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It was announced on Friday that the upcoming feature film "jOBS," which will chronicle the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is set to begin principal photography in the original garage that was the humble home to what would one day become the world's most valuable tech company.

In an effort to be as accurate and authentic as possible, the early scenes of the film will be shot in Jobs' old Los Altos home and garage where he and Steve Wozniak put together the first Apple computer.

A Friday release from the movie's production company Five Star Feature Films said that production began immediately upon Jobs' retirement in 2011 and involved extensive research that included interviews with friends, co-workers and mentors.

Producers hope to create an accurate and rousing depiction of what they call the "30 most defining years" of Jobs' life in a film that is "dark, honest, and uncompromising."

Thus far, only the film's star Ashton Kutcher has been officially announced as being attached to the project, though it has been rumored that broadway actor Josh Gad from the "Book of Mormon" was approached to take the role of Wozniak.

Executive producer Mark Hulme said in April that he hopes to get the film completed in time for a fourth quarter 2012 release.

Director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic) will bring tasked with bringing the defining moments of Jobs' life to the small screen. The project is said to focus on the innovator's tumultuous years between 1971 and 2000.

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"jOBS" is set to start principal filming in June. | Source: TheJobsMovie.com


In an unrelated project, Sony is planning to make a major motion picture with its purchase of the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's best-selling authorized biography. The book will be adapted for the screen by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his work on The Social Network. It was reported on Thursday that Wozniak had been brought on as a "tutor", though it is unclear what duties that role entails. Sony has yet to announce a tentative release date.
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Producers hope to create an accurate and rousing depiction...of Jobs' life in a film that is "dark, honest, and uncompromising."

Hmmm...doesn't sound like Kutcher...

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Idiotic formatting.

 

Idiotic title.

 

And "jOBS" isn't even in Myriad.

 

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Im a holly wood producer.  I have lots of money and will do what I want.  Forget what the people think.  They just buy tickets to PAY FOR THE EFFIN MOVIE!

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So the movie with Kutcher is a made for tv movie now? That wasn't reported before. I thought that it was going to be an indie film.

 

I'll obviously be seeing both movies about Jobs, and I hope that at least one of them is decent, though I have some doubts about both of them, especially the one from Sony which is shaping up to be a Social Network clone, which sounds incredibly boring. They should update the Social Network movie to include today's failed IPO from Failbook. A lot of suckers got sucked into that one. :) Get ready for next week, and especially a week from now, because that's when shorting will be allowed.

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Im a holly wood producer.  I have lots of money and will do what I want.  Forget what the people think.  They just buy tickets to PAY FOR THE EFFIN MOVIE!

 

"I don't care that these events took place years apart; they're in the same conversation now!"

 

"Fistfights with people doing the coding for the original Macintosh!"

 

"More drama! Have Jobs rape his girlfriend and THEN claim the child isn't his!"

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 Steve Jobs was about his art ....his products, the Apple and Pixar products he helped conceive. He himself was a reclusive, egotistical person that very few people liked.

 I read the book , it was a hard read. I have and enduing admiration for him. I don't think a movie about his life will be very entertaining, because he wasn't a very nice guy.

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 Steve Jobs was about his art ....his products, the Apple and Pixar products he helped conceive. He himself was a reclusive, egotistical person that very few people liked.

 I read the book , it was a hard read. I have and enduing admiration for him. I don't think a movie about his life will be very entertaining, because he wasn't a very nice guy.

Being nice is overrated, and it's not necessarily a good quality to have. Not that I'm comparing myself to Steve Jobs (I am most definitely not), but I'm not a nice guy either.

 

I also didn't find the book to be a hard read, I found it pretty informative and entertaining.

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I remember the founders of HP making fun of that garage.

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"jOBS?" dUMB. I'm just gonna call it "jay obz" since that's what it looks like.

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Idiotic formatting.

 

Idiotic title.

 

And "jOBS" isn't even in Myriad.

 

Where's the :no: emoticon when you need it… 

 

agreed, agreed, agreed. I love how now it is being hyped as a 'made for tv' movie where before they tried to make it come off as a feature. course in another 3 months we'll be talking about the mini-series as how can you really tell 20 years of life in 90 minutes. 

 

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Look I simply don't believe Steve was born in a garage. Stable maybe, garage never.
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 I read the book , it was a hard read. I have and enduing admiration for him. I don't think a movie about his life will be very entertaining, because he wasn't a very nice guy.

And Mark "I'm being sued for $600,000,000 by my best friend" Zuckerberg was?

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"I don't care that these events took place years apart; they're in the same conversation now!"

 

"Fistfights with people doing the coding for the original Macintosh!"

 

"More drama! Have Jobs rape his girlfriend and THEN claim the child isn't his!"

I laughed so hard at your reply.  My stomach started to hurt badly.  LOLOL.

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I remember the founders of HP making fun of that garage.

Yeah, now who's laughing...? Oh wait, not HP.

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I honestly think a Mini Series would be better.  Perhaps on SYFY Channel.  And call it The Jobs of Mars.  The epic of Steve Jobs life on Mars.  Then every one will watch the first episode just because they will think its about steve going to mars.  Then the other two episodes will flop.

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I think we ought to enable them under our names like other sites have, you know?

 

Guess we should tighten up the other aspects of Huddler formatting first, though.

 

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Look I simply don't believe Steve was born in a garage. Stable maybe, garage never.

 

The Three Swabjobs brought forth unto the child a mock turtleneck, Bob Dylan records, and a square of LSD…

 

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Look I simply don't believe Steve was born in a garage. Stable maybe, garage never.

The garage of the home where Steve lived during his youth doesn't really have the same journalistic impact. I'm not sure a corporation can be born.
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Steve Jobs would not have approved of the lower case j the title reference a proper name. Also, now it is made for TV? I thought this was a indie flick for the theaters.

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That was funny

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The fact that Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen, or tried to, on Two and a Half Men and that they want to use him in this movie shows unequivocally and without a doubt that Hollywood is clueless and doomed.

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Yeah, now who's laughing...? Oh wait, not HP.

You should do your homework. HP is doing just fine as a corporation and deals in far more than consumer toys as is the case with Apple.

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You should do your homework. HP is doing just fine as a corporation and deals in far more than consumer toys as is the case with Apple.

Despite clearly announcing yourself as a troll by saying that Apple only sells toys the facts from HP's last quarterly result were poorer than expected, far below the previous year's quarter, forecasted bad results for the following quarter, and thoroughly trounced by the "toy" company you despite so much.

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So the movie with Kutcher is a made for tv movie now? That wasn't reported before. I thought that it was going to be an indie film.

 

I'll obviously be seeing both movies about Jobs, and I hope that at least one of them is decent, though I have some doubts about both of them, especially the one from Sony which is shaping up to be a Social Network clone, which sounds incredibly boring. They should update the Social Network movie to include today's failed IPO from Failbook. A lot of suckers got sucked into that one. :) Get ready for next week, and especially a week from now, because that's when shorting will be allowed.

 

In all fairness they are both "made for TV movies" in the sense that they are not great theatrical pieces written by talented writers.  They are biopics.  Biopics are typically dull, plodding, retellings of the details of someone's life and it's more important to get the details right than to have any good acting, drama or actual meaning to the film.  They are exaggerated, dramatised, documentaries and thus not really "films" at all.  

 

All that being said, I'm starting to think (the horrible Ashton Kuchner aside), that the jOBS pic might tend up being the better of the two.  The reason being that the subject matter is far more interesting.  The period *before* he was the famous Steve Jobs, when he was dropping acid and doing the garage startup and all that other spiritual stuff is not only mostly glossed over in biographies of his life, it's (by a long shot) actually the most interesting material.  

 

The Sony movie seems likely to be a boring POS that tells the long boring story of this device being invented, and then this device being invented, and then Bill Gates blah, blah, blah.  A person becomes who they are going to be in life between 12 and 24 years of age generally speaking.  That's when the real story happens in everyone's life.  There may be more impressive achievements later on, but achievements are often down to happenstance or perseverance or plain old luck.    

 

Very little has been written about Steve Jobs "becoming" Steve Jobs (the period this movie seems to focus on), and if they do it even half assed well, it has the potential of being better than the Sony pic which will almost certainly be comprised of boring recreations of events we already know about by iconic yet boring characters who we won't give a toss about.  

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"In an effort to be as accurate and authentic as possible, the early scenes of the film will be shot in Jobs' old Los Altos home and garage"

 

Yeah, sure.

 

I'm sure it had nothing absolutely nothing to do with their obviously awesome budget: "Let's go film it in a house."

 

 

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You should do your homework. HP is doing just fine as a corporation and deals in far more than consumer toys as is the case with Apple.

 

Sheesh.

 

Talk about an ironic post.

 

Time to get yourself edumacated, Apfel, and read all about the sorry state of HP:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2027742/HP-exit-tablet-PC-business-face-Apple-Google-onslaught.html

 

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I will not be watching either of the movies being made because it sounds like they are just going to remake Pirates and do a number on Job's reputation.
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You should do your homework. HP is doing just fine as a corporation and deals in far more than consumer toys as is the case with Apple.

 

Sheesh.

 

Talk about an ironic post.

 

Time to get yourself edumacated, Apfel, and read all about the sorry state of HP:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2027742/HP-exit-tablet-PC-business-face-Apple-Google-onslaught.html

 

 

and yesterday http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/technology/hewlett-packard-plans-job-cutbacks.html

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After continued profit loses, poor decisions, job loses, and no compelling products on the horizon I wonder where HP will be when Apple completes their new campus on HP's old property?

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And Mark "I'm being sued for $600,000,000 by my best friend" Zuckerberg was?

 

None of the CEOs of these big tech companies are nice guys. The reason they're so 'successful' is definitely tied to how bad they are (or, as some ruthless people would put it, how competitive they are). 

 

The society still accept these people because, quite frankly, what else can you do about it? 

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I don't get how using the same garage 4 decades later adds any validity to the film over a reconstruction on a set that is made to resemble the original garage. If it's cheaper than a set then so be it, but I'd think some other on-site garage would likely be even cheaper and be just as effective.

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Job's wasn't even a nice guy when he was a kid, let alone a CEO.

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Job's wasn't even a nice guy when he was a kid, let alone a CEO.

So what.

 

Someone like you is unlikely to watch it anyway, so who cares.

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I don't get how using the same garage 4 decades later adds any validity to the film over a reconstruction on a set that is made to resemble the original garage. If it's cheaper than a set then so be it, but I'd think some other on-site garage would likely be even cheaper and be just as effective.

 

Indeed.  It's not like it's a unique or even interesting looking house or that the garage itself had any qualities that helped them out.  they are likely just trying to drum up publicity by releasing little tidbits about the production. 

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Who in their right, unlobotomized mind, gives a sweet f*** whether Steve Jobs was a "nice guy"?  Like, how is that even remotely germane to PRODUCTS??  Products are the entire point. For all I care he could be the biggest A-hole in the galaxy. As long as he didn't kick puppies and eat babies, none of that "personality" BS even matters. When I use my Apple gear, I feel enjoyment and satisfaction. My iPad has NOTHING to do with whether its creator was a nice person. No one in this world gives a damn. Can you produce groundbreaking tech? That's the question that matters. Save the nice guy stuff for your wife and friggin kids. Or don't. As a consumer I wouldn't care anyway. 

 

The man was a genius. Period. As long as the rest of his conduct was more or less legal, every other consideration about him is secondary.

 

There are plenty of nice people in this world. It's commendable but not all that impressive when it comes to product. 

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After continued profit loses, poor decisions, job loses, and no compelling products on the horizon I wonder where HP will be when Apple completes their new campus on HP's old property?

 

I think Meg will sell the company to the highest bidder.... on eBay lol.gif

 

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Idiotic formatting.

Idiotic title.

And "jOBS" isn't even in Myriad.

Where's the 1oyvey.gif emoticon when you need it… 

Shouldn't it read "Get iNspired"?

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I guess Levi Strauss and New Balance were unwilling to pay the "uncompromising" producers' fees. That's why Kutcher will wear ASICs and JCPenny instead. We'll all be blown away by the original garage, though--not.

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And "jOBS" isn't even in Myriad.

Oooh, you used Myriad in a sentence! (Heather would never do that ;-)

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The fact that Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen, or tried to, on Two and a Half Men and that they want to use him in this movie shows unequivocally and without a doubt that Hollywood is clueless and doomed.

 

I wish I was that clueless and doomed and made the same money everyday.

Or wait, you meant the general public, who flock to movie theaters and pay to see anything? Or the "movie collectors" who repurchase the same movies on a different format every couple of years?

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Maybe the filmmakers can get a bigger budget by using product placement with Apple. This would involve mentioning Apple a few times throughout the movie and showing an Apple product or two during the film.

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