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Social Network Team Making 50 Shades Movie

Erotic bestseller headed for the big screen

(Newser) - The producers behind The Social Network are teaming up again for a story a lot steamier than the founding of Facebook. Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie adaptation of the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy of erotic novels. EL James' trilogy about an affair between...

Larry Summers: Winklevoss Twins Are 'A**holes'

Former Harvard president says he rarely encountered such 'swagger'

(Newser) - Just in case The Social Network didn't beat this point home for you, former Harvard president Larry Summers thinks the Winklevoss twins are "assholes." The brothers, who infamously sued classmate Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their idea for Facebook, went to Summers for help, but he dismissed...

Who Were Facebook's First Users?

No surprise: Zuckerberg's roommates, friends of friends

(Newser) - Hidden within your Facebook profile’s URL is a string of numbers ( that will tell you where you fall in the grand order of everyone who signed up for Facebook, according to Business Insider . It used that number code (which some may not have, if you...

Academy Awards: First Oscars Go to 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Inception'
 The King's 
 Takes Top 

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The King's Speech Takes Top Honors

The heartwarming film wins the day at Academy Awards

(Newser) - And they're off! After an opening montage involving all of the best picture nominees—and, uh, Back to the Future—the Oscars are in full swing. The montage was "enjoyably silly," writes David Edelstein in New York , featuring a trip inside the mind of Alec Baldwin, Inception-style. As...

Who Should Win an Oscar ...and Who Will

Expect a lot of love for 'The King's Speech'

(Newser) - It's Academy Awards weekend, so in anticipation of Sunday's ceremony, Claudia Puig offers up her choices for who should win—and who actually will win—in USA Today :
  • Best Picture: "Despite its superb performances, brilliant direction, sharp writing, and exquisitely complex, if not always likable, lead character," The

King’s Speech Wins Big at BAFTAs

Film snags top honor, as well as lead actor trophy for Colin Firth

(Newser) - Yet more awards season love for The King’s Speech: The heartwarming film about stammering King George VI won best film at the British Academy Film Awards. Lead actor Colin Firth also took home the best actor trophy at the BAFTAs, the UK’s equivalent to the Oscars, Bloomberg reports....

Social Network, Inception Win at WGAs

Nolan, Sorkin take home top screenwriting honors

(Newser) - The sci-fi smash Inception and Facebook drama The Social Network took top screenplay honors last night at the Writers Guild Awards. Inception writer Christopher Nolan won for best original screenplay and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin won for best adapted screenplay. The Social Network, was the heavy favorite Sorkin...

Why the Oscars Are Already Over
 Why the Oscars 
 Are Already Over 


Why the Oscars Are Already Over

The Academy picks 'heart over head,' writes Richard Corliss

(Newser) - Spoiler alert: The Oscars are over, and The King’s Speech has won Best Picture. Why? Because "in Oscar voting, as in old Hollywood weepies, sentiment trumps sense," writes Richard Corliss in Time . Critics may have loved The Social Network, but not a single one of them is...

King's Speech Snags 12 Oscar Nods

 King's Speech 
 Snags 12 
 Oscar Nods 
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King's Speech Snags 12 Oscar Nods

True Grit, surprisingly, comes in second

(Newser) - The King's Speech swept past fellow front-runner The Social Network to claim a dozen Academy Award nominations this morning, including Best Picture and three of the four acting categories. Surprisingly, True Grit also bested the Facebook film with 10 nominations, also including the top award. The Social Network finally appears...

The Social Network , Glee Win Big at Golden Globes
The Social Network, Glee
Win Big at Golden Globes

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The Social Network, Glee Win Big at Golden Globes

Surprise presenter Michael Douglas presents final award

(Newser) - The Golden Globes ended with a heartwarming surprise: A healthy-looking Michael Douglas , who presented the final award of the evening and noted that there must be "an easier way to get a standing ovation." That award, for best motion picture drama, went to the night's top winner: The ...

News Fail: The Year's Most Misunderstood Stories

Time to stop blaming Jay

(Newser) - This year, we hated Jay, pitied Mark Zuckerberg, and were sure the Tea Partiers were insane. But we were wrong, says Cracked . Some accepted myths, followed by the truth:
  • Jay Leno stole Conan's job. Actually, “Leno had nearly nothing to do with Conan getting fired.” It all came

What the World Watched as 2010 Unfolded

Snooki to Spillcam, here's what we gawked at

(Newser) - We stared in horror as oil gushed unchecked from BP's ruptured well for months, we might have raised a beer as Steven Slater took his epic slide down a JetBlue ramp, and we feverishly refreshed Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg took Time's Person of the Year Honors. but mostly, writes Ted...

Here Are Your Golden Globe Nomineess
Here Are Your
Golden Globe Nominees

Here Are Your Golden Globe Nominees

Yep, Jennifer Love Hewitt managed to snag one

(Newser) - The Social Network got a lot of love this morning as the Golden Globe nominations were announced, but British monarchy tale The King's Speech was the biggest hit with seven nominations. The Social Network and The Fighter followed with six nominations each, the AP reports. Among the more shocking nominees:...

Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Social Network: American Film Institute Names Best Movies, TV Shows of 2010
127 Hours, Black Swan, Glee
Among AFI's Faves
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127 Hours, Black Swan, Glee Among AFI's Faves

Honors will be doled out Jan. 14

(Newser) - The American Film Institute bestowed its annual honors on the 10 best US movies and TV programs of the year. The best films include Black Swan , Inception , 127 Hours , The Social Network , and Toy Story 3 . Top TV programs include The Big C , Boardwalk Empire , Glee , Mad Men , and Modern ...

Zuckerberg Unveils Facebook Redesign on 60 Minutes

Honcho also talks privacy, Social Network

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg talked about privacy, The Social Network, and Facebook's brand new look in a wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview. The profile-page revamp, which is being rolled out in the coming weeks, offers new ways for users to organize and tag their friends, including new fields for sports played and teams...

The Social Network: Where Are They Now?

(Newser) - After seeing the movie The Social Network, viewers may feel the desire to watch a VH1 Special to answer the question, Where are they now? And how did the movie do at showing the true characters of the cast surrounding the rise of Facebook? The VH1 special isn't available (yet)...

Why Zuckerberg Should Be Thrilled With the Movie

Wired's Fred Vogelstein: 'Social Network' is going to be great for Facebook

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and pals aren't happy about how they've been depicted in the Social Network, but they're missing the larger point, writes Fred Vogelstein. "Mark my words," he predicts in Wired . "It will do so much good for the company and Zuckerberg that a year from now...

The Social Network Divides Generations
 The Social Network 
 Divides Generations 

The Social Network Divides Generations

Older people see Zuckerberg as tragic; youth as a visionary

(Newser) - The Social Network is officially a hit—it won the weekend box office —but different viewers came away with wildly different impressions, according to David Carr of the New York Times . Older people see it as a cautionary tale about a young man who betrays all his friends and...

Zuckerberg: Eisenberg's Portrayal of Me 'Really Cool'

In private, Zuck is 'gracious' about movie

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg certainly seems unhappy about The Social Network —but in private, it may be a different story. Jesse Eisenberg , who plays the Facebook founder in the movie, says his cousin works at Facebook—and when he met the big boss, Zuck said, “I think your cousin...

'Dazzling' Social Network Is 'Absurdly Enjoyable'
 'Dazzling' Social Network 
 Is 'Absurdly Enjoyable' 
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'Dazzling' Social Network Is 'Absurdly Enjoyable'

Critics still raving about the Facebook movie

(Newser) - On the eve of its opening, the Social Network continues to get serious love from reviewers. The Facebook movie's Rotten Tomatoes score is humming along at a 98% positive clip. Samples:
  • Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal : It "quickly lifts you to a state of exhilaration, and pretty much keeps

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