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June 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Jon Favreau has emerged as the lead candidate to direct the planned movie version of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical "Jersey Boys," according to a report this week in Variety. Favreau may seem like a strange choice for the job judging from his recent directorial efforts "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys and Aliens. " But Favreau's screenplay for the 1996 movie "Swingers" suggests he knows a thing or two about ambitious young men trying to make it in showbiz. "Jersey Boys" is reportedly being adapted for the screen by John Logan, the Tony-winning playwright ("Red")
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March 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In "Pacific Rim," a score-settling Idris Elba demonstrated he has the eye of the tiger. Now he'll show that he has the voice of one as well. The 41-year-old London-born actor is in final negotiations to provide the voice of the fearsome feline Shere Khan in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale "The Jungle Book," according to Deadline Hollywood . Elba, who has earned strong reviews as the leading man in the...
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February 5, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama - as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles. The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them.
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July 9, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Jon Favreau is cooking up a new movie in Los Angeles and it has nothing to do with superheroes. Favreau, executive producer of the "Iron Man" movies and "The Avengers," has begun filming his latest project, an indie comedy called "Chef," set to shoot this week in Brentwood, according to a film permit. The story revolves around a chef, played by Favreau, who loses his job and starts a food truck business while attempting to restore relations with his family. Favreau directs and stars in the movie, which is based on a screenplay he wrote.
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July 9, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Jon Favreau is cooking up a new movie in Los Angeles and it has nothing to do with superheroes. Favreau, executive producer of the "Iron Man" movies and "The Avengers," has begun filming his latest project, an indie comedy called "Chef," set to shoot this week in Brentwood, according to a film permit. The story revolves around a chef, played by Favreau, who loses his job and starts a food truck business while attempting to restore relations with his family. Favreau directs and stars in the movie, which is based on a screenplay he wrote.
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July 13, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five years ago, "Swingers" teamed Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn in a wonderfully wry comedy as a couple of guys struggling to break into Hollywood while making the trendy lounge scene in their nonstop pursuit of women. Favreau, who wrote "Swingers," has now directed and written the hilarious "Made," which re-teams him with Vaughn. The two play off each other so well that they recall fond memories of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Shrewdly, Favreau doesn't repeat himself.
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May 5, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Jon Favreau sounded tired on the phone Sunday morning. It had been a long weekend, but a great weekend. And a profitable one: The director of "Iron Man" was hearing that his film would crack the $100-million mark in its opening weekend, a staggering success for a movie that, as Favreau put it, nobody really cared about or was thinking about when it was announced two years ago. Favreau and the film's star, Robert Downey Jr.
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August 20, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
As the state's budget crisis continues, Sacramento certainly has money on its mind, but it's hardly star-struck when it comes to Hollywood and its problems with runaway production. Nevertheless, "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have become unexpected partners in a push to create tax breaks for film and television shows in an effort to keep their production in California, a political cause that has very little traction with state lawmakers and, to the governor's chagrin, even less footing in celebrity fundraising circles.
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October 13, 1996 | Bill Higgins, Bill Higgins is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
Jon Favreau seems at home in a peach-colored Naugahyde booth at the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop. Billie Holiday sings "Night and Day" in the background. It's just down Franklin Avenue from where, until recently, the actor-writer lived in a $470-per-month apartment. He'd come here often for a nice, leisurely, 1-in-the-afternoon breakfast, as underemployed actors are supposed to do. Then go home, look for work, pick up an unemployment check, hope a residual payment would arrive.
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April 15, 2002
Audiotistic Festival Succeeds Despite Itself A dreary venue and other challenges can't keep the hip-hop and electronic jamfest from wowing a big crowd in San Bernardino. F2 Shostakovich at 15 The Pasadena Symphony gives an extroverted reading of the composer's Symphony No. 15. F8 A New Round Table Jon Favreau hopes to re-create the famed Algonquin wit in a new series for IFC. F11 *--* In the Know...F2 Radio...F11 Liz Smith...F2 TV Logs...F11-12 *--*
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February 5, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama - as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles. The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them.
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August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The original Jersey Boy is coming to Broadway. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are set for a weeklong engagement at the Broadway Theatre in New York, from Oct. 19 to 27, in celebration of group's 50th anniversary. Valli is to perform many of his signature songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll. " He no longer performs with the original Four Seasons members but with a new group of backup singers under the same name. The original group's first album was released in 1962.
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June 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Jon Favreau has emerged as the lead candidate to direct the planned movie version of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical "Jersey Boys," according to a report this week in Variety. Favreau may seem like a strange choice for the job judging from his recent directorial efforts "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys and Aliens. " But Favreau's screenplay for the 1996 movie "Swingers" suggests he knows a thing or two about ambitious young men trying to make it in showbiz. "Jersey Boys" is reportedly being adapted for the screen by John Logan, the Tony-winning playwright ("Red")
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July 20, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
For self-proclaimed geeks, superfans and buffs of the popcorn film, San Diego's Comic-Con International is an annual pilgrimage. The convention center's 6,500-seat Hall H is the hallowed ground where Jon Favreau first introduced Robert Downey Jr. as "Iron Man" and where James Cameron's "Avatar" began to generate the kind of deafening buzz that indicated it would be much more than an expensive 3-D movie about blue people from another planet. At this year's sold-out confab, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, Steven Spielberg will make his first appearance to discuss his motion-capture movie "The Adventures of Tintin" and Sony Pictures will introduce Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man.
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February 5, 2011 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
The private jet from Van Nuys kicked up pale dust as it landed on an airstrip just outside this state capital, and the passengers crossed the tarmac with the quiet determination of candidates preparing for a rally in a battleground state. "This is our Iowa caucus," director Jon Favreau said as he climbed into a waiting black SUV with Ron Howard, the two-time Oscar winner who is a producer of Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens," scheduled to hit theaters July 29. "This is like the primary.
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March 8, 2009 | Mike Dorning
With his first address to Congress looming, President Obama convened a few trusted advisors in the Oval Office. Seated in a chair beside the fireplace, he turned his attention to a 27-year-old with close-cropped hair who was perched on the couch. His instructions, according to one meeting participant, were familiar: "You and I always tell a story pretty well. I still want to make sure we do that here."
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May 10, 2008
I REALIZE that " 'Iron Man's' Action Figure" [Geoff Boucher, Monday] was a story about director Jon Favreau, but I do think Favreau could have given more credit to the man who carried the movie . . . the star . . . Robert Downey Jr. I saw it, and he was fabulous, and yes, Jon directed a great movie. A true winner at any age. Keep 'em coming, Hollywood. Judy Pfleger Marina del Rey BACK IN '94, I was producing a behind-the-scenes piece on a Fox film called "PCU" and one of the actors was Jon Favreau.
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August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The original Jersey Boy is coming to Broadway. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are set for a weeklong engagement at the Broadway Theatre in New York, from Oct. 19 to 27, in celebration of group's 50th anniversary. Valli is to perform many of his signature songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll. " He no longer performs with the original Four Seasons members but with a new group of backup singers under the same name. The original group's first album was released in 1962.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
As the state's budget crisis continues, Sacramento certainly has money on its mind, but it's hardly star-struck when it comes to Hollywood and its problems with runaway production. Nevertheless, "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have become unexpected partners in a push to create tax breaks for film and television shows in an effort to keep their production in California, a political cause that has very little traction with state lawmakers and, to the governor's chagrin, even less footing in celebrity fundraising circles.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2008
I REALIZE that " 'Iron Man's' Action Figure" [Geoff Boucher, Monday] was a story about director Jon Favreau, but I do think Favreau could have given more credit to the man who carried the movie . . . the star . . . Robert Downey Jr. I saw it, and he was fabulous, and yes, Jon directed a great movie. A true winner at any age. Keep 'em coming, Hollywood. Judy Pfleger Marina del Rey BACK IN '94, I was producing a behind-the-scenes piece on a Fox film called "PCU" and one of the actors was Jon Favreau.
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