Before the days of Twitter, which allows access to the daily opinions of some of our favorite filmmakers on an immediate basis, many of us relied on Jon Favreau for connection to one part of the film world. Several years ago Favreau was still an indie darling, almost a decade away from the Marvel Universe, and he hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five.
If you were lucky enough to have IFC from 2001-2005, it was pre-DVR appointment television. The writer/director would sit down for dinner with some of the most interesting people in Hollywood and just talk. About movies, about life, whatever. Since the series ended, several of the guests – which ranged from Seth McFarlane and Peter Dinklage to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, have become even bigger stars than they were at the time. “Glorious” doesn’t come close to describing the show.
So whether you were a fan of not, we figured it would be good to let you know that the entire series is legally available to watch on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been a slow week for movie news, but not so on the small-screen front. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau will direct one of The Office‘s last episodes
- Nancy Pelosi and Ice-T will appear on the 30 Rock finale
- A Walking Dead newcomer joins Once Upon a Time
- Here’s what Donald Glover will be doing on Girls
- Writer Megan Ganz leaves Community for Modern Family
- Ryan Murphy teases details on American Horror Story Season 3
- Anna Faris books Chuck Lorre’s newest comedy, titled Mom
- Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer team for a new sitcom
- Starz backs a new drama from William Monahan called Crime
- Four more trailers debut for David Fincher‘s House of Cards
- The Walking Dead gets a teaser for the second half of Season 3
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The speculation over who might direct Star Wars Episode VII is downright ridiculous. It’s at the point where people are analyzing every single quote from actors and directors, word by word, to try and figure out who Kathleen Kennedy and Disney want to make the movie. But let’s face it: it’s fun, and a fantastic topic for discussion because we never thought anyone but George Lucas would make a Star Wars film ever again.
The only name that’s been discussed seriously over the past few weeks is Matthew Vaughn, while most directors have come out and flat out denied any involvement. A new report on Deadline, though, confirms rumors we’ve culled from Twitter that Jon Favreau is, indeed, attempting to get the gig. It also adds a sort-of-surprising new name into the mix: David Fincher. He’s reportedly “game for one of these news films” and has a strong relationship with LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, who produced The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
There’s more below, including a video of Fincher’s talking about working at Industrial Light & Magic.
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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Not even a long, tryptophan-fueled weekend can slow down the Star Wars talk. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau raises eyebrows by tweeting about Stormtroopers
- Sir Derek Jacobi wants in on the new Star Wars trilogy
- Carrie Fisher was kidding about being cast in Star Wars VII
- Longtime producer Rick McCallum has retired from Lucasfilm
- A screenwriter says timing will be tricky on Star Wars VII
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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
All right, so the sign shown above (via Collider) is just a joke, but the off-the-charts anticipation for Episode VII is very, very real. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau has Kevin Smith‘s vote for the Star Wars VII directing job
- Ed Burns is ambivalent on the admittedly slim possibility of getting an offer
- Peter Serafinowicz and Chris Hemsworth would like to be in Star Wars
- Watch Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi, way back when
- Fox announces dates for the 3D re-releases of Episode II and Episode III
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I’m pretty sure we’ll be stuck in the speculation/rumor/filmmaker comment zone every day until Disney announces a director has been signed for Star Wars Episode VII. So today’s comments come from three different filmmakers, two of the fan picks: JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau and the less obvious choice: newcomer Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). Are any of these directors in the running for the job? Are any of them actually interested in going to a Galaxy Far Far Away? Find out after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
From the moment Disney announced its intentions to create a new Star Wars trilogy, one of the big questions has been which filmmaker might get a crack at the iconic franchise. But the directors themselves are fans, too, and even as we’ve been arguing which of them should get the job, many of them are just going through the same emotions we are — surprise, concern, excitement. Hit the jump read their thoughts.
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Much as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had a difficult road to the top, so too is the film adaptation of their Broadway musical Jersey Boys facing a tough trek to the screen. Purchased by GK Films for a hefty sum in 2010, Jersey Boys soon had director Jon Favreau prepping the John Logan-penned film at Warner Bros. He’s been casting and even had some familiar faces potentially lined up for key roles. However, it seems the studio has decided the budget and international appeal aren’t quite to its liking. The project, which was at Sony before landing at Warners, is now being shopped to other studios.
After the jump, read more about the story, this unfortunate turn of events and the actors that were reportedly being eyed for key roles. Read More »