There aren't many Oscar awards aimed at recognizing technological triumphs, so the fact that "Inception" won an Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects is pretty impressive. It's really the only tech-related Oscar on the table, and it went to a non-3D film during a year that saw a record number of 3D movies and related box office sales.
Of the docudrama "The Social Network," Mark Zuckerberg said "It's interesting what [the film's producers] focused on getting right," pointing out that "every single shirt and fleece" his character wore in the move is one that he owns. Outside of those subtle details, Zuckerberg said the flick got a long wrong and "a lot of random details right."
Accurate or not, "The Social Network" was a hit, and it has several Golden Globe awards to prove it. The movie was nominated for six Golden Globes last night and won all but two of them, missing the mark for Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Actor, Drama (Jesse Eisnberg).
The four awards it did win include Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Picture, Drama.
Perhaps no one was more surprised at walking away with an award associated with "The Social Network" than Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, who tweeted "Holy s__t!" after winning the musical score category.
The hit film "The Social Network" has made a boatload of cash, over $75 million in the US alone. But now BitTottent users have the opportunity to see a high quality version of it for free. A DVD screener of the movie has wormed its way onto BitTorrent, and the internets are eating it up. The torrent has been downloaded well over 100,000 times so far, with the plurality of users (31%) residing in the US.
DVD screeners are studio owned copies of a film used for distribution to trusted groups like studio personnel and those considering a film for awards. This digital copy is usually of good quality, but short of a final DVD. This new leak almost certainly came from a studio source.
While no one can be sure, it is unlikely that this will have any real impact on ticket sales. After three weeks, the bulk of sales have already been made.
During its opening weekend, The Social Networkgrabbed the No. 1 spot and raked in $23 million. As you're undoubtedly aware, The Social Network is a dramatization about the founders of Facebook and how the site came into existence. Mark Zuckerberg's character, as portrayed by a brilliant performance from actor Jesse Eisenburg, wasn't exactly cast in a 'good guy' light. So how accurate is the movie?
"It's interesting what stuff they focused on getting right," Mark Zuckerberg said during a candid interview at the Y-combinator event over the weekend. "Like, every single shirt and fleece that I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own."
His comment drew laughter from the crowd, but it wasn't all jokes. Zuckerberg said there was quite a bit the movie makers got wrong and "a bunch of random details that they got right." But one of the things that appeared to perturb Zuckerberg the most was the portrayal of a girlfriend at the beginning of the movie who ends up dumping him within the first few minutes of the flick. According to Zuckerberg, she doesn't exist, though he has been dumped before "in real life, a lot."
Zuckerberg also disputed the framing that he started Facebook to meet girls.
"[Movie makers] just can't wrap their heads around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things," Zuckerberg explains.
Just because Trent Reznor composed the score for the movie The Social Network doesn't mean he's a fan of Facebook. Just the opposite, really, and while we're at it, let's mention that he also doesn't like all the media attention Mark Zuckerberg receives either.
"As far as the concept [of Facebook] goes, I don't think it's actually executed that well," Reznor said in an interview with DrownedInSound.com. "The layout's kind of foolish and the processing is terrible, as a tool. When I see the media heralding Zuckerberg, putting him up on a pedestal of genius and mentioned in the same breath as Steve Jobs, I'm highly disagree with that. He was in the right place, at the right time, with a functional tool. I think if something came along doing what Facebook does and was just a lot better at it, then, well, most people use Facebook because everyone's on Facebbok, bu then you see how quickly Friendster and MySpace crashed. But as a tool, it's okay."
To be fair, Reznor didn't set out to diss Facebook and one of its high profile founders, he just went where the questions led him. He spent the majority of the interview talking about the movie's soundtrack and music in general. You can read the entire thing here.
The reviews are in, and The Social Network didn't have much trouble finding friends at the box office. It was the No. 1 movie this past weekend, pulling in a respectable $23 million.
The Social Network is a dramatization about the founders of the world's most popular social networking website, Facebook. Hollywood definitely took some liberties in adding spice to how events really played out, and in doing so, director David Fincher brought out a brilliant performance from actor Jesse Eisenburg, who portrayed the face of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
"It really is a great start for us. This is a move that is resonating everywhere. The reviews are the best I've seen at our studio in my career," said Rory Bruer, head of Sony Distribution to the AP. "It's just one of the movies that critics and audiences alike are embracing, and I think it's going to have a tremendous life."
The movie delves into Zuckerberg's legal dealings with his best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) over millions of dollars Saverin claimed he was cheated out of, as well as with three other Harvard students who accused Zuckerberg of stealing their idea.
There's a fair amount of nerd speak in the beginning, particularly as Zuckerberg hacks into Harvard's PCs to swipe student pictures for a separate project, so it's not the ideal date movie (try You Again if you're looking to score some brownie points and catch Betty White before the Grim Reaper does). But it is worth watching, even if Nancy Doyle Palmer at The Huffington Post disagrees.