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Ashton Kutcher 'Jobs' movie to debut in cinemas August 16

updated 06:32 pm EDT, Wed June 12, 2013

Debuted at Sundance, film has met with mixed reviews so far

Jobs, the independent biopic covering a key period in the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is now officially set to open in theaters across the US on August 16 -- four months after the originally-scheduled debut, according to distributor Open Road Films. The movie, which has seen mixed reviews overall though generally garnered praise for the effort put in by lead Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, covers his life from approximately 1971 to 2001 and also stars Broadway actor Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak.

The film is described by the distributor as "plunging into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life" and was directed by Joshua Michael Stern from Matthew Whiteley's script. Also featured in the movie are Lukas Haas, Law & Order star J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine and Dermot Mulroney.

The two leads held a talk on the film during the recent MacWorld/iWorld conference in February, noting that their involvement with the film had changed them both personally. Gad noted that he wasn't that familiar with Wozniak prior to taking the role, but had come to "adore" the inventor and Apple co-founder. Kutcher, who had studied in college to be an engineer, referred to Jobs as "kind of a hero" to him and was a long-time Mac user. Gad added that while the film can't be considered historically accurate like a documentary, he hoped that Woz would "understand that this was done with the utmost love, admiration and respect" for Jobs and the events surrounding the early days of Apple.

The movie is not the first theatrical release about the iconic CEO; a documentary interview with Jobs originally shot for PBS' Triumph of the Nerds and thought lost for a quarter-century played selected theaters around the US last year -- and comedy site Funny or Die launched a feature-length satire on Jobs in April that fell flat with audiences. Jobs, however, will be the first feature-length non-doc movie to devote itself to the Apple, NeXT and Pixar CEO. A big-budget Sony biopic that is being written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is still in pre-production and is not expected to appear for at least another couple of years.

by MacNN Staff



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