Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) often writes about characters in the workspace, so it’s not surprising to learn he once half-envisioned a Pixar movie about office supplies. Back in the 1990s, Sorkin was approached about writing a movie for the studio, but nothing ever came of it.

However, if you’ve ever wanted to know what that Aaron Sorkin Pixar movie would’ve looked like, find out after the jump.

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/Filmcast Ep. 339 – Steve Jobs

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David, Devindra, and Jeff figure out a 3-stage system for shushing people at the symphony, debate the merits of YouTube Red, and marvel at one-shot wonder Victoria.

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aaron sorkin screenwriting tips

I’ve rarely felt this annoyed in a movie theater. Next to me, during a screening of Steve Jobs, an elderly couple loudly whispers comments to each other every few minutes. With each line of dialogue they distract me from basking in, the more frustrated I grow. I’m afraid to ask them to keep quiet — not because I care how they’ll react, but out of fear of missing another line from the movie.

Aaron Sorkin writes anti-bathroom break movies. You don’t want to miss a scene or a line of his, especially in the case of his latest piece of work, the breathless, unrelentingly paced, and intricately structured Steve Jobs. By now, such an exciting piece of drama seems like a foregone conclusion from one of Hollywood’s most prolific, acclaimed, and all-around successful screenwriters. But past and present interviews with him have revealed not only how he pulls off these feats of genius, but how to start if you’re trying to create your own.

After the jump, learn writing tips from Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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Danny Boyle Steve Jobs interview

Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs is my favorite movie of the year so far. I love so much about this film. I love how it’s a biopic without being a biopic. I love how it captures the truth and essence of a person, but probably 90% of the events and conversations in the movie never happened (or at very least, not at a keynote). I love Aaron Sorkin‘s intense dialogue and Michael Fasbender‘s performance — he may not look like Steve Jobs at the start of this movie, but by the end of the movie he transforms into the man.

Hit the jump to read my Danny Boyle Steve Jobs interview.

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28 Months Later

28 Months Later will probably happen at some point. While the sequel, 28 Weeks Later, wasn’t as successful or as cheap as Danny Boyle‘s (Steve Jobs) original film, it performed well enough not to kill off the series. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo‘s sequel is also a good movie, so it’s not like audiences would have an allergic reaction to another one of these films. Who will direct the third installment has always been a question mark, but 12 years after creating this zombie-infested world, Danny Boyle still might direct 28 Months Later. Learn more after the jump.

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Steve Jobs

Were you to go into Steve Jobs having no idea who Steve Jobs was, Steve Jobs wouldn’t really tell you. The character (played by Michael Fassbender) explains to a pissed-off Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) at one point that he “play[s] the orchestra” like a symphony conductor — but as Wozniak points out, it’s one of those sentences that sounds cool but doesn’t really mean anything in concrete terms.

For most biopics, this would be a failing, but for a Steve Jobs biopic in 2015, it’s an asset. We don’t need a movie to tell us who Steve Jobs is as a tech guru. I’m currently typing this review on my Apple keyboard, which is linked to my MacBook Air, with my iPhone 6 by my side; I know exactly who Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, is. Steve Jobs feels a revelation because it exposes Steve Jobs, the man.  Read More »

Steve Jobs

Critics love Steve Jobs, but among those who knew the man personally, reactions to the project have been more mixed, to say the least. A new report claims Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs actively lobbied actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to turn down the project, while Apple design chief Jony Ive has spoken out against the film. Read the Steve Jobs movie Laurene Powell Jobs and Jony Ive objections after the jump. Read More »

Steve Jobs parody Michael Dell

This weekend brings the premiere of Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the iconic co-founder of Apple. But not all tech company CEOs are quite so revered. In last night’s episode, Conan unveiled its own tech biopic, Michael Dell, about a boring, indifferent founder who offers inspiring slogans like, “Don’t think different. Think same.” Watch the Steve Jobs parody Michael Dell after the jump. Read More »

tim cook steve jobs movie

Biopics are a tricky business. If you make it with the full cooperation of the subject, you risk making a hagiography that glosses over every flaw and rough edge. If you make it without the support of the subject or their family, you risk dragging someone through the mud. So it’s not surprising that Apple CEO Tim Cook hasn’t been shy about expressing his disapproval over Danny Boyle‘s upcoming Steve Jobs. But will that change now that he’s apparently seen the movie?

Read the Tim Cook Steve Jobs movie comments after the jump.

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Steve Jobs - Michael Fassbender

Universal has released a new trailer for Steve JobsMichael Fassbender stars as the iconic tech guru, seen here at three key product launches in his career — the Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988, and the iMac in 1998. Kate Winslet plays his “work wife” Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jeff Daniels is former Apple CEO John Sculley. Behold the new Steve Jobs trailer after the jump. Read More »