Jon Favreau says his live-action Star Wars series will take place after Return Of The Jedi

Back in March, when Disney announced that Jon Favreau would write and executive produce a new live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s still-unnamed streaming service, we noted that we knew absolutely noting about the show—including its setting, its name, the basic setup for its plot, or whether it would be a bad …

Ron Howard grabbed Jon Favreau to voice an "important alien character" in Solo

If the first trailer coming just a few months before the movie itself wasn’t enough of an indication of just how down-to-the-wire the production of Solo: A Star Wars Story is, Collider is reporting that director Ron Howard just brought in Jon Favreau to voice a “very cool and important” alien for the film. Howard…

Jon Favreau to remind you Spider-Man: Homecoming totally takes place in the MCU

As the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be distributed by an outside studio, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming represents a big step forward for the partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony. As such, we can’t really blame either studio for wanting to make absolutely sure everybody knows Spidey’s…

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The first trailer for Disney’s live-action Jungle Book looks gorgeous and intense

The first full-length trailer for Disney’s new live-action version of The Jungle Book is here, and to be honest, it looks pretty great. We’ve had a lot of good times making fun of this project, but watching this trailer, it looks like nothing so much as the similarly impressive nature-aping CGI of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi…

Take the money and run with it: 11 directors changed by Hollywood success

There are directors with styles so distinctive, they have their own adjectives. David Lynch can’t help but make movies that are Lynchian, and Steven Spielberg’s work will always contain a hint of the Spielbergian. Then there are the journeyman types who can work in any genre, invisibly and without a hint of…

Yes, Bill Murray’s Baloo will sing “The Bare Necessities” in the new Jungle Book

According to Entertainment Weekly, Jon Favreau is trying to maintain some of the spirit of Disney’s 1967 Jungle Book cartoon in his upcoming live-action remake. That means he’s going to “work in the more memorable moments” from the original, including Baloo the bear’s famous “Bare Necessities” musical number. Now,…

An animated retelling of Elf justifies its existence with visual daring

In addition to Love Actually and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” the Jon Favreau-directed family comedy Elf is one of the few pop-culture efforts to enter the Christmas canon in the last 20 years. It’s easy to see how it got there: The film is steeped in holiday tradition, with visuals influenced by…