The Big Bang Theory Spin-Off

The CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory is currently in the middle of its 10th season. Right now the network is trying to negotiate a deal to give the popular show starring Jim Parsons a two-season renewal, and CBS CEO Les Moonves says they’re “on the two-yard line” with deal. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, fans will still be getting more of The Big Bang Theory, just not in the way they think.

CBS has just closed a deal to give The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon a straight-to-series order for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. However, this show will have a different format from what The Big Bang Theory fans are used to, and a former Marvel director will be behind the camera for it. Read More »

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Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book utilized an all-star cast of recognizable names lending their recognizable voices to an ensemble of recognizable animals, so it makes sense that his upcoming remake of The Lion King will follow a similar template. The director has revealed that Donald Glover, who has made a habit of popping up just about everywhere these past few years, has joined the cast as Simba, with the legendary James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.

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Spider-Man Homecoming footage

We got our first look at Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War, where he damn near stole the show from all the more established vets surrounding him. But next year he’ll get to take center stage for real in his first solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The very first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has officially been confirmed to arrive tomorrow, Thursday, December 8. Before we get there, though, you can get a sample the first tiny bit of Spider-Man: Homecoming footage, featuring an all-new costume for our friendly neighborhood webslinger. Click through to check out the Spider-Man: Homecoming footage and find out when and where you can watch the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.  Read More »

The Lion King Remake

One of the things that has always impressed me about James Cameron as a filmmaker is how he confronts obstacles to achieving his vision – if current technology can’t help him achieve his vision, then he will help develop brand new technology to actually make it happen, damn it! The line between technician and artist has continued to blend in this way over the past 15 years or so, with filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis building entire movies around fresh tech, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, but always adding more to the conversation.

The last filmmaker I expected to push the technological envelope was Jon Favreau, whose low-key beginnings eventually propelled him into the blockbuster arena, but here we are. After creating photorealistic animal characters and environments in The Jungle Book earlier this year, he’s now talking about how virtual reality tech will influence his upcoming remake of The Lion King.

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The Lion King Remake

After delivering the massive blockbuster success that was the live-action remake of The Jungle Book (which pulled in nearly $966 million in the worldwide box office) Disney has lined up another remake of one of their animated classics featuring even more animals from the wild.

Walt Disney Studios has announced that they are working on a live-action remake of 1994’s animated hit The Lion King, and they’re bringing in The Jungle Book and Iron Man director Jon Favreau to be at the helm. Find out more about The Lion King remake after the jump. Read More »

Jon Favreau Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Jon Favreau Spider-Man: Homecoming casting

Iron Man co-star Jon Favreau will be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universal for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Favreau directed the first Marvel Studios movie Iron Man, in which he appeared as Robert Downey Jr‘s character Tony Stark’s bodyguard, Happy Hogan. Favreau has reprised the role for Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. This appearance will be the first non-Iron Man appearance of the character on the big screen. Learn more about the Jon Favreau Spider-Man: Homecoming casting, after the jump.

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Jon Favreau Marvel Movie

Back in 2008, director Jon Favreau kicked off the first movie in what would become the Marvel cinematic universe with Iron Man. It was the first film to reveal to audiences that Marvel Studios was intending to assemble The Avengers on the big screen for the first time ever, and the rest is history.

It was Jon Favreau’s direction of Iron Man that really got audiences interested in a more obscure superhero and started to drum up even more interest in the forthcoming roster of Marvel superheroes. Favreau would go on to direct the less than stellar Iron Man 2, and he also executive produced Iron Man 3 (in which he also appeared as Happy Hogan) and both of The Avengers movies. Now he’s slated to executive produce both parts of The Avengers: Infinity War. But will Marvel ever get him behind the camera for another comic book flick again? It sounds like there’s a good chance we’ll see a Jon Favreau Marvel movie sometime in the future. Read More »

jungle book images

Yesterday, I wrote about a behind-the-scenes video that showcased just how much of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book was created in post-production and I was just bowled over by it. It’s one thing to hear that a movie is set entirely in digital environments (because computers can do anything and so on), but it’s another thing to actually see the before and after (because computers can do anything and holy cow).

Disney has released a new series of stills showing the transformation of a few shots in the film, revealing how a lone kid standing in front of blue screens was transformed into a lone kid standing in a lush and photo-realistic Indian jungle by the visual effects geniuses at MPC.

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the jungle book vfx

When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.

And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.

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Before Jon Favreau was making money hand over fist for Disney with The Jungle Book, he was making money hand over fist for Disney with Iron Man, which of course went on to launch an entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. And although Favreau stopped directing Marvel movies after Iron Man 2, he continued to play a role in shaping the franchise as an executive producer on Iron Man 3The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In fact, this summer’s Captain America: Civil War marks the first time Favreau won’t be credited on a Marvel film prominently featuring Iron Man. But that doesn’t mean he’s done with the MCU. The filmmaker has just announced he’ll be back as executive producer on Avengers: Infinity War, due out in two parts in 2018 and 2019.  Read More »