L.A. Film Fest to show premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’


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The L.A. Film Festival is dabbling in television this year, showcasing two programs: AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and HBO’s ‘The Newsroom.’

The festival will screen the premiere episode of Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin’s new series, ‘The Newsroom,’ on June 22, along with a panel discussion with Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul and director Greg Mottola. The three will discuss what it took to develop the show -- a behind-the-scenes look at the intricacies of the fast-paced 24-hour cable news world -- and assemble the cast, which includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterson.


Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his script for ‘The Social Network’ and was behind the long-running TV show ‘The West Wing,’ is writer and executive producer of ‘The Newsroom.’

To celebrate the last 16 episodes of ‘Breaking Bad,’ the festival will host a discussion June 16 with series creator Vince Gilligan, and stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn.


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-- Julie Makinen