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Boobs and cocaine won't get cut from Social Network after all

08.24.2010

The New York Times reported on Friday that producers of THE SOCIAL NETWORK had met with high-ranking executives from Facebook to discuss possible changes to the movie. Those executives had requested certain changes to the movie, some of which the filmmakers had dismissed and others they were considering. While neither side would go on the record with specifically what sections of the film were under review, the Times learned that one scene likely to be cut involved Justin Timberlake's character giving a speech while a number of topless girls walked around offering lines of cocaine off their breasts.

Today, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Facebook be damned, David Fincher is keeping boobs and cocaine is his movie, dammit! (This is surely what our founding fathers had in mind when they drafted the First Amendment.)

Facebook execs reportedly wanted the scene cut because it never actually happened, something the film's producers don't dispute. They're now claiming the only reason they considered cutting that scene wasn't to acquiesce to a corporation but to try and maintain a PG-13 rating. It's unclear if they've scrapped those plans and are going for an R, but whatever the case, the boobs and cocaine aren't going anywhere (and neither, likely, are any of the other changes Facebook have requested).

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Extra Tidbit: Timberlake's character in the movie, Sean Parker, *was* arrested for possession of cocaine, leading to his dismissal from the company.
Source: THR

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7:03AM on 08/25/2010

HELL YES!!

This is why i love finsher the guy is so uncomprimising when it comes to the finished product and a word to the jester seriously dude a film about facebook is eh but with finhcer attacthed and the previous report that this film is a dark thriller HELL I AM THERE dont knock it until you've actually seen it cos on paper fight club and seven sound crap and generic but look what he did with those!!!!
This is why i love finsher the guy is so uncomprimising when it comes to the finished product and a word to the jester seriously dude a film about facebook is eh but with finhcer attacthed and the previous report that this film is a dark thriller HELL I AM THERE dont knock it until you've actually seen it cos on paper fight club and seven sound crap and generic but look what he did with those!!!!
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11:24PM on 08/24/2010
It's cool that Fincher wants to stick to his guns, but if the stuff never happened, then it shouldn't be in the movie. Don't fabricate the story.
It's cool that Fincher wants to stick to his guns, but if the stuff never happened, then it shouldn't be in the movie. Don't fabricate the story.
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10:57PM on 08/24/2010
Probably one of the few people who thinks this movie looks completely uninteresting.
Probably one of the few people who thinks this movie looks completely uninteresting.
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7:24PM on 08/24/2010
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7:13PM on 08/24/2010

So....what?

The movie is about the creators of Facebook. How exciting or interesting can it be? It probably needs a scene with boobs and cocaine to keep the audience from falling asleep.
The movie is about the creators of Facebook. How exciting or interesting can it be? It probably needs a scene with boobs and cocaine to keep the audience from falling asleep.
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10:26PM on 08/24/2010
Agreed.
Agreed.
6:35PM on 08/24/2010
I might not see it in a theatre, but this looks like rental worthy to me.
I might not see it in a theatre, but this looks like rental worthy to me.
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6:24PM on 08/24/2010

Not a Fincher fan, however.......

I'm going to see this film mostly out of curiosity, also I'm a die-hard fan of Trent Reznor and I want to hear his score in the film.
I'm going to see this film mostly out of curiosity, also I'm a die-hard fan of Trent Reznor and I want to hear his score in the film.
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5:39PM on 08/24/2010

WetOREO

I'll watch anything Fincher does because he can do no wrong.
I'll watch anything Fincher does because he can do no wrong.
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3:11PM on 08/24/2010
I understand the skepticism at first glance that a "Facebook" movie could be great.

But the script is incredible, extremely fascinating, the actors involved are some of the best young actors we have, and David Fincher is one of the greatest directors working today, possibly the best next to P.T. Anderson.

Give it a chance when it comes out. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's not just about the creation of Facebook. It's about greed, power, and how quickly innocence can be lost
I understand the skepticism at first glance that a "Facebook" movie could be great.

But the script is incredible, extremely fascinating, the actors involved are some of the best young actors we have, and David Fincher is one of the greatest directors working today, possibly the best next to P.T. Anderson.

Give it a chance when it comes out. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's not just about the creation of Facebook. It's about greed, power, and how quickly innocence can be lost in these fast times. And Mark Zuckerberg is a fascinating subject, showing how one of the most socially awkward people you're likely to meet created the most revolutionary social networking site of our time.
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9:40PM on 08/24/2010
Well put. I think Fincher's movies can all be boiled down to character study, and this one won't be any different, and for that, I'm pretty interested.
Well put. I think Fincher's movies can all be boiled down to character study, and this one won't be any different, and for that, I'm pretty interested.
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1:20PM on 08/24/2010

Still think it'll be great

The last trailer really changed my mind about this project, I can't wait to see it. If I also get to see the new Malick and Black Swan this year I'll consider 2010 to be a vintage year
The last trailer really changed my mind about this project, I can't wait to see it. If I also get to see the new Malick and Black Swan this year I'll consider 2010 to be a vintage year
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12:53PM on 08/24/2010

You want topical and controversy...

Go watch "The People vs. Larry Flynt".
Go watch "The People vs. Larry Flynt".
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12:58PM on 08/24/2010
Yeah, cause before that you really cared about Hustler...

Seriously, read the book before you judge whether this will be a good movie.
Yeah, cause before that you really cared about Hustler...

Seriously, read the book before you judge whether this will be a good movie.
1:06PM on 08/24/2010
I'm sure the book is great. I just don't care for the topic, that's all I'm saying. And I think Fincher's talents are more deserving elsewhere.
I'm sure the book is great. I just don't care for the topic, that's all I'm saying. And I think Fincher's talents are more deserving elsewhere.
2:39PM on 08/24/2010
MovieMann, Hustler came down to a First Amendment right to free speech issue. That is much, much more topical than Facebook. Intellectual Property law isn't quite as important to the average person as Constitutional law.
MovieMann, Hustler came down to a First Amendment right to free speech issue. That is much, much more topical than Facebook. Intellectual Property law isn't quite as important to the average person as Constitutional law.
12:34PM on 08/24/2010
I am interested in this movie. Facebook really took a dive for me when suddenly EVERYONE was on there. I admire Fincher and the producers for sticking to their guns, but I feel ambivalent about the scene in general. I know these based-on-true-story movies fabricate stuff, but maybe there's a point where things can get a little bit too blatant. What the hell, it's a movie, and all we'll probably take away from this is some hot chicks and what a coke-head Sean Parker must be.
I am interested in this movie. Facebook really took a dive for me when suddenly EVERYONE was on there. I admire Fincher and the producers for sticking to their guns, but I feel ambivalent about the scene in general. I know these based-on-true-story movies fabricate stuff, but maybe there's a point where things can get a little bit too blatant. What the hell, it's a movie, and all we'll probably take away from this is some hot chicks and what a coke-head Sean Parker must be.
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12:31PM on 08/24/2010
I bet if this movie was made by Tarantino, you guys who are bashing this movie would masturbate all over this flick.
I bet if this movie was made by Tarantino, you guys who are bashing this movie would masturbate all over this flick.
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12:33PM on 08/24/2010
But we all know that Tarantino never would so what does that tell ya?
But we all know that Tarantino never would so what does that tell ya?
2:37PM on 08/24/2010
I think most people here like Fincher, they just aren't interested in the subject matter. Those who aren't interested for those reasons probably still wouldn't watch Tarantino.
I think most people here like Fincher, they just aren't interested in the subject matter. Those who aren't interested for those reasons probably still wouldn't watch Tarantino.
4:11PM on 08/24/2010
AREN'T SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS FUN!

TEEHEE!
AREN'T SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS FUN!

TEEHEE!
12:30PM on 08/24/2010
Awesome, that Fincher is keeping these things in. A movie I will be checking out. Ficher has not let me down yet, so I see no reason to doubt him on this movie.
Awesome, that Fincher is keeping these things in. A movie I will be checking out. Ficher has not let me down yet, so I see no reason to doubt him on this movie.
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12:24PM on 08/24/2010

WTF?

Wow to all the hate that people are already throwing at this movie. What's the deal? Is it that its not a Fight Club or Se7en, but a real story about something extremely topical. Not to mention the source material is fascinating and way more about the way that Greed propels people to betray and backstab. Its way more interesting to me than Benjamin Button sounded.
Wow to all the hate that people are already throwing at this movie. What's the deal? Is it that its not a Fight Club or Se7en, but a real story about something extremely topical. Not to mention the source material is fascinating and way more about the way that Greed propels people to betray and backstab. Its way more interesting to me than Benjamin Button sounded.
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12:29PM on 08/24/2010
I think very few people care about this subject. The story isn't topical at all. I didn't even know who created Facebook before this movie was announced. Nor do I care.

I love Fincher but can't believe he picked this to work on. Such a waste of his talents.
I think very few people care about this subject. The story isn't topical at all. I didn't even know who created Facebook before this movie was announced. Nor do I care.

I love Fincher but can't believe he picked this to work on. Such a waste of his talents.
12:33PM on 08/24/2010
A movie about Facebook isn't topical? That's like saying All the President's Men wasn't topical when it came out. Shit won't blow up in this movie, it must suck...

Blow me.
A movie about Facebook isn't topical? That's like saying All the President's Men wasn't topical when it came out. Shit won't blow up in this movie, it must suck...

Blow me.
12:36PM on 08/24/2010
I challenge you to find me one controversial/topical article that millions of people have discussed in regards to Facebook.
I challenge you to find me one controversial/topical article that millions of people have discussed in regards to Facebook.
12:44PM on 08/24/2010
It's the most visited social network on the internet in history. It was a major part of the 2008 election. I mean, its pretty much something everyone knows about. And its only been around for 6 years...

In one year it connected almost every major University and College. Then of course there is the privacy issue that has been in the papers for years.

I can't believe someone actually thinks Facebook isn't socially relevant...
It's the most visited social network on the internet in history. It was a major part of the 2008 election. I mean, its pretty much something everyone knows about. And its only been around for 6 years...

In one year it connected almost every major University and College. Then of course there is the privacy issue that has been in the papers for years.

I can't believe someone actually thinks Facebook isn't socially relevant...
12:48PM on 08/24/2010
I never said it wasn't socially relevant dude. I said the subject matter of the film isn't topical.

When have you ever heard someone ask "Gee, I wonder how Facebook was created? Was there controversy?"

No, people only care about the fact that they can post pictures, plan events and do whatever else on Facebook. That's it.
I never said it wasn't socially relevant dude. I said the subject matter of the film isn't topical.

When have you ever heard someone ask "Gee, I wonder how Facebook was created? Was there controversy?"

No, people only care about the fact that they can post pictures, plan events and do whatever else on Facebook. That's it.
12:56PM on 08/24/2010
Except that millions wanted to know cause they bought the book...?

And really, google facebook, its in the news every single day.
Except that millions wanted to know cause they bought the book...?

And really, google facebook, its in the news every single day.
1:05PM on 08/24/2010
Lets see how many of those millions go to see the movie. I guarantee this movie will make very little. It'll be just like "Middle Men".
Lets see how many of those millions go to see the movie. I guarantee this movie will make very little. It'll be just like "Middle Men".
2:13PM on 08/24/2010
Except Middle Men wasn't directed by DAVID FINCHER and written by AARON SORKIN and wasn't an indie in less than 300 theaters...
Except Middle Men wasn't directed by DAVID FINCHER and written by AARON SORKIN and wasn't an indie in less than 300 theaters...
2:29PM on 08/24/2010
Very true bud but your general audience will maybe have heard Fincher's name and will have no idea who Sorkin is. It's very much up in the air at this point.
Very true bud but your general audience will maybe have heard Fincher's name and will have no idea who Sorkin is. It's very much up in the air at this point.
12:19PM on 08/24/2010

blah........

Blatant propaganda to get people talking about the "film". Or am I just being my usual gleeful self again?
Blatant propaganda to get people talking about the "film". Or am I just being my usual gleeful self again?
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11:33AM on 08/24/2010
Sticking to your guns and no coping out. Says nothing about the finished product, but gotta respect the backbone.
Sticking to your guns and no coping out. Says nothing about the finished product, but gotta respect the backbone.
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10:44AM on 08/24/2010
At first I thought making a movie about Facebook was beyond unnecessary and it still might be but at least Fincher is doing what he wants and staying true to his vision. I can't ask more of a director or a studio.
At first I thought making a movie about Facebook was beyond unnecessary and it still might be but at least Fincher is doing what he wants and staying true to his vision. I can't ask more of a director or a studio.
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10:34AM on 08/24/2010
I'm also all about NOT seeing this movie. How is it that Fincher gets involved in so many projects and yet THIS is the one he pulled the trigger on? No desire to see it, despite being a big Fincher fan, and it's destined for both the bargain bin and The Un-Popular Opinion.
I'm also all about NOT seeing this movie. How is it that Fincher gets involved in so many projects and yet THIS is the one he pulled the trigger on? No desire to see it, despite being a big Fincher fan, and it's destined for both the bargain bin and The Un-Popular Opinion.
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10:03AM on 08/24/2010
Regarding the article: Go Fincher! I'm tired of movies being trimmed down in the name of making more money. If the scenes they were cutting from the film made it a better movie, then I'd be in favor of it. But 99% of the time it's done just to appease the MPAA ratings board and make more money. Facebook was originally created for adult college students to use and therefore this film should have some adult elements in it.


Regarding other people's comments: The R rating will probably hurt
Regarding the article: Go Fincher! I'm tired of movies being trimmed down in the name of making more money. If the scenes they were cutting from the film made it a better movie, then I'd be in favor of it. But 99% of the time it's done just to appease the MPAA ratings board and make more money. Facebook was originally created for adult college students to use and therefore this film should have some adult elements in it.


Regarding other people's comments: The R rating will probably hurt the amount of money it makes in theaters, but I hardly think it will be a bomb. Granted that Wall Street 2 will be its biggest competition because it already has a built in audience from the original classic. Aside from Fincher having a large following and his track record with making good movies, do you really think that obsessed Facebook users won't also go to this film in the same way Twilight fans flock to those movies?
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10:03AM on 08/24/2010
I bet Fincher is going to get de-friended. This just does not sound like an appealing movie, Fincher or not.
I bet Fincher is going to get de-friended. This just does not sound like an appealing movie, Fincher or not.
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9:20AM on 08/24/2010

This movie will bomb...

I know facebook has a billion people on it but really who wants to see a movie where they fabricate the creation of a myspace knockoff? It doesn't mater if this movie is the best thing since sliced bread, nobody will go see it in theaters. I bet more people will see Wall Street 2.
I know facebook has a billion people on it but really who wants to see a movie where they fabricate the creation of a myspace knockoff? It doesn't mater if this movie is the best thing since sliced bread, nobody will go see it in theaters. I bet more people will see Wall Street 2.
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9:08AM on 08/24/2010
I have no interest in this movie whatsoever.
I have no interest in this movie whatsoever.
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