The Movie "Network"

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    Best remembered for the line "I'm as Mad as Hell and I'm not going to take this anymore."

    I find this movie kind of interesting in that it was precient.

    The short synopsis of the plot is that we have a TV Anchorman who suffers a nervous breakdown and loses his mind, but due to various machinations at the Network, he is kept on the air until he is a ratings hit.

    Peter Finch, the only guy to win a posthomous Oscar at that point (and actually deserve it, unlike Heath Ledger) is truly great as Howard Beale.

    But then I look around the Television Landscape, and I see Olberman and Beck and a lot of other equally crazy people on the air, and I have to think, "You know, Howard looked relatively sedate."
     
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    There's a new series starting at the end of June on HBO that reminds me of that character. Jeff Daniels is the main character, I believe it is called The Newsroom.

    Finch's breakdown was well on it's way without the pressure of his high stress job, imo. It's not a job for the weak. Same with Olbermann and Beck.
     
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    That's the new Aaron Sorkin show, right?

    I'm a big fan of his.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI5hrcwU7Dk]Network - Money speech - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Yes! I can't wait to see it, they're already showing promos for it and it doesn't start for a month. :(

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...-wozniak-hired-aaron-sorkin-steve-jobs-326595
     
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