The Films of Jon Favreau

On this episode of the Back Lot 605 Podcast, hosts Casey Kelderman and Brian Mensing look at the career of Jon Favreau. The acclaimed director has become a staple in Hollywood, and Disney’s go to in recent years. With the upcoming release of The Lion King, we take a look back at the entire filmography of Favreau.

The Box Office

Spider-Man: Far From Home comes in at number one with a $45 million second weekend. Toy Story 4 continues strong with $20 million at number two. New releases Crawl and Stuber struggle with a $12 and $8 million opening respectively.

The News

We remember the life of great character actor Rip Torn who passed away this last week at the age of 88. Torn is most known for his work in Men in Black, Dodgeball, and The Larry Sanders Show.

Joker director Todd Phillips has pitched a new “universe” for DC and Warner Bros. This “universe” would consist of else-world story-lines and not be beholden to the comic book source material. Phillips hope is to create more character driven story-lines rather than big action spectacles.

Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join the Chris Rock produced Saw film. Jackson is rumored to be playing the father of Rock’s characters. This has not been confirmed by the studio at this point.

Lastly, Hasbro is set to reboot the big screen version of the Power Rangers once again. After the moderately successful 2017 film, the company has decided to take the teenagers with attitude in a new direction.

The Films of Jon Favreau

We take a look back at the career of actor, writer, producer, and director Jon Favreau. Some of the films we discuss include recent hits like The Jungle Book and Iron Man. We also look at the films that made his career like Swingers and Made. What are some of your favorite Favreau films? Let us know!

The Shameless Plugs

Check out the Back Lot 605 podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and YouTube. Follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out our movie buddy Fat Dude Digs Flicks for some awesome reviews and movie insights! Next week we play a game with fellow Schmuck’s Chris and Blake to rank the eight Quentin Tarantino films! Finally, check out the Sioux Falls Film Community and Sioux Falls Film Actors groups.

About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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