Aaron Sorkin to make Facebook movie


The creator of "The West Wing" is to make a film about the founders of social networking Web site Facebook.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the Tom Hanks movie "Charlie Wilson's War," has opened an account on the site to aid his research.

Sorkin writes on his Web page, "I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page. If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best I can. If anyone has any comments, I'm glad to listen."

The 47-year-old admits he doesn't understand Facebook, or "how I'm going to write the movie," so is relying on fans to help him.

He adds, "I have a fairly specific idea of what the first 15 pages of the screenplay will be and no idea what will happen on pages 16 through 130. I have very strong feelings about the internet and its effect on our national culture, but frankly those feelings are being countered by the sophistication, kindness, curiosity and wit of the posts in this site."

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 and has more than 100 million users worldwide.

(San Francisco Chronicle)


MOVIE OPENINGS – Aug 29, 2008



Director: Jason Friedberg Aaron Seltzer 
Stars: Carmen Electra, Vanessa Minnillo, Nicole Parker
Studio: Lionsgate

The Plot: Over the course of one evening, an unsuspecting group of twenty-somethings find themselves bombarded by a series of natural disasters and catastrophic events.



Director: Mathieu Kassovitz 
Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry 
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

The Plot: Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) takes a high-risk assignment where he must escort a woman out of Russia. His client, however, is carrying a synthetic virus -- one that could bring about the end of humankind. Making his mission extra-difficult is the cult that has designs on what rests inside the young woman's body.



Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff 
Stars: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, David Clark
Studio: Overture Films

The Plot: FBI agent Roy Clayton (Pearce) heads up a conspiracy investigation which initially susses out a prime suspect: Samir Horn (Cheadle), a former special ops officer with strong ties to Afghan rebels in the Middle East. As Clayton chases Horn around the world, however, a tangled web of contradictory evidence is revealed.



Director: Deb Hagan 
Stars: Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, Andrew Caldwell
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)



Director: Takashi Miike 
Stars: Hideaki Ito, Koichi Sato, Quentin Tarantino 
Studio: First Look International

The Plot: A revolver-wielding stranger (Tarantino) crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town. Knowing his services are valuable to either side, he offers himself to the clan who will offer up the largest share of the wealth.



INTERVIEW: Mark Wahlberg and director John Moore on the upcoming ‘Max Payne’

A good interview, from the filmmakers’ point of view, is one where the press walks away more interested in the project than when they came in. While I’m not planning to be first in line for the videogame adaptation Max Payne when it opens in October, I’m definitely curious. Part of that comes from the charisma of Mark Wahlberg and director John Moore, who at least talk a good game when it comes to this crime saga.


Top Ten Movie Sequels

With The Dark Knight now firmly set as the second largest grossing film of all-time with $489,179,000 I felt there was no time better than right now to take a look at the all-time greatest sequels in film history. Not an easy task and many factors must be considering when devising such a list.

(Rope of Silicon)

Margaret Cho returns to TV on her terms this time


Margaret Cho hopes her new TV foray is more satisfying than her last one — 14 years ago.

The actress and comedian stars in VHI's The Cho Show (tonight, 11 ET/PT), her first series since 1994's short-lived ABC sitcom All-American Girl, an experience from which the outspoken San Francisco native still appears to be recovering.

(USA Today)


Revolutionary digital movie camera RED to rival film cameras


A crowd has gathered in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center, where a security guard is about to unlock the main entrance. It's less than a minute before 9 am, the official opening of the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Show—typically a sleepy sales and marketing event known more for schmoozing than buzz. But as the glass doors open on this April morning, a hundred people race toward a large crimson tent in the center of the hall.

The tent is home to Red Digital Cinema and its revolutionary motion picture camera, the Red One. Standing nearby is the man who developed it—a handsome guy with a neatly trimmed goatee and a pair of sunglasses perched atop his clean-shaven head.



Kevin Bacon Slips Back into The Closer’s Director’s Chair

It's a year of milestones for Kevin Bacon: The actor turned 50 (!) on July 8, he celebrates his 20th wedding anniversary with Kyra Sedgwick in September, and it's been 30 years since the release of his first movie, Animal House. Tonight, he sits in the director's chair for a third time on Sedgwick's hit series The Closer (Mondays at 9 pm/ET, TNT).

(Seattle Post)

Tropic Thunder: Doing Funny VFX

"Comedy is serious business," deadpans Michael L. Fink, visual effects supervisor on Ben Stiller's outrageous new comedy, Tropic Thunder. And Fink should know. An Academy Award winner for his work on last year's The Golden Compass, Fink has supervised everything from X2 to Wargames, but Tropic Thunder was the proverbial glass of cold water in his veteran's face.

(VFX World)

Nashville: Movie City? Film studio complex proposed


Picture this: a film studio complex and public entertainment venue in Nashville that would capture the look and feel of Universal Studios Hollywood — only without the rides and with a project pipeline loaded with films targeted at heartland audiences.

That's the pitch being made to redevelop the Tennessee State Fairgrounds by Woodland, Calif.-based Tower Investments and Nashville's 821 Entertainment, whose projects include a forthcoming film about the life of the Rev. Billy Graham, as well as a biopic on music legend Hank Williams.



DVD will fail? Sounds a lot like Blu-ray

It's hard to imagine now, but when DVD first launched, its success was far from guaranteed. Back in 1996, there were even anti-DVD fanboys, and recently we ran into a rant--sarcastically retitled as "Why DVD would fail"--that struck us as eerily familiar to the current arguments against Blu-ray. Considering that DVD was such a huge success, it's worth looking at exactly how similar the two formats are at this early stage, and what that means for the future of Blu-ray.


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