - a movie that plays out in just three long scenes each documenting one of the Apple creator's famous product launches - and recently announced landing the "best actor", Christian Bale for the job.
Continue reading: Aaron Sorkin On Jobs Movie: "I Don't Know Who Michael Fassbender Is"
The Newsroom seems to be courting late controversy.
The Newsroom hasn't been very good. I mean, it's been fine, but on the whole it's been uneventful at best and skin-crawlingly cringeworthy at the very worst. Now, with just one episode to go before the studio lights go down on Aaron Sorkin's drama, an unexpected controversy has reared its ugly head.
Aaron Sorkin has come in for controversy for his Newsroom rape storyline
In Sunday's episode Oh Shenandoah, a rape storyline was strangely introduced at the 11th hour. It concerns Thomas Sadoski's character Don, who visited a college student played by Sarah Sutherland for a pre-interview about her rape and the subsequent inaction by the campus authorities. Don eventually persuaded the student not to air her story on his news show, leading critics to take issue with Sorkin's stance on the issue, saying that he was victim-blaming the woman.
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Michael Fassbender has reportedly signed on to play Steve Jobs, though Sony have pulled out the project.
Six months ago, the Jobs movie looked a certain Oscar winner. Written by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin, it was set to have David Fincher in the director's chair and probably Leonardo DiCaprio as the Apple genius himself. Then things changed a little - Fincher left, apparently over money, and DiCaprio passed on the project to take a break from acting.
The replacements were all-star substitutes. Oscar winner Danny Boyle - the man behind Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and that Olympics opening ceremony - came in as director, while Christian Bale - probably the greatest actor on the planet today - agreed to play Jobs. Sorkin's screenplay was typically...well, Sorkin. Eschewing the regular conventions of a biopic, it would tell Jobs' story in just three extended scenes, each documenting one of the tech creator's famous product launches.
Continue reading: Steve Jobs Movie In Turmoil As Sony Pulls Out, Universal On The Prowl
Seth Rogen is being eyed for the role of Steve Wozniak in the high-profile Jobs movie.
Seth Rogen is the first-choice to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie. Jessica Chastain is also being sought for a notable role in the movie, which stars Christian Bale as the late entrepreneur.
Seth Rogen's casting is being likened to Jonah Hill's [L] role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
According to The Wrap, neither Rogen nor Chastain have deals in place but the comedy actor is in talks to play Wozniak, who created the Apple I computer and co-created the Apple II machine in the mid-1970s.
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Aaron Sorkin is ever so sorry about The Newsroom.
Aaron Sorkin has apologized for his HBO series The Newsroom at the Tribeca Film Festival. He didn't say exactly why he was apologizing, though we imagine it was for the show's cloyingly smug, indulgent, self-serving tone.
Aaron Sorkin Has Apologized for 'The Newsroom'
"I'm going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don't mind. 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 the audience after Jon Favreau asked about what he's learned about the media doing the series.
Continue reading: Aaron Sorkin Is Sorry For 'The Newsroom'. There. He Said It. Ok?
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