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Aronofsky, Favreau and Murch to Talk “Movies in Your Brain” at the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences want to put that last word of their brand into more effective use. With the help of Hollywood luminaries like Walter Murch, Darren Aronofsky, and Jon Favreau, “Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception”
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 25, 2014 2:35 PM
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Disney Adds Another Live-Action Remake, Following Success of 'Maleficent' (Cocteau TRAILER)

Well, this was inevitable, right? 'Maleficent' stomped through the box office last weekend, netting $70 million in U.S. receipts and another $100 million abroad. When a movie brings in money like that, the studio is bound to say: more, please.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 1:08 PM
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Five Films to See, or Not-to-See, This Weekend, from 'Neighbors' to 'The Double'

This movie weekend offers unexpected pleasures -- as well as a few clunkers -- for all cinematic tastes, including the very R-rated "Neighbors," modestly scaled indies "Palo Alto," "The Double" and "Chef," and a potently disturbing food doc, "Fed Up."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2014 5:23 PM
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Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' Hitting Theaters This Weekend, Is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after-party at this past SXSW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2014 12:43 PM
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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Talks Hitchcock, 'Taxi Driver' and Story vs. Plot with Jon Favreau

Check out this vintage clip from Jon Favreau's IFC talk show "Dinner for Five" where guest Martin Scorsese talks about approaching story and character, his favorite Hitchcock films and more.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 2:19 PM
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'Chef' First Look: Favreau's Indie Road Movie is Food Porn (NEW POSTER, TRAILER)

Writer-director Jon Favreau took his scruffy indie crowdpleaser to SXSW and now the family movie about food is heading for theaters. Open Road will open the film starring Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr. on May 9. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," says Favreau. See new trailer and full poster below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2014 2:53 PM
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SXSW First Look: Triple Threat Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson & Robert Downey Jr.

Check out the first clip from SXSW-bound comedy "Chef," written and directed by, and starring, Jon Favreau, who plays a seasoned chef who quits his LA job and must pick up the pieces.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 1:49 PM
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SXSW 2014 to Premiere Jon Favreau's 'Chef' as Fest Opener, Kickstarted 'Veronica Mars' Feature and More

South by Southwest has unveiled its 2014 opening night film: Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” set to kick off the fest on March 7, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 2:58 PM
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Back to 'Swingers': Favreau's Indie Pic 'Chef' Goes to Open Road

Jon Favreau has swung from hefty to skinny and back again, from indie to studio, original to sequel. Now yet another Marvel director is taking a studio vacation via indie production. The "Iron Man" director has returned to his "Swinger" roots, Joss Whedon-style, with "Chef," which he wrote, directed and stars in. Open Roads has picked up U/S rights to the film which starts shooting this July in Los Angeles for release on May 9, 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 6:35 PM
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American Cinematheque Ball: Downey Asks Industry to Forgive Gibson His Trespasses

American Cinematheque Ball: Downey Asks Industry to Forgive Gibson His Trespasses
Robert Downey, Jr. and a posse of pals celebrated his American Cinematheque achievement award Friday night at the Beverly Hilton. Downey took advantage of the occasion to plead with the crowd on behalf of his surprise presenter, Mel Gibson (video below), who sat during the show at a table with Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Justin Theroux, Gary Shandling and Jodie Foster, to "forgive my friend his trespasses" as they had forgiven Downey his. "Allow him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame, he has hugged the cactus long enough." The two men, visibly moved, hugged.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2011 12:35 PM
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