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The next batch of Jon Favreau interviews have hit! Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer talk Cowboys & Aliens, Jaws, Far and Away, John Ford and more!

Published at: July 6, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. We remember Jon Favreau's great interview with Harrison Ford in the style of his old Dinner For Five show, right? Well, the next batch has hit and it's a doozy. Here we have Jon Favreau interviewing Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer all at once.

The interview doesn't have as much of a fun back and forth as the Ford one did, but it's filled with gold... Spielberg's story about meeting John Ford is great, Howard talking about shooting Far and Away is good and finding out about the origins of Cowboys and Aliens turned out to be a good story, too.

Check them out below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More interviews, Favreau! We demand it! And also bring back Dinner For Five while you're at it! Don't be lazy!

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  • July 6, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Sinistron

    ...bitches.

  • and

  • July 6, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint

    by Mennen

  • a little concerned...

  • July 6, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard...

    by suicide_samurai

    ...should still pass Dark Tower to someone who's stepped out of reality a few more times than he.

  • July 6, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I want the Far and Away extended TV cut on DVD/Blu Ray!

    by ShabbyBlue

    Just like with the Waterworld 3-hour extended TV cut, the Far and Away tv cut is around an hour longer and is so much better than the theatrical cut. I have a bootleg DVD of it recorded from a VCR when it originally aired on TV in the late 90s, but I'd love to finally get a special edition DVD/Blu Ray release of this underrated extended cut.

  • July 6, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I love you...

    by VicenzoV

    "I know." That story was pretty amazing. Harrison is pretty cool when he's not interviewed by a real interviewer.

  • July 6, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Far and Away on Blu, now!

    by Greg Lewis

    I agree whole-heartedly. I'm an unapologetic lover of this movie. One of Johnny Williams' best scores, too.

  • July 6, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Faverau is good at this...

    by Mr Soze

    He's a talented son bitch.

  • July 6, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    WOW!

    by WeylandYutani

    Funny how Spielberg has a bit of a potty mouth on him.

  • July 6, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    uhhh....

    by droids22

    Do these guys ever get tired of kissing each others ass'es

  • With these guys he could just sit back and watch things happen, but with Harrison he had to be much more proactive...while still making it seem seamless.

  • July 6, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    These are great.

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Favreau should do Dinner for Five again in between movies. He could get more, higher caliber guests now instead of seeing Faizon Love, Vince Vaughn, Peter Berg, etc. over and over again.

  • July 6, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Great John Ford story

    by Bobo_Vision

  • July 6, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Spielberg being bleeped for using bad language...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    That's like hearing your grandmother curse.

  • Might be the only Tom Cruise movie I can tolerate besides A Few Good Men nowdays

  • July 6, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    TELL ME YOU LIKE MY HAT!

    by Mel

  • July 6, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Jesus, I haven't seen such an intense circle jerk since college

    by Mugato5150

    At least at the frat parties there were sluts hanging around.

  • July 6, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I lika Far and Away.

    by David Hinson

    One of the best lines ever, "That there was the oldest horse I ever seen in my entire life."

  • July 6, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Damn...

    by DustoMan

    I really miss Dinner for Five. I loved watching those shows.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Brian Grazer Is...

    by The Bear

    the only one polite enough to take his hat off during this interview.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's story

    by Agent_Snake_Mcready

    Hearing that John Ford story, you realise that Spielberg's one of our last living connections to an era of film-making that's now sadly departed. Makes you wonder what, “Picture Makers”, forty years from now are going to say in interviews, “I once met Michel Bay, it was mind-blowing”, “Jack Black...what an extraordinary man”, “Paul Walker, he shook my hand” Just doesn’t deliver the same punch, does it?

  • July 7, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    No, no, no, no, where's the horizon?!

    by king_vidor

    Classic! :)

  • July 7, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is awesome!

    by Lashlarue

    That is all.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I love Spielberg but...

    by Kirbymanly

    ...he has to stop with this whole story of "how I snuck on the lot ". His Uncle debunked that a decade a ago by coming out and saying that he set up a job for him at Universal with an editor. Plus, the way he tells it here is much different, and less "magical", than how he's told it in the past.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    And as for Grazer's story...

    by Kirbymanly

    He's the definition of every Hollywood douchebag out there-- Fake. When your starting point is pretending to be something you're not...? That's really classy, pal. Reeeeal classy.

  • he came over and showed me his concept art for Alien v Predator v Terminator...

  • July 7, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    disappointed

    by CT1

    thought his hat would be bigger

  • is it going ahead?..is it finito? even if Spielberg dosnt find the time to direct due to all the other stuff maybe he could exec produce with George and someone like Abrams, Favreau or Howard could take over 2013 HAS to be the summer of Indy 5!

  • July 7, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    I miss Dinner for Five too.

    by tonagan

    I used to sit next to the TV with my dinner and pretend I was invited, even though everyone on the TV ignored me when I tried to say something, but I was used to that because my family used to do the same thing. Sigh.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    John Ford: Most Influential Director?

    by Aquatarkusman

    For Christ's sake, Akira Kurosawa idolized Ford and never took off the hat and sunglasses Ford gave him. http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ksjugqGZ3l1qztcnqo1_500.jpg

  • July 7, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The John Ford one was Awesome!

    by ATARI

  • July 7, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Spielberg directed Crystal Skull

    by Nabster

    For this, he cannot be forgiven. I urge you to attack him you ever see him in public. It's time for the geeks to take the streets back.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    nabster - Crystal Skull is best of the Indy sequels

    by CARTMANEZ

    that is all

  • July 7, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skull was better than Last Crusade.

    by Mugato5150

    There, I said it. Okay, Skull had CG monkeys. Everyone but Indy was unlikable. The villain was lame, a cardinal sin in any action movie. But Last Crusade suffered all of that (except the CG monkeys) but it turned even Indy into a bumbling idiot. The FX were terrible, even for 1989. Sallah and Brody, who both had dignity in Raiders were turned into drunken morons. Temple of Doom was the best sequel, especially if they left that ridiculous dining scene on the cutting room floor. Not the scenes with Indy. Starting with James Bond, it's a staple of action movies that the hero has a civil dinner with the villain before going at it. But the gross out shit had no purpose whatsoever. And they could have cut Short Round out completely and not lost anything. But ever since he had a shark eat a child, Spielberg's been incapable of making a movie (that doesn't have Nazis) that doesn't feature at least one obnoxious kid. But I digress. Crystal Skull wasn't that bad. And stop blaming Lucas for it if you didn't like it. I know it's fashionable to hate on Lucas now but Spielberg directed it. Everything that's on the screen is his doing, not Lucas'.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Grazer is fucking out there man....

    by JestaFool

    he all staring off into space and shit. His hair looks like he just stuck his finger in an electrical outlet and his facial expressions and mannerisms looks like he's on some mushrooms or acid man! I think that's why they stuck him in the middle.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I really hope that C&A does well at the Box Office

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Only because of Favreau. The man deserves it.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    ive a feeling Favreau will direct Indiana 5 for summer 2013

    by CARTMANEZ

    Spielberg is doing Abe Linc and that robot movie so no time to direct any indy anytime soon, JJ Abrams is going to be doing Trek 2 and Howards is going to do Dark Tower Favreau dosnt seem to have anything on after C&A...hes not directing Iron Man 3, plus he seems to have worked well with Ford plus proved his blockbuster credentials with the Iron Mans and (hopefully C&A) there were rumours a while back that the story for Indiana 5 is set so behind the scenes im betting stuff is being put in place for an announcement soon...

  • July 7, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    jestafool

    by Rob

    your name says it all. Outrageous that you would even compare Last Crusade to that piece of cgi monkey shit that was crystal skull.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Brian Grazer look like the white Don Cheadle

    by redmule

    Don't you agree?

  • July 7, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    WHERE IS THE HORIZON? HOW'D IT GET BURNED?

    by durhay

    HOW'D IT GET BURNED HOW'D IT GET BURNED?

  • July 7, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Lucas admitted crys

    by Nabster

  • July 7, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Lucas admitted crystal skull was his doing

    by Nabster

    We already know Lucas rejected a script that Spielberg and Ford were in love with. The Frank Darabont script is described as being the strongest Indy story ever created, but Lucas said no. Lucas even said that Spielberg wanted to make it more archaeological more historical, while he wanted it more sci fi, more fantasy. Buy Spielberg did direct so he shares the blame, but the chief villain in Lucas.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    'Darabont script described as being the strongest Indy ever created'? Eh?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    One doesn't need to relie on hear'say. The script has been online for years and many have read it, including myself. It's shit. Apart from a few particulars it's no better than the Koepp script, and in some cases, considerably worse. Lucas was correct in vetoing it. Sorry, but Spielberg takes FULL responsibility for the disaster of Crystal Skull, not Lucas.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Far and Away:Non-ironic Cheesy David Lean rip-off

    by Samuel Fulmer

    With pre-botox Kidman, hammy as hell Tom Cruise, and an awesome John Williams score. What's not to like?

  • July 7, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Charleton Heston + Donald Duck = Indiana Jones

    by Ardee-El

    Caught your eye, didn't it? Take Charleton Heston's "slightly shady American adventurer" Harry Steele character from "Secret of the Aztecs" (1954), mix in some Carl Barks-inspired stunts and you get Indiana Jones. Wish they'd release that on DVD. Miss Morris: Most men don't enjoy taking money from women. Harry Steele: I do. It's the hardest to get, and it smells so good.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    ardee-el - im suprised they didnt cast Heston as Henry Snr

    by CARTMANEZ

    i know Spielberg wanted Connery for the whole James Bond is Indys father thing (as it was Spielberg who had wanted to direct a Bond picture which had sort of led him to doing Raiders) and Connery was in the midst of a big comeback at the time (Highlander, Untouchables oscar win, Hunt for Red October) but logically wouldnt Chuck have been a better choice? -he was 20 years older than Ford - unlike Connery who was merely 12 years his senior -he was American -Secret of the Incas (1954) was a big influnece on Indiana Jones its odd as you never ever hear about Heston being a possibilty in any making ofs or anything and youd think hed have been on the short list i suppose Heston would’ve been a great choice for Abner if theyd made an Indy in the 1990s that included Abner Ravenwood (which always felt like some kind of loose end in Raiders...i never believed Abner was dead...and thought he would be introduced if they ever made indy 4)

  • July 7, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    plus

    by CARTMANEZ

    Heston was a huge star of all the biblical epics - what Indy Jones was dealing with!

  • July 7, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    They need to make another INDY

    by gaygoonie

    To fix the mistakes of Crystal Bomb. Indy needs to go an adventure with a female, not a teen boy; the bad guy needs to not be a girl or some famous actor we've seen a million times; there needs to be real tangible danger; and NO CGI animals or bugs. The real deal. And not with the DP of Crystal. And someone should die. Come to think of it, maybe they should just leave it alone. I'm waiting for the BD Trilogy pack, which Crystal Bomb will not be placed next to or anywhere in plain sight.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Which video has the Jaws stuff?

    by skeletonjack

    ?

  • July 7, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    cartmanez - could not agree more

    by Ardee-El

    Plus there's even a greater resemblance between Ford and Heston. Strangely, though, while Connery's Henry Jones was a scholar somewhat mystified and even embarrassed by his son's exploits, I could easily see a Heston-version of Henry Jones going in the opposite direction—the tough-as-nails adventurer who's a little disappointed that his son turned out to be an egghead. More disturbing still are rumors that Paramount, which owns both "Secret of the Incas" and the Indiana Jones franchise, won't release the former for fear of offending the creators of the latter. Though I am told it is available—streaming only—on Netflix.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Roundtable with Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelhof and

    by Dennis_Moore

    Asimovlives on speakerphone from Portugal, next, please!

  • July 7, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    ardee-el - Heston was also in The Naked Jungle

    by CARTMANEZ

    that dealt with big damn ants same years as Secret of the Incas

  • July 7, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    cartmanez - The Naked Jungle,

    by Ardee-El

    Secret of the Incas, The Private War of Major Benson (which I believe was the basis for Major Payne), The President's Lady, 55 Days at Peking . . . all part of the Charlton Heston DVD Collection that isn't.

  • July 7, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    The business is all but dead

    by Billy_D_Williams

    A few weeks ago I went to a bar in Hollywood and met an agent trainee at UTA, some fresh faced 21 year old kid...I asked him what his favorite movie is...he said The Fast and Furious...I shit you not. The kid has probably never even heard of John Ford.

  • July 7, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Spielberg also lied about his age in the beginning

    by Billy_D_Williams

    he's always inflated his "snuck on the lot" stories

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