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Refurbished: Surnow’s Debut a Casserole of Cliché
Seasoned television writer and producer Joel Surnow makes his directorial debut with Small Time, based on an autobiographical screenplay he wrote in the mid-1970s and has since retooled. While exuding a certain amount of polish that confirms an understanding of look and tone, the film feels resoundingly cliché and inescapably dull. Despite originating from the creator’s own life experiences, the film feels overtly familiar, to such a degree that it fails to resonate visually, emotionally, or narratively. Humdrum in every sense of the word, Surnow’s film may indeed be a passion project made for his own enjoyment; unfortunately, it fails to be of particular interest to anyone else.
- Nicholas Bell
I'm not the biggest gambler. Sure, I do it for fun every now and then when I'm passing through Vegas, and I always seem to come out ahead, but I don't want to push my look, so I gamble sparingly. It's always fun when I do, though, and I love the adrenaline rush!
There have been some great scenes that revolve around gambling. I thought it'd be fun to point out awesome gaming scenes from ten different films. Not all of the films I pulled these scenes from revolve around gambling. This is just a collection of scenes that I've enjoyed watching over the years.
Look over the list and let us know what some of your favorite movie gambling scenes are!
- Joey Paur
Before his reinvention as a blockbuster director, Jon Favreau hosted a half-hour show for IFC called “Dinner For Five” that found the multi-hyphenate engaged in conversation with four other guests from the film industry over dinner. Though borne of a simple premise, the show was often illuminating, funny and, most of all, humanizing, especially when larger stars or industry legends were involved. The sole digression from the title-and-premise was a one-on-one conversation with Favreau’s future “The Wolf Of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese that’s been making the rounds online. Airing during the third season in 2004, the episode with Scorsese is, in terms of the actual staging of the director and host, more in-line with other television interviews but Favreau’s cool approach – and obvious admiration for Scorsese – meshes exceptionally well with the legendary director who, as always, is a game interview subject. One of the better exchanges in the episode concerns Scorsese’s. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Trailer Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 07:06
Clint Eastwood directs the long-mooted movie version of the hit musical Jersey Boys. Here's the trailer and poster...
The movie of the award-winning musical Jersey Boys has been chatted about for a while, and at one stage, it looked as if Jon Favreau was going to direct it. However, Clint Eastwood became interested in the project relatively late in the day, when it didn't have a director, and signed on the dotted line to make the film.
Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons will thus arrive in cinemas on June 20th. And we've got the first trailer and poster for it right here. The movie, incidentally, has already picked up an R rating in the Us...
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Jon Favreau’s comedy builds up most overall buzz, but Goodbye to All That leads the way with 81% intent-to-view.
Knightley and Ruffalo lead the cast of the festival’s closing film Begin Again, while Messina’s directorial debut Alex of Venice, which he also »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Check out this vintage clip from Jon Favreau's IFC show "Dinner for Five" where guest Martin Scorsese talks about approaching story and character, his favorite Hitchcock films and more. Favreau's full 30-minute conversation with Scorsese, from 2004, is below as well. The man has good taste -- and for that matter, so does Jon Favreau. Scorsese loves Hitch's unsung 1956 noir "The Wrong Man," starring Henry Fonda, which he says he screened for writer Paul Schrader when they were working on their masterful "Taxi Driver," another film with noirish elements about man's evolution from innocence to criminality. Writer/director Favreau has SXSW comedy/food porn hit "Chef" coming up. Also, revisit our "Wolf of Wall Street" interview with Scorsese here, and our ranking of his best dozen films here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
With its newly launched Innovation Week, the Tribeca Film Festival is calling on coders, gamers, hackers, directors, screenwriters, techies — and anyone with a story to tell.
The fest’s latest addition features a series of discussions called Future of Film: The Story’s Edge aimed at combining technology with storytelling. Tribeca’s director of programming Genna Terranova says Innovation Week will provide a way of packaging more effectively a topic that’s been on the fest’s agenda for some time.
“The way that we framed it is new,” Terranova says. “We have been doing these events for the last several years, but really felt we should bring (them) together so you can have a more fluid experience.”
Innovation Week kicks off on April 21 with a conversation between writer-producer Aaron Sorkin and former presidential speech writer Jon Favreau, who will discuss the transition from an analog world to a digital one. »
- Andrea Seikaly
8 p.m.-midnight April 15
New York Filmmaker Party
Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall
7:30 p.m. April 16
6:30 p.m. April 17
Opening Night – Documentary Competition
Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Gala
Tribeca Interactive & Interlude
A Music Film Challenge in Collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Co., with a performance by Damon Albarn; Highline Ballroom
3 p.m. April 18
- Variety Staff
It's been almost 20 years since Jon Favreau's breakthrough movie. Writing Swingers, he thought it might get him some acting work; he never imagined the career he would have behind the camera. Now, after tackling a few blockbusters and helping set the Marvel cinematic universe on its current trajectory, Favreau has gone back to his roots, writing, directing, and starring in the indie comedy Chef. In it, Favreau plays a brilliant chef who fights to balance his creative freedom with his family life and the need for professional compromise. The movie, which opens limited on May 9 and expands nationally through May and June, will be screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today. We spoke with Favreau about how much of himself is in this character, trying to maintain a singular vision in the big-studio system, and having other characters calling him fat.Did you do your own »
- Jesse David Fox
Indiewire has once again partnered with Apple to host the "Meet the Filmmaker Tribeca Talks Series," in partnership with the 2014 edition of the festival. The talks, running from April 19-26 at the Apple Store in SoHo, will feature in-depth conversations with leading filmmakers, producers and actors. Participants this year include Emma Roberts, Jon Favreau, America Ferrera, and Paul Schneider. All events are free and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Guests are invited to arrive early at the Apple Store SoHo (103 Prince Street, New York). Check out the lineup below (descriptions courtesy of Tribeca). Angus MacLachlan, Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Ashley Henshaw, and Audrey Scott, Goodbye to All That Saturday, April 19th 5:00 p.m. Join Director Angus MacLachlan, and actors Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Ashley Henshaw, and Audrey Scott for a discussion about their romantic comedy moderated by Indiewire's Eric Kohn. Otto »
- Nigel M Smith
Happy Tax Day, dear readers! I hope a lot of you have gotten out and seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier by this point – because it’s totally awesome. And if you’re looking for something scarier at the theater right now, I recommend checking out the new horror movie Oculus. In the meantime, this week’s edition of Trailer Trashin’ steps away from the big summer movies and takes a look at the upcoming indie comedy Chef.
Premise: When Miami-born chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) tries and fails to open a restaurant in Los Angeles, he returns to Miami to fix up a food truck, which he names “El Jefe Cubanos,” and gets reacquainted with his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). He plans to drive across the country to take another crack at success in L.A.
My take: As I’ve admitted previously in this column, my biggest blind »
- Timothy Monforton
Announced as a response to Marvel’s phenomenal success with the multi-movie release model, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel had the thankless task of kicking off a shared film universe for DC Comics and Warner Bros. The Henry Cavill-starred flick was a financial success, and while Man of Steel divided film critics and comics fanboys alike, a starting point is in place nonetheless.
It’s a lot more difficult to predict what follows. At the time of publication, Marvel Studios has produced nine features under the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) umbrella and has four more announced or in production; they have a clear leader in president Kevin Feige and strong writers and directors like Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon. And Marvel has a cast that has not only been established in their respective roles, but is rapidly becoming inextricably associated with the superheroes they portray – think about anyone »
- Matt Hannigan
Though it’s taken a few years to come to fruition, Disney’s billion-dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland kicked off a new trend for the studio in 2010. It has slowly been working on live-action adaptations of some of the studio’s classic animated films, and we’ll see the next one this May in the form of Maleficent, which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view. After that, we have Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella set for release in March 2015, Jon Favreau is directing a live-action take on The Jungle Book for release in October 2015, and there is also a redo of Beauty and the Beast in the works. While Disney set a writer on Beauty and the Beast early last year, we haven’t heard much more about the project in the interim. However, if a new report is to be believed, the studio may »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Bros. has tapped Justin Marks (screenwriter of Jon Favreau’s upcoming Jungle Book) to adapt the Vertigo Comics series Fbp: Federal Bureau of Physics, with Warner’s DC go-to guy David S. Goyer set to serve as producer.
Created by writer Simon Oliver and artist Robbi Rodriguez, Fbp began its run in July 2013 and centres on a government agency – the Federal Bureau of Physics – whose job it is to deal with quantum disturbances such as wormholes and gravity failures, which are commonplace in the world.
Marks has previously collaborated with Goyer on the planned Green Arrow movie Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max, while he’s also adapted another DC property, Suicide Squad, for Warner Bros. and producer Dan Lin (Godzilla).
- Gary Collinson
Deadline reports that Justin Marks (Jon Favreau's Jungle Book) has been tasked by Warner Bros. to pen the screenplay for a big screen adaptation of Fbp: Federal Bureau of Physics, based on a treatment by comic book creator Simon Oliver. David Goyer and Jon Berg will produce, and as well as penning Suicide Squad for the studio, Marks was also responsible for adapting Green Arrow: Escape from Supermax for them. The plot of the comic book (originally titled Collider) is as follows: Wormholes in your kitchen. Gravity failures at school. Quantum tornadoes tearing through the midwest. As with all natural disasters, people do what they always do: They adapt and survive. And if things get really bad, the Federal Bureau of Physics (Fbp) is only a call away. "Fbp: Federal Bureau of Physics" is the story of Adam Hardy: Young, brash and smart, he's a rising star at the Fbp, »
With Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld (3 Days To Kill) filling the lead roles, Term Life sees a thief who plans and sells heists, take his estranged daughter on the run when a job goes awry. Finding themselves hunted by corrupt cops, mob bosses and contract killers, he takes a shot at redemption by initiating a life insurance policy, guaranteeing a legacy for his daughter when the inevitable happens. Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t kick in for 21 days.
Terrence Howard will play Sheriff Braydon – a small-town law enforcer who crosses paths with the fugitives as they pass through his jurisdiction. The cast also features Bill Paxton (2 Guns) and Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), in addition to the film seeing »
- Sarah Myles
From the first moment that I heard about the upcoming Vince Vaughn starrer Term Life, it had my full and devoted interest. Despite the fact that the film is based on an obscure graphic novel (of the same name) that I had no prior knowledge of, the plot sounds extremely original and exciting.
Term Life will star Vaughn as a criminal with a price on his head, who decides to take out an insurance policy that will ensure his daughter’s financial future, but in order for the policy to take effect he must stay alive for an entire 21 days. The film sounds like an exhilarating thrill ride that would provide a quirky action-comedy in the same style as Shoot ‘Em Up (hopefully). After Universal dropped the project for unknown reasons, it was quickly picked up by Qed International and Worldview Entertainment who will finance the project. Vaughn will produce »
- Ben Read
The comic series centers on the Fbp, or the Federal Bureau of Physics, a group formed in a world where quantum disturbances happen all the time and must be dealt with.
Marks wrote Jungle Book for Disney, which is to be directed by Jon Favreau and set for release on October 9, 2015. He also wrote 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, and adapted Suicide Squad for Dan Lin and Warners.
- Laura Frances
I love how movies make you feel certain emotions as you watch them. It's one of my favorite parts about going to the movies. I always find it interesting, though, when I get vicariously embarrassed during awkward moments. Meaning I am embarrassed for the characters in the movie in the positions that they are put in. I started thinking about this while I was watching Goodfellas over the weekend. Is it just me, or does it seem like this movie is on every other day? Anyway, There's a scene where Joe Pesci starts to get pissed off at Ray Liotta for telling him he was a funny guy. The scene went from being fun to uncomfortable very fast, and I started to feel embarrassed for Liotta's character.
I started to think of what other movies that made me feel like that, and came up with the following list of films. »
- Joey Paur
After delivering big-budget blockbusters like Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, director Jon Favreau is going back to his indie roots with this summer’s comedy Chef, for which he also wrote the screenplay and stars in the title role. The film has already screened at various festivals to a very positive reception with it currently sitting at […]
- Andrew Shuster
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