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

- 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.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2010 4:22 AM
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Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man

Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man
Writer-director Julie Taymor is in Cannes promoting her film take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, which Icon International is selling in the market. "Isn't it Disney?" I asked Lionsgate UK's Nick Manzi. He responded: "Yes, but not all over the world."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2010 7:22 AM
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Disney's Rich Ross Meets the Press

Disney's Rich Ross Meets the Press
New Disney chairman Richard Ross put on a dog-and-pony show at the Burbank lot Thursday to introduce himself to a group of key entertainment reporters. This is what a new studio chairman does to deal with media requests for interviews and meetings and to alert Wall Street to a strong line-up in advance of an upcoming Disney earnings call. About 20 reporters attended, including the trades. Ross announced the breaking news that Pixar was ramping up a Monsters Inc. sequel for a November 15 2012 release and that Disney was dating their film Brave for June 15, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2010 4:00 AM
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Disney Sale of Miramax to Burkle Not Closed, Three Miramax Films Hung Up

It's all in the spin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 2:58 AM
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Whedon to Direct Marvel's The Avengers

Whedon to Direct Marvel's The Avengers
If Marvel closes with Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers, I applaud them for yet again taking a daring direction that most studio chiefs would not be willing to stake their jobs on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 8:57 AM
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Disney's Iger Meets with Weinstein, Gets Cash Offer

Disney's Iger Meets with Weinstein, Gets Cash Offer
It would be great to see Disney chairman Robert Iger--the subject of a recent lionizing profile in the NYT--do the right thing where Miramax is concerned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 7:42 AM
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Miramax and Overture: Gores vs. Weinsteins

Miramax and Overture: Gores vs. Weinsteins
Two sets of brothers are vying for Disney's Miramax library and it looks like the $550-million cash-offer from billionaire Tom and Alec Gores (advised by their Paradigm Agency chief brother Sam) boasts the advantage over the $600-million bid from Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who only look liquid relative to financially-beleaguered third bidder David Bergstein (described by one attorney as the "Enron of the entertainment world"), whose $700-million offer has to be a deluded fantasy, given the fact that a long line of creditors have taken him to bankruptcy court, which actually appointed a trustee for Bergstein's assets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2010 5:15 AM
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Disney Weighs Three Miramax Offers

Disney Co. is weighing three offers for Miramax Films. The company could decide not to accept them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2010 1:19 AM
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WonderCon Sneak Peeks Inception, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia

WonderCon Sneak Peeks Inception, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia
This weekend, San Francisco played host to a big multi-studio fan press junket at WonderCon, a pint-sized adjunct to July's giant ComicCon in San Diego. Disney imported producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Nic Cage and Jake Gyllenhaal and screened footage from Sorcerer's Apprentice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Toy Story 3 (which they have now tantalizingly screened in its entirety thrice, at Showest, International YouTube vloggers day and a Pixar screening for long-lead press). They also staged a viral event for Tron Legacy (see video below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2010 7:13 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Alice in Wonderland Beats Spider-Man and Iron Man Openings

In his first TOH Sunday domestic/international box-office report, ex-Variety numbers analyst Anthony D'Alessandro checks in with the studios behind this weekend's b.o. juggernaut, led by Disney's Alice in Wonderland---which proves yet again why studio marketers keep chasing the perfect match: branded family title + proven visual master + global movie star=blockbuster.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 7, 2010 6:07 AM
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