Michel Gondry and Gillette: these things don't feel like they belong together, but the filmmaker and company teamed up for the ad "Training Tracks." The sometimes music video director and LCD Soundsystem's Phil Mossman collaborated for a video in which beefy football players, including Champ Bailey, Kayvon Webster, Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard and Mike Golic, Jr., work out in a music studio. The sounds of their sweaty endeavor are captured by the creative duo and mixed into a song. Since most of us are still waiting to see Gondry's fantasy drama Mood Indigo, this is fit to tide us over for now — even if it's missing the usual whimsy of his work.
Also in the ad world meets film world (and television) is a clip from Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Homeland's Claire Danes. She leaves the cry face at home for an Audi spot that finds the actress (and her double) racing to an event. The Audi makes it, of course. Danes' double winds up in jail, though. Kudos to the director for the awesome My So-Called Life shout-out at the end. It seems hard to believe that weirdo Jared Leto once played Danes' boyfriend Jordan on the series.
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