Yesterday, Variety reported that David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club) is in talks with Columbia to direct The Social Network, an upcoming movie about the creation of Facebook. The movie would be based on a script by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tell the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users.
SlashFilm reports that the Sorkin script is actually an adaptation of the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, which is due in stores on July 14. On the Amazon.com page for the book, there's a plug for the movie from none other than Kevin Spacey, one of the project's producers.
You may think you know the story of the Facebook phenomenon, but you haven't heard the whole story and never like this ... [Mezrich] tells a captivating story of betrayal, vast amounts of cash, and two friends who revolutionized the way humans connect to one another – only to have an enormous falling out and never speak again ... I'm currently working with Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin, Mike Deluca, and Aaron Sorkin on the movie adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires.If the book is any indication, the film is going to be a must see.
We can only speculate as to Fincher's interest in a project like this. The only connection we can come up with is the theme of obsession, which has shown up repeatedly in his films, from methodical serial killers (Se7en) to the "good guys" tracking them (Zodiac). And of course, there's the anarchic ramblings of Tyler Durden in Fight Club. We're anxious to see what happens next with this project.
About a month ago, we wrote that Kevin Spacey had signed on to produce The Social Network, an upcoming movie about the creation of Facebook. In a recent interview with MTV, Spacey talked about the project, saying that production may begin relatively soon.
We're at a very early stage. But I think it's on the fast track. I think the film — they want to do it and maybe even do it this year. So it's gonna happen. But I have no clue as to who may be in it, because ultimately that will be [up to] the director.
Although there's been no official announcement regarding a director, current rumors are pointing to David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club) as the most likely candidate. There are also speculations regarding possible cast members, but Spacey insisted that they are likely false.
I can't imagine anyone's read for it because we haven't really announced the director ... So I don't think anyone's read for it. Maybe in their fantasy they've auditioned for it.
The movie will be based on a script by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users.
The Sorkin script is an adaptation of the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, which was released in stores last week.
End of Show reports that Columbia has green-lit The Social Network, the upcoming movie about the origins of Facebook. The project, being helmed by David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club), begins filming in October and will be released sometime next year.
The Social Network was penned by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, who created the social networking site in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users. Sorkin adapted his script from the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
Kevin Spacey is acting as one of the producers and has already expressed great excitement over the project. No casting decisions have been announced.
During an interview for the upcoming Zombieland, MTV Movies asked Jesse Eisenberg about the rumors he will star as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, which begins filming in October and will be released sometime next year.
When asked very pointedly if the rumors were true, Eisenberg evasively answered, "They are rumors; that is true." He then fumbled for a graceful exit from the conversation, but definitely left some room for interpretation.
The Social Network is being helmed by David Fincher, who also directed Benjamin Button, Zodiac, and Fight Club. This prompted Eisenberg's Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson, who was also present for the interview, to ask Eisenberg how he could possibly say no. Eisenberg simply responded (unconvincingly, in our opinion), "I'm sure you could find a reason to say no."
The script for the movie was penned by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War) and tells the story of how Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard. In the five years since, Facebook has amassed more than 200 million users. Sorkin adapted his script from the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
Kevin Spacey is acting as one of the producers and has already expressed great excitement over the project. Other rumored stars include Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield.
Directed by David Fincher, The Social Network chronicles the early days of the formation of the website. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Justin Timberlake as Napster co-founder and founding president of Facebook Sean Parker, and new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, who helped launch the social networking site.
After not one but two teaser trailers, a full-length trailer for The Social Network has finally been released. Otherwise known as "the Facebook movie," The Social Network chronicles the website's founding in the Harvard dorm room of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). Justin Timberlake plays Napster co-founder and founding president of Facebook Sean Parker, and Andrew Garfield plays Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg's roommate and co-founder of the social networking site.
A new TV Spot for The Social Network has been released and offers a look at the upcoming movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Based on the novel The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, The Social Network was adapted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing and directed by David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, and Andrew Garfield star.
By the numbers, here's how the season breaks down: fans of action/adventure (7), horror (6), drama (6), and comedy (5) are in luck, with the offerings fewer and farther between for kids (4) and mystery/thriller fans (3). Get details on all of them, including who stars, and check out the trailers and photo galleries.
The Social Network is often referred to as "the Facebook movie" despite the site's co-founder, and subject of the movie, Mark Zuckerberg wishing it wasn't. The movie was based on court documents and journalist Ben Mezrich's reportedly semi-fictionalized novel, The Accidental Billionaires, and Zuckerberg has publicly announced on several occasions that the movie is a work of fiction and not the truth.
With a script from Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men) and direction from David Fincher, The Social Network is poised to open in October at the New York Film Festival, and, according to The New York Times last week, without a controversial and debaucherous scene that includes Justin Timberlake.
Suffice it to say, things are going well for Andrew Garfield. Poised to take over as Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, Garfield will also appear in The Social Network. Also known as "The Facebook movie, The Social Network sees Garfield playing Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders of the social networking site. The movie is directed by David Fincher. In an interview with THR, Garfield called the experience "the best, the most freeing filming experience" he's had so far.
In our Fall Movie Spotlight, ReelzChannel regular and movie reviewer Richard Roeper looked at the biggest titles coming to theaters over the next several months. Find out what he had to say about Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Secretariat, The Social Network, Howl, The Company Men, and Nowhere Boy.
The Social Network — popularly known as "The Facebook Movie" — doesn't open in theaters until October 1, but a few critics have seen it before it opens the New York Film Festival on Friday. So far it's looking like a fall gem, and possibly one of the best movies of the year.
"...a smart, insightful film..."— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"...controversial and utterly compelling ... quite possibly the first truly great fact-based movie of the 21st century."— Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Like All the President's Men, The Social Network doesn't will meaning onto the material, but allows meaning to arise from accumulated circumstance. In other words, The Social Network succeeds, per journalism's most basic directive, in showing not telling."— Eric Hynes, Village Voice
"...a penetrating account of the accidental founding of Facebook."— Justin Chang, Variety
The Social Network got great early reviews when it was shown last week at the New York Film Festival. Now that it's been screened for most critics, the positive reviews keep rolling in faster than friends' boring status alerts. In fact, by our math, the movie currently has the highest average critic rating of any widely released movie of 2010.
"...has everything you want in a thriller for the brain: huge doses of ego and duplicity, corporate backstabbing, and some very layered performances."— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...a great film not because of its dazzling style or visual cleverness, but because it is splendidly well-made."— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a hard-charging beast of a movie with a full tank of creative gas that keeps it humming from start to finish..."— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Is director David Fincher's film the stuff of greatness? Not quite. But the picture is very, very good."— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...a dense, talky and addictive moral fable..."— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
Actor Jesse Eisenberg has been on a roll since the success of the horror/comedy Zombieland last year, taking parts in independant dramas like Solitary Man and Holy Rollers. In The Social Network, Eisenberg takes on, arguably, his greatest challenge by portraying Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The movie tells the story of Zuckerberg and the founding of the social networking site, from three different perspectives, only one of them being Zuckerberg's.
Eisenberg told Reuters that while he acted as the Facebook founder for six months making the movie, he never actually met the real Zuckerberg, though he did spend "six months listening to him on my iPod every morning." The research prepared Eisenberg to portray Zuckerberg without choosing any of the movie's three perspectives.
|The Social Network||$23.0M||$23.0M||David Fincher-directed drama claims top spot; kicks off Oscar season.|
|Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||$10.9M||$30.0M||Beats out Wall Street 2 for 2nd place.|
|Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||$10.1M||$35.9M||Even larger Week 2 drop-off (47%) than You Again nearly sends sequel to 4th.|
|The Town||$10.0M||$64.3M||Affleck pic continues strong showing.|
|Easy A||$7.0M||$42.4M||Charming teen drama in Top 5 for third straight week.|
Nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globes were announced this morning, with The King's Speech getting the most nods (7), followed by The Social Network (6) and The Fighter (6). See the complete list of movie nominations here.
As always, there were snubs — Not a single True Grit nom? No Danny Boyle (127 Hours) in the Best Director category? There were the surprises — Halle Berry's Best Actress nom for a performance most moviegoers have never heard of? The critically panned Burlesque for top comedy or musical? But then there were the surprises that also prompted audible scoffs.
Given that last week Vulture was rounding up the craziest review descriptions of Jolie's The Tourist performance, we have to wonder if the nominations were submitted before critic screenings.
As December rolls into January, we like to look back at the year's movies — those that inspired us, awed us, or made us groan. Thankfully, YouTube user genrocks has done all of the heavy lifting for our walk down memory lane by putting together this expertly edited and mixed "Filmography 2010" video compilation of 270 of 2010's movies, including clips from Black Swan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Social Network, Despicable Me, Kick-Ass, Jackass 3D and many, many more great movie moments. Enjoy!
Tonight, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hosted the 68th Annual Golden Globes. The big award winners were Glee and Boardwalk Empire on the television side; The Social Network, The Kids Are All Right, and The Fighter on the big screen. Robert De Niro received the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Early next Tuesday morning — 5:30 AM ET on January 25 — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for its 83rd annual awards. If you don't plan to be up at that time, we'll have a complete list posted shortly after the announcement on our site.
Who will make the Academy's cut. We bravely posted our predictions for the 10 Best Picture nominees back in November. Today, our Richard Roeper weighs in with his movie predictions, as well as those for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director.
The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning. Nominated for Best Picture are:
The Social Network
The King's Speech
Toy Story 3
The Kids are All Right
How did we do in the Oscar predictions we made back in September 2010?
With the Oscar nominations being announced today, several of those nominated have been asked for their comment. Not even a month after The Social Network dominated the Golden Globes by winning awards for Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher, and Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), among others, the drama is now up for 8 Oscars, trailing only True Grit and The King's Speech. THR decided to ask how Facebook felt about The Social Network's nominations, since, obviously, the movie is based on CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of the popular website.
Now that the Academy has expanded the number of Best Picture nominees to 10, and the other main Actor/Actress nominations include five other movies, it's nearly impossible to keep up without working concessions at a multiplex. Especially when there's a new Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, and The Bachelor. Every. Damn. Week. So when that Oscar party invite comes in the mail, don't panic. We've created a cheat sheet of top talking points.
No surprise, we love the Oscars. But ... well, even we have to admit that the show always goes on too long and you can really only count on one good joke per hour. Enter our annual Oscar Bingo Cards, a sure way to get you through the duller moments. Or to help ignore that blowhard at the party who you know only saw Iron Man 2 and Inception, yet somehow has an opinion on every award.
This year we've put together a set of 10 Cards — one for each of the movies up for Best Picture. (Hint: Check out the FREE SPACE icons.) While we can't guarantee every one of these events will happen, we're pretty confident a game of Blackout Bingo will prove possible with several of the cards in the mix.
We're coming to the end of awards season with the Oscars airing this Sunday and, to be honest, there haven't been that many surprises. Heck, the Academy even snubbed Christopher Nolan again, this time failing to nominate the director for helming Inception. So, amidst the obvious and unoriginal, we consulted our friends at Ask Deadpool for a truly fresh take on the Academy Awards — what could the night look like if Deadpool took a stab (ahem) at hosting the Oscars?
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the 83rd Academy Awaaaards! With your hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaw--
Wait wait waaaait jus' a minute there, announcer-dude, yer kiddin' me, right? Bob got th' call last week askin' me ta host this fancy shindig. So here, read my intro; an get that curly-haired dude outta here! ...The hot chick c'n stay if she wants, though...
The MTV Movie Award nomination were announced yesterday, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse garnered the most nods. Eclipse received eight nominations within twelve categories, including being nominated twice for the categories of Best Male Performance (for Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, of course) and Best Kiss (for Kristen Stewart's smooches with the aforementioned Best Male Performance nominees).
Inception received a total of seven nominations, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 following right behind with six. Inception was the only one of the top three nominated movies to get noticed for the unconventional categories of Best Jaw-Dropping Moment, Biggest Badass Star, and Best Scared-As-Sh-- Performance. Deathly Hallows was the only one of the three to be singled out for Best Villain, but surprisingly, not for Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort, but instead for Draco Malfoy played by Tom Felton.
Remember MySpace? Probably. Remember your MySpace password? That's probably less likely. The social networking site was huge several years ago. It was a place to put stuff about yourself and you could only stop others from viewing it if you claimed to be under the age of 14. Then they started letting people set their information to "private" and it got boring. Next, Facebook let people without an .edu address sign up. Poor MySpace has never been the same since.
Don't give up on it yet though, the social networking site just might get interesting again. According the The Wrap, Specific Media has just acquired the site and Justin Timberlake has an undisclosed stake in it. Hmmm, something Napster-like? After all, Timberlake played Napster co-creator Sean Parker in last year's The Social Network which followed the creation of the Facebook website.