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Ashton Kutcher urges teens to work hard, 'always be sexy' -- VIDEO

After 35 years of hair-flipping, punking, and furious tweeting, Ashton Kutcher has decided to pass his accumulated wisdom on to the next generation.

His big speech came at last night’s Teen Choice Awards, which honored That ’70s Show‘s ex-star with something called the Ultimate Choice prize — a badge Kutcher characterizes as “the old guy award.” (Past recipients Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift might beg to differ — but 35 is like 350 in Hollywood years, so.)

Maybe going into what could be Two and a Half Men‘s final season is making him feel introspective; maybe he’s still channeling Steve Jobs.

Whatever the reason, Kutcher took this opportunity first to come clean about something that’s been making him “feel like a fraud” for the past 16 years — “Ashton is my middle name. My first name’s Chris.” GASP!! — and then to share three important things he learned back when he was still known as Chris.

“The first thing is about opportunity,” Kutcher began. The second thing is about being sexy.” [Pause for squeals] “And the third thing is about living life.”


'iSteve': 5 best moments from Funny or Die's Steve Jobs biopic


Funny or Die’s feature-length Steve Jobs biopic starring Justin Long has arrived. It’s long. It features at least one scene of virtual sex and two acid trips. It’s not fair to call iSteve (written and directed by Ryan Perez) a 78-minute sketch — it’s actually a movie, mostly. (“Cut entirely on iMovie,” the credits tell us.) Long’s Jobs himself speaks to us from a velvety-dark room. Is it heaven? What it is is a version of Jobs’ life from the peanut gallery: He’s a “renegade, a rebel, one of a kind, a bit of a loose cannon, a maverick, anti-establishment, a free thinker, a genius of sorts, a craftsmen, an engineer, a prophet and a poet, rolled into one.” Everyone else is either writing him sad letters on notepad paper (hi, Steve Wozniak!) or giving him good ideas to steal. Like I said: virtual sex.

Here are the five best moments from iSteve’s, the not-exactly-definitive story of Jobs’ life:


'iSteve' trailer: First look at Funny or Die's Steve Jobs movie -- VIDEO

Remember when news broke about Funny or Die’s full-length Steve Jobs biopic, starring former Apple pitchman Justin Long — a film that seems specifically created as an insult to Ashton Kutcher and Aaron Sorkin, who both have actual genuine Steve Jobs biopics waiting in the wings? Well, the first trailer for iSteve has just hit the internet. The clip features barely any video, but it does feature a ton of voiceover biopic boilerplate (“You gotta ride the wave of the future.” “What if I am the wave of the future?”) It also features one shot of Justin Long screaming “I AM APPLE!” in close-up. In short, iSteve appears to treat its material with the appropriate gravitas. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

This is not a joke: Funny or Die made its own Steve Jobs biopic

Watch out, Ashton Kutcher and Aaron Sorkin — the Steve Jobs biopic field is even more crowded than you thought.

Funny or Die revealed yesterday that it, too, has crafted a close-to-full-length film about Apple’s visionary, starring Justin Long. The actor is an appropriate lead for two reasons. First of all, he played the Mac in the computer company’s classic “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commercials. Secondly, the film’s run time is somewhere between 60 and 75 minutes, making it by far Funny or Die’s most lengthy project to date. You know… its Longest.

Just don’t expect something as scrupulously crafted as either Kutcher’s Jobs or Sorkin’s yet-unnamed Jobs movie.  READ FULL STORY

President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and Steve Jobs join Bartlett's club

So much has changed since we last heard from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” a decade ago.

Barack Obama was a state legislator. Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla. Steve Jobs had just introduced a portable music player called the iPod.

And digital books were a relic from the dot-com bubble.

The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, Justin Kaplan, of incorporating popular culture into an anthology once known for classical citations. Shakespeare and the Bible still reign, but room also has been made for Madonna and Michael Moore, Justin Timberlake and Jon Stewart.

“I also added a great many quotes that originated in other languages. So I would say the new edition has a more international scope,” says O’Brien, an author and critic and editor in chief of the Library of America, which publishes hardcover volumes of canonical American authors. READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin hates the Internet. Why does he keep writing about tech geniuses?

Aaron Sorkin needs to clear a space on his cluttered mantle. The king of the walk-and-talk recently signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography — and considering how many awards The Social Network won, it’s safe to guess that Sorkin’s next peek behind the computer screen will be similarly celebrated.

But even though Sorkin snagged an Oscar for writing about the technorati, it’s still deeply weird that he somehow became Hollywood’s go-to tech biopic scribe. Sorkin has long had a love-hate relationship with computers — accent on the hate.

After getting into a string of online arguments with Television Without Pity posters in the early ’00s, Sorkin wrote an episode of The West Wing that featured a subplot about how horrible Internet users are. (Josh to C.J., on a certain site: “It’s a crazy place. It’s got this dictatorial leader who I’m sure wears a muumuu and chain smokes Parliaments.” C.J. to Josh: “The people on these sites, they’re the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!”) An episode of Studio 60 also revolved partially around the characters’ reactions to a critical blogger; as one opined, “It’s like we’ve all spent the last five years living in a Roger Corman film called Revenge of the Hack.” Another dismissed the blogger as someone with “a freezer full of Jenny Craig” who sits “surrounded by her five cats.” Even the new trailer for Sorkin’s upcoming HBO drama, The Newsroom, includes a moment in which Jeff Daniels’ character reacts with disdain when Dev Patel’s character mentions his blog.

And then there are the various Internet bashing comments Sorkin himself has made over the years. Here’s a sampling of his greatest hits:


Sherri Shepherd dishes out celebrity advice after 'DWTS' exit -- VIDEO

Sherri Shepherd’s shocking elimination from Dancing With the Stars last night could have been an occasion for the The View co-host to rail against the judges or begrudge her fellow competitor, who had a lower score on Monday’s performance episode. Instead, Shepherd set the Internet ablaze with her inspirational words to fans: “That thing that scares you the most, that makes you say, ‘I don’t know if I can do it, I’m scared — run towards it because it’s so amazing on the other side.”

Shepherd joins a long list of celebrities who have doled out affirming advice. Below, watch Shepherd’s decidedly less tearful appearance on Good Morning America with partner Val Chmerkovskiy today, then and help us run down some of our favorite celeb’s words to live by. READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak's blessing to play Steve Jobs

Regardless of what the public thinks, Ashton Kutcher has a stamp of approval to portray late Apple founder Steve Jobs from at least one inside source. According to TMZ, Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in founding the computer dynasty, is A-OK with the casting news.

“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now,” said Wozniak, “but I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s on board. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.”

The indie biopic, from Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern, goes simply by the name Jobs and will reportedly follow the tech impresario’s transition “from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple.” It’s set to begin filming next month. READ FULL STORY

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