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Seth Meyers parodies Aaron Sorkin by talking about parodying Aaron Sorkin

As more and more Aaron Sorkin parody sketches have been made, we’ve come to expect less and less of them. So how does Seth Meyers go about poking fun at The West Wing creator? By making the sketch about making a Sorkin parody.

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PopWatch Confessional: The embarrassing song that made you cry

Sunday marks the return of HBO’s The Newsroom, a series that isn’t exactly known for being subtle—especially in its first season, which featured a memorable scene set to Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

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Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom': 'I feel like I'm just now starting to learn how to write it' -- LISTEN

Everyone, can I have your attention please? Aaron Sorkin has something he’d like to say about The Newsroom. And get this: It’s an apology!

According to Buzzfeed, Sorkin took a little time at a Tribeca Film Festival event Monday to say a few sheepish words about The Newsroom. It went a little something like this:

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Emmys 2013: Jeff Daniels? Merritt Wever? Colbert?!?! Ranking the upsets from crazy to crazier

Midway through Hour Three of this year’s Emmys, host Neil Patrick Harris joked: “No one in America is winning their office pool.” Except that wasn’t really a joke: The 2013 Emmy Awards featured seven big upsets in the major primetime awards. Longtime also-rans got their moment in the sun. Some low-key performances beat out showier and more popular contenders. And, well, the boys of Breaking Bad boys went home emptyhanded. (But don’t weep for them too much.) Below, we rank the upsets from “We should’ve seen that coming” to “We couldn’t have seen that coming even if we were writing a TV show about this two years from now.”

7. The Colbert Report for Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won this award for a straight decade, a winning streak unparallelled in Emmys history. But if any series was ever going to beat Daily Show, it had to be spinoff ColbertColbert‘s win comes, somewhat auspiciously, after Stewart took the summer off. Could this indicate a changing of the guard in the Comedy Central late night political-comedy racket? More importantly: Since it technically aired outside this year’s Emmys eligibility period, does this mean we might get an acceptance-speech recreation of the Colbert “Get Lucky” video at Emmys 2014? READ FULL STORY

Heisenberg responds to Jeff Daniels' Emmy win -- VIDEO

For Breaking Bad fans unhappy with tonight’s acting Emmy results, the Internet’s got something to take you out of your misery. No, it’s not a trip to Belize for those who beat Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul — it’s a YouTube video that mashes up scenes of Walt’s maniacal laughter at the end of season 4’s “Crawl Space” with Jeff Daniels winning the Best Actor in a Drama Emmy for The Newsroom.

Check out the video below if you’re still reeling from the upset and need a laugh. But remember: The AMC hit won the final award of the night for Best Drama. And no hard feelings either, Newsroom fans — maybe Will McAvoy can report on this next year for the ACN. READ FULL STORY

Funny or Die to Aaron Sorkin: Here's how to fix 'The Newsroom' -- VIDEO

Aaron Sorkin, Funny or Die has something to say to you: The Newsroom‘s not the best show on television, but it can be better. Sound familiar?

Mirroring the opening scene of the series nearly shot-for-shot, Vincent Masciale of Funny or Die seamlessly parodies the show by asking bizarro Will McAvoy, “Can you say why The Newsroom is the greatest show on television?”

The question prompts a McAvoy-caliber rant:
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Which '90s bombshell was 'Short Term 12' star John Gallagher Jr.'s first celebrity crush?

Newsroom star, Broadway vet, and now indie film darling John Gallagher Jr. may be moving on from Alison Pill’s Maggie in this season of The Newsroom, but he’s still a little hung up on childhood crush Marisa Tomei, as he reveals in the Pop Culture Personality Test below. He even wrote her a fan letter way back when!

His new film Short Term 12 is garnering huge buzz in the indie film world. It focuses on a couple (Gallagher Jr and Brie Larson) who work together at a home for at-risk youth. As Gallagher reveals in the interview below, it was another recent indie that made him cry — the moving Fruitvale Station. Check out his other responses – including revealing his favorite 90s alternative jam — below.

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Having a breakdown? Better chop off all your hair first

How did The Newsroom‘s Maggie Jordan go from cheerful, wide-eyed Goldilocks to twitchy, traumatized wraith — and a dead ringer for ex-Top Model Marjorie, who herself was none too stable? Spoiler alert: It’s not just because “women try things” with their hair, as Will McAvoy said with a shrug in season 2’s premiere.

No, the truth lies in Uganda — where, as we saw in last night’s episode, Maggie befriended an adorable little boy named Issa Daniel who just loved touching her shiny golden tresses. (“He’s never seen hair like yours,” Wise African Teacher or Whatever explained to Maggie. “That color’s called blond, Daniel. It’s nothing but trouble.” Sorkin. Sorkin.)

Alas, Maggie’s time abroad wasn’t all smiling children and vague racism. Thanks to the presence of News Night‘s crew, Daniel’s orphanage was targeted by gun-toting camera thieves. In the ensuing melee, the kid was of course shot and killed — leading a grieving Maggie to express her sorrow by staring dead-eyed into a mirror, picking up a giant pair of scissors, and hacking away until she was left with a coif that even Fantine would consider drastic.

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Who said it: A 'Dumb & Dumber' guy -- or a woman on 'The Newsroom'?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Will McAvoy is the smartest, noblest, most principled man in news — nay, the world.

Unfortunately, some people will never see Will that way because he happens to be played by Jeff Daniels — a.k.a. Dumb & Dumber‘s idiotic Harry Dunne, a touchstone for a generation of slack-jawed yokels. (Also because Daniels looks exactly like Dave “Joey Gladstone” Coulier, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Then again, it makes a weird sort of sense that The Newsroom — which returns to TV this Sunday — shares a close connection with a Farrelly brothers classic. Despite their impeccable pedigrees (two Peabody Awards! Two PhDs! A B.A. from whatever clown college Maggie went to!), the ladies of Aaron Sorkin’s latest creation could easily be described as dumb (Sloan), dumber (MacKenzie), and dumbest (Maggie).

To wit: They don’t know how email works. They brag about reading Don Quixote “in the original French.” They think LOL means “lots of love.” They can’t add and subtract without counting on their fingers. They don’t get the difference between Ado Annie and Annie Oakley, a mortal sin in Sorkinland. When you sarcastically note that you’re glad “nobody’s invented a way to digitally store images and upload them onto a free website where anyone can see them,” they earnestly reply, “Has someone invented a way to digitally store images?”

And if you mix a bunch of their quotes with quotes from Dumb & Dumber, it’s actually tough to figure out where each line originated. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:
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'Sorkinisms II: The Sorkening' reminds us who Aaron Sorkin's favorite writer is -- VIDEO

Less than a week to go until we all get to yell about The Newsroom again!

In the meantime, whet your appetite for more quixotic antics, flighty women, and Internet hate with this masterful video — an expansion of Kevin Porter’s original Aaron Sorkinisms supercut, now revamped to prove that Sorkin’s latest series is also something of a Frankenstein’s monster.
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