'West Wing' boss relieved 2001 is past

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Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, June 26 (UPI) -- The spirit of Father Ellwood (Bud) Kieser lives on with the 28th anniversary this week of the Humanitas Prizes.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

28th Humanitas Prize winners

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 28th Humanitas Prize awards, which were presented Tuesday in ceremonies in Los Angeles:

'Wing,' 'Iris' win Humanitas Prizes

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- A movie about an enduring love that survives debilitating disease, and a TV drama in which the president shakes his fist at God, took two of the top honors Tues
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood analysis: The anti-Oscar?

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- Filmmakers may chase box-office green and Oscar gold, but one of the Hollywood's most coveted prizes -- the Humanitas Prize -- has nothing to do with corporate profits or awards show glitz.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Nominees for 28th Humanitas Prizes

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 28th Humanitas Prizes, announced Monday in Los Angeles.

Humanitas Prize announces 2002 nominees

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- The screenwriters of "A Beautiful Mind," "I Am Sam" and "Iris" were named finalists Monday for the 28th Humanitas Prizes, awarded each year "to encourage, stimulate and sustain writers in their humanizing task and to give them the recognition they deserve
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Cathy's World: The Job

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- Last week I wrote about "Watching Ellie," the new Julie Louis-Dreyfus vehicle that seems like it should be on HBO, but is instead on network primetime (NBC), wh

Cathy's World: Garbage and Gimmicks

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- All this talk lately about the decline of the sitcom has got me thinking. Could exceptionally smart, mass-market hits like NBC's "Friends" and Fox's "The Simpso

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

J-LO Jennifer Lopez?s remix album, ?J To Tha L-O!,? debuted in the top spot on this week?s Billboard Top 200 album chart, with sales of 156,049 copies in its first week.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Nominees for 54th annual WGA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Here is a complete list of the nominees for the 54th annual Writers Guild of America Awards.

Nominees for 54th Annual WGA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the TV and radio nominees for the 54th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards, announced Wednesday by the Writers Guild of America, East and w

Hollywood Analysis: Business & patriotism

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Hollywood's response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. is a work in progress, but some trends are beginning to show -- includin
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Aaron Sorkin
Best Adapted Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin for 'The Social Network' poses with his Oscar at the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Phil McCarten

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, producer and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Social Network.

After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre in 1983, Sorkin spent much of the 1980s in New York as a struggling, sporadically employed actor. He found his passion in writing plays, and quickly established himself as a young promising playwright. His stage play A Few Good Men caught the attention of Hollywood producer David Brown, who bought the film rights before the play even premiered.

Castle Rock Entertainment hired Sorkin to adapt A Few Good Men for the big screen. The film, directed by Rob Reiner, became a box office success. Sorkin spent the early 1990s writing two other screenplays at Castle Rock, Malice and The American President. In the mid-1990s he worked as a script doctor on films such as Bulworth. In 1998 his television career began when he created the comedy series Sports Night for the ABC network. The second season of Sports Night was its last and in 1999 overlapped with the debut of Sorkin's next TV series, the political drama The West Wing, this time for the NBC network. The West Wing won multiple Emmy Awards, and continued for three more seasons after he left the show at the end of its fourth season in 2003. He returned to television in 2006 with the dramedy Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, about the backstage drama at a late-night sketch comedy show, once again for the NBC network. While Sorkin's return was met with high expectations and a lot of early online buzz before Studio 60's premiere, NBC did not renew it after its first season in which it suffered from low ratings and mixed reception in the press and on the Internet. His most recent feature film screenplay is The Social Network, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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