Michel Gondry To Direct ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Academy Award winning director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep) will direct the January 13th episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in an attempt to promote his upcoming film The Green Hornet. Star of the film, Seth Rogen, will appear as Kimmel’s big guest during the episode, alongside young actress Elle Fanning (Somewhere) and a musical performance by The Damned Things. I’d love to see what kind of unquie angle Gondry will take with a late night talk show, because if you ask me, that tv genre is in need of reinvention. Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams have directed previous episodes of the late night talk show. Read the full press release after the jump.

“THE GREEN HORNET” DIRECTOR MICHEL GONDRY BRINGS HIS VISION TO A SPECIAL EPISODE OF “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!” FEATURING THE FILM’S STAR SETH ROGEN THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 ON ABC

Academy Award® winner Michel Gondry takes over the director’s chair at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 at 12:05 A.M. ET/PT in an episode featuring an interview with the film’s star Seth Rogen. Rogen returns to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the first time since June 21, 2010 when Kimmel’s studio lost power and the host grabbed his laptop shooting the entire show from his computer’s webcam.

Known for directing such films as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Science of Sleep,” as well as music videos for artists such as Bjork, Paul McCartney and The White Stripes, Gondry brings his talent to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” one day before the much anticipated comic book classic, “The Green Hornet” hits theaters. Gondry joins Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams as part of the esteemed group of directors who have taken the guest-directorial reigns at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Kimmel also welcomes actress Elle Fanning and a musical performance by The Damned Things to this unique episode.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Packed with hilarious comedy bits and a house band led by Jimmy’s childhood best friend, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The recipient of a 2010 Clio award for innovative media, each night, Jimmy delivers up-to-the minute news addressing the hottest topics of the day in his monologue and recently has welcomed such notables as Clint Eastwood, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Zach Galifianakis, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Diane Sawyer, Sylvester Stallone, Zac Efron, Sofia Vergara, Gabourey Sidibe, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Reese Witherspoon, Mel Gibson, Queen Latifah, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Robin Williams, Heidi Klum and Janet Jackson as well as performances by Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Weezer, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, Kelly Clarkson, Good Charlotte, Drake, Phoenix, MGMT, Tim McGraw, Maxwell, The Killers, 50 Cent, John Mayer, Shakira, Pink, Usher, Depeche Mode, Mariah Carey and many more including Matt Damon… well, almost Matt Damon.

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers and Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. For more go to www.jimmykimmellive.net

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