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Facebook Founders Wish to Unfriend “The Social Network”

Facebook Founders Wish to Unfriend “The Social Network” (photo)

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Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a story suggesting the powers that be at Facebook were unhappy with the way they and the founding of their company are being portrayed in David Fincher’s forthcoming “The Social Network.”

Monday, the NY Post‘s Lou Lumenick called the piece out for biased reporting (it quotes David Kirkpatrick, whose “The Facebook Effect” was a rival to “The Social Network”‘s primary source, Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires”), and Tuesday the Hollywood Reporter noted that one of the scenes that was apparently being argued over, taking place “at a party while two young women offer lines of cocaine from naked breasts,” would not be cut.

“Honestly, I wish that when people try to do journalism or write stuff about Facebook that they at least try to get it right,” Mark Zuckerberg apparently said in a recent onstage interview. But it’s this quote from the Times piece that’s more telling:

“It’s crazy because all of a sudden Mark becomes this person who created Facebook to get girls or to gain power,” said Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder who left in 2007 to join the Obama presidential campaign. “That’s not what was going on. It was a little more boring and quotidian than that.”

Well, yes. And that sounds like it would make for a lousy movie. Know what makes for a better one? Machinations, drugs and nudity! It must be frustrating to feel your life’s been misrepresented in a film purportedly about you, but the movie someone would actually want made about him- or herself is probably not a movie anyone else would want to watch. What would a realistic Facebook saga look like? Hours of footage of a few guys hunched over laptops, laughing at each other’s IMs and stopping once in a while to order Thai food? Terribly avant garde.

Movie characters are generally drawn larger and more dramatic than actual people, and in the process of adapting a true story into a big screen narrative, things are dropped, motivations are assigned, loose ends buffed away. It’s not journalism. Getting it right is not, unfortunately for Mr. Zuckerberg, the point.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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