COMEDY SERIES DOLL & EM,
STARRING EMILY MORTIMER AND DOLLY WELLS,
DEBUTS MARCH 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
DOLL & EM, a six-episode comedy series starring Emily Mortimer (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) and Dolly Wells (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), will debut WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), presenting two half-hour episodes back-to-back, followed by two episodes on both of the subsequent Wednesdays, March 26 and April 2.
Written by and starring real-life best friends Mortimer and Wells, DOLL & EM is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. A bittersweet, intimate portrait of female friendship, the series follows their relationship through unexpected complications and surprising twists.
Visit the set of HBO’s The Newsroom and enjoy lunch with one of the producers!
From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball, comes The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.
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Gabby: Law & Order: SVU has been on point this year. What’s coming up when the show comes back after the Olympics?
Funny you should ask because we just got the juiciest of scoops. Donal Logue—he’s everywhere and we love it—will guest star in an upcoming very Rollins-heavy episode. Look for her gambling relapse to create a TON of drama. We all knew this day was coming. In a March episode, “Gambler’s Fallacy,” Rollins is made for a cop in an illegal gambling ring and she’s forced to join the fold to pay off her debt. Not a great look for a police officer. The risk of losing her badge is the least of her problems when something unthinkable happens on her watch. Thomas Sadoski reprises the role of Nate Davis and Stefanie Scott returns as Clare Wilson in the March 12 episode.
Academy- and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will receive the annual Screenwriters Tribute in June at the 19th annual Nantucket Film Festival. Actress Emily Mortimer, star of Sorkin’s HBO drama “The Newsroom,” will present him with the award at a tribute on June 28.
Sorkin is best known for his Oscar-winning adapted screenplay for “The Social Network,” and for creating acclaimed TV shows “The West Wing,” “Sports Night” and “The Newsroom.” Other film and TV credits include “Moneyball,” “Malice,” “The American President,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”
The film adaptation of Sorkin’s Broadway playwriting debut, “A Few Good Men,” was nominated for four Academy Awards. Sorkin is next scheduled to adapt “Steve Jobs,” the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder, according to a press release today from the Nantucket festival.
“Aaron Sorkin has had a profound influence on the way stories are told on the big and small screens, and we are delighted he will be accepting our tribute and joining the ranks of the great NFF Screenwriters Tribute honorees of the past,” said Mystelle Brabbée, festival executive director, in the release. Past honorees have included David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Paul Haggis, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, and James Schamus.
The island film festival will take place this year on June 25-30.
Prior to “The Newsroom,” Mortimer collaborated with director Martin Scorsese on “Shutter Island” and “Hugo.” Other film credits include “Young Adam,” “Dear Frankie,” “Match Point,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” and Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing, for which Mortimer won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Next month, Mortimer will star in HBO’s “Doll & Em,” a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant. Mortimer co-wrote the comedy and will co-star with real-life best friend Dolly Wells.
“Mad as Hell”: Dave Itzkoff and Aaron Sorkin on the Influence of Network and Paddy Chayefsky
Tuesday, February 25, 2014; 7:00 pm
The Paley Center brings together one of TV’s leading auteurs and an acclaimed cultural reporter to look at the enduring legacy and continuing cultural relevance of early TV’s master writer, Paddy Chayefsky, through the lens of his 1976 film masterwork, Network.
A book signing of Dave Itzkoff’s Mad As Hell: the Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies will follow.
Per twitter, the 3rd season of The Newsroom will begin production this spring, will air this fall and will be its last.
Emmy-winning TV and movie star Jeff Daniels will bring his one-man acoustic show of bluesy folk songs, personal stories, and comedy to Monroe County Community College on Jan. 29.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show in the college’s La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater are $45. They go on sale this morning at 10, online only via the La-Z-Boy Center Web site, www.monroeccc.edu/?theater.
Daniels is a native of Chelsea, Mich., where he founded the Purple Rose Theater Company.
He recently won an Emmy for best actor in a drama for his starring role as Will McAvoy in HBO’s The Newsroom. He has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for the role. The 20th annual SAG Awards will be held on Jan. 18.
Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/TV-Radio/2014/01/07/Actor-Jeff-Daniels-to-perform-in-one-man-show-at-Monroe-County-Community-College.html#oOwG8luqpSt1mJwL.99
Olivia Munn isn’t your standard-issue star on the rise. With her exotic looks (a mix of Chinese, Irish and German heritage) and unusual background (born in Oklahoma, then moved to Japan with her military family) she still exudes an all-American appeal, but with a twist.
“I speak Japanese, which came in useful when I did ‘The Newsroom,’ ” she says of the Aaron Sorkin HBO drama in which she plays brainy but socially awkward economist Sloan Sabbith. “It’s the first time I was able to use it in my career, which was really cool.”