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The Social Network's writer to pen Steve Jobs movie?

Well if you want to make a good tech movie, get hold of someone who’s written one already. Sony is trying to secure the writer of The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin, to pen the screenplay for the movie of Steve Jobs’ life, reports The next Web.

Sorkin is said to be considering the project but is yet to make a decision. both Sony and Sorkin’s representatives have declined to comment.

As well as The Social Network, Sorkin wrote Moneyball, which also featured a smart figure with bags of business acumen, but who was notoriously difficult to deal with. Sorkin is only one of the writers being courted by producers, but is said to be high on their wish list. The Social Network did win three Academy Awards after all, including best Adapted Screenplay.

Jobs also personally asked Sorkin to write a movie for Pixar, his animated movie studio, but he refused, saying he couldn’t “make inanimate objects talk.” Jobs replied, “Once you make them talk they won’t be inanimate,” but Sorkin stuck to his guns, saying he didn’t “know how to tell those stories. I have a young kid who loves Pixar movies,” he continued, “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.”

Noah Wyle, who played Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley, said he would love to reprise his role. “Are you kidding?’ he said. “I would give my eye teeth, in the heartbeat, of a New York minute. there are certain roles you wish you could tackle over and over again. That’s one for me.”

who else should star in the movie? We’ll start you off — David Blaine for Jony Ive. Let us know your casting suggestions on our Facebook page.

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    ‘Barney’s Version’ up for a leading 11 Genie nominations; ‘Incendies’ gets 10

    TORONTO – A 12-year odyssey to wrestle Mordecai Richler’s beloved novel “Barney’s Version” into a star-packed film has culminated in a leading 11 Genie nominations for the sprawling romantic dramedy.

    The movie scored nods Wednesday for best film, best adapted screenplay and best director, as well as acting kudos for Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman. The Genie acclaim follows the Oscar nomination “Barney” received last week for best makeup.

    “We have been with the film through most of the world and have received applause and prizes but nothing is really more meaningful than being recognized at home,” producer Robert Lantos said moments after the nominations were announced at simultaneous news conferences in Toronto and Montreal.

    “Because this is not just a Canadian film but it’s a film about Canadians.”

    Denis Villeneuve’s wrenching war-torn saga “Incendies” racked up 10 nominations, including best film, best director, and best adapted screenplay, making this the second year in a row that the Quebec filmmaker heads into the awards as a front-runner.

    Villeneuve swept the Genies last year with “Polytechnique,” a haunting black-and-white account of the Montreal massacre.

    His latest film is a searing family drama about Quebec twins who uncover dark secrets from their mother’s past. “Incendies” is also up for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

    “It’s always a beautiful honour to have recognition from people at home,” Villeneuve said at the nomination ceremony in Montreal.

    “It touched me deeply and especially for my team, too. they worked very hard, they were very innovative and I’m very proud of them.”

    Other films in the running for best picture include the sci-fi horror “Splice,” Xavier Dolan’s romantic comedy, “Heartbeats,” and the gripping child welfare drama “10 1/2,” which nabbed eight nominations overall.

    Villeneuve battles for best director against Richard J. Lewis of “Barney’s Version,” Dolan for “Heartbeats,” Vincenzo Natali for “Splice” and Daniel Grou, a.k.a. Podz, for “10 1/2.”

    The acting categories feature several Hollywood stars, including Giamatti for his starring turn as Barney Panofsky in “Barney’s Version.” he is up against Jay Baruchel for the “The Trotsky,” 14-year-old Robert Naylor for “10 1/2,” Timothy Olyphant for “High Life” and Francois Papineau for “Route 132.”

    “I am absolutely bowled over to be nominated like this,” Giamatti said in a release.

    “As an American lucky enough to have been in such a great, distinctly Canadian film, it is a tremendous honour to be recognized.”

    Hoffman, who plays Barney’s foul-mouthed father in “Barney’s Version,” is up for best supporting actor, while co-stars Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver scored acting nominations as well.

    Molly Parker and Tracy Wright, the two stars of Bruce McDonald’s rock ‘n’ roll buddy flick “Trigger,” each scored best actress nominations. Wright died last summer of cancer at age 50.

    Other films with multiple Genie nominations include the crime comedy “High Life,” the role-playing drama “The Wild Hunt,” and the Montreal-set ode to high school rebellion “The Trotsky.”

    “Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D” earned five nods and will be awarded the Golden Reel Award for grossing the most money at the Canadian box office. The sci-fi horror racked up $7 million in 2010, roughly $300 million worldwide and is considered the most successful production in Canadian feature film history.

    “We did really well here, I guess Canadians like zombies,” quipped producer Don Carmody, who is working on a fifth instalment of “Resident Evil.”

    Carmody credited 3D technology with helping push the film to record receipts. he says the movie made $50 million in Japan alone, and another $28 million in China, where it was the first horror film to officially be allowed into the country.

    He noted that his slick project is one of several big budget co-productions that garnered substantial Genie attention Wednesday.

    International partnerships are key to getting Canadian films made and seen by audiences, Carmody said.

    “‘Barney’s Version’ is an international co-production, ‘Incendies’ is an international co-production, ‘Splice’ is an international co-production — that’s how these pictures get made at the level of quality that they deserve and with the kind of marketing support behind them,” he says.

    “That’s where Canada can punch above its weight.”

    The Genie Awards will be handed out in Ottawa on March 10.

    ‘Barney’s Version’ up for a leading 11 Genie nominations; ‘Incendies’ gets 10

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