Dusting Off: Dramatizing Newsmen
Loosen those ties and grab a Styrofoam cup of stale joe: The Newsroom premieres on HBO this Sunday. The fluorescent den of newscasters has been a tried and tested bastion of cinematic greatness for years: the ring around the (unbuttoned) collar, the insubordination, the leggy, ball-busting female executives, the narcissistic, damaged, maverick newsmen who love (to hate) them, the do-or-die stakes, the corporate greed, and the going live in five, four, three...
It’s high time someone dusted off the fictional newsroom. That it’s Sorkin who’s manning the duster is just gravy—chunky, delicious, “My name is Andrew Shepherd and I am the president” gravy, ladled atop generous portions of “You have part of my attention—you have the minimum amount” and “What I do want is for you to stand there in that faggoty white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some fucking courtesy!” You have to ask him nicely, is all.
To prime the pumps, we leave you with scenes from some of our all-time favorite fake newsrooms...
Broadcast News (1987)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970)
Murphy Brown (1988)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
The Wire (2002)
Shattered Glass (2003)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
The Insider (1999)
Anything can happen in the newsroom...