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Can anyone really imagine Emma Donahue's adaptation of her own "Room," or Nick Hornby's script for "Brooklyn," or Aaron Sorkin's take on "Steve Jobs" not eventually making the cut in this category? They seem like the three locks here, but this category is remarkably crowded. What about "The Martian," "Carol," "The Danish Girl," "Anomalisa," "45 Years" and "Beasts of No Nation"? In any other year they'd all seem like shoo-ins, but this year they could all get shut out. Especially if the incoming likes of "The Revenant" (scripted by last year's best original screenplay winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), "The Big Short," "The Secret In Their Eyes" and "In The Heart of The Sea," among others, are as good as they could be. Best Adapted Screenplay predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. The Predicted Five: 1. Aaron Sorkin, »
- Peter Knegt
Universal Pictures has made the screenplay for its Oscar-contender "Steve Jobs" available online. Click here to read the whole thing. Written by Aaron Sorkin based on the biography of the same name by Walter Isaacson, the script is one of the film's strongest Oscar hopes, leading the field for Best Adapted Screenplay with odds of 23/10 based on strong support from our Experts, Gold Derby Editors, Top 24 Users (who scored highest predicting last year's nominations), and All Users. -Break- Experts' Oscar predictions update: 'Spotlight' faces threat from fast-rising 'Revenant' The sheer length of the screenplay is telling of how dialogue-driven the film is. The usual rule of thumb is that one page roughly translates to one minute on-screen, but the script for the 122-minute film is a whopping 190-pages long. Sorkin's signature style is evident, as it has been throughout his career. He's one of the mo...' »
"The speed of thought of this man and the people around him was extraordinary," proclaims "Steve Jobs" director Danny Boyle about his eponymous biopic of the Apple co-founder. "It was partly their brilliance but also his drive, pushing the future and trying to get at the future. He was not a perfect guy by any means, so it's a complex portrait as well." During our recent interview (watch below) he elaborates on his experience making the movie: "It's like a ride that you get on, and you emerge at the end of it to feel like you've been in the presence of a planet. The gravitational pull and these other characters are trapped almost in a way rotating around him." -Break- Related: Watch dozens of interviews with top awards contenders The film, written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), has three acts set behind the scenes at key Apple product launches. »
Much has been written about Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie, penned by Aaron Sorkin, and how it didn't set the box office alight in the way that had been predicted. There are still hopes from Universal that it'll snare more attention come awards time, but even so, from a purely business point of view, it's not been a massive success.
"They actually can't tell the story because the story's wrong. He went through an arc in his life. There was a time the way he worked with people was not good, and I saw that »
It’s safe to say that we’re not going to see a film based on the remarkable life and career of Steve Jobs again anytime soon. Not only has Danny Boule and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs fallen just under $10 million short of recouping its $30 million budget, despite critical acclaim, it has also grossed $15.5 million less than 2013’s much less celebrated Jobs. And that starred Ashton Kutcher. But just in case there is actually a studio out there still interested in a new Steve Jobs film, Pixar’s Ed Catmull has got a great idea for one. Catmull is very well placed to know what would make for a great Steve Jobs film, too. That’s because the current president of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios worked alongside the Apple icon for quite some time during the formation »
Aaron Sorkin came out swinging at our big awards season all day event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline , Nov 7 at the DGA. As part of Universal’s presentation the Oscar winning screenwriter of the new film Steve Jobs had no sooner sat down than he proclaimed absolutely everything in the movie is true with one big exception. Check out the video of my conversation with him (click the link above to watch) to find out what that was, as well as reaction he has gotten… »
Kate Winslet plays Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman in “Steve Jobs,” a role that’s garnering buzz for yet another invitation to the Oscars for her. Winslet, who has six nominations in the acting categories, won in 2009 for “The Reader.”
Where do you keep your Oscar?
Well, I did keep it somewhere fun. When I was in New York, it used to live in the back of the downstairs toilet. It was deliberate. Everyone could pick it up, and they didn’t have to worry about someone seeing them. At the moment, it’s rather boringly on my desk. We also have a latex kitten mask draped over him.
We have a lot of fancy dress stuff in this house. The other day, I cracked up laughing. I said, “Who put a latex kitten mask on the Oscar?” My daughter was like, “I think that might have been me. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
A film based on the origins of the famous Gameboy game Tetris is being planned with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner producing. The movie will essentially be a biopic of Alexey Pajitnov, who designed the created the game whilst working in a Russian research and development centre. The game caused controversy after the rights to it became the crux of multiple complicated legal battles that spanned across the globe.
Eventually Nintendo bagged the rights and from 1991, packaged the game with every Gameboy, creating a global phenomenon. Pajitnov reportedly didn’t receive any money for the game until 1996, the same year where he was voted the fourth most influential computer game developer of all time.
The Tracking Board report the news of the movie plans, revealing that the film will have a very similar feel to The Social Network, which, of course, was a huge success a few years ago for »
- Paul Heath
It was English national treasures (Maggie Smith, Alan Bennett) v American brainiacs (Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs) at the UK box office this week, with the former scoring a convincing victory. The Lady in the Van opened with a very healthy £2.26m, as against £913,000 for Steve Jobs.
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- Charles Gant
Universal is having a banner year in terms of box office, but will that translate into awards?
It’s too early for definitive statements, but the success of the Universal slate means people have seen and liked the studio’s films — and, contrary to public opinion, awards voters are human. The studio has two Oscar best-picture possibilities in “Straight Outta Compton” and “Steve Jobs,” and has at least eight other films with awards potential in various categories.
Here’s an overview of U’s films.
In light of Ferguson and other uprisings, “Compton” is one of the timeliest films of the year. With a budget under $30 million and a box office of $200 million and counting, it is also a mega-hit. As a bonus, awards voters are still buzzing about the movie, »
- Tim Gray
The West Wing has been causing a bit of buzz lately. With reunion talk for the cancelled series popping up once again, fans have some hope that Aaron Sorkin might revisit the popular NBC series – even if it is just for one more episode.
Aaron Sorkin has been talking about the series lately, and he shared his thoughts on what The West Wing would look like with a President Trump like character at the helm of the United States. Read More… »
Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to give their thoughts on Steve Jobs, the new semi biopic of the Apple genius from director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, which stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs alongside Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels and Katherine Waterston. Did the new model enjoy a successful upload, or did it crash and burn?
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See Also: Read Scott J. Davis’ full review of Steve Jobs here
Steve Jobs is out now in cinemas nationwide in the »
- Scott J. Davis
It is traditional to attribute titular possession of a movie to the director, but although Danny Boyle’s quick-witted spirit is evident in every frame of this home-computing parable about a man who cares more for machines than people, this is still very much “Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs”. With its boldly theatrical three-act structure, bravura ensemble cast (a Boyle trademark since the days of Shallow Grave) and alluring visual pizzazz, the film is a tightly choreographed treat defined by clean lines both narrative and visual, a perfect synthesis of writing, performance and direction.
Yet while Boyle, like his subject, may be the visionary who understands how to present this potentially bamboozling material to the public, it is screenwriter Sorkin who provides the dramatic source code. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Governors Awards recipient Spike Lee reminded hundreds of Hollywood heavy-hitters about their failure at diversity, warning that “You better get smart” about making films that represent the population — because by 2043, Caucasians are going to be the minority in the U.S.
Lee’s 15-minute speech was delivered in a calm and genial manner, concluding Saturday’s awards ceremony that also honored Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands. Lee said when he goes through Hollywood offices, there are only white faces, and the only person of color is the man checking the name at the door. “This industry is so behind, is ridiculous.” He said it’s apparently easier for a black person to become president of the U.S. than the head of a studio or TV network.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the evening by urging Hollywood to move ahead on diversity, saying “Words »
- Tim Gray
Ever since Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” hit the festival circuit, the film has encountered some controversy. Did screenwriter Aaron Sorkin invent truths, or was he simply just making an impressionistic take on Walter Isaacson’s authorized Steve Jobs autobiography? It’s brought up questions of cinematic accuracy, which the New York Times expertly tackled here, and Sorkin has addressed the issue in various interviews. “It’s really the difference between a photograph and a painting,” he explained to Wired about this approach. But in the most recent episode of Jeff Goldsmith’s The Q&A podcast talk, Sorkin has a slightly different take. “I didn’t want to dramatize a Wikipedia page,” he said of his unconventional method. “To to make very clear,” Sorkin said with a pause. “Because I know that in the last couple weeks there’s been a lot of back and forth about it, I »
- Rodrigo Perez
To celebrate the release of Steve Jobs in UK cinemas on Friday 13th November, we’re giving away 3 merchandise bundles, including the film’s soundtrack and Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, by Walter Isaacson.
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, »
- Paul Heath
When Anthony Hopkins took to the screen to play Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone’s biopic of the former Us President, a now-familiar debate played out. Stone wanted a leading actor who could capture the mannerisms and character of Nixon, rather than a visual mimic. But, certainly when the news of the casting landed, many questioned the fact that Hopkins looked nothing like Nixon. I’d argue that Oliver Stone was ultimately rewarded with one of Hopkins’ most complex and interesting performances.
Contrast that with the Oscar-winning performance of Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, where she brought Margaret Thatcher to the screen. As strong as her performance was, I always felt it a little more edging towards visualising Thatcher rather than digging into her character. »
For The Social Network, the movie about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin created a fast-talking, arrogant, emotionally illiterate genius-innovator obsessed with boardroom betrayal. For Steve Jobs, on the other hand, he’s created a fast-talking, arrogant, emotionally illiterate genius-innovator obsessed with boardroom betrayal. The tropes are familiar, but this is still another very exhilarating and exasperating two-hour guitar solo of a movie from Sorkin, an alpha male display of cerebral confrontation and conceit featuring a male diva to whom respect must be paid and with whom arguments are humiliatingly lost. Sorkin’s writing is a bipolar rush. For each of his films there must surely be another, unreleased one with all the same characters, who stay in bed all day and stare at the wall. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Steve Jobs is the second high-profile biopic of the computer pioneer brought to the silver screen in as many years. While the Ashton Kutcher version boasted an impressive cast that included Matthew Modine and future Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons, it didn’t warm with the critics, and Kutcher even got himself a Razzie nomination for his role as the title character. It’s wasn’t very good; so why make another?
Michael Fassbender assumes the role in this very different movie, directed by British helmer Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), and written by the legendary Aaron Sorkin, who scripted The West Wing and the more recent The Newsroom, as well as the similarly themed tech-story-biopic, The Social Network. Rather than opting to do a straight biography from Walter Isaacson, the source »
- Paul Heath
The subject of Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs screenplay, at least in the most basic terms, is hard to miss. It’s at once the title of the movie, the marketing anchor and the lead character. But this is not a documentary, it’s a string of fictional scenes that simply never happened, and thus Sorkin’s job, responsibilities and potential for dramatic impact are different to, say, Walter Isaacson’s in writing his biography of Jobs (ostensibly the source material for this film, though the overlap is minimal).
When I sat down with Sorkin a few weeks ago, we spoke a little about the nature of storytelling about real people, and what Sorkin sees as some of its value, purpose and pitfalls.
Here’s a transcript of our conversation, »
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