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'Jobs' bio-pic turns in disappointing opening weekend

Movie-goers were not fans of Steve Jobs this weekend.

"Jobs," the movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, brought in an estimated $6.7 million this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, well below the $8 million to $9 million its distributor had projected for the movie's opening weekend. The movie opened in 2,381 locations but came in a disappointing seventh place against "The Butler" and "We're The Millers."

"While it was never expected to match 'The Social Network,' it's still very disappointing to note that the Steve … Read more

Woz on 'Jobs': No, just no

It must be strange watching someone else playing you in a movie.

Especially if they're playing the you that you were many years ago. Who can honestly say they have an accurate memory of the way they were? Time rewrites every line, so Barbra Streisand tells me.

One can sympathize, therefore, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak having to watch a younger actor play a younger him in the new movie "Jobs."

One can also admire that he has been very open in his reaction.… Read more

'Jobs' reviews roundup: What the critics have to say

"Jobs," the Ashton Kutcher-starring Steve Jobs biopic, is now out in U.S. cinemas -- but critics are less than impressed.

The movie, which has a 25 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, focuses too much on Jobs' career and leaves little room for a human connection, according to The Washington Post, which writes that director Michael Stern's effort spends "way too much time on backroom personnel dealings than on encounters that might help us understand, on a deep level, the title character."

Tech site Mashable called out the same issues, arguing that the movie "… Read more

Apple slashes prices on popular iTunes movie bundles

Apple is trying to make you an offer you can't refuse.

Movie buffs now can add such hot film series as "The Godfather," "Star Trek," and "Back to the Future" to their iTunes collections at heavily discounted prices. The bundles run from $9.99 to $59.99, with some available at standard definition and many in high definition.

The first three Spider-Man films are spinning at $19.99. The "Die Hard" collection will make you shout "yippie kay yay" at a price of $39.99. All 10 "Star … Read more

Apple adds new countries to iCloud movie support

Millions more people can now watch their favorite synced movies via iTunes in the Cloud.

Apple added movie support to its iTunes in the Cloud in eight new countries -- Austria, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Switzerland -- now have Apple's cloud-based movie support, according to TUAW and others.

This means users in these countries can purchase movies from iTunes that are then automatically synced to the cloud and made available for viewing on any eligible device -- computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV.

The last time Apple added new countries to its iCloud movie rosterRead more

The 404 1,317: Where we're bitten by a ghost shark (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Disaster relief organization to gamers: We need your help.

- Internet furious with BS Megalodon Shark "documentary."

- The trailer for Spike Jonze's new movie will make you want to take your iPhone to prom.

- Couple says app lets the iPhone communicate with ghosts.… Read more

Scarlett Johansson is the Siri you've been dreaming of

I am about to make some of your wildest imaginings come to life.

Please don't deny you have them. We've known each other for a while, and I've read some of your comments.

You have deeper relationships with your gadgets than you do with your humans.

You talk to your shrinks about this. You tell them that, to you, your gadget is Snooki or Maria Bartiromo. Or, in your ultimate dream world, Scarlett Johansson.

Your wish has been sent to Hollywood, and here I present the command performance of Johansson playing a Siri with whom you'll fall in love.

Joaquin Phoenix already has, it seems. For this is the new Spike Jonze movie called "Her."… Read more

Comcast reportedly cooking up new anti-piracy scheme

Comcast may be creating a new strategy to thwart illegal downloads of copyrighted movies and TV shows.

The new plan would work by giving people a chance to download content without breaking the law. Those who attempt to download a film or TV show illegally would receive a pop-up message with links directing them to pages where they can buy or rent the content legally, unnamed sources told Variety. The links could point to the video-on-demand library of any participating company or to a third-party site such as Amazon.

Comcast is reportedly trying to interest TV and movie studios and … Read more

In new clip, Kutcher's beard doesn't do the Jobs

You will either love the new "Jobs" movie with Ashton Kutcher. Or you will hate it.

Or you've still got a BlackBerry and you're not sure who this Steve Jobs is.

For myself, I have always struggled with the notion of Kutcher as Jobs. I always feared that he was just too nice, too sweet, too all-the-things-I'd-like-to-be-but-am-not.… Read more

Spike Lee: Tech is a double-edge sword in filmmaking

Acclaimed film director Spike Lee grabbed the tech spotlight last week by launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his next feature film. He has until August 21 to meet his goal of raising $1.25 million.

He's getting there, slowly, with help from some incentive giveaways at the higher donation levels. So far, 1,700 donors have pledged $311,000. At the $10,000 donor level, he's offering dinner and one of his courtside Knicks seats. He revealed that one of the $10,000 donors (there are 14 so far) is fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

CNET … Read more