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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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'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.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.
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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.
Favreau to direct 'Jersey Boys' movie

Favreau to direct 'Jersey Boys' movie

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Jon Favreau is to direct a big-screen version of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons stage musical, "Jersey Boys."
Five Avengers-related movies in 2 years

Five Avengers-related movies in 2 years

SAN DIEGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Producers discussed plans for five Avengers-related films to be released in the next two years at the "Iron Man 3" Comic-Con panel in San Diego.
Favreau won't direct 'Iron Man 3'

Favreau won't direct 'Iron Man 3'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Jon Favreau, the director of Hollywood's two "Iron Man" blockbusters, says he will not return to direct the third installment in the franchise.
DJ AM has 'Iron Man 2' cameo

DJ AM has 'Iron Man 2' cameo

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- Adam Goldstein, the late celebrity disc jockey known professionally as DJ AM, has a cameo in "Iron Man 2," the Hollywood film's director said.
Volcanic ash prompts 'Iron' premiere move

Volcanic ash prompts 'Iron' premiere move

LONDON, April 20 (UPI) -- The world premiere of "Iron Man 2" has been moved from London to Los Angeles due to the volcanic ash cloud making it difficult to fly into or out of Europe.
Rourke in talks for 'Iron Man' sequel

Rourke in talks for 'Iron Man' sequel

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Mickey Rourke, who earned numerous awards and nominations for his work in "The Wrestler," is in talks to play a villain in "Iron Man 2."
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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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