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The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin To Guest Star On '30 Rock'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Aaron Sorkin is returning to NBC. If only very briefly. Sorkin, who, with NBC, had tremendous success with his political drama "The West Wing," wil...

Olbermann Headed To Hollywood?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In his surprise farewell from his MSNBC show Friday night, Keith Olbermann alluded to the classic broadcast-apocalypse film 'Network,' and its angry, ...

When There's No Clock to Punch: Writer-Director John Wells on The Company Men

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

For a film that deals with misfortune and a cast that includes four Oscar-winners -- Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner -- John Wells has a surprising amount of luck.

The Fighter May Not Win Oscars, but It Ought to As the Best Fight Film Since Rocky

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm not a boxing fan, but when it's part of a good story my heart races. That's how I felt encountering Rocky many years ago, and the experience was matched at a screening of The Fighter.

HuffPost Video Exclusive: Erasure's "A Little Respect," Plus a Holiday Conversation With Mr. Pink Martini

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Erasure wanted to do something a little extra to spread light on this inspiring message of tolerance and to help raise money for an organization that is on the front line for gay and human rights.

HuffPost Review: The Company Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Wells' The Company Men is a solid if predictable story of the lives of the suddenly unemployed. If you've invested your time and identity into your job, who are you when that job is taken away from you?

What Liberals Must Learn From Ukraine's Orange Revolution

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrea Chalupa

Why should we, here in America, care about a country with some of the worst luck in recent history? Because if we don't stand united against the "lesser evil" than the "straight-up evil" is coming for us.

Mad Men Makes the All-Time Television Pantheon and Unspools Another Fine Episode

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The first part of this season is more pleasant to watch than the first part of last season. But until we know where we're going this season, I'm not sure how consequential it will all turn out to be.

TV Characters We've Lost: Will You Miss Michael Scott The Most? (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

With the announcement that Steve Carrell will not be returning to The Office as Michael Scott, another beloved character bites the dust. Michael may b...

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: The Other City

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

How does a film like The Other City, which gets right into the faces and homes of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS, get made?

Elena Kagan and the West-Wingification of the Left

John Odum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Odum

How did the Democratic left, which used to be defined by progressive economics more than anything else, become distinguished from the Republican right merely over differences on same-sex marriage and global warming?

The California as First "Failed State" Debate: Schwarzenegger, Davis, Whitman, and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Is California America's first "failed state?" I asked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; the governor he replaced, Gray Davis; and a famous former governor favored to be the next governor, Jerry Brown.

TV Shows That Ended This Decade: Which Will You Miss? (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Even the best, slow burning story arcs must one season come to an end, and the noughties saw the end of some television favorites. Which of these show...

An Open Letter to TV Writers Who Enjoy the "Will They Or Won't They?" Game Too Much

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

I'm so incredibly sick of TV insiders talking about the "Moonlighting curse." People who are attracted to each other usually end up getting together. So let it happen!

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Racial Advancement on TV: Is the Progress Depicted Well-Intentioned Fantasy?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

I've been noticing over the past several years a tendency for the Media to depict racial togetherness in a manner that doesn't come close to representing reality.

Why We Give to Animal Charities

Jackie Fuchs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jackie Fuchs

Animals have no safety net in society, no voices of their own, and very few rights under the law but they touch our hearts in deep and meaningful ways.

Ron Silver: A Great Friend, A Great Actor

Lawrence O'Donnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lawrence O'Donnell

I'm one of the lucky ones who got to work with Ron. The West Wing was the perfect place for us to join forces professionally--a political operative got to write a political show and a political activist got to play a political operative.

Michelle Obama and the Covert Influence of First Ladies

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

As memories of Inauguration Day 2009 begin to fade in and the new administration ensues, speculation will only increase about how politically influential Michelle Obama will be as First Lady.

A Model for Michelle in California

Daniel Zingale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Zingale

The un-written rules long dictated that first ladies stand by, stand behind, and, at best, stand-in for their elected spouse.

"Misunderestimated"

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

If the press conference today was any indication of what went on inside the Oval Office, there was never any reasoned debate regarding the issues.

'Let Obama be Obama' (Barack Obama on The West Wing)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Mendelson

Silly, but fun (and relatively well-edited). I can't wait to see the episode where Harry Reid either grows a spine or is replaced as Senate Majority ...

John Edwards Belongs in a Jay McInerney Novel

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

A surprising footnote to the Edwards affair is that Rielle Hunter turns out to be the prototype of the heroine of Jay McInerney's Story of My Life. Pu...

What's Next?

Richard Schiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Schiff

President Bartlett on The West Wing often said this. Usually at the end of an episode when a thing had been solved or resolved or lost or won and it was, whatever the case, time to move on.

PRESIDENTS OBAMA AND PALMER

Eugene Linden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Linden

If ever there was a year for a Democratic president to be elected, this was it - a war without end, imploding economy, the most unpopular incumbent in...