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Things have fallen pretty quiet on the Guardians of the Galaxy front since the trailer reveal last month as Marvel Studios focuses its efforts on the upcoming release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but last night AMC caught up with leading man Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige for a live streaming interview about the cosmic superhero ensemble, and you can check out the entire thing in the YouTube embed below....
"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with »
- Gary Collinson
SXSW opens with Chef, a down-home comedy in which a cook resets his career by learning about Twitter and opening a food truck. You can't fling a mobile device without hitting an artisanal taco van in Austin. Chef would struggle to find a hungrier audience anywhere else. It's airy mix of blokey comedy and peril-less conflict had the Paramount theatre crowd in the raptures. They ate it up.
Jon Favreau, who writes, directs and stars, plays Carl Caspar, a skilled chef bored by his job recreating the classics in a high-end restaurant. He's called out for his lack of imagination in a stinging review by a leading food critic (Oliver Platt) and - after being introduced to Twitter by his »
- Henry Barnes
We still don't know whether Robert Downey Jr will return for "Iron Man 4," but the actor signed up to reprise the role of Tony Stark in the next two "Avengers" installments." "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is currently filming and today we have a 30-second video showing Downey going through his training routine to stay in shape for the sequel. Check out the video below. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is once again directed by Joss Whedon and is set to hit theaters on May 1st, 2015. Video: »
“Man, this is so cool!”
That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.
James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.
Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.
“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”
Cromwell recalled »
- Dave McNary
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
Jon Favreau looked oddly humble at the world premiere of "Chef," the actor-writer-director's first smaller, character-driven effort since the earlier days of his career, when he wrote "Swingers" with his pal Vince Vaughn and later directed "Made." Buzz hadn't been on his side ahead of the screening, which opened the SXSW Film Festival on Friday, with some early viewers suggesting pegging Favreau's return to the arena of character-driven comedies after shifting into blockbuster mode with two "Iron Man" movies followed by "Cowboys and Aliens" as a total dud. Instead, the story of a top-rated California chef (Favreau) driven mad by a bad review and forced to start his career from scratch is an intermittently amusing change of gears made for no other reason other than so the filmmaker can take a breather. The SXSW crowd at the Paramount theater, which tends to laugh at every joke as if were a masterful punchline, »
- Eric Kohn
Jon Favreau.s Chef is food porn. I.m fairly confident the crowd at the Paramount Theater attending the Opening Night screening at the The 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival left happy. The audience laughed throughout Favreau.s warm, funny and surprisingly autobiographical food dramedy, and erupted into enthusiastic applause as it drew to a close. I also guarantee that they left the Paramount starving. There are more scenes of Favreau.s character, Carl, cooking up delicious dishes . often as a method to relieve his stress . that you better go in with a full stomach. Popcorn and a fountain drink from the concession stands aren.t going to cut during your Chef screening. Favreau.s movie is a return to his roots (and, depending on how you read it, a rejection of the popcorn blockbusters that have become his calling card in the days of Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens »
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 -- Those who come to Jon Favreau's Chef in search of food porn will not leave disappointed -- the only grumbling at the crowd-pleasing comedy's South by Southwest premiere came from the audience's stomachs. But they might also be surprised that another of Favreau's passions gets nearly as much screen time as shots of oozy grilled cheeses and caramelized pork bellies do: Twitter. An early and savvy adopter of the social media platform (which, appropriately enough, was introduced at the 2007 SXSW Interactive), the director's account currently boasts 1.66 million followers, a fanboy army he's whipped into a frenzy ahead of each Iron Man
- Seth Abramovitch
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
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 '90s, 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. Starring in »
- Drew Taylor
AMC Theatres have announced a "Captain America Double Feature" for the night of Thursday, April 3rd at 158 AMC locations nationwide.
Tickets are on sale online and at participating locations. Fans attending the event will receive a limited edition lanyard and a full size movie poster at participating locations while supplies last.
Meanwhile several set visit reports from the film have gone online this week, with the most interesting comments being about how the events of the movie will have big ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige tells /Film:
- Garth Franklin
The 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival started today, with Jon Favreau’s indie feature Chef leading the way. Favreau wrote, directed and stars in the movie, which revolves around a divorced Los Angeles chef who – upon losing his job at a prestigious restaurant – sets out to recover his creative mojo (and, in turn, repair his fractured personal life), by starting up his own food truck and traveling across North America, in search of fresh inspiration.
Judging by the first clip from the film (see above), Chef is a return to the kind of fast-talking, improvisatory verbal comedy that’s geared more towards adults – which Favreau made his name with on Swingers and partially carried over to the first Iron Man movie (before he had a harder time infusing his own artistic ...
- Sandy Schaefer
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
The Live Q&A will include Lead Actor Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and President of Production/ Marvel "Godfather/Mastermind", Kevin Feige. Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 8th, Live at 6Pm - Pst/ 8Pm - Cst/ 9Pm - Est. --- From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly »
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
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