Hollywood updates Facebook in lineup of fall movies

Fri Sep 3, 2010 10:04am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Social media" is among today's most popular catch phrases thanks to the success of, among other things, networking website Facebook -- the favored way for today's youth to communicate on a global level.

Now Facebook is the subject of what's expected to be the fall's most anticipated movie, "The Social Network," which is among a slew of titles including "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and the Clint Eastwood-directed "Hereafter" that Hollywood will usher into theaters this fall movie season.

With the summer season coming to an official close over this weekend's Labor Day holiday in the United States, it's back to school for kids, back to work for adults, back to dramas in movies, and onto Oscar season for Hollywood.

"It's a heavy, early fall," said Entertainment Weekly movie writer Dave Karger. "Once Labor Day hits, things get pretty heavy, pretty quickly."

There is the Ben Affleck-directed bank heist film "The Town," which opens September 17 with an all-star cast that includes Affleck himself, "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm and "The Hurt Locker" Oscar nominee, Jeremy Renner.

One week later on September 24, Michael Douglas is back as shifty financier Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." Douglas, who won an Oscar with Gekko in the original 1987 "Wall Street," reprises his role alongside a young cast that also includes Shia LaBoeuf and Carey Mulligan.

"The movie is a hell of a ride and you don't know what's going to happen in the end," Stone told Reuters. "Gekko is a charming devil. You never know what he's going to do next."

That same weekend, Ryan Reynolds plays a man trapped inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter in "Buried," a breakout success at his past Sundance Film Festival.   Continued...