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This weekend sees the wide release of Danny Boyle.s latest film, Steve Jobs, which takes a close look at the life of the tech legend who founded Apple and is responsible for any number of innovations in the field. It.s also the second movie to do so within the last few years, as the Ashton Kutcher-fronted Jobs hit in 2013. From the early reviews, many of which are raves, it certainly appears that the latest attempt is the superior one in the mind of many viewers, and this is not the first time two movies that take the same real-life person as their subject have been released close to one another. In these cases, one usually seems to outshine the other, rightly or wrongly, and we thought that this is a perfect opportunity to look back at some cases of other twin biopics and see which one did »
Speaking at a Vanity Fair event yesterday (October 7), Ive clarified that he had not seen the film but had spoken to people who had.
"This is a primal fear of mine," he explained, "how you are defined... can be hijacked by people with agendas that are very different from your close family and your friends."
He went on: "We are celebrating Steve's life, and at the same time, we are [seeing] the incredibly choreographed release of a film about him, and I don't recognise this person at all. It's heartbreaking. I'm sorry to sound grumpy, »
Steve Jobs is not your typical biopic. In fact, it.s not a biopic at all, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The spitfire wordsmith behind The Newsroom, The West Wing, and The Social Network sat down with Cinema Blend to chat about his take on the late Apple co-founder, and his explanations really turned our heads. The film, directed by Danny Boyle, hit the film festival circuit early on and recently screened at the New York Film Festival. Those who.ve seen it already know it.s not like that Ashton Kutcher-led pic. Steve Jobs is split into three acts, taking us behind the scenes of three product launches: the first Mac computer, the NeXT cube Jobs launched when he left Apple, and the iMac for when Jobs returned. In speaking of this unique format, Sorkin said, Before I knew what I wanted to do, I knew what I »
'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box of circuit boards, memory chips, wires, graphics cards, and cooling systems, busily processing and moving the innumerable pieces of information that make the unit work flawlessly or, occasionally, crash. What director Danny Boyle's ferocious three-act rocket ride, Steve Jobs, teaches us about its eponymous tech icon, is that he was much like a computer: on the outside, clad in his signature black turtleneck and jeans, he was trim, bespectacled and flawlessly functioning. On the inside, he was on the brink of crashing, his internal Os in constant operation, avoiding, justifying, and occasionally acknowledging his poor treatment of »
- Mark Keizer
All About Steve: Boyle and Sorkin’s Backstage Swipe at the Tech Magnate
Though it successfully usurps the ungainly 2013 film starring a miscast Ashton Kutcher as the eponymous technological entrepreneur, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s up-do hardly grazes the superficial surface of the man known as Steve Jobs, especially considering his name serves as the title. An astutely written and hyper-intelligent (not to mention overly loquacious) chamber piece, the type we’ve come to expect from the likes of Sorkin following his tackling of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Fincher’s 2010 The Social Network, this treatment spans a fourteen year period and covers the backstage scenes behind three notable product launches in Jobs’ career (1984-1998). The result is an exaggerated triptych of moments formulated as a bluntly theatrical stage play. Agonized modern figures now historically mythologized for the roles they’ve played in the technological advances »
- Nicholas Bell
I already used up all of my Genius Bar and Zune references when reviewing “Jobs,” the deeply flawed 2013 biopic of Steve Jobs in which Ashton Kutcher huffed and puffed but couldn’t really bring the controversial Apple Computers kingpin to life. Two years later, “Steve Jobs” comes to the screen upgraded with a stronger lead actor, better script and sharper direction, but it too leaves us feeling like we’ve seen an incomplete portrait of a complicated man. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) eschews the standard this-happened-then-that-happened structure that “Jobs” and countless other movies use to tell a life story, »
- Alonso Duralde
You may have heard that there’s a new Steve Jobs movie opening this week. Of course, Steve Jobs is being played by a hunk of the moment (Michael Fassbender), while his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is being played by yet another funny fat guy (Seth Rogen). Previous pairings have featured Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad in Jobs, and Justin Long and Jorge Garcia in iSteve. (The Benedict Cumberbatch–Jonah Hill version is presumably still in development.) So, how have these films depicted Wozniak (or “Woz,” as he’s affectionately known), the man who invented the personal computer? Here’s a ranked list you didn’t know you needed, just like those very first personal computers. These are all the different — and admittedly not great — onscreen portrayals of Steve Wozniak over the years.6. Jorge Garcia, iSteve This dreadfully unfunny Funny or Die feature production, in which Justin Long plays Steve Jobs, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Things are getting pretty shady in Hollywood! Celeb feuds are popping up everywhere this week and we have all of the details. From Michael Fassbender throwing some shade at Ashton Kutcher over his portrayal of Steve Jobs to Julianna Marguiles addressing her rumored feud with former The Good Wife co-star Archie Panjabi, we have the scoop on all of the latest tension in the celeb world. Watch the E! News clip above to hear all of the latest details on the celeb feuds! »
Follow the lederhosen! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher got into the Oktoberfest spirit, rocking outfits inspired by traditional Bavarian attire on Oct. 3, German Unity Day, in Beverly Hills. The newlyweds, and parents of daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 1, wore matching ensembles of white button-up shirts, suspenders, and corduroy shorts, rolled up above the knee. In 37-year-old Kutcher's case, he finished his getup with a pair of tube socks and camel-colored hiking boots. Both of the former That '70s Show stars appeared to be relaxing and enjoying one another's [...] »
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
Whose business idol is Taylor Swift? Who's sucking up to Lord Sugar already? And - perhaps most importantly - who's got the biggest mouth on them? Read on to find out about all 18 of this year's hopefuls:
Aisha Kasim, 30
"Pressure makes diamonds. It's something I respond well to, I think it's go hard or go home."
Inventor Aisha owns a hair accessories business and says Victoria Beckham is her business inspiration. She fancies herself as a bit of a songwriter too, penning a jingle for one of her own products - a heated bun that curls your hair.
April Jackson, 26
"I'm Jamaican. We come first, we win on the track and we will win in the boardroom."
When Ashton Kutcher's 2013 biopic Jobs first started to show the world what it was made of, one of the biggest factors working in its favor was the fact that Kutcher really looked the part. Leave it to Michael Fassbender to prove how wrong we all were two years later, as he's out to settle the debate between performance versus likeness. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Fassbender during the London leg of the press tour for Steve Jobs, and despite his lack of resemblance to the founding genius of Apple, he doesn't believe that's where the strength of any good biopic lies. The key to any good biopic, according to Fassbender, is as follows: I think audiences accept things when you lay them out for them. So you see at the beginning of the film that I don.t look anything like him, so you go: ok, he doesn »
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. »
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher kicked off October in the best way possible: getting in the Oktoberfest spirit! The couple spent some quality time hanging out with friends at an Oktoberfest party in Beverly Hills over the weekend to celebrate German Unity Day. They kept things authentic wearing Lederhosen while grubbing on some Currywurst (naturally). Kunis dressed the role in some red suspenders and a pair of brown shorts, while Kutcher donned a brown fedora, black suspenders and a white button down shirt. After what we're guessing was some good ol' beer tasting in true Oktoberfest fashion, the couple opted for some food. The Two and a Half Men alum decided to try the spicy wurst, and Mila went for an »
Read More: Jimmy Fallon Does His Best Lucious Lyon in 'Tonight Show' Parody of 'Empire' To promote "Steve Jobs," the intimate cinematic look at the founding of Apple Computers, co-founder Steve Wozniak and Seth Rogen — who plays the tech mogul in the film — sat down with Jimmy Fallon to play a round of "True Confessions." Each of the players tells either a truth or a lie, and the others have 60 seconds to interrogate the potential liar about their story. Has Seth Rogen ever done 'shrooms with Wolf Blitzer? Does Jimmy Fallon know someone who broke their leg stealing from a vending machine? Was the "Woz" ever robbed at gunpoint while getting pizza with Steve Jobs? Watch the above video to see Steve Wozniak's keen, mathematical mind go up against the comedic stylings of Fallon and Rogen. Read More: Nyff: Michael Fassbender Resurrects the Real 'Steve Jobs' and »
- Ryan Anielski
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, ' »
Kutcher played the tech pioneer in the 2013 critically-panned Jobs.
By contrast, Boyle's biopic, which focuses on three key product launches, has been praised with Digital Spy calling Fassbender's performance "compelling".
Reacting to criticism that he doesn't look like Jobs, Fassbender admitted he had similar concerns.
"That was the first thing I said to Danny [Boyle]," he explained. "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. »
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Danny Boyle
Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) divides this character study of contentious public figure Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) between three product launches, focusing on key pressure-cooker moments of his career that portray him at his most capable and least compassionate. The camera stares cynically as he betrays and keeps any potential closeness at a distance in order to uphold his greatness in the public eye. A parade of forsaken relationships creates a chasm between him and the rest of the world that the well-meaning people in his life continuously try to remedy. Although the indictment of his failings significantly softens by the third act, this is by no means a sympathetic account of the rise of the late guru behind Apple’s high-tech domination. Instead, it drives home the cruel single-mindedness that made Jobs an exceptional taskmaster. The film »
- Lane Scarberry
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