By CBSNews.com Producer David Morgan
SUMMERS: Well, I would suggest that you let your imaginations run away with you on a new project.
TYLER: You would.
SUMMERS: Yes. Everyone at Harvard is inventing something. Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job so I'll suggest again that the two of you come up with a new new project.
CAMERON: I'm sorry, but that's not the point.
SUMMERS: Please arrive at the point.
CAMERON: You don't have to be an intellectual property expert to understand the difference between right and wrong.
SUMMERS: And you're saying that I don't?
CAMERON: Of course I'm not saying that.
TYLER: I'm saying that.
GAGE: Mr Zuckerberg, do I have your full attention?
GAGE: Do you think I deserve it?
GAGE: Do you think I deserve your full attention?
MARK: I had to swear an oath before we began the deposition phase and I don't want to get arrested for perjury so I have a legal obligation to say 'no.'
GAGE: Okay, 'No,' you don't think I deserve your attention.
MARK: I think if your clients want to stand on my shoulders and call themselves tall they have a right to give it a try, But there's no requirement that I enjoy being here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - the minimum amount needed. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook where my employees and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. Did I adequately answer your condescending question?
But Zuckerberg is being sued on TWO fronts.
And what IS cool, Parker is asked? "A BILLION dollars."
There is no clearly defined villain. And the hero is a young creative who appears capable of understanding the value of a social networking tool he has created - and yet exhibits social inadequacies and professes to not need friends. Even Parker, whose self-destructive drug use threatens the company, is less Machiavellian than he is simply a visionary who knows a winning formula when he sees one.
Aaron SorkinOscar-nominated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin - who knew nothing of Facebook before working on the film - said his inspiration for the story was not modern movies but Aristole and the classics, with a tragic hero set against a backdrop of the Ivy League and Silicon Valley. After examining Ben Mazrich's book research and conducting interviews with some of the people involved, Sorkin said, "At first I was lost because I thought, 'Holy cow, no two people are telling the same story.' But then I realized, 'Wait, this is great - no two people are telling the same story! That's what I'm going to do.' So I came up with the device of the parallel depositions. Not only could the different versions of the truth be dramatized, but I was able to put everyone in one room and have Mark be sitting face-to-face with his accusers." Sorkin hit pay dirt with his 1989 play "A Few Good Men," which he adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Other films include "Malice," "The American President," and "Charlie Wilson's War." But he is best known as the creator of the Emmy-winning TV series "The West Wing" (1999-2006).
David FincherBest Director nominee David Fincher was a cameraman for Industrial Light & Magic and a music video director before making his feature film debut with "Alien 3." His other credits include "Seven," "Fight Club," "The Game," "Panic Room," "Zodiac," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." He is currently filming an English-language version of Stieg Larsson's thriller, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Trent Reznor & Atticus RossA rough cut of the film's opening was temped-tracked with a bright rock song which composer Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (left) said made the film feel like a John Hughes teen comedy. (The rough cut did also feature bits of NIN's "Ghosts.") Reznor and Atticus Ross (right) took inspiration from 1970s and '80s electronic scores by Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, and created an electronically-generated soundscape of tremulous strings and an eerie, wordless choir under a plaintive acoustic piano. Their Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated score captures not the bright spirit of youth but its painful regret, loneliness and insecurity. As the dissonance increases, it is as if we were hearing the sound of innocence lost.
Click on the links below to hear samples from the score:
"Hand Covers Bruise" Excerpt (mp3)
"Intriguing Possibilities" Excerpt (mp3)
Jesse EisenbergBest Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) is a stage and screen actor and playwright who made his film debut in "Rodger Dodger" (2002). He received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for "The Squid and the Whale." His other credits include "The Emperor's Club," "The Education of Charlie Banks," Wes Craven's "Cursed," "The Village," "The Living Wake," "One Day Like Rain," "The Hunting Party," "Holy Rollers," "Adventureland," "Zombieland" and "Solitary Man." Upcoming projects include "30 Minutes or Less," the animated film "Rio."
Andrew GarfieldGolden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield (Eduardo Saverin) won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance as a young ex-con in "Boy A" (2007). His early stage work and TV appearances on "Swinging" and "Doctor Who" were followed by "Lions for Lambs," "Red Riding Trilogy," and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." He recently starred with Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley in the film version of "Never Let Me Go." Coming up: starring as Peter Parker in the next "Spider-Man" film.
Justin TimberlakeBeyond his career as a Grammy Award-winning singer, Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker) has acted in such films as "Alpha Dog," "Black Snake Moan," "Southland Tales," "The Open Road" and "Friends With Benefits." He's also done voice work for "Shrek the Third" and "Yogi Bear." Appearances on "Saturday Night Live" have also netted Timberlake two Emmy Awards, including for the virtual music video "**** in a Box."
Armie HammerThe great-grandson of industrialist/philanthropist Armand Hammer, Armie Hammer (Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss) starred as evangelist Billy Graham in "Billy: The Early Years" (2008). His other credits include "Flicka," "Blackout," and on TV, "Arrested Development," "Veronica Mars," "Gossip Girl" and "Reaper." He will next be seen in "Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar."
Max MinghellaFollowing voice work in "Bee Season," Max Minghella (Divya Narendra) appeared in Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana." His other credits include "Art School Confidential," "Elvis and Annabelle," "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," and "Agora." His upcoming films include "Hippie Hippie Shake" and "The Darkest Hour."
Rooney MaraOnly three people's names were changed in the script, and one character didn't even exist in real life: Erica Albright, whose dumping of Mark at the beginning becomes the closest thing to a "Rosebud" for the film. In her very brief scenes, Rooney Mara plays Erica - the girl who got away - with remarkable depth and panache. Mara's previous credits include "Youth in Revolt," "Tanner Hall," "Nightmare on Elm Street," "Dare" and "The Winning Season." She will next star as Lisbeth Salander in Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Brenda SongBrenda Song, who plays Christy, a "Facebook groupie" who becomes Eduardo's memorably jealous/crazy girlfriend, starred in the Disney Channel series "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," and its spin-off, "The Suite Life on Deck." Other Disney fare includes "Phil of the Future," "Stuck in the Suburbs," "Get a Clue," and "The Ultimate Christmas Present." Her TV credits include "ER," "Judging Amy," "That's So Raven," and "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd," and she's been seen in the films "Like Mike" and "College Road Trip."
Although some exteriors were filmed in Cambridge, Mass., Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore stood in for the Harvard campus. In one shot, in which the geography of the location required the camera negative to be flipped in order to match other shots, Eisenberg wore a GAP sweatshirt with the lettering printed backwards.
Mark ZuckerbergReactions to the film from those who lived it were mixed. Mark Zuckerberg at first professed he would never watch it, but then he rented out a theatre for his Facebook employees. His critique? They got the T-shirts right! The company's dismissive response to "Social Network" was softened, a tad, by the critical praise, box office and awards that the film received. Zuckerberg even made a cameo appearance with Jesse Eisenberg during the "Social Network" actor's Jan. 29 hosting gig on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
Eduardo SaverinEduardo Saverin was circumspect in his reaction. In an op-ed for CNBC's website, he described watching a film of his life "with amazement and humility," and noted, "I have wondered how Hollywood would depict [Facebook's] creation and development on the big screen. Would it be accurate? Would it showcase our failures, as well as our successes?" He then answered the question vaguely. "What I gleaned from viewing 'The Social Network' was bigger and more important than whether the scenes and details included in the script were accurate. After all, the movie was clearly intended to be entertainment and not a fact-based documentary."
Tyler and Cameron WinklevossNo such evasiveness was apparent from the Winklevoss twins. In an interview with CTV's "Canada AM," Cameron Winklevoss (right) described "The Social Network" as "a great generational film, it's very entertaining. From my perspective, the filmmakers tried to tell three different sides of a story. I don't think there (are) any conclusions and it's really up to the viewer to make their own decision." Tyler Winklevoss added, "You will find it all happened and it is very much a true story." They are now suing Facebook again, claiming a settlement they received in 2008 was based on an under-valued assessment of the company's worth.
PICTURES: Oscars red carpet
PICTURES: Oscars highlights
SPECIAL SECTION: The Academy Awards
"I've befriended Hans Zimmer in this process of battling him at award shows," Reznor said backstage after accepting his Oscar. "And he said, 'I hope that your score does win because it's a vote for - it opens the field up a bit, the textures what one can expect in film.'
"And I personally would like to do a very traditional score with an orchestra, but I also see where I think there's a general sense of conservatism in scores these days, and I think it can branch out into stuff and has a little richer palette and wider palette with sound. And I was very impressed we actually won this with a very non-traditional-sounding score. And I say that, with all due respect. I think it may encourage a number of artists who hadn't thought in terms of rigid film scoring, that there's a possibility out there to work in film and make something interesting, a bit different."
Kirk Baxter (left), who'd worked with director David Fincher on "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," had advice for viewers: "Find something you truly love doing and great things can happen. The hard part is, you got to meet someone like Fincher. Cheers!"
Angus Wall, who also worked with Fincher on several films, credited the director with helping start his career 20-odd years ago. "Also, a big thank-you to our wives, who allow us to have incredibly passionate love affairs with our families and our work."
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