Steve Jobs movie now showing in theaters across the U.S.

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie finally gets a wide release this weekend — meaning that fans outside of the New York and Los Angeles areas will get a chance to watch the controversial biopic. So will they? According to box office projections, the $30 movie is expected to earn between $15 and $19 million for […]

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Controversial Steve Jobs movie gets love from Apple PR vet

The new Steve Jobs movie gets just about everything wrong, says the PR veteran who worked with the Apple CEO during the first Macintosh’s launch. From the situations to the dialogue, almost nothing’s accurate. “How many things are not true in the movie?” laughed Silicon Valley PR vet Andrea “Andy” Cunningham during a phone interview […]

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Watch Woz warn Jobs he’s going to get killed in new Steve Jobs clip

Steve Wozniak lashes out at his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, asking the Apple CEO what he actually does, in a just-released scene from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. While the pair remained close friends until Jobs’ death in 2011, the scene shows the two meeting before the unveiling of the NeXT Computer. After confronting Jobs […]

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Steve Jobs director says Apple has ‘terrifying’ amount of power

Despite criticisms from Tim Cook, Steve Jobs movie director Danny Boyle says it’s important that artists and writers are not scared of being called “opportunistic” by daring to critique companies like Apple with “terrifying” amounts of power. Speaking out about the new movie, which opens this Friday, Boyle said that companies such as Apple and Facebook have […]

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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 stars talk up movie’s brilliant innovation

Michael Fassbender doesn’t look anything like Steve Jobs in the upcoming movie about the Apple CEO’s life, but according to his co-star Jeff Daniels, that doesn’t matter because it’s the most truthful telling of Steve Jobs yet. “Michael’s really making sure that he tells the truth with STeve Jobs. That he really tries to get […]

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Steve Jobs movie will close BFI London Film Festival

European Apple fans wanting to have a sneak preview of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic will get the chance if they attend the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival on October 18. While we’ve expressed our concerns about the fact Michael Fassbender seemingly looks nothing like Apple’s late co-founder, the movie is still […]

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Aaron Sorkin Envisioned Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs, Maguire and McConaughey Also Expressed Interest

Just over two weeks ago, hackers attacked Sony Pictures, acquiring up to 100 terabytes of data that included huge amounts of sensitive information like emails, Social Security numbers, films, scripts, and more.

Data from the hack has been leaking out for the last several days, and as of today, new emails have been found discussing the Steve Jobs biopic that Sony was producing before it sold the film to Universal Studios.

According to leaked data shared by Ars Technica, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, originally had his eye on Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs. An email from October 31 suggested Sorkin was campaigning heavily for Tom Cruise, while director Danny Boyle was concerned about the actor’s age.

His emails also divulged a few details about the scenes, which cover three different Jobs product launches, suggesting Tom Cruise, at 52 is the right age for third act, while Seth Rogen, aged 32, would be the right age for the first act as Steve Wozniak.

I just got off the phone with Danny who’s concerned about the age but I think I got him thinking about it and he’s going to look at some scenes from Lions for Lambs where Tom’s basically auditioning for Jobs. He’s also concerned that the choice will be met with derision because it’s such a commercial choice but I honestly think that ends up working for us. Tom’s going to surprise some people and they’ll want to reward that. I don’t think we’d have to recast Woz. Seth’s the right age in the first act and Tom’s the right age in the third. And the movie announces itself pretty quickly as not being literal–as being a painting rather than a photograph. Look, I wouldn’t cast Clint Eastwood but if I saw Tom Cruise flying around the backstage corridors of Symphony Hall I wouldn’t think he was too old. I think it would be dazzling performance.

Ultimately, director Danny Boyle dug in his heels and insisted on Michael Fassbender over Tom Cruise, with an email response to Sorkin suggesting Boyle „seemed committed“ to Fassbender. Sorkin was not initially thrilled with the decision, but opted to accept Boyle’s choice.

Sorkin replied, „This used to be an event. I don’t know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn’t going to care. This is insane.“ But in the exchange that followed, he wrote, „F*** it. He’s a great actor whose time has come.“

It’s known that Sony Pictures had difficulty casting the role of Jobs, as Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were both briefly tied to the film before dropping out, but the emails also suggest that Tobey Maguire and Matthew McConaughey inquired about playing Steve Jobs before the role went to Fassbender. Tom Hanks was also reportedly interested in taking on the role of John Sculley, which is rumored to be going to Jeff Daniels.

Boyle’s decision to stick with X-Men actor Michael Fassebender ultimately led to Sony’s decision to drop the Steve Jobs biopic after executives struggled to secure financing for the film with Fassbender in the lead role. Boyle and producer Scott Rudin went on to ink a deal with Universal to take over the film.




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