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Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Aaron Sorkin and More at “The Social Network” Premiere

Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Aaron Sorkin and More at “The Social Network” Premiere (photo)

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As “The Social Network,” the season’s most hotly anticipated film, opens in theaters today, here’s a gallery of the famous faces that showed up at the New York Film Festival premiere. Beyond castmembers Jesse Eisenberg (who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg), Justin Timberlake (Napster’s Sean Parker), Rashida Jones (lawyer Marylin Delpy), Andrew Garfield (Eduardo Saverin) and others, there were also appearances from the film’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and festival attendees Faye Dunaway, Wes Anderson, Gina Gershon and more.

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Fantastic Festivals

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We’re on the road this week, heading from the ongoing New York Film Festival to Austin, TX for the genre-centric Fantastic Fest. This week on the IFC News podcast, we discuss what we’ve seen and liked at these very different festivals so far, focusing on their two opening night features — David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” which premiered at NYFF on Friday, and Matt Reeves’ vampire remake “Let Me In,” which kicked off Fantastic Fest on Thursday.

This week’s keyword game giveaway is an Alamo Drafthouse poster of our choice.

“The Social Network,” Reviewed

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Reviewed at the 2010 New York Film Festival.

When I was intern at Wired in 2002, I haphazardly pitched an editor on a recently launched website called Friendster, on which you could create a profile and then link it to those of your, you know, friends. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I just can’t imagine people ever actually wanting to use something like that.” In “The Social Network,” a similar sentiment’s expressed by the president of Harvard when confronted in 2004 by two students claiming that Mark Zuckerberg stole their site idea, one they say could be worth millions of dollars: “You might be letting your imagination run away with you.”

Now it’s 2010, and time has proved them both wrong — many people want to use a site like that, though it didn’t turn out to be Friendster, and it’s worth more than millions. It’s confounding, but also seems to sum up our time, that a billion dollar business worth more (at least on paper) than Starbucks can be built on such a seemingly frivolous concept with no initial monetization plan. And it’s incredibly appropriate that “The Social Network,” a film about that business, is a great, zeitgeisty thing built, improbably, on the squabbles of undergraduates turned entrepreneurs who talk big but are really just driven by spite, competition and a desire to be popular.

Just how much director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin are able to wring out of the story of the founding of Facebook is astounding. In this tale of asthmatic overachievers and entitled princelings trying to litigate each other to the death over a site based on showing off how many people you know is a microcosm of class, of ethics, and of the warped, weird thing that’s become of the American Dream. The film rings like a boxing bell, but it’s also uncommonly entertaining.

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