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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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Lohan in Court, Monjack found dead, Zuckerberg on Facebook privacy, Scorsese's Sinatra

Entertainment News:- Lindsay Lohan's video denying drug use and claiming to be in full compliance with court orders did not save her from a Beverly Hills judge Monday, who ordered her to refrain from alcohol, undergo weekly blood tests and wear an alcohol detection bracelet. Lohan's lawyer said she had proof that the actress had airline tickets and missed the May 20th hearing due to a lost passport, and declined the judge's offer to spend thirty minutes reading the list of reasons for the sentencing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2010 6:36 AM
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Quaid and Sheen Play Clinton and Blair in Morgan's Special Relationship

HBO premiered the third latest installment in Granada's series starring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, The Special Relationship, Wednesday night at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, where Amy Dawes spoke to star Dennis Quaid and writer Peter Morgan.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 20, 2010 10:28 AM
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Betty White Nails Saturday Night Live

Betty White rocked Saturday Night Live this week with support from returning femmes Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler and jokes about her muffin. Here's the entire episode:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2010 2:29 AM
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More: Video, TV

News Update: Studios Step Up Security, Iron Man Hits Web, Tony Noms, Vaughn Helms X-Men: First Class

L.A. County sheriffs have stepped up security around movie studios in response to the foiled bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The LAT reports that the bomb's proximity to Viacom headquarters has led to speculation that the company was targeted because of a recent South Park episode on Comedy Central involving the prophet Muhammad. Viacom owns Comedy Central as well as the MTV network.  At MTV and Lionsgate offices in Santa Monica, guards have been checking vehicle trunks since the incident, among other precautions.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 5, 2010 1:31 AM
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News Update: New Orleans, Nashville, Treme, Jonah Hex Trailer

Weekend flooding in Nashville won't be a good thing for TV and film productions in the area (see video below). And in New Orleans, the cast and crew of HBO's Treme are among the many who are "very distraught" about the BP-related oil slick heading for shore, executive producer Eric Overmyer told us Friday. Treme wrapped production on its first season late Friday and doesn't resume for season two until November.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 3, 2010 2:00 AM
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HBO's Tilda Pilot Starts Filming with Keaton in June

The pilot script for an HBO half-hour comedy series, Tilda, written by Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort, is hilarious. (SPOILER ALERT.) Of course Tilda, who blogs out of her L.A. apartment (which resembles my two-story duplex near Fairfax and Pico, although I do not have a rat) is closely modeled after the Nikki Finke reported in Tad Friend's New Yorker profile.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2010 8:09 AM
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Talking Treme: Ep. Three

Talking Treme: Ep. Three
Tim Appelo and I are riffing on each episode of David Simon's HBO series Treme, which brought me to tears during Ep. 3:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 12:34 PM
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More: Reviews, TV, Treme, HBO

Hitfix Adds TV Blogger Sepinwall

Meanwhile consumer-friendly entertainment site Hitfix.com continues to grow, adding Star-Ledger TV blogger Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching) to their line-up. Here's the news release. Sepinwall joins Hitfix stalwarts Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg, Melinda Newman, Katie Hasty and editor-in-chief and co-founder Gregory Ellwood. What's Alan Watching will relaunch on HitFix on Tuesday, May 4, 2010.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 7:11 AM
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More: Media, TV

Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino

Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino
TOH critic Tim Appelo reviews HBO's latest, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. (We'll continue our weekly post-Treme rehash Monday.)
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 25, 2010 11:32 AM
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