The Independent Film Channel Presents: DINNER FOR FIVE

Season 4

TV dinners are cool again!

Fridays at 10pm ET/PT, beginning April 1

A delightful moment from premiere episode:
…You’re a f**king a**hole…
JAY MOHR: Yeah, call me an a**hole. We’ve been friends a long time, and I’m sitting here, and you go, “You’re an a**hole!”
MICHAEL RAPAPORT: How can you complain about what he was saying? You’re the biggest f**king ball breaker here, and there’s a table of ball breakers.
JAY MOHR: But he wasn’t breaking balls. He was genuinely calling me a f**king asshole on television… He just looked over with that fake f**king marshal mustache, and goes, “You’re an a**hole.”? You’re a f**king you know what you are? You’re a motherf**ker… I’m an a**hole? Go f**k yourself!

Tune in more “charming” dinner conversation – at your own risk – on Season 4 of Dinner for Five!


IFC’s critically acclaimed signature series DINNER FOR FIVE, created and hosted by Jon Favreau, begins its fourth season Friday April 1, 2005 at 10pm ET/PT, as part of IFC’s storefront, Film Fanatic Fridays. Episodes re-air Saturdays at 7:30pm ET and Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET.

Guests this season include:


APRIL 1: #40 Writer/Executive Producer David Milch (Deadwood); Tim Olyphant (Deadwood); Michael Rapaport (Hitch); Jay Mohr (host, Last Comic Standing).

At times heated and controversial, but consistently lively, these industry insiders throw insults at each other and discuss their grudges against actors who got the parts that they wanted. Jay Mohr talks about his panic disorder, while Michael Rapaport exposes how he got crabs!

APRIL 8: #41 Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live); Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development); Jason Bateman (Arrested Development); Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper by the Dozen).

The five discuss comedic versus dramatic acting, audition techniques and directing styles. Guess who felt their life was over when they got fired by Jane Fonda?!

APRIL 15: #43 Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses); Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead); Producer/Director Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors); Faizon Love (Torque).

Why did MGM drop Rob Zombie’s movie overnight and lock his editor out of the editing room? Discover what percentage of Roger Corman’s low budget movies made money; what his release strategy is, and how he got to work with then-undiscovered talent, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme.

APRIL 22: #44 Mike De Luca, Luis Guzman, Michael Chiklis, Henry Rollins

APRIL 29 #46 David Duchovny (“House of D”), Dax Shepherd (“Without a Paddle”), Tim Blake Nelson (“Wonderland”), Stephen Root (“The Ladykillers”).

MAY 6: #42 Bill Maher (Real Time with Bill Maher), Alanis Morissette
(De-Lovely), Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction), Bob Odenkirk (Melvin Goes to Dinner)

Bill Maher reflects upon the backlash resulting from his statement that “terrorists aren’t cowards” and explains why he doesn’t like Howard Stern; Rosanna Arquette reveals why she left home at 14 and why she sued Playboy after she made the cover!

* May 13: #37 Jon Favreau hosts Martin Scorsese at the Lake Placid Film Festival

Scorsese discusses films – and scenes – that have influenced him, reveals insider information about his filmmaking techniques (freeze frames, slow mo, cutaways, etc), the importance of plot vs. story, and about musical scores.

May 20: #45 Frank Darabont (writer/director The Shawshank Redemption), Alan Cumming (Spy Kids trilogy), Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap), Fred Willard (Anchorman)

* May 27: #38 Neve Campbell (When Will I Be Loved), Henry Winkler (The Waterboy), Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Neve Cambell, Jeff Garlin and Dave Foley discusses their nude scene experiences; Neve Cambell talks about her first nude scene in “When Will I Be Loved”; Henry Winkler reflects upon the “jumping the shark” phenomenon; several guests talk about their personal battles with dyslexia.

June 2: #47 Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Seth MacFarlane, Jon Heder

* June 10: #39 Friday Night Lights cast show: Billy Bob Thornton (The Alamo), Peter Berg (Collateral), producer Brian Glazer (Cinderella Man), writer H.G. (Buzz) Bissinger (NYPD Blue)

Billy Bob Thornton talks about his relationship with Angelina Jolie, press obsession with celebrity couples and how he deals with paparazzi who sift through his garbage late at night…

June 17: #49 Guest Host: Kevin Smith with Jason Lee, Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, J.J. Abrams

June 24: #48 Adam Goldberg, Christina Ricci, Giovanni Ribisi, Steven Drozd

Here’s some of what you’ll hear on the fourth season of Dinner for Five:

TAMBOR: Did you burp silently?
TAMBOR: You did. It’s always good to be talking to somebody, they go…(low burp) Good. Right. It’s great being here.

“I was fired by Jane Fonda… I was in Nine To Five [TV version]… Her associate called me and said, “Well, we’re going to go another way.” And I said, “Oh great. Terrific… I’ll do whatever you want to do. I mean, let’s go another way.” And they said, “No, no, we’re going another way.” I said, “That’s wonderful. Now, should we have new writers? Should we have new costumes? What’s the other way?” And they go, “No, no…” . But I thought my life had ended. It was awful.”
Jeffrey Tambor on getting “politely dismissed” by Jane Fonda

I was at an audition once, at a studio, where the guy said, “That was fantastic.” And I said, “Oh, thank you,” thinking – you know. And he said, “But we really want to go with a name.” Well, then what am I?”
Bonnie Hunt on an insulting audition

“We’re still great friends and stuff. When we talk to each other sometimes on the phone and plan on hooking up someplace, it’s like, “Well, your place or my place?” There’s never, “Well, I’ll meet you at Wolfgang Puck… you know, or the Ivy.” ‘Cause all of a sudden we’re married again, and it’s crazy shit.”
Billy Bob Thornton on press obsession with his relationship with Angelina Jolie.

“I’ve always had an issue with nudity if I feel like it’s for a box office draw… Whereas, I didn’t feel that with this one. My character in the film is a very sexual person, but it’s also about her deciding what she wants to be in life. She’s very comfortable with herself.”
Neve Campbell on her first ever nude scene in “When Will I Be Loved”

“It was the perfect character, because he was everybody I wasn’t. He was everybody I wanted to be. You know, I was a nerd. I was nervous. I was dyslexic… I was bar mitzvahed. But the thing is that when I got to play him, I got to be all of a sudden a guy… I am still, even today, typecast because of this character”
Henry Winkler on being The Fonz

“It was the set of Daredevil… and I was talking to Ben [Affleck]. He said, “Oh, what’s up with your movie? I heard Universal dropped it cause the film had no moral value or anything.” And I said, “Yeah, but MGM picked it up. I guess they have no morals. Ha-ha-ha.” And then the next day, page 2, Variety… “Rob Zombie says MGM has no morals.” And then that morning, one of the producers called and said, “I don’t know what you said yesterday on set, but you’re f**ked … We were editing it with MGM, getting ready to release, and I said that, and it was like, pffft. The editor called me: they just locked me out of the editing room this morning… ”
Rob Zombie on why MGM dropped House of 1000 Corpses like a ton of hot bricks

“As a conscientious director, you do research on what you’re going to do. And I felt I can’t very well do a picture about LSD without trying it. Now I was the squarest guy in a very fast crowd… It ended up we had a caravan of cars, going up to Big Sur, and the equivalent of a production board – a production schedule – as to who was going to be taking LSD, and who was going to be watching ’em … Bruce [Dern] played the guru, and… I can say it now after all these years – he was the only one in the cast or crew who wasn’t on drugs.”
Roger Corman on shooting The Trip, 1967

“Boys are less groupy-esque than women are. Men are a little bit more intimidated.”
Alanis Morissette

“I said to the country I was sorry for hurting their feelings. I never said what I said was wrong, ’cause it wasn’t wrong. The terrorists aren’t cowards. Anyone who sticks with a suicide mission is not a coward. But I get it that we weren’t ready to have that sort of a discussion. But Howard Stern… said he thought we should bomb, with a nuclear bomb, a Muslim country – any Muslim country. He said it didn’t matter which one, just pick any Muslim country – apparently that’s not controversial.”

Bill Maher on the backlash after his statement “Terrorists aren’t cowards” on Politically Incorrect

“I’m in a great place. I don’t have any bitterness… Was I bitter? And did I go there and did I experience that, and did I absolutely act out in it… I so did it – three and a half years ago. But I’m not doing that now.”
Rosanna Arquette in response to Bob Odenkirk’s comment that she has “deep-seated fiery anger inside [her]”

“You know how sometimes when you’re touching yourself when you’re naked? …and I’m like scratching myself, and then I looked down. And there’s like a fucking crab, and I remember thinking, “That’s why they call them ‘crabs.’ They’re really fucking crabs.”
Michael Rapaport on, well, having crabs


Loosely based on the famed Algonquin Roundtable, DINNER FOR FIVE brings together at one dinner table a diverse group of insiders from film, television, music and comedy, resulting in an unpredictable evening of food and banter. The spontaneous show format is an open forum for guests to let their hair down, chat about life on and off the set and swap stories about projects past and present.

DINNER FOR FIVE, IFC’s first original series, anchors the network’s Friday night programming lineup. The show embodies the IFC brand’s mission to take viewers inside the world of film, with unique, intelligent and humorous insights that cannot be found anywhere else. Like IFC, DINNER FOR FIVE helps expand the audience for independent film by making the genre and its personalities more accessible to viewers across America.

In past seasons of DINNER FOR FIVE , the eclectic mix of personalities has included the likes of Will Ferrell, Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, Marilyn Manson, Rod Steiger, Ray Romano, Ed Asner, Janeane Garofalo, Rosie Perez, Peter Falk, Vince Vaughn, John Sayles, Lili Taylor, Fran Drescher, John Landis, Beverly D’Angelo, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Hayes, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Kevin Smith, Dom Deluise, Richard Lewis, Peter Bogdanovich, Larry Miller, Carrie Fisher, Ed Begley, Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Gina Gershon, Kevin James, Tony Shalhoub, Burt Reynolds, George Carlin, Joe Mantegna, Laura Dern, Tracy Ullman, Danny Aiello and Daryl Hannah.

ABOUT JON FAVREAU actor/ writer/ director/ producer
Favreau first established himself as an actor and writer with the acclaimed hipster comedy, “Swingers.” Currently, he is in post-production on “Zathura,” a children’s adventure film starring Tim Robbins. In 2003, Favreau directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit “Elf” starring Will Ferrell. Favreau made his feature film directorial debut with “Made,” a script he wrote and starred in opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean “Puffy” Combs. In front of the camera, Favreau was most recently seen opposite Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany in Universal Pictures’ “Wimbledon.”

Favreau was also recently seen in “Something’s Gotta Give,” starring Jack Nicholson, “Daredevil” with Ben Affleck. He also starred as legendary heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano, in the MGM biopic “Marciano.” Favreau’s other feature film credits include “Love and Sex” opposite Famke Janssen; “The Replacements” with Keanu Reeves; “Very Bad Things,” opposite Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz; and “Deep Impact” with Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Favreau’s television credits include a recurring role on “Friends”; and a special appearance on HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Sopranos,” playing himself.


The Independent Film Channel (IFC) is the first and most widely distributed network dedicated to independent film 24 hours a day, uncut and commercial free.

IFC celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2004 with its most extensive original programming line-up ever, which included Henry’s Film Corner, Nanette Burstein’s Film School, Ultimate Film Fanatic, Rocked With Gina Gershon, In the Company of Women, the third season of Dinner For Five and John Landis’ Slasher. In the past, IFC has made its mark with originals including BaaadAsssss Cinema, The American Nightmare, Indie Sex: Taboos and A Decade Under the Influence.

The Independent Film Channel is a part of IFC Companies, which has established itself as the future of independent film. With the television network, as well as a film distribution and production unit and a VOD service, IFC Companies has created over the course of the past decade a revolutionary end-to-end business model and brand that focuses on developing and nurturing talent and maximizing the value of independent film. IFC Companies uses its unique cross-platform position to broaden the audience of independent film and to provide independent filmmakers with a strong voice. IFC Companies is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC.

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