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Aaron Sorkin to adapt Steve Jobs biography for big-screen biopic

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Move over, Ashton Kutcher, because you’ve got some serious competition on your hands.

Sony Pictures has announced via a press release that Aaron Sorkin has been hired to adapt the Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson. The book was the number one best-selling hardcover book last year, and also Amazon’s best-selling book of the year.

Sorkin has been hard at work on his new HBO series “The Newsroom,” but he’s been on a hot streak with his films recently. The “West Wing” writer won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for “The Social Network” in 2011 and then was nominated again this year for co-writing the screenplay for “Moneyball.” With a topic as interesting as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ rise to fame at his disposal, we can only imagine what amazing things he’s going to be able to produce.

Does this mean we’re any less excited for the Jobs indie biopic Ashton Kutcher is starring in? Sort of. That film is being helmed by “Swing Vote” director Joshua Michael Stern and is said to follow Jobs’ life from when he was a “wayward hippie” to his rise as “one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.” Simply called “Jobs,” the indie is currently filming, and the early pictures we’ve seen of Kutcher as Jobs actually look pretty good.

It will be interesting to see who Sony brings on board to star in and direct their Steve Jobs biopic. The studio already has a great relationship with David Fincher thanks to his successful Oscar-nominated adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and there’s nothing we’d love more than to see Fincher and Sorkin work together again. At that point, Sony could hire Snooki to play Jobs and we’d still be on board with it.

Are you intrigued to see Sorkin’s take on Steve Jobs’ life? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Ho Ho Ha

Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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