Thursday, April 25, 2024

Facebook Movie Gets Third Beatles Song for Soundtrack This Year


The movie about the making of Facebook, called “The Social Network,” has a Beatles song in it.

Somewhere in heaven, Neal Aspinall is rolling in his grave.

The Beatles’ nominal manager never allowed the group’s songs to go onto movie soundtracks. He thought it diluted the brand.

But this year, “The Fool on the Hill” opened “Dinner for Schmucks.” And “Norwegian Wood” is being used for the movie of the same name.

Now, Aaron Sorkin’s well executed story of how two friends went into business during college, created a phenomenon, and were split apart by a Rasputin, ends with a Beatles record.

It is, very aptly, “Baby You’re A Rich Man.”

I told you in August that Paramount/Dreamworks paid $1.5 million for “Fool on the Hill.” Columbia Pictures may have gotten some kind of deal because they and Sony Music–which publishes Lennon-McCartney song catalog–are corporate cousins.

Otherwise, “Social Network” has a cool soundtrack written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

As for “The Social Network”: it opens the New York Film Festival on September 24th. I’ll tell you more next week, but I will say that Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield have upped their games considerably as Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. And Justin Timberlake is the most delicious on screen diva villain since Joan Collins in “Dynasty.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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