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Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet is said to be the frontrunner for the female lead in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to Variety. Originally Natalie Portman had been approached for the role but negotiations have fallen through.
The film is based on the Walter Isaacson-penned biography about the apple founder Steve Jobs. The film has had some issues over the past few weeks with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropping out, as well as original director David Fincher leaving the project. Sony was originally funding before letting it go, allowing Universal to pick up the project.
The film currently has no official release date, and is being directed by Danny Boyle with a script from Aaron Sorkin. Kate Winslet is set to join a cast that includes Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs with Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels as John Scully.
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- Thomas Roach
• Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal is in talks for director Zhang Yimou's untitled Great Wall pic. The film, which marks Yimou's English-language debut, follows a group of people who fight to protect the iconic landmark. Matt Damon is also in talks for the film. Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the script. Production is scheduled to begin this Spring, with a U.S. release date set for Nov. 23, 2016. [The Wrap] • Michael Stuhlbarg has signed on for Universal's Steve Jobs movie. Danny Boyle is directing the film, which has Seth Rogen in the role of Steve Wozniak and Michael Fassbender »
- C. Molly Smith
And now, an update on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle Steve Jobs film that doesn’t come from a leaked e-mail. After Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman passed on a role, it seems Oscar winner Kate Winslet is the latest actress up for the female lead in the film. She’d star opposite Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth […]
- Germain Lussier
It seems every piece of news touches upon Sony this week, and their former Steve Jobs biopic, now housed at Universal, continues to add to what is turning into a stellar cast for the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penned walk and talk, and talk and talk and talk. Variety reports that Kate Winslet is in negotiations to join Michael Fassbender (as Jobs) and Seth Rogen (as Steve Wozniak) in "Jobs." Other actors in play include Jeff Daniels circling the part of Apple president John Scully, with Michael Stuhlbarg signing up for the role of computer scientist Andy Hertzfeld, according to Deadline. As for Winslet? There's no word on what character she might play. Also on deck for the actress is the recently wrapped "The Dressmaker." Screen Daily has the first look (up top) at the comedy about "a glamorous woman with a penchant for haute couture who returns to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Two weeks after actress Natalie Portman passed on the female lead in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic, the studio is in talks with Kate Winslet for the role. If a deal is finalized, she will star alongside Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen, who are playing Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. We also reported earlier this month that Jeff Daniels is circling the role of Apple CEO John Sculley, although a formal offer isn't in place yet.
The plot is based on Walter Isaacson's memoir, which is adapted by Aaron Sorkin. The story will be set backstage at the launch of three major Apple products, the Mac computer, Apple Next and the original iPod. No details about the female lead have been revealed, but Aaron Sorkin said last month that Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa is the "heroine" of the movie, so it's possible that Kate Winslet may be playing her. »
As Sony’s strife with the cyber-hack continues, one of their projects recently that shuffled to another studio is charging forward. After the studio bailed on their Steve Jobs biopic, Universal swooped in to pick up the pieces. With a script from Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle in the director’s chair, it’s hard to believe this project ever had difficulty locking down its cast during its time with Sony… but Universal aren’t messing around. Per Variety, Oscar-winner Kate Winslet is now in the running for the female lead.
Recent talk had linked Natalie Portman to the role, but due to unknown circumstances, her deal never went through. Now that Winslet is in talks with the studio though, the idea of cameras rolling in the near future doesn’t seem impossible. Should she nail down a deal, the British actress will be starring alongside Michael Fassbender, who nabbed »
- Gem Seddon
While Sony Pictures is dealing with the fallout from the North Korean cyber-attack, a former Sony project is barreling forward. Universal Pictures recently picked up the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic from Sony, and while the film had trouble firming up its cast, it appears that things are finally coming together. Michael Fassbender is set to play the Apple innovator, Seth Rogen is onboard as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Danny Boyle is firmly in the director’s chair. Now, after Natalie Portman previously flirted with the role, it appears that Kate Winslet is now in line to join the project as the female lead. More after the jump. Per Variety, Kate Winslet is in early negotiations to play the female lead in Jobs. Details regarding the role are unclear at this time, but the movie is structured like a play as it’s comprised of only three major »
- Adam Chitwood
The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony before Universal picked it up out of turnaround when Sony let it go.
Jeff Daniels is also circling the role of former Apple president John Scully, though no offer is in place.
Given the pedigree of the pic, it’s no surprise Winslet was drawn to the role. She’s already garnered six Oscar nominations and one win for best actress for her performance in “The Reader.”
She can be seen next reprising her role as Jeanine »
- Justin Kroll
The upcoming Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic, a former Sony Pictures project, is moving right along at Universal Pictures as more casting talk is underway. At this point we know for sure (for now) that Michael Fassbender is set to play Jobs and Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. We recently heard that the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film was looking at Jeff Daniels to play former Apple CEO John Sculley and that Natalie Portman was being eyed for a role. It seems like Portman may have passed »
- Graham McMorrow
Mackie will play Butchie Jones, a football star who wants to grant the final wish of a dying fourteen-year-old who adores the gridironer. It’s not an easy wish, though; the kid wants the football star to help him score with a girl before he dies. [Source: Deadline]
Thompson will star alongside Michael B. Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed, a kid raised in the lap of luxury, who has a natural instinct for boxing and pursues a career in the sweet science, against his family's wishes. »
- Garth Franklin
Kate Winslet is in negotiations for the female lead in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic at Universal Pictures. If she signs on, she'll join a cast that includes Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder, along with Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg and potentially Jeff Daniels. [Source: Variety]
Wu plays a ruthless warrior who takes a young boy on a dangerous journey together to find enlightenment. Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark also star in the show which is aiming for a late 2015 or early 2016 release. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
With the Christmas Day release of Angelina Jolie‘s latest directorial effort, Unbroken, quickly approaching, the Internet has been abuzz about her leading man, Jack O’Connell. The film, about the extraordinary life of U.S. Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, is the 24-year-old actor’s biggest stateside project to date, and critics are touting him as the next big thing. However, one look back at his impressive, young career and you’ll see he’s already bigger than you realized.
Before Unbroken, the Derby, England-born O’Connell made his acting debut in the British soap opera Doctors. From there, he made several minor TV appearances, hit the stage in the play Scarborough at the Edinburgh Festival, and had a small role in this year’s 300: Rise of an Empire. However, for a true glimpse at his remarkable, star-worthy talent, take a look at his career highlights.
He broke everyone »
- Tara Aquino
Following on from the controversy surrounding the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, legendary Star Trek actor and King of the Memes George Takei has spoken out against the proposed casting choices for the American adaptation of popular anime Akira.
It was reported by Deadline that the cast choices included Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) for Testuo and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Chris Pine (Horrible Bosses 2), Joaquin Phoenix (Her) and Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits) for Kaneda.
“The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country,” he told The Advocate, speaking out against the casting. “It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans »
- Luke Owen
Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin is reconfirming his dedication to chronicling the rise and scandalous fall of a presidential candidate. The Newsroom and West Wing creator, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken voices in the recent Sony hacking attack, has extended his option on Nyt bestseller The Politician, Andrew Young’s explosive 2010 tell-all about the adultery scandal that ended former North Carolina Senator John Edwards’ 2008 Democratic Presidential campaign.
Young exposed shocking details of the married Edwards’ secret affair with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter that yielded an illegitimate child. The Politician revealed how Young, a volunteer in Edwards’ 1998 Senate run who became his trusted right hand man, was asked to help cover up Edwards’ adultery, fake paternity test results, and claim the child as his own for the Presidential hopeful.
The lid was blown when a tabloid newspaper uncovered the affair, which blindsided Edwards’ cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth and led to the implosion of Edwards’ presidential run. »
- Jen Yamato
Updated: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.
Monday, 24 November
A group calling itself #Gop - Guardians of Peace - claims responsibility for the attack. The group claims: “We’ve obtained all your internal data including your secrets”, and threatens to release the data if the company fails to comply with its terms.
Tuesday, 25 November
Thursday, 27 November
Some of Sony’s new and upcoming films, which have been acquired by hackers, begin appearing on peer-to-peer sharing websites.
Saturday, 29 November
It is reported that Sony is investigating a link between the hackers and North Korea.
Links are drawn »
- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)
Creed, When the Bough Breaks, Suicide Squad, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Steve Jobs movie Michael Stuhlbarg is joining Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.) Check out the full list of winners below and watch it all unfold at The Circuit. Top 10 Films 1. "Boyhood" 2. "Under the Skin" 3. "Ida" 4. "The Lego Movie" 5. "12 Years a Slave" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Two Days, One Night" 8. (Tie) "Her,""Leviathan" 9. "The Wolf of Wall Street" 10. (Tie) "Blue Ruin" and "The Lunch Box" Best Director 1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" 2. Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin" 3. Pawel Pawlikowski, "Ida" 4. Spike Jonze, "Her" 5. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 6. Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
- Kristopher Tapley
A24 has picked up yet another Michael Fassbender vehicle. According to Deadline, the film distribution company has officially acquired the U.S. rights to Adam Smith’s feature debut Trespass Against Us.
The heist film follows the Cutler family of outlaws led by Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) and his father (Brendan Gleeson). When the law catches up with Chad, he’s must decide whether to stay loyal to his outlaw family or do what he believes is best for his children. The film co-stars Lyndsey Marshal, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear and Killian Scott.
Smith rose to prominence through directing TV episodes for Little Dorrit and Doctor Who as well as music videos like the popular vid for The Chemical Brothers track “Don’t Think.” The electronic duo made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has subsequently provided original music for Trespass Against Us.The script was written by Alistair Siddons, »
- William Fanelli
Aaron Sorkin has insisted that the Sony hack is "worse by magnitudes" than the recent leak of celebrity nude photos.
The writer was quoted in leaked Sony emails as being unaware of who Michael Fassbender is, and suggesting that women get less difficult acting roles than men.
Sorkin initially called the media's coverage of the Sony hack details "morally treasonous", and has since suggested that it is worse than the nude photo scandal that affected Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kaley Cuoco in the autumn.
"I thought we all did a really good job of preemptively telling the press that if you publish these things, you're being sleazy," Sorkin told Today of the nude photo scandal.
"This is the exact same situation, »
Ahead of the film's 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere, John Maclean’s 19th-century western "Slow West" has been picked up by A24 Films. Following its debut in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, "Slow West" will receive an exclusive video on demand release via Directv before A24 opens the film in select theaters. A24 and Directv partnered similarly on their Spring 2014 release "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. No word yet on a release date for "Slow West." Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave," "X-Men: Days of Future Past"), Kodi Smit-Mcphee ("The Road," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Caren Pistorius (Australian TV series "Offspring") star in the British director's feature debut, which was shot in Scotland and New Zealand (filling in for Colorado) and did not make the 2014 fall »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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