Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Finding the right balance between fact and fiction is a tough trick for any “based on a true story” movie to pull off, but at least the subjects of, say, Lincoln (or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, if you prefer) aren’t actually around to comment on their portrayal. For movies about public figures who are still alive and well, criticism from their real-life subjects often comes with the territory.
Two upcoming biopics about controversial figures have recently come into view, and it appears that the people depicted in them aren’t so thrilled with Hollywood’s versions of events. In a series of emails, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak called Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS “totally wrong,” though he expressed his hopes that the film would at least be “fun and entertaining.” Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had much harsher words for Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, which he blasted as a “massive propaganda attack.” Read their comments after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Once the initial disbelief at Ashton Kutcher‘s casting in Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS wore off, it became apparent that the Two and a Half Men star looked the part of late tech guru Steve Jobs, if nothing else. But there’s a wide gap between mimicking Jobs’ hairstyle and outfits and actually embodying his persona.
Sundance Film Festival attendees will get to see how Kutcher really fares when jOBS makes its world premiere as the Sundance Film Festival’s closing night film later this month, but the rest of us won’t have too much longer to wait either. Open Road Films has just picked up the biopic with plans to release it theatrically this spring. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito have made it pretty clear over the past couple of years that they’d be up for a sequel to Ivan Reitman‘s 1988 comedy Twins. Now that dream is inching closer to reality.
Back in March, we learned that the film was being developed as Triplets, with Eddie Murphy as a potential third member of the mis-matched set. At the time, it was just an idea floating around, but now Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are taking a step forward with the hiring of writers Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and Ryan Dixon for the movie. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
It wasn’t so very long ago that CG animation felt cutting-edge and new, but these days it’s become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice it anymore. Instead, what feels fresh again are more traditional animation methods. DreamWorks Animation’s Me and My Shadow combines CG and hand-drawn animation to tell the story of “the world’s most boring human” Daniel (voiced by Book of Mormon‘s Josh Gad) and his bored shadow (voiced by Bill Hader), who longs for a more exciting life.
The shadow finally gets his chance, albeit not necessarily in the way he’d hoped. When events in the shadow world put Daniel’s life in danger, Shadow Dan breaks the rules and takes control of his person. The two then set off on an adventure to stop the shadow villain and his nefarious plans to take over the human world. Check out the adorable first poster after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
The very first pictures from Joshua Michael Stern‘s indie Steve Jobs biopic jOBS confirmed what we already more or less knew: that Ashton Kutcher can look a lot like the late tech guru in the right outfit. Now a more recent batch of set photos offers glimpses of some of the rest of the cast as well, including Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Ahna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan; Lukas Haas as Apple employee Daniel Kottke; and Dermot Mulroney as former Apple CEO Mike Markkula. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
With shooting already underway, Joshua Michael Stern‘s Steve Jobs biopic is filling in some key supporting roles. (For clarification, this is a distinct project from the Aaron Sorkin-penned Jobs movie set up at Sony, which has yet to begin casting.) The latest addition to the cast is Matthew Modine, who’s slated to play former Apple CEO John Sculley. He was hired by Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) for the post in 1983, but the two men famously struggled to get along. Two years later, Sculley removed Jobs from from his managerial duties, leading Jobs to resign from the company shortly afterward.
In addition to Modine and Kutcher, the picture also stars Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Ahna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan. Stern’s film is due to hit later this year, but first Modine will be seen grappling with another eccentric visionary — Batman (Christian Bale) — in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. [THR]
After the jump, Dan Aykroyd goes Behind the Candelabra.
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The internet meme comparing Ashton Kutcher with Steve Jobs will soon turn into a weird reality in the indie biopic of the late Apple co-founder, Jobs: Get Inspired. (That’s a working title.) News of Kutcher’s casting, which hit on April 1, was assumed to be a joke at first, but Jobs producer Mark Hulme and director Joshua Michael Stern aren’t joking. Hulme said “we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film.”
Now the guys behind Jobs have chosen an actor to play Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs. Their pick is Josh Gad, star of the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
In April 2010, Shia LaBeouf was set to team up with commercial director Dante Ariola for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. However, scheduling issues got in the way and in March 2011, Zac Efron and a different commercial director, Fredrik Bond, stepped in to take their place. Now things have shifted around yet again, as Efron exits, LaBeouf re-enters, and Bond remains at the helm.
LaBeouf is best known for his leading role in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, but he’ll be going somewhat smaller in his upcoming projects. His next appearances will be opposite Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County this August, and opposite Anna Kendrick and Nick Nolte in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep.
With LaBeouf’s re-invovlement pushing Charlie Countryman into pre-production, it’s scheduled for a May start in Eastern Europe. Matt Drake‘s pulp romance, which landed on the 2007 Black List, centers an American man who travels to Eastern Europe. He falls in love with a woman whose ex, unfortunately, happens to be a violent crime boss. [Variety]
After the jump, Kate Hudson, Bill Hader, and Josh Gad get animated for DreamWorks.
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