Rian Johnson Terry Gilliam Star Wars looper

Rian Johnson talked a bit about the creative freedom he has been given working on Star Wars Episode VIII (and IX?) while talking to fellow filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the TalkHouse podcast. Find out what Johnson said about writing the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, what it’s like to be working in someone else’s world, the obligation to bring Yoda and puppets back to the series, and an idea to have Gilliam have a cameo which might reveal a possible character in the upcoming eighth film. All this and more can be read and heard in the Rian Johnson Terry Gilliam Star Wars discussion, after the jump.

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Jon Favreau just bagged a white whale while casting his Disney remake of The Jungle Book. Or, maybe more to the point, a great big bear. Bill Murray will provide the voice of Baloo, the second lead, in Favreau’s CG live action hybrid. He joins an already rich voice cast that includes Scarlett Johnasson, Idirs Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley. The film is scheduled for release October 9, 2015. Read More »

Birdman single take

There are already plenty of reasons to be excited by Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, and now here’s one more. According to Jon Favreau, the film is edited in such a way that it looks like it has no edits at all. In other words, it’ll look like a single long take. Hit the jump for details.

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Jungle Book

Jon Favreau is filling his jungle with the best of the best. He’s currently casting a new, live action take on The Jungle Book and just added Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to the cast. That cast already includes Oscar winners Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o alongside popular actors Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson. They’ll all provide voices as Mowgli (newcover Neel Sethi) grows up among the animals in the jungle. Read more about The Jungle Book cast, including their roles, below. Read More »

Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau has put together an insanely impressive cast for his live action Disney film, The Jungle Book. The cast includes Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlet Johansson to name a few. But those actors won’t be seen on screen. They’ll just be providing their voices. Only one human will appear for the majority of the movie. His name is Neel Sethi. The 10-year-old New Yorker has been cast as Mowgli in the film, which is scheduled for release October 6, 2015. See his photo and read the full release below. Read More »

Shannara TV Series

MTV is really taking the plunge into fantasy, as it has greenlit a ten-episode first season order for Shannara. The show will be based on the series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, reworked a lot of J.R.R. Tolkein’s ideas, setting the fantasy world as the post-nuclear future of Earth. The novels take place thousands of years after apocalyptic wars mutated mankind into elves and dwarves, and changed the geographic layout of our planet.

Jon Favreau was originally set to direct the pilot, but he has stepped back to an exec producer role. Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will now direct the first two episodes of the show. Read More »

Ben Kingsley Joins ‘The Jungle Book’

Ben Kingsley Jungle Book

Jon Favreau is continuing to fill up his Jungle Book cast with Marvel alums. Iron Man 3‘s Ben Kingsley has just signed on for the live-action / animated adventure, joining Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Scarlett Johansson and Thor: The Dark World‘s Idris Elba. Hit the jump for more details.

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Chef (4)

Jon Favreau’s Chef has been rolling out to theaters across the country these past few weeks and the reviews have been good. Many think that it’s a sweet film that shows Favreau returning to his indie roots.

If you’ve seen the movie, then you know that an app called 1SecondEveryday makes a prominent appearance within. That app was created by Cesar Kuriyama, a /Filmcast listener and /Film reader that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several times over the past few years. I was first dazzled by Kuriyama’s work when I saw his incredible music video made up of 45,000 photographs. But after Kuriyama created the app, I was so inspired by his work that I decided to record one second of every day of my life for a year. We also spoke recently about how to build a Kickstarter.

I spoke with Kuriyama via email about what inspired him to build the app, and how it wound up in Favreau’s Chef. Find our conversation after the jump.
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