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David Fincher will only direct the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic if Oscar-winner Christian Bale plays the lead role. That’s what The Wrap is reporting this afternoon. Fincher has been in talks to direct the film, which reportedly centers on three key keynote addresses in Jobs’ life. In a meeting with the head of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, the Fight Club director said he’d only do the film if Batman himself took on the role. Read More »

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The Oscar-winning team behind The Social Network is taking on tech-reality once again. David Fincher is in early talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin.

Update: New reports say that Fincher isn’t yet in talks, but he’s taking a meeting about the film. Our headline has been changed to reflect his more tenuous status with the project. More details below.

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When it comes to HBO’s series The Newsroom, people either love it or hate it. Knowing that, today everyone got some good news. For fans, a third season of the show has officially been announced. That third season will also be the series’ last. The news also came with a postscript: series creator Aaron Sorkin has turned in his long gestating screenplay about Steve JobsRead More »

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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 »

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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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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 »

iSteve

It didn’t take long after Steve Jobs‘ death for Hollywood to get moving on films about his singular life. But a year and a half later, the first one out of the gate is one that was originally thought up as a joke just a few months ago.

Last month, Funny or Die announced the imminent release of iSteve, a parodic feature-length film starring former Apple ad campaign star Justin Long as the late tech guru. Two weeks ahead of its online debut, the first trailer has hit the web. Check it out after the jump.

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