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BLOG: The Social Network Preview

Digital Journalist Nicole Brewer

Digital Journalist Nicole Brewer

It revolutionized our social experience and forever changed the way we communicate.

Today, Facebook makes its Hollywood debut.

The ‘Social Network,’ which comes out in theaters today, offers a fast paced, sharp tongued spin on the inner-workings of a billion dollar idea. Based on Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires,” it’s a fictional story based on very public accounts.

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And while the film tackles modern innovation, its characters, themes and story line are as old as greek theater and as classic as Shakespeare. (At least … that’s what actor Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, told me in our interview a couple of weeks ago.)

Turns out, he was right.

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Under the direction of David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, the film touches on innovation, power and greed. But, ultimately unveils our need for acceptance.

The film follows creator Mark Zuckerberg, a socially awkward Harvard Sophomore, desperate to transform his social status. But, Mark’s journey to $500 Million friends becomes a tumultuous tale of friendship, betrayal, power and greed.

He gains a friend in Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake,) but loses his best friend and business partner Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield.)

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In the end, he’s left with an entity valued at $15 Billion. And maybe, just maybe … a little more self-acceptance than when he started.

**On A Personal Note**

I’m no movie critic, but as the resident Digital Journalist and a loyal Facebook fan, I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it. For me, it was the fast paced story line and quick-witted dialogue. I only wish I was that brilliant.

And as I found out, so does Aaron Sorkin. In interviewing him for this piece, he revealed to me that it often takes months to develop the kind of smart quips these characters unleash throughout the film. (And often involves him talking to himself in the car!) He’s convinced people are disappointed when they meet him in person. But, that could not be further from the truth! He was kind, soft spoken and extremely receptive to reaction to the film.

In addition to meeting Sorkin, I had the opportunity to meet Armie Hammer, who plays Cameron Winklevoss in the film. Talk about good looking! I’m surprised I was able to formulate any questions during the interview with this guy.

And Jesse Eisenberg … talk about a class act. He was polite and personable. He made me feel at ease before, during and after the interview. (Did you know his Dad got his Sociology degree at Temple?) Oh, and he’s a huge fan of Justin Timberlake! My response? Who isn’t?

Speaking of JT, he was unfortunately not along for the Philly junket. Another minor disappointment? None of the actors had ever actually used Facebook. But don’t worry, they make up for it in a big way in person and on the big screen!

If you didn’t catch my video preview on our homepage, check it out here.

–Nicole Brewer

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