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The Newsroom:
The Complete Second Season

Available on Blu-ray and DVD
November 4, 2014

Nominated for Two 2014 Emmy Awards
for Jeff Daniels and Jane Fonda

New York, N.Y., August 19, 2014 – This just in…The second season of the fiercely intelligent, highly entertaining HBO series The Newsroom is set to release on November 4, 2014. Starring Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) and created by Aaron Sorkin (Academy Award winner for writing The Social Network, creator of the multiple Emmy winner The West Wing), The Newsroom follows a troupe of zealous journalists earnestly trying to reclaim the legacy of Murrow and Cronkite in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships. Nominated for two 2014 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels) and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda), The Newsroom: The Complete Second Season will be available on Blu-ray ($79.98) and DVD ($59.99) just in time for fans to catch up before the premiere of the third and final season on HBO. The Blu-ray box set also includes a Digital HD copy of all episodes.

In Season 2 of The Newsroom, it’s a year later, and in the days leading up to Election Night 2012, the News Night staff is being prepared to give depositions in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a staff member alleged to have doctored a report about a suspicious U.S. Drone strike. As details about the suit’s origin and aftermath emerge, the team continues its quixotic mission to “do the news well” in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles, and their own personal entanglements. While the series is set at a fictional network, news stories covered in the News Night cablecast are often actual past events, or are inspired by them. The Newsroom offers viewers an opportunity to return to and relive the news events that made headlines, as they watch it unfold for the show’s characters, who race to put together the broadcast. Flashing back to earlier events from August 2011 to November 2012, the new season touches on the administration’s anti-terrorism policy, Occupy Wall Street, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Benghazi and, of course, the primaries and general election.

Blu-ray with Digital HD & DVD Bonus Features:
Audio Commentaries – four audio commentaries with Aaron Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul, cast members Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn and more!
Inside the Episodes – get the inside perspective on each of the episodes with revealing interviews from Aaron Sorkin.
Deleted Scenes
Episodic Recaps

The all-star cast of The Newsroom is headlined by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels (Golden Globe nominee for The Squid and the Whale) as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer (Hugo) as MacKenzie McHale. Also starring are: Sam Waterston (Academy Award nominee for The Killing Fields) as Charlie Skinner; John Gallagher, Jr. (Tony Award winner for Spring Awakening) as Jim Harper; Alison Pill (HBO’s In Treatment) as Margaret Jordan; Thomas Sadoski (Tony Award nominee for Reasons to Be Pretty) as Don Keefer; Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as Neal Sampat; Olivia Munn (I Don’t Know How She Does It) as Sloan Sabbith; and two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home) as ACN’s corporate owner Leona Lansing.

The Newsroom: The Complete Second Season
Blu-ray with Digital Copy and DVD
Street Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Approx. 540 minutes (excluding bonus features)
Price: $79.98 Blu-ray with Digital HD (3 BD discs)
Price: $59.99 DVD (3 discs)

Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Newsroom-Season-2-Press-Release/20192#ixzz3BFUtOCV1

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“The Newsroom” was Daniels’ first television series, and the protracted style of storytelling – wherein we follow a character’s arc far more extensively than we might in a movie or play – has shifted his sensibilities.

“After wrapping season one, I was reading a movie script and thought, ‘Well, that felt like a short story,’” Daniels said. “Because with the show, you’ve got a 10 hour season. You’re shooting the novel, not the short story. There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. And I’d do it again.”

Will Daniels miss playing prickly anchorman Will McAvoy?

“Yes and no,” Daniels said. “ … I didn’t do it for 8 years. I did it for 3. And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. I told Aaron (Sorkin) that. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. … The goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? Can you imagine anyone else in the role?’ And I feel successful in coming close to that.”

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Kate Maguire, Artistic Director of Berkshire Theater Group and Donna Hassler, Executive Director of Chesterwood, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announce Lincoln’s Favorite Shakespeare at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage tonight, August 14 at 4pm. A reception immediately follows at Chesterwood. The benefit performance, presented by both organizations, includes the opportunity to attend a twilight reception at Chesterwood, the newly-restored studio where Daniel Chester French created the seated figure of Lincoln for the Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A quartet of noted actors: Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant, and Sam Waterston, donating their performances to the event, will present scenes and soliloquies known and loved by Abraham Lincoln.

Assembled and annotated by noted scholar Harold Holzer, author and editor of over 40 books about Lincoln, the program is inspired by the 16th President’s lifelong love of Shakespeare. The program is produced and directed by Gordon Hyatt.

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Jeff Daniels seems to be having a moment – and not just in one area of his multi-faceted career.

Following a 2013 Emmy Award win for Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, “The Newsroom,” Daniels has again been nominated for a 2014 Emmy for his portrayal of anchorman Will McAvoy, and the final season of the drama has wrapped and will air this fall.

Daniels also recently got to re-visit (with co-star Jim Carrey) the biggest, most commercially successful film of his career, “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), for the purposes of a much-anticipated sequel, called “Dumb and Dumber To,” which will be released Nov.14.

And finally, Daniels is now embarking on a 14-city, Midwest tour of live music shows, playing his original, often funny folk songs while backed (for the first time) by his son, Ben, and the Chelsea-based Ben Daniels Band.

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Mark it down Jeff is scheduled to be a guest on Late Night with David Letterman Monday!

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Congrats to both Jeff and Jane Fonda, nominated for Emmys!

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Netflix is staging a Newsroom reunion.

The Newsroom’s Sam Waterston will co-star in the streaming service’s 13-episode comedy Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera comedy centers on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, find they have each other. It comes as Netflix looks to push further into comedy, as original content vp Cindy Holland noted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Munn, however, has more on her plate than just movies. She also plays Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom and is currently filming the third season.
“I’m going to say that (creator) Aaron Sorkin has put all of us into really intense situations,” Munn said. “We don’t know how the whole season and show will end. We’re all kind of like, ‘How do we get out of this? Or do we get out of this?’ He’s really layered it. None of us know what’s going on.”
Munn’s most well-known co-star on the show, perhaps, is Jeff Daniels, with whom she has a great working relationship.
“Daniels is awesome,” she said. “He works really, really hard. There’s so much dialogue for him to know.”

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Because we can. We’re about to start shooting the final episode, this Thursday. On HBO, there’s no business incentive to keep something running longer than it should. So I just felt like it was a good time to stop. When I was doing shows like “Sports Night” and “West Wing,” it was 22 episodes a year. The first year of “West Wing” was the last year of “Sports Night.” We don’t want to get to the fifth season and have everyone go to space camp.

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