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Weekend Box Office: Word-of-Mouth Sells Social Network Over Newbies Life as We Know It, Secretariat

Strong word-of-mouth propelled The Social Network to a strong hold over two openers with femme appeal, the Katharine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It and the 70s true story sports drama Secretariat, starring Diane Lane. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.A soft Columbus Day weekend frame totaling an estimated $76 million, off 16% from a year ago, slowed moviegoing for new entries this weekend, but kept holdovers alive. Sony’s The Social Network remained online with the masses, hanging onto No. 1 with $15.5 million, off a sweet 31%.  The film saw a 32% spike between Friday and Saturday, clearly indicating that word-of-mouth continues to be strong for this potential awards contender. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 10, 2010 4:08 AM
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Fincher Calls Girl with Dragon Tattoo Swedish Noir, Adds Cast, as Filming Begins in Stockholm

As he starts production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm, David Fincher's final cast is looking good. The director told Sweden's SvD that he's added Joely Richardson (Anita Vanger), Steven Berkoff (Frode) and David Dencik (young Detective Morell) to the ensemble led by The Social Network's Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Robin Wright (Erika Berger), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger) and Stellan Skarsgard (Martin Vanger).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2010 4:30 AM
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Gender Watch: Is Social Network A Sausage Fest or Sexist? Franco in Drag, Manly Names

- If The Social Network wasn't scoring at the box office and with critics would women writers keep piling on this ongoing debate? Women And Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein argues that controversy surrounding the film's lack of female characters proves "in no uncertain terms that you can’t get away with this even if the movie is good and even if it may be an Oscar front runner." She's referring to what PopWatch's Jennifer Armstrong defines as "downright appalling depiction of women," which "is horrendous, like, ’50s-level sexist - if this were fiction, the snubs would be inexcusable," serving as "strong evidence that we still need feminism." The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien believes the film's females are props, not characters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2010 4:19 AM
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The Social Network's Treatment of Women, Winterbottom's Kercher Murder Mystery to Star Firth

-It's no surprise that David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network is getting Oscar-buzz, zeitgeist hype and debates about what is fact and fiction. Now the role of women in the film is kicking up controversy. The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien argues that the femme roles are props in a film that "not only reflects its era, but will shape it." Stephen Colbert declares that there are no women of substance in the movie except for the small roles of lawyer Rashida Jones and Zuckerberg's scorning girlfriend Rooney Mara. The women in the movie are seen as liabilities, writes Jezebel, if not woefully disrespected.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2010 6:28 AM
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The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

The Social Network Plays Well to Academy
Saturday's Academy screening of The Social Network played well to a full house--the movie also opened at number one this weekend, and scored rave reviews, which won't hurt with Oscar voters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2010 7:40 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Social Network Clicks to Top

The most buzzed-about launch of the fall season, The Social Network met (but did not exceed) expectations with a $23-million start, while hard-R vampire thriller Let Me In proved to be a classic tweener: too bloody violent for upscale smart-house crowds and too European for mainstream gore-hounds. Anthony D'Alessandro explains:Sony’s PG-13 Facebook origin myth The Social Network effortlessly clicked its way to the top box office spot with $23 million – a number which was in line with studio estimates, but fell short of crashing any ticket booth’s computer with a fall record.  Two R-rated thrillers, Overture’s vampire remake Let Me In and Paramount’s Renee Zellweger-Bradley Cooper vehicle Case 39, each cannibalized their target femme demo, tying with $5.3 million apiece.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 3, 2010 4:17 AM
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Oscar Talk: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Annette Bening, Winter's Bone and Leader The Social Network

Oscar Talk: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Annette Bening, Winter's Bone and Leader The Social Network
This week Kris Tapley and I range over Disney's Secretariat and Tangled; the vampire remake Let Me In; Oscar chances for SPC's Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, and Animal Kingdom, starring Jacki Weaver, the first Oscar screeners to go out; and the long road ahead for early frontrunner The Social Network, which opened Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 8:52 AM
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Social Network Update: Charlie Rose, Wired

It's fascinating to see the dynamic between The Social Network visualist David Fincher (not a wordsmith) and scribe Aaron Sorkin on Charlie Rose. Fincher seems deferential, and Sorkin dominates the space. Not the usual director/writer interaction.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2010 7:03 AM
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Oscar Talk: Frontrunners King's Speech vs. The Social Network, Why The Fighter Isn't A Shoo-In

Oscar Talk: Frontrunners King's Speech vs. The Social Network, Why The Fighter Isn't A Shoo-In
It's only September, which means that Kris Tapley and I are declaring The King's Speech and The Social Network frontrunners---for now. Which films could possibly supplant them? Toy Story 3 is an animated sequel. I argue that The Fighter is directed by the one and only David O. Russell, while Kris points out that All the President's Men was beaten by Rocky. The Beaver's Mel Gibson makes another problematic award-season figure. Ben Affleck's The Town needs to accumulate success and gravitas. And then there's the Coen brothers' True Grit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2010 12:30 PM
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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:
  • By L.M. Kit Carson
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  • September 23, 2010 4:30 AM
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