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Michel Gondry Says He Had Little Artistic Freedom On 'The Green Hornet,' Provides Update On 'Ubik'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 16, 2013 9:44 AM
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One of cinema's premiere dreamers, Michel Gondry is also a fascinating conversationalist, and at the recent Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (which screened his latest "Mood Indigo"), he participated in a master class, exposing the labyrinthine twists of his brain to a receptive audience. And over the course of the next 50 minutes, he talked about almost every subject under the sun, including the already much discussed troubled production on "The Green Hornet" (an experience star Seth Rogen recently called "a fucking nightmare").

Karlovy Vary Review: Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 6, 2013 8:59 AM
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So if we were to CHROME CARROTS attempt to replicate the PERSPEX LIMO omnipresent inventiveness of TINY MOUSE IN A TINY HOUSE Michel Gondry’s latest film throughout the PIANO THAT MAKES COCKTAILS course of this review, it would SUNLIGHT IS STRING get pretty old, pretty damn RUBIK’S CUBE ORGANISER quick. So we’ll stop while we still have you, which is what we deeply wish Gondry had done. But in “Mood Indigo,” which opened the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last week, the French filmmaker's gonzo homemade aesthetic is off the leash entirely, and he shows no mercy in how much gimcrackery he thinks we can handle.

"It Was A Fucking Nightmare": Seth Rogen Speaks Candidly About The Failure Of 'The Green Hornet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 12:52 PM
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Time heals all wounds. Or at least it adds some perspective and allows talent to be divorced from the obligations of promotion, to be honest about what they've made. And so, reflections on the franchise that wasn't, "The Green Hornet," continue to roll. You might recall the producer Neal Moritz said in 2012 that the decision and cost of choosing to shoot the movie in Los Angeles coupled with the 3D conversion, killed any shot at a sequel. Meanwhile, Michel Gondry flat out admitted that "fans didn't like my vision of the superhero." But now, it's Seth Rogen's turn to weigh in on his first major blockbuster movie, and he's forthright and candid about what went wrong.

Chris Cunningham Directing A Video For The Upcoming Kanye West & Daft Punk Collaboration

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 15, 2013 2:01 PM
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Kanye West, Daft Punk and Chris Cunningham. A collaboration between those three would be mightily cool indeed and it looks like it might just happen. Daft Punk are currently busy promoting their upcoming album Random Access Memories ahead of its release next month and they've been discussing working with Kanye again after the rapper previously sampled them on his track "Stronger."

Watch: 5 Romantic & Inventive Clips From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 9:41 AM
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One movie that is most certainly on list of movies to see in 2013 is still without a U.S. distributor despite boasting the name of Michel Gondry in the director's chair, and a cast that includes familiar arthouse faces Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Omar Sy. So far, we've certainly been piqued by what we've seen -- a good serving of Gondry whimsy, combined with an adaptation of a beloved novel by Boris Vian -- and these five new clips certainly raise the stakes a bit more.

2-Disc Soundtrack For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Features Duke Ellington, The Lumineers, Mia Doi Todd & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 9:58 AM
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Well, here's something nice. In an era where the music landscape is unpredictable at best, and soundtracks are increasingly pushed to digital-only release, the tunes for Michel Gondry's upcoming "Mood Indigo" are getting a nice spread on two discs. Not too shabby.

Lots Of New Wonderful & Weird Images From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2013 9:17 AM
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With a release date in France just weeks away, and with "Mood Indigo" looking like a return to form for Michel Gondry, we're still patiently awaiting word of any kind of stateside release. The film still needs a U.S. distributor to step up and bring it to theaters, and hopefully there will be some news soon, but until then we'll just have to look from afar at what we're missing.

Paul McCartney Contributing To Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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Back in 2007, Michel Gondry directed the video for Paul McCartney’s “Dance Tonight,” and it appears that the two have now collaborated again with the McCartney having reportedly done some work as a guest musician on the score for the director's upcoming “Mood Indigo.”

Watch: Michel Gondry Takes You On A Tour Of His Favorite Paris Video Store

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 14, 2013 10:40 AM
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A few days ago, we showed you a new trailer for Michel Gondry’s latest project, “Mood Indigo”, which delighted us no end. But now here’s something equally short and sweet for fans -- a guided tour of Gondry’s neighborhood VHS rental shop in Paris featuring the filmmaker himself. And it's no surprise that the director of "Be Kind Rewind" is a fan of old-school video rentals.

Watch: A New, Charming Trailer For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 8:04 AM
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To put it quite simply, Michel Gondry's upcoming "Mood Indigo" looks like the return to form many fans have been waiting for. While the director has been off pursuing various other cinematic challenges, it's been a while since we've dropped into the sort of cinematic funhouse he's put up on screen in "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "The Science Of Sleep" or even "Be Kind Rewind" (underrated in this writer's opinion). But "Mood Indigo" looks like an utterly charming, whimsical romance and after a gorgeous first trailer in January, a brand new, equally lovely spot has emerged.

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