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The Standard: Linus, Miguel Go Hollywood!

Dec 15, 2000, 23:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reena Jana)

"With more gusto, Tim Robbins co-stars [in the film Antitrust] as Gary Winston, the megalomaniacal CEO of software company NURV, which stands for, we kid you not, "Never Underestimate Radical Vision." Winston seduces Milo away from a startup with a Mercedes SUV and stock options (a sure sign the script was locked in place before the market crashed). As the film's title hints, there's got to be a Bill Gates in here somewhere, and Robbins does the trick."

"He's got the bowl haircut and glasses, and in a performance that's on the verge of cartoonish, he doesn't hesitate to bully his employees in outbursts as sudden as Puget Sound thundersqualls."

"Despite the obvious parody of Microsoft's leader, the film oddly has little to do with lawsuits. The title is more a play on the fact that Winston can't be trusted; when programmers start to die violent deaths, Milo suspects that Winston is not merely ruthless, but bloodthirsty. However, in a coy nod to Microsoft's real-life enemies, Miguel de Icaza, who created the open-source operating system Gnome, and Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy make cameos as themselves. Linux creator Linus Torvalds served as a 'technical consultant.'"

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