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Between 1995 and 2008, Oscar darling Kate Winslet had a reserved parking space at the Dolby Theatre. She was nominated a whopping six times and set a record as the youngest actress to ever do so. However, since finally winning for "The Reader" in 2008 she has endured the longest Oscar dry spell of her career. Will her new film "Steve Jobs" be her long-awaited Oscar comeback? -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Directed by Danny Boyle (Oscar winner for "Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar champ for "The Social Network"), "Steve Jobs" stars Michael Fassbender as the mercurial computer whiz. Winslet, nearly unrecognizable with brown hair and glasses, play his long-suffering adviser Joanna Hoffman, an Armenian immigrant. After wildly successful screenings at the Telluride and New York filmfests, "Steve Jobs" gets a..." »
The BFI London Film Festival returns to the nation's capital for its 59th edition this week (7 October), once again offering a host of filmic delights for casual cinemagoers and militant cinephiles alike. Kicking off this year's programme is Sarah Gavron's revolutionary period drama Suffragette, featuring an ensemble cast headed up by Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, while the task of closing the fest on 18 October falls to Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple-founding icon. Below our attending writers have selected their hot tickets to help you narrow down your picks.
- CineVue UK
Kate Winslet may be looking at her seventh Oscar nomination thanks to "Steve Jobs," the new Danny Boyle-directed biopic of the tech innovator, but that seems like a marginal curiosity compared to her other award-centric feat: She only needs a Tony to complete the storied Egot -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. She's already collected an Emmy for "Mildred Pierce," a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category thanks to her narration of "Listen to the Storyteller" (alongside Graham Greene and Wynton Marsalis), and an Oscar for "The Reader." "I know, I've got a Grammy!" she exclaimed in our interview. "What's that about?" We asked her about her plans to get the Tony, whether she admires her character Joanna Hoffman (the Jobs confidante and original Mac team member), and her favorite Oscar memory. It involves a serious star sighting. »
- Louis Virtel
It’s amazing, and terrifying, to think that Kate Winslet turned 40-years-old yesterday, and has now been a movie star for 21 years. That’s one entire Ansel Elgort ago. Breaking out with a stunning performance in “Heavenly Creatures” while still just 18 (though she had credits in British TV stretching back into her earlier teens), Winslet has barely looked back since. She followed her breakouts with high-profile Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and Shakespeare adaptations, before starring in "Titanic," which went on to become one of the biggest movies of all time. Rather than capitalizing on her A-list status with more blockbusters, Winslet chose to make the movies she wanted to make with directors she wanted to make them with, picking out projects with the likes of Jane Campion, Philip Kaufman, Richard Eyre, and Alan Parker, before upending her period-movie image with another brilliant turn in “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to be at the New York Film Festival for the Centerpiece screening of Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs. The movie was initially going to be a World Premiere at Nyff, and technically that was the case, but an “unfinished” version screened at the Telluride Film Festival prior. Regardless, after its Centerpiece bow, the biopic of the Apple legend begins its theatrical run starting in limited release this Friday. For my money, it’s one of the best films of the year, a symphony of words on the part of Aaron Sorkin, among the best of Nyff so far, and a definite Academy Award player. I’m sure you all know who this man is, but if you’re somehow unfamiliar with Steve Jobs, this high profile biopic should give you a sense of how important to the current technological culture he is, »
- Joey Magidson
Read More: Nyff: Michael Fassbender Resurrects the Real 'Steve Jobs' and Mocks Ashton Kutcher After dazzling audiences over the weekend at the New York Film Festival with the impressively executed "Steve Jobs," Oscar winner Danny Boyle took to the Lincoln Center Amphitheater Monday night for an in-depth chat on the making of the film, its dynamic lead actor and, most enticingly, plans for the upcoming "Trainspotting" sequel. With a whiplash of a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a superb cast of Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg, "Steve Jobs" is an unconventional look at the life of the eponymous Apple co-founder. The drama takes place exclusively behind the scenes at three major product launches -- Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 -- and features Jobs encountering the same five people all while facing obstacles in launching his newest piece. »
- Zack Sharf
After years spent being one of the best male leads around, Michael Fassbender will finally saunter into the 2015/2016 awards season as a major contender. Up to now, the actor has wowed the critics with his typically profound character explorations and found fans with his forays into blockbuster territory – but this year, it looks promising that Fassbender might at last seal the deal with an Oscar.
Most likely to bring him trophies this awards season is Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, in which Fassbender plays the titular, revolutionary Apple founder. Still, no one should discount his next release before then from featuring at awards time either: Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth.
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Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play,’ Kurzel’s film reimagines the Thane of Cawdor as a damaged soldier suffering from Ptsd – and some critics are even saying Fassbender gives his greatest performances to date as the battle-weary lord. »
- Brogan Morris
The Oscar race got a little clearer over the last week, with Ridley Scott and Matt Damon showcasing “The Martian” for Academy voters, Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs” screening for its first audiences outside of Telluride and Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies” debuting at the New York Film Festival and screening for media in Los Angeles. It’s now safe to say that all three could figure into this year’s race, expanding the group of true Best Picture contenders to about 15 films that have been screened so far, and another handful that have yet to be unveiled. »
- Steve Pond
When director Danny Boyle and cinematographer Alwin H. Küchler set about visually translating the three distinctive acts of Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” screenplay, the two artists embraced experimentation, as they have throughout their careers. To convey the idea that the computer pioneer propelled humanity toward the digital age, they decided to shoot each section in an equally distinctive format.
“The three parts feature the same six actors and the same (kind of) incidents — the 40 minutes before a (product) launch,” Boyle explains. “Structurally, that’s very formal and repetitive, and could be very boring.”
For the first act, which takes place in 1984 before the launch of the Macintosh, Boyle and Küchler decided to shoot in 16mm. This section of the story is “quite punkish,” Boyle says. “It’s got a youthful energy and drive. Jobs is maniacally driven as he tries to give birth to a creation story.”
Küchler, who »
- Kristopher Tapley
For a big budget movie about a lone astronaut who gets stranded on Mars, the spacesuits in The Martian are surprisingly sober in terms of design. There is an attempt here to make everything seem as plausible as possible, costume design especially. Director Ridley Scott’s regular costumer Janty Yates has created possibly the sexiest spacesuits ever seen on screen, and what’s more they are functional. To paraphrase a line in the film, she had to “science the shit out of them”.
Yates collaborated with Nasa looking specifically at their Z1 and Z2 prototypes to create an Eva (‘Extravehicular Activity’ – any time the crew must go outside) suit and surface or ‘bio’ suit (worn on Mars). The surface suit is similar to the blue under-suits she created for Scott’s near future set Prometheus in 2012, although further grounded in reality. The Prometheus under-suits could, in theory, monitor functioning levels of the human body, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Tell us how you really feel, Michael Fassbender. As the forthcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned film Steve Jobs continues to receive rave reviews, it seems that many have forgotten about the 2013 biopic Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder and was not well-received by critics. Fassbender, however, couldn't help but hilariously gloat over how much better his movie seems while promoting the Danny Boyle-directed flick at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. Asked how he prepared for the role, the 38-year-old Academy Award-nominated actor quipped, "I studied Ashton Kutcher." Touché, Fassy, touché. »
Danny Boyle's new film "Steve Jobs" examines the legacy of a technological pioneer at three distinct moments in his life. We glean that Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) was both brilliant and unbearable, innovative and grim. Aaron Sorkin's script is suspensefully talky, sort of an angrier, more frustrated remix of his Oscar-winning "The Social Network." Sorkin's style is routinely imitated and parodied. "30 Rock" even invited him to lampoon his familiar walk-and-talks alongside Liz Lemon herself. But the most cutting bit of recent Sorkin satire came courtesy of Amy Schumer, whose "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch "The Foodroom" parodied the dialogue-based sturm und drang of Sorkin's HBO series "The Newsroom." In a harsh criticism of Sorkin's female characters like MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), a news producer who deals with the tempestuous star anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), Schumer deadpanned, "A woman's life is worth nothing unless she's making a great man greater. »
- Louis Virtel
To loosely paraphrase David Fincher, the mind of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin works in a rapid-fire bursts of multi-tiered levels, as if the author is juggling three contemporaneous conversations to your one, sometimes listening, always five moves ahead of where you are, but able to ping pong effortlessly between all subjects. Whether that’s an accurate depiction of how Apple groundbreaker Steve Jobs’ mind operated or not, it’s how Sorkin decides to portray the tyrannical computer pioneer in Universal’s thrilling drama, “Steve Jobs.” A deliriously quick-footed and orchestrally pitched character study, “Steve Jobs” is an ambitious, deeply captivating portrait of the high cost of genius. The Danny Boyle-directed “Steve Jobs” is a dazzling showcase of the brilliant, multi-layered, and rat-a-tat delivery of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. For all its dimensions of an iconoclastic, trailblazing thinker and digital revolutionary, “Steve Jobs” is also a movie about fatherhood, absentee fathers, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Talk to most any expert on pop-zombie culture and he or she will mention 28 Days Later..., Danny Boyle's 2002 contribution to the horror subgenre that helped renew interest in the idea of society crumbling under the threat of shambling (or this case, infected and sprinting) corpses. The missing link between the Romero-era Dead films and The Walking Dead — compare Cillian Murphy's awakening into a chaotic world to the beginning of the latter's pilot episode — it's a seminal zombie-apocalypse work. And as the director told Rolling Stone during an extensive »
Bale parted ways with Steve Jobs in November, allowing Fassbender to step into the lead role. Fassbender was in London promoting director Danny Boyle’s (Trance) film when he was asked by The Hollywood Reporter about his predecessor in the role of the late Apple co-founder.”I thought to myself: Christian Bale is perfect, why isn’t he doing it? I actually called him up and told him that myself.”
Fassbender also spoke about his lack of physical resemblance to Jobs and whether that hurts the film. “You see at the beginning of the film that I don’t look anything like him, »
- Tom Beasley
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including which Star Wars original trilogy character will be returning, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice getting its MPAA rating (for a suprising reason…) and Kevin Feige teases loads of McU Phase Three details. He’s got an Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu Ray to sell, after all…
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What are the first words that come to mind when you hear ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘? Why, sensual romance, of course.
“Is that your Batarang, or are you just pleased to see me?”
The MPAA classified Batman v Superman as »
- Oli Davis
Ever since her big screen debut in Heavenly Creatures, Kate Winslet has made a name for herself as one of the greatest actresses of her generation. Every time she takes on a new role, she truly transforms herself into her character, even though her physical appearance rarely changes. Kate has accomplished so much as an actress, she's only turning 40 and she's already left a legacy of films that all actresses would kill for.
This fall, Kate’s next conquest is a smaller role in the ensemble led by Michael Fassbender, in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. In the film, Kate will play Joanna Hoffman, one of the women who was pivotal to the creation of the Macintosh computer, and one of few who was known to successfully engage with Steve Jobs.
- Rachel West
Although it officially premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, the completed cut of Danny Boyle‘s immensely entertaining Steve Jobs screened at New York Film Festival this weekend. Gathering after the press screening, the director, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and author Walter Isaacson gathered to discuss the making of the project and today we have the full talk.
We said in our review, “About halfway into the movie’s second act, itself around Steve Jobs’ halfway point, the convoluted, sometimes outright hackneyed pieces start forming a larger picture, one that, in structure, formal tempo, and Daniel Pemberton‘s Glass-aping score, is not at all unlike Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Bit by bit, there’s an accumulation of signifiers that what’s being staged is less a by-the-book recounting of significant events than it is a full-blown trip through — and, »
- Jordan Raup
“I studied Ashton Kutcher.” Those are not the words you expect to hear from Michael Fassbender about his approach to playing the titular Apple icon in "Steve Jobs." Thankfully, he was joking when he made those comments at the recent New York Film Festival press conference for the movie. And the actor, who admits he's not a tech head, even suggested to director Danny Boyle he didn't have the right look to play the role. “Obviously I don’t look anything like Steve Jobs,” Fassbender said. “That was the first thing I said to Danny. I said: ‘Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs than me.’ He wasn’t interested in that – he wanted to get the energy and essence of the man and go with that.” Smart choice. The result is a movie that we called "a rush of blood to the head" and an "electrifying portrayal »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michael Fassbender has joked he studied Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs. The 'Prometheus' star portrays the Apple co-founder in the upcoming biopic - which shares its name with the late American entrepreneur - and he cheekily has claimed he based his portrayal on Ashton's interpretation in 2013 film 'Jobs'. Asked how he prepared for the project, Fassbender said with a grin: ''I studied Ashton Kutcher.'' The 38-year-old actor also admitted he tried to talk director Danny Boyle out of casting him in the lead role and told him that Christian Bale looked more like Jobs than him and would be better suited to the part. Speaking at a press conference for 'Steve Jobs' at the New York Film Festival on Saturday (03.10.15), he said: ''Obviously I don't look anything like Steve Jobs. That was the first thing I said to Danny. I said, ' »
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