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This weekend sees the wide release of Danny Boyle.s latest film, Steve Jobs, which takes a close look at the life of the tech legend who founded Apple and is responsible for any number of innovations in the field. It.s also the second movie to do so within the last few years, as the Ashton Kutcher-fronted Jobs hit in 2013. From the early reviews, many of which are raves, it certainly appears that the latest attempt is the superior one in the mind of many viewers, and this is not the first time two movies that take the same real-life person as their subject have been released close to one another. In these cases, one usually seems to outshine the other, rightly or wrongly, and we thought that this is a perfect opportunity to look back at some cases of other twin biopics and see which one did »
If I hadn’t seen Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man Inside The Machine earlier this year, I’d probably be a little more enchanted by Danny Boyle’s Hollywoodized dramatization, Steve Jobs. Written by the quick-witted Aaron Sorkin, this take on Apple’s infamous mogul is a surprisingly brief glimpse into three major turning points in Jobs’ career, focusing on the strained relationship between a man and the child he refused to acknowledge as his own daughter. Where Gibney made us question Jobs’ ethics, and where filmmaker Joshua Michael Stern sought out to chronicle Steve’s rise to power in Jobs, Sorkin fixates on the titular character’s capacity for human emotion, boiling a jagged persona down to what should be a meaningful parental bond. This is the human side of Jobs we finally get to explore – albeit a more glitzy, crowd-pleasing take.
Steve Jobs strikes »
- Matt Donato
Speaking at a Vanity Fair event yesterday (October 7), Ive clarified that he had not seen the film but had spoken to people who had.
"This is a primal fear of mine," he explained, "how you are defined... can be hijacked by people with agendas that are very different from your close family and your friends."
He went on: "We are celebrating Steve's life, and at the same time, we are [seeing] the incredibly choreographed release of a film about him, and I don't recognise this person at all. It's heartbreaking. I'm sorry to sound grumpy, »
Steve Jobs is not your typical biopic. In fact, it.s not a biopic at all, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The spitfire wordsmith behind The Newsroom, The West Wing, and The Social Network sat down with Cinema Blend to chat about his take on the late Apple co-founder, and his explanations really turned our heads. The film, directed by Danny Boyle, hit the film festival circuit early on and recently screened at the New York Film Festival. Those who.ve seen it already know it.s not like that Ashton Kutcher-led pic. Steve Jobs is split into three acts, taking us behind the scenes of three product launches: the first Mac computer, the NeXT cube Jobs launched when he left Apple, and the iMac for when Jobs returned. In speaking of this unique format, Sorkin said, Before I knew what I wanted to do, I knew what I »
'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box of circuit boards, memory chips, wires, graphics cards, and cooling systems, busily processing and moving the innumerable pieces of information that make the unit work flawlessly or, occasionally, crash. What director Danny Boyle's ferocious three-act rocket ride, Steve Jobs, teaches us about its eponymous tech icon, is that he was much like a computer: on the outside, clad in his signature black turtleneck and jeans, he was trim, bespectacled and flawlessly functioning. On the inside, he was on the brink of crashing, his internal Os in constant operation, avoiding, justifying, and occasionally acknowledging his poor treatment of »
- Mark Keizer
All About Steve: Boyle and Sorkin’s Backstage Swipe at the Tech Magnate
Though it successfully usurps the ungainly 2013 film starring a miscast Ashton Kutcher as the eponymous technological entrepreneur, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s up-do hardly grazes the superficial surface of the man known as Steve Jobs, especially considering his name serves as the title. An astutely written and hyper-intelligent (not to mention overly loquacious) chamber piece, the type we’ve come to expect from the likes of Sorkin following his tackling of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Fincher’s 2010 The Social Network, this treatment spans a fourteen year period and covers the backstage scenes behind three notable product launches in Jobs’ career (1984-1998). The result is an exaggerated triptych of moments formulated as a bluntly theatrical stage play. Agonized modern figures now historically mythologized for the roles they’ve played in the technological advances »
- Nicholas Bell
I already used up all of my Genius Bar and Zune references when reviewing “Jobs,” the deeply flawed 2013 biopic of Steve Jobs in which Ashton Kutcher huffed and puffed but couldn’t really bring the controversial Apple Computers kingpin to life. Two years later, “Steve Jobs” comes to the screen upgraded with a stronger lead actor, better script and sharper direction, but it too leaves us feeling like we’ve seen an incomplete portrait of a complicated man. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) eschews the standard this-happened-then-that-happened structure that “Jobs” and countless other movies use to tell a life story, »
- Alonso Duralde
You may have heard that there’s a new Steve Jobs movie opening this week. Of course, Steve Jobs is being played by a hunk of the moment (Michael Fassbender), while his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is being played by yet another funny fat guy (Seth Rogen). Previous pairings have featured Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad in Jobs, and Justin Long and Jorge Garcia in iSteve. (The Benedict Cumberbatch–Jonah Hill version is presumably still in development.) So, how have these films depicted Wozniak (or “Woz,” as he’s affectionately known), the man who invented the personal computer? Here’s a ranked list you didn’t know you needed, just like those very first personal computers. These are all the different — and admittedly not great — onscreen portrayals of Steve Wozniak over the years.6. Jorge Garcia, iSteve This dreadfully unfunny Funny or Die feature production, in which Justin Long plays Steve Jobs, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Read More: Nyff: Michael Fassbender Resurrects the Real 'Steve Jobs' and Mocks Ashton Kutcher After dazzling audiences over the weekend at the New York Film Festival with the impressively executed "Steve Jobs," Oscar winner Danny Boyle took to the Lincoln Center Amphitheater Monday night for an in-depth chat on the making of the film, its dynamic lead actor and, most enticingly, plans for the upcoming "Trainspotting" sequel. With a whiplash of a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a superb cast of Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg, "Steve Jobs" is an unconventional look at the life of the eponymous Apple co-founder. The drama takes place exclusively behind the scenes at three major product launches -- Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 -- and features Jobs encountering the same five people all while facing obstacles in launching his newest piece. »
- Zack Sharf
When Ashton Kutcher's 2013 biopic Jobs first started to show the world what it was made of, one of the biggest factors working in its favor was the fact that Kutcher really looked the part. Leave it to Michael Fassbender to prove how wrong we all were two years later, as he's out to settle the debate between performance versus likeness. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Fassbender during the London leg of the press tour for Steve Jobs, and despite his lack of resemblance to the founding genius of Apple, he doesn't believe that's where the strength of any good biopic lies. The key to any good biopic, according to Fassbender, is as follows: I think audiences accept things when you lay them out for them. So you see at the beginning of the film that I don.t look anything like him, so you go: ok, he doesn »
Tell us how you really feel, Michael Fassbender. As the forthcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned film Steve Jobs continues to receive rave reviews, it seems that many have forgotten about the 2013 biopic Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder and was not well-received by critics. Fassbender, however, couldn't help but hilariously gloat over how much better his movie seems while promoting the Danny Boyle-directed flick at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. Asked how he prepared for the role, the 38-year-old Academy Award-nominated actor quipped, "I studied Ashton Kutcher." Touché, Fassy, touché. »
Michael Fassbender has joked he studied Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs. The 'Prometheus' star portrays the Apple co-founder in the upcoming biopic - which shares its name with the late American entrepreneur - and he cheekily has claimed he based his portrayal on Ashton's interpretation in 2013 film 'Jobs'. Asked how he prepared for the project, Fassbender said with a grin: ''I studied Ashton Kutcher.'' The 38-year-old actor also admitted he tried to talk director Danny Boyle out of casting him in the lead role and told him that Christian Bale looked more like Jobs than him and would be better suited to the part. Speaking at a press conference for 'Steve Jobs' at the New York Film Festival on Saturday (03.10.15), he said: ''Obviously I don't look anything like Steve Jobs. That was the first thing I said to Danny. I said, ' »
Taken as a straight-faced, just-the-facts account of one great man’s amazing achievements, Steve Jobs is a bit daft. For as much as the structure of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s biopic — divided into three sections, each set backstage right before a product’s announcement (those being the Apple Lisa in 1984, the NeXTcube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998) — is receiving attention, that bit of pre-release hype, like all pre-release hype, should be questioned. To my mind, this is all a reductive bit of enthusiasm: what happens when anyone does anything different with the format, thus saving us from having to (gasp!) sit through “yet another biopic.” The reaction is premature, surely, but none too surprising. There’s a vocal and too-large section of viewers for whom the genre indicates that what they’re seeing — no matter the talent of its creators or the fascination that comes with its subject — is unquestionably an inferior product, »
- Nick Newman
Kutcher played the tech pioneer in the 2013 critically-panned Jobs.
By contrast, Boyle's biopic, which focuses on three key product launches, has been praised with Digital Spy calling Fassbender's performance "compelling".
Reacting to criticism that he doesn't look like Jobs, Fassbender admitted he had similar concerns.
"That was the first thing I said to Danny [Boyle]," he explained. "I said, 'Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs than me'. He wasn't interested in that - he wanted to get the energy and essence of the man and go with that. »
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Danny Boyle
Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) divides this character study of contentious public figure Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) between three product launches, focusing on key pressure-cooker moments of his career that portray him at his most capable and least compassionate. The camera stares cynically as he betrays and keeps any potential closeness at a distance in order to uphold his greatness in the public eye. A parade of forsaken relationships creates a chasm between him and the rest of the world that the well-meaning people in his life continuously try to remedy. Although the indictment of his failings significantly softens by the third act, this is by no means a sympathetic account of the rise of the late guru behind Apple’s high-tech domination. Instead, it drives home the cruel single-mindedness that made Jobs an exceptional taskmaster. The film »
- Lane Scarberry
The cast of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island continues to get more and more impressive, with John Ortiz (Jobs, The Finest Hours) and Shea Whigham (Agent Carter, Boardwalk Empire) acting as the latest additions to the highly anticipated 2017 movie. Unfortunately, there’s currently no word on the characters they’ll be playing.
While Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons were forced to drop out of the project earlier this year, the impressive line-up of actors set to star in Kong: Skull Island includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and, John Goodman. Production is expected to begin later this Fall.
Kong: Skull Island follows a man (Hiddleston) who travels to the mythical island and home of the king of the apes. There, a team of explorers ventures inside what they find to be a treacherous island, and the story apparently honours the King Kong lore but in a different time period (which, »
- Josh Wilding
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
Fall is officially here and with it some great festival releases rocking memorable poster designs alongside a decent slate of blockbusters too. Not everything is great—see Pan (open October 9) whose poster here is as opposed to the awful character sheets and mash-ups spawned in the Jolly Roger’s wake (I especially like the pan flute logo)—but I have to say I’m happy with the majority of them.
This time of year is all about awards-hopefuls and it can get pretty crowded as a result. So »
- Jared Mobarak
It’s perhaps appropriate that a film called “Truth” is gearing up for this year’s awards race, with other movies on the circuit already weathering the usual criticisms regarding the dramatization of real-life events.
At the Telluride Film Festival, “Steve Jobs” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin got out in front of the fact that the Danny Boyle-directed biopic doesn’t necessarily present things accurately. “Art isn’t about what happened,” Sorkin said at the time. “You can see a very good piece of journalism about him.” The goal, he said, was to make a “painting” rather than a “photograph.”
Last season, Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was blindsided by criticisms over accuracy late in the year, kicking off a cycle of pieces that didn’t help its chances. Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” took its share of knocks as well. We’re also three years removed from the unprecedented Congressional takedown of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Two years after Ashton Kutcher's Jobs was released, the 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. Here's the first trailer: Check out the »
- Maggie Pehanick
Following the film’s debut at the Telluride Film Festival and ahead of its upcoming premiere at the New York Film Festival, a new Steve Jobs trailer has hit the web. Michael Fassbender stars as the man behind the big Apple, surrounded by a star-studded cast and crew. Watch the new footage below. Unlike the other Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher and the Man in the Machine documentary, this film takes us behind the scenes of three product launches — the first is the unveiling of the Mac in 1984, the second is Jobs’ rival computer with his NeXT company after he split from Apple in 1988, and the third is the launch of the iMac in 1984. These three stages are clearly spotlighted in the new footage, which depicts Fassbender’s three different characterizations of the man throughout his life. In addition to his technological advancements, »
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