It may be the off-season, but it’s good to hear things are ticking away behind-the-scenes at HBO’s The Newsroom. New information has been released regarding the season 1 DVD, a quick-fire Q&A with showrunner Aaron Sorkin has him answering all kinds of questions, and which TV and film star hates The Newsroom showrunner?

Who hates Sorkin?

"ed asner the newsroom"That would be Ed Asner, known for his work as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and for providing the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up. But did you know, he worked with Sorkin on Studio 60? The star told Vulture:
 

“I hate Aaron Sorkin because he didn’t hire me.”

Asner was obviously joking, as he went on to discuss the kind of role he would like to play should he appear on The Newsroom. His dream role? “I could be Fox News.”

Aaron Sorkin Q&A

The Hollywood Reporter has listed its Top 50 Showrunners, and The Newsroom‘s Aaron Sorkin features in the drama category. Sorkin was as cagey as usual in the fast Q&A, however he did give us a few behind-the-scenes details to tide us over.

On the most difficult scene to write this year, Sorkin said:

The first scene of The Newsroom. Starting is always the hardest for me.

The rest of the interview covered his influences, proudest accomplishments and favourite writers. Sorkin also described several strange responses he had to particular West Wing episodes and storylines. And our favourite answer? In giving advice on overcoming writer’s block, Sorkin suggested “talking it out with the writing staff” and (assumedly joking) “sometimes beating up an intern.”

‘The Newsroom’ season 1 DVD

Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed the DVD for season 1 of The Newsroom pop up on pre-release on HBO’s website. Unfortunately we still don’t know when the DVD will be released, and by the sounds of it the special features are still being developed.

The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels recently tweeted:

The Newsroom season 1 will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats, and American fans can sign-up now to be notified when pre-orders begin. No artwork or details have been released as of yet.

The Newsroom: The Complete First Season Blu-ray with HBO Select will retail for $79.98.
The Newsroom: The Complete First Season DVD will retail for $59.99.

‘The Newsroom’ season 2

We are getting closer now to the confirmed date for The Newsroom season 2 filming. You can read the confirmed season 2 casting news, and check out our Newsroom season 2 predictions. The Newsroom will return to HBO screens in June 2013.

To keep up-to-date on The Newsroom, look no further than Hypable’s Aaron Sorkin podcast, The Sorkin Series. Now we are in The Newsroom off-season, the bi-weekly/fortnightly podcast is analyzing two episodes of The West Wing each show. Watch along with our hosts, subscribe on iTunes so you never miss an episode, and follow on Twitter @SorkinSeries for updates.

Image credits: Kevin Scanlon for The New York Times, IMDB

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21