Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens was considered one of the biggest blockbuster bombs of 2011. The film, which was widely panned by critics and moviegoers alike, cost an estimated $170 million, yet earned only $100 million at the domestic box office. Producer Brian Grazer regrets making the movie just as much as you regret watching it.
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Honesty isn’t always fun, but in environments where it is a rare commodity honesty can provide entertainment like nothing else. Ronald Meyer is the head of Universal Studios. He’s a US Marine who co-founded the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and became president of Universal in 1995. He has held that post ever since, through six regime changes. He’s doing something right, even when he does things wrong.
The question is, which of these things was wrong: making Land of the Lost, The Wolfman and Cowboys & Aliens, or publicly admitting that the movies were mistakes? While appearing at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer talked with surprising candor about Universal’s recent fortunes and the state of the studio’s business today. The quotes in the headline are just the beginning. Read More »
Note: We’ve republished Germain’s earlier Cowboys & Aliens Review below:
The best thing to be said about Cowboys & Aliens is that it looks beautiful. For a film that attempts to infuse sci-fi elements in a traditional western, traditional western fans – and sci-fi fans too – will recognize and feel comfortable with the iconic look of the director Jon Favreau‘s film. Beyond that though, Cowboys & Aliens is the cinematic equivalent of a flatline. A lifeless film that’s criminally plot driven and filled with surface characters, underdeveloped relationships and plot holes the size of the Wild Wild West. But, hey, at least it looks good. Read More »
Not only does Friday bring the opening of Cowboys & Aliens, Jon Favreau‘s latest film, it brings three brand new, limited edition posters based on the film from Mondo. The poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse teamed up with the Iron Man director to curate and art direct a series of posters based on the film and the results are wildly different and incredibly attractive. After the jump, check out the posters by Daniel Danger, Tom Whalen and Janée Meadows. Read More »
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One of the more interesting movie panels at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con International was the one-hour Visionaries discussion between filmmakers Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau. We have gotten the entire conversation transcribed so you at home can read it for yourself. I highly recommend it. Hit the jump to listen to Favreau and del Toro discuss the art of filmmaking, current and future projects, and much more.
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In recent years, one of the coolest additions to the Comic-Con schedule have been the Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panels. They pair two amazing, A-list filmmakers together on the stage to just talk about movies. Two years ago it was Peter Jackson and James Cameron. Last year it was Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams. This year it was Jon Favreau and Guillermo Del Toro.
After the jump, read ten of the best things the directors behind Cowboys & Aliens, Pacific Rim, Iron Man, Pan’s Labyrinth, Elf and Hellboy had to say during the 2011 Visionaries panel. Read More »
By now we’ve all seen trailers and footage from Jon Favreau’s upcoming genre-mixer Cowboys & Aliens in which Daniel Craig‘s character uses a weapon around his wrist to shoot down a spaceship. It’s a scene from early in the movie that gives the audience an idea of what to expect without giving away too much. However, no matter where you saw the scene – be it at Comic Con, in a theater, or online – Favreau always cuts it off soon after, leaving us begging for more. More is finally here.
This latest clip from the July 29 release is a continuation, not immediate but seemingly close, of that scene and features not only a tease at the aliens in the film but a little mano-a-mano showdown between Han Solo and James Bond, aka Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
On his latest film Cowboys and Aliens, director Jon Favreau has decided to take the EPK interviews into his own hands and record conversations with the cast and crew. I love that Favreau is doing this, but I have two complaints: 1. I wish he would release the interview in long form, not broken up into highlight clips and 2. I’m surprised that Favreau is releasing these things on the Huffington Post, an profitable online publication that doesn’t pay their bloggers (why would Favreau support this kind of site?). Moving on… We’ve previously posted Favreau’s sit-down interview with the film’s co-star Harrison Ford and another one with producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Today we bring you Favreau’s interview with Olivia Wilde. Hit the jump to watch the video clips now.
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I love unconventional interviews, recorded conversations between actors, actresses, directors and screenwriters about the filmmaking process. It might be that the relationships that have already been established on set translate to a more honest interesting and entertaining interview. That is one of the many reasons I LOVED Jon Favreau‘s old television talk show Dinner For Five. Favreau has attempted to capture the same experience with a series of cast interviews he conducted for The Huffington Post to promote Cowboys & Aliens. The first interview is with his film’s co-star Harrison Ford. Ford is notoriously a dry/bad interview: I’ve heard many horror stories from my colleagues — he loves to work but seems to hate talking/promoting his films. But Favreau was able to get Ford’s A-game and get him to open up about his work over the years. You can watch the video interview clips embedded after the jump.
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