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It's a common misnomer that winning an Academy Award can significantly alter an actor's earnings or even turn them into movie star with serious box office clout. Speak to movie fans or even people who work in the industry and you'll find them making one false assumption after another. Here's one commonly heard example: Halle Berry received a per-picture salary boost after her Oscar-winning turn in "Monster's Ball." Sure, but she'd booked her role in the blockbuster "Die Another Day" long before she took home the big prize and was already under contract for the two remaining "X-Men" movies at the time. Those two franchises had just as much to do with her landing a "Catwoman" paycheck as her Best Actress Academy Award. Moreover, winners such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Morgan Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Kristopher Tapley
On the surface, the news is strange: an Aaron Sorkin-penned script — an ambitious one, to boot! — about one of the modern world’s great visionaries just can’t get made. But upon closer examination, it seems clear that Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic was never going to pan out. With the news (via Variety) that Sony has effectively tossed their long-gestating project into a teensy, tiny trash can somewhere (perhaps someone just slid their mouse over an icon, clicked, held, and moved?), it seems as if this feature may never come to fruition. News that Universal may pick up the feature is initially heartening, but we’ve got a better idea: just don’t make it. Or, perhaps more accurately — and yes, far less salaciously — just don’t make it as is. We’ve previously covered the film’s long and winding road to the big screen, and you can refresh yourself with that right here »
- Kate Erbland
Aaron Sorkin's Jobs has already seen David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christian Bale drop out for various reasons, and now Sony has decided to follow in their footsteps. The studio has put the project in turnaround, which means that this is officially the part in the rom-com where Sorkin sits alone crying and listening to Whitney Houston. (Deadline reports Universal is interested.) Maybe if they take off Steve Jobs's glasses, someone will realize how beautiful this movie has been all along. »
- Nate Jones
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
The flick, to be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the late Apple co-founder, has already gone through its fair share of upheaval recently, losing star Christian Bale and original director David Fincher. And while current director Danny Boyle has been scrambling to replace Bale after the actor abruptly left the production earlier this month, it seems that all that trouble was just too much for Sony, which decided to part ways with the project this week.
One silver lining for this development, though, is that since Sony is abandoning the project, another studio is free to pick it up, and it looks like there's already heavy interest from at least one party. Deadline reports »
- Katie Roberts
Biblical epics tout huge set pieces, special effects, and grand drama, but they're also rife with intimate moments, as in this exclusive clip from the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed "Exodus: Gods and Kings," starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and John Turturro.
"Who makes you happy?"
"What's the most important thing in your life?"
"Where would you rather be?"
"And when will you leave me?"
- Tim Hayne
Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic just underwent a new drastic change. Sony has dropped the film. Thankfully Universal Pictures has expressed strong interest and it looks like the project won't have to suffer a whole lot due to the change.
The film is an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, and Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle is set to direct. Michael Fassbender is the latest actor to be rumored to play Steve Jobs. Previously, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were attached to play the Apple genius. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
For the most part, projects that undergo lots of changes don't have a very pleasant ending. But this is Steve Jobs we're talking about and Aaron Sorkin, plus Danny Boyle is at the helm. We don't know the reasons for the changes, but we still have high hopes for this biopic. »
- Laura Frances
In a rather surprising turn of events, Sony Pictures has pulled the plug on their highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, putting the project into turnaround, with Universal Pictures eyeing to quickly pick up the project and issue a green light. No reason was given for Sony's sudden move, in which even the Academy Award-winning power of writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle couldn't save.
While most projects that get unceremoniously dumped by a studio often have a long road to get to the big screen, sometimes waiting years to find the right home, Universal's quick pick-up may be a blessing in disguise, with Deadline reporting that Universal may close the deal as early as tomorrow.
The news is quite shocking since there has been active news on the casting front, with Michael Fassbender being courted to play the title character, and Seth Rogen also in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. »
In a bit of shocking news, Sony has dropped Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs film. Though details are limited, a source from THR claims that Boyle needed the film to begin production in January, but Sony couldn’t commit to that start date. Also, it appears that Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, who was involved as a partner on the film, backed out.
This isn’t the first roadblock the film has faced thus far, Sony had quite a bit of trouble with finding an actor to play the former Apple founder; Leonardo diCaprio and Christian Bale were involved at one point, but passed. Recent reports put Michael Fassbender in the role.
Despite Sony dropping the film, there is still hope that it will get picked up by another studio. Universal is currently regarded as the frontrunner and is interested in getting the movie made in time »
- James Garcia
The planned biopic of Steve Jobs has been dropped by Sony. Could Universal still make it happen?
Sony seems to have reached the end of its tether with its planned biopic of Steve Jobs. Based on Walter Isaacson's biography, it recruited Aaron Sorkin to pen the screenplay for the film, and the idea was to reunite him with his The Social Network director, David Fincher.
Fincher, however, has been one of a line of people who have passed on the project. For some time, Leonardo DiCaprio was linked with playing Jobs, for instance, before opting for other projects. Then Christian Bale was also linked, but that came to nothing.
Sony did attract Danny Boyle to direct the film, and Seth Rogen is believed to be taking on the role of Steve Wozniak in the movie. Furthermore, Michael Fassbender is now the running favourite to play Jobs himself.
Yet Sony has had enough. »
In surprising news, Sony Pictures has reportedly put its planned Steve Jobs biopic into turnaround.
Universal Pictures is said to be actively hunting the Aaron Sorkin-penned project about the Apple founder that has been adapted from the Walter Isaacson biography. If Universal does pick it up, the plan is to green light it right away so the project won't lose any momentum.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
There are no specifics, but Deadline reports Sony has put the Aaron Sorkin-penned, untitled Steve Jobs biopic into turnaround with Universal expected to snatch it up. The pic had a somewhat rocky beginning with David Fincher attached to direct, but when his demands weren't met he bounced, which is when current director Danny Boyle stepped into the director's chair. Then it was Christian Bale attached to star as the late Apple founder with Seth Rogen aboard to play co-founder Steve Wozniak. Shortly thereafter Bale fell off the project and the most recent report had Michael Fassbender contemplating the title role. Sorkin has been everywhere talking about the film, most recently discussing his 181-page script with The Independent as he promotes the finale season of his HBO show "The Newsroom". Interest in the pic is certainly high in the movie blogosphere, but I have no idea what the perception is elsewhere. »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures has pulled out of the Steve Jobs biopic.
Leonardo DiCaprio was also previously linked to the project, which would have seen him reunite with his Beach director Boyle.
It is understood that Universal Pictures may now make a bid for the movie.
Sorkin has used Jobs's authorised biography by Walter Isaacson for the film, which focuses on three stressful, high-profile Apple product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in »
There's no doubt that Sony Pictures has had some trouble getting the latest Steve Jobs biopic off the ground with David Fincher once in talks to direct, only to fall away and have it land in the hands of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Then, things seemed to look up when the leading man that Fincher originally wanted, Christian Bale, circled back around to the project. However, Bale has since left the film as well, with Michael Fassbender being the top contender to take the role, though no deal is in place. But now, it won't be Sony's problem anymore as Deadline reports the studio has dropped the film. Read on! However, the good news is that this doesn't mean the script from The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin will just sit on a shelf. Universal Pictures is already in the midst of locking down a deal to pick up the abandoned project, »
- Ethan Anderton
Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic script has attracted a lot of attention from the likes of David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Seth Rogen, Jessica Chastain, and most recently Michael Fassbender. Yet even with Oscar winner Danny Boyle on board to direct, Sony apparently had too much trouble trying to get the project off the ground. In a surprising development, Sony has ceased development put the project into turnaround. Sony briefly shopped the project around and immediately found a buyer in Universal. More after the jump. Deadline hears Universal is on track to close a deal to acquire the Steve Jobs biopic by tomorrow at the latest. So fear not, the project will likely live to see another day and hopefully secure a cast in the near future. If the end result is Boyle directing Fassbender, Rogen, and Chastain with a Sorkin script, I predict we will gloss over »
- Brendan Bettinger
The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal is now pursuing the project.
The studios declined to comment. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sony Pictures has surprisingly ditched its Steve Jobs project, putting the high-profile feature into turnaround.
The studio had no comment on the story.
An informed source said that Universal was likely to make a deal for the biopic.
Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin is producing “Jobs” alongside Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.
It’s unclear why Sony decided to abandon the tech drama. The studio acquired rights to shortly after the mogul’s death in 2011.
Sorkin has publicly said the movie would be divided into three long scenes, each before one of Apple’s notorious product launches, and that »
- Dave McNary
Despite boasting Danny Boyle in the director’s chair, a script by Aaron Sorkin and a compelling subject in the form of former Apple boss Steve Jobs, Sony has pulled the high-profile project into its schedule rubbish bin, putting the film into turnaround.Yes, despite its apparent prestige nature, the studio has ditched the film even as the elements finally appeared to be coming together despite some trouble zeroing on a director and star.Sorkin’s script, written with input from Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorised biography of the man, focuses on three big moments in Jobs’ corporate life: the launch of the Mac; NeXT (which was introduced after he was removed from the company); and the iPod, launched after his triumphant return.Christian Bale had flirted with the idea of playing Jobs, but after he finally passed, Michael Fassbender entered talks. Seth Rogen is also looking to make a »
20th Century Fox has released another film clip from director Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings," starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Sir Ben Kingsley.
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" is set to hit theaters on December 12, 2014.
Have a look at the new film clip below. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Last month, Warner Bros. announced that they'll be developing a Lego Batman spinoff film, which is being directed by Chris McKay, who was the animation supervisor on The Lego Movie. There weren't really any details revealed for the film, but Will Arnett is set to reprise his role as the voice of the Dark Knight. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also attached to produce the feature.
Miller recently talked to Empire Magazine, and he offered up a really cool piece of information that Batman fans are sure to love. He says,
"Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."
That's so awesome that they are looking to pay tribute to every era of Batman. There's no doubt that they are going »
- Joey Paur
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