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Watch: Mark Romanek Directed Video For Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2014 5:51 PM
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Taylor Swift Shake It Off
So a monumental event took place today: Taylor Swift released a new song, details of her new album 1989 and for a contest which we don't really care about enough to explain here. We're pretty sure you can Google it. She dropped a new video for the song, and the reason we're paying attention is that it was directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo," "Never Let Me Go").

Mark Romanek In Talks To Eventually Drop Out Of Directing Warner Bros.' 'The Shining' Prequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2014 1:39 PM
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Mark Romanek might be one of our most talented, and yet undersung, filmmakers. A music video legend who came up alongside figures like Spike Jonze, he's only made three feature films in thirty years—1985's little-seen debut "Static," 2002's acclaimed "One Hour Photo" and 2010's "Never Let Me Go." But it's not for lack of trying: in recent years in particular, Romanek has been attached to a number of big-budget projects that never came to pass.

Listen: Steven Soderbergh Talks Filmmaking In Extensive Chats With Mark Romanek & Neil LaBute

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2014 12:23 PM
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While he may have a different definition of “retired” than we do, if Steven Soderbergh has more time to talk about his favorite subject, filmmaking, than we’re all for his continued sabbatical from the big screen, especially since he’s dedicated to working on the small screen. While we wait for the celebrated director to finally write a book on filmmaking – perhaps one that would rival the impact of Robert Rodriguez’s “Rebel Without A Crew” – we’ll make do with some of his famous DVD commentaries, which often find him paired up with a notable guest, and thankfully Film School Thru Commentaries has something to scratch our itch.

Watch: Kanye West & Rick Rubin's Wacky Tribeca Award Acceptance Speech Directed By Mark Romanek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 2:46 PM
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Kanye West Tribeca
Tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival, producer Rick Rubin and Kanye West will be receiving an award on behalf the Roland RT-808 (no we don't know exactly what that means either) as part of the Disruptive Innovation Awards. Sadly, they won't be on hand to attend, but they send this video instead. And it's awesome.

15 Underseen And Overlooked Dystopian Futures In Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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15 Underseen Sci-Fi Dystopian Films
It's not easy creating a dystopian future on film. Ask the producers of "Divergent," which opens this week (read our review). Not only do they need to establish a demented future where we live under draconian rules, but they must do so over multiple films. Given that there are several different elements to this type of future, from corrupt governments to alien intervention to dizzying technology, it can be like mapmaking in an uncharted area. Sooner or later, you get lost and can't circle back.

Watch: Mark Romanek-Directed Video For U2's "Invisible"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 3:23 PM
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U2 Invisible
We live in a weird time now where rappers sell albums via cell phones, and humanitarian Bono and his band U2 use a Super Bowl ad for Bank Of America to debut a new song. So much for rock 'n roll being dangerous (though in fairness, they did raise $3 million for charity by making the song available to download in advance for one day, so that's pretty cool). But anyway, Ireland's biggest export is back with a new single "Invisible," and the only reason we're interested has to do with two words: Mark Romanek.

John Carney To Direct 'Sing Street' With Music From Bono & The Edge, Mark Romanek Sees 'The Visitors' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 2:26 PM
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While he's done some other lower key pictures, the ones director John Carney is best known for involve song, and he's sticking to his strength. The "Once" helmer will get behind the camera for "Sing Street," with none other than Bono and The Edge to write some original songs for the picture.

Mark Romanek To Direct Casey Affleck In 'Boston Strangler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 9:53 PM
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Mark Romanek is a director we could use more of. It took eight years after "One Hour Photo" to make 2010's "Never Let Me Go," and we've been waiting ever since for his next feature. He was attached to Disney's "Cinderella" for a time, before money and a creative clash with the studio kiboshed the gig. But now a project is on his plate that sounds much more exciting than a mainstream tentpole, and it will find him working with an actor who has no problem signing on to great material.

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Watch: Jay Z's 10-Minute Short Film/Video 'Picasso Baby' Directed By Mark Romanek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2013 11:45 AM
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Jay Z Marina Abramovic Picasso Baby
Inspired by famed performance artist Marina Abramovic, directed by Mark Romanek and an event coordinated through social media...you gotta hand it to Shawn Carter, he knows how to do it right. And the result is "Picasso Baby," the first promo/video/short film from his summer banger Magna Carta Holy Grail. And if you missed the premiere broadcast on HBO last night, not to worry, as it's now online for you to check out. So what's it like?

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