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'Inception' And 'Social Network' Lead Critics Choice Awards

January 15th, 2011 11:00am EST
Inception
Mind-bending drama Inception and The Social Network were the big winners at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, picking up 10 honors between them.

The Social Network claimed Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), while Inception took home six prizes, including Best Action Film, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.

The 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also honoured Oscar favourites Natalie Portman and Colin Firth with acting awards for their roles in Black Swan and The King's Sp...
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First Look: Rooney Mara As Lisbeth Salander In 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

January 13th, 2011 7:59pm EST
Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander
In W Magazine's inaugural February "Movie Issue", Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg goes on set in Stockholm with Rooney Mara and David Fincher, star and director of this year's highly anticipated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The actress plays Lisbeth Salander, the title character in late author Stieg Larsson's book of the same name, the first of three in his Millennium Trilogy. The novels have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

Salander is described in the book as an androgynous computer hacker with a large dragon tattoo and multiple piercings. In fact, it's been reported that...
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'Toy Story 3' Wins Top Golden Tomato

January 11th, 2011 3:16pm EST
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 has been named film critics' top pick of 2010 at the Golden Tomato Awards.

The animated Pixar movie was named the best-reviewed film in wide release of 2010, a prize presented annually by popular movie website RottenTomatoes.com, which compiles press reviews to measure the percentage of favorable critiques.

Editor-in-chief Matt Atchity says the latest Toy Story installment earned positive reviews from 99 per cent of critics, beating out David Fincher's The Social Network, which garnered 97 per cent.

The Facebook-inspired film didn't miss out completely - it landed the Gold...
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DGA Nominations: Are Coen Bros. Doomed At Oscars?

January 11th, 2011 10:35am EST
Coen,_Joel
The Directors Guild of America announced is nominees for Best Director yesterday, and there was only one major surprise: the omission of Joel and Ethan Coen for ‘True Grit.’ They were edged out by these nominees:

David Fincher for ‘The Social Network’

Tom Hooper for ‘The King’s Speech’

David O. Russell for ‘The Fighter’

Christopher Nolan for ‘Inception’

Darren Aronofsky for ‘Black Swan’

The Coens still have a shot at being nominated at the Oscars, but it means edging out one of these nominees, probably Russell or Nolan. All five of the movies nominated at the DGA stand an extremely ...
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Andrew Garfield's Doubts Over 'The Social Network'

December 27th, 2010 2:29pm EST
Andrew Garfiled
Andrew Garfield nearly turned down the chance to star in The Social Network because he thought making a movie about Facebook was a "crazy" idea.

The British actor has received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin in the critically-acclaimed picture, which is tipped for success at the upcoming 2011 Oscars.

But Garfield admits he was reluctant to sign up at first because he couldn't understand why anyone would want to make a film about a website.

He says, "I said, 'A film about Facebook, really?' I thought that makes absolutely no sense... My first reaction was th...
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Justin Timberlake 'Humbled' By 'The Social Network' Awards

December 14th, 2010 2:35pm EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake feels "humbled" by the positive reaction to his new movie The Social Network following a string of top awards nominations.

The film, about the rise of Facebook.com, has won rave reviews and garnered a number of top honors from critics' groups in New York and Los Angeles, as well as six Golden Globes nominations announced on Tuesday.

Timberlake's co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield will both compete for acting titles at the upcoming awards show, while David Fincher is up for the Best Director honor. And although Timberlake was overlooked, he admits he's fierce...
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2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; 'King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' & 'Social Network' Lead The Pack

December 14th, 2010 9:47am EST
The Kings Speech
The King's Speech is leading the charge for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards after landing seven nominations.

The cinematic tale about the British monarchy is heading up the main categories with nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush have all received acting nods.

Boxing film The Fighter and Facebook-inspired movie The Social Network trailed with six nominations apiece, including mentions in the Best Picture (Drama) category, which also saw nods to ballet movie Black Swan and sci-fi blockbuster Inception...
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'The Social Network' Bags Three More Best Picture Wins

December 12th, 2010 9:30pm EST
The Social Network
'The Social Network' continues its reign on the pre-Oscar Awards: it has now won the Best Picture award from almost every major critics' group so far. Its most recent honors: Best Picture from The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The Boston Society of Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online. It was also named one of the ten best films by the American Film Institute (which bestows a top ten but no "best" award). Aaron Sorkin also won best Screenplay from all three critics' groups, and David Fincher won Best Director from all, tying with Olivier Assayas for 'Carlos' at the ...
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National Board of Review: 'The Social Network' To Sweep Oscars?

December 3rd, 2010 11:20am EST
The Social Network
The first pre-Oscar awards have been bestowed. The National Board of Review - traditionally the first awards pick of the year - announced its winners today. And 'The Social Network' - one of the earliest Oscar front-runners - is a big winner. The movie won Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg).

Best Actress went to Lesley Manville ('Another Year'), Supporting Actor to Christian Bale ('The Fighter') and Supporting Actress to little-known Jacki Weaver ('Animal Kingdom').

In addition to Best Picture, the Natio...
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The Social Network Triumphs At National Board Of Review Awards

December 2nd, 2010 10:55pm EST
The Social Network
Director David Fincher's The Social Network has been hailed by America's National Board of Review after sweeping the board with four top awards, including Best Film Of The Year.

The movie's star, Jesse Eisenberg, has been named as Best Actor, while Fincher was honored as Best Director and scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, which chronicles the invention of Facebook.com.

The organization announced the awards for the top movie talent of 2010 on Thursday. The board's picks often claim Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Lesley Manville was prais...
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Rooney Mara Gets Nipples Pierced For 'Dragon' Role

October 18th, 2010 5:17pm EDT
Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara has reportedly dyed her hair jet black and had her nipples pierced to fully transform herself into The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Rooney has been cast as tortured computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy movie, a role previously played by Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish film.

A picture of Mara with a pierced lip leaked online earlier this month, prompting speculation the actress was undergoing an image transformation to physically resemble Salander, who is described as looking anorexic in the book. And now sou...
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'The Social Network' Wins Weekend Box Office Again

October 11th, 2010 8:16am EDT
The Social Network
The Facebook.com phenomenon has continued to dominate the box-office - "The Social Network" captured the top spot for its second straight week, with $15.5 million in earnings at the weekend.

The movie, directed by David Fincher, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and chronicles the early days of the social networking website.

And it proved to be a hit again over Columbus Day weekend, as cinemagoers sent the film's two-week total soaring to $46 million.

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel's new romantic comedy "Life As We Know It" followed at two, pulling in a haul ...
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Style Battle: Justin Timberlake Vs. Andrew Garfield Vs. Jesse Eisenberg

October 10th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
The Social Network
"The Social Network" stars Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfied and Jesse Eisenberg showed up to the Madrid photocall last week wearing black sport jackets. But which one looks the most stylisth?

Justin opted for a velvet jacket with purple trimmings, Andrew spiced up his business suit with a green tie, and Jesse went for a more casual look with an untucked button-down shirt.

Director David Fincher teamed with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for the film to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st Century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the way we ...
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'The Social Network' A Hit At The Box Office

October 4th, 2010 8:38am EDT
Social Network
The online phenomenon of Facebook has taken over the box office - "The Social Network" has debuted at number one with a gross of $23 million.

The movie, directed by David Fincher, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and chronicles the early days of the social networking website.

And it proved to be a big hit with cinema-goers at the weekend, befriending film fans and forcing last week's top choice, animated adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," to fly down into second place with $10.9 million.

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is at three wit...
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Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Agree On 'The Social Network' (Video)

October 1st, 2010 9:19am EDT
The Social Network
"The Social Network" the highly anticipated film about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Face Book, delivers on every level. The film is directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin and these guys nailed it. Jesse Eisenberg gives an Oscar worthy performance as Zuckerberg, bringing out his deep insecurities and antisocial behavior without making him pathetic. The rest of the cast which includes Justin Timberlake (in one of his best performances) Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer are equally amazing. Greed, ego, money, fame, overnight success, friendship, betrayal and how one c...
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'The Social Network' Lets You Decide For Yourself

October 1st, 2010 7:30am EDT
Social Network
Unreliable narrators in films are fascinating because they leave you wondering whether anything that you are seeing is real. The reason why audiences are captivated with yarns strung by characters like this, is that they allow the viewer to decide on his or her own where the truth exists in the story.

“The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, uses a similar device. Except instead of one untrustworthy character, we are subject to three unreliable perspectives. Each one has their own idea about how the social networking website Facebook was founded. Wh...
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Q&A: Armie Hammer, Jesse Eisenberg, And Aaron Sorkin Talk 'Social Network'

September 30th, 2010 12:45pm EDT
Social Network
“The Social Network” is a gripping drama directed by David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Fight Club”), which tells the events behind the creation and proliferation of the social networking website Facebook.

Taking an objective stance, it shares the accounts of three separate parties that can’t seem to agree on a single truth. There is Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facbeook, Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s best friend and co-founder of Facebook, and the Winkelvoss twins, who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea to create his website. Through this method of storytelling, ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Social Network,' 'Let Me In,' & More

September 27th, 2010 9:28am EDT
Let Me In
For those who did not catch “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” you missed a pretty entertaining sequel. If you have not had the chance, check out my review of the film here.

Last week, I attended an early screening “The Social Network” (the movie about Facebook) and I spoke with its stars Armie Hammer and Jesse Eisenberg as well as its writer Aaron Sorkin. Keep an eye out in a day or two for my interviews and for a review. While I can’t officially make a comment on “The Social Network,” according to my agreement with the studio, I can say I plan on attending another screening of it.

I...
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Check Out 'Seven' On Blu-ray Sept. 14

September 12th, 2010 7:25am EDT
Seven
Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller "Se7en" ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes.

Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. Every minute of his 32 years on the job is evident in Somerset's worn, exhausted face, and his soul aches with the pain that can only come from having seen and felt far too much.

But Somerset's retirement must wait for one ...
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First Images Of Rooney Mara As Lisbeth From 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

September 7th, 2010 2:09pm EDT
Rooney Mara
When Rooney Mara was cast as Lisbeth for the upcoming David Finher remake of 2009’s "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" I was a bit skeptical. One, I didn’t think she fit the image of tough girl Lisbeth and two that she hasn’t had many acting roles and is an up and coming talent. Her portrayal of Nancy in the recent "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake was lacking at best. I digress however, if Fincher (who worked with her on his upcoming "The Social Network") vouches for her and thinks she’s the right one to bring his vision to the screen, I’ll stand by it. After all, Fincher is a visionary a...
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Fall Movie Preview Part 2: October

August 31st, 2010 1:31pm EDT
social network
September will offer some interesting and intriguing titles for moviegoers, but October is when the Oscar race will officially begin. More than a handful of titles that are already garnering awards buzz will be released in October which is not always the strongest month for Oscar hopefuls.

The most-anticipated October release is director David Fincher’s new film “The Social Network” which depicts the creation and exploitation of Facebook by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg who has matured quickly in each of his last few roles. The cast includes Andrew Garfield and...
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Facebook Bosses Demanded Changes In 'The Social Network'

August 24th, 2010 9:43am EDT
The Social Network
Producers of David Fincher's new movie "The Social Network" have made a series of changes to the film at the demand of disapproving Facebook executives.

Producer Scott Rudin gave bosses of the hit networking website an early preview of the film after they voiced concerns that company founder Mark Zuckerberg - played by Jesse Eisenberg - would be portrayed in a negative light.

Rudin tells the New York Times two top Facebook executives "saw the movie a while ago, and they do not like it."

Movie chiefs have agreed to make changes and are considering deleting a controversial scene in which J...
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Emma Watson Auditions For 'Dragon Tattoo' Lead?

August 10th, 2010 8:13am EDT
Emma Watson
Actress Emma Watson chopped off her long locks to put herself in the running for the lead role in the Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, according to a U.K. report.

The Harry Potter star stunned fans when she debuted a short pixie crop earlier this month, but her new hairdo is believed to be more than just a change of style. Watson is screen-testing for a role in the big budget remake of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, according to Britain's The Sun.

She is reportedly in talks to play the main female character, computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, alongside Daniel...
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Natalie Portman Dismisses 'Dragon Tattoo' Reports

July 26th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman has dismissed rumors she's been approached to play the lead role in a highly-anticipated Hollywood remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The first book in Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium Trilogy was brought to the big screen this year in the late writer's native Sweden, but movie moguls in America are planning their own big budget version of the story.

Many high profile names have been linked to the project, which will be directed by David Fincher, and actresses including Portman, Kristen Stewart and Carey Mulligan have all been rumored to be in the running to ta...
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Robert Downey Jr. Sets Sights On Directing

June 17th, 2010 9:45am EDT
RDJ
After struggling for prominence in Hollywood for over 20 years, Robert Downey Jr. is arguably the biggest movie star in the world right now. According to Box Office Mojo, “Iron Man 2,” the sequel to the movie which finally made Downey a household name, has grossed over $300 million domestically and has become one of only a few successful comic book adaptation franchises. Downey is also set to re-team with director Guy Ritchie for a sequel to “Sherlock Holmes” which had an impressive box office performance late last year and won Downey both critical praise and accolades. As if that wasn’t en...
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Who Will Be David Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'?

June 14th, 2010 11:03am EDT
natalie portman
The biggest female stars working today are all campaigning for one of the most coveted roles in recent Hollywood memory: the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” based on the first book in Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Both the novels and the film versions have become a cultural phenomenon in Sweden and throughout Europe and with millions of loyal readers in the United States, the competition for the lead female role has become an exciting race to watch unfold.

While there are some online reports that producers wa...
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Do Not Talk About The 10th Anniversary Edition Of 'Fight Club'

November 3rd, 2009 5:00pm EST
Fight Club
Mischief. Mayhem. Soap. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned... Tyler.

Clever, savagely witty and dark, Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition, arrives on Blu-ray Disc (BD) November 17 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, "Fight Club" was directed by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher and stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, whose characters bond over a mutual disgust for corporate hypocrisy and find release in an eccentric , shocking new form of th...
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2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

February 20th, 2009 10:42am EST
Oscars
After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...
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Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...
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2009 Early Oscar Nomination Predictions

December 23rd, 2008 12:10pm EST
The Dark Knight
The first major precursor award nominations were handed out this morning as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their 15th set of nominations.

This marks the end point of the first phase of the Oscar race as many of the critics awards have been handed out and the more reliable industry awards are starting to trickle in.

This is a perfect time to take a look at the locks, likely nominees, longshots and losers of the Oscar season thus far.

Best Picture

The Locks:

Slumdog Millionaire is the most certain nominee in this category after sweeping through the critics awards, p...
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