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From superhero to tech whiz: Christian Bale as Steve Jobs?

Posted: 21 Mar 2014 08:25 PM PDT

Christian Bale is David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in Sony movie.

Oscar winner Christian Bale is David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Scott Rudin and Mark Gordon are producing with Film 360's Guymon Casady.

A representative for Gordon did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment, while Sony declined to comment on the record. A representative for Bale also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fincher recently met with Sony's Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he'd only take the reins of the project if Bale plays Jobs.

Fincher and Pascal had a tense relationship during the making of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but Pascal believes in him as a filmmaker – and is inclined to keep him happy, according to one insider. It helps that Pascal has a good relationship with Bale, following a positive experience on American Hustle. The film earned Bale an Oscar nomination during a highly-competitive year.

While Steve Jobs is a long way from Batman, Bale has been considered a prime contender to play the tech superhero since the project was first announced due to his physical resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a brief break from the business to spend time with his family since wrapping the role of Moses in Ridley Scott's "Exodus." The Biblical epic is expected to have Bale back in the awards conversation.

Sorkin, who won an Oscar for writing Fincher's Facebook drama "The Social Network," based his script on Walter Isaacson's bestselling authorized biography. That book was, in turn, based on more than 40 interviews that author had with Jobs, as well as interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

The film consists of three long scenes regarding Apple's buzzed-about product launches, including the Mac, NeXT (after Jobs had left Apple) and the iPod.

Production could begin before the end of the year, though an early 2015 start is more likely, as both Bale and Fincher will be busy this fall promoting their respective movies, Exodus and Gone Girl. Though Open Road's Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher, grossed only US$35mil (RM115.8mil) worldwide, Sony believes that there is considerable interest across the globe in a Steve Jobs movie made by and featuring A-list talent.

Bale, who will soon be seen in a pair of Terrence Malick movies, has no firm attachments to movies in development. The notoriously selective actor won an Oscar for his supporting performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter. He's repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman. – Reuters

Movies coming soon: Anime buffet

Posted: 21 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Three feature films for anime fans.

FROM March 27, anime fans can check out three feature films released exclusively at eight GSC locations (Mid Valley, Pavilion KL, 1 Utama, Paradigm Mall, Aeon Bandaraya Melaka, Gurney Plaza, Suria Sabah and CityONE Megamall). The films are Lupin The 3rd Vs Detective Conan The Movie, Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission and Magical Sisters Yoyo And Nene.

This "Anime Showcase" is organised by GSC Movies and Odex Pte Ltd, a Singaporean company and a pioneer in that country's anime market. Those interested can buy the tickets now via GSC e-Payment (, its mobile app, and from the participating cinemas' ticket counter.

Apart from being able to catch the films, ticketholders can also redeem one item of anime merchandise at the Odex booth at the Animax Carnival (March 29 and 30) at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Level 3. Please take note that this offer is valid while stocks last and only during the Animax Carnival in Kuala Lumpur.

Lupin The Third Vs Detective Conan The Movie

A new mineral with stealth properties is discovered in a faraway land. Unfortunately, this discovery attracts the wrong crowd, one guy by the name of Arsene Lupin III. Meanwhile, Vespania's Queen Sakura dies and her son Prince Gill follows soon after. This leaves the royal house in disarray.

When a new ruler is appointed, she becomes the target of everyone's suspicion. Our little hero, Detective Conan, comes into the picture when he sees the new queen in trouble at a party he is attending. Directed by Hajime Kamegaki, with the voices of Minami Takayama (Conan) and Kanichi Kurita (Arsene Lupin III).

Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission

The second feature-length anime film based on the hugely popular Hunter X Hunter manga, which revolves around Gon, a powerful "Hunter" who specialises in fantastical quests for strange relics, unknown creatures, hidden treasure and so on. The Last Mission delves into the murky past of Isaac Netero, chairman of the Hunters Association, and the shadowy Jed, a user of the "On" power that derives its power from hatred.

When the Battle Olympia Tournament comes under attack by a group of On-using warriors hell-bent on killing all Hunters, Gon and his friend Killua are forced to find the source of the invasion and in the process, discover the dark secrets that Netero has been hiding all these years. Voice talents include Mariya Ise, Megumi Han, Chisa Yokoyama and Daisuke Namikawa.

Magical Sisters Yoyo And Nene

When a big tree entangled with a tall building suddenly appears out of nowhere, sisters Yoyo and Nene, who have magical abilities, go and check it out. They are suddenly transported away from their world to a place where weird happenings are going on. Ai Kakuma lends her voice to Nene and Sumire Morohoshi voices Yoyo.


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