HBO’s “The Newsroom” Panel and Season II Preview from 2013 #PaleyFest

PaleyFest: The cast of “The Newsroom” Teases Season 2

By Ashley Bornancin, RCR Host and Contributing Editor

Reblogged from the Red Carpet Report  

PaleyFest continued Sunday night showcasing the cast of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” Aaron Sorkin’s latest work, at the Saban Theater for a 10 minute teasing clip of the season premiere followed by a question and answer panel from Aaron and the rest of the cast, moderated by CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Tease of the Season 2 Premiere

The premiere picks up right where it left off from Will being under investigation after calling The Tea Party the “American Taliban,” and he is now preparing for a deposition. Meanwhile, ACN has to deal with fact-checking errors and executive producer Mackenzie McHale (played by Emily Mortimer) smoothly solves the issue from a quick phone-recorded voice over. (I’ve never seen this done in a real newsroom- a recording over the phone would not sound as smooth and crisp as they made it to be, but hey, it’s movie magic.)

The 10 minute clip continued with the team dealing with switchboard failure and anchor Will McAvoy being completely unaware, jamming out to Rebecca Black.

From the teaser alone, Aaron is bringing “The Newsroom” back for season 2 with just the right amount of anticipation to keep you on the edge of your chairs, adding a bit more of a comedic element.

The Q. & A. Panel

The cast took the stage for the questionnaire led by Big Foot’s favorite fan, Dev Patel, along with Olivia Munn dressed classy in a long-sleeve somewhat revealing white dress and Allison Pill with bouncy girls and a fun t-shirt and skirt.

Piers opened up the night by deeming “The Newsroom” as “incredibly realistic,” stating that Sorkin “hit the nail on the head,” which is quite a compliment coming from someone who has worked in the industry for years.

(L-R) Photo of Jeff Daniels, Michael Lombardo (President, HBO Programming), Aaron Sorkin and Piers Morgan, courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest honoring The Newsroom, at the Saban Theatre, Sunday March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media.

(L-R) Photo of Jeff Daniels, Michael Lombardo (President, HBO Programming), Aaron Sorkin and Piers Morgan, courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, during the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest honoring The Newsroom, at the Saban Theatre, Sunday March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media.

Sorkin’s Writing

Daniels starts out the night by telling Piers that Sorkin “writes for actors” and produces “scenes you get to play and get your teeth into.” While the entire cast laughed about being able to improvise, Olivia Munn (“Sloan Sabbith”) admitted that Aaron’s ideas are always the ones that work best, and Daniels said they memorize the scripts “word for word.”

Real News Meets Historical Fiction

Sorkin admits that he wanted to create “historical fiction” within real news, and will continue to move forward in recent past events- that includes the elections, Trayvon Martin case, and he is still debating on covering the Connecticut shootings and Sandy Hook. Sorkin said they were very sensitive subjects and wouldn’t cover a story if it would minimize the actual event. Though, Piers encouraged covering Sandy, stating that he doesn’t see how the show could get away with not covering it.

Photo of Olivia Munn, courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest honoring The Newsroom, at the Saban Theatre, Sunday March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media.

Photo of Olivia Munn, courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, during the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest honoring The Newsroom, at the Saban Theatre, Sunday March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media.

Olivia Munn’s Opinions on Journalists and Sexy Vs. Smart

Olivia Munn was the only one who strongly expressed her views on journalism, majoring in broadcast journalism herself and working in the industry for a short stint. Munn said she didn’t believe that celebrity coverage was “real journalism” and didn’t think it was appropriate that “journalists make themselves too much a part of the story” and thinks opinions need to be left out of stories. She then looked over to Piers and said that she didn’t want to see “Piers Morgan” or “Diane Sawyer” on the red carpet, just on the news.

Munn later explained that women always have to deal with being sexy or smart, and that she wanted her character to represent both. Munn said she “didn’t want Sloan to flaunt her sexuality- but also not apologize for it.” And questioned why women have to “compartmentalize these qualities.

The Cast Really Enjoys Working With Each Other

Although John Gallagher Jr. (who plays “Jim Harper”) didn’t have much to say throughout the night, he was not quiet about his admiration for Sam Waterston (who plays “Charlie Skinner”) stating that working with Sam was like “getting a Ph.D. in acting,” saying, “Sam has routinely prove to be a master of subtlety and honesty.”

Meanwhile, Waterston credited Daniels, saying “We are all good, because Jeff is won-der-ful.”

What We Can Be Expecting

Sorkin told the audience that if they like “Sloan and Don” they will like Season 2. He also stated that eventually viewers are going to get sick of the cat-and-mouse game between Will and Mackenzie, and that the show will not go down if the two eventually get together.

For all those who haven’t given “The Newsroom” a shot:

One thing’s for sure, Sorkin said he is not concerned with the number of viewers watching the show, and more concerned with the current viewers continuing to like it. And feel like bashing Daniels? He doesn’t read reviews anyway!

Photo of Piers Morgan, far right, and Michael Lombardo (President, HBO Programming), second from right, with cast and creative team of The Newsroom,  courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest honoring The Newsroom, at the Saban Theatre, Sunday March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media.

Photo of Piers Morgan, far right, and Michael Lombardo (President, HBO Programming), second from right, with cast and creative team of The Newsroom, courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, during the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest honoring The Newsroom, at the Saban Theatre, Sunday March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media.

Stay tuned for the Season 2 Premiere of “The Newsroom” coming out this summer, and if you’re not a news junkie, flip the channel from “Kim and Kourtney Take on Miami” and give yourself a show that actually challenges what’s going on in the world, and will actually teach you something.

Visit the official site here on HBO, LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Newsroom or Follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/HBONewsroom.

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30th Annual PaleyFest to be Streamed Live by Livestream Bringing the Fan Experience Closer to the Fans

Reblogged from the RedCarpetReportTV.com article.

If you’re not in Los Angeles for this year’s 30th Annual PaleyFest, don’t worry. You can now participate via the new Livestream partnership that is in place just in time for this year’s 2 week-long event.

The Paley Center for Media will be live streaming the following series which will be part of the 30th Annual PaleyFest from the Saban Theatre during March 1-15, 2013: RevolutionOnce Upon a TimeThe NewsroomCommunityThe New NormalParenthoodThe Mindy ProjectNashvilleArrowDallasNew Girl2 Broke Girls and American Horror Story: Asylum.

Additionally, NCM® Fathom Events and The Paley Center for Media will present PaleyFest Featuring ‘The Walking Dead,’” on Thursday, March 7 and “PaleyFest Featuring “PaleyFest Featuring ‘The Big Bang Theory,’” on Wednesday, March 13 in select movie theaters nationwide.

Mark Your Calendars and Follow PaleyFest on Livestream

The PaleyFest Program can be found at http://new.livestream.com/paleyfest. Go to the link and be sure to click on the FOLLOW button on the right side panel.

Paley Center on Livestream

Paley Center on Livestream

Here’s the list of the panels that will be streamed live from the Saban Theatre:

  • Saturday, March 2: Revolution (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Sunday, March 3: Once Upon A Time (Live streaming begins at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET)
  • Sunday, March 3: The Newsroom (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Tuesday, March 5: Community (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Wednesday, March 6: The New Normal (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Thursday, March 7: Parenthood (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Friday, March 8: The Mindy Project (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Saturday, March 9: Nashville (Live streaming begins at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET)
  • Saturday, March 9: Arrow (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Sunday, March 10: Dallas (Live streaming begins at 1:30 PT / 4:30 ET)
  • Monday, March 11: New Girl (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Thursday, March 14: 2 Broke Girls (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)
  • Friday, March 15: Closing Night Presentation: American Horror Story: Asylum (Live streaming begins at 7:30 PT / 10:30 ET)

You can also follow @paleycenter and #PaleyFest on Twitter for updates and live tweeting from the events.

Watch for our Red Carpet Report coverage from the PaleyFest here and on Facebook.

About The Paley Center for Media:

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

New Media Film Festival LIVE via MMTVN’s Red Carpet Report Opening Night + Audience Choice Winner Announcement

Online media and live web TV network company, Mingle Media TV, have announced the winners of the “Audience Choice” online voting category in the 3rd Annual New Media Film Festival, which officially kicks off on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. This year’s festival will take place at the Landmark Theatre in Westwood, California. Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report will also be covering the opening night Red Carpet LIVE streaming on Stickam.com and Mingle Media TV’s site and their CEO will be moderating a panel on Wednesday.The winners of the Audience Choice Awards, where viewers online vote for their favorite web series for this year are:
1st Place: Almost a Turkish Soap Opera
2nd Place: Men e Men TV
3rd Place: Up Up Down Down, The Series
Winner of the Audience Choice Awards: Almost a Turkish Soap Opera

Winner of the Audience Choice Awards: Almost a Turkish Soap Opera

The festival will be screening 80 New Media Films from 14 countries and have a full day of panels starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 that read like a who’s-who in new media, gaming and Hollywood and include multi-genre actors, writers, directors, producers from Web, TV, Movies, and Games.

LIVE Streamed Opening Night Red Carpet

Watch the LIVE streamed Red Carpet from The Landmark Theatre starting at 7:00 PM PT on the Mingle Media TV Network Tuesday night at http://www.minglemediatv.com/specialevents.html.  To watch the live stream on your computer – go to http://www.MingleMediaTV.com/SpecialEvents.html where the stream will be shown – you can log in with your twitter, facebook or other social network to chat in the chat room.You can also watch the LIVE stream from your iPad/Tablet or Smartphone by getting the FREE “STICKAM” APP and at the time we go live search for “MMTVN” to find the live stream.

For more info about the festival, visit their website: http://www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com.
3rd Annual New Media Film Festival

3rd Annual New Media Film Festival

7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Screening Tickets Available Now

HollyShorts Film Festival (August 11 to 18)

HollyShorts Film Festival (August 11 to 18)

Come out to the seventh annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 11 to 18) showcasing shorts from around the world at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome and Laemmle’s Sunset 5, this acclaimed festival features films from amateur auteurs and Hollywood veterans alike.

HollyShorts Film Festival Schedule – Tickets

Opening night Red CarpetMingle Media TV will be there covering as media. Screening Thursday will include several great shorts – (personal favorite: Cutlass!):

Check out the schedule during the week long event and come out to see the screenings of these awesome shorts on topics from teens in cars to the best and brightest industry panels.
Follow the happenings on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Hollyshorts and look for our Red Carpet Report after Thursdays opening night.