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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 »
Two years after Ashton Kutcher's Jobs was released, the full trailer for Steve Jobs, the next film about the late Apple founder, has been unveiled. This time, Michael Fassbender is playing the tech legend, and, well, he basically looks like Michael Fassbender, just with glasses and a black turtleneck. So much for an epic transformation. We get to see a lot of Jobs's personal family controversy, as well as costars Kate Winslet (oh, that '80s style!), Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. Though it's directed by Danny Boyle, between the subject matter and Aaron Sorkin's writing, it feels a lot like The Social Network. The movie will be released on Oct. 9. While you're watching the trailer below, try to picture Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, or any of the other actors who were rumored for the role before Fassbender finally took it. Check out the trailer: »
After a mere 60 seconds of footage, the new Steve Jobs trailer, featuring the remarkable Michael Fassbender as the celebrated Apple co-founder, has been released. Many called the man a visionary, a genius, an icon. But, according to the characterizations presented here, there's a darker side to him that we haven't seen before. Watch the riveting new footage now. This is not the same old Ashton Kutcher song-and-dance routine. Though we've only seen what's been afforded through these trailers and the latest image releases, released by Universal, you can already get a sense that this is a step up. Directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay from Aaron Sorkin, the film promises to explore the "trials and triumphs" of the man behind one of the biggest technology companies in the world. Some of these include frustration and anger exuding from Jobs's underlings and fellow co-founder, Steve Wozniak; his refusal to »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
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
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is giving us our first look at Michael Fassbender as iconic entrepreneur and Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a new look at the man behind the ubiquitous Apple revolution.
This isn’t your typical chronological biopic on the man behind the iGeneration, and hopefully by now, we’ve all forgotten about that other Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher. In Steve Jobs, the action is set backstage at three of the brand’s iconic product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1997, and the iPod in 2001. The film will chart an already successful Jobs through a career low and exile from Apple, before he returns to unveil the revolutionary iPod.
- Rachel West
Another Steve Jobs movie? Already? That seems to be the main knee-jerk reaction to the first "Steve Jobs" trailer, which was released May 17 during the big "Mad Men" finale. The Ashton Kutcher movie "Jobs" came out in 2013 and pretty much bombed. This new "Steve Jobs" movie stars Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, with a high-profile team including director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin. It looks like classic Oscar bait, and some fans seem to think that's why it exists, while others think it could be a palate-cleanser after the failure of "Jobs."
The new trailer makes Jobs seem like a rock star, focusing on his back facing an empty theater -- then an adoring audience -- and hides that Fassbender is even playing the role until the final shots.
Here are some early reactions: "So, was Ashton Kutcher's version a 2 hr long trailer 'til they got a stronger cast? »
- Gina Carbone
Two years ago we suffered through Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. Now we gte to look to see a higher pedigree version in the upcoming Steve Jobs. Once again it will be a biopic of the late great innovator of Apple and re-definer of the letter ‘i’, only this time you can replace Kutcher with Michael Fassbender, Stern with Danny Boyle, and scriptwriter Matt Whiteley with Aaron Sorkin. It already sounds unfair on the former effort.
This teaser trailer is exactly that. It doesn’t show us much, except a build up to Jobs taking the stage at one of his many rock god like appearances while memorable voice overs are played across the top. This certainly looks and sounds as though it will be the Steve Jobs film to remember.
Steve Jobs is released on 9th October in the Us and 15th November in the UK. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Ice cold! Josh Gad may have given Frozen fans around the world the gift of Olaf, but he claims that he got little love from Disney or his daughter Ava for his contribution to the frosty flick. Gad, 34, opened up on the Late Show on Tuesday, March 31, chatting with host David Letterman about voicing the snowman Olaf. "I was a part of Frozen... a big part of Frozen, I played Olaf," the Jobs actor began. "It was a blast and they really let me define it... [...] »
Thanks to the news of Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" desk, we remembered something: Wow, "Daily Show" alums have basically taken over the world. If they're not landing primetime sitcom gigs, they're scoring Oscar nominations and populating romcoms. To celebrate Noah's new post, let's take a look at five Netflix picks starring the friends, colleagues, and cronies of Jon Stewart. Watch 'em now. "Trevor Noah: African American" If you haven't been introduced to your new "Daily Show" host's brand of observational humor yet, check out his comedy special where he discusses his home country of South Africa and why racial relations there, even during the age of apartheid, are/were less complicated than in the U.S. His bit about Oprah Winfrey's leadership academy is particularly inspired. And a little unsettling! "Bruce Almighty" Oscar nominee Steve Carell wasn't always scarring you with his fake "Foxcatcher" nose and deathly "Foxcatcher" stare. »
- Louis Virtel
Masi Oka (NBC's Heroes) will reprise his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Hiro Nakamura for a guest-starring arc of episodes on NBC's new event series Heroes Reborn, which will premiere in fall 2015. Said Masi Oka:
Said creator/executive producer Tim Kring:
"We are thrilled to have Masi back in the 'Heroes' family. The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series' success, and a gigantic fan favorite. We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again."
After causing a stir at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year with his Scientology exposé “Going Clear,” director Alex Gibney arrives at SXSW with another documentary — about the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Gibney says the film, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” will be just as controversial. He spent nearly three years on the project, which was financed by CNN Films, and interviewed roughly 50 people who knew Jobs — even if Apple Inc. didn’t participate. In advance of the SXSW premiere on Saturday afternoon, Gibney spoke to Variety about his new film and explained why Ashton Kutcher didn’t succeed in playing the icon in the 2013 biopic.
What brought you to Jobs?
After the Walter Isaacson book and so many other films, I didn’t really want to do a paint-by-the-numbers bio. I was interested in his values, the idea that when he died, there was »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Josh Gad has made a pretty good career out of being the chubby sidekick. From The Rocker to Love And Other Drugs to the more recent Jobs and The Wedding Ringer, Gad has proven to be adept at the hijinks as well as musical stylings. Coming to fame in the Broadway musical Book Of Mormon, Gad took part in the phenomenon that was Frozen where he voiced the somewhat chubby snowman Olaf. Now, Gad is about to voice another chubby sidekick for another Disney musical, this time a live-action one. »
- Alex Maidy
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 went live today as a Digital HD purchase with the physical DVD or Blu-ray and OnDemand editions coming March 6. To whet your appetite, Lionsgate has released two deleted scenes from the blockbuster, which sets the stage for the final installment, coming later this year.
“I’m not asking” features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta’s experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.
“Face of a revolution” features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she’s prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC, (January 22, 2015) – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, »
- ComicMix Staff
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
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