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13 items from 2010


How Michel Gondry became cinema's most versatile director

9 December 2010 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From surrealism to documentary, from pop videos to superhero romps, Michel Gondry's career is impossible to pin down. He talks life, death and film-making

Michel Gondry strides into the restaurant, his darting eyes taking in everything around him. You can sense antennae twitching within his jumble of brown-and-grey curls. He turns out to be an expansive, good-humoured talker. If anything, he's almost too aware: his wavelength seems prone to interference from other people's transmissions. "Ugh, they are too loud," he huffs at one point. "This guy is making me lose my concentration," he complains later as another man loiters nearby.

The 47-year-old Frenchman is best known as the director of some of modern cinema's most deliriously loopy fantasies, from the surrealist tearjerker Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, to the sticky-back plastic dreamscapes of The Science of Sleep and the slacker slapstick of Be Kind Rewind. But he spreads »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Rhys Ifans To Play Spider-Man Villain

12 October 2010 7:25 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Place your bets. Which villain will he play? Vulture? Mysterio? Lizard? Carnage? I’d say the smart money’s on The Vulture. He might look like an old fogey in an fur collar, but the Vulture is a vicious enemy. Along with Electro, he once almost beat Spider-Man to death. Vulture, aka Adrian Toomes, first appeared in .Amazing Spider-Man #2″

Press release:

Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, »

- Tom Stockman

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Spider-Man: Rhys Ifans Cast As The Web Slinger’s Villain

12 October 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Rhys Ifans (Anonymous), who will next be seen as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has signed on to play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland) as Gwen Stacy, in director Marc Webb‘s as yet Untitled Spider-Man Reboot.

Check out the official press release below for all the details.

Culver City, Calif., October 11, 2010 – Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be »

- Jason Moore

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Rhys Ifans is the villain in the new Spider-Man film!

11 October 2010 2:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It has been officially announced that Notting Hill and Mr Nice star Rhys Ifans has been officially cast as the villain in Marc Webb‘s upcoming Spider-man movie for Sony Pictures. Ifans, who plays an unnamed villain in the piece, joins the already cast Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

The news is both surprising and exciting as we’re huge fans of the Welshman, and totally dig his performance as Howard Marks in the aforementioned Mr. Nice (out now folks).

Check out the official press release from the studio below.

Culver City, Calif., October 11, 2010 – Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures.  The film, to be directed by Marc Webb »

- Paul

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Rhys Ifans Set to Play Villain in Spider-Man

11 October 2010 1:18 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With the announcement of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Sony’s reboot of Spider-Man we were left with the vacancies for female lead and the main villain of the piece.

Emma Stone was recently confirmed as Gwen Stacey and now we have news that Rhys Ifans will be playing the villain, though they are not saying which of the many bad guys he will be playing.

There were reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman was talking to Columbia about playing Venom but strong indications say that Marc Webb and co. are not looking to Venom or Hoffman for their Spidey-reboot, and now with Ifans in the frame the internet is sure to whizz into a frenzy as to the identity of the villain he will play.

Director Marc Webb is quoted as saying that Ifans is capable of displaying the ‘warmth and rage’ of the villain in question, and there »

- Jon Lyus

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Rhys Ifans Cast as the Villain in Spider-man!

11 October 2010 10:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sony has just sent out a press releases announcing that Rhys Ifans (Noting Hill) will play the villain in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man.  However, the press release says:

“The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.”

I would imagine in the next few hours, rumors are going to hit the net about which villain Ifans will be playing.  I have absolutely no idea who it’ll be, but with the fact that they’re going with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in the first movie, I’ll bet it’s going to be a villain from the first 100 issues of the comic.  Hit the jump for the full press release.  Spider-Man begins filming in December and it gets released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Culver City, Calif., October 11, 2010 – Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Thorn In The Heart DVD Review

7 September 2010 6:32 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

They say the canary always sings the same song. Spielberg makes films about the redemption of the patriarch. Aronofsky makes films about obsession and ritual. Kubrick made films about the inherent evils of human nature. Michel Gondry meanwhile makes films about the families we are born into and the families we choose, an idea that he explores more deeply and more openly in his latest documentary film, The Thorn in The Heart than he ever has before.  Read on for the full review.

The idea of family and belonging runs deep in Gondry’s oeuvre. His first film, the underrated Human Nature dealt with a cast of characters all trying to find a home: the scientist who shaves her entire body every day so that people won’t call her a freak, the pseudo-caveman who learns manners better than a cotillion instructor, the dead love interest who tells his rambling »

- Hunter Daniels

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Clip joint: rooftops

11 August 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week on Clip joint, we're hitting the tiles as greatpoochini clambers over the best film clips up on the roof

Panicking, protesting, prowling or seeking sanctuary – where would we be without a rooftop to clamber onto? Small wonder rooftops are such perfect settings for pivotal movie scenes. They even offer ready-made light sources, whether filled with sun or stars.

And what a view! Vistas of cities, vantage points for cross-haired surveillance, somewhere to hide but nowhere to run. Having someone clamber onto a roof invariably means that something exhilarating, dramatic, wistful or tragic is about to take place – unless, of course, they're making a documentary about tiles.

If a film needs a location to heighten the drama, then let's head to the roof. Powerful or terrified if we look down, desperate or free if we look up, the rooftop holds the boundary between heaven and earth. So this week's »

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Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, and Janet Montgomery Round Out My Idiot Brother Cast

21 July 2010 1:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

To cast Paul Rudd at the center of your comedy, as My Idiot Brother casting director Jeanne McCarthy chose to do, is a solid start.  To surround him with the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, and Adam Scott approaches brilliance.  As such, you can trust that the remaining roles — now filled by Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, and Janet Montgomery — are in good hands.

Described as “a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them”, My Idiot Brother is currently shooting in New York City.  Hit the jump for the official press release.

Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight And Janet Montgomery Join The Cast Of “My Idiot Brother

New York, NY – July 21, 2010 – Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced today that Hugh Dancy (“Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Adam”), Kathryn Hahn (“Revolutionary Road, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Modern Maestros: Michel Gondry

9 July 2010 10:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here, back with another entry in my series on great contemporary directors.

Maestro: Michel Gondry

Known For: Quirky, visually fantastical films and documentaries.

Influences: Cartoons, silent comedians and their films, and (as is evident from Be Kind Rewand) 80's comedies.

Masterpieces: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Disasters: They're most definitely not all perfect, but no disasters.

Better than you remember: Nope

Box Office: $34 mil for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Favorite Actor: He in fact doesn't reuse actors. The closest candidate for this category is Mos Def who was a featured performer in Dave Chappelle's Block Party and then starred in Be Kind Rewind.

We might as well begin with the elephant in the room. Your opinion of Michel Gondry probably depends entirely on your opinion of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I've heard tell that there are people who believe that the film is wildly overpraised and overrated. »

- Robert

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What's Up With the Cult of Michel Gondry?

28 June 2010 10:12 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Michel Gondry

Sony Pictures got the online masses talking when they released the first trailer from the upcoming Seth Rogen/Michel Gondry flick, The Green Hornet based on the 1960s television series starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee. To say the trailer was polarizing would be an understatement. People either loved it or they hated it and if online forums were any indication there were far more haters than people who loved it.

Typical was this post from the colorfully named Leadbelly Schoenberg on IMDb: Just saw the trailer, and man, if the film manages to capture just one-tenth of the wretchedness in that, we will truly be baring witness to a new era in Hollywood. For no longer will people be talking about John Travolta and Battlefield Earth or Michael Cimino and Heaven's Gate. Michael Gondry and Seth Rogen will have eclipsed them all with this piece of mind-numbing trash. »

- Bill Cody

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Paul Rudd to star in “My Idiot Brother”

3 June 2010 10:56 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them. Based on a screenplay by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, “My Idiot Brother” will be directed by Jesse Peretz. Production is slated to begin in July in New York. Bregman, Saraf and Turtletaub will produce for their respective companies. Caroline Jaczko, Stefanie Azpiazu and Aleen Keshishian will executive produce. Rudd and Peretz have worked together previously on “The Château.” Rudd will next be seen starring in Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks” opposite Steve Carell and James Brooks’ “How Do You Know” opposite Reese Witherspoon. He will also be producing (alongside Judd Apatow, Wain, and Ken Marino) and starring in David Wain’s “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston.

Ned (Rudd) is an idealist. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Thorn in My Heart, The (L’épine dans le coeur) | Review - SXSW Film 2010

19 April 2010 8:06 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Michel Gondry In the opening scene of The Thorn in My Heart, Michel Gondry’s septuagenarian Aunt Suzette attempts to tell a story to a dinner table full of relatives about her late husband and an apparently hilarious misunderstanding having something to do with sauerkraut. She is laughing and crying so intensely that she can barely spit the words out. Luckily for us, Aunt Suzette is able to articulate other stories more rationally and clearly – The Thorn in My Heart is essentially about her stories, more specifically her history. As a young woman, Aunt Suzette moved to the French countryside for a teaching position. She and her husband raised a son, Jean-Yves, who struggled with how to please his parents while hiding his homosexuality. Ever since his father died, Jean-Yves and his mother’s relationship has been strained at best. This is where Aunt Suzette’s penchant for the »

- Don Simpson

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