Sidestepping arguments about accuracy, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle take an artistic, impressionistic approach to this biopic about the iconic Apple founder. Using a structure that would work perfectly on stage, the film tells his story through just three extended scenes. In the process, it reveals even more about human nature than it does about Steve Jobs or the tech business.
The first segment is set in 1984, as Steve (Michael Fassbender) is about to launch the game-changing Macintosh computer with cofounder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), marketing expert Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) and developer Andy Hertsfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg). As he organises the launch event to within an inch of its life, he's interrupted by his ex-girlfriend Chrisann (Katherine Waterston), but Steve still refuses to accept that her 5-year-old daughter is his. He also has an important conversation with the Apple chairman John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) just before going on-stage. This same scenario is repeated two more times, at the 1988 launch of NeXT and at the 1998 launch of the iMac, tracing Steve's fierce business acumen, complex interaction with his colleagues, and his evolving connection with his daughter.
Fassbender bravely never hedges his bets as Jobs, finding a tricky balance in an innovator who changed the world but never quite made sense of his personal or professional relationships. This is a man who is likeable and cruel at the same time, eliciting both laughter and gasps of horror from the audience. Fassbender's kinetic energy is hugely engaging, matched cleverly by Winslet's Hoffman, the only person with whom Jobs speaks about his own flaws. With both Rogen's generous Wozniak and Stuhlbarg's determined Hertzfeld, Jobs is much more dismissive, although there's respect under the surface. And its the literate banter with Daniels' thoughtful Sculley that gives the film its brainy kick, especially as it's so inventively written and directed to weave conversations right into flashbacks.
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The actor confesses he's never been a fan of technology himself.
Since Apple founder Steve Jobs died in 2011, there have been two films about his life. First was 2011's Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher, which flopped with the critics and at the box office. And now Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin are taking a stab at it with the festival hit starring Michael Fassbender. It's titled, cleverly, Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender aimed to capture the spirit of Steve Jobs in the new movie
After Christian Bale had to drop out of the role, Fassbender was surprised to be offered the part. "I got approached by Danny Boyle," he says. "He sent me the script and asked me if I was interested. I read the script and it's amazing writing - amazing - and Danny's a phenomenal director, and just a wonderful person. So I jumped on board. It's really that simple."
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Fassbender scored the role of Jobs after Bale left the project last year.
Michael Fassbender has admitted he thinks Christian Bale would have been ‘perfect’ to play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s biopic of the late Apple founder. Bale was originally signed on to the project but left last November, with Fassbender then being brought in as his replacement.
Michael Fassbender at the Steve Jobs premiere.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Fassbender said, "I thought to myself: Christian Bale is perfect, why isn’t he doing it? I actually called him up and told him that myself.”
It’s been nearly 20 years since the original film starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle was released.
Director Danny Boyle has said he plans to begin shooting the long awaited Trainspotting sequel next summer. If all goes to plan Boyle hopes that the film will then hit cinemas later in 2016, in time for the original film’s 20th anniversary.
Danny Boyle hopes to begin shooting Trainspotting sequel next year.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle said that the shoot was planned for “May/June” 2016, but added that it all depends on Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle’s shooting schedules. Both actors are currently tied up with television commitments in the US, with Carlyle starring in ‘Once Upon A Time’ and Miller in ‘Elementary’.
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Steve Jobs is widely regarded as a pioneer in the age of technology, making the computer accessible to all with his billionaire organisation Apple Inc. Though as much as he was a genius, he made a lot of enemies on his way to fame, fortune and recognition while relying on his skilled best friend Steve Wozniak. He refused to co-operate with much of the staff at Apple including CEO John Sculley, and henceforth detached himself from the company, but meanwhile his personal life was no more amicable. Refusing to be a father to his college girlfriend Chrisann Brennan's daughter Lisa and denying all paternity shone a bad light on him in the eyes of his family, his colleagues and the public especially when paternity was proven. But upon his return to Apple came a new man, humbled by his previous behaviour and willing to be both a father and a fair businessman. But of all the sacrifices he made to make Apple great, his health suffered most of all.
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The sequel will be adapted from Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel 'Porno', and will feature Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan Bremner.
With five months to go until the classic original movie celebrates its twentieth anniversary, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has confirmed that all four of the main cast members of Trainspotting are on board to make a sequel.
Boyle, who was speaking at the Telluride Film Festival ahead of the first-ever screening of the Steve Jobs biopic project he helped to save from oblivion, also announced that the screenplay for the sequel (adapted from Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel ‘Porno’) had already been written by John Hodge, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the first movie in 1997.
Danny Boyle has confirmed that the core cast of 'Trainspotting' is on board for a sequel
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Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels.
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, the biopic on the late Apple founder, has been announced as closing this year’s BFI London Film Festival on October 18th. It will mark the third time a feature of Boyle’s has closed the annual festival, with Slumdog Millionaire receiving the honour in 2008 and 127 Hours in 2010.
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.
The October 18th screening will mark the film's European premiere, while on October 3rd it will premiere at the New York Film Festival before opening in the US on October 10th. The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography on the Apple founder, Steve, and was written by Aaron Sorkin.
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Speaking at this year’s Edinburgh film festival, McGregor said he’d be willing to reprise his role as Renton in a follow up to the 1996 drama.
Ewan McGregor has said he would be up for revisiting the role of heroin addict Renton in a sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting, if director Danny Boyle was also on board. Speaking at the Edinburgh film festival, McGregor also revealed there’s no longer any bad blood between himself and the director after their much publicised falling out in the late 90s.
Ewan McGregor at the Edinburgh film festival
When asked if he’d now return for a Trainspotting sequel McGregor said he has changed his mind on the subject and would now say yes. “I would be up for it,” McGregor said. “I’ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one. It’s been a long, long time.”
Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur from the day of his birth and became one of the biggest technology pioneers the world has ever seen. Without any prior knowledge of programming, engineering or, indeed, any technical/computing experience of any kind, he set out to launch a computer with bucket loads of promise - all with the help and expertise of his friend Steve Wozniak. Little did they know of the tumultuous times that lay ahead, of how the resulting business would shape and damage Jobs' social and family life, and indeed his health.
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Yes, another one.
Universal’s crack at a Steve Jobs movie may have taken a while to find its footing, but it’s finally come together. The trailer, starring Michael Fassbender, is now out and available on YouTube. So, let’s talk about it.
Michael Fassbender stars as Apple's Steve Jobs
Pros: directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Fassbender, it will probably be a very different affair to the Ashton Kutcher flick of 2014. Cons: It features an inspiring voice over by the lead character.
October 9th release date for the Boyle / Sorkin collaboration, just in time for awards season.
The troubled Steve Jobs biopic has finally announced a theatrical release date of October 9th this year. Strangely enough, that’s exactly the kind of time that judges start to think about awards nominations…
Shooting for the film, which has been the centre of a great deal of speculation because of its lengthy gestation and uncertain funding, began last month in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Danny Boyle, the man behind cult favourites such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later, as well as the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, is in the director’s chair.
Michael Fassbender will portray the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the forthcoming movie
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Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs after Leonardo DiCaprio decided to take a break from acting.
Christian Bale will play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in Sony's forthcoming biopic, sources confirm. The project boasts a huge pedigree with Danny Boyle directing from a script by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Isaacson's biography.
Christian Bale is an Oscar winner who brings serious pedigree to the Jobs biopic
Sorkin has previously confirmed the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple's famous product launches. The first scene will focus on the launch of the Mac, while, interestingly, the second will follow Jobs as he unveils the NeXT - the cube like computer that he developed after leaving Apple and a machine used by Tim Berners-Lee to write the first web browser. The final section of the movie will focus on the iPod.
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Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio may be teaming up once again to work on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted biopic about Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs.
Dream team Leonardo Dicaprio and Danny Boyle may be teaming up once again to work on the Aaron Sorkin-written biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Gatsby actor Leonardo DiCaprio has previously worked with English film director Boyle on the 2000 film The Beach, so the pair are already well acquainted with one another and have proven successes in their back catalogue.
Danny Boyle will be picking up the Steve Jobs biopic now David Fincher is out
DiCaprio is said to be Boyle's top choice to play Jobs, the Apple co-founder who passed away in 2011 following complications from pancreatic cancer, which he had been suffering with for many years. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming biopic, particularly since director David Fincher, who had been pegged to direct, passed on the role. Fincher was said to have been desperate to cast Oscar-winner Christian Bale in the role, a choice many fans had concurred with. Fincher dropped out of the project due to salary dispute and issues over creative control, and with him the possibility that Bale will don Jobs’ signature black polo neck and glasses.
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Despite some compelling themes, Babylon seems to have missed its mark.
Danny Boyles name is enough to get people up and interested in a new project, so when his new TV series, Babylon – on Channel 4 – was announced, attention was fixed firmly on the police comedy-drama. But has he managed to make the grade with the critics?
The show centres on the concept of spin within the police force as one of the UK’s most controversial institutions tries to cover up – or at least spin – some pretty bad press. Bringing in Instagram’s PR maestro is the Metropolitan Police’s way of changing their public façade.
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The Manchester United biopic is out now
Six of Manchester United's most famous player of the modern era - David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil and Gary Neville - star in their very own biopic, detailing the rise of one of the finest batch of homegrown players to emerge in Europe in recent years. Class of 92 chronicles the rise and rise of the six players, who guided Manchester United to glory in the 1990's and went on to influence a generation of would-be footballers.
Giggs, Butt, Becks, Phil Neville, Scholesy and Gary Neville star in the biopic
"There will be a few tears in there from my mum I'm sure," Beckham said on the red carpet for the film's premiere over the weekend (via Sky News). He continued, referring to the wider aspects covered in the documentary, "There was so much going on; there was Oasis, The Stone Roses, the Hacienda; all these great things that were going on in Manchester."
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The Oscar-winning director will work with the UK station for the period police drama set in British-owned India
Danny Boyle is currently working on a new British crime drama set in colonial India that will look at the origins of modern policing in the country, which spread throughout the Empire and eventually back to the British Isles. The man behind the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony has teamed up with Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain for the period drama, which is currently in the pilot stage.
Boyle has teamed up with the Peep Show team for the period drama
The show was announced on Thursday (22 August) by chief operating officer of Channel 4, Jay Hunt, who revealed the news during a conference talk at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. During his announcement, he revealed that the show is currently in development and a pilot is being made which, if successful, will eventually become a full series. The series hasn't been named yet, or at least the name hasn't been made public yet, however we are expecting more information about the show to be revealed as progress is made with the pilot.
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Danny Boyle is obviously having a ball with this thriller, deploying every cinematic trick he can think of to throw the audience off the track. But sometimes too much of a good thing is annoying. And while this film holds our interest, it also reveals early on that we simply can't trust anything we see on-screen. So while it's expertly shot and edited, and the actors make the most of their shifty characters, it's not easy to just sit back and enjoy the show.
McAvoy stars as Simon, an auctioneer presiding over the sale of a £30 million Goya painting, which promptly goes missing after an elaborate heist. Simon suffers a head injury in the assault, and can't remember anything, which is a problem when it turns out that he was working with criminal mastermind Franck (Cassel). Now Franck and his goons (Sapani, Cross and Sheikh) want to know where the painting is, so they enlist hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Dawson) to help Simon recover his memory using a series of unconventional methods. But she wants her share of the cash.
Yes, the further they travel into Simon's mind, the stranger things get. McAvoy has little to do here but look dazed in between moments of lucidity that generally spark something horribly violent. Opposite his understated performance, Cassel can hardly help but be a lot flashier as a menacing charmer. And Dawson has a fierce presence as a woman who quickly takes control of every situation she's in. Although Dawson also has to contend with a couple of leery nude scenes that go further than what was strictly necessary.
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The Olympic spirit could never hope to last, director admits
Director and Olympic Games opening ceremony organizer Danny Boyle has admitted that the feel-good energy that came from the London games was never likely to sustain itself in the UK.
Boyle put together one of the finest Olympic opening ceremonies of all time last summer, celebrating all that is great and good about the host country; however whatever Britain might have been like in the past, it’s current state is far more parlous, and in light of another round of budget cut announcements by the UK government, Boyle told The Sun “I think it would be naive to say it could last. It is nice to have a fillip like that to feel good together, then you get back to your own private battles.” Boyle added “Obviously we are in tough economic times, which means it is difficult to find jobs for people. I think the most important factor for a country’s cohesion is that people have jobs that young people can go into. You can’t keep hoping the optimism of the opening ceremony and the Games will last.”
However, he did insist that there was the need to have the games in London, and the need to create the feel good attitude that pervaded over the British capital, even if it only lasted for the duration of the games themselves. “The Olympics was a chance to show we are a decent country” he enthused. “We often criticize ourselves, which is a great quality, but occasionally you should stop and say, ‘No, this is a modern, progressive country and it is actually a beacon to the world in many ways.’” Try to remember that when you’re scraping off your meal for tonight from the road and plugging the leak in your shoes with old newspaper.
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