Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Steve Jobs may not be around to tell us what’s right or wrong about Jobs, but plenty of his former friends and colleagues are. That includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who’s voiced his disappointment with the film’s inaccuracies in the past.
Now, early Apple employee Daniel Kottke and Apple developer Andy Hertzfeld have joined Woz in an even more detailed two-hour discussion about the movie, hosted by Apple engineer John Vink. Hit the jump to find out how Woz actually got involved in the Homebrew Computer Club, what really led to Jobs’s firing in 1985, and why they mostly think Pirates of Silicon Valley was the better Jobs film.
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[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 »
Briefly: Ashton Kutcher made his big bow as Steve Jobs at Sundance, in the film once called jOBS and now wisely re-formatted as Jobs. The film was picked up by Open Road and quickly set for an April 19 limited opening. But audiences are going to have to wait longer to see Kutcher do his best take on the Apple co-founder.
That April date was chosen, presumably, because it is the anniversary of the founding of Apple, though not a particularly sexy one. (The 37th.) The distributor has decided that taking more time to market the film is a good idea. Whether any cuts or other changes will be made remains to be seen. A new date hasn’t been set at this point for the film directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely.
Jobs also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Germain reviewed the film at Sundance, saying it “feels slight because it tries to do too much.” [THR]
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