Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin is firmly on board to pen Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, the question is how exactly he plans to do it. And while Sorkin’s had plenty of experience writing about real-life people and events, there’s added pressure this time around because the late Apple co-founder has a far higher profile than did the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane or Texas congressman Charlie Wilson, or even Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg when Sorkin wrote movies about them.
In a talk at the AllThingsD conference this week, Sorkin admitted his hesitation about tackling a modern icon, and offered a few thoughts on how he might want to approach the task at hand. Read more of his comments after the jump.
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A couple days after Sony announced that Aaron Sorkin would be writing their Steve Jobs biopic, Five Star Feature Films has issued a press release announcing the start of photography on their independently produced Steve Jobs biopic directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Neverwas) and starring Ashton Kutcher. And this time around we have a little more information about this competing project. The film is being titled jOBS, a play on the lowercase i branding Jobs made famous. I think it might have been better to go with “iJOBS”.
The producers claim that their film will “shed new light on Steve Jobs’ most defining and personal moments, motivations, and the people that drove him” and that the movie will cover Jobs from “his early years as an impressionable youth and wayward hippie, through his initial successes and infamous ousting, to his storybook return and ultimate triumphs as a man who set out to change the world and did just that.” So in other words, the 30 years from 1971 through 2000. You might be wondering what the source will be for this biopic as Sony had already nabbed Job’ official (and New York Times bestselling) biography. jOBS will be based on interviews from colleagues, and friends.
The press release claims it will be “Dark, honest, and uncompromising,” an “intense dialogue-driven story” which will pull “no punches and does not speculate, telling only the candid and captivating account of the life of Steven Paul Jobs.” And as production begins, Five Star wants to brag about “the project’s commitment to accuracy and authenticity” as they will film scenes in the actual Los Altos home where Jobs grew up and in the historic garage where he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. They also mention that Oscar winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic) is shooting the film. Read the press released after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic will be getting a little help from the man who helped make Steve Jobs himself. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs back in 1976, has been hired to serve as a “tutor” on the production. No doubt he’ll be of great help to writer Aaron Sorkin, who told recently reporters “I know so little about what I am going to write.” More details after the jump.
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Last year we heard that Sony wanted Academy Award-winning The Social Network/The West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay for a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson‘s best-selling biography. Sony had purchased the rights in a $1 million deal made just days after the Apple co-founder’s passing on October 5th 2011. Last we heard, Sorkin was “strongly considering” the project. Since then, another movie from an independent producer based on Jobs’ life starring Ashton Kutcher has been revealed. Tonight Sony has sent out a press release, announcing that Sorkin has officially signed on to adapt the screenplay for their own bio. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though much of what we loved in the ’80s fails to hold up today, Ghostbusters is one major exception. Filmgoers loved it in 1984 and they still love it today, as evidenced by the endless stream of parodies, homages, and references we get even now.
After the jump, watch two very different tributes to the horror-comedy classic. “The Ghostbusters Tour of New York” is a recent video pilgrimage of familiar locations from the film that includes on-site re-enactions, while “Blue Busters” is a 1984 parody from Apple Inc. that, yes, features appearances from a young Steve Jobs and a young Steve Wozniak.
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Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
The news that Ashton Kutcher had been cast as late tech guru Steve Jobs for the indie biopic Jobs: Get Inspired raised a few eyebrows when it was first announced, in part because it broke on April Fool’s Day. But the producers weren’t joking around, and we now have our first look at the Two and a Half Men star clad in a familiar-looking black turtleneck and 501s. Get your first look at Kutcher’s Jobs after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Before Ashton Kutcher gets a chance to do his Steve Jobs impression for Hollywood, audiences will get to see the actual Jobs up on the big screen thanks to Magnolia Pictures. The company has picked up the U.S. rights to Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, with plans to give it a limited theatrical release May 11 before rolling it out onto DVD and VOD later this summer. If that sounds vaguely familiar, perhaps it’s because the video has already hit theaters once before — Landmark Theaters dropped it in select locations for two days last fall.
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview isn’t really a feature film in the traditional sense, but rather an unedited 70-minute interview with the late Apple co-founder. Filmmaker Robert X. Cringely sat down with Jobs in 1995 for a TV miniseries titled Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, but only a small portion wound up being used for that project and the rest was assumed to be lost until just last year. Hit the jump for more details on the film, plus a brand-new teaser.
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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 »