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Here's How Much Aaron Sorkin Is Really Worth

In terms of talent, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979) is Hollywood royalty, and he's got both the awards and the bank account to prove it. For two decades, Sorkin's work has wowed audiences on television, the silver screen, and even Broadway. Historically, Sorkin's projects have high-caliber casts, and even higher-dollar budgets.

Screenwriting, however, wasn't actually his first passion. In fact, when Sorkin was younger, his goal was to be an actor. Like many who move to Manhattan to chase this dream, Sorkin struggled financially, but eventually found his way to screenwriting, and the rest is history. In 1992, Sorkin scored his first box office hit with "A Few Good Men," and since then, his writing genius has continued to reap him a massive following of die-hard fans, and millions of dollars in fiscal returns.

Despite Sorkin's plentiful cash flow, life in the spotlight hasn't always been perfect or easy. Even throughout some of his career's most lucrative years, the screenwriter has had his struggles. Is this a case of 'mo money mo problems'? Perhaps, but on the other hand, the talented — and especially the rich — tend to rise right back to the top. As for the Oscar and Emmy award-winning screenwriter's wealth today, read on to see how much Aaron Sorkin is really worth.


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Both sides of politics felt the warmth of gas-led boosts to donations

First trumpeted by the prime minister at a National Press Club address in February 2020, it proposed that the energy transition plan Australian business has been begging for for more than a decade — and that Turnbull lost the Coalition leadership over twice — should be built around gas. Also that Australian taxpayers should underwrite the manufacturing sector’s efforts to deliver it.

There is, the PM said, “no credible energy transition plan for an economy like Australia that does not involve the greater use of gas”. The howls of protest that greeted this were voluminous and widespread.

They came from the 82% of Australians concerned about the effect of climate change in our backyard and appalled that the leaked draft report backing the strategy didn’t even mention the climate crisis, nor propose a single alternative to centring Australia’s energy future around fossil fuel.

They also came from governance experts, appalled at how the membership of the National COVID-19 Coordinating Commission that wrote the report had been stacked by members from the mining and fossil fuel industries, including taskforce head Andrew Liveris, who was also a board member of Saudi oil company Aramco and mining business Worley.

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AXA XL Announces 2022 Edition of Prestigious Student Art Competition

The AXA Art Prize launches the fifth edition of the prestigious competition on February 1, 2022. Since its début in 2018, the AXA Art Prize has quickly become one of the premier student art competitions in the nation and a showcase for the next generation of major artists.

Submissions for the 2022 edition of the Prize are now being accepted; the submission period closes March 31, 2022. The Prize is juried in three rounds: all submissions are first evaluated by Regional Juries drawn from the AXA Art Prize Strategic Advisory Board, a collection of 30 studio art programs, including Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), California College of the ArtsParsons School of Design, the School of the Art Institute of ChicagoPratt Institute and the Savannah College of Art and Design. A total of 40 artists will be shortlisted by an Exhibition Jury composed of curators from leading museums, and works from these finalists comprise the Exhibition, which goes on view in New York in November 2022. From these 40 finalists, a First Prize and Second Prize are selected by three renowned contemporary artists, with the first prize winner receiving $10,000.

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How Aaron Sorkin got Nicole Kidman past early outcries over her Lucille Ball casting

When it was first announced that Nicole Kidman would be playing Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s (SHS  1979) Being the Ricardos,” many fans of “I Love Lucy” were beyond skeptical, calling for a replacement for the “miscast” Kidman. But shortly after the first public preview of the fictionalized Amazon Studios biopic at a packed Westwood theater in mid-November, the tone began to change. Kidman’s name in the end credits elicited thunderous applause, and her entrance for a post-screening Q&A was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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Christopher Schroeder on Crypto, Web3 and The Global Unleashing

Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now.

In this episode, Andrew is joined by Christopher Shroeder, the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.

Christopher Schroeder (SHS 1982) is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the author of Startup Rising. In 2010, he wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about the start-ups in Dubai, and was subsequently invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to judge a start-up competition in Cairo one week before Tahrir Square. He is on the boards of advisors of the American University of Cairo School of Business and regional start-up resources Wamda and Oasis500. He lives in Washington, DC.

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‘Being The Ricardos’: Read The Screenplay For Aaron Sorkin’s Snapshot Of Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Love Story

I Love Lucy was just about the most famous show in the history of television, but the dramatic behind-the-scenes story stayed off screen, until now. Amazon Studios’ Being the Ricardos incorporates several of the true stories of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman), Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) and their staff. Only writer-director Aaron Sorkin sets them all in one week.

In Season 2 of I Love Lucy, Ball gets two pieces of troubling news on a Monday: A magazine reports that Arnaz has been seen around town with another woman, and Walter Winchell discovers that Ball had once applied to be a member of the Communist party, sharing that news with his audience.

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USC women’s basketball postpones another conference game because of COVID

USC women’s basketball postponed another Pac-12 conference game Wednesday as COVID-19 issues in the program continue. USC‘s next scheduled game is at Colorado on Jan. 7.

Two days after postponing a home game against No. 4 Arizona, the Trojans pushed back a Jan. 2 game against Arizona State at Galen Center, their third consecutive conference game affected during the national rise in coronavirus cases. USC’s original conference opener at rival UCLA was rescheduled from Dec. 28 to Jan. 20, but matchups against Arizona and Arizona State don’t have new dates yet.

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What the Pandemic Has Done to Our Memories and Experts' Tips to Cope

COVID-19 turned the world upside down two long years ago, and the omicron variant is giving us something new to worry about in the coming year. Meanwhile, the pandemic is still prompting people to withdraw from social activities, and many continue to work from home, with weekdays blurring into weekends, month after month.

With all this stress, social isolation and disruption, it’s no wonder if you’ve been feeling the effects, even being more forgetful or absent-minded. Maybe you’ve found yourself unable to remember a common term, what day it is or why you walked into a room. Experts say prolonged stress can affect people’s everyday memory and cognitive skills.

“If we’re under a lot of stress, sometimes it can very negatively impact retrieval of information,” said Daniel Schacter (SHS 1970), a professor of psychology and director of the Schacter Memory Lab at Harvard University. He's also the author of “The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers.”

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Health Care Hero: Eldercare expert Reingold appointed to NYC mayoral transition team

As the president and CEO of RiverSpring Living, Daniel Reingold directly impacts the lives of 18,000 older New Yorkers, in addition to their families and their communities. Through his 32-year career working in long-term care and aging, which includes the well-known Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Reingold, who lives in Scarsdale, has built a reputation as an advocate for the elderly, which is one of the many reasons New York City’s Mayor-Elect Eric Adams has appointed Reingold to his transition team.

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