Toasting the ‘Social Network’ DVD release

Posted by · 8:32 am · January 7th, 2011

Sony pulled out all the stops last night with a big to-do soiree on behalf of the DVD/Blu-ray release of “The Social Network.” You go to these things, you expect a certain level of restraint, and then I’m pulling up to Spago and they’ve got the red carpet rolled out and the flashbulbs are popping and, well — it wasn’t an intimate Il Cielo thing, that’s for sure.  It was a great time, though.

Tons of cast and crew were on hand.  I finally got some face time with Jesse Eisenberg, who made me totally nervous, to be quite honest.  He has a flustered (but endearing) way about him, and is a true gentleman.  Nevertheless, it seemed to me he wanted out of there.  Hey, it’s a lot to deal with for a young, unassuming actor like him.  He’s right at the front of a massive Oscar campaign for a highly successful film.  What can you say?  Good luck to him.

I’ve of course already spoken to composer Atticus Ross and film editor Kirk Baxter, but it was nice to put faces to the names.  Trent Reznor couldn’t attend.  Also from the crew was cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, a great guy.  His first film was Fincher’s “Fight Club” back in 1999.  And Fincher was there.  Didn’t get a chance to speak with him.  Aaron Sorkin and Armie Hammer as well.  A brief exchange with Andrew Garfield.  Most everyone turned out.

I found myself stuck in a corner with Justin Timberlake for about a half hour at one point.  After the usual niceties it was mainly about Andrew Niccol’s “Now” for me, which Timberlake is currently filming locally.  We did get into a discussion of Fincher’s best films, though.  Naturally Timberlake thinks “The Social Network” is tops, but we both share an affinity for “Fight Club.” The pop-star-turned-actor is content and having a blast in this new stage of his career and I have to say I’m proud of him.

Finally, after years of email exchanges, I got a chance to speak with producer Scott Rudin.  Most of that was a debate over whether Mattie Ross is a lead in “True Grit” (more on that in a separate post), but here’s a guy who knows how to work the room.  “He trains at high altitudes,” a colleague quipped.  He was all smiles at the center of the overtaken restaurant all night long.  And can you blame him?

Copies of the film on DVD or Blu-ray were handed out at.  It hits shelves Tuesday.  I’m looking forward to diving into this and that on the disc, but for now, chalk it up as one more nicely calculated stop on a campaign tour that has been all about timing since the outset.

[Photo: Columbia Pictures]

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  • 1 1-07-2011 at 8:44 am

    Hans said...


  • 2 1-07-2011 at 9:11 am

    Bia said...

    Jesse was a bit of basketcase in that Hollywood Reporter roundtable. I felt bad when Robert Duvall was being so rude when he was talking.

  • 3 1-07-2011 at 10:23 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    While I was watching the Hollywood Reporter round table I was hoping someone would watch it and decide to produce a film with Duvall as Eisenberg’s grandfather.

    Kris, what did JT say about Now? I don’t know if it’s because I love Gattaca or that the premise sounds so interesting or that Deakins is involved but I am very much interested in that project.

  • 4 1-07-2011 at 11:44 am

    Anita said...

    I ordered the DVD from Amazon and then immediately regretted not getting the Blu-ray. Is this a Blu-ray must, do you think, or will the DVD do?

  • 5 1-07-2011 at 12:12 pm

    americanrequeim said...

    dvd will do

  • 6 1-07-2011 at 12:44 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Bummed that Sony decided to region code the Blu-ray release. Wanted to pick it up from Amazon since they were selling it for $16.99 but no can do with region coded BDs.. Boo!

  • 7 1-07-2011 at 2:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Matt: I’ve read the script (when it was called “I’m.Mortal”). It’s really intriguing and right in the “Gattaca” vein, going even farther. Timberlake said it’s one of his more approachable films, though. Not as cold as the rest. And he, Jeff Cronenweth and I were talking a lot about Deakins. Cronenweth is stoked because, like most lensers, he idolizes Deakins and this is such a unique project for him.

    Can’t wait.

  • 8 1-07-2011 at 7:33 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Yeah, Now is definitely at the top of my 2011 list as of right now.