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Watch: Jon Favreau Gets Cooking In First Trailer For 'Chef'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 12:52 PM
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Chef
Lately, Jon Favreau has been known for his big screen spectacles, but for his latest "Chef"—a return to his more indie-oriented roots of "Swingers"—the only special effect may be what's inside the secret sauce. Yep, Favreau is diving into the world of food trucks and the first trailer for his film is here.

Scott Caan Will 'Rock The Kasbah' Instead Of Shia LaBeouf, 'Terminator: Genesis' Bolsters Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2014 12:40 PM
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Mercy Scott Caan
Believe it or not, but the Earth continues to move around the sun after Shia LaBeouf dropped the upcoming comedy "Rock The Kasbah" from his slate. But the universe has found a way to right itself, with a replacement signed up to keep the movie going.

SXSW Review: Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2014 9:40 PM
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Jon Favreau, Chef
Ahead of the inaugural screening of Jon Favreau's latest film "Chef,” the movie is being heralded as a glorious return to the filmmaker's independent roots. Favreau, after all, wrote "Swingers," one of the more influential indies of the nineties, and reteamed with his "Swingers" co-star Vince Vaughn for a madcap mobster comedy with 2001's "Made" (a film that he directed, too). Since then, he's been swayed by the Hollywood machine, turning out a number of big budget smashes (“Iron Man”) but these films were, to many degrees, tentpole-anonymous; possessing little evidence of the voice that made him such a sensation in the first place. And while the more down-to-earth "Chef" does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore. This doesn't feel like a homecoming; it feels like a step backwards into a generic Culver City studio zip code.

Watch: First Clip From Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Premiering At SXSW Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 3:10 PM
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Chef
In the next film from Jon Favreau, you won't see any Marvel superheroes, cowboys, aliens or elves from the North Pole lost in New York City. Instead, just a man with the modest ambition of trying to get a food truck off the ground.

Kristen Stewart Takes 'Anesthesia,' Christopher Walken & Lenny Kravitz Team Are Father & Son In ‘Little Rootie Tootie’ & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 12:27 PM
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Kristen Stewart continues to line up her post-"Twilight" schedule with interesting gigs. Having already wrapped the Guantanamo Bay drama "Camp X-Ray" and Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," she'll next tackle the indie "Anesthesia." The actress has booked a small role in Tim Blake Nelson's film "about a group of New Yorkers whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor." Production is now underway in New York City.

'Breaking Bad,' 'House Of Cards' & 'Behind The Candelabra' Among Big Emmy Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 8:56 AM
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Last night TV's finest -- which these days tends to include some of movie's finest too -- gathered for the Emmy Awards, while the the rest of us stayed glued to "Breaking Bad" and to some extent, the series finale of "Dexter." Either way, both options were better than that dubstep dance routine to "Breaking Bad" on the awards show. And once the jokes were over, and tributes were finished, some statues were handed out honoring some fine folks.

Patton Oswalt & Bob Oedenkirk Fill The ‘Kitchen Sink,’ Bobby Cannavale Joins 'Annie' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 20, 2013 10:45 AM
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Originally set to be Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, the Black List-approved “Kitchen Sink”—described as “The Breakfast Club” meets “Zombieland” with vampires and an alien invasion thrown in for good measure—has beefed its cast with some solid comedic forces. Deadline is reporting that Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk and Ian Roberts (the Literal Doctor on “Arrested Development” and “Key & Peele” showrunner) have joined the film in unnamed roles, though it’s highly likely that the roles will be teachers or school administrators, given the high school setting of the genre mash-up.

Review: Woody Allen's ‘Blue Jasmine’ Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 17, 2013 4:32 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Like clockwork, the prodigious workaholic Woody Allen releases a movie each year. And every 12 months, there is the temptation to compare Allen’s latest with his past works, given that they tend to have formed a 31 flavors-like distinction over the last five decades. There’s the more recent trend towards to the romantic (“Midnight In Paris”) and globe-trotting (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), familiar existential comedic worries (“Whatever Works”), and even moral-dilemma-led thrillers ("Match Point," "Cassandra's Dream") but a recent theme emerging of late is an introspective examination at the past and regret also evinced in “To Rome with Love.” That motif is also explored in “Blue Jasmine,” Allen’s latest picture which possesses a script that is at times clunky and uneven, but features an outstanding firecracker turn from Cate Blanchett that has “Oscar-worthy” written all over it in flames.

Watch: First Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 12:51 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Well, it's been twelve months, so it's time for another Woody Allen film. This time around it's "Blue Jasmine," and no, he's not in exotic Barcelona, stuffy London or the touristy Rome. Instead, he's in San Francisco for the first time, and the results look pretty great.

Bobby Cannavale Joins Martin Scorsese's HBO Rock ‘N’ Roll Series

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 9:56 AM
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When Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger collaborated on the Rolling Stones documentary “Shine A Light” they conceived an idea for a “Casino”-like movie set in the music biz of the 1970s. That was in 2010. Than in 2011 Scorsese and Jagger took the idea to HBO and brought on “Boardwalk Empire” writer Terence Winter to help develop the idea. Two years later and it finally looks like the project is ready to move forward with a lead actor.

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