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In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
Iron Man team Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. are back together again in a new movie called Chef. It's always fun listening to these two guys talk, it's just pure entertainment. Below you can watch them as they unveil some limited edition poster art for their new film Chef that they will be showing off at SXSW. Downey Jr. actually designed the posters. They will also be giving away these posters, some of which will be signed.
I'm actually really excited about Chef. It's definitely a smaller film, but that's one of the reason why I'm excited about it. In a recent interview with THR, Favreau talked about the film saying,
"A script hit me, and I wrote it in like two weeks. That was the first time that had happened to me since Swingers. And I’ve been around long enough to know that if you’re lucky »
- Joey Paur
In real life Jon Favreau is a huggable bear of man who wears his insecurities on his sleeve. So why be surprised when his return to scruffy indie filmmaking, "Chef," shows the same qualities? An 8-page outline came to the writer-director in a flash. He showed it to his friends and they encouraged him to write a full script, which he then enlisted his agency CAA to help finance. Many of his "Iron Man" pals--Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson have small roles--helped him out for SAG minimum, along with ace comedic actors Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, and John Leguizamo. "Nobody got paid anything," said Favreau at the SXSW Paramount opening night premiere. "This felt like it wanted to happen. Every once in a while it clicks." Born in Queens, Favreau started out making his living as a funny character actor and occasional screenwriter and director — which »
- Anne Thompson
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, »
- Karen Valby
Austin – From the moment he stepped onstage at the Paramount Theater, Jon Favreau was looking to entertain. “Chef,” the film he wrote, starred in, co-produced and directed, opened the 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival Friday night, with all but a standing ovation.
“I shoot food the way Michael Bay shoots women in bikinis,” Favreau told Variety at the after-party, held at Mohawk, several blocks from the theater. Prior to the screening, Favreau (pictured) and the cast dined at Franklin’s barbeque, a famous Austin barbeque joint, which makes a cameo in the film, as does musician Gary Clark Jr., who was deep into his second hour of a live performance.
The movie takes place in Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Austin, follows a chef (Favreau) as he quits his job and travels cross country in a food truck with his son (Emjay Anthony) and his sous chef (John Leguizamo).
After the screening, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Austin - The Jon Favreau who wrote and directed "Chef" is the same Jon Favreau who helped create "Swingers" and "Made," the same guy who brought a distinctly independent voice to "Iron Man," the same guy who gave "Elf" such an unexpectedly big heart, and the same guy who seemed almost completely submerged in the giant studio product of "Cowboys and Aliens." I have no doubt you'll see plenty of people attempting to turn "Chef" into Favreau's autobiographical reaction to his own career, and while I think there are some valid and interesting parallels, I also think it would be both cheap and easy to assume that this is simply some knee-jerk cry of "But I'm really an Arrrrrrrtist!" "Chef" is a deceptively simple film. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a chef who works for an upscale Los Angeles restaurant. Anointed a decade earlier as a promising young chef by »
- Drew McWeeny
Foodies who feasted on “Big Night,” “Babette’s Feast” and “Eat Drink Man Woman” may flock to “Chef,” a lightweight but high-calorie confection in which the actors often run the risk of being upstaged by all manner of scrumptious-looking cuisine. Written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also stars as a professionally frustrated chef who earns a second helping of happiness while operating a food truck, this amiably rambling dramedy will play best with audiences primed to go with the flow of its leisurely pacing while enjoying the cross-country ride. And, of course, savoring the views of that tempting grub.
The slightly longish setup establishes Carl Casper (Favreau) as a stressed-for-success master chef in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant where he is absolute master of his kitchen — as long as he pleases the establishment’s demanding owner (Dustin Hoffman). When an even more demanding restaurant blogger (Oliver Platt) pans Casper »
- Joe Leydon
Before you understand why I’m about to gush over Jon Favreau’s tantalizing new movie Chef, please understand a few things about me. I’m an avid movie lover (as most film critics are), a passionate foodie (if the best burger is 20 miles away from me, I’ll gladly make the trip), and a passionate cook who loves to please his hungry crowd (ladies). With all those things said, Chef is a heartwarming smorgasbord that depicts writer/director Jon Favreau’s coming full circle in his filmmaking career, enduring all the hardships that come from starting on simple indie roots and growing into one of Hollywood’s most sought after blockbuster directors.
This is a man who broke out by messing around with his buddy Vince Vaughn in hip films like Made and Swingers, which helped him deservedly win the opportunity to kickstart Marvel’s now dominant stranglehold on the superhero action genre. »
- Matt Donato
There's no trailer for writer-director-star Jon Favreau's comedy Chef just yet, but the first clip is now available. The film is primed to make its premiere at SXSW. In fact, Favreau and co-star Robert Downey Jr. recently appeared in a video unveiling posters specially designed with the festival in mind. Chef centers on a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) in order to recapture his artistic promise. Scarlett Johansson also stars. Hit the jump to watch the clip. Chef opens in theaters starting May 9th. Check out the first clip from Chef, released on Buzzfeed (via BC): Synopsis: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. »
- Dave Trumbore
Back in January it was reported that Kim Soo Hyun was to join the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and now the South Korean supermodel and actress has seemingly confirmed that she's joining the film, stating on Twitter (via Cbm) that: "After a long wait, I’m happy to be back with great news. I have a lot to do ahead of me, but for now, the words ‘Welcome to the Marvel Universe’ are amazing and kind of overwhelming. I was a fan of Marvel Comics, and if you really like something, looks like fate can make it happen."
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st 2015, with a cast that includes Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders »
- Gary Collinson
Now in its 27th year, SXSW is like the late bloomer who stuns his parents by announcing his basement-based online venture is now worth a million bucks. The Austin, Texas-based festival isn’t glamorous, like Cannes, or corporate, like Toronto, or even insistently anti-Hollywood, like Sundance. Compared to its more-pedigreed rivals, SXSW is simply more chill. It puts the festive back in festival — there’s a giant music and growing interactive element as well — and artists of all sorts are eager to come to the party. Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast there for a week. Lady Gaga will drop in. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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. Welcome to "Chef," and with the film gearing up to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival next and open this spring, the first clip is here to give you a taste. Written- and directed-by and starring Favreau, the story follows a prominent Los Angeles chef who quits his job after clashing with the owner, refusing to compromise his creativity. He winds up on the other side of the country in Miami, teaming with his ex-wife, son and friend to launch a food truck which could save his career and personal life. And while the movie may seem like a small-scale effort, Favreau has a heavyweight cast featuring Sofia Vergara, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jon Favreau's Chef will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival tonight before hitting theaters on May 9, and Open Road has just released a clip from the film along with several images. Favreau stars in the film as Carl Casper, a chef who loses his job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise and family. Co-starring in the feature are Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman. Check out the clip and pictures directly below. sb id="893551" height="343" width="610" »
- Brad Brevet
Check out the first clip, which debuted at Buzzfeed, from SXSW-bound comedy "Chef." It's written and directed by, and stars, Jon Favreau, who plays a seasoned chef who quits his La job and must pick up the pieces. Rounding out the A-list cast are Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey, Jr. Adrift in Miami, Favreau's Carl Casper teams up with his ex-wife (Vergara), his friend (Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. Here's that clip, and watch Favreau and Downey Jr. talk the art of the movie poster below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Open Road's upcoming dramatic comedy Chef was selected to open the 2014 SXSW film festival tonight! We have your first look with a clip and three new photos from this tale about a chef who starts up a new food truck venture. Featuring a stellar cast that includes Jon Favreau (who wrote, directed, and stars in the comedy), Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr., Chef is in theaters nationwide May 9.
When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofía Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl »
Following a report from January, South Korean actress Soo Hyun Kim has been confirmed to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actress' role has not been revealed, but an unidentified Marvel official said in a statement that the character's identity is a huge spoiler.
"It would be a spoiler, so we can't tell you which character Soo Hyun Kim will play. Marvel always prohibits telling too much about the story. Her character is already decided and the scene is already written so we cast Soo Hyun Kim, but we can't let you know about her character. We only can say that her character is a substantial supporting role."
Who do you think this South Korean actress is playing? Our report from January revealed she is playing an unspecified villain. Production is scheduled to begin soon in Incheon City, South Korea. The actress also released a statement on her Twitter page yesterday regarding the casting, »
This year, actors at South by Southwest are bringing their directing skills to Austin. From Jason Bateman (“Bad Words”) to Diego Luna (“Cesar Chavez”) to Simon Helberg (“We’ll Never Have Paris”), here are the ones we can’t wait for! Jon Favreau “Chef”The multitalented Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in this comedy about a man who loses his job as a high-profile chef and attempts to open up a food truck, El Jefe Cubanos, while simultaneously trying to piece his family back together and reconnect with his estranged wife, played by Sofía Vergara. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and many more starry names. Diego Luna “Cesar Chavez”Luna, best known for his performances in “Milk” and “Y Tu Mamá También,” has his biographical “Cesar Chavez” making its North American debut at SXSW this year. Starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, and John Malkovich, the biopic »
The 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival kicks off on Friday with the world premiere of Jon Favreau's Chef -- almost certainly the first road-trip movie set in a food truck. Written, directed by, starring and co-produced by Favreau, the movie follows a divorced Los Angeles chef who quits his job in order to explore America in search of his culinary mojo. Featuring an A-list cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara and Dustin Hoffman, Chef in many ways marks the 47-year-old Iron Man helmer's homecoming to the indie film world that put him
- Seth Abramovitch
At the South by Southwest Film Festival this year, Jon Favreau is getting back to his indie roots with Chef, the story of a talented cook who loses his job at a big restaurant in Los Angeles and tries to start his career anew while trying to get his estranged family back together. In order to hype the film at the festival in Austin, Favreau had his good friend and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. use his graphic artist skills to design some bright and colorful posters that they will be putting around town. And keep an eye out, because it looks like some of these posters will be signed by Downey himself. See the unveiling of the posters below! Here's the video revealing the SXSW posters for Jon Favreau's Chef from the director's Twitter: When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent »
- Ethan Anderton
While filmmaker Jon Favreau has been dabbling in big-budget studio fare for the past few years, his next film returns him to his indie roots. Favreau wrote, directed, produced, and stars in Chef as a chef who loses his job and opens a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo), and his son (Emjay Anthony) in order to recapture his artistic promise. Favreau enlisted some of his friends to appear in the film as well, including his Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., who has also contributed some original artwork to the pic. In anticipation of the film’s premiere at SXSW, Favreau has unveiled a video in which he and Downey Jr. display some festival posters that Rdj designed for the film. They’ll be giving away some signed posters at screenings and around town if you’re attending the festival in Austin, so be »
- Adam Chitwood
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