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Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch Shot Secret Indie with David Gordon Green

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June 6, 2012
Source: Twitch

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In a culture full of scoops, paparazzi, sneaky set photos, and movie blogs, it's a wonder that directors like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams are able to make movies while keeping most of their mysteries in tact, with only a few details leaking out before a film's release date. But what if two big-name actors teamed with a famous director and made an entire movie without anyone knowing about it? According to Twitch, that's exactly what just happened with Prince Avalanche, the latest project written and directed by Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green and starring both Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. More below!

So what is this mystery project? Prince Avalanche was shot in Austin, Texas last month and is a remake of a 2011 Icelandic comedy called Either Way. The original is a low budget movie set in the 1980s about two highway workers who become friends during a summer of painting lines on desolate roads. Gordon Green is almost equally well known for his early smaller films like All The Real Girls and Snow Angels as he is for the bigger budget mainstream comedies he's done over the past few years, so I'm sure people who were disappointed with the direction his career has taken will be pleased to hear he's returning to his indie roots.

Not to sound like a total ass, but there was definitely a lot of promise in his early work (Snow Angels has some beautiful moments), and working with his buddy Danny McBride may have actually hindered him a bit as a serious filmmaker. We'll see if Prince Avalanche is what he needs to get those creative juices flowing again. No release date has been announced yet. Interested?

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  • Chris
    Pineapple Express made me laugh so much that my body felt like a sleeping foot. It literally hurt to laugh, but in a good way. Unfortunately this turned out to be a fluke success as far as Gorden Green comedies go.
  • A serious question though, why is it so damn difficult for a movie to get done without ANY bits of info getting spread around?... Anyone?
    • son_et_lumiere
      trailers that are 2.5 minute films. spoilers. long lens shots. Facebook updates. Twitter. 24 hour rolling news. as a society, we're just not interested in waiting to see the final product, or an informed after-the-fact summary anymore. i remember when the first thing i knew about any film was watching the trailer in the theatre, of which there was one, maybe 2 at most, which hinted at the content within, and invited me to visit the cinema and enjoy it. now, if i were to watch all the trailers and before-the-film's-release DVD featurettes for most big films, there'd be absolutely no point in going to the cinema at all. so i do my best not to. anyone who can still manage to circumvent all of this when they're creating a new film gets my applause.
      • "I remember when the first thing i knew about any film was watching the trailer in the theatre, of which there was one, maybe 2 at most..." You know what's sad is that I remember that too. I can't even watch trailers anymore (so glad I can't remember watching the 'Prometheus' trailer as I heard there's a MASSIVE spoiler in that one!), I could just about watch 'Django Unchained' as I didn't want it spoiled....
        • Guest
          the first teaser / trailer for the bigger films is usually enough before i see it, for me at least. the number of times i've come out of a film and said 'what about that amazing bit when...' and my friends just shrug, bored, and say, 'yeah, whatever, it was in the second trailer.' still, i *love* cinema, and i *do* like the teasers, the interviews, the podcasts, the posters, the casting news, the features, the discussions... cheers, Agent Kid / fs.net!
        • son_et_lumiere
          i try and get by with just the first trailer / teaser for the bigger films, now. i've come out of the cinema all pumped and said to my friends 'what about that amazing bit when...' and they've replied, bored, 'yeah, it was in the second trailer.'! will never stop me loving cinema, though, or good websites to disseminate the knowledge and provide a venue for the debate. cheers, 'Kid. EDIT: sorry for accidental double reply, not sure how that happened.

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