Jeff Daniels and the rest of the fictional journalists employed at Atlantis Cable News exited ‘The Newsroom’ last month.
Although the HBO drama concluded after three seasons what Mr. Daniels learned in his role as anchor Will McAvoy on the series apparently stayed with him. Mr. Daniels was recently in the Washington, D.C. area touring behind his sixth album ‘Days Like These.’ Although his focus was on the album and the then-recently released movie ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ with Jim Carrey, he spoke about news with the authority of a true journalist or at least a true student of journalism.
“This isn’t a right or left message. I wish people would understand that. It’s not about politics,” said Mr. Daniels of the underlying theme of the series, which was principally written by creator Aaron Sorkin. “This is a message of news balance, of the need for people to stay as informed as possible.”
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Leave it to Don Keefer to document the major moments! Right after the New Year, actress Alison Pill announced her engagement to actor Joshua Leonard, flashing her ring on Instagram. But behind the scenes (as always) was Pill’s Newsroom costar and on-screen ex Tom Sadoski, who played producer Don Keefer on the HBO journalism drama.
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“I had been on a rocky mountain top in Joshua Tree, and Tommy Sadoski, who is like my older brother, who plays Don [Keefer] on The Newsroom, documented with his camera the entire thing,” Pill, 29, told Us Weekly at the L.A. premiere for her fiancé’s new HBO series Togetherness on Jan. 6.
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Emmy-award winning actor Jeff Daniels first picked up a guitar when he moved to New York City in the 1970s to try and make it as an actor. He’s long since made it in the acting world, starring in “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “The Newsroom.” He’s also an accomplished musician who is about to hit the road with his son’s band.
But when he first moved to New York, he just wanted to learn how to play guitar.
“I moved to New York City in ’76 and threw a guitar into the back of the car. I always wanted to learn how to play it,” Daniels said.
“And I had a feeling I would sitting around my one-room apartment in New York City waiting for the phone to ring as an actor and, to keep myself sane, I thought I would learn how to play the guitar.”
In the years after he moved to New York, Daniels was inspired by playwrights he knew from acting in off-Broadway productions to start writing songs. “I would just go back to my apartment and start writing songs in my notebook, because I wanted to do what they were doing,” Daniels said. “And I wasn’t going to write a play or movie that anyone was going to produce. I was just no-name actor in New York City, but that was a good outlet for me, to write and throw it into the notebook.
Popular Mechanics has never been hotter!
Olivia Munn graces the cover of the mag’s February 2015 issue, and inside its pages, the Mortdecai star gets geeky talking about her love for gadgets and also shows off some serious cleavage.
Don’t be confused by the 34-year-old actress’s feminine curves, though—she’s a total tomboy.
“My sisters were always doing makeup and curlers, and I wasn’t interested in that,” she recalls. “As early as I can remember, when we’d all be kicked outside for the summer, my brothers and I would make a huge fort and string out the electricity from inside and build an air-conditioning unit. In the winter we built igloos. We made them so perfect that we’d be sweating inside. For fun, occasionally we’d decide to do something like make our own batteries out of pennies. We’d just create.”
I described it in the past as being ‘devastating,” Thomas Sadoski tell us about The Newsroom ending its run after three seasons on HBO. “I think maybe I over spoke.”
Sadoski does seem rather at peace about the conclusion of Aaron Sorkin’s divisive political news melodrama that made him a household name after years spent treading the boards on Broadway. “We were satisfied that we had run our course,” he says, choosing to look ahead and wonder, “What is the world gonna do with me?”
Olivia Munn is going from the newsroom to the voice booth!
The Newsroom star is leading the cast for a new animated Disney series, Miles From Tomorrowland – and it’s the first significant voice role for the actress, ETonline has learned exclusively.
Miles From Tomorrowland, debuting in February on Disney Junior, follows the space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family — mom and ship captain, Phoebe (voiced by Olivia); mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sis, Loretta; and best friend robot ostrich, Merc — as they connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
“This is the first animated character I have voiced and I am having a blast!” Olivia, who previously lent her voice on episodes of Robot Chicken and Annoying Orange, told ETonline. “Phoebe is confident, warm and funny so I am trying to incorporate all those characteristics when I record her voice.”
The 34-year-old former Attack of the Show host is embracing being in the voice booth.
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