Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
That Sony Pictures biopic of late tech giant Steve Jobs is still in the early stages of development, but Jobs’ familiar facade will be gracing a small handful of screens across the country in just one week. As we reported earlier this week, a 70-minute film titled Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview will be hitting certain Landmark theaters next week on November 16 and 17.
The footage comes from a 1995 interview Jobs did with Robert X. Cringely for a miniseries titled Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, and the vast majority of it has never been seen by the public before. We now have the first teaser for The Lost Interview, which you can watch after the jump.
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Sometimes death can make a famous person even more famous. When a music artist dies, their album sales go to the top of the charts. When an actor dies, their movies are all rented on Netflix. And when the billionaire CEO of the world’s most successful technology company dies, he, apparently, becomes a movie star.
Since the untimely death of Apple founder Steve Jobs in October at the age of 56, interviews and books about the entrepreneur have been in high demand. Now, an unaired 70-minute interview Jobs conduced in 1996 retitled Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview will play in select Landmark Theaters November 16 and 17. Find out more about it and where you can see it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
Aaron Sorkin may not have deemed himself worthy of writing a Pixar movie, but perhaps he’ll find himself up for the task of writing about the man who asked him to do so. Sony is reportedly trying to get the Social Network writer on board to pen the biopic of former Apple CEO and Pixar exec Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month of cancer. More details after the jump.
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When you’re one of the best screenwriters in the world, sometimes you’d get random phone calls from Steve Jobs. That’s what happened to Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin who, after professing his love for Mac products in an interview, began a telephone friendship with the recently passed entrepreneur. Sorkin wrote about their friendship in a new issue of Newsweek and revealed that, the last time he spoke to Jobs, Jobs asked him to write a Pixar movie. Read their exchange after the jump. Read More »
How would you characterize a deal to create a feature film based on a collection of interviews with the late Steve Jobs, as it is announced mere days after his death? Crass commercialism? Fitting tribute? Perhaps simply good business sense, something that Jobs himself would understand, if not exactly admire?
Regardless, Sony is acquiring the book Steve Jobs, an upcoming tome by Walter Isaacson which is based on interviews with Jobs conducted over the past two years. The studio will quickly begin developing a film based on the book, with Mark Gordon producing. Read More »
Steve Jobs has announced his resignation as CEO of Apple. This might not necessarily movie or television news per se, but Steve Jobs served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios, is Disney’s largest individual shareholder (with approximately 7% of the shares) and became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006. Jobs also helps to oversee Disney and Pixar’s combined animation businesses with a seat on “a special six-man steering committee.” The products he has overseen have changed the way movies are made and seen. /Film would not be where it is right now without the products he has helped create, and the business and creative ideologies he has helped design.
Reuters is reporting that Jobs has already been named chairman, and that Tim Cook has already been elected CEO. No word on how this will effect his jobs on the board of Disney or his special seat on the six person Pixar/Disney animation trust. I assume that since Jobs will remain at Apple as chairman that his Disney duties will not change as they are not as taxing as a CEO position. That is only speculationRead Steve’s public letter of resignation and the press release after the jump.
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Bob Iger, the president and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, was interviewed by Charlie Rose earlier this week. If you’re interested in the industry, or just the future of the Disney/Pixar/Marvel brands, you’ll probably want to check out this in-depth 27-minute interview.
Iger talks about the future distribution of content in this quickly evolving high tech world, what happened when Steve Jobs first showed him the iPad, entering in with a strained relationship with Pixar created by Eisner, accepting the iPod, how he was able to make the Pixar acquisition happen, the genius of Steve Jobs, where he hopes to take the Marvel brand, “not making a lot of things, but making a few things great all the time”, facing challenges with more competition for peoples time and a changing business model, the strinking home video market, how social media is changing people’s entertainment decisions, giving viewers the flexibility to watch their shows whenever/whereever, the power of ESPN, Rune Arledge, and running the institution that is Disney.
The entire video is embedded after the jump thanks to Hulu (Mike Bastoli informs me that international readers can watch the interview on CharlieRose.com).
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Chris Noessel, an interaction designer and Nathan Shedroff, program chair of the MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the arts, believe that Steve Jobs may have used the Brad Bird‘s Pixar movie The Incredibles to test the concept of a tablet computer in front of movie audiences.
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