Aaron Sorkin is now apologizing for his HBO drama series “The Newsroom.” At the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, he said, “I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with ‘The Newsroom’ and I apologize and I’d like to start over.” The main criticism he discussed was about setting the show in the near past so that his news anchor and staff could relate to real events. Even though the show won an Emmy for Jeff Daniels as Best Drama Actor last fall, the series will end after its upcoming third season. He added that he wants this final season to start things over so that he can “implement the lessons he learned over three years of writing it.” L.A. Times.
Stephen Colbert reveals his hosting plans for when he takes over for David Letterman in 2015 as host of “Late Show.” Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s show with the man he is replacing, Colbert says he will be “merely copying everything Letterman has ever done.” Watch the clip as he added that “every boob is like a snowflake, Dave. We’re all unique in our own way.” Vulture.
The Country Music Hall of Fame selects three new inductees for 2014. Singer Ronnie Milsap had 35 number one singles in his career, most in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of his hits included “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “No Gettin’ Over Me,” and “Any Day Now.” Songwriter Hank Cochran, who died in 2010, wrote such classics as “Make the World Go Away,” “The Chair,” “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” and “I Fall to Pieces.” Bluegrass musician and businessman Mac Wiseman worked with Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. CMT News.
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in New York honors Meryl Streep on Monday with the Monte Cristo Award. It was the place where she first started working after graduating from the Yale School of Drama. Among those offering comments were writers Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”), Tracy Letts (“August: Osage County”), and John Patrick Shanley (“Doubt”). Previous recipients have included Michael Douglas, Brian Dennehy, James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, and Kevin Spacey. Hollywood Reporter.
Almost every summer there is one song you hear everywhere you go. Last year, it was “Get Lucky from Daft Punk. Jessica Goodman proclaims that the debate over the “Song of the Summer 2014” is already over in mid-April. Watch electro duo Chromeo perform “Jealous (I Ain’t With It”) from their appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week. Huffington Post.
After a delay of almost a year, “Foxcatcher” will finally be released during a prime spot of the next Oscar campaign season. Sony Classics will debut the Bennett Miller film in theaters on November 14. It tells the true story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell). Deadline.
Among other accomplishments, “24” is listed as one of the trailblazers for binge-watching. That phenomenon really started in the early part of this century with full-season DVD releases and then websites like Netflix. Because so many people watched the program after it aired, it has far more fans now than its original run. The return of Kiefer Sutherland as terrorist fighter Jack Bauer is featured in a new trailer for “24: Live Another Day.” The 12-part limited series debuts on Fox May 5. Variety.
Universal Studios theme park in Orlando continues to steal away Disney World tourists, mostly thanks to Harry Potter. With a second Potter attraction opening this summer, that probably means even more bad news for Disney (which has fallen from 74.9% of Florida traffic to 71.3%) and Sea World (falling from 9.1% to 7.9%). Since 2009 when the Wizarding World opened, Universal has grown from 16% to 20.8%. The new attraction titled Diagon Alley will include even more rides, restaurants, and shopping. Orlando Sentinel.