The Cinema Society Screens The Social Network at SVA Theater

Eilzabeth Thompson

Though the basics of its storyline isn't terribly interesting -- Ivy-educated white men squabbling over money and recognition as to who invented Facecbook -- David Fincher's The Social Network is one of the year's most compelling and well-acted movies. The film, which Cinema Society hosted a screening of at the SVA theater Wednesday night, features a mostly fictionalized version of Facebook's rise from its rag-tag dorm room origins to a billion dollar enterprise and whether its creator, Mark Zuckerbeg -- excellently played by an achingly awkward and bratty Jessie Eisenberg -- stole the concept for it from his Harvard classmates Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake are also quite good as Facebook co-founders Eduardo Saverin and Sean Parker respectively. Both Eisnberg and Timberlake were at the screening -- and were thanked for their performances by the film's writer, Aaron Sorkin, before the movie began -- as were a slew of celebrities including Adrien BrodyByrdie Bell, Ethan Hawke, Baz Luhrmann, Michael Pitt, Elisa Sednaoui, Gabourey Sidibe, Cynthia Rowley, Ric Ocasek, Paulina Porizkova and John Cameron Mitchell.

An aftee-party in the penthouse of the brand new Gansevoort Park Avenue followed, where guests sipped Mionetto Prosecco and Jessie Eisenberg tried in vein to sneak past Patrick McMullan without having his photo taken.Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock courteously thanked Richard Kind, who stopped to tell him he was a huge fan before retreating to a corner with friends. Michelle Rodriguez was in attendance, as was Timberlake and the Winklevoss twins, who sat on a nearby couch seemingly unfazed about having just watched themselves portrayed as humorless jocks by actor Armie Hammer. This was likely not the first screening of the film the twins has been to, but watching a fictionalized version about something that recently happened to you has to feel strange. When we asked Lance Bass, Timberlake's former 'N Sync band member whom he would want to play him in a biopic set in the not-so-distant past, he laughed and suggested Zac Efron, adding  "but maybe that's just too big of a sretch."

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