The film tells the story of how a group of young students created modern day social media when they started the website, Face book. When Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, is dumped by his girlfriend he goes on an alcohol fueled search for revenge. After writing a blog bashing his ex, he creates an on-campus website that asks has individuals rank the beauty of different female students. The website draws so much traffic that it crashed the University's servers.
He's put on academic probation by the school. The stunt drew the attention of the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler. The twins offer Mark a job designing a dating website for Harvard students. Mark had bigger plans; he solicited some start up money from his friend Eduardo Saverin. Mark and Edward move forward. They even join forces with Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.
The popularity of the website explodes beyond Harvard and expands to other universities. Zuckerberg and Parker relocate to California to lay the foundation of the business. Parker and his investors trick Saverin out of his share of company stock and thing quickly grow bigger than any of them could ever imagine.
The film is intercut with different phases of litigation in various lawsuits. A lawyer on Zuckerberg's defense team, Marylin Delpy, stands with him to fight charges of fraud and intellectual property theft from Saverin and the Winklevoss twins.
Jess Eisenberg stars as Zuckerburg and he is joined by an all star cast. The film also features Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, and Rashida Jones as Marylin Delpy.
"The Social Network" won several Golden Globe Awards including the award for best motion picture-drama, best director, best screen play, and best musical score. It was also nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three.
The bad Facebook news continues. In the second day of Mark Zuckerberg's company trading publicly, shares fell $6.99 on news of an SEC investigation into "issues" with Friday's IPO. Underwriter Morgan Stanley may have broken federal laws by not informing the public of an amended prospectus filed by the social network May 9.
With yet another popular media-sharing platform on board, Facebook's omnipresence and horizontal integration just keeps growing longer. The Mark Zuckerberg-helmed social media giant laid out $1 billion in combined cash and stock to purchase the massively popular photo-sharing platform Instagram, as The Los Angeles Times reported Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday through a post on his own flagship platform.
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Have celebrities accidentally stumbled upon the toughest border crossing point for famous people? "The Social Network" and "Mirror Mirror" star Armie Hammer is the latest in a string of celebrities to be arrested at the spot. His crime? Possession of cookies. Find out more right here.
More good news from Netflix. The streaming video provider announced today it will expand service to the UK and Ireland in early 2012. As in the U.S., Netflix will offer access to unlimited streaming of its movies and TV shows for a single monthly subscription price.
The authorized biography of Steve Jobs is on its way to bookshelves, and Sony Pictures has already made sure that the feature film rights are in its hands. So, who would be the best choice to play Jobs in the new movie? We've got a few suggestions.
If you believe in alternate universes, then there's one out there where Steve Jobs is still alive, and Aaron Sorkin has written what is probably the greatest Pixar movie ever. Sorkin recently recalled his last phone conversation with Jobs, in which the Apple CEO tried to convince him to write a movie for Pixar. Read more.
The authorized biography of the late Steve Jobs hasn't even been published yet, but studios have already been jumping at the opportunity to buy the feature rights to the book. It looks like Sony Pictures has won the battle and picked up the rights to the bio, appropriately titled "Steve Jobs."