Dec. 09, 2011 | 3:06 p.m.
Walt Disney was born 110 years ago this week and, if someone decided to build a Mount Rushmore for Hollywood next to Griffith Observatory, we all take it for granted that he would be in granite. Disney the brand is among the strongest in the world but Disney the man has a more elusive legacy. We invited filmmaker Jon Favreau (the “Iron Man” movies, “Elf,” “Cowboys & Aliens”) to share his thoughts on that legacy. Favreau has been in a Disney state of mind recently — he’s doing research for a project called ”Magic Kingdom,” a fantasy set within the confines of the Anaheim theme park – but, as he writes, Disney has been in his dreams since he was a child. I was born in 1966, the year Walt Disney passed away. He would’ve been 110 this week. I’m too young to have had […]
Aug. 18, 2011 | 2:28 p.m.
Robert Downey Jr. has finished most of the heavy lifting needed for his role in “The Avengers” and last week, over lunch at his office in Venice, the two-time Oscar nominee felt ready to talk about a different heroic project: “Iron Man 3.” “My sense of it is that we need to leave it all on the field — whatever that means in the end,” Downey said of the May 2013 film. “You can pick several different points of departure for that.” Speaking of departures, director Jon Favreau won’t be back for the third installment of a franchise that propelled his career to new heights — even as it established upstart Marvel Studios as a serious Hollywood player and signaled the popcorn redemption of Downey after years of addiction and legal entanglements. ”Iron Man 2,” however, was an especially grueling shoot and by the end […]
July 28, 2011 | 3:54 p.m.
We recently brought you a pretty cool feature about the energized scene of pop-culture poster art and one of the leading names in that scene, Mondo, will release a new series of limited-edition “Cowboys & Aliens” posters on Friday (keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter account for details). The series was curated by “Cowboys” director Jon Favreau — he personally picked the artists from the Mondo roster — and the filmmaker is a big fan of the Mondo shop after working with them on the “Iron Man” franchise as well as the memorable Janee Meadows one-sheet for “Cowboys” that became a viral sensation in June. The series includes work by Daniel Danger, Tom Whalen and Florian Bertmer and we got some comments from each of them about their approach to creating singular images based on a new popcorn universe. (Click on the “Captions On” option in photo gallery to […]
July 26, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.
It was quite the Hollywood posse — Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Ron Howard and Olivia Wilde? Comic-Con International has been bringing in movie stars for years now, but the San Diego pop-culture expo has never seen anything like the world premiere of “Cowboys & Aliens” on Saturday. Favreau, the director of the film and a true savant when it comes to fanboy culture and film promotion, championed the idea of making the premiere a Comic-Con tie-in. It was at Comic-Con that Favreau found his way to the project in the first place (as he explained to Hero Complex when we visited the film’s New Mexico set), and it was at Comic-Con that he introduced the movie to the world last year via a memorable preview panel. If the movie does well when it opens Friday, he might just round up the […]
July 21, 2011 | 10:40 p.m.
Few people in Hollywood understand what the Comic-Con audience wants better than directors Guillermo del Toro and Jon Favreau, a point the two filmmakers proved in a conversation Thursday in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen. Both men came to Comic-Con to promote their own new projects, Del Toro as producer of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and Favreau as director of “Cowboys and Aliens,” but settled in for a discursive conversation that Del Toro likened to “having milk and cookies with 6,000 of my closest friends.” Here are seven things we learned from their chat: 1) They’re both obsessed with Walt Disney. Each director has a project in development based on classic Disneyland attractions, Favreau’s ”Magic Kingdom” and Del Toro’s ”Haunted Mansion,” and they share a reverence for the animation innovator. “This is a guy that was […]
July 17, 2011 | 6:57 p.m.
You see the strangest things in the desert. Last year, for instance, if you followed a ridgeline in Abiquiu, N.M., you would have discovered a massive alien spaceship and, nearby, James Bond strumming a ukulele beneath a wispy tamarix tree. “Wait around,” he muttered, “and Indiana Jones might show up too.” The man with the four-string uke was actor Daniel Craig, who is best known as the British spy 007 but was on this particular day on location with “Cowboys & Aliens,” an audacious $180-million film that also stars “Raiders of the Lost Ark” hero Harrison Ford. Both actors have brought grim, granite stares to the project, which leads to a nagging question: Is this film as silly as its title or as fierce as its famous faces? “I’m not sure anyone knows what to make of this movie,” Craig […]
June 13, 2011 | 6:42 p.m.
Robert Downey Jr. was the big surprise at the Hero Complex Film Festival and his time on stage with Jon Favreau crackled with energy and insight. To get a sense of the long, lively Q&A, we’ve put together a photo gallery with some of the key quotes from the Hollywood on-stage session — but, sorry, we didn’t include Favreau’s “Human Centipede” gag. As you go through the photos, be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option to read the quotes. – Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Ford: Most special-effects films today are soulless “Cowboys” challenge: A new hat for Harrison Jon Favreau hits “Cowboys” campaign trail Beatty, “Dick Tracy” will open Hero Complex festival Downey: “Iron Man 2″ process was “a barfight” Favreau: Why I’m leaving “Iron Man” series “Trek” writers: We’ve broken the sequel story Director: “Captain America” will surprise people Ron […]
June 13, 2011 | 9:25 a.m.
EXCLUSIVE It looks like “Cowboys & Aliens” will saddle up in San Diego. Filmmaker Jon Favreau had just walked off stage Sunday night after a sparkling “Iron Man” reunion at the Hero Complex Film Festival, but his thoughts were already on a far-bigger spotlight moment this summer — Comic-Con International in San Diego. “The worldwide premiere of ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ will be at Comic-Con,” the director said of his hard-edged sci-fi western that stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell “And not only are we going to premiere it there, we’re going to find a way to include as many of the fans as possible. I feel like they’ve come out for me, they’ve supported me.” The movie goes into wide release on July 29 with its tale of an alien invasion in six-shooter days of 1873 Arizona. To some […]
June 09, 2011 | 7:44 a.m.
The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is underway. Here’s a rundown of the day-by-day schedule. There will also be trivia, prizes and some very interesting surprises throughout the four-day program. THURSDAY DICK TRACY: Fourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty – the very definition of the Hollywood hyphenate as world-famous leading man, an acclaimed director and an elite producer — will be the opening-night guest for the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival to celebrate his 1990 hit “Dick Tracy“ and talk about the film future of a square-jawed character who is celebrating his 80th anniversary as an iconic crime fighter in American pop culture. Beatty directed “Dick Tracy,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three. He also starred as the title character, leading a stellar cast that included Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, William Forsythe, Kathy Bates, Charles Durning, James […]
May 30, 2011 | 11:28 a.m.
There’s a special Memorial Day discount of 15% on all single-day tickets for the Hero Complex Film Festival. Go to the event ticket page and enter in the code “MEMORIAL” to get the special limited price. The festival is June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 theaters in Hollywood. June 9: On opening night it’s a screening of “Dick Tracy” and an on-stage conversation with 14-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty, who will talk about his plans to revive the character in a new feature film with a young star in the role he himself made famous. There will also be some Dick Tracy trivia and prizes. June 10: Just like last year, Friday is Starfleet night with a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” followed by 2009′s “Star Trek.” On stage it’s Nicholas Meyer, director of the fan-beloved “Khan” (as well as writer […]