Open Road Films to Distribute Jon Favreau’s CHEF; Set for May 9, 2014 Release

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Jon Favreau’s next film has secured distribution.  The Iron Man director’s upcoming comedy Chef has been acquired by Open Road Films, which will release the pic on May 9, 2014.  Favreau wrote the script and will both direct and star in the film, which centers on Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family.  Favreau will play Casper alongside an impressive supporting cast that includes Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr. 

Chef marks a return to smaller character-centric films for Favreau after his recent blockbuster turns with the first two Iron Man films and Cowboys & Aliens.  Production on the pic is set to begin next month in Los Angeles, and the comedy will be opening one week after Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and one week before WB’s Godzilla on that May release date.  The only other film currently slated for release on May 9th—Mother’s Day weekend—is Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Watch: Jon Favreau’s Live-Action Trailer for New Bungie Game DESTINY

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Xbox unveiled its brand new game console earlier this week, and as part of the announcement, a new game from Bungie and Activision was teased.  The team behind Halo is launching a new franchise called Destiny, and a live-action trailer for the game has been released online.  In the world of the game, the hero is a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth following the arrival of “the Traveler.”  This live-action/CG trailer, directed by Jon Favreau, stars Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) as a Guardian of the City who is recalling an important life lesson he once learned.  The trailer essentially gives Favreau the chance to make the Star Wars film he never could, but I’m interested to see more from the game.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Gameplay from Destiny will be unveiled at the E3 press conference on June 10th.

Scarlett Johansson Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Jon Favreau’s CHEF; John Wells’ CHEF Fights for the Title

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The Iron Man 2 gang is getting back together for what will hopefully be a better movie than Iron Man 2Variety is reporting that Scarlett Johansson will reunite with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau for Favreau’s indie film, Chef.  The story centers on a man (Favreau) who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and reclaiming his estranged family.  As we previously reported, the film will have a strong supporting cast with Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale on board to co-star.  I’m happy to see Favreau returning to his indie roots (although in this case “indie” simply means it doesn’t have the gigantic budgets of his recent films), and heading back into a leading role.  He’s so money and he knows it.

But the movie is in for a fight over the title as Sony Pictures, which owns John WellsChef starring Bradley Cooper, has sent a cease and desist letter to coax Fairview Entertainment and Favreau to find another title.  Hit the jump for more including possible co-stars for Wells’ Chef.

Robert Downey Jr. Reteams with Jon Favreau for Indie Comedy CHEF, Nicole Kidman is RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, Stephen Lang Joins Stephen King Adaptation

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Not to be confused with the John Wells-directed drama of the same name starring Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau’s Chef will instead be an indie comedy both directed by and starring Favreau himself.  Joining him will be the world-renowned billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr.  The story centers on “a man (Favreau) who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and reclaiming his estranged family.”  Also starring are Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale.  Hit the jump for casting news for Nicole Kidman and Stephen Lang.

Jon Favreau in Talks to Write, Direct, and Star in Indie Comedy CHEF

by     Posted 1 year, 182 days ago

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After making a name for himself in the indie world, Jon Favreau made an even bigger name as a blockbuster director with Iron Man and Iron Man 2.  But after his last movie, Cowboys & Aliens, debuted to tepid reviews, Favreau took a break from helming giant productions.  (It helps that Warner Bros. put Jersey Boys into turnaround and Magic Kingdom is developing slowly at Disney.)  To cleanse the palate, he directed the pilot for Revolution and a late-season episode of The Office while taking on supporting roles in the likes of John Carter, Identity Thief, and (hey) Iron Man 3.

According to Variety, Favreau is eying a independent production for his next feature.  Favreau is in talks with financiers to write, direct, and star in Chef.  Details are scarce, but Favreau would play an emotional chef who runs a Los Angeles restaurant in the indie comedy.  It would be nice to see Favreau return to his roots, and I bet he attracts a great supporting cast, so I am eager to see how Chef develops.

New IRON MAN 3 TV Spot and 10 New Images Feature Supporting Cast and the Rustic Side of Tony Stark

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Although Iron Man 3 has already had its world premiere, we here in the States have to wait a little over a week before we get to see it.  In the meantime, a new TV spot and 10 new images feature not only the principal cast of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, but new looks at the supporting cast.  We get new looks at James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, Guy Pearce and Ty Simpkins, plus a TV spot takes us inside the surprisingly rustic cabin retreat of Tony Stark.

Also starring Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley,  Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the TV spot and check out the new images.

Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, and More Discuss Their Characters in New Featurette for IRON MAN 3

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Marvel has released a new featurette for director Shane Black’s sequel Iron Man 3, and this one focuses on the film’s large cast of characters.  In addition to a fair amount of new footage, we get to see nearly the entire cast (including Jon Favreau) discuss their characters and how the film stacks up against the first two Iron Man pics.  Naturally everyone has great things to say about the film, but Ben Kingsley appears genuinely enthused about tackling The Mandarin and Robert Downey Jr. claims that it’s the most emotionally satisfying and entertaining Iron Man film yet.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette and click here if you missed the first clip from the pic.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and Rebecca HallIron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd.

Clint Eastwood to Next Direct Musical Adaptation JERSEY BOYS?

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It appears that Clint Eastwood has caught the musical bug.  Though the filmmaker has been trying to get his remake of A Star Is Born off the ground for the past couple of years, he’s run into quite a few stumbling blocks along the way.  First production was pushed back when star Beyonce became pregnant, then the multi-talented artist dropped out of the project altogether.  Esperanza Spalding is the latest choice for the female lead, but Eastwood keeps striking out when it comes to filling the male role.  Tom Cruise was courted to star last year, and the project has already seen Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn pass on the gig.

Now it appears that Eastwood has set his sights on another musical film to direct as his next project instead of A Star Is Born, opting to push that long-in-development project back in lieu of the prospect of taking over for Jon Favreau on the Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys.  Hit the jump for more.

Jon Favreau to Direct One of the Final Episodes of THE OFFICE

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As the NBC comedy The Office winds down its final season, some big name talent is coming onboard to helm one of the last episodes.  TV Line reports that Jon Favreau will helm an episode of the series later this season, though scheduling is still being worked out so it’s unknown exactly which installment he’ll direct.  Throughout the show’s past nine seasons a number of famous directors have stepped in to helm episodes (Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Harold Ramis, Marc Webb, Seth Gordon, Jason ReitmanPaul Feig, Bryan Cranston), so Favreau’s involvement isn’t entirely out of the ordinary.  The Iron Man director has previous experience in the TV world, as he directed the final episode of Judd Apatow’s series Undeclared and the pilot for NBC’s Revolution.

TV Line also has news concerning the now-defunct Dwight spinoff The Farm.  The episode that was to serve as a backdoor pilot for the new series will still air as a part of the current final ninth season, but showrunner Greg Daniels revealed that they won’t be airing “exactly what it was.”  Additional material will be shot in order to make the episode fit into this current season more.

Robert Downey Jr. and James Badge Dale Talk IRON MAN 3; Plus Image of Wang Xueqi as Dr. Wu

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This morning, we have some new comments from stars Robert Downey Jr. and James Badge Dale about Iron Man 3.  Dale, who was last seen in Flight, plays the villain Eric Savin a.k.a. “Coldblood.”  Speaking to Glow [via Just Jared], Dale talked a bit about the tone for the upcoming superhero sequel.  “[Iron Man 3] is really a dark comedy with a little bit of farce,” said Dale. “The trick is to be able to have the audience relate to you. Director Shane Black gave me a long leash.”  We’ve definitely seen the darkness from the recent trailer, but looking at Black’s previous films, I’m sure the comedy will be present as well.

Hit the jump for what Downey had to say about reuniting with Black and more.  Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3, 2013.

Jon Favreau and David Fincher Latest to Join List of Possible STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Directors

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And the director speculation for Star Wars: Episode VII marches on.  If you thought actor Jason Fleymng’s recent bean-spilling statement regarding Matthew Vaughn as the director of the new Star Wars film would put an end to the rumors and murmurs, think again.  We’ve seen a number of names pop up as being in contention for the task of helming the upcoming untitled Return of the Jedi sequel, and it seems like we’ve seen just as many filmmakers come out and publicly turn the job down.  One such name that has previously spoken publicly about the new trilogy is Jon Favreau, and it appears that he and David Fincher are the latest filmmakers to be added to the growing “contender” list.  Hit the jump for more. 

Abrams, Favreau, Del Toro, and Trevorrow Talk about Directing STAR WARS; Plus Recap on Recent EPISODE VII News

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With a director yet to be announced, speculation has run rampant.  Two possible contenders for the job, J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Guillermo Del Toro, and Colin Tervorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) have chimed in on whether or not they would want to get behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Hit the jump for what each director had to say as well as a recap of recent Star Wars news.  Star Wars:  Episode VII is due out in 2015.

Warner Bros. Puts Jon Favreau’s JERSEY BOYS into Turnaround; Dominic Cooper, Paul Dano, and James Badge Dale Eyed for Roles

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Warner Bros. is second-guessing its musical adaptation of Jersey Boys.  The Jon Favreau-helmed project had been on track at the studio for a January production start date and Christmas 2013 release, but Variety now reports that WB has put the project into turnaround.  The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” It’s a whole lot of fun, and having seen the show I’d liken it to a musical version of a lighter Goodfellas.

Hit the jump for more, including why Warner Bros. dropped the project and who Favreau is eyeing for the leads.

IRON MAN 3 Forges Ahead with Plans for American-Chinese Co-Production

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China is already a huge market for American-made films, but looks to increase its purchasing power by expanding the number of American-Chinese co-productions in the coming year.  Chief among them is the Marvel movie Iron Man 3, which is currently filming.  However, a snafu occurred recently when questions were raised as to what exactly comprised a “co-production.”  The two sides hashed it out at a joint film summit held at UCLA on Monday and things look prosperous for the future.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Sir Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 is slated to open May 3rd, 2013.  Hit the jump for more on the American-Chinese co-production of Iron Man 3.

35 Images from the New IRON MAN 3 Trailer

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The first trailer for Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 dropped earlier today, and it’s pretty great.  The big take away is that this looks to be a surprisingly dark entry into the series, especially for the wise-cracking Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).  But there are also some cool details in the trailer you may have missed.   What’s with the tattoo on the back of the Mandarin’s neck?  What happened to poor Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau)?  Who is Iron Patriot beating up on?  There are also plenty of cool images that prove Black, even though he only directed one movie before this one (albeit an excellent one), knows how to shoot action.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben KingsleyIron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3, 2013.

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