Danny Boyle on ‘Steve Jobs’: Casting Michael Fassbender, Apple’s Lack of Involvement, Accuracy

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle spoke about many aspects of the movie, from why he casted Michael Fassbender to Apple’s lack of involvement with the film and whether it’s accurate to the life of Steve Jobs.

After Christian Bale dropped out of the role and Sony Pictures courted the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper, the production chose Michael Fassbender to play the Apple co-founder. Boyle admits Fassbender doesn’t look like Jobs, but says that there’s a drive inside Fassbender that resembles Jobs.

What I saw in Michael was, aside from him being a great actor, this obsessive dedication to his craft, which I felt made him perfect for Jobs. Even though he doesn’t look exactly like him, by the end of the film, you believe it’s him.

Boyle goes on to say that he „won’t even pretend to say that this is the definitive portrait of Jobs,“ noting that he acknowledges that some people will take the movie in a different way. Boyle says the film attempts to show as much of Jobs as possible, but that they weren’t able to fully capture everything about him.

As Raymond Chandler said, in any work of art there’s a sense of redemption. He clearly achieves that in his other family, which we don’t touch on. He did move towards knowing that even though he did make the most beautiful things in the world, he himself was poorly made. The ability to recognize that is a big step. He is our hero, if you want to call him that.

Finally, Boyle speaks a little about Apple’s lack of involvement in the film. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Ridley Scott, who directed Apple’s infamous „1984“ commercial, said that the filmmakers wanted to include the commercial in the film. However, Apple wouldn’t agree because they didn’t like the direction the film takes. „It’s about his daughter,“ Scott tells The Daily Beast. „Which is an odd choice because he was a genius designer and visionary.“

Sources at Universal Pictures tell The Daily Beast that Apple was „not helpful“ in the making of the film. When asked about whether Apple tried to obstruct the making of Steve Jobs, Boyle dodges the question and says „We’ve had our struggles and we’re going to get the film out there, and once we get the film out there, I’m sure we can talk about all that.“

The full Daily Beast interview goes more in-depth with Danny Boyle, touching on the movie’s behind-the-scenes drama after the Sony hack, the film’s unique structure and more.



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Steve Jobs movie isn’t really about Steve Jobs at all, says Kate Winslet

The Steve Jobs movie isn’t really about Steve Jobs at all, claims actress Kate Winslet, who plays Joanna Hoffman, the legendary Macintosh marketing chief, in the upcoming film. In a new interview, Winslet opens up about the movie, and says that it is more about one man’s ability to change the world — for better or worse. “Sorkin […]

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Apple Pay Gains 35 More Participating Issuers in United States [iOS Blog]

Apple updated its Apple Pay participating issuers list today with 35 additional banks, credit unions and financial institutions supporting the contactless payment service in the United States. Apple Pay now has close to 300 participating issuers nationwide, and several hundred more plan to support the NFC-based mobile payment service in the future.

The full list of new Apple Pay participating issuers is reflected below, although it’s worth noting that some banks, credit unions and financial institutions listed may have already had support for the contactless payments service and are only now being reflected on Apple’s website.

The full list of new Apple Pay participating issuers:
1st Financial Federal Credit Union
Affinity Bank
Bank of Springfield
Berkshire Bank
Box Elder Credit Union
C&F Bank
Capitol Federal Savings
Christian Community Credit Union
Community First Credit Union of Florida
Credit Union of Denver
Denver Community Credit Union
Education First Credit Union
Educators Credit Union
Financial Partners Credit Union
First City Credit Union
First Premier Bank
Freedom Credit Union
NASA Federal Credit Union
Numerica Credit Union
PremierOne Credit Union
Purdue Federal Credit Union
Rivermark Community Credit Union
San Francisco Federal Credit Union
Simmons First National Bank
Summit Credit Union
Synchrony Bank
The Citizen Bank of Clovis
UMe Federal Credit Union
University Federal Credit Union
Utah Power Credit Union
Valor Credit Union
Vermont Federal Credit Union
WSECU
WECU (Whatcom Educational Credit Union)Apple Pay remains available in the United States only, although Apple is committed to an international rollout of the mobile payments service in additional countries such as Canada, China and the United Kingdom. Canada, a well-prepared candidate for Apple Pay, could be the first country to embrace the service outside of the United States as early as November.





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May the forks be with you on Pancake Day

The Brits surely know how to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, with a lovely meal full of pleasure food, like pancakes. Tuesday, February 17 is this year’s celebration, and we’ve got a tasty video below to celebrate. The Star…Read more ›



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First Photos of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs Surface

The Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography began filming in January, and the first images of Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have surfaced (via The Daily Mail). The two actors were filming scenes at the Flint Center in Cupertino last week, and will also be filming at Steve Jobs’ original childhood home.

In the images, Fassbender wears a dress shirt, jacket, and bowtie, while Seth Rogen is dressed somewhat more casually in a tie and sweater with a full beard. Fassbender has the long ear-length hair style that Steve Jobs had in the 1980s.

Michael Fassbender, who has most recently starred as Magneto in the newest X-Men movies, was somewhat of a controversial choice in the leading role due to his limited resemblance to Steve Jobs and the fact that he’s not a household name like Christian Bale or Leonardo DiCaprio, both of whom were previously attached to the film before turning down the role of Jobs.

In leaked emails from Sony, Aaron Sorkin and other executives were initially against Fassbender because „the world isn’t going to care,“ but director Danny Boyle was fully behind Fassbender and Sorkin came to accept him, saying „He’s a great actor whose time has come.“

Filming on the biopic will reportedly take place at a limited number of locations including the garage of Steve Jobs’ childhood home, two auditoriums, and a restaurant. The movie will consist of three continuous scenes covering three product launches: the unveling of the NeXT computer, the debut of the original iMac, and the introduction of the iPod.

Along with Fassbender and Rogen as Jobs and Wozniak, the film also stars Kate Winslet as early employee Joanna Hoffman, Katherine Waterson as Steve Jobs’ girlfriend Chrisann Brennan, Perla Haney-Jardine as Jobs’ daughter Lisa, and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley.




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5 short films that will blow your mind during your daily subway ride

Okay, so we live in something of a great time for epic movie storytelling — where a combination of the home video market, multiplex theaters, and multi-part franchises mean that filmmakers are no longer pressured to squeeze giant stories into…Read more ›



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Wi-Fi kettle is so British, it’ll make you sound like Madonna

LAS VEGAS — As soon as I saw this Wi-Fi-connected kettle, I wondered to myself: “Why on earth would anyone want a Wi-Fi-connected kettle?” This is crazy. Connectivity gone mad. It’s got Wi-Fi for the sake of it. It’s a…Read more ›



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Apple’s ‘Start Something New’ Campaign Expands to U.S. and Other Countries

Earlier this week, Apple debuted a new „Start Something New“ campaign on its Japanese site, showcasing individuals using its latest products and creative apps to make art and capture photos.

As of today, the company’s new campaign has been expanded to several other countries, including the United States and many locations across Europe and Asia.

The „Start Something New“ micro site includes a gallery that features art made with Apple products like the iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iMac. A range of photography, painting, and sketching apps like Procreate, VSCO Cam, iDraw, Waterlogue, and Brushes 3 are also featured on the site.

Apple also highlights individual creator stories, sharing the tools that each person uses to create their pieces. Japanese artist Nomoco, for example, uses an iPad Air 2 and the Brushes 3 app to make paintings.

Nomoco’s approach to making art is organic and tactile. She is inspired by movement and light, and even the way an ink drop splashes can guide her next move. So when she painted digitally for the first time, it was natural for her to use her fingers. With iPad Air 2 and the Brushes 3 app, Nomoco was able to create this ethereal series exactly as she had imagined it.

Other artists, like Marcelo Gomes and Jingyao Guo use various photography and sketching apps to make stylized photos and drawings. Several photographers like Jared Chambers and Christian Weber use popular photo editing app VSCO Cam to edit photos, and Apple apps like iMovie and Final Cut Pro are used by videographers Matt Pyke and Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

Several iOS tools are featured as well, including Exposure Control, Burst Mode, and HDR, which various photographers use in the art creation process. Apple’s „Start Something New“ campaign follows in the footsteps of its previous „Your Verse“ iPad campaign, which demonstrated the many ways people have incorporated Apple’s iPad into their daily lives.




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