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 Kevin Spacey hangs with The Social Network boys at the NBR Party in New York.

 NATHANIEL ROGERS

Guestblogger...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.


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In January it's never about what's in the theater, unless maybe you've been eagerly awaiting that already infamous but probably totally mild gay "joke" in Ron Howard's THE DILEMMA or a chance to see Seth Rogen slimmed down for THE GREEN HORNET. Instead January is all about which movies are representing on the telly by way of awards shows. A few non-televised events have already happened. This week the New York Film Critics Circle met to honor The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network in multiple categories and the National Board of Review met to honor as many studios -- er, films-- as possible. They like to spread the awards wealth.

Socialduo Up top this post you see Kevin Spacey laughing with Armie Hammer ("The Winklevi" in The Social Network). Do you think Spacey was asking Hammer about playing Leonardo DiCaprio's lover in the upcoming Clint Eastwood movie J. Edgar? The man to the far left is Dana Brunetti, the president of Spacey's production company Trigger Street. You'll be seeing the Social Network cast (but particularly Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg) at every event since they're nominated for everything. The praise is so hyperbolic that even director David Fincher seems annoyed, telling W Magazine.

I hate the awards part of the moviemaking process. And besides, on Social Network, I didn’t really agree with the critics’ praise. It interested me that Social Network was about friendships that dissolved through this thing that promised friendships, but I didn’t think we were ripping the lid off anything... Let’s hope we strove to get at something interesting, but Social Network is not earth-shattering.

I'm glad David Fincher doesn't really talk about his earth-shattering Madonna videos (Vogue, Express Yourself, Oh Father, Bad Girl) because it's better to pretend that he acknowledges them as masterpieces, don't you think?

BONUS SCENES

Road Is Andrew Garfield mentioned in every one of these movie article? Don't answer. I swear I'm not that obsessed. (A little bit, sure)

See the first full official photo of him in his Spider-Wear AFTER THE JUMP...

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You like? The reboot of Spider-Man opens in a year and a half.

Oh...AWARDS SHOWS!

Sandramerylkiss Road Tonight is the BFCA Critics Choice Awards broadcast on VH1 in which the BFCA tries to predict the Oscar winners. (Full disclosure: I'm a member but their obsession with Oscar prediction makes me crazy. Just vote on what you think is best.) You'll remember that last year they famously declared a tie between Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) so as to hedge their bets.

They'll be hard pressed to come up with anything as memorable as the Streep/Bullock comedy because not many nominees are entertaining without a script as Meryl & Sandra.

I'm rooting for The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter, Blue Valentine, The Kids Are All Right and the stunning I Am Love in various categories as they're on my top ten list.

Who are you rooting for?

Road Sunday night is THE GOLDEN GLOBES, the awesomely enduring Oscar warm-up. It's usually the most fun with the stars generally imbibing with abandon. Try this drinking game for your own viewing if you dare...

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Mo'Nique and Nicole Kidman backstage this time last year.

Drink every time...

  • Someone makes a Black Swan joke.
  • Someone makes a Facebook joke.
  • Cher licks her lips.
  • Every time a presenter arrives that has absolutely no business being there other than as shameful attempt at attracting young viewers who won't be watching anyway. (Justin Beiber et. al)
  • When "Miss Golden Globe" is introduced.
  • Another swig if she's totally awkward about it. Having celebrity parents is SO mortifying!
  • You spot a closeted gay. (Kevin Spacey et. al)
  • You spot an out gay. (Jane Lynch et. al)
  • Every time there's a group shot of the Glee table.
  • Every time there's a closeup reaction shot of someone who clearly did not get Ricky Gervais's joke. (Even if they're laughing)
  • You see two celebrities you'd otherwise never see together sharing a table. (The seating arrangements are so bent sometimes.)
  • Two celebrities are nominated against each other who ought never to be mentioned in the same sentence (Judi Dench vs. Jennifer Love Hewitt for example. No really: They are nominated in the same category!)
  • A winner is announced. Keeping chugging until they make it to the stage!

Good luck! You'll be drunk before the stars are. Happy Awards Weekend.

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  1. Kevin Spacey trying in vain to be associated with a good movie.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jan 14, 2011 4:09:00 PM


  2. I agree with Fincher.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jan 14, 2011 4:11:26 PM


  3. The Social Network is homophobic. It totally ignored Chris Hughes's sexuality. I won't be rooting for The Social Network.

    As for the movies overall, note how none of them depict male-male sexuality. Hollywood movies were abysmal in terms of representing or integrating male-male sexuality this year. It sort of proves how homophobic Hollywood is overall, I suppose.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 14, 2011 4:17:04 PM


  4. Kevin Spacey doesn't have to try *anything* to be associated with this movie. He's the movie's executive producer. As for ignoring Chris Hughes' sexuality... they ignored the "character" altogether.

    Posted by: MLQ | Jan 14, 2011 4:39:54 PM


  5. Thanks, MLQ. That might be why the film is not sticking with me in any significant way. Spacey does have a way of infecting anything he touches with insignificance...

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jan 14, 2011 4:57:18 PM


  6. @ Roscoe, MLQ,

    The film did have an agenda and didn't pretend to be the complete Facebook story to be fair, especially as Chris is co-founder with shares AND went to live with them in California.

    Furthermore, Chris was the one who went to meet up with Peter Theil to get the first investment.

    Anyway, like it's been mentioned above-this was a very populist heterosexual movie and thought bringing Chis's gay character would be too much or they just are pretty homophobic.

    I think it's a bit of both.

    Some straight people just don't know how to react if someone if gay or an ethnic minority who isn't camp, depressed, a charicature or weak.

    F*cked up.

    But in terms of sensationalism, Black Swan is just as bad.

    These oscars are for the non avant garde or intellectual films.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 14, 2011 5:14:06 PM


  7. Forgot to say, a lot of substance over matter. Especially Rogers choices but they are his, so fair enough.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 14, 2011 5:15:07 PM


  8. Homophobic? That's a rather empty claim, don't you think?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 14, 2011 5:17:39 PM


  9. Mark is an idiot. "The Social Network" is nothing if not homoerotic.

    And while we're on the subject GET KEVIN SPACEY AWAY FROM THOSE BOYS!!! RUN, JESSE, RUN !!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 14, 2011 5:25:34 PM


  10. Yes, Spacey is a producer. I don't think excluding Chris Hughes' sexuality was homophobic - writer Aaron Sorkin is a supporter of gay rights. I think they just wanted to focus on the misogynistic aspects of the guys. Liked the movie but I thought The Kids Are All Right was a better movie - it moved me to tears a couple times. Liked Portman in Black Swan & think she'll eventually win the Oscar. However, Annette Bening had more nuanced but probably a little subtle for most Academy voters.

    Posted by: scar2 | Jan 14, 2011 5:25:50 PM


  11. I thought "The Social Network" is good but a bit over rated. Kevin Spacey is getting a cheap thrill.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 14, 2011 5:32:54 PM


  12. Scra2', Portman tried too hard. How could she not be going for an Oscar?

    You see it all the time with actors who aren't that good but play right into the method acting category....

    Yawn.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 14, 2011 5:32:57 PM


  13. @David Ehrenstein -- Spacey really loves redheads -- so I think these guys are safe. Unless they are rentable. HAHAHA!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Jan 14, 2011 5:55:37 PM


  14. Mark is lovable retard Jason. You know the autistic parrot who's always cackling about Lady Gaga's "bisexual double standard." Surely you all can see that?

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 14, 2011 6:12:05 PM


  15. I think it's pretty ridiculous to suggest The Social Network is homophobic. It was about Zuckerberg's relationship with those who felt 'robbed' or 'cheated' by Zuckerberg and/or Facebook. Hughes isn't one of those people, hence he isn't in the film. Hughes has had a positive relationship with Facebook to this day. Indeed, he's building his big non-profit social networking service directly tying it into Facebook (you'll need an account on Facebook to use Jumo).

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 14, 2011 6:15:04 PM


  16. @Crispy: Yes.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 14, 2011 6:24:18 PM


  17. So tired of skinny black ties!!!!!

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 14, 2011 6:58:55 PM


  18. Only reason to watch the golden globes is ricky gervais. And even that's not enough.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 14, 2011 11:00:11 PM


  19. I so completely uninterested in seeing this apparently Emo version of Spider-Man.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 14, 2011 11:25:39 PM


  20. Is Kevin Spacey the Fifth Beatle?

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 15, 2011 9:56:07 AM


  21. Kevin Spacey, ick.

    So glad when he's BEHIND the camera.

    Posted by: lewlew | Jan 15, 2011 2:59:40 PM


  22. Pedo's will be "excited" to see the new Spidey. Oh yeah Black Swan sucks.

    Posted by: Name: | Jan 16, 2011 9:21:26 PM


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