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What separates a biopic from any other character piece is that a "true story" isn't necessarily expected to resolve or redeem its central characters. Unlike their fictional counterparts, real people often stay bastards throughout adulthood, submitting in the end to the same fatal flaws that carried with them through their earlier acts. It is the charge of the filmmaker, as such, to extrapolate some meaning from the heap of misanthropy that is, in essence, his or her subject. Be it the wonder, the progress, or even the horror of the featured individual's journey, something must be pinpointed as a reason to remember the biographical story in question. What Jobs does, instead of working toward a reason for us to be enamored with or at least intrigued by the fascinating character that Steve Jobs was, is bank on the simple likelihood that we already know that.
Anyone going into a Jobs biopic has, presumably, an established interest in and familiarity with the founder of Apple, who died of cancer in 2011. But that shouldn't absolve the movie of its duty to prove to its audiences that Steve Jobs is a subject matter worth their while. It doesn't absolve Ashton Kutcher of his responsibility to build a real character, as opposed to just yelling when he's in an angry scene and sobbing when he's in a sad scene. But Jobs seemes unconcerned with its own obligations toward this story. It just wants to tell it.
As such, what we have is two hours of a Steve Jobs seminar. Director Joshua Michael Stern and star Kutcher chatting about Jobs' life and career, joking about his off-putting quirks and offensive hygiene, pulling no punches in discussing his less admirable choices (like abandoning his baby daughter, and firing Apple employees for voicing disagreement). Lucky for Stern, the story Is an interesting one. Jobs, for all his flaws, is a guy you'll enjoy hearing about. But all that is accomplished by JOBS could have been earned by picking up a textbook about his life. And those who have already done so, those who know Jobs' story well enough (those who are the most likely to check out this movie, in fact), will find themselves experiencing nothing new.
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But an even better problem with this method is that it results in an incomplete film. Some of the better biopics that do handle flawed characters like Steve Jobs manage to pull some sense of significance from their tales, affirming that we didn't just spend two hours watching some son of a bitch get away with being just that. Even in the darkest, saddest, most unsettling stories, it is necessary to leave the viewer with something. Something learned, changed, accomplished, earned. The director cannot help if it if the Jobs of the 2000s was the same self-driven man who used people and dismissed ideas in the '70s and '80s. But he can and must do something to work around that. To turn this collection of anecdotes into a comprehensive account, which warrants an ending that is different from its beginning. That's not just cinema, it's storytelling.
And without this effort put in to conform Jobs' life to the demands of the narrative medium, nor the effort to build him into an independently interesting character by Kutcher, we're left with a moreover dull time at the theater. Steve Jobs might be an interesting guy, and his story might be worth telling — that benefit of the doubt is probably the only thing keeping this movie afloat. In company with an external fixation on the man at its center, Jobs might work just around sea level as a piece of entertainment. But what we're looking at, here, is a standalone movie, and one that hasn't put in quite enough work to pay tribute to the man in question.
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In an adventure of self-discovery, love, and invention, a beard-bearing Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic Jobs. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, the movie follows Jobs' emergence from college dropout to the most revered creative mind of our time.
The new trailer for Jobs unveils how the film tackles Apple's ascension from its origin as a mere start-up to its birth as the electronic brand to beat. Although in previous trailers we witness Jobs grappling with losing his company, this time around we get a more in-depth look at his relationship with Chris-Ann Brennan (Ahna O'Reilly).
So, drop your iPhone and check out Jobs in theaters when it dashes into theaters August 16th.
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"I was honoured he cast me. And being one of the only girls on a set with very serious, very studious men - James, Tim Blake Nelson... They needed me." Actress Ahna O'reilly on her role in ex-boyfriend James Franco's new film, As I Lay Dying.
The Hollywood legend died in 2008 at the age of 83 after a reported battle with cancer, and his final film project, Lucky Them, subsequently stalled.
Newman was an executive producer on the movie, about a female music journalist sent to interview her rock star ex-boyfriend, and planned to make a cameo appearance.
After his death, his widow, Joanne Woodward, decided to help move the project forward, taking over her late husband's role as executive producer and assembling a cast which included Australian actress Toni Collette in the lead role.
It has now emerged the movie has gone into production and started filming in Seattle, Washington on Saturday (26Jan13), according to Deadline.com.
The start date was extra poignant for the cast and crew as the day would have marked Newman's 88th birthday.
Collette appears in the movie alongside Spider-Man 3 star Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt and The Help's Ahna O'Reilly.
The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's film award nominations are listed below, and many of us will be quite pleased with the tributes paid to 2011's greats, such as The Descendants, Bridsmaids, and Moneyball, which each garnered multiple nominations. Some others to make the list include The Help, The Artist, J. Edgar, My Week with Marilyn and Albert Nobbs.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's television nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer - J. Edgar
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist - Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller
Bridesmaids - Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig
The Descendants - Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Shailene Woodley
The Help - Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel
Midnight in Paris - Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson
Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone will be together onstage to pick up the Ensemble Award at the 15th annual ceremony, which kicks off the film awards season.
The leading ladies of the drama will be joined by fellow castmembers Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen and Cicely Tyson, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Help took the box office by storm this summer (11), raking in more than $150 million (£94 million) worldwide since its release.
Johnny Depp's family film Rango will also be honoured with the Hollywood Animation Award at the gala, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 24 October (11).
Knowledge is power, mostly! But sometimes, for people like James Franco who just can't seem to get enough of it, it ruins relationships that have lasted four or five years (which is curious because they've probably survived much crazier crap than the pursuit of higher education). Anyway, in the latest issue of Playboy, James Franco told contributing editor Stephen Rebello that he and Ahna (who again, he'd been with for somewhere between four and five years), was over. Franco broke the news when Rebello asked him how he manages -- despite his extremely public persona -- to keep his personal relationships to himself, and he said "It's over. That lasted about four or five years. We'd been living together in L.A. and then came to New York to go to school for two years. Then I signed up for more school at Yale. I think that was it for her."
So let this be a lesson to those of you with girlfriends who are planning on going to college to get more knowledge. It turns out you should really reconsider it because chicks don't really dig the lifestyle.
The 127 Hours star admits he and O'Reilly ended their romance during a candid interview in the new issue of Playboy magazine.
He says, "That (relationship) lasted about four or five years. We'd been living together in L.A. and then (I) came to New York to go to school for two years. Then I signed up for more school at Yale. I think that was it for her."
The 127 Hours star was rumoured to be romancing the leggy beauty last year (10) after he allegedly split from his longtime girlfriend Ahna O'Reilly, and now the pair appears to be getting close again.
In clips posted on his Twitter.com page, the pair can be heard chatting about Vietnamese food and Deyn's modelling jobs as they cruise the streets of Los Angeles. Franco sits in the passenger seat while the catwalk queen drives.
The Spider-Man star admits he filmed his raunchy bedroom antics as a teenager but was less than impressed when he watched back the footage.
Franco, who has dated actress Ahna O'Reilly since 2006, now admits he commends adult movie stars for managing to look attractive and "really selling" sex.
Speaking at Newsweek magazine's Oscar roundtable discussion, Franco says, "I think (as) anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn't always look best. I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, 'Oh, that looks horrible.'
"You have a lot of respect for those actors in pornography, because they are really not just doing it, they're really selling it. You understand what it's like to be intimate with someone, so you just kind of let yourself go over to that situation."