Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.
Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump. Read More »
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In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Warner Bros. has something up their sleeves, but dammed if we know what it is. A poster tube has been spotted at a few major comic book stores, and in it is a very legitimate-looking poster for Wonder Twins. (The Twins are the Hanna-Barbera superhero team that’s part of the Super Friends.) The “film” stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis and is slated for a 2014 release. Here’s the kicker. This is not a real movie. So what the heck is the poster for and why is it arriving at comic book shops? Read More »
[This is a reprint of a review that originally ran in January, at the Sundance Film Festival. Jobs is in theaters today.]
While Steve Jobs changed the world with his innovations and forward thinking, the first biopic about him, Jobs, does not. It is a competent retelling of Jobs’ life, beginning with his college years, and running through the period when he regained control of Apple in the 1990s.
Ashton Kutcher plays the title role and does a good job at making you forget there’s a big star under the beard and glasses. It’s the script by Matt Whiteley, however, where the cracks begin to show. Jobs [the new official spelling of the title] is so hell-bent on cramming all these seminal moments into one film, it never builds much context around them. We never feel like they mean anything or understand the “why” about the big moments. The film loves to tell us things, but never quite explains any in a satisfactory way.
The resulting product is an entertaining but flawed take on the man who co-created Apple. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Jobs had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday night. Read more after the jump Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s a tricky thing to make a biopic when some of the real-life key players are still alive. While Steve Jobs passed away before Joshua Michael Stern‘s Jobs got going, plenty of other people from his life are still around, and at least one of them is more than happy to speak out about the movie’s inaccuracies.
Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak has said previously that the first clip from Jobs got things “totally wrong,” though he hoped the movie would still be “fun and entertaining.” Now that he’s actually seen the whole thing, it doesn’t sound like he’s that much more excited about it.
Plus, he has some words for Ashton Kutcher, who recently claimed that Woz was only down on Jobs because he’s “being paid by another company to support their Steve Jobs film.” Read Wozniak’s comments after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Open Road Films pushed Joshua Michael Stern‘s Jobs from April to August in part to give the film more opportunity to be marketed. They’ve used that extra time for a few offbeat stunts, like that 15-second Instagram teaser (the first one ever, the press release boasted), but now they’re returning to the more traditional tactic of releasing a brand-new full-length trailer.
Ashton Kutcher stars as the iconic tech guru, following his life from the very beginnings of Apple Inc. The film received mixed reviews at Sundance, but naturally, the trailer chooses to focus on the positive. That includes an enthusiastic “excellent!” from Germain Lussier at “Splash Film” — which is not something our Germain Lussier said about the film. Awkward. See the video and follow the drama after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Steve Jobs didn’t get where he was by doing what everyone else did. He was so invested in coloring outside the lines, in fact, that he actually adopted “think different” as his corporate slogan. So it only makes sense that a movie about him would try to take a fresh approach, too.
Open Road Films has just unveiled a new trailer for Joshua Michael Stern‘s biopic Jobs, but in the spirit of the film’s subject, rather than releasing a traditional promo they’ve put out the first-ever Instagram trailer. It’s not exactly a world-changing revolutionary act, but at least it represents some slight deviation from the norm, right? Hit the jump to check it out, along with a handful of new stills.
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Apple addicts likely have August 16 starred on their iCalendar. That’s when the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad is finally hitting theaters. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Jobs follows the iconic entrepreneur from his college days up through the creation, decline and eventual revitalization of the Apple brand. It had its world premiere at Sundance to decidedly mixed reviews and the distributor delayed the opening. The film is finally being released, though, and the first trailer has now been revealed. Read More »
Jobs, the biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, premiered at Sundance earlier this year to mixed reviews. Kutcher’s performance was surprisingly good, but the script was lacking. “Jobs is so hell-bent on cramming all these seminal moments into one film, it never builds much context around them. We never feel like they mean anything,” I wrote. “The film loves to tell us things, but never quite explains any in a satisfactory way.” Looking down the barrel of a quickly approaching Spring release with no real buzz, the distributor decided to delay the film.
Well Jobs, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, is back. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine, it’ll now open on August 16. Read the press release below. Read More »