The Social Network
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It was a great night for and at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday — and a somewhat more disappointing outcome for their main rival, David Fincher’s . Fincher’s movie, a fictionalized account of the rise of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, still won three Oscars . Writer Aaron Sorkin, also known for and , won Best Adapted Screenplay (it was based on Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires”), while Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor won Best Original Score for the movie’s haunting music. The movie also won an award for Best Film Editing. But had been nominated for eight awards — and had been hotly tipped for Best Picture until started picking up buzz several months ago.
Edit Storyline On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. Written by Columbia Pictures
The New York Time s wrote a fairly interesting, if no-brainer story this weekend which basically goes like this: the makers of Facebook don't like the David Fincher film, " The Social Network ." No shit? The Aaron Sorkin -penned film is based off the book " The Accidental Billionaires ," which is subtitled, "The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal," so yes, you can see why Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his company aren't in love with the upcoming film. What is interesting is that publicly, they've basically just tried to ignore "The Social Network," but as the film gets closer to release, that may be impossible; especially since the film could generate awards-season buzz.
It’s hard to feel sorry for a billionaire. But here I am, feeling bad for Mark Zuckerberg. If you see the “The Social Network” you’re probably going to feel bad for him, too. I saw a screening of the movie last week, and can report back that it’s just as rough on the Facebook CEO as his people feared it would be . Not because of scandalous scenes involving sex and drugs–there aren’t many of those, and they’re quite tame*.
Rolling Stone said "The Social Network" (a.k.a. the "Facebook movie") "brilliantly defines the decade." All Things Digital wrote it is "as brutal as Mark Zuckerberg feared." The New York Times praised it as imbued with "terrific momentum."
The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin voiced "empathy" for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg 's position as an accused idea thief — an accusation that plays a central role in the film about the young executive. The film is based on a book called Accidental Billionaires , which among other things accounts a dispute between Zuckerberg and individuals who accused him of stealing their ideas when creating the social network. Sorkin said in an interview with Time, "I've been that guy. I've been the Mark Zuckerberg in that situation, and I have absolute empathy for him." He referenced occasions when would-be screenwriters tried to claim that they'd come up with the idea for The West Wing , the TV series he ran for seven years, as the reasons for his empathy. At one point in the film the Zuckerberg character says, "If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you would have invented Facebook."
With the release of “The Social Network” only a week away, the stars of the film are set to make a live video appearance on the social networking site that Facebook long ago unseated as top dog: MySpace. This Sunday, cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will discuss the film with host Olivia Munn and also answer questions from fans – a format that has become fairly common on MySpace. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. ET this Sunday on the movie’s MySpace page . One might think it somewhat ironic that this isn’t taking place on the site the movie is about, but as has been previously reported, that’s because Facebook isn’t letting that happen (though plenty of promotion is still finding its way onto the site indirectly via “Like” buttons). Thus, the studio behind the movie – Columbia Pictures – has embarked on a fairly large scale marketing campaign on other social sites.
That sound you hear? It's the Oscar buzz begin to build around David Fincher 's upcoming " The Social Network " which by early accounts is truly a compelling thing to watch. Well, we now have our first look at the film outside of the trailers and TV spots for the film, and pretty's nice. The scene takes place during one of the two depositions/legal actions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ( Jesse Eisenberg ) faces shortly after launching the site. In this scene he makes his feelings clearly known about the situation.
B+ A solid dialogue driven drama, but it could have been even better Read Our Review SYNOPSIS: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Back when it was first announced that rocker Trent Reznor would be scoring David Fincher's The Social Network , we thought it was a match made in pop culture heaven — a movie about the dark side of the social networking biz, scored by a man who has plumbed the depths of social media, while also wrestling with its implications? Sign us up. Well, we got an aural glimpse at the soundtrack the other week after Reznor, along with his record company, The Null Corporation, and Sony’s Madison Gate Records announced the disc on Null Co's website and gave fans a five-song sneak peek. Now we're itching to see how music and celluloid go together.
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Spoiler Warning: This article touches upon the ending of 'The Social Network' and 'Citizen Kane.' Cinematical's very own Erik Davis began his review of 'The Social Network' by predicting that "They'll call it a film that defines a generation," and if the ubiquitous ads and the chatter following the film's New York Film Festival premiere are any indication, Erik's prophecy is already being fulfilled. What I find most interesting about the shotgun analysis he preempted is that such a statement seems far more critical of "this generation" (whatever that is) than it does of the film itself. Incidentally, it's also not true. Well, it's not true enough.
His protagonists — invariably young, testosterone-fueled men — are real, and he bases his books on true-life events, but he amps those events up to the point where the final product is an indistinguishable blend of fact and fiction. “In some instances,” he writes in a typical Ben Mezrich author’s note, “details of settings and descriptions have been changed or imagined.” The phrase “never let the facts get in the way of a good story” could have been coined to describe Mr. Mezrich’s approach. His most recent book is “The Accidental Billionaires,” which he describes on his Web site as “the high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating .”
There's been a lot of talk on the Web that, all of its rave reviews notwithstanding, "The Social Network" offers a crude, often misogynistic portrayal of nearly every women featured in the movie. (Or as one particularly acerbic post at Jezebel.com put it: " 'The Social Network': Where Women Never Have Ideas.") And hey, when you think about it, it's true. Mark Zuckerberg and his 2004-era Harvard cohorts treat women in almost exactly the same way that Jimmy Page and his Led Zeppelin cohorts treated their female fans in 1969 -- like groupies.
One of the standout scenes at in The Social Network happens in the first five minutes of the movie. Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) is sitting in a bar with boyfriend Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) when she says the following to him: You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.