In anticipation of the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, original member Dr. Dre will be releasing his first studio album since 1999’s iconic album 2001. The new album is called Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre and will be Dre’s third studio release. Fans have been waiting for Dre’s next studio release ever since he announced a new album titled Detox would be forthcoming in 2002. Since then, however, the album’s release has been put on hold several times, owing to various outside projects, including developing his record label Aftermath Entertainment with artists like Eminem and 50 Cent, and his Beats by Dre series. However rumors persisted throughout the last decade about the album’s existence, fueled by artists like Snoop Dogg who claimed to have heard the project in its entirety. Then in 2010, Dre released the single ‘Kush’, and then another single the next year with Eminem titled ‘I Need A Doctor’, which the two performed together at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Then back in July, Dre announced that the original Detox conception had been scrapped for a new project inspired by the new movie Straight Outta Compton that would be released in August, and tomorrow that album will finally be available for fans! Dre has also announced that the artist royalties from the new project will be donated to the city of Compton to fund an art center for upcoming and aspiring artists in the area. So fans, rejoice! and check out the new album on Apple Music today. Straight Outta Compton opens in theaters August 14th.
Steve Jobs (right) and Steve Wozniak (left) in Los Altos, CA, 1976.
Since being picked up by Universal Pictures, the new biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs is starting to gain momentum, with production already getting underway in Silicon Valley, CA. Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) and starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men:First Class, 12 Years A Slave) as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen (Superbad, The Interview) in the role of Steve Wozniak, the story chronicles several high-points in the co-founders’ careers, beginning with the 1984 Macintosh computer and spanning all the way to the iPod in 2001. Production has already begun at Steve Jobs’ old garage in Los Altos, where he and Wozniak co-founded Apple in 1976. Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is sitting behind the camera for the project, which also features Katherine Waterson (Michael Clayton, Inherent Vice), Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Life of David Gale), Michael Stuhlbarg (Hugo, Men in Black 3), and Jeff Daniels (Speed, Dumb and Dumber To) in the supporting cast. Stay tuned for more news.
Steve Jobs (left) and Steve Wozniak (right) in 1976.
Since director Danny Boyle‘s new Steve Jobs project was picked up by Universal Pictures, some new changes have been made to the supporting cast. Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is still set to lead the film as the Apple co-founder, and Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, This Is The End) is attached to star as co-founder Steve Wozniak, but Natalie Portman has unfortunately dropped out of the film. Since Portman has decided to leave, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network) is looking to fill the remainder of the supporting cast, including the role of Apple CEO John Sculley. News from Deadline indicates that his top contender for that role is The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels, but an official contract has yet to be drawn up. We’ll keep an eye out for a final cast list.
Variety has recently reported that director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) will be taking over production of a new Steve Jobs biopic at Sony Pictures and that Christian Bale will be taking the lead role in the film. When Boyle had first come on he had originally been eying Leonardo DiCaprio to take the part, but that plan seems to have fallen flat and now Bale will be stepping in to portray the late Apple founder. The new project will be titled Jobs (even though there was a Steve Jobs movie that came out a few years ago with the same title starring Ashton Kutcher) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin seems to be pretty confident that this project will be much better than Kutcher’s movie. Stay tuned.
Apple was rumored earlier in the year that they were getting into the auto industry. I know I’m stating the obvious, but those rumors are true. Yesterday Apple made the official announcement that they were integrating CarPlay with iOS7, for select models of cars. This will allow those to use messaging and play music, as well as use a variety of other apps in their car.
First car models to use CarPlay: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Expect many more to be announced soon.
The biographical pic Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as the late computer innovator, opened in theaters across the country this week to some harsh reviews but decent box office scores. The movie has so far secured $2 million in nationwide ticket sales, coming in 6th this week behind The Butler (which has already made $8 million!), Kick-Ass 2, We’re The Millers, Elysium, and Planes. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, however, was not impressed with the movie and said that despite its entertaining quality, he wouldn’t personally recommend the film to anybody. According to Wozniak (who refused to collaborate on the film because a script had already been written), the film, and Ashton Kutcher, portrayed Jobs to be a naturally gifted genius, without the need for personal growth and development that lead up to his breakthrough technology that was the iPod.
Harsh words, but I guess Wozniak would be the most appropriate person to criticize considering Jobs played a crucial part in his life. He did maintain, however, that the movie held his attention and was entertaining to an extent, so if you’re an Ashton Kutcher or Steve Jobs fan it might still be worth your time to go see it anyway; just know you’re about to be told a story that may not be entirely accurate. There is supposedly another Jobs movie that will be coming out in which Wozniak is said to be providing some personal input, and then another film that rumors are flying around about, but for now this is the only publicity Steve Jobs will be getting for the immediate future. The Butler is projected to the top contender this week, having already made $8 million (excluding Saturday and Sunday sales) followed by Kick-Ass 2 which is already pushing $6 million.