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Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast of 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast of 'Jungle Book: Origins'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Benedict Cumberbatch will voice villainous tiger Shere Khan in Warner Bros. Studio's "The Jungle Book: Origins."
Annie Martin
Uma Thurman, Bradley Cooper to star in 'Adam Jones'

Uma Thurman, Bradley Cooper to star in 'Adam Jones'

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (UPI) --Uma Thurman has joined the cast of "Adam Jones," which stars Bradley Cooper as a chef hoping to land his own kitchen.
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Live action 'Jungle Book' casts its Mowgli

Live action 'Jungle Book' casts its Mowgli

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) --Disney has cast newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli in Jon Favreau's live action "Jungle Book."
Annie Martin
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller to star in 'Chef'

Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller to star in 'Chef'

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) --"American Sniper" co-stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller will reunite in new movie "Chef."
Annie Martin
Bill Condon to direct live-action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast'

Bill Condon to direct live-action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast'

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) --Disney has tapped "Dreamgirls" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon to direct a live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."
Annie Martin
'Chef' wins audience award at Tribeca Film Festival

'Chef' wins audience award at Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Jon Favreau to donate Tribeca Film Festival cash prize to New York City food charity.
Danielle Haynes
Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild Award for 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild Award for 'Gravity'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America bestowed its top honors on Alfonso Cuaron, Vince Gilligan and Beth McCarthy-Miller in Los Angeles Saturday night.
Robert Downey Jr. celebrates wife's 40th with bacon cake

Robert Downey Jr. celebrates wife's 40th with bacon cake

Nov. 12 (UPI) -- It's a very happy 40th birthday to Mrs. Robert Downey, Jr., Susan Downey, and her beloved husband threw her a party to remember.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
By United Press International

'Revolution' returns to TV

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- NBC's drama "Revolution" will return to TV on March 25 after a four-month break, in which writers tried "to re-attack" the series, the show's producer said.

Obama aides moving on after campaign

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Some of U.S. President Barack Obama's most dedicated -- and youthful -- aides are packing their bags as his second term gets under way in earnest.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.
By United Press International
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'Go On,' 'Revolution' get full-season orders

'Go On,' 'Revolution' get full-season orders

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- NBC says it has ordered full seasons of its new U.S. series -- the adventure-drama "Revolution," and comedies "Go On" and "The New Normal."

Obama aides do Iowa State Fair

OSKALOOSA, Iowa, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- White House and Obama campaign aides chowed down at the Iowa State Fair and campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki quipped Tuesday everyone survived.
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American actor/director Jon Favreau attends the premiere of "Iron Man" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on April 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau (pronounced /ˈfævroʊ/; born October 19, 1966) is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and comedian. He is best known for appearing in films including Rudy, I Love You, Man, Swingers and Couples Retreat, as well as directing such films as Elf, Iron Man, and Iron Man 2. He is also known for playing the role of Pete Becker, Monica Geller's boyfriend during season three of the television sitcom Friends.

Jon Favreau was raised in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. Favreau's mother was Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Italian and distant French-Canadian ancestry. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987, before dropping out. He briefly worked for Bear Stearns on Wall Street before returning to Queens College for a semester in early 1988. He dropped out of college for good (a few credits shy of completing his degree), and in the summer of 1988, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy. He performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute.

While in Chicago, Favreau landed his first film role alongside Sean Astin as the pudgy tutor D-Bob in the classic sleeper hit Rudy (1993). Favreau met Vince Vaughn — who played a small role in this film — during shooting. The next year, he appeared in the college film PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of television in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled "The Fire" as Eric the Clown. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers, which was Vaughn's breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a perfect foil to Favreau's heartbroken Mike Peters. In 1997, he appeared on the popular TV sitcom Friends, portraying Pete Becker, whom Monica Geller dates for several episodes, and who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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