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Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Watched this great film on HBO last night called Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.

The film looks at Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the U.S. judicial system right up to the highest court in the land.

The film stars:
Frank Langella as Chief Justice Warren Burger
Christopher Plummer as Justice John Marshall Harlan II
Benjamin Walker as Kevin Kennedy
Danny Glover as Justice Thurgood Marshall
Barry Levinson as Justice Potter Stewart
Ed Begley, Jr. as Justice Harry Blackmun

Great movie. Great performances.

The Newsroom

Here is the teaser trailer for “The Newsroom Season 1: The Weeks ahead”

The Newsroom

This is the series opening theme for “The Newsroom” It is arguably in my opinion, one of the best TV themes ever. It was composed by Thomas Newman, who is a composer and conductor, best known for his many film scores. Newman has composed music for other television shows as well, including theme music for the series Boston Public and the miniseries Angels in America. His theme music for the television show Six Feet Under won two Grammy Awards in 2003, for Best Instrumental Composition as well as Best Instrumental Arrangement.

I could listen to this music all day. Brilliant piece of music.

The Newsroom

NPR Fresh Air: Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind ‘The Newsroom

NPR Interviewer Terry Gross spoke to Aaron Sorkin on NPR’S “Fresh Air” about “The Newsroom” and other topics . And while Gross boldly declares herself an actual fan of “The Newsroom”, she doesn’t hold back from lobbing the same criticisms most people have been shouting at your TV since the show debuted.


Interview Highlights

On writing about journalism
“I like writing idealistically and romantically, and if you can do that in a place that’s usually looked at cynically — the way journalism is now — you can get something fun out of it.”

On talking like his characters
“I haven’t met anyone who can. When I write these things, I’m alone in a room for a very long time, and I get to rewrite them, and I get to think for a long time about what’s going to be said. If I get on a roll, then I can write a conversation like that without stopping, but I can’t do it when talking to a real person, like you. That’s not who I am in real life.”

On his influences
“I’ve been influenced by so many writers, just the fact that the dialogue has to sound like something, whether it’s Mamet or Pinter or Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams. I like writing things that are fun to say.”

On the walk and talk
“Television is a visual medium. You have to create some kind of visual interest. And it’s entertainment for your eyes.”

You can listen to the “Fresh Air” interview by clicking on the NPR pic.

The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin is back….Boom

HBO Documentary “Lombardi”

It has been 40 years since Vince Lombardi died, but his legend lives on, first in a Broadway play and now in an upcoming HBO special.

Longtime Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi's legend lives on in a new HBO documentary

“Lombardi,” a 90-minute documentary that explores the life and career of the Green Bay Packers coach debuted on HBO on Dec 11 and they are re-airing it on a regular basis.

NFL Films helps by providing rare footage of Lombardi, while HBO mixes in interviews with former coworkers, classmates and family members, including son Vincent, daughter Susan and brother Harold.

Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Bart Starr and Sonny Jurgensen are among the former players who offer their memories.

Whether you are a football fan or not, check it out. They did a remarkable job with this documentary, and it’s an amazing and inspiring piece of work about a great man, who relentlessly pursued perfection in order to achieve excellence.

Here is the teaser trailer

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