7 items from 2015
While there are any number of articles, studies, and statistics you can point to that underscore the lack of representation of women at all levels in tech, you can also look at how the industry has been portrayed on the big screen. We've had three movies about Steve Jobs ("The Pirates Of Silicon Valley," "Jobs," "Steve Jobs," not to mention the numerous documentaries), another about pioneer Alan Turing ("The Imitation Game"), and, of course, the profile of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." Among them, you would be hard pressed to find women in significant roles that you could count beyond the fingers of one hand. The industry hasn't had a great track record of trumpeting the work of women in the field, or encouraging more to come into the fold, but that's changing. Part of the effort to balance the scales is Technovation. The annual event gives »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since he first appeared as medical student John Carter in the Emergency Room of County General Hospital, Ill., Noah Wyle has specialised in playing a particular type of brainy hero. During his record-breaking tenure in ER, Wyle was notably the first to portray a fictional version of Steve Jobs in biopic Pirates Of Silicon Valley, a part that earned him an invitation from Mr Jobs to play a prank on the audience at the 1999 Macworld Expo.
Among a host of stage and screen roles, Wyle also played the small but memorable role of Dr Monitoff, a science teacher with an interest in parallel universes in 2001's Donnie Darko, followed in 2004 with the part of Flynn Carsen, perpetual student-turned-Indiana-Jones-type in three The Librarian television movies. »
Genius, innovator, monster, icon, egomaniac — all these terms apply to the late Apple titan Steve Jobs, and thus it's not a surprise that depending on which version of the man one got to meet, how he's been portrayed in countless books, and now three feature length films, tends to vary. We've had 1999's "Pirates Of Silicon Valley," 2013's "Jobs," and the highest profile of all, this fall's Oscar contending, critically acclaimed "Steve Jobs." Controversy has already swirled around the movie, with reports that Jobs' widow asked Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio — actors considered early on for the lead role — not to do the movie. Meanwhile, current Apple CEO Tim Cook has not been pleased about what he described as an "opportunistic" movie. Now, two more people deeply involved with Apple have weighed in on the picture. John Sculley, who was famously at the helm of Apple when Steve Jobs resigned following a power struggle, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What if you could create the perfect woman just from the tap of a keyboard and a click of a mouse? That's the tantalising premise at the heart of John Hughes's delightfully dorky teen classic, which celebrates its 30th birthday today (August 2).
To mark this momentous day, we look back at the cast of the beloved '80s film to find out what they've done since. Whatever happened to that fella Robert Downey Jr...?
'80s sex symbol Kelly LeBrock hit big with her first two roles in Gene Wilder's The Woman in Red and Weird Science, but only appeared in a handful of films after - among them Betrayal of the Dove, Tracks of a Killer and Zerophilia.
She moved out to a farm in Santa Barbara where she looks after animals and sleeps under the stars with her horse, but she keeps cropping up »
Say what you like about Ashton Kutcher's Jobs movie, but it did hold one ace up its sleeve that the Danny Boyle-directed biopic doesn't - an actor who actually resembles the character they're playing.
We take a look at a handful of stars who don't look anything like the real-life people they played.
As brilliant an actor as the Shame star is, it's clear from the trailers for Danny Boyle's biopic that little has been done to make Fassbender look like the man he's portraying. Ashton Kutcher has him beat in that department (as does Noah Wyle if you go all the way back to Pirates of Silicon Valley), but with the talent involved here we're expecting Steve Jobs to be a cut above Jobs.
Intriguingly, prior to Fassbender's casting Christian Bale was circling the role before bowing out due to worries »
National Geographic is bringing American inventors to the forefront in its new hourlong docu-drama “American Genius.” The eight-part series includes competing innovators such as “Tesla v. Edison,” “The Wright Brothers v. Curtiss” and “Hearst v. Pulitzer.”
The show chronicles “Steve Jobs v. Bill Gates” in its premiere episode, including interviews from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and others about the nation’s biggest tech rivalry. During a conference call, the computer geek-turned-icon spoke with Variety and other outlets about his take on the upcoming “American Genius” showdown.
The idea of this show is Gates versus Jobs. How would you articulate, as you see it, the philosophical differences between the two — are they as different as we think they are even today?
The real differences between where Steve Jobs is portrayed compared to Bill Gates is Steve Jobs having a very futuristic forward vision, almost a bit of the science fiction, “Here’s what life could be. »
- Mannie Holmes
30 years ago today, John Hughes's teen movie The Breakfast Club opened in the Us, and although it wasn't a runaway box office hit, in the years since it has rightly claimed a place as a screen classic.
Buoyed by brilliant performances, a sharp script and direction from Hughes and that Simple Minds track, this is a film we return to again and again. But what happened to its stars? We go then and now with the cast to find out what happened to the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal.
Anthony Michael Hall - Brian Johnson
As he grew out of child star roles, Hall sought to shed his established screen persona with a diverse selection of character parts across film and TV. »
7 items from 2015
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