<p>Guess who&#39;s got two thumbs and may be working with Danny Boyle again</p>

Guess who's got two thumbs and may be working with Danny Boyle again

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Danny Boyle may direct Leonardo DiCaprio as Steve Jobs

It would be the first time they've worked together since 'The Beach'

Guess who's got two thumbs and may be playing Steve Jobs.

One of the advantages that Danny Boyle will have if he does indeed sign on to direct the Steve Job biopic that Sony is preparing to make is that he can look at "Jobs," the film released last year, and make sure not to repeat any of that movie's creepy tone-deaf mistakes.

It helps, of course, that Aaron Sorkin is writing the film. In the genuinely weird Ashton Kutcher movie, there are no less than two scenes that treat product reveals as major triumphs of the human spirit. If Sorkin was able to expertly chart the way the various relationship dynamics in "The Social Network" shifted and evolved, then I'm confident he'll be able to turn Jobs, Wozniak, and the other strong personalities in the film into equally memorable and authentic characters. Water Isaacson's book walked a tricky line between the typical authorized mythmaking that happens with autobiographies or officially sanctioned biographies and the tell-all end of the business. It's a sympathetic but not saintly portrait of a guy who sounds like he was incredibly complicated as a human being and undeniably brilliant as a businessman.

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<p>Tarantino and Kurt Russell may well work together again if the director ends up making &#39;The Hateful Eight&#39; with last night&#39;s cast.</p>

Tarantino and Kurt Russell may well work together again if the director ends up making 'The Hateful Eight' with last night's cast.

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Quentin Tarantino takes 'Hateful Eight' script out for an all-star live test drive

We were there for this once-in-a-lifetime event

"Okay, we're drifting away from the dialogue a bit. Let's bring it back. No more co-writing."

By far, the most exciting element of Saturday night's live read was actually seeing Quentin Tarantino work with his cast as they performed his latest screenplay, "The Hateful Eight," for a sold-out capacity audience at The Theater at the Ace Hotel.

Depending on where you were seated in the theater, the physical experience ranged from the tolerable to the punishing, with the audience in the upper balcony essentially getting a free sauna as the total lack of air conditioning and the preposterously close rows combined to make the running time of over three-and-a-half hours almost impossible to bear. It is a testament, then, to the compelling nature of Tarantino's script and to the great cast he put together that no one seemed willing to leave before the end, no matter how hard it was to stay seated.

Tarantino explained at the start of the evening that he is still working on the script, and both Bob and Harvey Weinstein were in the audience for last night's event, listening carefully to the audience's reactions, I'm sure. He is currently writing the third draft, and it sounds to me like he plans to make the movie. He promised that the final chapter of the first draft will be reworked completely, making last night's live read the only time an audience will see that version of the ending. That's encouraging, because that wrap-up was by far the weakest part of the experience. It's also encouraging because so much of the rest of the script is already a treat.

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<p>You could, for example, ask me about the &quot;Airwolf&quot; story. Everyone loves a good &quot;Airwolf&quot; story, right?</p>

You could, for example, ask me about the "Airwolf" story. Everyone loves a good "Airwolf" story, right?

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'Ask Drew' #2 is coming next week and now's the time for you to submit your questions

How will you torture me this week?

There was an aptly timed e-mail from a reader in my inbox today. One simple question. "When is the next episode of 'Ask Drew'?"

We'll be taping the episode on April 22nd. After that, we'll be going to a bi-weekly format. We'll be playing with the length of the episodes as well until we find the sweet spot, and we appreciate all of the feedback you guys gave us on the first one.

Obviously, now is the time to send your questions, and while I relish the feeling of re-living high school-era humiliations for you from time to time, I would encourage you to think big. For example, see that "Airwolf" picture at the top of this story? You could ask me about the "Airwolf" story. Everyone loves a good "Airwolf" story, don't they?

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<p>Mr. Boogie&#39;s coming back for &#39;Sinister 2&#39;</p>

Mr. Boogie's coming back for 'Sinister 2'

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'Sinister' sequel hires 'Citadel' director Ciaran Foy to steer the series

Can this series overcome the typical horror sequel stumbling blocks?

Horror franchises are difficult to get right, and it's a built-in problem that seems hard to avoid. Much of what works on us in a great horror movie is fear of the unknown, dread that the filmmaker carefully cultivates. When you end up making a sequel to a horror film, you are automatically dealing with a known quantity, and the more often you return to a movie monster, the more you familiarize it to the audience, and the less effective it becomes.

At this point, I have a hard time imagining anyone being afraid of Freddy Kruger, and if you look at the way they handled him over the run of the film series, the solution that the filmmakers embraced was to make him more and more comedy-driven, robbing him of whatever ability to scare he had in his initial appearance. It's happened with plenty of characters over time.

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<p>Is Frankie Valli trying to pick me up? Dude&#39;s putting out some serious vibe, right?</p>

Is Frankie Valli trying to pick me up? Dude's putting out some serious vibe, right?

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The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' struts and sings

But is there really an movie audience for this kind of jukebox musical?

At least no one's going to be in any position to argue with Clint Eastwood about the period detail in "Jersey Boys."

The first trailer for Eastwood's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit jukebox musical that paid tribute to the Four Seasons arrived today, and it looks like he's making a musical version of "Goodfellas." Vincent Piazza and John Lloyd Young, playing Tommy Devito and Frankie Valli, lead a largely unknown ensemble cast, and I'm sure there's going to be a ton of singing in the film. This sort of story has been told a thousand times, so it comes down to the energy and the pleasure of seeing these guys go through their rise and fall.

It's a good trailer. Solid. Some fun bits in it. You can tell they're going for the sweetest possible version of the songs, and since that was the big hook of the show, it makes sense. This does not look like "Les Miserables," where the vocals were recorded live on-set. Instead, it appears Eastwood's gone the far more conventional route of using a pre-record that the actors are performing to in the scenes.

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'Battlefield 4' leads us to ask do you ever give up on a game?
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'Battlefield 4' leads us to ask do you ever give up on a game?

Is frustration supposed to be part of video gaming?

In "Digital Noise," we discuss the ongoing experience of being a gamer with the world of options available to us all now and ask one question we want you to answer for us.

If I have to make that same tank drive that same 40 square feet of the map one more time, I am likely to pick my television up and put it straight through the drywall.

Since setting up an XBox One in my home office, I have played a few games all the way through. "Call Of Duty: Ghosts" on campaign mode pretty much cemented the idea for me that I do not like the "Call Of Duty" series. There is something very strange about a game that uses real geo-political tensions as a springboard to tell a story in which poor overpowered America has to fight back, an underdog standing up for freedom and bleeding red, white, and blue. At this point, it makes me genuinely uncomfortable to spend time with the worldview of "Call Of Duty," and I'm not sure I'll bother playing any future entries in the series.

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<p>Bilbo&#39;s worked too hard to get there and back again for New Line to go changing titles on him now.</p>

Bilbo's worked too hard to get there and back again for New Line to go changing titles on him now.

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Is New Line planning to change the title of the final 'Hobbit' film?

They wouldn't do that this late in the game... would they?

There are fan sites, and then there are fan sites. The One Ring has been around long enough that they have earned their spot atop the mountain as the end-all be-all source for news on all things involving the cinematic interpretations of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

When they call a source reliable, they've been doing this long enough to know what that means, and they wouldn't publish a random rumor unless they were fairly sure there is truth to it. So let's use that as a jumping-off point and just take it as a given that when The One Ring says that New Line is considering a title change for the final chapter of "The Hobbit," there's something to it.

The original plan for bringing "The Hobbit" to the screen was to break it into two parts. The first would be called "An Unexpected Journey," and the second would be "There And Back Again." When they made the decision to break the story into three parts, they named the second film "The Desolation Of Smaug" and left "There And Back Again" as the final title. There was a moment where they registered a possible alternative title, "The Battle Of Five Armies," but that seemed like something they considered without ever committing to it.

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<p>Wolverine&#39;s winning personality is once more front and center in &#39;X-Men: Days Of Future Past&#39;</p>

Wolverine's winning personality is once more front and center in 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

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Final 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' trailer pulls out all the stops and looks mammoth

Could this be Singer's return to form?

I'm not sure why they're calling this the final trailer for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." With a month to go before the film's release, I would imagine we're going to get pounded with marketing materials that are going to show us more and more of the film in an effort to get audiences to show up.

My own kids have been working to catch up with the "X-Men" series for the last month, and just tonight we watched "X-Men: First Class." I was struck again by just how much I like that film's take on the relationship between Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender), and there is no way to quantify how lucky they were to sign Jennifer Lawrence before she became a giant star. This film may feature an army of cameo appearances from the cast of the first three movies, but it is still very much a sequel to "First Class," and a bridge to "X-Men: Apocalypse," where we'll once again follow the younger cast.

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<p>Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall struggle mightily to make &#39;Transcendence&#39; work, but there&#39;s no saving a film this deeply dopey.</p>

Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall struggle mightily to make 'Transcendence' work, but there's no saving a film this deeply dopey.

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Review: Johnny Depp looks bored by the silly science-fiction ideas of 'Transcendence'

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Consider this the anti-'Her'

Jack Paglen is the sole credited writer of "Transcendence," the new science-fiction film starring Johnny Depp, and if he really is the man responsible for the script, then it scares me to learn that he's been hired to write the big-screen "Battlestar Galactica" reboot.

One of the truths of science-fiction is that anytime we as a culture try to get our heads around a jump forward in technology, one of the ways we do that is by imagining the very worst case scenario, so it should come as no surprise that as we discuss ideas about The Singularity and trans-humanism, "Transcendence" arrives to serve as this decade's "Lawnmower Man," a deeply stupid movie that uses smart ideas as a springboard but without any real sense of what they're talking about. Wally Pfister, best known until now as the cinematographer on Christopher Nolan's big films, makes his directorial debut here, and as dumb as Paglen's script is, Pfister seems to have no feeling whatsoever for the staging of sequences or for any sort of dramatic narrative momentum. Make no mistake… "Transcendence" is a stiff, but one that is produced with enough polish that it almost successfully disguises its true nature.

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<p>Actually seeing Patton Oswalt in the Marvel universe feels like there&#39;s been a tear in reality... a totally awesome tear.</p>

Actually seeing Patton Oswalt in the Marvel universe feels like there's been a tear in reality... a totally awesome tear.

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' are on the run after last week's meltdown

And it looks like Patton Oswalt's ready to help

I tuned in just in time this week to catch Ward's act of betrayal again, followed by the HYDRA symbol instead of the SHIELD one. I'm less convinced now than last week that Ward is faking anything. Those three bullets he put in Hand at close range would seem to be fairly inarguable, and as more back-story was revealed over the course of the episode, it seems like Ward has been garbage since frame one.

That's cool. That's the version of the story I hope they're telling. If he turns out to just be faking everything, it's going to really irritate me. Right now, Ward suddenly got a personality, and he's suddenly an interesting character with some actual dimension to him. If they try to wrap everything up this year by just making him a good guy again, it's going to feel like it's just not playing fair anymore. There are only so many times you can have characters switch sides and only so far you can push them when they're working undercover before it becomes ridiculous. They're in a very interesting place for the story and the characters right now, and I'm hoping they push forward without trying to eventually roll everything back to the status quo.

More than anything, what last week's episode reminded me of was the Super Bowl episode of "Alias" where they blew up SD6, the covert agency that Sydney Bristow worked for. It was a great move, but it also started the show down a creative path that it never quite recovered from, and I think it may have been a mistake in hindsight. If you're going to blow up the premise of your show, you'd better have a great plan in place for how to build from there.

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