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Sorkin's Facebook Script, Disney Calls Off Miramax-Weinstein Deal, Howard Stark in Tights

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 25, 2010 at 4:22AM

- The Daily Beast blogger Choire Sicha got hold of an unofficial copy of Aaron Sorkin's screenplay about Mark Zuckerberg which portrays the Facebook founder as a "selfish, sexist, back-stabber," writes Sicha. Zuckerberg and Facebook are no strangers to user discontent over site changes followed by apologetic reassurances. Sorkin's script follows Zuckerberg from his Harvard dorm days and doesn't make any excuses for him, portraying him as an angry, "maybe-shy but maybe-unfeeling, inhuman, awful, back-stabbing, shallow little code monkey with about as much insight into human relations as a poorly developed friend-recommending algorithm." The David Fincher film will be released in October. There's no need to feel sorry for Zuckerberg. As The Wrap points out, the current privacy issues are "barely a hiccup for Facebook," which will continue to grow, because most users choose to use the service and disregard the fine print anyway.
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Thompson on Hollywood

- The Daily Beast blogger Choire Sicha got hold of an unofficial copy of Aaron Sorkin's screenplay about Mark Zuckerberg which portrays the Facebook founder as a "selfish, sexist, back-stabber," writes Sicha. Zuckerberg and Facebook are no strangers to user discontent over site changes followed by apologetic reassurances. Sorkin's script follows Zuckerberg from his Harvard dorm days and doesn't make any excuses for him, portraying him as an angry, "maybe-shy but maybe-unfeeling, inhuman, awful, back-stabbing, shallow little code monkey with about as much insight into human relations as a poorly developed friend-recommending algorithm." The David Fincher film will be released in October. There's no need to feel sorry for Zuckerberg. As The Wrap points out, the current privacy issues are "barely a hiccup for Facebook," which will continue to grow, because most users choose to use the service and disregard the fine print anyway.

- The Wall Street Journal reports that the Miramax deal between Disney and the Weinsteins is really off, possibly paving the way for the Gores brothers to step in and acquire the Miramax library. The complex negotiations began to fall apart last week. The Weinsteins' Ron Burkle-backed $625-million bid was an attempt to buy back the library they sold to Disney in 1993 for $80 million. The Weinsteins founded Miramax pictures in 1979.

- Variety reports that Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney have acquired sci-fi script Lightspeed from screenwriters Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilli for approximately $3.5 million, which is not a record-breaking fee. That would be the $5 million Rossio and Marsilli nabbed for their script, Deja Vu ($5 million)-- and Rossio co-wrote Pirates of the Caribbean.

- We know Mamma Mia!'s Dominic Cooper can sing and dance, but apparently he can also wear tights. They will be those of Howard Stark, Iron Man's daddy, in Captain America. Salon reports that Cooper is slated to play the role, while HitFix details the Iron Man 2 footage that alludes to Howard Stark's past.

- Quentin Tarantino has been chosen to be the butt of politically-incorrect jokes at the 2010 Friar's Club Roast, says Variety. Club dean Freddie Roman assures, "We only roast the ones we love," including past honorees Hugh Hefner and Frank Sinatra.

- Last night's series finale of 24 saw Jack Bauer go out with a "wimper rather than a bang," ending eight seasons of the show as just 8.8 million viewers watched. USA Today considers the thinking behind the series ending, and talks to showrunner Howard Gordon. Yes, the script for the movie is well under way.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Independents, Studios, Web/Tech, Daily Read, TV, Quentin Tarantino, Iron Man, Weinsteins, Disney , Facebook


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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.