Published on: May 18, 2012
The announcement this week that Aaron Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for The SocialNetwork
, now will be adapting Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs into a film, somehow seemed absolutely perfect. You just know that the film's structure will be unusual, the dialogue will be crackling, and that he will manage to find new ways to illuminate the character of one of our generation's most provocative and revered figures.
I'm not sure he's written a word, and I have no idea who they'll cast in the lead or who will direct ... but I'd buy a ticket to opening night right now.
BTW...I know I've plugged it before, but I can't wait to see Sorkin's next project ... an HBO series called "The Newsroom," and you can see the trailer for the show here
. Anybody who liked "Sports Night" or "The West Wing" will have something to watch this summer...
I've only seen the previews, but it looks like Tom Selleck has another winner on his hands this Sunday with "Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt," the eighth movie that he's done based on the character created by the late, Great Robert B. Parker. These movies are anachronisms for network television - they're character driven, moody, and made for adults. The rumor is that this could be the last of the series, at least on CBS, but I hope not. Once a year, it's nice to catch up with Jesse Stone, who resembles nothing so much as the sheriff of a western town, seeking personal redemption while being as focused on justice as much as the law.
I was disappointed to see that NBC has cancelled "Awake," the drama about a cop who is in a car accident and then seems to find himself splitting his time between two realities - in one, his wife is alive and his son has died in the accident and in the other, exactly the opposite is true. Jason Isaacs has been terrific in the leading role, and the plot has showed promise of spinning off into new and conspiratorial directions. But now we can just add it to the list of other series that ended after one season, and should have lasted longer.
My personal list of such series, by the way, includes "The Prisoner," "Journeyman," "Strange Report," "Nowhere Man," and "Kidnapped." (I'd be willing to bet that there won't be more than three people in the MNB audience who know "Strange Report" without checking it out on Google.)
My wine of the week: the 2011 Edetana, a lovely white that is a blend of 70% White Garnacha and 30% Viognier, and is just perfect with a good risotto.
And, I should mention, this wine was available through the MNB Wine of the Month Club, which you can find out about by clicking here
That's it for this week. have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.