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Poor Jon Favreau. Not only was he replaced by Shane Black as Iron Man 3ís director but it has now been revealed that his character, Happy Hogan, was originally supposed to die in the blockbuster. Thankfully the studio had a change of heart and decided that Happy would end up in a coma instead.
Jon Favreau is now in production on the live-action remake of Disney's The Jungle Book. And he can't wait to give us a look at his cast, which boasts Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and newcomer Neel Sethi.
As Disney has its own live-action remake of The Jungle Book in the works with Jon Favreau at the helm to rival Warner Bros' Jungle Book: Origins, we've created a helpful image guide to keep straight the who's who of it all.
Did you want to see Jon Favreau's Chef, but didn't have the time or opportunity to do so? If so, we've got some good news for you today!
Academy Award winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) has signed on along with Giancarlo Esposito, who earned an Emmy nomination for his work as Gus Fring on highly acclaimed TV drama Breaking Bad.
While the Disney adventure directed by Jon Favreau will feature stars like Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o and Ben Kingsley, 10-year-old Neel Sethi will get the spotlight playing Mowgli. The rest will voice the CGI-creatures who inhabit the jungle alongside this friendly feral boy.
Following the parting of ways between Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios over the upcoming comic book movie Ant-Man, it was Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn of all people who stepped out into the spotlight and really said all the right things to try and calm irate fans down.
Other films like Spanglish arenít about the chef world, they just use the job as an aspect of a character. Where Chef differentiates itself is in the respect and care of the world it portrays. Director Jon Favreau takes the world of a high level chef in Carl Casper and uses it as metaphor for the world of filmmaking.
While Robert Downey Jr. is now easily one of the most beloved movie stars in the world, prior to taking on the role of Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man the actor had a very different public image. Despite years and years of putting on fantastic performances in great films, the star was much better known for his drug and alcohol habits and as a result was considered by many in the studio system to be an extreme risk.
Marvel Studios has been on a rather unprecedented run over the last few years, not only creating four $200 million-plus box office hits in the last two and a half years, but receiving consistent critical acclaim doing so. Itís the kind of success thatís actually good for both fans and the industry alike. In Hollywood, however, it always seems that incredible success is eternally paired with controversy.
Apparently Cowboys And Aliens wasn't a big enough flop to kill Jon Favreau's career, as his latest film Chef fed its limited audience's ravenous appetite. It was the highest ranking independent success in a weekend where three indie films impressed and one massive studio film started to fall. Sony executives must be beside themselves this morning as Favreau's indie roots proved to be stronger than a spider's web.
Based on an original script that Favreau wrote himself, the movie stars the director as Carl Casper, an extremely talented chef who finds his talents being limited by the restricted menu at the famous Los Angeles restaurant where he works. Seeking an outlet for his creativity, he winds up traveling out to Miami and with the help of his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and son, he opens up a touring food truck that he can use to cook any food his heart desires.
Favreauís movie is a return to his roots (and, depending on how you read it, a rejection of the popcorn blockbusters that have become his calling card in the days of Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens). It has biting commentaries about the film industry, but a much bigger heart when it comes to the relationships forged between fathers and sons.
South By Southwest -- the annual film, music and interactive festival that takes over downtown Austin, Texas Ė began teasing its wares for the 2014 event, announcing its Opening Night selection and a few key features that will dot its schedule.
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book has a pretty great history on the big screen thanks to both the animated film from 1967 and the live action adaptation from director Stephen Sommers in 1994, but now the story is getting ready get another feature adaptation, this time potentially from the director of Iron Man.