Michel Gondry at the Apple Store

Yesterday i got the chance to sit down with Michel Gondry, and I’ll be publishing that interview at a later date. But for now I have something special for you guys. After my interview, the music video turned film director made an appearance at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco which was moderated by SF360′s Susan Gerhard, and featuring a surprise appearance by Be Kind Rewind star Mos Def. I was in attendance and caught the whole thing on tape.

Gondry talks in depth about his new film Be Kind Rewind before opening the floor up to questions. An Interesting exchange happens where Gondry tells Mos Def that he will direct a music video for the rap artist for free if he comes to Sundanceto do press with him for Be Kind. The whole panel has been broken up into four audio segments (clips from the movie were shown in between). And if anyone is wondering, the photo above was taken with three stills stitched together from my iPhone, not bad. Listen now below, enjoy!

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Michel Gondry’s Apple Store Tour

Michel Gondry's Apple Store Tour

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry will be making appearances at Apple Stores in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, to help promote his new film Be Kind Rewind.

Apple has been on a roll with their directors series as of late. Most recently I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence made an appearance, and before that, Wes Anderson and Natalie Portman made appearances to help promote The Darjeeling Limited and the prequel short film Hotel Chevalier (which not so coincidentally featured an iPod and was exclusively made available for free on Apple iTunes). Here’s the details:

Apple Store, San Francisco

Monday, January 7th – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Moderated by SF360′s Susan Gerhard

Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Tuesday, January 8th – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Moderated by Time Out Chicago’s Ben Kenigsberg

Apple Store, SoHo, New York City
Friday, January 11th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Moderated by indieWIRE’s Editor in Chief Eugene Hernandez

These Apple events are small and intimate, so seating is limited (hey, it is the Apple Store after all), so arrive early if you want to see Gondry speak.

via: cinematical

Release Date Changes: Be Kind Rewind, 27 Dresses, Inkheart

20th Century Fox has announced that they are moving the Katherine Heigl romantic comedy 27 Dresses back a week from January 11th to 1-18-08. So now 27 Dresses is set to go head to head with Cloverfield. I’m guessing that Fox wants to take advantage of the 4-day Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend.

New Line has announced that they have canceled the March 19th release of the Brendan Fraser family adventure film Inkheart. The studio is looking for a better date for the film, which will hit theaters in 2008. The trailer for this film looks horrendous, even with the recent string of bad family fantasy films.

Meanwhile, the Michel Gondry comedy Be Kind Rewind, which will premiere later this month at Sundance, has been pushed back a month for a February 22nd 2008 release. I’ve seen this movie and LOVED IT. Don’t listen to the negative buzz.

Be Kind Rewind Movie Studio to Open in New York City

Be Kind Rewind Exhibit

Michel Gondry‘s upcoming film Be Kind Rewind is anything but conventional, and the upcoming marketing efforts are anything but normal.

Gondry will be taking over downtown New York’s Deitch Projects, transforming the Soho art gallery into a “Sweeding movie studio” from January 24th to March 1st.

“Groups of people walk in and will have access to a workshop,” Gondry explained to the LA Times. “There is a very simple protocol: You shoot in camera, edit while you shoot — which means you stop the camera when you want to go to the next scene, you don’t edit. Story lines last five to 10 minutes. And most of the exhibition will be a mini back lot with 15 little sets. In two hours, you can walk in, create a story, shoot a movie, watch it in the screening movie. Then you leave and take a copy.”

How cool is that?

For the exhibition, Michel Gondry will be recreating the video store in the gallery, where all videos created in the gallery can be viewed and rented. About the project, Gondry states, “I don’t intend nor have the pretension to teach how to make films. Quite the contrary. I intend to prove that people can enjoy their time without being part of the commercial system and serving it. Ultimately, I am hoping to create a network of creativity and communication that is guaranteed to be free and independent from any commercial institution.”

The comedy will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where Gondry plans to perform music from the film’s soundtrack, backed by Mos Def and Jean-Michel Bernard. New Line will also transform a house near Main St into the Be Kind Rewind video store from the movie. Festival goers will be able to stop by this “Sweding suite” and participate in Sweding by inserting themselves into photos from the film.

Sundance 2008 Photo Preview: Part 1 – Premieres

Sundance 2008

The line-up for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival was announced earlier this week. I just got my hands on a boat load of photos from the films in this year’s festival. We actually have too many photos to feature in just one posting, so we have divided this feature into a few parts.

Our first segment in the series takes a look at the films in the Premiere category, which includes: Assassination of a High School President, Be Kind Rewind, CSNY Deja Vu, The Deal, Death In Love, Diminished Capacity, The Escapist, The Great Buck Howard, The Guitar, Henry Poole Is Here, In Bruges, Incendiary, The Merry Gentleman, A Raisin In The Sun, Savage Grace, Sleepwalking, Smart People, Towelhead, Transsiberian, U2 3D, The Visitor, What Just Happened?, The Year of Getting To Know Us, and The Yellow Handkerchief.

Also be sure to check out our Sundance 2008 Photo Previews for the Spectrum and U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Check out the photos after the jump. Click on the images to enlarge.

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Be Kind Rewind Movie Poster

Be Kind Rewind Movie Poster

If I had to make a list of the top 10 movies I’m excited about for 2008 (note: I once tried, but came up with 55 movies instead), Be Kind Rewind would be front and center.

Michel Gondry’s film captures the magic of movies and filmmaking, and a weird, quirky and totally original comic plot starring Jack Black and Mos Def. This week it was announced that Gondry will premiere the film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. I’m very excited to see it. Check out the new theatrical poster after the jump.

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Sundance 2008

Yesterday Sundance announced the competition films for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Today the Institute has released the rest of the line-up, which will play out-of-competition sections of Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight. Highlights include:

  • The previously announced opening night film In Bruges starring Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell.
  • The Great Buck Howard starring Colin Hanks as a law school dropout who answers an advertisement to be a a washed up illusionist’s (played by John Malkovich) personal assistant. Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks also star.
  • Visionary director Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, about a man (Jack Black) whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend’s (Mos Def) video store. The pair set out to remake the lost films in a film about the magic of movies and filmmaking.
  • Bill Maher’s directorial debut, Sleepwalking, about a young man who is faced with the prospect of losing his abandoned young niece to a foster home. Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, and Woody Harrelson, star.
  • Morgan Spurlock’s follow-up to 2004′s Super Size Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? follows Spurlock’s quest to fint the world’s most wanted man.
  • Smart People, a romantic dramedy about a a widowed professor who gets an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Page star.
  • American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Towel Head. The film follows the life of a 13-year-old Arab-American girl who is forced to live with her father. I saw this film at Toronto and it has the same underlying energy of American Beauty. Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Toni Collette, and Summer Bishil star.
  • U2 3D: A 3-D presentation of U2′s global “Vertigo” tour.
  • Barry Levinson’s adaptation of What Just Happened? stars Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, and Robin Wright Penn. The movie follows two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer (De Niro) who’s having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.
  • XX/XY director Austin Chick’s new film August, about two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attack. Josh Hartnett and Adam Scott star.
  • The Duplass Brothers return to Sundance following their acclaimed 2005 low budget indie film The Puffy Chair. Baghead explores “the minutiae of relationship dynamics in this in-depth study of a group of desperate actor friends. And a bag. And a head.”
  • Cashback director Sean Ellis’s horror thriller The Brøken starring Lena Headey (300) as a woman who sees herself driving by in her own car on a busy London street. Stunned, she trails the mystery woman as events take an eerie turn into a living nightmare.
  • Michael Haneke’s American remake of Funny Games starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Michael Pitt..
  • Quentin Tarantino presents Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride, a “bloody, sexy tale of motorcycle revenge” starring Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper, and Michael Madsen
  • Otto; or Up With Dead People, a movie about a lonely gay zombie searches for love and meaning in contemporary Berlin.
  • Spainish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes follows a man accidentally travels back to the past, only to meet himself there and encounters a series of mysteries that all lead to an unthinkable crime. I’m a sucker for Time Travel.

Check out the full announcement/line-up after the jump.
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Be Kind Rewind: Robocop Movie Trailer

Be Kind Rewind Ghostbusters Movie Trailer

On Friday we showed you a “Sweded Trailer” for the classic film Ghostbusters, from the parody of the movie within the movie of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind. On Saturday, we brought you the Jack Black and Mos Def’s Rush Hour 2. Today we bring you the trailer for Robocop, only available at Be Kind Rewind. Read More »

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