Jon Favreau Chef

Jon Favreau‘s Chef is one of the biggest surprises of 2014. Not just the fact that the movie is so good, but because it did so incredibly well. In an era where small movies consistently struggle to find an audience, the combination of food culture and high powered Hollywood stars shot Chef, a modestly priced film to say the least, to a take of over $45 million worldwide. The film hits Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday September 30 and that’s just one step in keeping Chef alive for Favreau.

In a new interview, the writer/director confirmed he’s looking at potentially opening a Chef movie restaurant with Roy Choi, the celebrity chef who created all the food in the film. Read More »

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Rian Johnson Terry Gilliam Star Wars

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The first part of the podcast was published yesterday, which is what we originally reported on. The second part of the conversation is now online, and I have updated the bottom of this story with additional information including Episode VIII shooting schedule, the process of writing the script and shooting location. The original post from September 18th 2014 follows, followed by an BOLDED marked update with the additional information.

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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Bill Murray

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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