Biopics are tricky beasts. At their best, they can provide deeper insight into their protagonists–even when certain details are combined, eliminated or otherwise fictionalized. On the other end of the spectrum lie a plethora of problems, such as blasé regurgitation of known facts, focusing on either too much or too little of someone’s life, and/or reducing the subject’s life to a highlight reel show with no real substance. One would hope that a movie such as Jobs, about one of the great creative visionaries of our time, would be inspired by the same creative spark. Alas, that hope is sadly not realized.
Hit the jump for my review of Jobs on Blu-ray.
This weekend may have hosted four new titles, but audiences showed love to only one. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – a film that was barely on the radar when the summer began – opened in first place with an estimated $25 million. That left Kick-Ass 2 with a very disappointing fourth-place start and the biopic Jobs a distant seventh. Meanwhile, with just $3.5 million from 2,459 locations, new release Paranoia failed to make the top ten entirely.
|| Lee Daniels’ The Butler
|| We’re the Millers
|| Kick-Ass 2
|| Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
|| 2 Guns
|| The Smurfs 2
|| The Wolverine
Earlier this week Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 was the clear frontrunner for weekend box office glory but, what a difference a day makes. The R-rated action-sequel earned an estimated $5.8 million from 2,381 locations for second place on Friday, but should fall to third by Sunday. Just as Kick-Ass 2 descended, Lee Daniels’ The Butler was on the rise. With a big assist from co-star Oprah Winfrey, the TWC release claimed a Friday estimate of $8.3 million from 2,933 locations and a new weekend target of $25 million or higher. That would put the prestige pic in the same range as The Help – the Oscar-winner that lit up 2011’s late-summer box office.
Though it would be difficult to tell from the top five chart, Friday’s box office hosted two additional new releases: Jobs and Paranoia. The biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took in $2.6 million from 2,381 locations and sixth-place on Friday. Paranoia fell flat with just $1.3 million from 2,459 venues. Based on Friday’s estimate, the thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford will struggle to top $4 million through Sunday. Check back tomorrow for full details.
|| Lee Daniels’ The Butler
|| Kick-Ass 2
|| We’re the Millers
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Jobs opens today in wide release.]
For a movie about a man who championed innovation, Joshua Michael Stern‘s Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, is awfully safe and conventional. By the end of the movie, most viewers will know as much as they previously did about the tech innovator or possibly even less. Stern and screenwriter Matt Whiteley‘s depiction of Jobs makes one of the most influential figures in American business seem like nothing more like a savvy salesman who bullied people into following his vision. Ashton Kutcher‘s lead performance veers between convincing and distracting, and while Josh Gad impresses as Steve “Woz” Wozniak, Jobs is a bland biopic that never provides any insight into the man behind the Macintosh.
Opening this weekend is director Joshua Michael Stern‘s Jobs. Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, the biopic covers the Apple founder’s life from when he was a college dropout, to taking over Apple years after being let go from what he helped create. Jobs also stars Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Ron Eldard, and Matthew Modine.
Last week I landed a phone interview with Stern. He talked about how he got involved in the project, casting Kutcher and the other roles, the way Kutcher landed himself in the hospital from eating a fruitarian diet, how they decided what years of Jobs’ life to cover, deleted scenes, how things changed along the way, future projects, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
A new clip from director Joshua Michael Sterns’ Steve Jobs biopic Jobs has been released online, showcasing Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs trying to motivate his employees. The pic continues to looks like a TV movie and it’s tough to see how it brings anything new to the table. Pirates of the Silicon Valley covered the same territory in 1999, so if you’re going to make a film about Steve Jobs’ life, at least try something different.
Hit the jump to watch the new clip, click here to watch four more clips, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance. The pic also stars Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, Ron Eldard, and J.K. Simmons. Jobs opens August 16th.
A new trailer for Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs – starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs – aims its focus on the entrepreneur as an “American legend.” Kutcher is seen romping through a field of wheat in the image above, exemplifying this iconic description. America!
If you missed them earlier today, check out a few clips from Jobs here, along with Matt’s review from Sundance. The film also stars Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, Ron Eldard, and J.K. Simmons. Jobs opens August 16th. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Open Road Films has released four clips from the upcoming biopic, Jobs. The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Apple founder Steve Jobs, and goes through the standard rise-fall-redemption story arc of most biopics. I saw the film at Sundance, and was surprised at how a film that showcased an innovator could show so little innovation.
Hit the jump to check out the clips, and perhaps you’ll get a sense of what I mean. The film also stars Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, Ron Eldard, and J.K. Simmons. Jobs opens August 16th.
It’s a reunion of sorts for the two leads of CBS’ Two and a Half Men today as a pair of new posters have hit the web. Ashton Kutcher takes on the life of innovator Steve Jobs later this summer in the biopic Jobs, and now Open Road Films has debuted the stylish first poster for the film. The one-sheet harkens back to the old color scheme of Apple, as a bearded Kutcher makes up the entirety of the poster. The first trailer for the film was a bit all over the place and Kutcher still seems like an odd casting choice, but I’m interested to see how audiences react to the film. Personally, I have much higher hopes for Aaron Sorkin’s own Steve Jobs biopic over at Sony. Jobs opens on August 16th.
Additionally, a new character poster for Robert Rodriguez’s sequel Machete Kills has been unveiled, this time introducing Carols Estevez as “The President.” Carlos Estevez is, of course, Charlie Sheen’s real name, but it appears that Rodriguez is having some fun with the marketing of the upcoming grindhouse pic. The film’s massive cast also includes Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Mel Gibson. Machete Kills opens on October 4th. Hit the jump to check out both posters.
The trailer has been released for the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs (thankfully, no longer called “jOBS“). The by-the-number biopic stars Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder, and traces his path through the rise, fall, and resurrection of the company. The trailer is filled with cringeworthy titles referring to Jobs as “The Original Innovator”, “The Original Rebel”, and “The Original Visionary” because there was no innovation, rebellion, or vision before Steve Jobs and his friends (who he would later backstab) started building computers in their garage. Sorry, everyone who lived before 1976. I caught the film at Sundance, and thought it was fairly safe and forgettable, although I did get a laugh out of Jobs “transforming” by tucking his shirt into his jeans.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Ron Eldard, and Matthew Modine. Jobs opens August 16th. [Update: We've updated the article with a few new images from the film.]
We’ve got a few release date announcements to share. Briefly:
- Jobs – The biopic starring Ashton Kutcher—which was initially slated to open this past April—has been set for release on August 16th opposite Kick-Ass 2, the historical drama The Butler, and the thriller Paranoia. Read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance here.
- Romeo and Juliet – Relativity Media has slated director Carlo Carlei’s Shakespeare adaptation for a limited release on September 6th. Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, and Paul Giamatti star.
- Homefront – Written by Sylvester Stallone, the long-delayed actioner starring Jason Statham, James Franco, and Winona Ryder will open on October 4th opposite Sin City 2, the sci-fi pic Gravity, and the thriller Out of the Furnace.
- Selfless – Director Tarsem’s film about a dying man whose consciousness is transferred into a younger body will open on September 26, 2014. Ryan Reynolds stars.
For a movie about a man who championed innovation, Joshua Michael Stern‘s Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, is awfully safe and conventional. By the end of the movie, most viewers will know as much as they previously did about the tech innovator or possibly even less. Stern and screenwriter Matt Whiteley‘s depiction of Jobs makes one of the most influential figures in American business seem like nothing more like a savvy salesman who bullied people into following his vision. Ashton Kutcher‘s lead performance veers between convincing and distracting, and while Josh Gad impresses as Steve “Woz” Wozniak, jOBS is a bland biopic that never provides any insight into the man behind the Apple.
We’ve got a pair of first clips from the following movies to share today:
- jOBS – Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, this first clip shows off the passionate vision and understated genius of the respective Apple co-creators. jOBS opens this April.
- Bullet to the Head – Starring Sylvester Stallone as hitman Jimmy Bobo, this first action-packed clip reveals Bobo’s bathroom brawl with Keegan (Jason Momoa), a precursor to the eventual ax fight. Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head opens February 1st.
Hit the jump to watch both clips.
We’ve got a few release date announcements to share today, and two of them are on the same date.
- jOBS – The Ashton Kutcher-fronted Steve Jobs biopic premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this Friday, and now Open Road has set a firm April 19, 2013 release date.
- The Counselor – Director Ridley Scott’s drama, written by Cormac McCarthy, will land in theaters on November 15, 2013. The top-notch cast includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt.
- Grudge Match – Also opening on November 15, 2013 will be this Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro boxing movie.
- Ghosts – A new horror/thriller from Lionsgate and Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum will open on January 10, 2014.
Hit the jump to read the press release for jOBS and look for our review on the site later this weekend.
We’ve got another round of Sundance-bound biopic images today:
- jOBS – Starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Steve Jobs with Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, jOBS chronicles the rise of the titular co-founder of Apple Computers. Look for this picture to open sometime in April.
- Lovelace – A biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) reveals the darker side of her rise to infamy. Lovelace debuts at Sundance on January 22nd. The report also tells us that Sarah Jessica Parker’s role as feminist Gloria Steinem has been cut.
Hit the jump to see the new images.