Jon Favreau very clearly has something he’s eager say in his latest directorial endeavor, Chef, but there’s no harm in letting him use the film to express his feelings when he’s doing so in a highly entertaining and motivating manner.
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a talented chef working in a popular Los Angeles restaurant. The problem is, it’s not his restaurant and the owner is afraid of losing a good thing so demands that Carl push creativity aside in order to maintain their clientele with the familiar menu. When a popular food critic calls Carl out for playing it safe and sticking to the same old dishes, Carl loses his temper in the midst of a packed night and winds up an Internet sensation. Trouble is, Internet infamy doesn’t equal job opportunities and now, the only way for Carl to clear his name and get back on his feet is by taking the plunge and finally trying to do things his way – in a food truck. Hit the jump for my full review of Chef from the SXSW Film Festival.
There’s no trailer for writer-director-star Jon Favreau’s comedy Chef just yet, but the first clip is now available. The film is primed to make its premiere at SXSW. In fact, Favreau and co-star Robert Downey Jr. recently appeared in a video unveiling posters specially designed with the festival in mind. Chef centers on a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) in order to recapture his artistic promise. Scarlett Johansson also stars.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Chef opens in theaters starting May 9th.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck‘s (Easy A) new musical adaptation Annie. The redo stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. The film is very clearly a modern day update of the story, as it bears little resemblance to the 1982 film adaptation of the same musical. Wallis appears to be sufficiently charming in the lead role, and Diaz puts an interesting spin on the mean Miss Hannigan sans drinking habit. Some of the music is rather heavy on the auto-tune, but all-in-all this looks to be a fairly entertaining musical aimed squarely at families looking for an agreeable holiday movie outing.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z, the film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. Annie opens in theaters on December 19th.
Open Road has released eight new images from Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau. Favreau also stars as Carl Casper, a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) to recapture his artistic promise. After years of big-budget fare like Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, Favreau is scaling back for his latest effort—well, except for the cast. Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey, Jr. co-star.
Chef premieres at SXSW in March before hitting theaters May 9. Check out the images after the jump.
Though the movie may be currently overshadowed by decades old events that have no bearing on the film itself, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his stronger late-period films, with a brilliant performance by Cate Blanchett as a woman of money who finds herself living with her sister (Sally Hawkins) and on the verge of madness. My review of Blue Jasmine follows after the jump.
Brother’s Keeper, a new indie dramedy executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, has landed Nick Kroll (The League), Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire). Scripted by Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive, the story centers on “a young, narcissistic entrepreneur who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s launch. He leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged, pregnant sister and his brother-in-law (to be played by real-life item Byrne and Cannavale) and his 3-year-old nephew, only to end up becoming their nanny.” Ross Katz (Taking Chance) will direct the film, which plans on starting production in New York in January. (Via THR)
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Lovelace opens today in limited release.]
The world wanted to possess Linda Lovelace. Celebrity always involves an aspect of ownership (it’s why we feel justified in judging the lives of famous people even though they’re personally strangers to us), but Lovelace was treated as a possession by her family, her husband, and ultimately the world as she became famous not for any aspect of her personality, but because she had one particular talent. In Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s biopic Lovelace, the filmmakers change the narrative of Lovelace from sex icon to victim of domestic abuse. The movie finds a tenuous connection between the public and private possession of Lovelace, but the narrative’s strength comes from stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard taking a mature approach to domestic violence, which helps Lovelace rise above its melodrama and poor structure.
Radius-TWC and Millennium Entertainment have released the trailer for the biopic, Lovelace. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star who rose to prominence following 1972’s Deep Throat, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success. Lovelace would eventually go on to claim that her husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) physically and verbally abused her, and coerced her into the pornography business. When I caught the film at Sundance, I thought the script and structure were somewhat weak, but Seyfried and Sarsgaard saved the picture with their memorable performances. This trailer does what most indie trailers are doing these days: showing you the whole movie to the point where there are scenes from the very end. It’s disheartening because not only is it a lazy way of making trailer, but it’s probably turning more people away from the movie rather than drawing them in.
If this approach doesn’t bother you, hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James Franco. Lovelace opens August 9th.
A number of new images from Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine have made their way online. The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal. As we saw from the fantastic first trailer, the film finds Allen navigating considerably darker territory than his recent efforts, and the culture clash between Blanchett’s socialite character and the more blue collar sensibilities of Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, and Bobby Cannavale is incredibly enticing.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Max Casella. Blue Jasmine opens on July 26th. [Update: We've updated the article with more high-resolution images.]
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Woody Allen‘s new film Blue Jasmine. The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal. Jasmine looks to take on a considerably darker tone that Allen’s recent output, but there’s still plenty of humor sprinkled throughout – particularly pertaining to Blanchett’s socialite clashing with her sister’s blue collar friends (played by the likes of Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale). Blanchett looks to be giving an incredibly strong lead performance supported by an unsurprisingly talented ensemble, and I’m definitely enthused by the prospect of Allen once again tackling a character who is in the midst of an emotional crisis.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. Blue Jasmine opens in limited release on July 26th.
Here’s the latest casting news for the small screen:
- Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) is in talks to star in another HBO pilot, an untitled rock ‘n’ roll series executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, along with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
- In a bit of anti-casting news, Justin Chatwin will not be returning to season four of Showtime’s Shameless as a series regular, but may appear in future episodes.
Hit the jump for more on both stories.
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.
Three first-time directors and a Brett Ratner did some casting today:
- Annette Benning and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) are in negotiations to star opposite Al Pacino in Imagine, the directorial debut of writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love).
- Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) star as two opposites in a co-dependent friendship in Life Partners, the directorial debut of Susanna Fogel. Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott, and Beth Dover co-star.
- Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) is in negotiations for the female lead in Dracula. Luke Evans stars in Gary Shore‘s directorial debut.
- Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Chernobyl Diaries) landed the female lead in Ratner’s Hercules. Dwayne Johnson plays the titular Greek hero. Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes co-star.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Three new images have been released from Woody Allen‘s upcoming film, Blue Jasmine. The romantic comedy is described as “the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.” Details on the plot remain scarce, but Allen, as always, has amassed an incredible cast. For Blue Jasmine, he’s got Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Wow. Clay really sticks out like a sore, misogynistic thumb in that line-up.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Blue Jasmine is due out July 26th.