Sony launches “Social Network” site, unveils tons of photos

By Sean O’Connell For so many reasons, “The Social Network” sits atop my must-see list of the fall season.

David Fincher, in my opinion, is a genius filmmaker. Three of his pictures – “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “Zodiac” – are modern masterpieces. And I fall into the camp of people who believe Fincher’s “Benjamin Button” deserved all of the Oscar nominations it earned (and probably should have scored a win or three).

It helps that I’m a Facebook junkie, and “The Social Network” recounts the rise of the popular Web site. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Rooney Mara – aka “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – lead Fincher’s impressive ensemble, and the recent trailer with a choral rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” only increased my anticipation.

The cherry on top of the sundae had to be Scott Foundas’ controversially early rave of the film for Film Comment. But by the time that review hit the net, I already was hooked.

Sony just launched the official site for the film, giving us a glance at 46 hi-res photos of Fincher’s cast.

The movie will open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24 before an Oct. 1 release. Expect us to be talking about Fincher’s work all the way through Oscar season.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • August 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Rashida Jones doesn’t STAR (is not part of the CAST ENSEMBLE), she’s not credited in the ‘CAST’ section of the official website.

    Brenda Song IS! She IS billed above Rooney Mara.
    Why did you intentionally leave out Brenda Song’s NAME? She is an established Disney Channel star.

    She’s not an unknown.

    she is billed above Rooney Mara in the cast order!
    Stop misinforming the world by stating BULL, Rashida Jones DOES NOT lead the CAST ENSEMBLE of The Social Network.

    Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Brenda Song AND Rooney Mara (IN ORDER BASED ON THE CAST ORDER FROM THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE) lead the cast ensemble.

    Everyone else in the movie has a small tiny role.

  • August 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Brenda? Is that you?

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