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Michel Gondry Says Quentin Tarantino's Movies Are Too Mean & Cynical

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 11:43 AM
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While Michel Gondry has graduated from making music videos and commericals to directing feature films, he has hasn't abandoned them completely. He's recently done videos for Bjork and The Living Sisters, and now a new ad has popped up for the Japanese department store Sunshine Sakae. It's in every way a perfectly Gondry-esque spot, whimsical and weird and all wrapped up by a pretty decent tagline. But if Gondry had it his way, he'd rather not make them at all.

Lea Seydoux & Gad Elmaleh Join Michel Gondry's 'The Foam Of Days' With Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 9:40 AM
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Even though he's currently hard at work on his community-based, lo-fi and sci-fi tinged "The We & The I" inspired by a process book based on "Be Kind Rewind," Gondry has been quietly casting up the movie he'll do after that. Over last summer, two of the biggest names in French cinema -- Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris -- came aboard, and now two more starry bits of talent, who have also been making waves internationally, are joining the cast.

'Dragon Tattoo' Scribe Steve Zaillian Says He's Considering Directing Remake Of Nacho Vigalondo's 'Time Crimes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 3:30 PM
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Steve Zaillian has, over the past couple of decades, become Hollywood's go-to-guy for smart, grown-up dramas. From "Awakenings" and "Schindler's List" to "Moneyball," which, with Aaron Sorkin, has a good chance of winning him his second Oscar, and the imminent "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," a credit by Zaillian generally suggests that a film won't be some pandering blockbuster fare, but a thoughtful, adult picture.

Watch: Michel Gondry Swedes 'Taxi Driver'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 9:05 AM
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Remember sweding? The trend that was hot for all of five minutes in the wake of Michel Gondry's underrated "Be Kind Rewind" found folks doing lovely, lo-fi remakes and sequels to their favorite movies, and that spirit also informs his upcoming, mysterious sci-fi movie (of sorts) "The We And The I." But Gondry has found time in his schedule to knock out another sweded movie, and it's pretty great.

Michel Gondry's 'We & The I' Shooting Now; Centers On A Premise With Time Travel & A Youth-Machine

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2011 6:19 AM
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During SXSW 2010, French filmmaker Michel Gondry first revealed to us a new lo-fi and under-the-radar project he was working on called, "The We & The I."It's [about] kids on a bus...it's about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated," he said in somewhat convolutedly. "Because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve."

Romain Duris Joins Michel Gondry's French Language Film With Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2011 9:26 AM
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Film Is An Adaptation Of 'L'Ecume des jours'; Filming Starts In March 2012While he may not yet be known on this side of the ocean, French actor Romain Duris has been earning praise and breaking hearts in his native France. You might best know the three-time César award nominee from Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" or last year's arthouse comedy hit "Heartbreaker," but the actor is set to reteam with a very familiar face for a film that could serve as his biggest exposure to a worldwide audience yet.

Watch: Michel Gondry & Bjork To Go Outer Space For 'Crystalline' Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 9:10 AM
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While their developing 3D project has unfortunately gone the way of the dodo bird, longtime collaborators director Michel Gondry and Icelandic songbird Bjork have still found something to work on together, the video for the debut single of her forthcoming album, "Crystalline."

Michel Gondry To Direct Video For New Bjork Single 'Crystalline'; 3D Movie Project Appears Dead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 10:00 AM
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"Biophilia," the upcoming album by Icelandic singer Bjork, is easily her most ambitious project to date. The nature and science-based album will be fleshed out with a suite of iPad apps for each song on the album and the singer plans a two year tour around the world with a stage show that includes a number of unique instruments including a gameleste and bass playing pendulum. While with each album, Bjork has continued to push the edges of her work way out there, she retains a strong core of regular collaborators while reaching out to new folks each time around. "Biophilia" is no different and to help kick things off, she has enlisted the help of a director who has made some of the best music videos of her career.

Michel Gondry Says He'll Be Directing A French Language Film Starring Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 6:06 AM
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'The We And The I' Still On Track To Shoot This SummerWith the numbers now all counted up, Michel Gondry's first foray into tentpole studio filmmaking with "The Green Hornet" earlier this year can be called a success. The film, budgeted at $120 million pulled in over $220 million worldwide, more than half of that coming from those increasingly important foreign territories. While we imagine Sony might have wanted a bigger number for their superhero film, for a movie with Seth Rogen in the lead and a virtually unknown (at least on this side of the ocean) Jay Chou in a supporting role they have to be satisfied that the roll of the dice paid off. But the director isn't ready to return to big money filmmaking just yet and has a number of lower key projects on his plate and has just added a seemingly new one with a big actress on board.

Watch: Michel Gondry's Multi-Screen Vid For Living Sisters' & R.E.M's "Uberlin" With Aaron Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 5:27 AM
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James Franco, Albert Maysles, Lance Bangs & More Tapped To Direct Videos For R.E.M.While "The Green Hornet" was a forgettable comic book movie marred by more than a few problems, director Michel Gondry did get to sneak in some of his distinctive style from time-to-time including an ambitious split screen sequence, one of the few highlights of the film. But overall, it was a Gondry film in name only. Well, for those seeking the wickedly lo-fi creativity of the director that put him on the map, look no further than the latest video for The Living Sisters (via Wired). Helmed by Gondry, the triple split screen video is a charming tale about the birth of a baby that features earthquakes, fires, bikers and enough no-budget effects for ten videos. It's winning, warming and a reminder of how good Gondry can be.

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