Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau
Jonathan "Jon" Favreau is Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama. Favreau attended the College of the Holy Cross, graduating as valedictorian. In college, he accumulated a variety of scholastic honors, and took part in and directed numerous community and civic programs.
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Produced By Conference: Producers Who Direct, Or Directors Who Produce?
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s conference coverage. The 5th Annual Produced By Conference, sponsored by the PGA, kicked off this morning on the 20th Century Fox lot with a panel discussion entitled “The Real Deal: Producers Who Direct? or Directors Who Produce?”. Producer Mark Gordon of 24 and Grey’s Anatomy fame moderated the discussion in the packed Zanuck Theater, peppering panelists Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1, 2 and 3) and Roland Emmerich (White House Down, Independence Day) with questions about how producers can effectively navigate the directorial waters and vice-versa. Of course, working with filmmakers at the level of Favreau [...]
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Movie Listings for Sept. 16-22
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign-language films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies . ‘Apollo 18’ (PG-13, 1:28) This mock documentary (actually a science-fiction horror film combined with a conspiracy thriller) about a final,
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Amigo' (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic ideals and
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Amigo' (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic ideals and
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Covering 2012, Youths on the Bus
NYTimes - over 5 years
WASHINGTON -- A group of five fresh-faced reporters from National Journal and CBS News clicked away on their MacBooks one recent afternoon, dutifully taking notes as seasoned journalists from the campaign trail shared their rules of the road. The journalists were mostly in their 20s, learning the basics: never get too close to a source; master the
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'Joss Whedon Will Protect Avengers Franchise', Scarlett Johansson Says - Gigwise
Google News - over 5 years
The actress starred for Jon Favreau in Iron Man 2, and revealed that the two directors approach their work in very different styles, saying: "I think Jon Favreau is such a different director from Joss Whedon. The flavour is different,
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Belting boys - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
Jon Favreau, Gary Busey and Gerard Butler along with retired NHL player Chris Chelios belted out their favorite tunes at Cafe Habana's karaoke night in Malibu last Wednesday. Busey kicked the evening off with Buddy Holly's "Rave On," followed by Habana
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Scarlett Johansson: 'Joss Whedon will protect Avengers franchise' - Digital Spy
Google News - over 5 years
Johansson added that Jon Favreau, with whom she worked on Iron Man 2, has a very different directing style to Whedon. "I think Jon Favreau is such a different director from Joss Whedon," she explained. "The flavor is different, their fingerprints are
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Amigo' (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic ideals and
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'Swingers' still 'got it' in modest Blu-ray presentation - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
BEFORE HE BECAME one of the biggest directors in Hollywood with both “Iron Man” flicks, the holiday classic “Elf” and sci-fi adventure “Cowboys & Aliens,” Jon Favreau wrote and starred in this indie classic. He penned the story about his own dating
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Did Jon Favreau set the bar for introducing characters to the silver screen? - Comic Book Movie
Google News - over 5 years
Was Jon Favreau's IRON MAN series a jaw-dropping spectacle while being the key to unlocking and releasing the MCU upon the world? Or was it a one-shot wonder with a sequel that was formulaic and left a bad aftertaste in your mouth? ... - -
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Cowboys & Aliens – review - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Photograph: Zade Rosenthal In all the advertising for Jon Favreau's blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens, the latter element of the provocative title is presented in larger type, thus suggesting the current ascendancy of one genre over the other. ... - -
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Olivia Wilde Wants To Be A Teen Boy - Socialite Life
Google News - over 5 years
She recently depicted the fearless Ella Swenson in Jon Favreau's sci-fi thriller Cowboys & Aliens. Even though this film was a flop, Olivia Wilde looked smookin' and did a good job! At the Cowboys and Aliens press conference in London she spoke
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Jon Favreau on Cowboys & Aliens, 80s sci-fi and 12A violence - Den Of Geek
Google News - over 5 years
Cowboys & Aliens finally arrives in the UK today, and at the press conference for the film last week, we caught up with Jon Favreau to find out his thoughts on the making of the film... “I have a comedy background and the first rule is that the more ... - -
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Cowboys and Aliens – Jon Favreau - Geeks.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
But it is a risky project from director Jon Favreau. Joss Whedon's FireFly – and subsequently Serenity – did something similar but blatant crossover films, not just those including foreign elements or nodding at other-genre influences, are a rare breed ... - -
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Another Earth' (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction film about
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'Iron Man' director Jon Favreau takes on 'Cowboys and Aliens' - Manila Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
“I thought, 'there's a really cool version of this film to be made if you get it right,'” Jon Favreau says of his take on the big screen version of “Cowboys and Aliens.” The movie is, of course, based on a graphic novel by Scott Michael Rosenberg. ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Favreau
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 32
    On May 23, 2014, Favreau was awarded a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree by his alma mater College of the Holy Cross where he also gave the commencement address.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 27
    Favreau was also one of several Obama administration members in the 2009 "World's Most Beautiful People" issue of People magazine.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2010, the website FamousDC.com obtained a picture of Favreau along with Assistant White House Press Secretary Tommy Vietor, playing beer pong after taking off their shirts at a restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. This event attracted criticism from the press because of its timing during the height of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    When President Obama assumed office in 2009, Favreau was appointed Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting.
    More Details Hide Details He became the second-youngest chief White House speechwriter on record after James Fallows. His salary was $172,200 a year. Favreau has said his work with Obama will be his final job in the realm of politics, saying, "Anything else would be anticlimactic." In regard to his post-political future, he said, "Maybe I'll write a screenplay, or maybe a fiction book based loosely on what all of this was like. You had a bunch of kids working on this campaign together, and it was such a mix of the serious and momentous and just the silly ways that we are. For people in my generation, it was an unbelievable way to grow up." In March 2013, Favreau left the White House, along with Tommy Vietor, to pursue a career in private sector consulting and screenwriting. Favreau writes for the Daily Beast and co-hosts a political podcast Keepin' it 1600 with Daniel Pfeiffer.
    He was the primary writer of Obama's inauguration address of January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The Guardian describes the process as follows: "The inaugural speech has shuttled between them and Favreau four or five times, following an initial hour-long meeting in which the President-elect spoke about his vision for the address, and Favreau took notes on his computer. Favreau then went away and spent weeks on research. His team interviewed historians and speechwriters, studied periods of crisis, and listened to past inaugural orations. When ready, he took up residence in a Starbucks in Washington and wrote the first draft".
  • 2005
    Age 23
    When the White Sox defeated the Red Sox 3–0 in the 2005 American League playoffs, Obama swept off Favreau's desk with a small broom.
    More Details Hide Details During the campaigns, he was obsessed with election tracking polls, jokingly referring to them as his "daily crack". At points during the campaign, he was said to feel overwhelmed by his responsibilities, and would turn to David Axelrod, and his friends for advice. On December 5, 2008, a picture of Favreau grabbing the breast of a cardboard cut-out of Hillary Clinton was posted on Facebook. Favreau called Senator Clinton’s staff to offer an apology. They told him to not worry about it, saying, "Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon's obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application". Favreau has declared that the speeches of Robert Kennedy and Michael Gerson have influenced his work, and has expressed admiration for Peggy Noonan's speechwriting, citing a talk given by Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc as his favorite Noonan speech. Gerson also admires Favreau's work, and sought him out at an Obama New Hampshire campaign rally to speak with the younger speechwriter.
    Obama communications aide Robert Gibbs, who had worked for Kerry's campaign, recommended Favreau to Obama as an excellent writer, and in 2005 he began working for Barack Obama in his United States Senate office, before joining Obama's presidential campaign as chief speechwriter in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details His interview with Obama was on the Senator's first day. Uninterested in Favreau's résumé, Obama instead questioned Favreau on what motivated him to work in politics, and what his theory of writing was. He described this theory to Obama as, "A speech can broaden the circle of people who care about this stuff. How do you say to the average person that's been hurting: 'I hear you, I'm there?' Even though you've been so disappointed and cynical about politics in the past, and with good reason, we can move in the right direction. Just give me a chance." Favreau led a speech writing team for the campaign that also included Adam Frankel, Ben Rhodes and Cody Keenan. For his work with Obama in the campaign, he would wake as early as 5 a.m., and routinely stayed up until 3 a.m. working on speeches. His leadership style among the other Obama speechwriters is very informal. They will often meet in a small conference room, discussing their work late into the evening over take-out food. According to Rhodes, Favreau did not drive structured meetings with agendas. "If he had, we probably would have laughed at him", Rhodes said. Favreau is planning to hire more speechwriters to assist him, but concedes he is unsure of how to manage them. According to him, "My biggest strength isn't the organization thing".
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Favreau first met Obama (then an Illinois State Senator running for the U.S. Senate), while still working for Kerry, backstage at the 2004 Democratic National Convention as Obama was rehearsing his keynote address.
    More Details Hide Details Favreau, then 23 years old, interrupted Obama's rehearsal, advising the soon-to-be-elected Senator that a rewrite was needed to avoid an overlap with Kerry's address.
    He joined Senator John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign soon after graduation from the College of the Holy Cross.
    More Details Hide Details While working for the Kerry campaign, his job was to assemble audio clips of talk radio programs for the Kerry camp to review for the next day. When the Kerry campaign began to falter at one point, they found themselves without a speechwriter, and Favreau was promoted to the role of deputy speechwriter. Following Kerry's defeat, Favreau became dispirited with politics, and was uncertain if he would do such work again.
    Favreau attended the College of the Holy Cross, graduating as valedictorian. In college, he accumulated a variety of scholastic honors, and took part in and directed numerous community and civic programs. After graduation, he went to work for the John Kerry Presidential campaign in 2004, working to collect talk radio news for the campaign, and eventually was promoted to the role of Deputy Speechwriter.
    More Details Hide Details While working for the Kerry campaign, he first met Barack Obama. In 2005, Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs recommended Favreau to Obama as an excellent speechwriter. Favreau was hired as Obama's speechwriter shortly after Obama's election to the United States Senate. Obama and Favreau grew close, and Obama has referred to him as his "mind reader". He went on the campaign trail with Obama during his successful Presidential election campaign. In 2009, he was named as a White House staff member as Director of Speechwriting. Favreau was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, the son of Lillian (née DeMarkis), a schoolteacher, and Mark Favreau. His father is of French Canadian descent and his mother is of Greek descent. A former resident of North Reading, Massachusetts, Favreau graduated from the Jesuit College of the Holy Cross in 2003 as his class's valedictorian, with a degree in political science. At the College of the Holy Cross, he was treasurer and debate committee chairman for the College Democrats, and studied classical piano.
  • 2002
    Age 20
    In 2002, he became head of an initiative to help unemployed individuals improve their resumes and interview skills.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 19
    He also earned a variety of honors in college, including the Vanicelli Award; being named the 2001 Charles A. Dana Scholar; memberships in the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, the College Honors Program, the Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He was an editor on his college newspaper, and during summers in college, he earned extra income selling newspapers as a telemarketer, while also interning in John Kerry's offices. Favreau's nickname is "Favs", and he is afraid of flying.
  • 1999
    Age 17
    From 1999 to 2000, he served on the Welfare Solidarity Project, eventually becoming its director.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Favreau worked with Habitat for Humanity and a University of Massachusetts Amherst program to bring visitors to cancer patients.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Born on June 2, 1981.
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