Jon Favreau
American actor, film director
Jon Favreau
Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau is an American actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist, and comedian. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers (which he also wrote), Very Bad Things, and The Break-Up. His notable directorial efforts include Elf, Iron Man, its sequel, and Cowboys & Aliens. His most prominent television role was that of Pete Becker, Monica Geller's boyfriend during season three of the television sitcom Friends.
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'The Lion King' Remake Has A New Simba
Huffington Post - 2 days
Back in September, Disney announced plans to create a remake of its animated classic “The Lion King.” This time around, director Jon Favreau will likely use CGI animation to create a circle of life that looks much more realistic than it did in the 1994 version. Disney is currently rebooting many of the music-filled movies that dominated previous generations’ childhoods ― including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “The Jungle Book,” which Favreau also directed. In very 2016 fashion, Favreau used emojis to reveal his involvement in the new movie on Twitter: Excited for my next project — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) September 28, 2016 Last night, Favreau tweeted more details about the project, finally revealing that Donald Glover will play Simba and James Earl Jones will reclaim the role of the patriarch, Mufasa. Glover is becoming reboot royalty. He just landed the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” movi ...
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Jon Favreau still has to 'rattle off' his film credits
CNN - 6 days
Sometimes he's a producer and director whose films -- "Jungle Book," "Elf," and "Swingers," to name a few -- inspire hope, laughs and occasionally both. Other times, especially while traveling the world, Jon Favreau is Pete from "Friends" or That Guy from That Movie. Above all, he's a "Creator."
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Jon Favreau still has to 'rattle off' his film credits
CNN - about 1 month
Sometimes he's a producer and director whose films -- "Jungle Book," "Elf," and "Swingers," to name a few -- inspire hope, laughs and occasionally both. Other times, especially while traveling the world, Jon Favreau is Pete from "Friends" or That Guy from That Movie. Above all, he's a "Creator."
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The Best Movie GIFs Of 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
In terms of the year’s best movies, we made our list and checked it twice. But will anyone remember them if they aren’t reproduced in GIF format? These are some of 2016’s defining movie images. They may be funny or charming or beautiful or strange. They’re certainly memorable.  In no particular order, here are the GIFs that won our hearts. “La La Land” As the central romance between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling begins to soar, so do their characters ― literally. This swelling planetarium reverie sends them shooting for the stars.  Director: Damien Chazelle • Director of photography: Linus Sandgren “Arrival” Our first glimpse of the alien pods that have touched down across Earth comes in a shot that crawls across the Montana plains, at once peaceful and menacing. Director: Denis Villeneuve • Director of photography: Bradford Young   “American Honey” The restless protagonist of “American Honey” find ...
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The Best Films 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded sl ...
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Director Jon Favreau’s first VR app is half game, half movie, and only on the Vive
Yahoo News - 3 months
Director Jon Favreau has jumped into virtual reality to tell an original fantasy story set in the world of Gnomes and Goblins, an exclusive experience for the HTC Vive.
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Using technology without losing humanity: Jon Favreau on his use of special effects
LATimes - 3 months
Jon Favreau’s movie career spans the technological gamut — from the fly-by-night feel of “Swingers” to the effects bonanza of the “Iron Man” franchise. Today, he has digital tools for filmmaking he thought impossible just a few years ago. But none of them matter, he said, if they’re not deployed...
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Jon Favreau Set to Direct Live-Action Reimagining of 'The Lion King'
ABC News - 5 months
"The Jungle Book" director will be at the helm.
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The Presidential Debates Should Model Themselves After 'PTI' — For Democracy
Huffington Post - 5 months
In the last week, two incidents have revved up the conversation about how journalists should deal with candidates’ on-air lies. On Sunday, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who was recently chosen to moderate one of the upcoming presidential debates, said it was not his “job to be a truth squad” during the debate, causing an uproar among those who believed that is exactly his job.  Then, on Wednesday, Matt Lauer let Trump go unquestioned after the GOP presidential nominee said on NBC that he had been against the Iraq War from the start, which is untrue. Just how the media should handle candidates’ lies has become a significant political debate during the 2016 presidential election because of one issue in particular: the wide disparity in the use of them by the two major candidates. According to the Pulitzer-Prize-winning fact-checking site PolitiFact, more than half of Donald Trump’s dissected statements have fallen into the categories of “False” or all-out “Pants on Fire,” compared ...
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Jon Favreau takes on virtual reality with 'Gnomes & Goblins'
Yahoo News - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Favreau has brought talking animals and smart-alecky superheroes to the big screen. For his next project, he's luring miniature goblins into virtual reality to become one of the first major filmmakers to create an original work using VR.
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Jon Favreau on ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ and Virtual Reality
NYTimes - 6 months
Mr. Favreau discusses how his latest project, “doing something somewhere between a game and a movie,” lets viewers have an immersive experience.
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12 Baby Names Inspired By Beautiful Places Around The World
Huffington Post - 6 months
Savannah, London, Brooklyn. In 2016, that might be your list of places to visit next year, or maybe it’s your preschooler’s new class list. City, state and country names for kids have gone mainstream, and plenty of parents are borrowing baby naming inspiration from the map. Celebrity parents are no exception. In fact, they’ve introduced some intriguing options for our sons and daughters. Here are a dozen of the best “star baby” place names worth considering. Alaska Model Anne Vyalitsyna hails from Russia. Her tech guru fiancé Adam Cahan is originally from New York. Apparently, the couple named their daughter Alaska because that’s where the U.S. and Russia meet. A record number of girls were given the name Alaska in 2015 ― 60 total, including Anne and Adam’s daughter. Brighton A fashionable seaside resort, England’s Brighton has long been favored by kings and commoners. New York boasts a Brooklyn community by the name, immortalized in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoi ...
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China box office: 'Jungle Book' nears $100 million after just 10 days
LATimes - 10 months
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” continued its strong swing through China in its second week of release, earning nearly $50 million in the seven days ending Sunday and approaching $100 million after just 10 days in theaters. Director Jon Favreau’s update of the 1960s classic accounted for half of all...
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China box office: 'Jungle Book' nears $100 million after just 10 days
LATimes - 10 months
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” continued its strong swing through China in its second week of release, earning nearly $50 million in the seven days ending Sunday and approaching $100 million after just 10 days in theaters. Director Jon Favreau’s update of the 1960s classic accounted for half of all...
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Jon Favreau describes what happens when Bill Murray walks into a bar
Chicago Times - 10 months
Bill Murray's advice to "The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau? Get a theme song. During Wednesday's episode of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," Favreau recalled a trip to New Orleans with Murray to record music for "The Jungle Book." Murray voices the bear Baloo. Favreau said he and Murray...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Favreau
  • 2016
    Age 49
    He also directed the Destiny trailer "The Law of the Jungle" and the 2016 film The Jungle Book, for Walt Disney Pictures, which was released on April 15, 2016.Jon Favreau will direct a live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King.
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    In 2016, he was called to direct a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney's The Lion King.
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  • 2013
    Age 46
    In 2013, he shot a pilot for a TV series based on the novel About a Boy, but set in San Francisco.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    In July 2011, Favreau was featured in a YouTube video by visual effects artists Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch (known on YouTube as the popular channel, "freddiew"), in a spoof of his then-upcoming summer film, Cowboys & Aliens.
    More Details Hide Details He lent the movie's iconic gauntlet prop to Wong & Laatsch for use in the short. Favreau directed the pilot for the NBC show Revolution, and also served as one of the show's executive producers, alongside J. J. Abrams.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    Favreau said in December 2010 that he would not direct Iron Man 3, opting to direct Magic Kingdom instead.
    More Details Hide Details He also remained an executive producer of director Joss Whedon's The Avengers.
  • 2009
    Age 42
    Favreau co-starred in 2009's Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort, which he also wrote.
    More Details Hide Details The film saw him reunited with co-star Vince Vaughn, and Kristin Davis played his wife. He voices the character Pre Vizsla, the leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch, in the episodes of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    Favreau also directed the film's sequel, Iron Man 2. in 2008 he played Denver in Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn.
    More Details Hide Details Favreau was the third director attached to John Carter of Mars, the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' swashbuckling space hero. While he did not ultimately direct it, he did have a cameo in the film, as a bookie.
    He also wrote two issues of a planned mini-series for Marvel Knights titled Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas, that debuted in September 2008 before being cancelled in November 2008.
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    Released on May 2, 2008, the film was a huge critical and commercial success, solidifying Favreau's reputation as a director.
    More Details Hide Details Iron Man was the first Marvel-produced movie under their alliance with Paramount, and Favreau served as the director and an executive producer. During early scenes in Iron Man, Favreau appears as Tony Stark's loyal friend, and driver, Happy Hogan.
  • 2006
    Age 39
    Favreau also has a TV series called Dinner for Five which airs on the cable TV channel IFC. On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Favreau was signed to direct the long-awaited Iron Man movie.
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  • 2005
    Age 38
    He was called upon to judge the efforts of the show's two teams of contestants, who were assigned the task of designing and building a float to publicise his 2005 Sony Pictures movie, Zathura.
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    Also in 2005, Favreau appeared as a guest judge and executive representative of Sony corporation in week five of NBC primetime reality TV business show, The Apprentice.
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    In 2005, Favreau directed the film adaptation of Zathura.
    More Details Hide Details Never to turn his back on acting, Favreau still makes regular appearances in film and television. He reunited with friend Vince Vaughn in the much-hyped hit romantic comedy The Break-Up and appeared in My Name Is Earl as a reprehensible fast food manager. Favreau also made a guest appearance in Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    Also in 2003, Favreau had a small part in Something's Gotta Give (a film starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson); Favreau played Leo, Harry Sanborn's (Nicholson) personal assistant, who visited Harry in the hospital.
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    In the fall of 2003, he scored his first financial success as a director of the hit comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Peter Dinklage.
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  • 2001
    Age 34
    In 2001, he made his film directorial debut with another self-penned screenplay, Made.
    More Details Hide Details Made once again teamed him up with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn.
    He was a guest-director for an episode of the college dramedy Undeclared in 2001, and Favreau got some screen time as lawyer Foggy Nelson in the 2003 movie Daredevil (2003) (considerably more in the Director's Cut version).
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in The Big Empty (2003), directed by Steve Anderson. His character was John Person, an out of work actor given a strange mission to deliver a blue suitcase to a man named Cowboy in the desert.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    Favreau married physician Joya Tillem on November 24, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three children: a son, Max, born July 25, 2001, and two daughters, Madeleine, born April 2003, and Brighton Rose, born August 2006. Tillem is the niece of lawyer/talk show host Len Tillem. Favreau credits the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons with giving him " a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance."
    Favreau appeared in 2000's The Replacements as maniacal linebacker Daniel Bateman, and that same year he played himself in The Sopranos episode "D-Girl", as a Hollywood director who feigns interest in developing mob associate Christopher Moltisanti's screenplay in order to collect material for his own screenplay.
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  • 1999
    Age 32
    In 1999, he starred in the television film Rocky Marciano, based on the life of the only undefeated world heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared in Love & Sex (2000), co-starring Famke Janssen.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    He rejoined Piven in 1998 as part of Very Bad Things (1998).
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  • 1996
    Age 29
    Favreau made appearances in the sketch-comedy series, Tracey Takes On in both 1996 and 1997.
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    He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers, which was also Vaughn's breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a foil to Favreau's heartbroken Mike Peters.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, he appeared on the popular television sitcom Friends, portraying Pete Becker – Monica Geller's millionaire boyfriend who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – for several episodes.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    The next year, he appeared in the college film PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of television in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled "The Fire" as Eric the Clown.
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  • 1988
    Age 21
    He dropped out of college for good (a few credits shy of completing his degree), and in the summer of 1988, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy.
    More Details Hide Details He performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute. While in Chicago, Favreau landed his first film role alongside Sean Astin as football tutor D-Bob in the sleeper hit Rudy (1993). Favreau met Vince Vaughn – who played a small role in this film – during shooting.
    He briefly worked for Bear Stearns on Wall Street before returning to Queens College for a semester in early 1988.
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  • 1984
    Age 17
    Favreau graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987, before dropping out.
    More Details Hide Details His friend from college, Mitchell Pollack, said that Favreau went by the nickname "Johnny Hack" because of his talent in the game Hacky Sack.
  • 1979
    Age 12
    Favreau was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher.
    More Details Hide Details His mother was Jewish (of Russian Jewish descent), and his father is a Catholic of Italian and French-Canadian ancestry. Favreau attended Hebrew school and had a Bar Mitzvah.
  • 1966
    Born on October 19, 1966.
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