Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama

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The Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama is an award presented by the Writers Guild of America to the best written episodes of a dramatic television series. It has been presented annually since the 14th annual Writers Guild of America awards in 1962. The years denote when each episode first aired. Though, due to the eligibility period, some nominees could have aired in a different year. The current eligibility period is December 1 to November 30. The winners are highlighted in gold.

William Goldman

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A Few Good Men (1992; consultant) – based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992). Year of the Comet (1992). Chaplin (1992). Indecent Proposal (1993; uncredited). Last Action Hero (1993; uncredited). Malice (1993; consultant). Maverick (1994) – based on the TV series. Dolores Claiborne (1995; consultant) – based on the novel by Stephen King. The Chamber (1996) – based on the novel by John Grisham. Extreme Measures (1996; consultant). The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) – based on The Man-Eaters of Tsavo. Fierce Creatures (1997; uncredited). Good Will Hunting (1997; consultant). Absolute Power (1997). The General's Daughter (1999).

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

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Aaron Sorkin. John Tinker. 4 nominations. Carlton Cuse. William M. Finkelstein. Michele Gallery. Karen Hall. Michael Kozoll. John Wells. 3 nominations. Glenn Gordon Caron. Chris Carter. Semi Chellas. Bill Clark. Charles H. Eglee. Julian Fellowes. Joel Fields. Terry Louise Fisher. Seth Freeman. Channing Gibson. Andre Jacquemetton. Maria Jacquemetton. James Lee. Richard Levinson. William Link. Loring Mandel. Bruce Miller. Robin Veith. Joe Weisberg. 2 nominations. J. J. Abrams. Neal Baer. Joshua Brand. James Bridges. Paddy Chayefsky. James Costigan. David Dortort. Joseph Dougherty. Matt Duffer. Ross Duffer. Morton Fine. David Friedkin. Mark Frost. Vince Gilligan. Patricia Green. Walon Green.

Television Without Pity

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The site's founders notably refer to a point in 2000 when The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin posted in the forums, at one point upset over the snark in one of the show's recaps. His experience is believed to have inspired the episode "The U.S. Poet Laureate", in which a character posts on White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman's fansite and is vehemently attacked by members of the forum for his beliefs and his violation of the forum rules. However, most others saw Television Without Pitys recaps and forums to be useful feedback. John Wells and J.J. Abrams have spoken to the value of Television Without Pity in developing their shows.

Tom Cruise

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Widescreenings noted that for Tom Cruise's character Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, [screenwriter] Aaron Sorkin interestingly takes the opposite approach of Top Gun, where Cruise also starred as the protagonist. In Top Gun, Cruise plays Mitchell who is a 'hot shot' military underachiever who makes mistakes because he is trying to outperform his late father. Where Maverick Mitchell needs to rein in the discipline, Daniel Kaffee needs to let it go, finally see what he can do. Sorkin and director Rob Reiner are praised in gradually unveiling Kaffee's potential in the film.

The Flaming Lips

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In March 2007, the band revealed that they had recently teamed up with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to produce a Broadway musical based on the album. In January 2012, Pitchfork TV released a forty-five-minute documentary on The Soft Bulletin. The documentary featured several rare archival photos and videos along with interviews from the members, producer Dave Fridmann, and manager Scott Booker. The same year, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was adapted into a musical after being in development for years after the album's release. Both The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots have been released on DVD-Audio.

Small Town (Sports Night)

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"Small Town" is the thirteenth episode of the first season of the television series Sports Night, written by Aaron Sorkin and Paul Redford, and directed by Thomas Schlamme, premiered on ABC in the United States on January 12, 1999. In the episode, Dana and Casey are supposed to take the night off but are reluctant to do so. They choose to have a double date, Dana with Gordon and Casey with blind date Lisa. Natalie is left to produce the show for the first time, and has to handle a late trade, and Isaac and Jeremy question her authority amongst the rush of the deadline.

Tom Hanks

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In 2007, Hanks starred in Mike Nichols's film Charlie Wilson's War (written by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin) in which he played Democratic Texas Congressman Charles Wilson. The film opened on December 21, 2007, and Hanks received a Golden Globe nomination. In the comedy-drama film The Great Buck Howard (2008), Hanks played the on-screen father of a young man (played by Hanks' real-life son, Colin) who chooses to work as road manager for a fading mentalist (John Malkovich). His character was less than thrilled about his son's career decision. In the same year, he executive produced the musical comedy, Mamma Mia and the miniseries, John Adams.

Laugh track

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Sports Night (ABC, 1998–2000) premiered with a laugh track, against the wishes of show creator Aaron Sorkin, but the laugh track became more subtle as the season progressed and was completely removed at the start of the second season. In some cases, a laugh track was needed to maintain continuity, as portions of each episode were filmed in front of a live audience, while the remainder were filmed without an audience present. Studio audience. Claque. Noddies. "Artificially Sweetened: The Story of Canned Laughter" at neatorama.com. TVParty.com – The Laugh Track. Newyorktimes.com – Charles Douglass.

Glenn Greenwald

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Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin said "I would arrest Snowden and now I'd almost arrest Glenn Greenwald", but later made an apology for his statement, which Greenwald accepted. Journalist David Gregory accused Greenwald of aiding and abetting Snowden, before asking, "Why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" In a 2013 interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC News, Greenwald said that members of Congress are not being told "the most basic information about what NSA is doing and spying on American citizens and what the FISA court has been doing in terms of declaring some of some of this illegal, some of it legal." Another participant was Rep.

52nd Primetime Emmy Awards

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The 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 10, 2000. The ceremony was hosted by Garry Shandling and was broadcast on ABC. Two networks, Bravo and The WB, received their first major nominations. This remains the only year in which a show from The WB or its descendants received a major nomination.

Brian Koppelman

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Showtime's drama Billions, created by Koppelman with The New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and writing partner David Levien, and starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, premiered to strong reviews in 2016. In 2013, Tufts University awarded Koppelman their P.T. Barnum Award for success in Media/Arts. In 2014, Koppelman won an Emmy Award for his 30 for 30 documentary. In 1992, Koppelman married novelist Amy Levine at the Central Synagogue in Manhattan. His sister is Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, who hosts a Sirius Satellite Radio show called Just Jenny.

Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay

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The Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture is one of the annual awards given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Curtis Hanson

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In 2011, Hanson made Too Big to Fail, based on the 2009 Andrew Ross Sorkin book of the same name about the beginnings of the financial crisis of 2007–2010. The film, produced by Hanson's production company Deuce Three Productions for HBO, featured among its cast William Hurt as Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson, and Cynthia Nixon as his liaison to the press; James Woods as Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers; and Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke. His last film was Chasing Mavericks in 2012, but he was unable to finish the film due to ill health. Michael Apted replaced him as director during the final days of shooting.

The West Wing (season 7)

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The West Wing was created by Aaron Sorkin. For the seventh season, regular staff writers were Wells, O'Donnell, Noah, Eli Attie, Debora Cahn, Josh Singer and Lauren Schmidt, while cast member Bradley Whitford wrote his second episode of the series. The regular directors were Misiano, Graves, Andrew Bernstein and Lesli Linka Glatter. The seventh season had star billing for thirteen major roles, with twelve of these filled by returning main cast members from the sixth season. Jimmy Smits is the only actor to appear in all 22 episodes.

The West Wing (season 1)

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It won for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Richard Schiff), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Allison Janney), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Aaron Sorkin and Rick Cleveland for "In Excelsis Deo"), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Thomas Schlamme for "Pilot"), Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (W. G. Snuffy Walden), Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series (Thomas Del Ruth), Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series, and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

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Andrew Ross Sorkin, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves. Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. Barry Eichengreen, Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System. Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Margaret Heffernan, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril. Richard Rumelt, Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters.

Idris Elba

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In 2017, he played Roland Deschain in the Stephen King film adaptation The Dark Tower, and starred in Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut Molly's Game, alongside Jessica Chastain. In 2019, Elba starred as the villain in Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise, and will play Macavity in Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats. Elba has appeared in music videos for Fat Joe (2002), Angie Stone (2004) and rapper Giggs (2010). In 2006, he recorded the four-song EP Big Man for Hevlar Records. He co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z's album American Gangster (2007).

Steve Jobs (book)

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The film is directed by Danny Boyle, produced by Scott Rudin, and written by Aaron Sorkin (with a screenplay adapted both from Isaacson's Steve Jobs as well as from interviews conducted by Sorkin). Extracts from the biography have been the feature of various magazines, in addition to interviews with the author, Walter Isaacson. To memorialize Jobs's life after his death on October 5, 2011, TIME published a commemorative issue on October 8, 2011. The issue's cover featured a portrait of Jobs, taken by Norman Seeff, in which he is sitting in the lotus position holding the original Macintosh computer.

Molly Bloom (author)

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A film adaptation of the book, called Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, 2017. Jessica Chastain plays the role of Molly Bloom. The film received a 2018 Academy Award nomination in the category Best Adapted Screenplay. * Molly Bloom poker interview (video) Molly Bloom poker interview (video).

The Accidental Billionaires

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Directed by David Fincher with the screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake. Sorkin's script won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. * After Words interview with Mezrich on The Accidental Billionaires, August 10, 2009 The Accidental Billionaires preview at Google Books. The Accidental Billionaires review - "Glancing At Facebook" by Paul Boutin at The Wall Street Journal. Facebook in Popular Culture. After Words interview with Mezrich on The Accidental Billionaires, August 10, 2009.

Baillie Gifford Prize

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Andrew Ross Sorkin, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves. Jenny Uglow, A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration. Richard Wrangham, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. Philip Hoare, Leviathan or, The Whale. Liaquat Ahamed, Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. Ben Goldacre, Bad Science. David Grann, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. Richard Holmes, [[The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science]]. Manjit Kumar, Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality.

90th Academy Awards

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The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2017, and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was held on March 4, 2018, rather than its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2018 Winter Olympics. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by American Broadcasting Company (ABC), produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd and directed by Glenn Weiss. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted for the second consecutive year.

30 Rock

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"Plan B": Aaron Sorkin appears as himself as Liz is attempting to get a new job at NBC's The Sing-Off. Sorkin explains to Liz that he, too, is having trouble finding work writing for television, despite having written such works as The West Wing, A Few Good Men, and The Social Network. Liz adds Studio 60 to that list, but Sorkin tells her to "shut up". The two of them also engage in Sorkin's signature "Walk and Talk" during their exchange, leading them to where they started the conversation, something which Liz points out.

The West Wing (season 2)

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Aaron Sorkin originally planned to have such flashbacks as a major part of the entire season, but budget and logistical demands prevented this. The second season had star billing for eight major roles. Seven of these were filled by returning main cast members from the first season, while Moira Kelly departed the cast at the end of the previous season. Rob Lowe once again receives star billing, while Martin Sheen receives the "and" credit for his role as President Josiah Bartlet. The rest of the ensemble, now including previously recurring Janel Moloney, are credited alphabetically.