Entries in Films (5)


Steve Jobs Movie Won’t Be Full Biography, Says Aaron Sorkin

Shahn Kermani/Liaison(LOS ANGELES) -- While Ashton Kutcher gets ready to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie, Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, is preparing another -- he plans to adapt Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs into a film.

“I am at the earliest possible stage with ‘Steve Jobs.’ What I will do is go through a long period that will not look to a casual observer like writing,” Sorkin said during an interview at the All Things D conference in Los Angeles.

Sorkin also likened writing about Jobs to writing about The Beatles.

“To be honest with you, one of the hesitations I had was that this was a little like writing about The Beatles," Sorkin said. "There are so many people out there that know him and revere him; I saw a minefield of disappointment. Hopefully, when I’m done with my research I’ll be in the same ballpark as some of the folks in here in terms of their knowledge about Jobs.”

Sorkin also discussed the challenges of turning a biography into a movie and said the movie won’t likely cover Jobs’ entire life. “When biographies are turned into movies it is hard to shake the cradle to grave. I probably instead will identify the point of friction that appeals to me and dramatize that,” he said.

Sorkin gave a nod to that other Steve Jobs movie, the one in which Ashton Kutcher is starring, and said he believes that “there is room for more than one movie.”

As for who might play Apple’s legendary founder in his film, Sorkin said he is still unsure. "I don’t know who the actor will be, but they are going to have to be smart. There are a lot of things actors can fake. Intelligence is something you cannot fake.”

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Stallone: Action Genre Is 'Fading Away'

Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Hollywood Awards(LOS ANGELES) -- Making no bones about his own creaking bones and the passing of time, Sylvester Stallone calls aging action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and himself, "old war horses" in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"This genre unfortunately is becoming…let's just say it's fading away," Sly said. "You have the superheroes today which are possessed with all extraordinary powers...And then you have a bunch of us which is just your basic male-pattern badness."

Stallone, whose Expendables 2 brings back Ah-nuld as well as a number of one-time cinematic superstars like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, opens on August 17. He admits he was once "competitive" with Schwarzenegger regarding their action hero status. "A little alpha territorial," the former Rocky star says. "And then we realised it was good for our careers [to work together]."

The pair appeared together onscreen briefly in 2010's The Expendables, but that role was just a cameo for the former Terminator star. The sequel expands his role, and the pair fully team up in the prison break-out movie The Tomb, which they're currently filming.

Sporting grey hair and a grey goatee, Schwarzenegger tells ET, "We worked really well together. The funny thing is we have tried, I think, our entire careers to always work together. We have talked about it for three decades and it never happened. I think we tried maybe too hard...But now after the governorship, somehow this just fell into place."

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New Roles for 'The Help' 

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Three Oscar-nominated actresses from The Help have landed new roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis has been cast in Beautiful Creatures, about a teen boy drawn to a mysterious girl in a Southern town. The project is based on the book series of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. According to Variety, Davis will also star in a futuristic alien-invasion drama titled Ender's Game.

The Hollywood Reporter says Octavia Spencer will appear in a sci-fi flick titled Snow Piercer, about a revolution on a train in a futuristic world where a new Ice Age has destroyed virtually all life on the planet. Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans will also star in the film.

Finally, Jessica Chastain will join Warrior actor Joel Edgerton in a double feature, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, exploring the lives of a New York City couple as they struggle with their marriage. Each film will tell the story from a different perspective.

Davis is a strong contender in the best-actress Oscar race for her performance in The Help, while Spencer and Chastain will oppose one another in the best-supporting-actress category.

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Weekend Box Office: One Alien Movie Kills, Another Flops

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- In the battle at the box office, one film demolished the competition. Battle: Los Angeles beat the other movies and expectations, pulling in an estimated $36 million, $9 million more than some predicted. The alien invasion movie didn't get great reviews from critics, but is averaging a B rating from moviegoers, according to CinemaScore.

The animated Johnny Depp lizard western Rango held strong in its second week, coming in second, followed by Red Riding Hood and The Adjustment Bureau.

It was a disappointing opening for Mars Needs Moms. It's fifth place, estimated $7 million was $10 million less than some had predicted.

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Weekend Box Office Good to the Lizards

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Rango, about a confused chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp, blew away the competition at this weekend's box office, earning a better than expected estimated $38 million – more than enough for an easy win over another debut, the Matt Damon/Emily Blunt sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau.

Rounding out the top five were a surprise third place showing for the romance Beastly, then last week's number one – the comedy, Hall Pass – and Gnomeo & Juliet.

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