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 »

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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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jon favreau ama

When I look back at many of my favorite films, I often find a common thread. One in particular is Jon Favreau. The writer and star of my favorite movie Swingers got his start in another personal fave, Rudy, and went on to direct one of the most important movies of the past decade, Iron Man. Beyond that he’s made a holiday classic in Elf, starred on numerous iconic TV shows, directed TV pilots, the guy has done it all.

Recently, the failure of Cowboys and Aliens made Favreau go back to his indie roots and make Chef. It’s a small, independent film he wrote, directed and stars in that shows Favreau is still as passionate and skillful as ever. It’s really good.

Favreau recently took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything, and we’ve pulled news tidbits, fun stories, quotes and more. Among those are an update on casting his next film, Disney’s The Jungle Book, some stories about making Iron Man, Rudy, his thoughts on the cancellation of Revolution, Ben Affleck as Batman, restarting Dinner for Five, Ant-Man, directing a Star Wars movie, handing off the Iron Man franchise and making his new film, Chef. Read our Jon Favreau AMA recap below. Read More »

chef movie clip

Jon Favreau‘s small, personal film Chef opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. It’s really good but not for the reasons you’d think. Yes, there is a lot of cooking and delicious-looking food, which is always fun to watch. However, what makes Favreau’s film really tasty is that it’s more about a father’s relationship with his son, the way social media has changed our lives and the complicated relationship between critics and their subjects.

It also happens to co-star Robert Downey, Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt and Scarlett Johansson. Which is never bad.

A clip from the film has now come online and, in 90 seconds, perfectly encompasses everything that makes the film so good. Watch the new Chef movie clip below. Read More »

The Jungle Book Scarlett Johansson Lupita Nyong'o

Idris Elba is getting some talented company in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are reportedly in talks for the Jon Favreau-directed feature, a live-action/CG hybrid based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tales. Hit the jump to find out which characters they’ll be playing.

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Chef trailer

Jon Favreau returns to his roots with the upcoming comedy Chef. He wrote, directed and starred in the film, which tells the story of a chef who tackles his own independent food truck after being unhappy with his more traditional restaurant job. The film is a far cry from Favreau’s latest work, the Iron Man films and Cowboys and Aliens. That’s surely by design. He hasn’t skimped on the talented cast, though, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt,and Scarlett Johansson.

The film opens May 9, check out the Chef trailer below. Read More »

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