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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.

Michel Gondry Says 'The We & The I' Films Next Summer; Also Working On Animated Noam Chomsky Doc

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2010 2:25 AM
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Screenings have started for Michel Gondry's first big tentpole studio film, "The Green Hornet," and the early reactions on Twitter have been positive. Certainly, it seems to indicate that reports of Sony's pleasure with the film were on the money and if the early word continues to build in the same direction, it would be a remarkable turnaround for a film that only a few months ago had most movie sites ringings its death knell. So with that film gearing up for release next month, Gondry is already looking to what's next and he's certainly not short on options. The animated project "Megalomania" and ambitious musical project "The Return Of The Ice Kids" with Ellen Page attached have been in the works for a while, but it's another long-gestating project that will go first.

Is 'The Green Hornet 2' Already In The Works?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2010 11:30 AM
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Earlier this summer, things didn't look good for Sony and Michel Gondry's "The Green Hornet." Geek reception to the early trailers were not good and the decision to retrofit the film to 3D (a move Gondry defends as being planned from day one) coupled with a January release date spelled disaster in the eyes of many, but it appears that sentiment may change.

New Poster For Michel Gondry's 'The Green Hornet' Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou & Black Beauty

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 1, 2010 1:25 AM
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For a superhero film starring comedy titan Seth Rogen, international pop-star Jay Chou and the beautiful Cameron Diaz directed by French favourite Michel Gondry, "The Green Hornet" has certainly defied expectations in generating little-to-no hype about its upcoming release with early trailers and promo material seemingly killing audience anticipation.

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