And, I must add that the casting of Ashton Kutcher in the role of of Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak was inspired.
Both actors have embodied the look and spirit of The Steves and render strong, credible performances in this much-anticipated film about one of the greatest inventors of our time.
The 2013 American biographical drama film primarily focuses on the life of Steve Jobs, from 1971 to 2000, although Josh Gad did mention on Jay Leno’s show that Steve Jobs’ death is addressed in the film, although I am not totally sure what he means; he never expanded on his statement.
Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, and produced by Mark Hulme,
Jobs was chosen to close the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
It will be released to theaters on August 16, 2013 and, for me, this date cannot come fast enough. Although, a huge part of me wants to watch it via Apple TV or on my iPad! That would be truly iconic, no?
Have a glimpse at the trailer below – it really looks like a well-formulated and thought provoking movie.
The late and great Steve Jobs will be receiving the 2013 Disney Legends Award, slated to take place on August 10 during a three-day event associated with D 13 Expo.
The event has been a long-standing Disney tradition since 1987. The award honours those individuals who have exemplified extraordinary creativity and innovation in their life’s work.
Also receiving the award this year are Monsters University stars Billy Crystal, John Goodman, the late TV icon Dick Clark.. The compete list of recipients can be seen at TheHollywoodReporter.Com.
Steve Jobs is the perfect candidate for this award as his ties with the Walt Disney Company is the stuff of legends.
Here is what the Hollywood Reporter had to say:
26-year tradition, the Disney Legends Awards program honors those who are “contributors to the Disney legacy.” Each honoree receives a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture and will participate in a handprint ceremony. Their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company’s Burbank headquarters.
“The Disney Legend Award is our highest and most coveted honor,” said Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s reserved for the extraordinary visionaries and artists behind the Disney magic, the men and women who push the limits of innovation and creativity to ensure Disney remains truly special.”
Over the years, a total of 237 Disney Legends have been honored. Past honorees include Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Regis Philbin, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.
Congratulations to all and a special Mickey Mouse high five to the late Steve Jobs.
It seems only fitting that, on the first anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, I draw attention to this portion of his Stanford University Speech.
By now, this speech is legendary and most probably will be one of the most significant speeches ever given throughout history.
However, the above video focuses on Steve Jobs’ thoughts about death. It is inspiring, it is courageous and it is indelibly memorable.
It will resonate with you for the rest of your life and, if taken wisely and seriously, may impact the direction of your personal and professional decisions from hereon in.
Steve Jobs was a genius; however, more than that, he possessed incredible insight and intuition that allowed him to touch the hearts and minds of all who came to know him.
Today is a day when we should focus on all the exciting advancements we have come to enjoy because of Steve Jobs’ passion for arts and technology.
Special thanks to 1digitalfingerprint for once again drawing my attention to this video.
Our hearts and our prayers go out to Steve Jobs’ wife, Laurene, his children and family members.
R.I.P. Steve. You are missed but feel consoled that you have left Apple in capable and wise hands.
Today marks the First Anniversary of the death of Steven Paul Jobs, internationally known as technology wizard and visionary, Steve Jobs.
The Radio, TV and Internet news media have inundated the tech community with stories galore about Steve Jobs and many new articles and anecdotes have surfaced as a result of this.
One of my favorite articles is from Forbes.Com. This news release captures interesting, new insight into the quirky, genius mind of Steve Jobs.. It is a great read and I strongly urge you to indulge yourself by reading it.
It is difficult for me to put into words just how much Steve Jobs and Apple have impacted my life.
Before Apple, I was, of course, a Microsoft customer and, as much as I enjoyed the whole browsing/email experience, I basically deduced that all computers were purely functional, incredibly uninteresting and beyond intimidating. And, therefore, that was that! What’s a girl to do?
Well, like any gal, I like to shop, so one day – June 2009 – I decided to visit my local Future Shop ( we do not have an Apple Store where I live) and check out the new 24″ iMac. There was a lot of buzz about this new computer and I was curious to see why.
Long story short – ninety minutes later I was the new owner of the last iMac on the shelf. In fact, it was the store demo and I honestly didn’t care. It had been on the shelf for a day so, truly, it was barely used. All I knew was that I wanted this computer in my house pronto.
What instantly fascinated me was the artistic sensibility of this beautiful machine. My Windows PC and laptop looked boring and tired compared to this meticulously designed computer and, since it had my name on it, I had to have it.
I am a musician, who always loved to incorporate visual aspects into my performances and, now, with my new iMac, I was introduced to a whole new stage.
This was important since, at this stage in my life, I was looking to semi-retire and move on to…what?
Well, the “what” quickly became a distant memory, as I filled my days blogging, learning and consuming everything that technology had to offer. This blog is a result of my Apple discovery.
I like to think that, somewhere, as I type this article on my iPad, that Steve Jobs is smiling down at all the Apple geeks in the world. He created a Disney World – like experience for all of us with his passion for innovative, colourful and seamless technology.
Rest In Peace, Steve. And thanks for the memories past and yet to come.
I love, Love LOVE this article! Finally! Someone who has brought the correct perspective to the recent Apple commercials which debuted during the Olympics.
When I first saw them, I thought they were cute and, somewhat, hilarious.
And, the fact that they were focused on the important role of the Apple Genius located in all their stores was something that we have never seen before.
However, all across the tech blogosphere, these commercials were criticized and berated because they lacked the refined ingenuity of previous Apple commercials. Aren’t we all getting just a little bit pompous and condescending here?
These commercials were never aimed for the Apple fanboys or girls. Surrounded by multiple Apple products, they don’t need to be convinced about the merits of Apple.
No – these commercials were produced to augment sales and communication in the Apple retail sector, attracting potential customers – those who, perhaps, would feel intellectually intimidated by interacting with Apple employees. Regular people with regular problems interacting with Apple staff who are more than willing to assist you in understanding your Apple project or device.
Here is what Philip Michaels of Macworld.Com had to say:
Apple isn’t making these ads to get an approving nod from Forbes or a pat on the back from Ken Segall or even to make me feel good about myself as a Mac user. It’s trying to sell stuff. Specifically, it’s trying to sell stuff to people who feel flummoxed by computers, who think that sitting down in front of a computer screen and creating something worthwhile is as unimaginable as building a rocket ship. Other PC makers leave you high and dry, Apple is telling these folks, but we’ll still be there to help you out.
Whether that message resonates with its target audience, of course, is a different question, and one we’ll see the answer to over the next few quarters. But Apple certainly has enough muscle to put some oomph behind its marketing message. The company ended its last quarter with 373 retail outlets that brought the company $4.1 billion in revenue. Around 83 million people walked into an Apple Store last quarter, and while they were there, they bought 791,000 Macs—nearly half of which were bought by consumers who had never owned a Mac before. At a time when the rest of the PC market saw contracting sales, Apple enjoyed a little bit of growth last quarter. Clearly, its retail arm helped out some in that regard, and Apple is banking that it can drive even more sales with those blue-shirted helpers.
The secret to Apple’s ongoing success and strong visibility lies within these remarkable Apple Retail Stores. It is a playground for people of all ages and, more important, all levels of technological ability. The stores via their Apple employees foster growth, appreciation and passion for technology, and in particular, Apple technology.
Steve Jobs had a vision for Apple – to create a Disney-like experience where consumers would return to time and time again. And what better place to experience the Apple magic than your nearest Apple Store.
His child-like wonder was what sustained him and allowed him to visualize a world that none of us could foresee. It is also this kind of special mind-set that catapulted Walt Disney World to success.
I actually think that we will see an Apple Store at Disneyland and Disneyworld someday soon. With Apple’s strong connection to Disney, it is a no-brainer.
When this happens, then the sky is indeed the limit for Apple. They will have a captive audience at the greatest family vacation center in the world.
Did you enjoy the recently aired Apple commercials? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.