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I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Ashton Kutcher will be playing Steve Jobs in the biopic jOBS, but these latest images from the film’s set (courtesy of X17) are making me come to terms with it. While there’s little doubt that Kutcher won’t find it easy to channel Apple Inc.’s brilliant co-founder on the big screen, there’s no denying that he certainly looks the part.
I think he looks eerily like him. So much so, that I’m almost ready to give this movie a shot. Once upon a time I was skeptical of Noah Wyle (Falling Skies) portraying the PC genius on film, but I was ultimately impressed with his performance in Pirates of Silicon Valley. »
- C.P. Howells
A few set photos from the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS have surfaced, giving us a look at Ashton Kutcher doing his best “Steve Jobs on acid” impression. The Apple visionary made no secret of his past experimentation with LSD, and it appears that director Joshua Michael Stern’s indie biopic has at least one scene in which Kutcher’s Jobs goes tripping in a field. Noah Wyle did a hell of a job portraying Jobs and tackling his fascination with LSD in the TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, so Kutcher has his work cut out for him. Additionally, a couple more images of Angelina Jolie in character in Disney’s Maleficent have surfaced. The story centers on the Sleeping Beauty villain and “reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.” Yesterday some set photos landed online that gave us a look at Jolie performing some flying stunts, »
- Adam Chitwood
Falling Skies star Noah Wyle has said that he wants to play Steve Jobs again. Wyle portrayed the late Apple co-founder in the 1999 made-for-tv movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. The drama focused on the beginnings of Apple and Microsoft, and featured Anthony Michael Hall in the role of a young Bill Gates. Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Wyle said that he would give his "high teeth" to play Jobs a second time, and it would be his "dream job". Wyle said: "He's a fascinating individual and I had the chance to meet him. He gave me a very nice compliment about my performance. A job like the one this (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Writer of The Social Network says working on upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder is 'like writing about the Beatles'
Sorkin, whose critically acclaimed film about the creators of Facebook took a warts and all view of its subject Mark Zuckerberg, said he planned a different approach this time around. Pointing out that Zuckerberg had been the first "antihero" of a long writing career, he said he much preferred developing heroic characters and did not intend to "judge" Jobs.
"He's a complicated guy," Sorkin said yesterday during an on-stage interview at the AllThingsD conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. "Zuckerberg was, as well. But when I'm writing this movie, I can't judge this character. He has to be, for me, »
- Ben Child
Back in 1999 TNT aired a made-for-tv movie called Pirates of Silicon Valley, which told the story of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates' ascension to becoming the tech-icons we now know them to be. Part of Jobs' side of the story included his relationship with his high school girlfriend and the birth of his first child Lisa in 1978. This part of Jobs' life will apparently be explored to some extent in the upcoming Joshua Michael Stern indie biopic Jobs, as the role of Chris-Ann Brennan has been cast. To avoid any confusion before we proceed, Jobs is based on a script by Matt Whiteley, and is set to star Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad as Jobs and Steve Wozniak respectively. This is not to be confused with Sony's promising-looking biopic, Steve Jobs, which will be penned by Aaron Sorkin. According to Variety, Ahna O'Reilly has been tapped to play Brennan, »
The Social Network's Oscar-winning screenwriter is to pen film based on bestselling biography of the late Apple founder
His legacy already surrounds us in the shape of iPods, iPhones, iPads and myriad other iconic, sleek and indispensable examples of 21st-century living. Now Apple founder Steve Jobs is to be immortalised on the big screen in not one but two competing Hollywood biopics, the latest of which yesterday confirmed The Social Network's Oscar-winning Aaron Sorkin as its screenwriter.
Studio Sony's announcement that it has appointed the creator of The West Wing to adapt Walter Isaacson's bestselling official biography of Jobs immediately catapulted the film into pole position in the race to bring the late technology guru's story to the big screen, as well as marking it as potential awards season fodder. Sorkin surprised many by adapting what had looked on paper to be a rather dry tale about »
- Ben Child
Kutcher, who bears some resemblance to the young Jobs, has been cast in a version by Swing Vote's Joshua Michael Stern, which will chronicle the entrepreneur's journey from "wayward hippie" to co-founder of the iconic technology firm, "where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time".
"I had the idea the day Jobs retired and I notice several It and art directors at my company all in a buzz," producer Mark Hulme of Five Star Insitute told TheWrap. "I was observing that day how distractive his retirement was to the marketplace and I knew in my heart that his story was »
- Ben Child
Here's yet another news story that sounds like it could be an April Fool's joke, but alas it is not. Last night it was announced that Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has signed on to play the late Apple CEO and technology visionary Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. This is not the previously announced project in development over at Sony, but rather a second competing biopic that is hoping to be the first one out of the gate. While I'm sure Kutcher is probably not the first person that Apple fanboys would have wanted to play their deity on the big screen, the thing is, he may not actually be such a bad choice after all. I mean, just take a look at the resemblance in the pictures above... pretty crazy! According to Variety, the project is tentatively titled Jobs and will be independently financed and »
It took a full century since Edgar Rice Burroughs created the character in 1912, but "John Carter" is finally slicing, dicing and leaping his way through Martian bad guys to a theater near you via the magic (and deep pockets) of Walt Disney Pictures.
But wait, what's that you say? "John Carter isn't a soldier transported to Mars, he's an emergency room doctor in Chicago!" Them's fightin' words.
To clear up confusion and dishonor, we're pitting Taylor Kitsch's John Carter against Noah Wyle's John Carter from the long-running NBC show "ER." These two had better draw their swords/scalpels and get ready for one serious showdown.
Dr. John Truman Carter III: Emergency medicine physician, philanthropist
John Carter of Mars: Confederate Civil War captain, treasure hunter
Advantage: Doctor. Even though the Virginian wins points for general badassery, he mos def picked the wrong side to fight in during the Civil War, »
- Max Evry
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