If you were one of the many moviegoers who wished they could sample some Cuban sandwiches, sizzling beignets, and slabs of brisket along with Jon Favreau’s road-tripping cook in the summer sleeper hit Chef, then your stomach may soon be in luck. Favreau told Yahoo Movies the news in West Hollywood on Tuesday at a promotional event for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Chef, a comedy about a high-end cook who starts a food truck when his career implodes. Favreau was hosting a Cuban sandwich cooking demo with co-star Emjay Anthony and celebrity chef Roy Choi, who would be his partner in the new eatery (which we assume will be called El Jefe after the film’s food truck).
Chef, the new hunger-stoking foodie film that Jon Favreau writes, directs, produces, and stars in, arrived in select theaters May 9 and expands to a wider release May 16. It tells the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), a once-edgy chef who is fired from a popular L.A. restaurant and sets off on a journey with his son and sous-chef in a freshly tricked-out food truck. We asked chef Eric Ripert of the four-star New York seafood restaurant Le Bernardin and Nick Curtin of the wood-oven-centric Rosette what filmmakers tend to get right and wrong about restaurant life.
Of all the films Disney has dug out of its classics collection closet for the live-action reboot treatment, "The Jungle Book" is by far the most likely to cause the studio worries and strife — as Baloo the Bear might chime. Both Rudyard Kipling’s original book, which was written from a British colonialist perspective, and Disney’s own animated adaptation have long been slammed for having racist overtones. "One of the main reasons that ‘The Jungle Book’ needs to be rebooted is to fix the things that became controversial not long after it was released in 1967," Robert Thompson, pop culture expert and media professor at Syracuse University, tells Yahoo Movies. By giving the green light to the new incarnation, hiring Jon Favreau to direct, and tapping a diverse group of A-listers to star – recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) are in talks to join Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) on the developing cast list – Thompson suspects Disney is up to the task and must believe the material “is salvageable.” So, what are some of the “Bare Necessities” of a “Jungle Book” overhaul?
With its impressive star power and buzzy subject matter, it should come as no surprise that Jon Favreau’s new movie “Chef" received a very warm welcome from the opening night crowd at the annual SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. The film features an all-star cast including: Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale and is a passion project for Favreau, who served as actor/writer/director on the film. It also has serious “foodie” cred in that celebrated chef Roy Choi, made famous by his Kogi food truck, helped train Favreau for the role and consulted on the film. There are a lot of star ingredients in the mix here, but at the top of that list is a surprise secret ingredient that you’d never expect: Gwyneth Paltrow.
As we close the books on another successful SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, it’s time to power through the sleep deprivation and BBQ and breakfast taco-induced food comas to take a walk through a few of the buzziest happenings of this year’s fest. The great thing about SXSW is that it is a festival for fans. SXSW highlight: At the film’s premiere the projector stopped mere minutes into the screening and forced director Jack Plotnick to conduct an impromptu early Q&A. "I don’t even know what came out of my mouth," Plotnick told Yahoo Movies. "The movie, five minutes in just stopped and went black and there was this very awkward pause." Plotnick’s cast, which includes Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlin and Jerry O’Connell claim his quick-thinking saved the day, that he was like "a one-man stand-up show." "I was like Dick Van Dyke in ‘Mary Poppins’" Plotnick joked.