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Development News: Coen Brothers Head to TV, Jon Favreau Sells Comedy & Drama Scripts

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 1:00PM
Coen BrothersThe Coen brothers are entering new territory: TV.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the iconic film creators are working on a new project for Fox. The project, 'Harve Karbo,' is a single-camera hour-long comedy project Joel and Ethan Coen co-created with writer Phil Johnson.

'Harve Karbo' follows a private investigator based in Los Angeles. The main character's cases usually put famous Hollywood faces in his crosshairs.

The Coen brothers, Johnson, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive produce the project. Johnson, writer of 'Cedar Rapids,' will pen the pilot.

In other development news ...

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Harrison Ford and Chewbacca Fight on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 28th 2011 7:15AM
Jimmy Kimmel, Chewbacca and Harrison FordHan Solo and Chewbacca are one of the all-time great movie double acts, but we haven't really seen them together much lately. Has there been a rift in the Millennium Falcon cockpit?

Last night Harrison Ford appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' to promote his new movie 'Cowboys & Aliens,' and Chewbacca stopped by his dressing room.

However, far from being the love-fest we might have expected, the reunion quickly turned ugly.

It seems as though Chewbacca did the nasty with Ford's wife and he's not the type to forgive and forget: "I'm done with that 'Star Wars' crap and I'm done with you!"

As he tossed Chewie out of his dressing room Ford drove the knife in a little further and twisted it: "Daniel Craig's my Wookiee b***h now!" Ouch.

Watch the hilarious expletive-laden video after the jump.

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Jon Favreau Explains Why He Doesn't Have a Cameo in 'Cowboys & Aliens' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 26th 2011 5:20AM
Jon Favreau, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'It's like a game of 'Where's Waldo?' when you go to see a Jon Favreau film. You know he's going to be in there somewhere. But, as he explained on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), he's not in his latest picture, 'Cowboys & Aliens.'

There were a couple of factors that kept him out of it. "We wanted to create like a real Western," he explained. "If I'm running around there like a smacked a** ... everybody's going to be pointing me out."

Plus, he got a bit of a reality check that maybe it was bordering on self-parody when the fact that he has cameos in all of his films was joked about in a 'Star Wars' 'Family Guy' special. But he still got to appear in the film, or at least an Internet parody of it.

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Leno Leaves Mid-Interview with Jon Favreau on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 4th 2010 6:45AM
Leno Leaves Favreau Interview on 'Tonight Show'Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jon Favreau go way back, all the way to his pre-'Swingers' days when Favreau played an angry clown on a 'Seinfeld' episode.

The two actors reminisced on the 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) -- and got so carried away that Jay Leno didn't feel needed.

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Direct from Lucasfilm: Mandalorians, Favreau rock Clone Wars

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 29th 2010 1:02PM
The Jedi must once again face the Mandalorians in this Friday's Clone Wars episodes.Lovers of Star Wars: The Clone Wars look forward to any new episode of their favorite show. But, when you add a certain mask and armor mix into any Star Wars story, the fans woof like wookies.

That collective hooting and hollering has never been any louder now that the Mandalorians are finally getting Star Wars canon screen time in tonight's kick-off of a three-story arc, "The Mandalore Plot." Dave Filoni, Clone Wars supervising director, hears those empassioned tones and knows the responsibility he's facing.

"Ever since the first time we saw Boba Fett in 1980, the fans have known he had Mandalorian armor," Filoni said during an interview at Lucasfilm's HQ in San Francisco's Presidio. "Fans have been waiting a long time to see the Mandalorians in action."

"This is George Lucas' universe and he's very active in the show. So, it was George who suggested we bring the Mandalorians into the series."

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Jimmy Fallon is ... The Recharger!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 28th 2009 12:30PM
Jimmy Fallon is a geek. I don't mean this as an insult at all, even he would admit it. So I knew he'd be going to Comic-Con. In this funny clip, he tries to convince a bunch of famous people at the convention (including Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, and the cast of Lost) that his new comic book idea is a winner. (Video also here.)

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New Iconoclasts include Bill Maher, Venus Williams, Tony Hawk

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2008 2:03PM
Bill MaherIconoclasts is one of those shows where I always say, "hey, that sounds kinda cool, I gotta watch that...when is it on again?" and then I promptly forget to watch it or even set my TiVo. But this year's lineup sounds like something that will make me remember.

The Sundance Channel show returns in October with these episodes: Bill Maher and Clive Davis; Jon Favreau and Tony Hawk; Venus Williams and Wyclef Jean; Stella McCartney and artist Edward Ruscha; Cameron Diaz and architect Cameron Sinclair; and Richard Branson and Desmond Tutu.

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Every Dinner For Five episode now available from Amazon

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2007 9:29AM
Jon FavreauThis is very cool news for fans of Jon Favreau's gone-but-not-forgotten IFC talk show Dinner For Five: every episode is now available at Amazon.com!

The actor made a deal with the Amazon company CustomFlix Labs to make every episode of the show available to fans in a number of ways. You could go the usual route and buy each season (there were four seasons total) or buy the complete set for around $42.99. But the cool part is this: you can actually buy single episode DVDs! They go for around $10.00 each. But wait it doesn't stop there (great, I'm turning into a informercial guy): you can actually customize your DVDs with your favorite episodes. Check out Favreau's.

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The Five: Current TV obsessions

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2006 2:40PM

Chuck WooleryIf you're like me, you go through these phases where you get obsessed with a certain TV show. Maybe it's because you've never seen it before, maybe you haven't seen it in years, or maybe it's summer and you're looking for good things to watch. Below are five shows that I currently cannot get enough of, and why.

1. Lingo (GSN). Like Joel and Rich, I'm a game show geek. And while I watched this one here and there a few years ago, I've been watching it every single night lately. It's not a great show, but I like the simplicity of it, and Chuck Woolery is a quirky host. I still don't get the co-host though (Stacey a couple of years ago, now it's Shandi). Oh, she's hot and friendly, but what exactly is her job? She sits in front with a keyboard and controls the board? I doubt it. Many times you'll see her say something like "let's start with an N..." and she'll press a key, but the letter has already shown up on the board! So what exactly is her purpose? At least Vanna actually turns letters.

I do like the way Shandi says "Lingo balls" though.

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Dinner For Five is no more

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2006 2:30PM
Dinner For FiveDamn, I truly loved this show. Jon Favreau invites four industry pros to a restaurant and they eat and talk about the business and they film it. Simple, brilliant concept.

Sadly, the show has now stopped production. IFC is doing more scripted shows, and Favreau is much too busy with new projects (he's prepping John Carter Of Mars, a TV show, and a new movie, possibly with Vince Vaughn). If you check out the Dinner For Five site, you'll see a note from Jon, and he says he has created his own My Space page so we can keep track of what he's up to. And die-hard D45 fans can still talk about the show on their forums.

The first season of Dinner For Five is available on DVD. Hopefully the other seasons will be coming soon.

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Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 11th 2006 9:35AM

Monk DisherMost of last night's episode focused on Disher, the bumbling young lieutenant whose outrageous theories usually afford no help whatsoever to the investigation. When he swears to his colleagues that he saw his dentist (Jon Favreau) murder a man while he was under anesthesia they refuse to believe him. Upset, he turns in his badge and tries to restart the garage band he had in the twelfth grade. He even manages to write seventeen songs in one night.

Last night's episode had some great laugh out loud moments. When the dentist and his assistant become linked to an armored car heist, they drug Monk (who, naturally, hates going to the dentist) and try to do their own rendition of the torture scene from Marathon Man. Before that, however, the sexy dental assistant arrives at Monk's home and tries to place a Kleenex soaked in chloroform on his face by telling him he has a smudge on his lip. Always a slave to his phobias, Monk tries to wipe away the smudge even after he realizes the Kleenex has chloroform on it.

The basic plot of last night's episode was Disher being absolutely correct and no one believing him. That plot has only been used about a million times on a million other shows, but as always, Monk remains a character-driven show and that's why it works and doesn't seem cliche. Given the title of the show, every episode must focus on Monk somehow, but it's always nice when the lives of the other characters are delved into more deeply, even if in the case of Disher we just find more layers of goofiness.

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More familiar faces sign on to network pilots

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 27th 2006 9:04AM
regina king pilotNames like Regina King, Madeleine Stowe, Christine Taylor and Jonathan Silverman should add some clout to all sorts of dramas and comedies being planned by the networks for next fall.

Here is the latest casting news from The Hollywood Reporter:

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