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Aaron Sorkin Says "Newsroom" Writing Staff Wasn't Fired

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Emmy and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin is denying a recent report of turmoil on the writing staff of HBO's The Newsroom.

He told journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon that a story he had the show's entire writing staff fired after its critically uneven debut isn't true.

Sorkin said the report was "unsourced" and "untrue," as was its assertion that the only person he spared in the alleged bloodbath was his ex-girlfriend.

"I don't have any ex-girlfriends in the writers' room or anyone else on the show," Sorkin insisted.  "I don't have any current girlfriends in the writers' room or anyone else on the show."

Sorkin said, however, that changes were made to the staff, but that included promotions for two assistant writers.

He explained, "With series television, at the end of each season, you get together with the producers and with the department heads, and you talk about ways that you can get better."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Characters in ‘The Newsroom’ Not Real People, Says Aaron Sorkin

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- While Aaron Sorkin spent a good amount of time talking about his upcoming Steve Jobs film at the All Things D conference Wednesday, there was no lack of references to The Newsroom, his show that premieres on HBO on June 24.

The show, which revolves around a broadcast journalist and anchor played by Jeff Daniels, is not based on a real person, Sorkin told interviewer Walt Mossberg at the conference Wednesday.

“The show takes place in a fictional newsroom; none of the characters are inspired by real people, even a little bit,” Sorkin said on stage. “It’s entirely fictional. It’s not meant to be anything on CNN, MSNBC, FOX. It’s generic cable news, and it takes place in the very recent past; all the news events are real. About two-thirds of the way through the pilot -- I won’t spoil it -- something happens and a date stamp comes up on a screen, and we realize it’s two years ago.”

The first season, which has 10 episodes, covers a period of 18 months, Sorkin said.

Given that Sorkin was speaking at a technology conference, he also addressed the role of digital news in the show.

“Obviously, digital media plays a huge role in the show. There’s a character that’s extremely into the Internet and the power it has -- there’s a clip where he looks at the uprising an Cairo, and how the people that report the news first get it themselves, which is almost always digital. Our entire set is basically made out of electricity, and if you put a satellite dish on the roof we could probably broadcast the news.”

As for Sorkin, he is pretty tech savvy himself. “I have the three screens -- probably more than three screens. I have a desktop, a couple of laptops, an iPad and an iPhone somewhere on my person here.”

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Steve Jobs Movie Won’t Be Full Biography, Says Aaron Sorkin

Shahn Kermani/Liaison(LOS ANGELES) -- While Ashton Kutcher gets ready to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie, Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, is preparing another -- he plans to adapt Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs into a film.

“I am at the earliest possible stage with ‘Steve Jobs.’ What I will do is go through a long period that will not look to a casual observer like writing,” Sorkin said during an interview at the All Things D conference in Los Angeles.

Sorkin also likened writing about Jobs to writing about The Beatles.

“To be honest with you, one of the hesitations I had was that this was a little like writing about The Beatles," Sorkin said. "There are so many people out there that know him and revere him; I saw a minefield of disappointment. Hopefully, when I’m done with my research I’ll be in the same ballpark as some of the folks in here in terms of their knowledge about Jobs.”

Sorkin also discussed the challenges of turning a biography into a movie and said the movie won’t likely cover Jobs’ entire life. “When biographies are turned into movies it is hard to shake the cradle to grave. I probably instead will identify the point of friction that appeals to me and dramatize that,” he said.

Sorkin gave a nod to that other Steve Jobs movie, the one in which Ashton Kutcher is starring, and said he believes that “there is room for more than one movie.”

As for who might play Apple’s legendary founder in his film, Sorkin said he is still unsure. "I don’t know who the actor will be, but they are going to have to be smart. There are a lot of things actors can fake. Intelligence is something you cannot fake.”

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Are Kristin Davis and Aaron Sorkin Dating?

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis is in the early stages of a relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, according to E! News.

A source says they’ve been dating for about six weeks, adding, “They are really happy. They have actually known each other a while through mutual friends and would sometimes bump into one another at industry events, but it has only just turned into something more.”

The 50-year-old Sorkin, whose recent screenwriting credits include The Social Network and Moneyball, was married to Julia Bingham from 1996 to 2005, and was later romantically linked to actress Kristin Chenoweth.

Davis, 47, has never been married.

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Aaron Sorkin's Next Project: Steve Jobs, the Movie?

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Aaron Sorkin, who most recently wrote the screenplays for The Social Network and Moneyball, may pen a film on the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"Sony has asked me to write the movie and it's something I'm strongly considering," he tells E! Online.

The project would be based on the recently released biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.

Jobs died early October at the age of 56, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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The Oscars: 10 Best Backstage Moments

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -- So we know who won the Oscars.  But what about the rest of the night?

The juiciest comments of the night were made not on blogs or Facebook or Twitter but in the press room behind the big show.

Backstage, Melissa Leo talked about her F-bomb drop, Colin Firth explained the matter that rushed him away from the mic, and Natalie Portman declared the name she almost certainly will not give her baby.

Here are the 10 best quotes from backstage:

Melissa Leo (winner: best supporting actress, The Fighter) on accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech: "I had no idea.  Those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend.  There's a great deal of the English language that's in my vernacular.  I really don't mean to offend and it was probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word in particular."

Natalie Portman (winner: best actress, Black Swan) on whether or not she'll name her first child "Oscar:" "I think that's probably definitely out of the question."

Portman on how motherhood might change her career: "I really can't say what's going to happen.  I have no idea what to expect.  It's just accepting that I have no idea."

Colin Firth (winner: best actor, The King's Speech) on what he'll do now that awards season is over: "I think I'm going to cook a lot.  I'm not particularly good at it...but it's a good way to decompress.  I'll probably be the only one eating it."

Firth on the "impulse" that rushed him offstage after he accepted his Oscar: "I don't think that this is the appropriate forum to display that sort of thing and anyone who's seen Mamma Mia will know what I'm talking about."

Firth on shouting expletives in The King's Speech: "I don't take this stuff lightly, but in the context of this film, it could not be more edifying, more appropriate.  It's not vicious, it's not to do with insult...It's a bad man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words."

Christian Bale (winner: best supporting actor, The Fighter) on almost missing the Oscars because he went drinking before the show and arrived late: "They wouldn't let me in.  I was literally banging on the door with Dickey [Ecklund, on whom The Fighter is based] saying, 'Let us in!'...Now I know in case I ever make it back here."

David Seidler (winner: best original screenplay, The King's Speech) on what the award means to him as a former stutterer: "A fairly high ranking person called me the other day and wanted to talk ex-stutterer to ex-stutterer ... I've been flooded with the most wonderful emails and text messages from my fellow sutterers.  Because, I'm still a stutterer...To have these people tell me their personal stories really moves me to tears."

Aaron Sorkin (winner: best adapted screenplay, The Social Network) on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: "Mark, I think he's been an awfully good sport about all this.  I don't think anyone here would want a movie made about the things that they did when they were 19-years-old."

Tom Hooper (winner: best director, The King's Speech) on how he plans celebrate: "Well I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight, I have to be on Oprah at 10 a.m...I don't want to be the first person to go on Oprah drunk so I'll try to control myself."

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Aaron Sorkin Shoots Down Sarah Palin's Hunting Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is going after Sarah Palin with guns blazing, calling the former Alaska governor-turned-reality TV star a “witless bully” for proudly killing a caribou on national television.

In Sunday’s episode of her TLC reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, the 2008 vice presidential nominee showcased her shooting skills while hunting with her father in the Alaska tundra. In a pre-emptive strike, Palin defended her love of hunting against the “anti-hunting hypocrisy.”

“Tonight's hunting episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska ‘controversial’? Really? Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight's episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy. :)” Palin posted on Facebook and Twitter the day before the episode aired.

Sorkin launched a profanity-laden counterattack Wednesday, accusing Palin of being a “phony pioneer girl” who tortures animals for fun rather than killing for necessity.

“Like 95% of the people I know, I don't have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don't relish the idea of torturing animals. I don't enjoy the fact that they're dead and I certainly don't want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn't do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart,” Sorkin writes in a blog posted on The Huffington Post entitled “In Her Defense, I’m Sure The Moose Had It Coming.”

“I'm able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don't watch snuff films and you make them. You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals,” Sorkin says of Palin, who he calls “deranged.”

The screenwriter, however, doesn’t stop with Palin. “The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself,” Sorkin concludes.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Facebook Movie: Fact or Fiction? 

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- The Social Network will premiere Friday at the New York Film Festival and hit theaters on Oct. 1, but already the movie has sparked thousands of conversations, not to mention wall posts.

In the film, Facebook's young creator, Mark Zuckerberg, is depicted as a cutthroat social climber who's not afraid to stab some backs to create his website. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's script is based on court documents and a partly fictionalized book, "The Accidental Billionaires." As reported on Thursday, Zuckerberg revealed he will donate $100 million to public schools in Newark, N.J., a decision that some argue is intended to counter bad PR surrounding the film.

Still, Zuckerberg himself has called the movie nothing more than fiction and claims he has no plans to see it.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer in July, Zuckerberg said, "I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded." 

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