July 18, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The Broadway and West End smash musical “Jersey Boys” is a favorite of mine so I was pleased last November when we first got word of a big screen adaptation. Jon Favreau was set to direct the film, scripted by John Logan, which would follow the ups and downs of real life rock stars Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. After Warner Bros put the film into turnaround due to budget concerns, Favreau and Graham King had to shop the project around to other studios … and it looks like in the nine months since the first shortlist was posted, there have been big movements on the pic.
Favreau departed the project and Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood took his place in the director’s chair – leading to Warner Bros attaching themselves again. And Variety have confirmed that three Broadway stars – John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda – are being eyed to play Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudia and Nick Massi respectively, with only Vincent Piazza from the original list making it to the final, joining the others as Tommy DeVito.
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There are currently two films heading into production called “Chef” and it’s become a bit of a problem and lawyers are getting involved but while that’s happening, casting is underway on both.
The first one we heard about was written by Steve Knight and will be directed by John Wells and stars Bradley Cooper as a disgraced Parisian chef who sobers up and returns to the scene to try to redeem his reputation with a new restaurant. Omar Sy is also linked to the project, and Deadline reports Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard have come up as potential female leads.
The other “Chef”, a more comedic take on the same genre to be directed by Jon Favreau, was also written by Favreau and stars Favreau as another disgraced chef who stages a comeback, only he does it by opening up a food truck. Robert Downe, Jr. recently agreed to co-star and the project just got even more “Iron Man”-y with the addition of Scarlett Johansson, according to THR.
It’s likely both films will see audiences, but only one will be called “Chef” when they do. Which will it be?
November 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Good news and bad news for fans of smash hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The bad news is that Warner Bros has put the big screen adaptation, which has Jon Favreau attached to direct, into turnaround, according to Variety. This means Favreau and Co. now have to shop the project around to other studios and hope that someone likes it enough to pick it up. But meetings are already taking place, with Paramount talking to the filmmakers tomorrow and Twentieth Century Fox also in play. Warner Bros had it fast-tracked to begin filming in January and a December 2013 release date target, but all that will probably be pushed back now.
The good news is that if and when it finds a new home, Favreau already has a rather impressive line-up of young actors lined up for the lead roles in the film. While none have had official offers yet, Variety reports in recent weeks Favreau landed on John Magarao, James Badge Dale, Paul Dano, Dominic Cooper and Vincent Piazza.
March 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hot off the success of “The Hunger Games, Effie herself Elizabeth Banks introduces the first trailer for her next movie, “People Like Us”, which is surely hoping for a bit of an awareness bump thanks to its suddenly way more famous star. Formerly titled “Welcome to People”, Chris Pine stars in the family drama as a man who is reunited with a sister and nephew he never knew he had after the death of his alcoholic father. His father left him a large inheritance, along with instructions to give some of the money to the daughter he hid from his wife and son. Banks and Pine play the newfound brother-sister duo, with Olivia Wilde on board as Hannah, Pine’s character’s girlfriend. Michelle Pfeiffer is also on board to play Pine’s mother.
The directorial debut of uber-successful screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, “People Like Us” boasts a confident summer release date of June 29th. Watch the first trailer, courtesy of Moviefone, below.
January 22, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut “Welcome to People” is racking up an impressive cast, with Olivia Wilde the most recent addition to the cast, joining Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine in the drama about a man who is reunited with a sister and nephew he never knew he had after the death of his alcoholic father. Banks and Pine play the brother-sister duo, with Wilde on board as Hannah, Pine’s character’s girlfriend. Michelle Pfeiffer is also on board to play Pine’s mother.
Recently, B-list actor and A-list director Jon Favreau – you may have heard of such tiny indie hits as Iron Man and this summer’s Cowboys vs Aliens – took to Twitter to announce that he just shot a cameo for the film: “Did a cameo role today in Welcome To People. Fun to act again, even if it was only for a day.”
No word on a release date yet. See below for several images of Pine cruising in a red convertible on his first day of shooting, courtesy of Just Jared.
November 17, 2010 | Posted by Linda Ge
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It’s here!! Daniel Craig’s Jake Lonergan is a stranger who shows up and leads the town of Absolution in defense against an alien invasion and other mysteries in Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated genre-crossing actioner “Cowboys and Aliens”, out next July, and today we finally have a look at the fast-rising Olivia Wilde in her role as Ella, someone who may know a little something about Jake’s mysterious past.
See some stills of Wilde in character below.
November 15, 2010 | Posted by Linda Ge
The teaser poster for Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated genre-bender “Cowboys and Aliens” was released today via Yahoo! Movies, with a promise of the teaser trailer to be released online on Wednesday and attached to prints of “Harry Potter” starting Friday. Based on the graphic novel from Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Daniel Craig stars as a stranger with no no memory who stumbles upon the town of Absolution, the only clue hinting at his identity a mysterious shackle on his wrist. Co-starring the fast-rising Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell, the film will be unleashed on theaters July 29, 2011.
Peek at the full size poster and official synopsis below. Check back on Wednesday to wtach the teaser trailer!