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Movie Review: VH1 Rock Doc ‘Downloaded’
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Downloaded Movie PosterDownloaded
Director: Alex Winter
Cast: Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker, Don Lenner, Hilary Rosen, Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Lars Ulrich, Trent Reznor
VH1 Rock Docs
Not Rated | 106 Minutes
Release Date: March 10th, 2013 (SXSW)

Directed by Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Freaked), Downloaded chronicles the evolution of digital media, focusing primarily on the rise and fall of the pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service Napster.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, software developers, musicians, and the music industry elite, Downloaded explores the controversial file sharing software and follows Napster’s rise in 1998, through the gauntlet of copyright infringement lawsuits, to its acquisition by Rhapsody in 2011.

Some of those interviewed for Winter’s documentary include Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, former Sony Music Chairman Don Lenner, former CEO of the RIAA Hilary Rosen, Beastie Boys’ Mike D, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.

Although there were already networks that facilitated the distribution of files across the Internet, such as IRC, Hotline, and USENET, Napster specialized in MP3 files, a user-friendly interface, and lightning-fast search speeds. At its peak, Napster had about 80 million registered users and revolutionized the music industry for better or for worse.

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Watch Now: ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Twilight’ Get Auto-Tuned At The Oscars
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Twilight: Eclipse - Jacob

During E!’s coverage of the Academy Awards Red Carpet arrivals last night, host Ryan Seacrest teased that there would be a special musical nod to Twilight about halfway through the Oscars ceremony. At the time I could not imagine what could be planned and why exactly was Twilight being incorporated into the Academy Awards.

About halfway through the show, there was a music video montage with scenes from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 that were doctored to make it seem as those the actors were singing. To add some humor to it, the dialogue was auto-tuned.

Watch the video here below.

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The 83nd Annual Academy Award Winners
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Empress Eve   |  @   |  
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At the 83rd Annual Academy Awards tonight, The Kings Speech, which lead the pack with 12 nominations, tied for most wins with Inception, both nabbing 4 awards each.

While Inception snagged mainly technical awards (sound, visual effects, and cinematography), The Kings Speech won the big prize — Best Picture — along with a Best Actor statue for star Colin Firth, Best Director for Tom Hooper, and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler.

Coming in third for most wins was The Social Network, which most notably grabbed the Oscar for Best Original Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

While True Grit had a whopping 10 nominations, it scored no wins tonight, while The Fighter won two awards and Black Swan just one — Natalie Portman for Best Actress.

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An Oscar Nominations Observation: Did ‘The Social Network’ Doom Itself?
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The Social Network over the past couple months has been unabashedly accepting every award and congratulatory remark that has been sent its way. It seemed the film was determined to be held in eminence amongst other films that are in awards contention this year. Since the film opened in early October it has been on an irrepressible ascent, exceeding every other film in critical acclaim (according to the online site Metacritic it scored an impressive 95).

Satisfaction endured on the film’s behalf all the way up until this past Tuesday morning, where David Fincher’s Facebook film tallied a total of 8 Oscar nominations. You may say such a particular outing is absolutely superb. But taking into consideration the mentality of students attending Harvard University (like those in The Social Network), 8 is somewhat of a disappointment when you can have many more. Such students anticipate nothing but the best. Given the multitude of accolades The Social Network received, a measly 8 nominations simply cannot be adequately embraced.

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Watch Now: ‘Social Network’ Showdown: Mark Zuckerberg & Jesse Eisenberg Meet On SNL
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Mark Zuckerberg & Jesse Eisenberg - SNL

In The Social Network actor Jesse Eisenberg plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and he’s even up for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

Last night, Eisenberg hosted Saturday Night Live, and during his monologue, he got a surprise visit from Zuckerberg himself!

Watch the clip here below.

Also in the monologue is Andy Samberg, who gives an enlightening explanation as to how he plays the Mark Zuckerberg character on SNL.

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83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations Announced
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83rd Academy Awards Nominees

The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, with The Kings Speech leading the list with 12 nominations, including Best Picture and acting nods for stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.

True Grit came in second with 10 nominations, while The Social Network and Inception tied for third place with 8 nods each.

The Disney/Pixar animated sequel Toy Story 3 is up for 5 awards, including both Animated Feature Film and Best Picture.

See the full list of nominees here below.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on February 23, 2011, and will be hosted by actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

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Deal: ‘The Social Network’ DVD/Blu-ray & Soundtrack
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The Social Network soundtrackThe David Fincher-directed film The Social Network, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, is doing great this awards season, and there’s a good chance the film will take the Best Picture Oscar this year.

Right now there’s some great deals on the DVD and Blu-ray, as well as the film’s soundtrack, which won Best Score at this year’s Golden Globes.

The Social Network Soundtrack, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, on MP3 for only $5.00 and on CD for only for $9.99.

The Social Network 2-Disc Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray for only $16.99 (that’s 51% off the list price of $34.95) and DVD for only $12.99 (that’s 55% off the list price of $28.96).

Video On Demand: $14.99 to purchase; the 24-hour rental will be $3.99 (rental for this film will be available starting February 2, 2011).

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Flix Of Doom: Episode 14: ‘Let Me In’
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Check out Episode 14 of the Flix of Doom podcast, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom, with hosts Empress Eve and Justin Vactor.

This week, we’ll be reviewing Matt Reeves’s Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. We’ll also take a look at the new David Fincher film, The Social Network, as well as bring you the latest movie news and box office results.

Click HERE to open the podcast player in a new window.

Full Episode Guide is here below, along with player.

Listen now!

E-mail us at flixofdoom [at] gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter – @FlixOfDoom
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MP3 Deal: Trent Reznor’s The Social Network Soundtrack
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The Social Network soundtrackThe MP3 deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Social Network Soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for only $2.99.

The MP3 version of the album, which contains 19 tracks, is available exclusively through Amazon until its wide release on September 30. The CD version is available for pre-order now for $7.99 and will be released on October 15.

Usually the MP3 deal lasts for 24 hours, but this one might be extended for 48 hours. If you’re a fan of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, you should definitely get in on this deal right away.

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Movie Review: The Social Network
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The Social Network movie posterThe Social Network
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Justin Timberlake, Joseph Mazzello
Release date: September 24, 2010

“I need to do something substantial in order to get the attention of the clubs because they are exclusive and lead to a better life.”

This quote comes from Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg, a founder of Facebook, while discussing to his soon to be ex-girlfriend what he hopes to get out of the Harvard experience. The movie shows the pursuit and systematic exercise of belonging. No matter how we get the observation from someone we are dying to impress or mock, just as long as we get it. The infectious poison that urges man to reign over all has been rapidly diffused throughout David Fincher’s new film The Social Network. The movie is about the consequences of moral transgressions and the physical, social, and moral decay. The decay pervades our sordid society; a society that feasts on fame, glory and fortune.

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