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Sorkin Talks The Social Network at Harvard Q & A

Sorkin Talks The Social Network at Harvard Q & A
Sony is marketing the hell out of The Social Network which opens the New York Film Festival Friday night (with Harvard Club after party) and opens wide on October 1. (The NYT offers a rave; author Ben Mezrich talks to LAT, Zuckerberg talks to the NYorker.) They're also hitting the college demo hard, staging screenings in Austin, Texas, which boasts a student population of some 50,000, and at Harvard, natch, where TOH guest blogger L.M. Kit Carson saw the film and reported on the Q & A with writer Aaron Sorkin:
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  • September 23, 2010 4:30 AM
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Eugene Hernandez Moves to Lincoln Center

Eugene Hernandez is the reason I hitched my wagon to indieWIRE. He's that rare creature: an idealist. He believes in reaching out to the best of what people can be, as filmmakers, writers, webmasters, distributors or bloggers. He and indieWIRE parent SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen offered TOH a home, where I've been both ridiculously industrious--and happy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2010 3:00 AM
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Warners Succession Plan: Meyer Stays, Horn Goes

It makes sense that respected Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer will stay on in his current role (through the end of 2013), while president and COO Alan Horn will leave his post in April.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 8:54 AM
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GQ Remembers Goodfellas, Affleck Defends I'm Still Here

- Celebrating Goodfellas' twentieth birthday (September 19, 1990), GQ interviews nearly sixty of the film's cast, crew and "noteworthy admirers." GQ calls it "one of the most endlessly rewatchable American movies ever made," and dubs it the "greatest gangster film of all time." Here's a taste from their interviews: Ray Liotta (Henry Hill): For twenty years now, there's not a day that goes by that I don't hear somebody mention GoodFellas. Unless I stay home all night. It's defined who I am, in a sense.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 22, 2010 5:00 AM
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Can Joaquin Phoenix's Career Be Saved? Watch Letterman Tonight!

Suddenly, after two years of retirement, we are seeing photos of a clean shaven, slim, Joaquin Phoenix amid reports of movie deals in the offing. Will he join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's Hoover as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's love interest Clyde Tolson? (UPDATE: The answer is no, as producer Rob Lorenz denies that Eastwood has expressed any interest in Phoenix for the role.) Or land a role opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green? Or play a foot fetishist in Steve Shainberg's latest off-beat narrative? His appearance on David Letterman tonight will be crucial to removing his recent druggy natty-haired image.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 4:16 AM
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John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore

John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore
The family of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men) and the Center for Steinbeck Studies will give this year's John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award to documentary filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 4:08 AM
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Starbucks Digital Network Adds SnagFilms Programming

Scheduled to launch later this fall, the Starbucks Digital Network has so far announced content providers The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment with iTunes, Nick Jr. Boost, Wellness with Rodale, Patch and Zagat. Now SnagFilms is the latest content contributor to the Starbucks Digital Network’s upcoming entertainment channel. SnagFilms, which offers over 1600 free non-fiction movies, will co-curate with Starbucks themed film festivals created specifically for the Network, launching with A MusicFest of a range of award-winning musical films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2010 12:15 PM
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Bening vs. Moore for First Oscar Win, Weisz Gets Promiscuous, Guardian's Genre Questions

Bening vs. Moore for First Oscar Win, Weisz Gets Promiscuous, Guardian's Genre Questions
- Not surprisingly, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore will both be pushed toward a Best Actress Oscar by The Kids Are All Right distributor Focus Features. If they are indeed both nominated, notes Deadline EW, The Kids Are All Right would be the sixth movie to have double nominees in this category: Thelma and Louise, Terms of Endearment, The Turning Point, Suddenly, Last Summer and All About Eve). Moore has been nominated four times; twice as supporting actress (The Hours in 2003, Boogie Nights in 1998) and twice for leading roles (Far From Heaven in 2003, The End of The Affair in 2000). Bening has three prior nominations; one supporting (The Grifters in 1991), two leading (American Beauty in 2000, Being Julia in 2005). Should either actress take home a statue in 2011, it will be their first.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 21, 2010 8:20 AM
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European Film Academy Nominates Three Animated Features

The European Film Academy nominates three for 2010 Animated Feature Film; Spain/UK's Planet 51 directed by Jorge Blanco, Belgium's Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage from Ben Stassen, and UK/France's The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet. On December 4th, the winner will be announced at the EFA Awards Ceremony in Tallinn/Estonia, as determined by their 2,300 voting members.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2010 4:24 AM
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The Social Network Update and Review

The Social Network Update and Review
Given the way things pile on now, you've already read more than you want to know about a movie you are dying to see, David Fincher's The Social Network. Some of you will go to the New York Film Festival September 24; others will wait until it opens October 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2010 3:10 AM
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