'The Social Network' in-joke
Read what Eric Eisenberg at Cinema Blend caught while watching the film a second time.
A "Fight Club" easter egg:
"Having just returned from my first time seeing the film since August, I noticed a little Easter Egg that Fincher fans will love and is certainly something to keep your eye out during your second screenings (the movie somehow actually gets better the second time around).
"During a scene in which Mark, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is talking with his friend Eduardo, played by Andrew Garfield, he mentions that he has established a fake Facebook page so that he may cheat on an Art History assignment. So what was the fake name he gave to make the profile? None other than Tyler Durden, Brad Pitt's character from Fincher's 'Fight Club.'
A longer trailer for 'True Grit' debuts online
I'm sure you know what I'm talking about -- that would be the Coen Brothers' "True Grit." Today, a longer trailer has been released online, and again, I am excited.
Nothing is spoiled by this one: We see a young girl enlisting eye-patched drunkard Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to assist in tracking down her father's killer (Josh Brolin). Meanwhile, a mustachioed La Boeuf (Matt Damon) smokes a pipe, rides along and makes a bad joke, presumably on purpose. It looks good. It will be good. I'm going to count on the Coens.
A Western is just what we need at Christmas, and most especially this one.
Watch the trailer after the jump:
David Fincher's Facebook movie is No. 1
It earned $23 million and reportedly did better along the coasts of the country and not as well in middle America. Word of mouth might change that, and it's expected that the movie will do well the next couple of weeks.
Here's the scoop:
"In a weekend that had two releases mightily struggle to reach their target demographics, drama 'The Social Network' hauled in $23 million according to early studio estimates and landed as the number one draw in the country. Also posting relatively strong weekends were 'Legend of the Guardians,' 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' and 'The Town,' which all got a boost because of the rough start that 'Let Me In' and 'Case 39' got off to.
It's a pip
And now, we get a poster for Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," a movie that could turn out to be one of the best films of the year. Apparently more faithfully adapted from Charles Portis’ novel than the 1969 John Wayne movie, the story follows young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), and her involvement with crusty old drunkard and U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), who is helping Mattie find her father's killer. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin also star.
'Titanic' set for 3-D rerelease
James Cameron not only wants to celebrate his now-classic (to some) blockbuster "Titanic" by giving it the 3-D treatment, but he also wants to commemorate the anniversary of the famous tragedy.
According to THR:
"April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of Titanic slipping into the icy Atlantic, and Paramount marks its own centennial the same month. But it's possible that 'Titanic' could be released as early as that year's oft-lucrative Valentine's Day weekend."
What? Is this in good taste?
Here is more from The Hollywood Reporter:
"Early 2012 suddenly is shaping up as a major launchpad for classic blockbusters bowing in 3D, with Paramount, Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment mulling the 3D rerelease of James Cameron's "Titanic" in April of that year.
Streep and Roberts in talks to work together
For a moment, I thought this headline read "Meryl Streep to play Julia Child's Mother," and I thought, "really?" But adjusting my tired eyes, I realized it read "Julia Roberts' Mother."
Yes. That makes more sense.
And the project sounds terrific. Tracy Letts ("Bug") is one of the greatest dramatists working.
Here is the scoop from MSN:
"Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are in talks to star in The Weinstein Company's adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play 'August: Osage County,' reports Deadline.
"'ER' creator John Wells is set to direct from the darkly comical script by Letts.
Streep will play Violet, the complicated, drug-addicted matriarch of the working class Weston clan, while Roberts will play Barbara Fordham, the family's eldest daughter whose estranged husband is cheating on her with a college student.
"The story finds Barbara and her two sisters rallying to their mother's side after Violet's husband dies, which leads many family secrets to be revealed.
"Harvey Weinstein has been developing the film for several years, having been involved in the original stage production with Jean Doumanian. The duo will produce the film together, and shooting is expected to start by next summer.
How will it do?
According to TheWrap, very well -- and especially surprising to some since the critically acclaimed "The Social Network" involves computer screens, collegiate angst, arbitration and a lot of talking. And no 3-D. As far as I know, nothing explodes, save for Mark Zuckerberg's power and wealth.
God bless David Fincher.
More from TheWrap:
"Having built his A-list directing acumen on the backs of brutal street fighters, merciless home-invasion robbers, maniacal serial killers and mysterious Southerners who age backwards, David Fincher wants us to buy tickets to watch Ivy Leaguers battle each other in arbitration hearings.
"And it's not even in 3D.
"But based on killer reviews and strong pre-release tracking, Fincher's 'The Social Network' should have no problem getting moviegoers to friend up at the domestic box office this weekend.
"Tracking services predict the PG-13-rated true-to-lifer about how Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook -- and screwed a bunch of classmates in the process -- will exceed $25 million, with Sony's estimation falling slightly below that."
Portman dished for 'The Social Network'
It helps when the movie star went to Harvard.
"The Social Network" (opening today) found assistance from Portman.
Here is the story from EW:
"In 'The Social Network,' Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) models Facebook on Harvard’s legendary final clubs, private groups made up of some of the school’s most privileged students. But the clubs are as secretive as they are exclusive, which meant researching them was no easy task for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Luckily, he got a hand from one of the school’s most famous alums: Natalie Portman. The star studied at Harvard from 1999-2003 and dated a member of the famous Porcellian Club — and she couldn’t wait to tell Sorkin all about it.