Jon Favreau




Mo 5/3: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Favreau, Godsmack on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Jon Favreau, an actor whose solid everyman quality has endeared him to audiences and critics alike, Jon Favreau first made his name with 1996′s Swingers. The story of a group of rat pack-obsessed, out-of-work actors slumming amiably through life in L.A., the indie-comedy was one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits and made a star out of Favreau, who also wrote the script. A native of Queens, NY, where he was born on October 19, 1966, Favreau was raised as the only child of two educators. After attending the Bronx High School of Science, he did an abbreviated stint at Queens College before heading to Chicago to pursue a comedy career. In Chicago, he studied improvisational comedy with Del_Close and was a member of the ImrovOlympic troupe. Favreau’s time in Chicago ended when he decided to head to L.A. to try and break into film; his experiences as a lovelorn, out-of-work actor would later provide the inspiration for Swingers. After years of false hopes and false starts that took the form of supporting roles in such disappointing films as Rudy and P.C.U., Favreau began channeling his experiences and those of his friends (who included fellow Swingers star Vince Vaughn) into a rudimentary script for Swingers. Encouraged to make his script into a film, the actor despaired of securing enough funding for the project until he met fledgling director Doug_Liman, who convinced him that the film could be made for 250,000 dollars. Costs were cut by filming largely without permits and making use of inexpensive shooting locations such as Favreau’s own apartment. The film’s low-budget charm was sufficient enough to sway the powers-that-be at Miramax who picked it up for distribution. When Swingers was eventually released in 1996, it was hailed by critics as a funny and painfully accurate account of the L.A. scene and its various faux-hipster denizens, as well as the dynamics at work amongst a group of guys (Favreau, Vaughn, and company) and the women they try so desperately to impress. In the wake of the film’s success, Favreau, who was being hailed as the latest in the long line of Hollywood “Next Big Things,” chose to star in Very Bad Things (1998), a black comedy directed by actor-turned-director Peter Berg. The film, in which Favreau played a soon-to-be married man whose Las Vegas bachelor party goes disastrously wrong, received very mixed reviews, although most critics praised the actor’s performance as a “suburban Joe” caught up in circumstances that rapidly spiral beyond his control. After playing the eponymous boxing legend in the made-for-TV Rocky Marciano in 1999, Favreau returned to the screen in 2000 to star as a football player in The_Replacements, a sports comedy directed by Howard_Deutch. That same year, he returned to the indie scene with Love & Sex, a take on urban romance.  In 2001, Favreau re-teamed with Vaughn for Made, a crime comedy that cast the two actors as aspiring mobsters and marked Favreau’s feature directorial debut. Also in 2001, Favreau made the jump to the small screen, producing and hosting IFC’s Dinner for Five, a candid roundtable program featuring fellow actors and filmmakers. In 2003, not only did Favreau show up in supporting roles in the hits Daredevil and Something’s_Gotta Give, his sophomore directorial effort, the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf proved to be one of the season’s biggest crowd-pleasers, grossing over 100 million dollars at the box office. He followed up that success by bringing Chris Van Allsburg’s Zathura to the big screen, although it did not match Elf’s box office success. After making a few cameos on TV shows like My Name Is Earl and Monk, Favreau re-teamed with Vince Vaughn once again for a supporting role in the 2006 comedy The Break-Up. He also lent his vocal talents to the animated film Open Season. That same year he announced he would be taking on directorial duties for the big screen adaptation of the comic book Iron Man.  Jon Favreau, on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC tonight Mo 5/3: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Godsmack

Vince Vaughn ready to be a dad

Vince VaughnActor Vince Vaughn has confessed he is ready to have kids for the first time.  ‘The Break-Up’ star, who previously dated Jennifer Aniston, is set to tie the knot with his Canadian girlfriend Kyla Weber.  The 39-year-old revealed is prepared to settle down and start a family.  “It’s the first time that I really want to have kids,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling People magazine.  “I’ve been very fortunate in my career, and my life has been about that for so long that you get bored of it.  “You’re ready for your life to be about other people and other things,” he added.  Vince Vaughn has established himself as one of Hollywood’s biggest names in comedy. He counts “Fred Claus” as his third collaboration Continue reading →

Gwyneth Paltrow ‘hibernating’

gwyneth-paltrow2Gwyneth Paltrow decided to take herself out of the public eye when she turned 30 because she was worried about being over exposed.

The 36-year-old star – who has four-year-old daughter Apple and son Moses, two, with her husband Chris Martin – felt so over-exposed she withdrew from Hollywood to focus on her private life.

She said: “I was definitely hibernating for a while and I do feel that now I am kind of getting back into the world.

“But a lot has changed in my life and it’s very nice to come back to work.

“I was happy in my sweat pants being a mother and I honestly didn’t know if the fire would come back. Then when my son was about six months old I started to feel like the artist was coming out of hibernation. That’s when Jon Favreau called me about ‘Iron Man’.”

When Gwyneth won the Best Actress Oscar in 1998 for her performance in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ she was inundated with roles and was left exhausted.

She told Total Film magazine: “I didn’t realise I could say no, it was like somebody shot a gun and I just kept running until I completely lost the desire to work.”

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