Kutcher’s “jOBS” movie to close Sundance in January

Sundance Film Festival:

 “jOBS / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Michael Stern, Screenwriter: Matt Whiteley) — The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBSchronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently. Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Matthew ModineCLOSING NIGHT FILM”

I’m so eager to see this movie. Equally compelling is that fact that another Jobs biopic is in production. It will be interesting to see the similarities, differences and critical reaction to each.

Ashton Kutcher looks at lot like Steve Jobs in this promo photo.

[Via  The Verge]

How Breaking Bad was influenced by The Shining


“At the beginning of season three’s ‘Sunset,’ the Salamancas kill a police officer with an axe right to the head. Just before, we hear the officer on his radio. ‘KDK-12 to dispatch,’ he says. KDK-12 should sound familiar, because Wendy says it about fifteen times in The Shining — it’s the call letters for the Overlook Hotel.”

I love stuff like this.

Lucasfilm already rushing out 3D Star Wars re-releases

George Lucas plans to speed up the Star Wars 3D re-releases by sending the revamped “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III Revenge of the Sith” to theaters in consecutive months in 2013. The studio announced the change at the Star Wars Celebration VI fan gathering in Orlando, Fla. this week.

Lucasfilm intended to release one 3D film per year for six years, starting with “The Phantom Menace” (TMP) in 2012. At the time, I wondered if the public’s interest in 3D movies would last that long. Of course, Lucasfilm didn’t give a reason for the accelerated schedule, and TPM did well in its 3D release, grossing $43,456,382 domestically. Still, you can’t ignore the fact that these huge releases will happen only weeks apart.

Something is afoot. I can sense it.

“The Dark Knight Rises” trailer breaks iTunes download record (Update)

Mashable reports that the trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” set a download record for iTunes. The trailer was released exclusively to iTunes and attracted 12.5 million views within 24 hours. It beat the previous download record holder — Marvel’s Avengers trailer — by 2 million views.

I’m still not sure why Apple maintains the movie trailer site (or why people like Batman movies, frankly), but both obviously draw much traffic.

Update: BJ Nemeth explains why Apple maintains the movie trailers: “Apple rents & sells movies online. If it’s the go-to site for movie trailers, it’ll likely encourage additional spending. Apple also hosts trailers as previews for the movies they rent & sell in iTunes.” Good points.