We feel like we’re just now waking up from a amnesia-inducing coma, only to discover that our dedicated, loyal husband is none other than Channing Tatum! Except in this scenario, our husband is Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs and our coma was brought on by Ashton’s performance on Two And A Half Men. Does that analogy make any sense at all? We hope so, because what we’re trying to say is the new clip from Kutcher’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic jOBS suggests that Ashton is bringing it, intensely-ambitious-computer-genius-style.
Between his sitcom day job, The Butterfly Effect and the fact the Steve Jobs movie is named jOBS (which is the worst), we guess we weren’t expecting much from the Kutch. Before you leap all over us to point out that Ashton has actually been pretty great since That ’70s Show, we will admit that we thought both Ashton and Mila Kunis were kind of blah on that late nineties sitcom, and we were wrong on both accounts. Since we were in the minority when it came to Ashton’s performing skills, we’re guessing we’re also in the minority of people who think Josh Gad is kiiiind of hot in costume as Steve Wozniak in that clip? We aren’t? Haha, yeah. We knew it.
So, y’all know that Ashton Kutcher is starring in a biopic based on Steve Jobs life, right? The working title is jOBS and news has released that it will premiering at Sundance, and will be the closing event at the festival next year, in January. The first promotional picture of Ashton in character as the late Jobs appeared on the Sundance website yesterday — you can see it above — and we have to say our jaws dropped flat to the the ground. Especially if you compare it to the photograph below.
That’s the actual Steve Jobs in a photo that dates circa 1981-82, taken from All About Steve Jobs, which is a pretty incredible site. The resemblance between the two is just uncanny. We’ve been reading reports of how Ashton fits the role perfectly but now we can see it for ourselves. Josh Gad (who plays Steve Wozniak) was right when he told US Weekly last month at the BAFTA Brittania Awards, “Ashton is going to blow a lot of people away. His performance was absolutely transformational. If he looked any more like Steve Jobs, I think it would just confuse a lot of people . . . It’s that uncanny.”
Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:
22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.
21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!
20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.
19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.
18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.
17. Raphael Saadiq: For making old-school soul so now.
16. Tim Tebow: For being the suspected football boyfriend of every “good” girl in Hollywood. And maybe now New York, too? Read more…
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford University Commencement Speech, 2005
The world lost one of its most original visionaries, as Steve Jobs passed away yesterday at the age of 56. Like Edison, Gutenberg and Henry Ford all rolled into one, Jobs and his Apple Inc. gave us so many tools that we’ve almost come to take for granted in our everyday existence. The man improved our lives immeasurably and changed the way we think. His devices made the world a little smaller and a little closer. In Steve’s memory, we’d like to give a FabLife salute and take a look at some of the many gifts he gave us in his much-too-short lifetime.
In 1986, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs bought a computer graphics company from George Lucas for $10 million dollars. A year later, TV journalist Paula Zahn got her first national gig with ABC News. In 2006, Jobs would sell that company, now called Pixar, to Disney for $7.4 billion. A year later, Zahn, having worked for CBS, Fox News and CNN, chose to take a break from newscasting. Both were born on February 24th. Which one is older?