Friday Top Five: And now, for the news
April 6th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Friday Top Five: And now, for the news

If we learned anything this week, it's that 1): more viewers will watch Sarah Palin on "Today" than Katie Couric on "Good Morning America"; and 2) that kind of heated morning show competition could easily be spun into a script.

There's a reason why Hollywood often takes an interest in the lives of news anchors, journalists, magazine editors and the like  - every workplace has its drama, but it seems the media offers a special breed.

No wonder Aaron Sorkin will offer his perspective on the biz with his upcoming HBO drama "The Newsroom," the excellent trailer for which debuted earlier this week, and even Will Ferrell is reviving his "Anchorman" character, Ron Burgundy, for a sequel.

So for this week's top five, we picked some of our favorite movies that focus on the media, primarily print and TV, because magazines open up a whole new genre (hello, "Devil Wears Prada"). Share your list in the comments!

1. "Network" (1976): "Not since the dawn of time has America experienced a man like Howard Beale!" - tagline

2. "All the President's Men" (1976): We're not sure if it was "the most devastating detective story of the century," as a tagline claimed, but definitely an example of how the real life work of media can produce some solid scripts.

3. "Broadcast News" (1987): As much as we enjoyed "Morning Glory" (what? we did!) this is still one of our favorite "behind-the-scenes of TV news" movies.

4. "Shattered Glass" (2003): "He'd do anything to get a great story." - tagline.

5. "Anchorman" (2004) - Because "his news is bigger than your news."


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    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlmpJbIQE2I&w=640&h=390]

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    Fletch

    April 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pascale

      i like the new look and feel of the blog. i love the comparison bteewen digital and film too. i'm just a point and click kinda gal but i find this stuff very interesting

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  4. JellyBean

    Definitely going to check out "Network" this weekend. Thanks.

    April 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

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