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Facebook the movie -- a.k.a. 'The Social Network' -- hits theaters

October 1, 2010 |  9:14 am

The big day has arrived for Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg: "The Social Network" hits theaters to rave reviews from critics.

Aaron Sorkin, who penned the screenplay, appeared on "The Colbert Report" Thursday night to say the movie is "absolute nonfiction" which is a retort to the Facebook line that it's absolute fiction. (For a researched and reasoned take on the controversy, read this).

"This Zuckerberg guy might come after you with a haymaker," Colbert said. Sorkin replied: "I'm not worried about the haymaker. I'm worried about an entire building full of people who know how to hack onto my hard drive and put child porn on there."

Zuckerberg Eisenberg Another interesting side note: Actor Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg, has a cousin who works at the Palo Alto company.

He told Reuters: "In the final weeks of filming the movie, my cousin got a great job at Facebook and is now an employee there. My cousin told me Mark couldn't have been more gracious toward him. ... Mark came up to him at a party during his first week on the job and said: 'I think your cousin is playing me in a movie; that's really cool.' I couldn't have heard better things from my cousin both personally and professionally about Mark. It coincides with how I feel having played him as well."

Some folks in Silicon Valley will see the film Friday at a special screening sponsored by Eastwick Communications followed by a panel discussion, "Trust, privacy and ethics in the Facebook age," moderated by All Things D's Kara Swisher.

Zuckerberg has said he does not plan to see the movie.

-- Jessica Guynn

Photos: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg (left) and Jesse Eisenberg, who plays him in the movie. Credits: Sebastien Nogier/Reuters and Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

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