Was Michael Fassbender’s casting in ‘Steve Jobs’ the reason why it flopped?

Was Michael Fassbender’s casting in ‘Steve Jobs’ the reason why it flopped?


Nearly all of the critics liked Steve Jobs. The critics believe that Michael Fassbender is now one of the leading contenders for an Oscar nomination for playing Jobs, and other possible nominations could go to Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen. I believe that if there’s money going into an Oscar campaign, it will probably be for Fassbender, and possibly Aaron Sorkin for the screenplay.

Unfortunately, when Steve Jobs had its wider release this past weekend, it sort of bombed at the box office. While the film only cost $30 million to make (not including promotional/ad costs), people are still worried. The opening weekend box office? $7.3 million. They were hoping for just shy of $20 million, although I’m not sure why. This film was always going to be a slow-burner meant for people who enjoy awards-baity performances. It was never going to be a huge financial success. Variety noted: “Steve Jobs was too brainy, too cold, and too expensive to make it a success. Moreover, Michael Fassbender, the electrifying Irish actor who replaced Bale as Jobs, lacks the drawing power to open the picture.” Ouch. Variety wrote that in a piece analyzing whether the crappy box office will affect Fassbender’s shot at an Oscar nomination – you can read the full Variety piece here. Basically, they’re hoping that if the film gets nominated for some awards, it will do better at the box office, and if it does better at the box office, it will get nominated for more awards. It’s like a snake eating its tail! Variety also writes:

Few would fault Fassbender’s performance, but his casting may have been disastrous from a commercial standpoint. An Oscar nominee with a series of compelling turns in the likes of “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave,” Fassbender has yet to establish himself as a bankable actor. In fact, a study by Piedmont Media Research found that audiences’ interest in seeing “Steve Jobs” dipped after they found out Fassbender was headlining the drama. Having a DiCaprio or a Robert Downey Jr. in the title role may have broadened “Steve Jobs’” appeal.

[From Variety]

For what it’s worth, I was one of the few who went to see Steve Jobs last weekend and I enjoyed it. Steve Jobs the man was a terrible a—hole to almost everyone around him, but the film itself was good and I thought Fassy was and is deserving of some awards consideration. I thought Winslet did a decent enough job but I actually hope that she doesn’t get nominated for anything. Her accent work was all over the place and she shouldn’t be rewarded for being “brave” enough to wear brown wigs. The script is classic Sorkin, almost by-the-books Sorkin, full of Sorkin-esque dialogue and Sorkin-esque tropes (oh, his relationship with his daughter ends up being significant? Shocking). I did think it was “smart” and I enjoyed the fact that it didn’t feel like they were talking down to the audience.



Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Haven’t Seen Their Wedding Photos Yet

Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Haven’t Seen Their Wedding Photos Yet

Earlier this summer, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux finally got married. They’d been engaged for a couple of years and faced endless reports about how they’d broken up, how Jennifer was stalling the wedding, and a million other things. But in fact they were just fine – they were just being sensible people who wanted to spend a real amount of time getting to know each other before tying the knot.

The secret wedding went off without a hitch, but things have been so crazy that Jen still hasn’t seen her own wedding photos (which were taken by Uncle Terry himself, Terry Richardson).

“It was amazing. We were determined to keep it just private and to ourselves. And the thing is, we haven’t even seen pictures,” she told makeup artist Bobby Brown for Yahoo! Style.

“But, you know, it was just everything we wanted it to be, and [we are] very happy that we didn’t have to see our faces on the cover of a magazine.”

I’ve always really liked Jen and I think she’s great, so I hope this relationship works out for them both in the long run. They’re definitely doing the right thing by keeping the details under wraps and staying out of the spotlight. It’s when you’re all over the tabloids on a daily basis and oversharing every element that things start to get messy


Justin Theroux replaces Chris Evans in ‘The Girl on the Train’: good call?

Justin Theroux replaces Chris Evans in ‘The Girl on the Train’: good call?


I mentioned in a previous post that I finally got around to reading The Girl on the Train, or “this year’s Gone Girl,” which is how the book is being sold – as the must-read book of the year, the mystery wrapped in an enigma, with a film adaptation coming soon. I flat-out loved Gone Girl and I still think Gillian Flynn is one of the best mass-market fiction writers to come out in the past decade. While I enjoyed The Girl on the Train, I figured out the central mystery pretty quickly and I still kept reading because it was a pretty easy book to get through in one sitting.

The book has five central characters and since the film adaptation will begin soon (the film has been set for an October 2016 release), people have been having fun with the casting choices/rumors. Emily Blunt locked down the central role, Rachel, very early on, although I said recently that I could totally see Jennifer Aniston play that kind of boozy mess. Rebecca Ferguson will play Anna, the second wife of Tom (Rachel was Tom’s first wife). I think Jared Leto has been cast as Meghan’s husband, and the Meghan role has gone to Haley Bennett, whom I do not know whatsoever. The Tom role is important, as he’s seen from several characters’ perspectives and he drives a good part of the narrative. It was said that Chris Evans was in serious talks to play Tom, but now Evans is out. And… Justin Theroux is in?

The Girl on the Train, DreamWorks’ adaptation of the hit book, is adding Justin Theroux to the cast. The actor is in negotiations to step into the suit that was to be worn by Chris Evans, whose deal never took due to a scheduling issue.

Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Jared Leto, Haley Bennett and Edgar Ramirez are all attached to the film. Blunt plays a troubled woman (an alcoholic whose husband left her for his mistress) who becomes fascinated by a seemingly perfect couple whose home she passes while riding the train. But after she thinks she witnesses a murder, she begins to realize that she may have been involved in the crime. Theroux will play Tom, the woman’s ex-husband.

Paula Hawkins’ best-seller hit shelves in January 2015 and had sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone by August.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

I’m honestly not trying to spoil the book for anyone, and I hope no one else spoils it in the comments! But I have to say… I think Justin Theroux could do some very interesting things with this role. I don’t hate this casting rumor at all. Justin does have the intelligence and the potential for smarminess to pull off the role.

It always seemed like one of the reasons why Justin got with the Jennifer Aniston Program was because he was ready to become a star/celebrity. He switched over his representation to CAA (Aniston’s agency) and they tried to bill him as some super-cool, avant-garde actor’s actor. When the movie roles didn’t come, he ended up on The Leftovers and he seems fine with that. But taking this role in what could be a major film… it will take him next-level.




Russell Brand Calls Katy Perry’s Lifestyle “Vapid” In New Documentary

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Russell Brand Calls Katy Perry’s Lifestyle “Vapid” In New Documentary

Generally speaking, Russell Brand has actually been a total gentleman since his split from Katy Perry. I suppose it’s what you call being mature — he hasn’t talked shit about her or tried to make her look bad; in fact, he’s been incredibly complimentary and said how much he loved being with her. That is, until now.

In a new documentary BRAND: A Second Coming, Russell reflected on his time with Katy and completely went off on her “vapid” lifestyle and slammed fame, which he hates (despite the fact that it’s fame that’s even letting him make this documentary…)

From US Weekly:

“Oh my f—king god. I’m living this life of the very thing I detest,” Brand is seen exclaiming before a video of Perry is shown. “Vapid, vacuous celebrity. Fame and power is bulls—t.”

According to the Daily Mail, the actor, 40, also mocks Perry’s accent in the film and tells his friend Stephen Merchant that after traveling to Africa in 2010, he realized his relationship with the “Dark Horse” songstress was “not a resolution to anything spiritual” and that “at some point, to be happy, I’m going to have to walk away.”

Look, I’m not arguing with the fact that fame is fake and that Katy is a massive part of that world and enjoys it fully, but come on. YOU ARE FAMOUS. You do shit that only famous people get to do and clearly benefit from the world you’re a part of. You don’t get to slam anyone else as being “vapid” when you’re part of that same scene. Just because you’re not releasing your own perfume or performing with mechanical animals on a big pop tour doesn’t make you holier than thou. Do your yoga and your meditation, fine, but don’t act like you aren’t just as culpable.

They were never going to last and Katy was super naive to think they would. But she was young. Russell is a grown ass man who has been in that many relationships that he obviously knew what he was getting into. Katy is who she always was, so I doubt he only got some rude awakening after they tied the knot. In fact, I’m pretty sure he instigated much of their relationship, so… sorry, Russell, I’m not buying it.


Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield Are Dunzo Again

Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield Are Dunzo Again

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have been Hollywood’s golden couple, at least among the millennial set. They’re cute together, they’re cute on their own, they seem like nice people, and they were never super showy about their relationship, all of which put them miles ahead 99% of their peers and made them super likable. They’ve been together for ages, but they broke up for a while earlier this year, only to get back together a month or so later. However, it seems they think their first breakup should have stuck, because now they’ve split again, and this time is probably for good.

A source tells PEOPLE that they broke up a few months ago, revealing: “There was no drama, they’ve been apart while working. They still care about each other.”

“They still have love for one another. They are on good terms with each other and remain close,” the source adds.

Right, so there’s no bad blood, it just didn’t work out because they’re working too much and have to travel too much for relationship. How can ANY Hollywood couple last, then? If the distance separates you, you’ve either fallen out of love because you never see anyone to keep that feeling alive, or you probably are looking to sleep with someone else. Either is whatever in this case, obviously, since we don’t know them, but I actually liked them together.


Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez Are Divorcing

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Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez Are Divorcing

Well, it turns out the third time isn’t a charm at all, at least not for Halle Berry. Her third marriage is over, as Berry filed for divorce from Olivier Martinez on Monday after only two years of marriage. Apparently she filed the document using pseudonyms, with herself listed as “Hal Maria” and Olivier listed as “Oliver Martin”, and that may complicate things since it may or may not be entirely legal to petition a divorce with fake names. With that in mind, Olivier likely thinks he has the upper hand, as he filed his own divorce against Halle later the same day, and if Halle’s doesn’t stand, he’ll officially be the petitioner. Uh oh!

Martinez cites “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split in his petition, and he asks for joint custody of their 2-year-old son, Maceo. It’s unclear if there’s any kind of financial settlement involved here, but they did release a joint statement to US Weekly about their split:

“It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce. We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus for what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life, and we hope that you respect our, and most importantly our children’s privacy, as we go through this difficult period.”

I guess it’s a shame? I don’t know, it’s kind of the reason you never get married just because you actually got knocked up – it never ends well. Hopefully the kid doesn’t suffer in all this – that’s the main thing.

Is Russell Brand trashing ‘vapid’ Katy Perry in his new film’s trailer?

Is Russell Brand trashing ‘vapid’ Katy Perry in his new film’s trailer?

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In August, a rumor started about how Russell Brand would feature his time with Katy Perry in a new documentary. I didn’t believe the story because Rusty seems to have wholly forgotten that brief period in time when he pretended to be monogamous. Still, he has not trashed Katy in public, although she slammed him to the press for a few years and even signed those divorce papers with a happy face.

Rusty’s new documentary is about to drop, and it looks like maybe he does talk about his long-forgotten marriage. Can you believe they were ever together? Even after looking at photos, it seems like a world away. In this trailer for Brand: The Second Coming, Russell says stuff like “Oh my f***ing god. I’m living this life of the very thing I detest. Vapid, vacuous celebrity. Fame and power is bullsh*t.” Now, he could very well be talking about celebrity existence in general. Dude is a bit of a philosopher, but people do think he’s talking about Katy:

Actually, it kinda does sound like he’s referring to the time he briefly went “Hollywood,” which coincides with the year or so that he spent with Katy. At one point in the film, Noel Gallagher of Oasis reportedly discusses what a terrible couple the two made together, and how he knew it wouldn’t last. Is this really necessary? Rusty is doing one of his crazy “social movement” type productions, so I don’t know why he’d want or need to drag Katy. Ah well. Here I am again, defending Katy Perry. These are strange times, indeed.

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