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Social Network Update: Winklevosses Lose Settlement Appeal

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 12, 2011 at 6:31AM

In a follow-up to the behind-the-scenes power drama revealed in The Social Network, the Winklevoss twins (the movie's Armie Hammer) have lost the appeal of their 2008 $140-million Facebook settlement.
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In a follow-up to the behind-the-scenes power drama revealed in The Social Network, the Winklevoss twins (the movie's Armie Hammer) have lost the appeal of their 2008 $140-million Facebook settlement.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have been trying to improve on that deal, as the fortunes of Facebook founder, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), have soared. Judge John Wallace argued that they had too much smart counsel for anyone to pull the wool over their eyes:

“I agree my clients were not behind the barn door when brains were passed out,” admitted Jerry Falk, the Howard Rice partner arguing the appeal for the Winklevosses. “But the same is true of Facebook. You had sophisticated people in the room on both sides.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.