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If we took a census and made a list of super-villain goals, taking over the world would probably make the number one slot, and achieving immortality would probably make number two. Real-life science has been wholeheartedly pursuing the goal of unending life. I even reviewed a documentary about the subject for this very website at last year’s Hot Docs, but despite some giant leaps in knowledge, living forever is still just a fantasy. Unless you’re a jellyfish. The latest episode of The Blacklist had immortality on the mind, as Red’s pick for this week’s adventure was conducting human experiments into achieving the unachievable.
It was a return to the classical structure of The Blacklist after the divergence of the last couple of weeks, the clip show and the redemption of Tom Keen. Once again, Red comes in with a name, “The Longevity Initiative,” and the FBI »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Now in its 58th year, the San Francisco Film Society's two-week festival will kick off on April 23 with Alex Gibney's SXSW premiere "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a probing documentary portrait of the Apple guru. On May 2, the Centerpiece screening will be James Ponsoldt's acclaimed Sundance feature "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg as the budding Rolling Stone journalist who follows him. The fest closes on May 7 with Michael Almereyda's "Experimenter," also a Sundance premiere, starring Peter Sarsgaard as scientist Stanley Milgram opposite Winona Ryder. The full lineup lands next Tuesday, March 31. Read More: Here Are the 19 Films in Sf Film Fest Competition Sfiff previously announced a special award tribute to Guillermo Del Toro, where we'll see footage from his fall tentpole "Crimson Peak," along with the 19 films in competition including Sundance premiere "The. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“This year’s Big Nights focus on iconic real-life figures who have made a significant impact on the worlds of technology, business, culture and science,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan.
“These films feel especially relevant to San Francisco today and the ongoing national conversation around celebrity, privacy and our digital lives. They are also, not incidentally, exceptionally well directed and acted films by leaders in contemporary cinema culture.”
Festival brass will announce the complete programme shortly.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Although it has lingered in development since the rights were snapped up in 2010, the adaptation of Ernie Cline’s pop culture-stuffed novel Ready Player One seems about to jump to the next level. Steven Spielberg now has his eye on it, and may end up shooting the film version after he’s finished both Bridge Of Spies and The Bfg. Written by Cline, the screenwriter behind Fanboys, Ready Player One follows teenager Wade Watts who likes to escape his dreary, dangerous real world by logging into Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives. When the game‘s eccentric, Steve Jobs-style billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade is pitted against powerful corporate foes and ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the Oasis and the real world, to reach the riches first. The script »
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
Remember those kids in school? The ones who were glued to computer screens instead of playing football with the “cool” kids? Of course you do. They were usually picked on, beaten up, bullied to the point of being afraid to leave their bedroom. Perhaps you were one of them. Perhaps you were one of the kids who kicked their heads in during lunch. Well, those nerdy computer kids now rule the world. Silicon Valley is about those kids. And it’s brilliantly funny.
- Luke Owen
I’m a fan of The Big Bang Theory and I always will be, but the criticism it often gets for mocking “nerds” is something hard to defend it from, because a lot of the humour is obviously doing just that. What we need is a comedy with a little more intelligence where it’s not just about the geeks being awkward around women, but actually smartly satirises a culture that is now seen as the new “cool”. Step forward Alec Berg and Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season.
Silicon Valley is the heart of the gold rush in the technological world. Everybody dreams of having that startup company that will make them the next Facebook, Google or Twitter (but hopefully not Myspace). When »
- Paul Metcalf
Pixar isn't just the most beloved animation studio in the world -- it is one of the most beloved hive of creators on the planet. So when the studio's in-house documentary team sat down for their panel at this year's SXSW, it was standing room only. Erica Milsom, Tony Kaplan, and Debby Coleman are among those charged with taking behind-the-scenes photos, interviewing crew, and crafting special features for home releases. And yes, they had stories to tell. Although the bulk of the panel centered on how Pixar's creative process had rubbed off on them as documentarians, they had their fair share of juicy and entertaining anecdotes about working at one of the coolest places in the entertainment industry. Steve Jobs, the Micromanager It's no secret that...
- Jacob S. Hall
This year’s SXSW Film looked as star-studded as the Oscars (or at least the MTV Movie Awards), with one of the festival’s most commercial movie lineups ever. Capping the busy weekend was a rare triple feature: the premieres of “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Furious 7.” And a batch of deals closed in Austin for smaller movies — including the Alex Gibney doc “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (which went to Magnolia Pictures), the relationship drama “6 Years” (which landed at Netflix) and the Rupert Grint film “Moonwalkers“ (Alchemy). Here are five of the top moments from the first few days.
1) Amy Schumer Is the Next Big Thing
Amy Schumer proved that she really is a movie star in her first movie, Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck.” She plays a journalist (also named Amy) who drifts through a series of unfortunate one-night stands until she meets a charming doctor (Bill Hader »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Since becoming a dad in October, Ashton Kutcher is ready to tackle his next project - a venture capital firm - with fiancée Mila Kunis by his side. The Two and a Half men actor, 37, and investment partner Guy Oseary, 42, launched Sound Venture at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. "We believe that great brands aren't afraid to disrupt," Kutcher said at DeLeón Tequila's Sound Venture launch party. Kunis, 31, stuck by her fiancé all night as Kutcher received congratulations from attendees who including Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and Jessica Alba. While Cuban, 56, took selfies with other guests, »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
Alex Gibney’s documentary world premiered at SXSW.
Alex Gibney’s documentary had its world premiere at SXSW yesterday [March 14] and is a candid telling of the Apple icon through interviews with those close to Jobs at different stages in his life.
The company has acquired theatrical, VoD and home entertainment rights, while CNN Films has the television broadcast distribution rights.
Gibney commented: “I am delighted to partner with Magnolia on this film. Given our long history together, I look forward to premiering The Man in the Machine to audiences looking for a greater understanding of the celebrated tech icon.”
“Once again Alex Gibney takes on an iconic figure and masterfully reveals the complexities and motivations behind the Steve Jobs facade that has inspired the world,” added Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Magnolia Pictures acquired North American theatrical rights, and CNN Films the broadcast rights for Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. The film just premiered in Austin at the SXSW Film Festival. "I am delighted to partner with Magnolia on this film," said Alex Gibney. "Given our long history together, I look forward to premiering The Man in the Machine to audiences looking for a greater understanding of the celebrated tech… »
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, which just had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The film, which Fidell wrote and directed, stars Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield as a young couple whose relationship begins to unravel. The film also features Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jennifer Lafleur and Peter Vack. It was produced by Duplass Brothers Productions, Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, and Andrew Logan in association with Arts & Labor. Read More SXSW: Magnolia Picks Up Steve Jobs Documentary Netflix, which signed a four-picture deal with Jay and Mark Duplass in
- Gregg Kilday
The picture had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, where it earned strong reviews for its look at Jobs’ prickly leadership style and the influence that he had in shaping Silicon Valley culture. In Variety, Justin Chang praised the film as a “coolly absorbing, deeply unflattering portrait” of Jobs.
Gibney, an Oscar winner for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” is also making headlines with “Going Clear,” his incisive look at Scientology that will air this spring on HBO.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” and CNN Films, which backed the film, retained the television broadcast distribution rights.
- Brent Lang
Magnolia Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” a documentary directed by Alex Gibney that just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. The Wagner/Cuban Company on Sunday said that it had picked up the CNN Films and Jigsaw production, a candid telling of the Apple legend through interviews with a handful of those close to Jobs at different stages in his life. No financial details were immediately available, but Magnolia gets theatrical, video on-demand and home entertainment rights while CNN Films has the television broadcast distribution rights. Also Read: Robert Durst, »
- Todd Cunningham
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the new documentary from director Alex Gibney, which just had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. A CNN Films and Jigsaw production, the film offers a portrait of the Apple co-founder. It was produced by Viva Van Loock and Gibney and executive produced for CNN Films by Vinnie Malhotra and Amy Entelis and for Jigsaw by Stacey Offman and Gaby Darbyshire. Read More Bombshell Scientology Film Revealed: Alex Gibney on Cruise, Travolta and 'the Prison of Belief' It will be the seventh film
- Gregg Kilday
The CNN Films and Jigsaw production was well-received at SXSW, just as Gibney's Sundance entry "Going Clear: Scientology, The Prison of Belief" hits theaters in advance of HBO (March 29). Magnolia has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to "Steve Jobs," while CNN Films has the television broadcast distribution rights. This is the seventh film directed by Gibney to be distributed by Magnolia. Described as "a renegade, but legit," "a study in contrasts," "a monk among priests," "maniacal" and "a rebel," Jobs is sketched in contradictory terms in in "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" by Oscar-winner Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "We Steal Secrets," "The Armstrong Lie," "Finding Fela"). "This bracing film at first seduces you with the charms of the »
- Anne Thompson
Alex Gibney begins Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine with a first-person voiceover, marveling at the global outpouring of emotion that greeted the Apple leader's 2011 death. "I was mystified," he recalls, at the tears shed over someone who was not a pop star or beloved author but merely a man who sold us things. As an iPhone user, Gibney understands there's more to it than that. But Machine is his two hour-plus corrective to uncritical idolatry of the tech legend, a film that roots around in his misdeeds and mean traits, not in search of
- John DeFore
Described as "a renegade, but legit," "a study in contrasts," "a monk among priests," "maniacal" and "a rebel," Steve Jobs is sketched in contradictory terms by human documentary factory Alex Gibney ("Enron," "We Steal Secrets," "The Armstrong Lie," "Finding Fela") in "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine." This bracing film at first seduces you with the charms of the man, and then guts you with what a tricky riddle he was, an at-times sociopathic mogul who flew close to the Sun, touched it and never quite fell as he should have. Jobs, upon whose shoulders the entire Apple empire grew and rested, inspired a nation's worth of outpouring and grief when he died in 2011 of complications of pancreatic cancer. While "The Man in the Machine" does admire the man's genius, the film does not shy away from peeling back the layers. Careful editing by Michael J. Palmer unspools Jobs'. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This Week in TV News is a compliment to the Week in Review feature, which will now be focused on film news.
AMC has guaranteed two seasons to the prequel companion series of The Walking Dead, as per THR. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes as somewhat unsurprising news. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the channel’s highest rated shows, with its popularity showing no signs of waning as the show’s fifth season rolls along. In addition, AMC has found similar commercial and critical success with Better Call Saul, its new series that is itself a spinoff of Breaking Bad.
There’s no set title for the series as of yet, and working titles have included Fear The Walking Dead and Cobalt. The first season, much like the show that spawned this spinoff, will consist of six episodes, with creator Robert Kirkman working »
- Deepayan Sengupta
With Scientology issuing its final word on the matter – maybe – in its ongoing P.R. counteroffensive against his film Going Clear, director Alex Gibney now turns his attentions toward his latest project, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. Like Clear, it's a topic that elicits a fiery fidelity among its zealous adherents. What was it about the charismatic Apple founder that, according to one upcoming biography, inspired future successor Tim Cook to go so far as to offer him part of his liver? As a company founded on a platform of populist idealism prepares to roll out a line of $10,
- Seth Abramovitch
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