Friday, January 23, 2015

New Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, shooting in Berkeley

Berkeley, CA independent news site
January 22, 2015 1:10 pm by Tracey Taylor

A new movie about Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender (as Jobs), Seth Rogen (as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak), Kate Winslet and Katherine Waterston, is coming to Berkeley on Friday for some location shooting.

Filming will take place in and around La Méditerranée restaurant at 2936 College Ave., and will be concentrated during nighttime hours — Friday, Jan. 23, from 6 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 24, at 6 a.m. — to mitigate the impact on the neighborhood, according to an email put out by District 8 Councilwoman Lori Droste.

The new movie, not to be confused with the 2013 movie Jobs, featuring Ashton Kutcher, is dripping with A-list credentials. As well as the starry actor line-up, the film is being directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionnaire), according to IMDB, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, The Newsroom), based on the biography of Jobs written by bestselling author Walter Isaacson.

The new movie about Steve Jobs is based on the biography of the Apple co-founder by Walter Isaacson. Photo: Creative Commons

The film, which centers on the launch of three key Apple products in the 1980s and 1990s, is said to have been inspired by a 2013 article in The Atlantic headlined “The Definitive Story of Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Phone Phreaking.”

The movie is shooting in locations around the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Cupertino, and at the site of Jobs’ Los Altos childhood home in whose garage it is said Apple had its genesis.

Producers have been casting extras for the movie and were looking in particular for “men between the ages of 18 to 40s with long hair and facial hair to match the 1980s to 1990s time periods.” Women should have “natural hair colors, and no chunky highlights or modern hair styles,” the call-out, published on Project Casting, said.

For the Berkeley shoot, the film requires “café patrons and pedestrians … all ethnicities, some with cars manufactured in ‘83 or earlier.” The listing also noted that only union actors would be able to take part, due to the small number of extras needed.

There will also be smoking “as a sign of the times.” According to the listing, “Smoking will be permitted indoors/outdoors as a sign of the times on this day; must be willing to work around smoke. If willing to smoke, please note in submission, tobacco-free alternatives will be provided.”


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