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The saga of the hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto gets more and more bizarre/interesting. For those following along at home:

Dorian Nakamoto, who now goes by the name Satoshi Nakamoto but is saying he’s not the Satoshi Nakamoto, also happens to have a neighbor in his small town who is a crypto expert, Hal Finney. Finney is also saying he’s not Satoshi Nakamoto, but incidentally was on the receiving end of the first Bitcoin transaction.

Finney also has old correspondence with the real Satoshi to prove he’s not the creator of Bitcoin. But for the past few years, he’s been suffering from ALS, which makes it very hard for him to communicate. Yet his old writing style is similar to that of Satoshi Nakamoto.

Does anyone else get the feeling that this is starting to play out a bit too close to the plot of The Usual Suspects?

Papa Vinyard:

J.J. Abrams may be keeping his cards as close to his chest as humanly possible, but that didn’t stop Disney chairman Bob Iger from letting some basic details slip to investors. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Iger revealed some basic info about a few of their projects, including EPISODE VII. Aside from mentioning that it “really looks amazing,” he officially revealed that the film will take place 30 years after RETURN OF THE JEDI (which puts it at approximately 34 ABY in the SW timeline). He also mentioned we’ll be seeing some “familiar faces,” all but confirming that the vets of this franchise, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Calrissian, and a certain former carpenter, will be making their triumphant returns in the new installment.

Given that it will have been about 32 1/2 years after the release of JEDI when EPISODE VII finally comes out, it’s not any massive revelation that the SW timeline will just about follow suit accordingly. Plus, any sequel of any sort pretty much assumes you’ll be seeing at least some “familiar faces.” Still, it’s safe to assume that Iger, while not “really in the process,” has total access to any and all SW info he wants, so these tidbits feel like more than uninformed misinformation for the public (like, say, J.J. ASSURING us that Khan wasn’t the INTO DARKNESS villain).

But how old will Jar Jar Binks be?

Jeff Sneider:

Oscar winner Christian Bale is David Fincher’s choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

While Steve Jobs is a long way from Batman, Bale has been considered a prime contender to play the tech superhero since the project was first announced due to his physical resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a brief break from the business to spend time with his family since wrapping the role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus.” The Biblical epic is expected to have Bale back in the awards conversation.

I would fully endorse this casting choice. Not only is there a physical resemblance, some might say there’s a similar temperament as well.