Columbia Pictures has released a trailer for The Social Network, an upcoming feature film about Facebook. Written by Hollywood heavyweight Aaron Sorkin and directed by Academy Award-winner David Fincher, the movie — due out in theaters on October 1 — reportedly paints an "unflattering" portrait of site founder Mark Zuckerberg, based in part on scoops from the recent tell-all book The Accidental Billionaires. It's understandable to question whether the story of Facebook is "worthy of a film," says Christina Warren in Mashable. But given "the fact that it has become important enough to drive ongoing discussions regarding privacy and data ownership," the choice is perfectly valid. Agreed, says Adrian Chen in Gawker. But it's still "about a nerd who founded a popular website."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows
- Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- Why you probably don't have Ebola — even if you shook hands with America's 'patient zero'
- Why America won't have enough money to battle ISIS
Subscribe to the Week