cary-grant-rosalind-russell-ralph-bellamy-his-girl-fridayStarting Sunday, June 24. writer Aaron Sorkin takes a crack at showing what being a journalist is really like — while still keeping in interesting — with HBO’s new series, “The Newsroom.”

“His Girl Friday” (1940): “The Front Page” has been filmed several times, but this variation that makes the newspaper tale a romantic comedy — thanks to the great battle of the sexes between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell — arguably is the most engaging.
“Ace in the Hole” (1951): Also known as “The Big Carnival,” director Billy Wilder’s cynical drama casts a fearless Kirk Douglas as a down-on-his-luck reporter who tries to exploit a cave-in.
“Sweet Smell of Success” (1957): It doesn’t unfold in a literal newsroom, but this searing drama of a cruel columnist (Burt Lancaster) who manipulates a desperate publicist (Tony Curtis) must be on any list of great newspaper dramas.
robert redford dustin hoffman all the presidents men 325 'Broadcast News' and 'State of Play' uphold the 'Network' tradition of Newsroom movies“All the President’s Men” (1976): Maybe the most thrilling newspaper drama yet made is a true story, as anyone who knows the name Watergate knows, with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as relentless reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

“Network (1976): Thirty-six years later, critics and journalists still marvel at the prescience of writer Paddy Chayefsky – who yielded Oscar-winning roles for Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch — about the then-future of TV news.
“Absence of Malice” (1981): The target (Paul Newman) of a leaked story cleverly evens the score with those who smeared him, including the main reporter (Sally Field), in director Sydney Pollack’s very smart drama.
holly-hunter-william-hurt-albert-brooks-broadcast-news.jpg“Broadcast News” (1987): Writer-director James L. Brooks proves he knows his stuff about the business in this superb comedy-drama about a love triangle (William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks) in a Washington network bureau … and also about much more.
“State of Play” (2009): This underrated Americanization of an acclaimed British miniseries boasts strong work by Russell Crowe as a veteran reporter investigating an old pal (Ben Affleck), a politician whose mistress has died suspiciously.
“Morning Glory” (2010): It may lack the gravitas of other movies on this topic, but this comedy about the morning news show wars is a pure delight, thanks to Rachel McAdams’ sunniness as a determined producer and Harrison Ford’s surliness as a grouchy co-anchor.
Posted by:Jay Bobbin