Christian Bale Pulls Out of Upcoming Steve Jobs Biopic

Christian Bale will not be starring as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has reportedly decided that he was „not right for the part,“ deciding to withdraw from the film.

Bale was announced as the star of the film just last week, with Sorkin saying that Christian Bale was „the best actor in a certain age range“ to play Jobs, and that he had agreed to the part without an audition.

Set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the Oscar-winning hit Slumdog Millionaire, the upcoming Steve Jobs project focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Apple’s product launches.

While it is now unclear who will play Steve Jobs in the movie, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain, from The Help, is also being considered for an unspecified role in the film. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously in talks to star as Steve Jobs, but also opted not to take on the role.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Could Star in Sony’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Biopic, Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct

Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic may be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes a week after The Social Network director David Fincher failed to reach a deal with Sony, reportedly over fees.

Boyle is said to be in talks with Sony Pictures to direct the film, which uses material from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography and will focus on three 30-minute scenes ahead of three product launches.

While Fincher was rumored to be interested in Christian Bale to play the role of Steve Jobs, Boyle reportedly has his eye on another big star – Leonardo DiCaprio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle has approached DiCaprio to play Jobs in the film.

Aside from Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle has directed hits like 127 Hours, Trainspotting, and The Beach, which DiCaprio also starred in. DiCaprio has been in major films like Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Great Gatsby. Boyle was also in charge of the opening ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Aaron Sorkin completed the script for the biopic back in January, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak working as a consultant on the film. No potential release date has been announced.

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Famed Documentarian Ken Burns Launches iPad App [iOS Blog]

Famed documentarian Ken Burns, who’s directed detailed films about the history of subjects like baseball and the Civil War, has released a new app under his name that houses scenes, extras, and behind-the-scenes footage from all 25 of his films.

In his announcement (via The Hollywood Reporter), Burns noted it was exciting for him to be using an Apple platform for his app as the company has long used the „Ken Burns Effect“, where a camera slowly pans over a still image, in its video editing apps.

„Apple has long used an element of my filmmaking in its programs, which they call the Ken Burns Effect. I’m so excited to now be using Apple’s platforms to create a radically new way to present my work and reach new viewers. Our films are made in a small town in New Hampshire over many years, with images and stories woven together in a way that we hope brings experiences of the past into the present.“

While the app doesn’t include the full Ken Burns’ documentaries, it does house hand-selected scenes by Burns in playlists inspired by six themes: Race, War, Art, Hard Times, Innovation, and Politics. One theme, Innovation, is included free with download but the remaining five themes, which include over three hours of content, must be unlocked via a $9.99 in-app purchase.

Alternatively, users can view the content in a Timeline view, which presents a chronological history of America, and a Film view, which arranges the clips by which Burns’ film they’re from.

Ken Burns for iPad is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Apple Launches Redesign of Bug Reporter Tool with Improved Search, Streamlined File Attachments [Mac Blog]

Apple has launched a redesign of its Bug Reporter tool (also known as Radar) with numerous improvements and enhancements, reports 9To5Mac. Specifically, the redesign adds new features such as auto-saving drafts of incident reports, additional options for forms, a streamlined file attachment system, and better organization of open and closed bug reports.

Developers tell us that the new design opens up the door for Apple to add new functionality. Additionally, the updated reporter more intuitively informs developers if their bug report has already been submitted. Other new features include improved search of filed bug reports, more intuitive attaching of files, and the auto-saving (every five minutes) of bug report write-ups.

The update for the service was originally launched in June during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, but was taken offline after several bugs and problems were found. Previously, the service was notable for having various problems, with 600 developers joining a campaign asking Apple to fix the tool in hopes of streamlining incident and bug reporting. The updated Bug Reporter is live now for members of Apple’s Developer program.

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Apple Plans to Restore Majority of Developer Center Functionality This Week

Just over a week after Apple began bringing its Developer Center back online after being down for eight days, the company has emailed developers with an update on its progress. Apple has brought a majority of its developer services back online and plans to reinstate most of the remaining services by the end of this week.

Still down are Xcode automatic configuration as well as access to license agreements, Technical Support Incidents, program enrollments, and renewals in Member Center.

The company notes that if membership were set to expire during the downtime, it has been automatically extended and no App Store sales have been affected.

Apple Developer Update: Aug 5, 2013

We sincerely appreciate your patience as we work to bring our developer program services back online, and we want to give you an update on our progress. The majority of our developer services are currently online, including Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Dev Centers, software downloads, Videos, Apple Developer Forums, iTunes Connect, Bug Reporter, App Store Resource Center, and access to pre-release documentation.

We plan to reinstate most of the remaining services this week: Xcode automatic configuration as well as access to license agreements, TSIs, program enrollments, and renewals in Member Center. You can check the availability of these systems on our status page.

As a reminder, if your membership was set to expire during this downtime, it has been extended and your apps will remain on the App Store and Mac App Store.

We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused and encourage you to reach out to our support team if you need any assistance.

Apple’s new Developer Center System Status page should be updated as the remaining services come back online.

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Fotopedia News Reporter App Turns You Into A Photo Essayist

There’s certainly no lack of great ways to share photos from your iPad: Photo Stream, iPhoto Journals, Dropbox, Everpix, Flickr and on and on. Despite this wealth of options, I’m going to add to your confusion. Fotopedia’s News Reporter for iPad is a new app that lets you turn your photos into gorgeous magazine-style news reports and publish them to Fotopedia’s site. It’s pretty great.

Fotopedia already has apps for finding and browsing its great photo essays, and you can do this from within the new app. But the point here is creating your own essays, and it’s easy and fun. The custom photo picker (which shows a permanent thumbnail view of the currently-selected folder) sits at the bottom of the screen for one-touch access (like Lightroom’s thumbnail bar).

Tap to add a picture, then give it a title and description and (if you like) position it on a map and link it to a Wikipedia article. You can also choose to have the Wikipedia article used as the photo’s description.

Keep adding pictures until you’re ready, and then return to the home screen. You’re done! Just by keeping your creations in Drafts is enough to let you browse them locally (edit view is an explicit and separate mode, so you can hand your iPad to another person without them messing it all up. And you can publish your best drafts to be seen by anyone using the Fotopedia site.

The results are amazing. I threw in a few still-not-edited photos I took at an XX gig last night, and the layout makes it look like the beginnings of a proper, grown-up photo feature. I imagine that with a half-hour more, and a little bit of creative captioning, I’d have something way more interesting than a regular slide show.

Right now I use a mixture of shared Photo Streams and iPhoto Journals to share my photos, depending on who they’re going to (my mother has my old first-gen iPad so she can’t see shared streams), but for my next vacation I’m totally going to give this a try. Somehow the format pushes you to tie the pictures together into a theme, and the act of publishing lets you finish that project and move on instead of endlessly tweaking.

Oh, it’s also free.

Source: iTunes

Via: PetaPixel

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