Ashton Kutcher Movie ‘jOBS’ to Be Released in April

Today, Open Road Films and Five Star Feature films announced that agreements for distribution have been made for the Steve Jobs biopic “jOBS’, reports Deadline. The movie will be released in April of this year.

The film features Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and is said to feature the 30 years of Jobs’s life.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar- winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. jOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Inferno Entertainment is handling international sales on jOBS.

‘jOBS’ will premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month.

Apple Marks One-Year Anniversary of Steve Jobs’ Passing Away

Can you believe it? Today marks the one year anniversary of Steve Jobs’s passing away. Apple has posted a new remembrance on its website. When visitors first access Apple.com, they are presented with a nearly two-minute photo slideshow of Jobs paired with some of his famous audio clips. The video is accompanied by Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, which is played by American cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In fact, Steve and Yo-Yo Ma were close friends. MacStories provides a more in depth look into the music piece used. Truly fascinating. Once the video is over, the website transitions to a simple letter of remembrance from Tim Cook below the standard site navigation bar.

A message from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

– Tim

Thanks, Steve for changing the world and inspiring all of us to do something great.

Woz Hired as Advisor for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie

Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Aaron Sorkin had officially agreed to script for the Sony’s upcoming film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs. Sorkin is well know for his work on The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, and A Few Good Men. The cast for the film has not been determined yet, but rumors have suggested that George Clooney and Noah Wyle may be the top choices for the role of Jobs.

Now, Reuters reports that Sorkin held an interview with reporters and said he was still looking for something in Jobs’ life to hang the movie on.

Sorkin noted that “The Social Network” saw the Facebook story through the lens of an acrimonious lawsuit that pitted CEO Mark Zuckerberg against his Harvard friends over the creation of the social media network.

“Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia – doesn’t matter … And I need to find that event and I will. I just don’t know what it is,” Sorkin said.

According to Sorkin, the movie won’t be straight from the biography. He also disclosed that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been hired as a consultant by Sony Pictures to advise the filmmakers on the technical aspects of computers and about Jobs himself.

Sounds like the movie will actually be good unlike the movie Ashton Kutcher’s starring in.

Aaron Sorkin To Script “Steve Jobs”

Last year, we reported that Aaron Sorkin has been approached by Sony to write a movie about Steve Jobs. Today, Sony Pictures has announced that Aaron Sorkin will indeed serve as the screenwriter for the studio’s upcoming film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs.

Sorkin is well know for his work on The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, and A Few Good Men. The cast for the film has not been determined yet, but rumors have suggested that George Clooney and Noah Wyle may be the top choices for the role of Jobs. Wyle is famous for portraying Steve Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV film, The Pirates of Silicon Valley, which focused on the early days of Jobs and Bill Gates. Wyle back in 1999 did a fantastic job. So, he may be a perfect fit for this movie too.

This project is completely separate from the independent film about Jobs that features Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. Last week, Kutcher was spotted wearing Jobs’s famous wardrobe while he was going to the film’s set.

Photos of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs Appear

Last month, it was reported that Ashton Kutcher was going to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming indie film “Jobs”. Now TMZ.com has published photos of Kutcher in “full character”.

Kutcher appears to be wearing Steve Jobs’s iconic black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers outfit on his way to the set of the independent film about Apple’s co-founder.

Apparently, Steve Jobs loved the black turtleneck so much that he reportedly owned hundreds of them. Last October, Mona Simpson, Jobs’s sister, revealed at his memorial service that he had probably owned enough copies of the shirt for everyone in attendance.

Hulme suggested in April that he is planning to release the film in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Ashton Kutcher Believes Steve Jobs Role Meant for Him

Last weekend, we reported that Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming indie film “Jobs”. Today, The Daily spoke with Five Star Institute’s Mark Hulme who is producing the upcoming Steve Jobs film that is starring Ashton Kutcher. Hulme says that Kutcher is “pouring himself” into the role and “believes the role was meant for him”.

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Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, appears to be happy with the decision too.

The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s onboard. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.

When the news was first broke, people had mixed feelings, but Hulme is confident in Kutcher’s abilities as well as his personal interest in the role. They are set to start filming next month and film is set to start filming next month for release and is expected to be released by Thanksgiving of this year. The focus will be on Steve Jobs’s earlier life. In fact, his earlier life and early days at Apple have been portrayed in other films such as Pirates of Silicon Valley. If you haven’t watched it already, I highly suggest you do.

This film about Steve Jobs was reportedly being worked on prior to the passing away of Steve Jobs and before Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography was published. Sony has purchased the rights to Isaascon’s biography and is working on their own film about Steve Jobs.

 

Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Upcoming Indie Film “Jobs”

Last November, it was reported that a movie on Steve Jobs would be made. Apparently, it was reported that Aaron Sorkin was approached by Sony to write a movie about Steve Jobs.

Today, Variety reports that actor Ashton Kutcher will be playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming independent movie called Jobs.

The film will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.

Ashton Kutcher was first known for his role as Michael Kelso in the sitcom That ’70s Show but has since seen success in movies and other TV series. In addition, Kutcher has been recently involved in Silicon Valley startups and technology investing.

Even though it is April Fools day, the author notes that they discussed holding the story until Monday, but were concerned about losing the scoop.

Happy Birthday Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple founder and consumer technology market revolutionary, would have turned 57 today. He was born on February 24, 1955  in San Francisco, California and passed away last year on October 5 after a 8-year long struggle against pancreatic cancer.

Many Apple fans all over the world will salute this extraordinary gentleman and the way he touched most of our lives in some way through his vision and ability to deliver. The dedication of Apple fans is by itself a testimony to the promise of quality products that the company delivers to its customers. The Apple products speak for themselves, there is very little need to market them.

FYI, Apple fans, the party is on outside the company’s flagship store at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, NYC from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m today as per reports on the NY Post.There is news that there will be vegan cake served and black turtle necks will be handed out.

Jobs has often been described as a visionary and a pioneer, but one must also add the tag of a shrewd business man who really cared about his products. Not to understate the fact that he was a very determined man. This may have come across in many forms for people working with him, but it cannot take away the fact that his methods did result in Apple producing some amazing products that many others may have balked at creating.

According to a story from a 2011 interview with biographer Walter Isaacson, Jobs revealed at one point he met with U.S. President Barack Obama, complained of the nation’s shortage of software engineers, and told Mr. Obama that he was “headed for a one-term presidency.” Jobs proposed that any foreign student who got an engineering degree at a U.S. university should automatically be offered a green card. After the meeting, Jobs commented,

“The president is very smart, but he kept explaining to us reasons why things can’t get done…. It infuriates me.”


Source: Wikipedia

To speak of Jobs and not speak of Apple is impossible. But we must also not forget about his contributions to the computer graphics and animation industry. His influence on the generations of today has left its mark.

Long live!

Eddy Cue Accepts Special Grammy Award Honoring Steve Jobs

Back in December, the man that changed the world was awarded a Grammy Award. The Recording Academy announced that it would be honoring Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Grammy Award. The Trustees Award for Jobs was made in recognition for his ”outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.”

Yesterday, The Grammy ceremony for the Special Merit Awards occurred, and Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue was the one to accept the award. His speech was beautiful and heart warming. You can watch the speech in the embedded video below.

On behalf of Steve’s wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I’d like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last fifteen years.

Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life…it made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.

Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked “Why is Apple making a music player?” His answer was simple: “We love music, and it’s always good to do something you love.”

His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honoring him today.

 

This is the second time Jobs and Apple has been honored by The Recording Academy. In 2002, Apple itself won a Technical Grammy Award.

The Recording Academy has also published a tribute to Jobs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a 16-time Grammy winner and personal friend of Jobs.

Apple to Launch the iPad 3 on Steve Jobs’ Birthday, February 24?

There have been two interesting rumors floating around the internet today. Both of them are related to the iPad 3, which Apple is expected to launch early next year.

The first rumor suggests that Apple may be planning to launch the iPad 3 on February 24, Steve Jobs’ birthday. They are rushing their Chinese OEM partners to speed up production of the iPad 3, in order to meet the deadline. If this is indeed the case, we should know it by the end of January, as Apple will probably announce the new iPad 3 by then. We do expect Apple to launch the iPad in Q3 2011, so it may turn out to be true. However, we would take it with a pinch of salt for now.

The other bit of speculation just confirms what we have suspected all along. Despite rumors that Apple may be working on a 7 inch iPad Mini, we have always stated that it’s very unlikely that Apple would make such a move. Despite the increasing popularity of cheap Android tablets, Apple has managed to continue dominating the tablet market in 2011, and captures a major portion of the profit in the entire tablet industry.

We expect Apple to launch a 9.7 inch iPad 3, and then lower the prices of the iPad 2, instead of launching a cheaper, smaller iPad. That has been its strategy in the past, with the iPhone and the iPad, and it has worked pretty well so far.

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