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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

Star Wars Weekends

Exclusive merchandise, essential Star Wars stories and Episode VII what-ifs. Read about it all in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Check out the limited Star Wars merchandise available during Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will continue later this year.
  • Rumor has it digital versions of the full Star Wars saga will be made available this winter.
  • In case you forgot, all of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now on Netflix including The Lost Episodes.
  • Dave Filoni calls the final episodes of The Clone Wars “very important to understanding the overall saga.”
  • Previously sold out Star Wars maps by artist Andrew DeGraff are back on sale from Gallery 1988.
  • Jon Favreau would have done Star Wars Episode VII… if anyone had asked him.

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Disney fans everywhere were excited when news broke Jon Favreau was making a film called Magic Kingdom. Described as “Night at the Museum at Disneyland,” the film would tell a story where all the characters inside the Happiest Place on Earth come to life at night.

The last update on the film was in mid 2012. Since then, Favreau went off an to make Chef and will follow that up with a live-action version of The Jungle Book. Finally, at SXSW, Favreau offered an update on Magic Kingdom. The writer/director/producer/actor said he thinks he’s got a strong story to go along with the concept and it might come to fruition after The Jungle Book is done. He said films like The Lego Movie and The Avengers, which combine dozens of franchise characters like this would, have helped the cause. Read his quotes below. Read More »

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When Jon Favreau released the first Iron Man, he was still seen as an exciting young director on his way up despite having credits like Made, Elf, and Zathura. Then came Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, and his name started to elicit more eye-rolls than smiles. But at SXSW this year, he unveiled what seems to be a return to form: a crowd-pleasing indie called Chef.

In it, Favreau plays a once-acclaimed chef rebuilding his life after a heavily YouTubed incident sends his career on the skids. He’s also dealing with a gorgeous ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and an adorable moppet of a son (Emjay Anthony). So how does this latest effort stack up against some of Favreau’s critically scorned tentpole output? Get the word from SXSW and check out some first-look photos after the jump.

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