1. Don’t forget there’s a Butterball hotline if you need help with your turkey. After all, the president used it in The West Wing.

    America’s Test Kitchen said stuffing is best outside the bird, but it’s your call. If you stuff it, just make sure the egg and/or meat in the stuffing is cooked.

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  1. John Gallagher Jr. of HBO’s The Newsroom spoke to us about memorizing the fast-paced, verbose lines:

[M]ost of the rehearsal happens when I’m alone at home in my apartment. I’ll work on the scenes; I’ll walk around; I’ll try to say them out loud. Sometimes I’ll record myself saying all of the lines, even the characters that aren’t mine, and I’ll listen to that while I’m doing dishes or cooking dinner, doing something else just so that I’m trying to get it in my head in a way that doesn’t feel like work. I’ve always been able to listen to a song … once or twice and know all of the lyrics, and so I find sometimes getting audible cues in my head will help me learn it in a way that, I’ll go to rehearse it again and all of the sudden it will be in there. It will start being a little more effortless.
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    John Gallagher Jr. of HBO’s The Newsroom spoke to us about memorizing the fast-paced, verbose lines:

    [M]ost of the rehearsal happens when I’m alone at home in my apartment. I’ll work on the scenes; I’ll walk around; I’ll try to say them out loud. Sometimes I’ll record myself saying all of the lines, even the characters that aren’t mine, and I’ll listen to that while I’m doing dishes or cooking dinner, doing something else just so that I’m trying to get it in my head in a way that doesn’t feel like work. I’ve always been able to listen to a song … once or twice and know all of the lyrics, and so I find sometimes getting audible cues in my head will help me learn it in a way that, I’ll go to rehearse it again and all of the sudden it will be in there. It will start being a little more effortless.

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  1. Meet Jim Harper, John Gallagher Jr.'s character on HBO's The Newsroom. And here’s a perfect example of Aaron Sorkin's crazy fast, crazy complicated dialogue. Yikes! (But it sounds oh so good).

    Oh yeah, he’s on the show today.

    Have you heard Aaron Sorkin's interview with us? 

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  1. The official list of paid consultants for the second season of the HBO series The Newsroom includes Chris Matthews (Hardball) and Ashleigh Banfield (CNN Newsroom) among others. With an all-star lineup of behind-the-scenes consultants the show aims to be as “real” as possible… with a generous helping of creator/writer Aaron Sorkin’s verbose idealism.
We spoke to Sorkin about his new show as well as coke binges, faking Hebrew, and his love of the workplace family.
Also, Jeff Daniels who plays news anchor Will McAvoy speaks about creating his own news personality… and Dumb and Dumber.
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    The official list of paid consultants for the second season of the HBO series The Newsroom includes Chris Matthews (Hardball) and Ashleigh Banfield (CNN Newsroom) among others. With an all-star lineup of behind-the-scenes consultants the show aims to be as “real” as possible… with a generous helping of creator/writer Aaron Sorkin’s verbose idealism.


    We spoke to Sorkin about his new show as well as coke binges, faking Hebrew, and his love of the workplace family.

    Also, Jeff Daniels who plays news anchor Will McAvoy speaks about creating his own news personality… and Dumb and Dumber.

    image via geektyrant

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  1. Aaron Sorkin on whether real people talk like the characters he writes:

    "I haven’t met anyone who can. When I write these things, I’m alone in a room for a very long time, and I get to rewrite them, and I get to think for a long time about what’s going to be said. If I get on a roll, then I can write a conversation like that without stopping, but I can’t do it when talking to a real person, like you. That’s not who I am in real life."

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  1. I phonetically create the sound of smart people talking to each other. I’m not one of them. The characters I create would have no use for me.

    — Aaron Sorkin on creating his trademark witty dialogue

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  1. Monday: Aaron Sorkin, of The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network.

    Monday: Aaron Sorkin, of The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network.

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