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.
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.]
Here are some recent casting additions at a glance with more information after the jump:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
In recent horror movie news, no project has been marketed quite so vividly as The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Love it or hate it, it was IFC Midnight that brought the film to the public. Now they’ve picked up ATM, a thriller by director David Brooks. The picture, starring Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) centers on three coworkers fighting against a man who has trapped them at an ATM for unknown reasons.
In a less twisted bit of rights acquisition news, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to Roadie, a film by director Michael Cuesta (Dexter). The pic stars Ron Eldard (Black Hawk Down) as Jimmy, a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult who gets fired after two decades of touring. He then returns to his hometown to find that not much has changed. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
J.J. Abrams Super 8 is an echo. It echoes the innocence of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin films of the 1980s, it echoes the imagined purity of small town America, and it echoes the innocence and coming of age through the lens of aspiring filmmakers. But Super 8 never makes its own noise. While the film manages to capture the fun, adventure, thrills, laughs, and characters of Spielberg’s movies, Super 8 never conjures its own magic.
With writer/director J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 opening next week, Paramount has released over twenty new images and you can check them out after the jump. Here’s the synopsis:
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
With the embargo lifted, I can tell you Super 8 was great and it made me feel like a kid again. If I was 12, Super 8 would probably be my favorite movie. It really deserves the Amblin logo at the beginning…
While I’m not crazy about posting TV spots (if you watch TV, you’re gonna see them and see them often), footage for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 has been so scarce that I figure this one is worth sharing. What’s new in this spot that you didn’t see in the trailer? Cars are missing their fuse boxes and electrical systems! Kids screaming “Guys, watch out!” and “Oh my God!” The trailer may have depicted the movie as a nice throwback to Spielberg’s 80s Amblin films, but this TV spot is all about heart-pounding action.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. Super 8 stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, and Ryan W. Lee. It opens June 10th.
I was thrilled with J.J. Abrams’ casting of the superlative Kyle Chandler (alongside Elle Fanning) in the Steven Spielberg-produced Super 8. Neither Chandler nor Fanning is what you might call a household name, but it turns out they’ll be the most recognizable members of the cast.
According to Risky Business, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, and Zach Mills round out the main cast of the enigmatic thriller, which is said to revolve around “three siblings who discover footage of an alien in some Super 8 footage they shot.” The relatively unknown nature of the cast makes for a fun journey on IMDB, which I try to recreate after the jump.