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Steve Jobs wanted Aaron Sorkin to write a Pixar movie

Steve Jobs wanted Aaron Sorkin to write a Pixar movie (photo)

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In the days following the tragic news of Steve Jobs’ death, many celebrities and people of power have come forward to share their interactions with the former Apple CEO. It turns out that “The West Wing” and “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin was one of the many people who could consider Jobs a friend, and had frequent interactions with him over the years. Sorkin shared his relationship with Jobs in an editorial he wrote for Newsweek magazine, and dropped the bomb that Jobs had wanted him to pen a script for a Pixar movie.

Turns out that that conversation was the last time Sorkin ever spoke to Jobs. Though the Oscar-winning screenwriter said that he loved all of Pixar’s movies and had seen them each at least twice, he turned Jobs’s offer down because he didn’t think he’d be able to pen an animated film. Here’s the conversation as Sorkin remembers it.

STEVE: Why not?

AARON: I just — I don’t think I can make inanimate objects talk.

STEVE: Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate.

AARON: The truth is I don’t know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies and she’ll turn cartwheels if I tell her I’m writing one and I don’t want to disappoint her by writing the only bad movie in the history of Pixar.

(long silence)

STEVE: Jeez … write about THAT.

AARON: Steve–

STEVE: Why don’t you come up here and let me give you a tour of the place.

Sorkin never ended up taking that tour of Pixar headquarters, and writes that it’s something he still thinks about to this day. Does this mean that Sorkin might now consider penning that Pixar screenplay? One can only hope. It certainly would be interesting to see how an animated film handles the fast-paced dialogue Sorkin is so well known for.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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