We were going to rank them in order of hipness, but it was too hard.
Claims to fame: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," White Stripes Lego video, extreme Frenchness.
New project: According to Rodrigo Perez at MTV (who has this interview with him apropos to nothing in particular), Gondry is just wrapping up "The Science of Sleep," a fantasy starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gael GarcÃa Bernal (he also has Dave Chappelle doc "Block Party" due in theaters next year), and has two time-travel-centric films up next. One is a comedy starring Jack Black, the other’s a new one:
The other is a yet-untitled French-language film that also includes a time-travel premise, albeit one that’s more autobiographical in nature.
"It’s about my friend in my old band [Oui Oui] in the early ’80s. It’s set in 2005 and we meet our [1980s] selves in the present and interact," he said, laughing. "It’s a completely stupid story!"
Claims to fame: "Me and You and Everyone We Know," performance art, extreme sincerity.
New project: Via Delfin Vigil at the San Francisco Chronicle, July’s making a pit stop at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to "teach" for two days. A sample homework assignment from her LearningToLoveYouMore.com involves drawing a picture of your cell phone, then writing out a fantasy dialogue between yourself and someone you’d really like to talk to:
In a separate e-mail document, type the conversation you wish you could have with this person. Use dialogue format, for example:
"Mark Adams: Hi, it’s Mark. Mark Adams."
David Gordon Green
Claims to fame: Meandering, promising, arty films about young people set in the South, being young, being Southern.
New project: Mae Anderson at AdWeek drops that Green’s just finished another "NFL on ESPN" spot for a New York ad agency Wieden + Kennedy.
The New York shop’s 30-second spot, directed by Chelsea Pictures’ David Gordon Green, depicts a man holding a baby, engrossed in a football game. He begins to mimic the players, holding the baby like a football. When his wife enters the room, she is understandably distressed, and takes the baby from him.
"Life happens 10 yards at a time" is the tagline.
It’s the fifth spot directed by Green for the NFL on ESPN. Other ads in the series include one for the Pro Bowl depicting a man becoming emotional when his pizza deliveryman delivers the last pizza of the football season.
The bills, they must be paid.
Claims to fame: Writing the screenplay to "Kids" at age 19, "Gummo," banging ChloÃ« Sevigny.
New project: He announced that he was working on a new film, "Mister Lonely," back in the summer, but last week Screen Daily (sub. only, sadly) reported that it’s to star Anita Pallenberg as the Queen of England, Denis Lavant as Charlie Chaplin, Samantha Morton as Marilyn Monroe and Diego Luna as a Michael Jackson impersonator.
The plotline is outlandish, even by Korine’s standards. This is a yarn about a young American lost in Paris, eking out a living as a Michael Jackson lookalike. By co-incidence, he meets Marilyn Monroe. He follows her to a commune in Scotland, joining her husband Charlie Chaplin and her daughter Shirley Temple. Fellow residents include The Pope, The Queen of England, Madonna and James Dean. The drama is also partly set In a Brazilian forest where a community of missionary nuns bring aid to the locals.
Claims to fame: "Sideways," a generally bleak outlook on his fellow human beings, divorcing Sandra Oh.
New project: Producing! Empire announced that Michael Douglas will star in Payne’s exec-produced "The King of California," and Payne’s also a producer for Sue Kramer‘s "Gray Matter," which apparently features hot transsexual sex between Sissy Spacek and Alan Cumming. Yup.
Claims to fame: None yet.
New project: Morrison’s down at the American Film Market and AFI Fest in L.A. trying to sell Punk Cinema‘s first feature, "The Gigolos," and is blogging about the experience on the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog. He’s certainly not as established as the above, but his dispatches are charming and filled with the kind of British self-deprication that pleases our admittedly easily pleased self, so we hereby dub him a "cool kid."
Weâ€™re staying in the best hotel in LA. By accident. We know itâ€™s the best hotel because we were ejected from the hotel swimming pool yesterday morning by 50 Centâ€™s entourage (prior to the premiere of his film across the road), and because you need to be on the guest list to get into the hotel bar. And weâ€™re not.
+ Another Surreal Film Coming From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Director Michel Gondry (MTV)
+ WHEN JULY ARRIVES, CLASS IS IN SESSION (SF Chronicle)
+ Don’t Fumble the Baby (AdWeek)
+ Korine’s Mr Lonely features Pallenberg, Morton, Luna (Screen Daily)
+ Douglas is King of California (Empire)
+ The Gigolos archive (Culture Vulture)