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Monday
Feb282011

Why Didn't 'The Social Network' Win More Oscars?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It grabbed four major Golden Globes. Before, after and along the way, it won a wealth of praise. So why didn't The Social Network win more Oscars?

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, The Social Network scored three -- best adapted screenplay, best original score and best editing. In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, David Fincher seemed all but certain to walk away with the trophy for directing. Best picture, while something of a long shot, also seemed within reach.

The King's Speech bested the Facebook drama in both categories. Colin Firth also beat out Jesse Eisenberg to win the best actor prize, but that was expected.

Why did the Hollywood excitement for The Social Network, a saga about the creation of Facebook, all but evaporate? There is the fact that the film's stars, subject matter and core audience are so young. Not so with The King's Speech, which deals with a relatively ancient topic, includes actors in the prime of their careers, and is more likely to resonate with the majority of age 50-plus Academy voters.

But the people behind The Social Network stand by their movie and the way it was promoted.

"We released the movie at the time we felt it was most appropriate, and it performed beyond our expectations," Social Network producer Mike De Luca told Deadline.com at Sunday night's Vanity Fair post-Oscars party. "Maybe it wasn't as pleasing as The King's Speech to Oscar voters. And historically, there is a disconnect between the critics and those voters. But the emotional complexity is what I love about The Social Network. I did take comfort in Steven Spielberg's reminder of the great films that didn't win best picture." 

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Monday
Feb282011

'The King's Speech' Emerges as Big Winner at Oscars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards turned out to be The King's Speech, as the movie took home four awards on the night, including the award for best picture.

Natalie Portman won her first Oscar Sunday night, taking best actress honors for her role in Black Swan, while Colin Firth contributed to the tally for The King's Speech by winning the award for best actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." With his typical British reserve, he said he was "experiencing stirrings" that were "threatening to turn into dance moves."

Firth thanked his wife, Livia, for the award and "everything good in my life," while the pregnant Portman thanked "my love," her fiancee and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millipied for giving "me my most important role of my life."

Tom Hooper, the director of The King's Speech, pulled off a surprising win over The Social Network director David Fincher. Speech, which led the number of nominations with 12, also won the award for best original screenplay, while The Social Network grabbed the gold statue for best adapted screenplay.

The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

Leo got the night off to a raucous beginning, when she dropped the F-bomb during her speech. When Bale accepted his award, he told the audience, "I'm not going to drop the F-bomb, like she did. I've done that plenty before." Both were expected to win after taking home the same awards at the Golden Globes. But some doubt had been cast on Leo, after the ads she took out in the Hollywood trades promoting herself backfired. Still, Leo pulled off the win in the end.

"This has been an extraordinary journey," Leo said about the award season. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting the work."

Among those thanked by Bale in his acceptance speech was Dicky Ecklund, the washed-up fighter he played in The Fighter.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars. During an introduction for best song, he cited "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca as his favorite movie theme song.

Later in the telecast, Randy Newman, who has been nominated 20 times and won once previously, received the Oscar for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took home the first Oscar for art direction. Cinematographer Wally Pfister won his first Oscar for Inception, and gave credit to Christopher Nolan, who was snubbed for a best director nomination. Inception took home several technical awards, for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Pfister beat out perpetual nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer on True Grit. Deakins has yet to win an Oscar.

Toy Story 3, which was also nominated for best picture, won best animated feature.

The following is a list of Sunday night's winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech 
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Sound Editing: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
Film Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Visual Effects: Inception

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Tuesday
Jan252011

'The King's Speech' Leads Oscar Nominations

Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech." Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company/Momentum Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- It'll be a showdown between the veddy British and the very American at this year's Oscars.

The King's Speech, the true story of how England's King George VI overcame his stutter, leads all nominees for the Academy Award with 12 nods, but True Grit, the Coen Brothers' re-imagining of the classic Western, is close behind with 10 nods.  Inception and The Social Network each have eight nods, and The Fighter earned seven.

Here are the nominations in the top categories:

Best Picture
The Fighter
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone


Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Coen Brothers, True Grit
David O. Russell, The Fighter

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Monday
Jan172011

'The Social Network' and First-Time Winners Dominate Golden Globes

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Award shows can sometimes become set in their ways when it comes to honoring the same folks year after year, but that wasn't the case at Sunday night's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards.

First-time winners dominated in many of the categories, among them Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter; Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch for Glee, as well as the show itself; Boardwalk Empire and its star, Steve Buscemi; Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory; and Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy.  Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor also won his first Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Social Network.

The Social Network was the night's big winner, scooping four prizes, including Best Drama and Best Director for David Fincher.  But the movie, about the founding of Facebook, didn't score any acting prizes.  The big winners there were Colin Firth and Natalie Portman, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama respectively, for The King's Speech and Black Swan, and Annette Bening and Paul Giamatti, Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy or Musical respectively, for The Kids are All Right and Barney's Version.

The Kids are All Right was also named Best Comedy or Musical Film, while Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

'The Social Network' Now on DVD

Photo Courtesy - Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Social Network, arguably the most buzzed-about, well-reviewed and honored film of 2010, is now available on DVD.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the story of how the social networking website was created, and the subsequent legal battles Zuckerberg had with former Harvard colleagues and a former business partner.

The DVD contains audio commentaries from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, while the Blu-ray version has additional features, such as a behind-the-scenes documentary. 

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Sunday
Oct102010

Movie Audiences 'Friend' The Social Network for Second Weekend

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The Social Network was number-one at the box office for the second straight weekend, bringing in an estimated $15.5 million. Dubbed 'the Facebook movie' for its depiction of the popular social networking website, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

The romantic comedy, Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, raked in $14.6 million to notch a close second.

Secretariat was third, accounting for $12.6 million of the weekend’s box office sales.

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Sunday
Oct032010

"The Social Network" Tops Box Office

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Social Network took the top spot at the box office in its debut weekend, grossing $23 million.

The Aaron Sorkin film centers on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's rise to fame and creation of a social media phenomenon. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield.

Coming in a distant second was Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole at $11 million, with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps coming in third at $10.5 million.  

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Friday
Oct012010

Justin Timberlake Lands Role of His Career in The Social Network

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsJustin Timberlake is receiving the best reviews of his acting career for his role in The Social Network, in theaters on Friday.  In fact, there's even some Oscar buzz starting.

Timberlake mostly credits his good reviews to movie writer Aaron Sorkin's script and director David Fincher's skill.  Timberlake says he had no interest in being a diva on the set, and that he was willing to put in the work.  He remembers Fincher sitting down with him and saying that because of Timberlake's live performance background, "I'm not going to break your neck doing take after take after take."  But Timberlake says he told Fincher, "I'm not a running back or a wide receiver. I'm coming onto this as a linebacker, and I'll make that hit as many times as you want."

One challenge Timberlake faced on The Social Network was the fact that he was playing Sean Parker, the actual co-founder of Napster, who later went on to become an adviser to the founders of Facebook and, in 2004, its president.  But he says, "I don't feel a responsibility to mimic anyone who's living. I feel a responsibility to create a character that's interesting to the film."  Timberlake says the way he chose to approach playing Parker was to pinpoint what he felt was his defining characteristic.  He says, "You really want to peg what makes that character tick, and I think Sean really knows how to read people.  That's his biggest gift and I think he uses it...throughout the movie."

When asked about his music career in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, and if he's being pressured to get something out there, Timberlake responded, "Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st?  No...it happens when it pours out of him. That's how music is for me."  He added, "I will never stop making music...except I just don't know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore."  Timberlake hasn't released an album since 2006.

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Monday
Sep272010

Justin Timberlake Was Scared to Work With "The Social Network" Director

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake was intimidated to work with director David Fincher on their new film The Social Network. Timberlake was well aware when he landed a role in the movie that Fincher previously directed a number of critically-acclaimed films, most recently the Oscar-nominated flick The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. At Friday’s New York City premiere of The Social Network, Timberlake told Us Weekly the prospect of working with Fincher “scared the [bleep] out of me.”  Timberlake called his new movie, which focuses on the origins of Facebook, “dense” and said he thinks “it really touches on the younger generations and that ‘We want what we want and we want it really fast’ [mentality]." He plays the outgoing former Facebook executive Sean Parker in The Social Network, which hits theaters on Friday.

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Friday
Sep242010

Facebook Movie: Fact or Fiction? 

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- The Social Network will premiere Friday at the New York Film Festival and hit theaters on Oct. 1, but already the movie has sparked thousands of conversations, not to mention wall posts.

In the film, Facebook's young creator, Mark Zuckerberg, is depicted as a cutthroat social climber who's not afraid to stab some backs to create his website. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's script is based on court documents and a partly fictionalized book, "The Accidental Billionaires." As reported on Thursday, Zuckerberg revealed he will donate $100 million to public schools in Newark, N.J., a decision that some argue is intended to counter bad PR surrounding the film.

Still, Zuckerberg himself has called the movie nothing more than fiction and claims he has no plans to see it.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer in July, Zuckerberg said, "I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded." 

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