Movie News in 60 Seconds: Steve Jobs, Movie Star; Battling Robots Win Box Office; Shirley MacLaine’s Life Achievement

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Steve Jobs, Movie Star; Battling Robots Win Box Office; Shirley MacLaine’s Life Achievement

Oct 10, 2011


Think Cinematic: Tech visionary Steve Jobs died last Tuesday, and by Friday a bio-pic was already in the works. The movie will be based on a new authorized biography by Walter Isaacson that is being rushed into print on October 24. Jobs was previously portrayed by Noah Wyle (pictured above) in the 1999 TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. (Deadline)

U.S. Box Office: As most analysts predicted, Real Steel won the weekend box office race, earning $27.3 million, finishing far ahead of The Ides of March ($10.3 million), the only other new, wide release. Rounding out the Top 5: Dolphin Tale, Moneyball, and 50/50. (Box Office Mojo)

Foreign Box Office: Real Steel also toppled The Smurfs from their place atop the international perch, hauling in $22.1 million in 19 territories. Real Steel faced competition from Johnny English Reborn, which opened well, but does not open in the U.S. until later this month. (Screen Daily)

AFI Life Achievement Award: The 40th recipient has been announced, and it’s Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine -- which should ensure some great speechs from big stars honoring her at the ceremony, scheduled for June 2012. Warren Beatty, her brother, won the award in 2008. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Director’s Nightmare: Academy Award-nominated director Jim Sheridan was so displeased with Dream House, his latest film starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz, that he sought to have his name removed from the project. (Los Angeles Times)

Protestors Attack Animated Film: Persepolis, which was nominated for an Acedemy Award as Best Animated Feature Film of the Year in 2008, came under fire when it was shown on a Tunisian TV station. Activists tried to set the station on fire for airing the movie, which they claim is blasphemous. (BBC)

Foreign-Language Academy Award: Total submissions hit 60 this year, including the entry from the Dominican Republic, which was previously reported as ineligible. The Academy is expected to announce all the eligible submissions early this week. (The Wrap)

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