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Michel Gondry Adapting Philip K. Dick's 'Ubik'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 3:14 AM
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Heady Sci-Fi Film Being Co-Produced By Screenwriter Steve Zaillain's Film Rites CompanyAt the launch of his exhibit "The Factory Movie Lovers" at the Centre Pompidou, the usually chatty Michel Gondry dropped news of another project he appears to be working on, adding to his already busy slate.

Cheer Up Michel Gondry Fans, 'The Green Hornet' May Be Seth Rogen's Fault

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  • January 16, 2011 9:05 AM
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Gondry Didn't Have Final Cut, Or Full Authority, But Says He "Accepted" This Early On“The Green Hornet” may have topped the box office this weekend, bringing in a respectable $34 million but its critical reception was mixed at best. Personally, this writer thought the film had some good laughs but really stumbled when going through the motions of yet another superhero origin story. More importantly, it was a far cry from director Michel Gondry’s best work (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, his music videos) and seemed like more of a compromise than a collaboration with star/co-writer/producer Seth Rogen. Well, according to an article in the LA Times that was exactly the case.

'Green Hornet' Defeated By 'Green Lantern' In Release Date Battle; Originally Planned For March

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 10:03 AM
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Michel Gondry Says Stephen Chow's Wild Ideas For The Film Included "AIDS" & "Plastic Boobs"When it was first announced that "The Green Hornet" was moving from it's previously planned December bow to January to allow for 3D conversion, many assumed that the early winter date was an indication the film was a stinker and move by Sony to cut their losses. Not so it would appear.

Michel Gondry Talks Noam Chomsky Doc, Hopes To Have It Done "Before The World Dies" (Or In 2 Years)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2011 11:48 AM
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And He's Directing 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' TonightIf you think just because Michel Gondry now has his first studio tentpole under his belt, he's abandoned indie films forever, you'd be mistaken. As usual, the director has a number of projects in various stages of development that he continues to tinker with and as he revealed last month, one of projects is a documentary on the world-renowned linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky. Details at the time were scarce except that it would be animated and that he had already started the interview process with Chomsky.

The Long Road To 'The Green Hornet': Clooney, Kevin Smith, Wahlberg, Gyllenhaal & More Once Involved

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2011 5:15 AM
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"The Green Hornet" Finally Arrives On Screen... What A Long Strange Trip It's Been; Greg Kinnear, Jet Li and Jason Scott Lee Were All Once AttachedHere's a major understatement: the life of "The Green Hornet" feature film adaptation has been a long and drawn out process. In the most recent issue of EW (not online), producer Neal Moritz said, "It's certainly been a tumultuous road." Now the film has finally arrived thanks to Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Michel Gondry and Sony and well... you've probably read our review by now, but it hasn't been easy.

Review: 'Green Hornet' Lacks Sting, Anything Else Even Remotely Interesting

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 12, 2011 3:28 AM
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Loud, clamoring, haphazardly thrown together and risibly scripted from what feels like a poor first draft, Michel Gondry's unfunny, unengaging "The Green Hornet" lands in a January release date because it's exactly warranted: it's a throwaway action picture meant to fill the early new year void, but contains zero substance and few genuine joys or laughs.

Evan Goldberg: 'Green Hornet' Sequel Already Mapped Out; Sony Said "Never" To Gondry At First

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 11, 2011 4:01 AM
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"Green Hornet" hits theaters this weekend, Friday January 14, so we thought we'd re-run some great interviews we conducted with writer Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") last year.

Evan Goldberg On Stephen Chow & The Early 'Green Hornet' Collab: "He Wanted Utter Control"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2011 6:20 AM
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'Hornet' Co-Writer Defends 3D Conversion"Green Hornet" hits theaters this weekend, Friday January 14, so we thought we'd re-run some great interviews we conducted with writer Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") last year.

Michael Gondry Says Nic Cage Wanted To Play 'The Green Hornet' Villain With A Jamaican Accent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 4:01 AM
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Director Says He Was "Relieved" When Cage No Longer Wanted The RoleAt one time, "The Green Hornet" looked very different. Seth Rogen was still on board in the lead, crime-fighting role but Stephen Chow, the star of "Kung Fu Hustle" was signed up to direct and play Kato and Nicolas Cage was in talks for the villain. He eventually walked from the part and at the time, gave a very sober account of an actor struggling to ensure the integrity of the character he was looking to play. Interesting coming from the guy with "Season of the Witch" now in theaters, but anyway....

Michel Gondry Calls Critical 'Green Hornet' Fans "Fascists"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 15, 2010 6:21 AM
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Just as the unfairly maligned "The Green Hornet" is gaining traction after haters dogged the film sight unseen and some perpetuated rumors that Sony was unhappy with the film, a recent remark by director Michel Gondry threatens to alienate fans.

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