Director David Fincher only has eyes for Christian Bale as computer genius Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. Fincher recently met with Sony Pictures to discuss the movie written by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin and reportedly told executives that he’d only direct the project if Bale receives the role of Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO Jobs, who passed away in 2011. Sorkin based his screenplay on the bestselling biography Jobs and the still-untitled movie consists of three long scenes documenting Apple’s most famous product launches, including the Macintosh desktop computer and the iPhone. Sources say Bale has not been officially offered the Jobs role since he’s taking a hiatus from acting in order to spend time with his family after wrapping the role of Moses in the Ridley Scott epic Exodus, set for release next December.
Source: The Wrap
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Mark Wahlberg’s new reality series Breaking Boston has been cancelled by A&E after only one episode. The series launched last week but drew only 311,000 U.S. viewers, according to ratings from the Nielsens rating company. Filmed in Wahlberg’s hometown of Boston, the unscripted series focused on the lives of four working-class women in their twenties trying to break their respective cycles of non-employment and destructive relationships. At the same time, A&E has been pulling ratings in the million-plus range for Wahlburgers, which follows the daily routine at the actor’s burger chain, and recently ordered a second season of the series.
Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun is attempting to mount a big-screen version of the eighties cartoon Jem and the Holograms. According to reports, Braun is collaborating with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and GI Joe: Retaliation director John M. Chu on the live-action project and the trio made the announcement via a YouTube video released on Thursday. The original Jem and the Holograms series aired in syndication from 1985 to 1988 and was created by Hasbro as a method to sell action figures.
Seattle police have finally released photos taken at the suicide-death scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Police recently discovered four rolls of undeveloped film from the suicide scene and made two previously-unseen images on Thursday. One photo shows a box containing drug paraphernalia, a spoon and what appears to be syringes on the floor next to a stubbed-out cigarette and sunglasses. The other photo shows the same paraphernalia box closed, next to an unknown amount of cash, a cigarette pack and a wallet from which Cobain’s identification can be seen. Cobain took his own life on April 8, 1994, with a shotgun in his Seattle greenhouse after taking a massive dose of heroin.
Source: The Guardian
Justin Timberlake’s new music video is also a search for two Long Island lovebirds. The singer premiered the video for his new single Not a Bad Thing on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Filmed in reality-TV fashion, the video’s premise tracks a team of filmmakers scouring the streets of New York City in search of a real-life young couple who became engaged on the Long Island Railroad. The video ends with the on-screen title, “To be continued…,” which naturally prompted Ellen to ask her viewers to get in touch with the show if they can identify the couple.
Source: Rolling Stone
Lisa Kudrow’s series The Comeback could be making a comeback nearly ten years after it was cancelled. Kudrow and series co-creator Michael Patrick King are reportedly in talks with HBO to resurrect the show starring Kudrow as a washed-up sitcom actress who receives a second chance of fame with a reality series documenting her attempt at a career comeback. Originally broadcast in mid-2005, The Comeback ran 13 episodes and earned an Emmy nomination for Kudrow but the show was cancelled by HBO due to low ratings.