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Facebook IPO: The net worths of Mark Zuckerberg and Co. compared to 'Social Network' counterparts

Since Facebook’s initial public offering on May 17, the social networking site is now worth $115 billion, which means that its founders — and many others — just got a lot richer. EW spoke with FOX Business Network reporter Sandra Smith, who gave us the rundown on how much Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker, Eduardo Saverin and the Winklevoss twins stand to make since Facebook went public. And it’s a lot more than the actors who played them on-screen in The Social Network are pulling in. Check below to see how much fatter Zuckerberg’s, Parker’s, Saverin’s and the Winkelvosses’ wallets are than their Hollywood counterparts’* — Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer respectively.


What's $67 million among friends: An open letter to Eduardo Saverin

Dear Eduardo,

Congratulations on Facebook going public. You are now an even richer billionaire than you were yesterday. You have every reason to celebrate and make nice with your former colleague and bitter legal adversary, Mark Zuckerberg. But I’d like to talk to you about something else — that other reason people now recognize your name — your recent decision to renounce your American citizenship to live in Singapore.

See, here’s the deal: We liked you. We all did. Granted, we didn’t know you; we knew Andrew Garfield playing you in The Social Network. You were kind of that film’s hero — you knew right away Justin Timberlake was trouble and then you smashed Jesse Eisenberg’s laptop! Man, we’ve all been there. Everything turned out okay in the end, of course: You settled for a billion-dollar slice of Facebook, Garfield became Spider-Man. Everybody won.

But last week, just as Wall Street was readying Facebook’s public stock offering, it was revealed that you had renounced your American citizenship last September. READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin hates the Internet. Why does he keep writing about tech geniuses?

Aaron Sorkin needs to clear a space on his cluttered mantle. The king of the walk-and-talk recently signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography — and considering how many awards The Social Network won, it’s safe to guess that Sorkin’s next peek behind the computer screen will be similarly celebrated.

But even though Sorkin snagged an Oscar for writing about the technorati, it’s still deeply weird that he somehow became Hollywood’s go-to tech biopic scribe. Sorkin has long had a love-hate relationship with computers — accent on the hate.

After getting into a string of online arguments with Television Without Pity posters in the early ’00s, Sorkin wrote an episode of The West Wing that featured a subplot about how horrible Internet users are. (Josh to C.J., on a certain site: “It’s a crazy place. It’s got this dictatorial leader who I’m sure wears a muumuu and chain smokes Parliaments.” C.J. to Josh: “The people on these sites, they’re the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!”) An episode of Studio 60 also revolved partially around the characters’ reactions to a critical blogger; as one opined, “It’s like we’ve all spent the last five years living in a Roger Corman film called Revenge of the Hack.” Another dismissed the blogger as someone with “a freezer full of Jenny Craig” who sits “surrounded by her five cats.” Even the new trailer for Sorkin’s upcoming HBO drama, The Newsroom, includes a moment in which Jeff Daniels’ character reacts with disdain when Dev Patel’s character mentions his blog.

And then there are the various Internet bashing comments Sorkin himself has made over the years. Here’s a sampling of his greatest hits:


As Facebook IPO increases, the past comes back to haunt Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has enjoyed a gangbusters week, thanks in no small part to its impending IPO on Friday. Today, according to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook even decided to increase the IPO to 421.2 million shares. But of course, the pendulum of Facebook’s fate always has to swing both ways. With this good news, a relic of Facebook’s tumultuous early years (see: The Social Network) has surfaced. READ FULL STORY

'The Social Network' dominates Golden Trailer awards

It didn’t go home with the Oscar for Best Picture, but The Social Network can take some consolation in besting The King’s Speech last night at the 12th annual Golden Trailer awards. The film’s stunning preview, featuring a choral rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep,” became the first coming attraction since The Matrix to win four Golden Trailers, including Best in Show.

The Social Network‘s competitors for the top prize were Blue Valentine, Inception, The King’s Speech, and The Tree of Life. Watch all five below and then vote to see if the Golden Trailer jury got it right: READ FULL STORY

MTV Movie Awards 2011: On the scene for all the wackiness at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheatre

EW’s Archana Ram already recapped what you saw on television during last night’s Twilight Promotional Show MTV Movie Awards (and asked for your thoughts, too!), but what happened in the house during the always wacky ceremony at L.A.’s Gibson Ampitheatre? Oh, so much, folks — so much! And I’ve got those deets for you, as I was there to experience the madness first hand. There’s lots to talk about: The insane fashions! The beautiful stage! The speech that charmed the crowd! And so much more, but mostly — let’s be honest — it was all just one big plug for Twilight. Read on for a take of what went on behind the scenes, what you didn’t see on your television last night…


MTV Movie Awards 2011: Tell us what you think!


The MTV Movie Awards air tonight, and to keep track of all the popcorn trophy shenanigans MTV is famous for (see: Bruno-Eminem fiasco of 2009), check in here when the show kicks off at 9 p.m. ET for a recap on all the festivities. Reese! Rob Pattinson! Potter! Kids, we have a big night ahead of us. (This post is written in real time; refresh for updates.)

Host Jason Sudeikis opened the show in typical MTV fashion—with a good ol’ movie spoof. This time around, Jason, and Hollywood hotties like Taylor Lautner and Eva Mendes joined forces for their own spin on The Hangover, weaving in clips from The Social Network, 127 Hours and the girl-on-girl scene from Black Swan. Oh, MTV. Some things never change.

For his opening monologue, Sudeikis broke out with riffs on Arnold Schwarzenegger, MTV programming and Twilight. “My heart says Jacob but my wiener says Edward. My balls are indifferent.” Brownie points for mentioning the weird, wacky and utterly disgusting film Human Centipede. “How did Human Centipede not get nominated for Best Kiss?”

A few awards down the line—and one flawless Ryan Gosling later—Jim Carrey took to the stage in a green screen suit to introduce the Foo Fighters, who rocked the crowd, and in particular, Emma Watson and a super glittery Brooklyn Decker, who both clapped and swayed their way through the set. The new arbiters of rock ‘n’ roll?

And then…Bieber alert! The follicilly gifted pop star surprised presenters Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson along with, ya know, thousands of screaming girls, by appearing on stage to accept an award for best jaw-dropping moment. Seriously, would the Biebs miss an opportunity to wear blazers and high-tops?

In the second Twilight moment of the night (the first being Pattinson’s Best Actor win), Pattinson, Xavier Samuel and Bryce Dallas Howard took home the popcorn trophy for Best Fight and managed to beat the gravity-defying brawl scene in Inception. Adding salt to the wound, Pattinson accepted his trophy, saying “I won!” only to follow by telling the expectant Howard, “I ripped your head off, and now you’re pregnant!” Even Kristen Stewart thought that one was awkward.

But this being the MTV generation, those weren’t the only Twilight moments. Pattinson and Stewart of course won for Best Kiss, making all those Twi-Hards, which apparently includes Selena Gomez, positively giddy with delight hoping the camera-shy real-life couple would seal the deal on stage for millions to see. Shocker! They didn’t. Instead, Pattinson ran off stage to give a (faux?) smooch to category loser Taylor Lautner. Not sure how Team Edward and Team Jacob are going to take that one.

As a side note, I’m totally loving these Google Chrome commercials, and the Lady Gaga one playing during the breaks is no exception. How does ad for a search engine manage to make me well up with tears?

Awkward Pattinson moment #2 came so quickly whilst honoring Witherspoon with this year’s Generation Award.” It’s probably best to just erase the whole mess from your memory, but to recap, Pattinson rehashed playing Witherspoon’s son in Vanity Fair—the scene later got cut—and then said he “f—–” her in Water for Elephants. He actually messed up the punchline, which Witherspoon later corrected with much better timing when she took to the stage, and in more Reese-related awesomeness, she stuck it to MTV with some advice for young girls, who think scandal is the route to success. “It’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show.”

To round out Twilight‘s utter (and expected) domination, Stewart picked up a Best Female Performance award, and, to match her beau, gave us an equally awkward acceptance speech, proclaiming to fellow nominee Natalie Portman that the popcorn was hers. I’m sure Nat is just fine with her Oscar, thanks.

And the show’s oddest pairing award goes to the stars of Monte Carlo—Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester—who introduced Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz. I love hearing Gomez talk about a rapper’s “flow.”

Finally, Twilight takes home Best Movie, confirming MTV’s position as the Jersey Shore-pregnant teen-Twilight network. Also, Gary Busey in a bubble!

What did you guys think of the ceremony? Did the winners pan out the way you expected? How about Sudeikis in his first-time hosting gig? And what was with that Fern Gully-themed set?

The 'the' is THE best thing to happen to the titles of the movies in the theaters.

THE-dark-knightImage Credit: Stephen VaughanTwo new films are opening wide this weekend: The Mechanic and The Rite. They’ll compete against recent releases like The Green Hornet and The Dilemma, not to mention newly-minted Best Picture nominees The King’s Speech and The Fighter. (Meanwhile, fellow nominees The Social Network and The Kids Are All Right have just hit DVD stores.) Coming soon to theaters: The Roommate and The Eagle. What do all these movies have in common? It’s the The — the definite article, language’s precision instrument, “T-H-E,” a word that seemed bit old-fashioned and archaic just a few years ago, at least in movie titles.

Not anymore. Now, “The” is everywhere. READ FULL STORY

Mark Zuckerberg, please do a cameo on 'SNL' this weekend

mark-zuckerbergsImage Credit: Kim White/Getty Images; Merrick Morton; Dana Edelson/NBCMark Zuckerberg might make a cameo on the Jesse Eisenberg-hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, according to the New York Post. Do it, Zuck! Do it. NBC had no comment, and Facebook didn’t respond to our inquiry.

Being able to laugh at oneself on SNL is a hallmark of both good sportsmanship and mainstream megacelebrity. Andy Samberg has already shown off a pretty great Zuckerberg impression, so it seems like the natural thing to do is to have all three do a Weekend Update segment together, no? That, or have Zuckerberg dress up as Aaron Sorkin and take some potshots. Either way, count me in.

Wave your magical Lorne Michaels wand, PopWatchers, and let’s hear it: What would you have the Facebook founder do on SNL this weekend?

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‘SNL’ promo pic: Visual evidence that this week’s show will be bizarre

Kids reenact five Oscar nominated films!

I’m not sure why the Internet is rampant with kids reenacting stuff. Oh, wait. Because it’s adorable! From Kanye’s tweets to Project Runway, these children keep us entertained with their mini (ha) versions of what’s hot in pop culture.

The Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and it didn’t take long for the kiddos to reenact five of the Best Picture nominees. If you haven’t seen 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, The King’s Speech, or The Social Network you’ve still got time before Oscar night to catch up. But if you don’t think you’re going to make it through all the films, fear not. These reenactments will suffice. And did I mention they’re adorable?

(Spoiler alert! These shorts give up some important plot points. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!)  READ FULL STORY

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