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Jon Favreau spent most of the past decade directing the cinematic equivalent of two cheeseburgers (with extra cheese) in the form of the first two Iron Man blockbusters and one expensively overcooked turkey in the shape of Cowboys & Aliens. Now the former indie-scene hotshot (remember Swingers?) is attempting to prove he’s still capable of whipping up a character-driven comedy via the more modestly budgeted Chef.
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Prizes for the honor include $25,000 each for the filmmakers and an additional festival screening on Sunday, the festival’s last day. An added feather in Hicks’ cap: Radius-TWC picked up worldwide distribution rights to his doc. He also won the juried prize for new documentary director earlier in the week.
Keep On Keepin’ On chronicles jazz legend Clark Terry’s mentorship of a young blind piano prodigy. READ FULL STORY
Come hungry, leave happy.
That’s probably the feeling you’ll have after seeing Chef, the new movie from writer/director Jon Favreau. It premiered at last month’s SXSW festival in Austin, and EW has an exclusive clip of the food lover’s film.
Favreau stars as Carl, who quits his job as a chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant and decides to open a food truck in Miami to stir up his creative juices, sauces, and more! The cast includes Sofia Vergara as Favreau’s ex-wife and John Leguizamo as his friend who both helps out in the new culinary venture and with Favreau’s son, played by Emjay Anthony. In the clip, Vergara calls in to check on the progress of the other three men in a typical, overbearing, motherly way. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
The SXSW Film Festival kicked off last night in Austin with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s Chef, an easygoing charmer about a man rekindling his bonds with both his craft and young son. The movie, which Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in, marked what was clearly a personally reinvigorating return to his indie roots. Inspired by foodie gems like Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Big Night, and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Favreau has made a shaggy dog story about a creatively frustrated chef who opens a food truck after losing his restaurant job. He hits the road with his sous chef (John Leguizamo, at his grooviest) and his 11-year-old son (charming newcomer Emjay Anthony), making beautifully-filmed pit stops in foodie meccas New Orleans and Austin. (And did the Austin audience ever appreciate the hometown doting.) Sofia Vergara plays Favreau’s ambivalent ex, and there are cameos from friends-in-high-places Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Dustin Hoffman.
Favreau was joined on stage by Leguizamo, Anthony, and Oliver Platt (who plays a food blogger whose harsh review at the beginning of the story sends the chef into a tailspin) after the screening for a Q&A. When asked about the theatrical release of the film (it opens on May 9), Favreau sounded relaxed about its box office chances. “It’s going to be swimming in those same shark-infested waters as Iron Man did…and it’s not Iron Man.”
Jon Favreau’s Chef will be the opening-night world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 7, 2014. The film, directed by Favreau and co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, and Sofia Vergara, is the story of a chef (Favreau) who swaps a successful career in a popular L.A. restaurant for a job running a food-truck in Miami. “Jon Favreau’s wonderfully entertaining return to independent filmmaking works beautifully as our 2014 opening-night film, with his sharp and funny take on the world of food, artistry, and family in the age of social media,“ said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film.
The 21st SXSW Festival, which runs March 7-15, will also host the world premiere of Veronica Mars, the Kickstarter-backed adaptation of the cult TV series. Click below for additional highlights from the festival, which also includes Fox’s new Cosmos miniseries with Neil deGrasse Tyson. READ FULL STORY
Disney laid claim to a number of far off release dates for some of their biggest upcoming properties on Friday.
The live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will open on Oct. 9, 2015, while the Johnny Depp-fronted Alice in Wonderland 2 is set for a May 27, 2016 release.
Walt Disney Pictures has found its director for the upcoming live-action version of The Jungle Book.
EW has confirmed that Iron Man director Jon Favreau will helm the film based on the book by Rudyard Kipling, which tells the story of an orphan boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives in the jungle among the animals. Favreau will join Justin Marks who has been tapped to adapt Kipling’s classic tale for the big screen. Deadline first reported the news.
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Casting Net: Cate Blanchett to star in Mamet film; Plus Samuel L. Jackson mentors teens and Scarlett Johansson runs a restaurant
- Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is playing the lead role in Blackbird, a present-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Blanchett’s character, Janet, discovers that her grandfather – a Hollywood visual effects artist who also worked for the U.S. government – had been keeping secrets about the president’s death. Traveling to Los Angeles after his death, she embarks on a twisting, turning journey to discover the truth. David Mamet wrote the script for the thriller. [Variety Exclusive] READ FULL STORY
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