The Steve Jobs Factor, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

Happy Thursday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: James Bond's 23rd may have a title... Octavia Spencer could deal for Diablo Cody... Javier Bardem may return to villainy (animation-style)... And the Nobel literature winner is... and more.

· Steve Jobs -- Apple co-founder, Pixar patron saint and all-around visionary -- lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday at age 56. Countless tributes followed, with everyone from George Lucas to Mark Zuckerberg to Steven Spielberg and many more paying their respects. Apple invited comments from the public at rememberingsteve@apple.com. Filmmakers cited his influence on digital editing (and thus much of the last decade of microbudget and independent cinema). Nikki Finke speculated about a biopic. And it's only getting started for arguably the most influential American of the last quarter-century. Thoughts? [NYT]

· Here's some pretty compelling evidence that the next, Sam Mendes-directed James Bond film will be titled Skyfall: 15 domain-name registrations linking the franchise, the title and Sony Pictures. Do with that that what you will. [Fusible via THR]

· Just when you thought Javier Bardem could never possibly have a more frightening bad-guy visage than he did in No Country For Old Men, the Oscar-winner is in discussions to voice the villain in the imminent sequel to Universal's animated hit Despicable Me. [THR]

· Oscar hopeful Octavia Spencer may join Diablo Cody's untitled directorial debut (formerly known as Lamb of God) as a casino card dealer; Julianne Hough and Russell Brand also star. [Variety]

· Today in migraine-inducing bullshit, how about this: "Reality star John Devenanzio, who says he is popularly known in the entertainment world as Johnny Bananas, has gone ahead with threats and sued the producers of the recently completed HBO series, Entourage." Because apparently there was a bit character last season named Johnny Bananas. Or something. Maybe this is what really killed Steve Jobs: The idea that the culture he helped steward to unprecedented levels of creativity and access could be even momentarily hijacked by a "remarkably vague" lawsuit from a guy who calls himself Johnny Bananas. Think about it. [THR, Esq.]

· Those homers at the Nobel Institute awarded this year's literature prize to Swedish compatriot Tomas Transtromer, the 80-year-old poet also known as "the Susan Lucci of the Nobels" for his decade-plus wait for recognition. [AP]

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