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Friday September 20th, 2013

The Great Migration of Movie Stars… to Television?!

By Doreen Alexander Child
Contributor

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Just a generation ago it would have been unimaginable, but the fact of the matter is this: since the arrival of premium cable and the rise of HBO about 30 years ago, television has provided quality entertainment on a more consistent basis than movies. This has never been more true than it is today, with the movies dominated by mindless remakes, sequels and adaptations, while TV offers the likes of not only HBO but also AMC, Showtime and now even streaming alternatives like Netflix, all of which proudly air original and edgy content of the sort that one used to find at the cineplex before the studios were swallowed by profit-obsessed conglomerates. Now, not only viewers look at TV differently — but so, too, do talent.

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Wednesday October 5th, 2011

Hollywood Film Festival Announces Producer, Screenwriter, Breakthrough Director and Composer Honorees (Exclusive)

The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, will honor Golden Globe winner Letty Aronson with its Hollywood Producer Award for Midnight in Paris, Michel Hazanavicius with its Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award for The Artist, Oscar winner Diablo Cody with its Hollywood Screenwriter Award for Young Adult and two-time Oscar nominee Alberto Iglesias with its Hollywood Film Composer Award for both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Skin I Live In. All four individuals will collect their statuettes at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Oct. 24.

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Saturday February 19th, 2011

INTERVIEW: 30 MINUTES WITH AARON SORKIN, SHAKESPEARE OF OUR TIME

Last night, I had the great thrill of speaking for about 30 minutes by phone with Aaron Sorkin, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest American screenwriters alive today — right up there with his mentor William Goldman, as well as Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Charlie Kaufman, Tony Kushner, David Mamet, Eric Roth, and Robert Towne. Rather remarkably, though, Sorkin had never even been nominated for an Academy Award prior to this year — not for “A Few Good Men” (1992), not for “Malice” (1993), not for “The American President” (1995), and not for “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007). (Perhaps the Academy just couldn’t handle the truth!) Next Sunday night, however, he is widely expected to win the best adapted screenplay Oscar for his most impressive script yet, the “Citizen Kane” (1941)/“Rashomon” (1950)-inspired “The Social Network.”

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Over the course of my time with Sorkin — who is now in the midst of polishing the pilot script for an HBO show about a cable news anchor, and who talks just as quickly and wittily and intelligently as the characters that he has been writing for the past two decades — he and I discussed…

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