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What Makes America the Greatest Country in the World?

[YouTube Clip] – via VideoSift In the premiere of HBO’s new Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom, news anchor Will McAvoy played by Jeff Daniels was asked "what makes America the greatest country in the [...]

Inside Aaron Sorkin’s Brain

Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer of dialogue — as long as you’re okay with listening to Aaron Sorkin talking to Aaron Sorkin through the voices of miscellaneous actors. But really, I do love Sorkin, and I love listening to that endless echoing conversation; it’s like Mamet except it actually sounds like people I [...]

Michael J. Fox’s Middle Name is Andrew

Image credit: Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn’t Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew. There was already a Michael Fox in the Screen Actors Guild, so I suppose Michael decided “J.” sounded better than “A,” eh? To [...]

Done in 60 Seconds Films

I feel like I got the stink of the self-congratulatory award season washed off me, so I’m in no rush to start lauding Hollywood-types with more shiny hardware. The Done in 60 Seconds awards, on the other hand, I am all for. The idea behind the concert is to recreate an entire film in a single [...]

The Late Movies: Best of The West Wing

The West Wing combined drama, humor, sharp writing and dynamic characters and wrapped it all up as a U.S. civics lesson. Tonight for The Late Movies, here are a few of my favorite clips. Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, played by the late John Spencer, liked to hold Big Block of Cheese Days—days when people who [...]