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Trailer offers first glimpse at Steve Jobs biopic from 'Funny or Die'

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The teaser trailer for the "Funny or Die"-produced parody Steve biopic, "iSteve," has appeared online, offering a first look at Justin Long in the title role.



Billing itself as "The first Steve Jobs movie," "iSteve" is slated for an April 15 online release. The project, announced in March, will be Funny or Die's longest project to date, clocking in between 60 and 75 minutes.

The short film will star Justin Long, former Apple stand-in for the company's "Mac vs. PC" commercial campaign, as Steve Jobs. James Urbaniak is said to play Bill Gates, with Michaela Watkins as Melinda gates and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak.

The trailer skewers the tech visionary image of Jobs and the messianism of the Apple movement. The creative team behind it assures that it is not meant to be taken seriously.

"In true Internet fashion, it?s not based on very thorough research ? essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page," Perez said. "It?s very silly. But it looks at his whole life."

"iSteve" will debut on Funny or Die on April 15.
post #2 of 29
I was originally looking forward this but now not so much.

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post #3 of 29

If it is funny they should have given a taste of that in the trailer.

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post #4 of 29

Looking forward to seeing it and hopefully getting a good laugh. Could use one.

post #5 of 29
Not interested.
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How will Americans know it is funny if there are no laugh tracks to tell them when to laugh?
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How will Americans know it is funny if there are no laugh tracks to tell them when to laugh?

Cool it!

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post #8 of 29

Doesn't seem funny

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How will Americans know it is funny if there are no laugh tracks to tell them when to laugh?

Outside of How I met you mother- nothing uses laugh tracks anymore.  At least nothing good.  You're still living in the 90s.

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post #10 of 29
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Outside of How I met you mother- nothing uses laugh tracks anymore.  At least nothing good.  You're still living in the 90s.

Fawlty Towers and Black Adder have laugh tracks which I guess means that the British didn't know what was funny in the 80s.

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post #11 of 29
I can't imagine many people sitting through the whole movie.
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"loose canon"
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Yeah. I'm ready for a parody and some humor concerning him and his life. There is a void now that he's gone and I figured that maybe this would help with some levity, but this trailer leaves nothing to be excited for.

It may be funny and may be ridiculous but the trailer seemed like it was just another serious yet inaccurate portrayal.

I wonder why they couldn't put some
Of the humor into the trailer.

The only thing even remotely funny was him screeming "I am apple" after all the years of him saying I am Mac.

And that still wasn't funny.

I'll still watch it but they didn't have to rush this project. What's the deal? We will be here when it's ready.

All we want is a seriously funny insanely great version of his life depicted on our iDecices. .

Take the time to make it at least Competently sane.
post #14 of 29
I guess they are going to die.
post #15 of 29
Meh. I'll still check it out. I don't find parodies offensive. But I'm that kind of person. Your mileage may vary. If John Hodgman was in it playing Bill Gates, it would be an automatic win.

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Fawlty Towers and Black Adder have laugh tracks which I guess means that the British didn't know what was funny in the 80s.

They probably knew it was being shipped abroad and didn't want it to fail.

 

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Outside of How I met you mother- nothing uses laugh tracks anymore.  At least nothing good.  You're still living in the 90s.

And The Big Bang Theory which is one of the funniest things to come out of America.

 

 

When the options are "Funny or Die" and the trailer wasn't funny...

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Outside of How I met you mother- nothing uses laugh tracks anymore.  At least nothing good.  You're still living in the 90s.

 

Bingo.  And even with HIMYM, the show is in it's 9th and final season...no reason to retool the show for what, 16 episodes?

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Speaking of which, I think the "iJOBS" movie has been delayed for two reasons.

1. It's not very good. "Pirates of Silicon Valley" retread but with less Gates.
It would bomb if released right now.

2. The studio is waiting for the release of the "real" Steve Jobs movie, written by Aaron Sorkin.
They'll release "iJOBS" hoping to ride the wave of Steve Jobs nostalgia.

IMHO, of course.

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post #19 of 29
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Fawlty Towers and Black Adder have laugh tracks which I guess means that the British didn't know what was funny in the 80s.

 

Going back a little further, there's also "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "The Benny Hill Show" with laugh tracks.

(And also a live audience?)

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Outside of How I met you mother- nothing uses laugh tracks anymore.  At least nothing good.  You're still living in the 90s.

 

The 90's called and they want their cynicism back.

 

.... oh wait, I've got the 2030's on the line and they have revived the 70's as a retro bit of awesome and everyone enjoys naive and uncomplicated laugh tracks again. Three's Company is the top hit above "American IdolBot" where androids compete to see who can be the most convincing bad singer.
post #21 of 29
Funny Or Die is being too subtle with this trailer; it's too much like the normal corporate/hollywood dramatic trailer. They've got to ad an exploding head, or a star trek reference in there somewhere.
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Speaking of which, I think the "iJOBS" movie has been delayed for two reasons.

1. It's not very good. "Pirates of Silicon Valley" retread but with less Gates.
It would bomb if released right now.

2. The studio is waiting for the release of the "real" Steve Jobs movie, written by Aaron Sorkin.
They'll release "iJOBS" hoping to ride the wave of Steve Jobs nostalgia.

IMHO, of course.

 

You have a devious and cynical mind and of course, I think there is a 90% chance you are right.
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How will Americans know it is funny if there are no laugh tracks to tell them when to laugh?

 

Gee, I don't know.  Why don't you ask The IT Crowd?

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I thought the line "You need to ride the wave of the future," ... "What if I am the wave of the future?" was funny. The rest didn't quite work, I get the effect they are going for but they made the tone a little too intense to get that effect, it needed to be more subtle. Also there was also one factual error, talking about the Apple apple being the forbidden fruit: it's the apple that fell on Isaac Newton's head, not the Apple from the bible.

post #25 of 29
It's commits the worst sin in a trailer. That was boring. It also wasn't funny in least.
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They probably knew it was being shipped abroad and didn't want it to fail.

And The Big Bang Theory which is one of the funniest things to come out of America.

I enjoy The Big Bang Theory but in no way is it the funniest thing or the funniest sitcom to come from the US. I'd put Arrested Development as the most funny intelligent sitcom to come from the US. The funniest all around sitcom might still be Seinfeld.

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I enjoy The Big Bang Theory but in no way is it the funniest thing or the funniest sitcom to come from the US. I'd put Arrested Development as the most funny intelligent sitcom to come from the US. The funniest all around sitcom might still be Seinfeld.
Agreed- except Big Bang isn't any good IMO. I, personally, love community.

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post #28 of 29
Edit: my bad. Didn't see the previous comments.
post #29 of 29
'Funny or Die?' Guess I can wait for the funny part....
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