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Spike Jonze Says His Old, Unproduced Beastie Boys Film 'We Can Do It' Would Have Been "Surreal" & "Ridiculous"

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 20, 2013 12:36 PM
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Spike Jonze, Beasties
It's not the most well-traveled piece of "what could have been" pop culture lore, but in the mid 1990s, soon after their collective success with the now iconic and indelible "Sabotage" video, filmmaker Spike Jonze and the seminal hip-hop trio Beastie Boys, headed to Los Angeles to write a movie. The film of course, never came to pass. The director and musicians remained friends and continued to work together, but their collaborations became fewer as Jonze moved away from music videos into feature-length filmmaking and Beastie Boys albums became an infrequent event, where several years could pass between them.

Spike Jonze Talks About Working With Scarlett Johansson On 'Her,' Arcade Fire & Intellect Vs. Intuition

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 19, 2013 4:52 PM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
While you’ve probably heard it described in simple ways, Spike Jonze’s “Her” is much, much more than the iPhone movie about falling love with Siri. And it’s hardly a film about technology and our future – though that obviously is an element. In many ways, "Her" is a traditional love story and relationship movie, but finds an ambitious concept to explore notions of connection, isolation, loneliness and loss.

Review: Spike Jonze's Funny & Insightful 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 18, 2013 6:13 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relationship drama, “Her,” such implications are impossible to ignore in a movie that uses innovative and unconventional methods to explore some very universal anxieties.

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

Watch: New Trailer For Spike Jonze's 'Her' Featuring The Arcade Fire's 'Supersymmetry'; Plus Over 30 New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 3, 2013 7:46 PM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
"An emotionally involving and wonderfully layered look at our desire to reach out and connect," Yep, that's us quoted in the trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming sci-fi-ish romance drama, "Her" (much to our surprise). The Golden Globes might have disqualified Scarlett Johansson for being awards-eligible because the actress doesn't appear once on screen (just her disembodied voice), but those of us in the know know that's kind of shortsighted BS.

Spike Jonze Says Arcade Fire's 'Supersymmetry' Was Originally Written For 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 14, 2013 5:17 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Arcade Fire
Having seen the film, this much we know: the final song on The Arcade Fire's Reflektor, is also the closing credits song of Spike Jonze's upcoming fantastical, sci-fi-ish romance film "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix and the disembodied voice of Scarlett Johansson.

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: Live Video For Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" With Greta Gerwig, Directed By Spike Jonze & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 9:02 AM
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Gerta Gerwig Arcade Fire Afterlife
So last night, Google launched their first and presumably annual YouTube Music Awards mostly because if the world needs anything, it's another music awards show. And it probably has nothing to do with YouTube's plans for a music subscription service to launch by the end of the year. But we digress... If it gives another opportunity for filmmakers and musicians to hang out and do creative things, then we're all for it, because as you might guess, that's kind of right up our alley. And last night's broadwebcast featured more than a few treats.

New Photos: Spike Jonze's 'Her,' Kate Winslet In 'Labor Day,' 'Catching Fire,' 'Anchorman 2' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2013 3:31 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
November has rolled around, so it's officially that time of year: the holiday movie season. Both the L.A. Times and the New York Times have gotten deep into the action with great features in their movie sections which provide a heap of new photos from several highly anticipated movies. First up is a film we've already seen (read our NYFF review here), but one that's highly anticipated by many of us who haven't seen it nonetheless: Spike Jonze's "Her" (December 18th, in limited release), which features the stellar cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt.

Spike Jonze To Direct Live Video For Arcade Fire's "Afterlife"; New Photos Of 'Her'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2013 2:29 PM
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Her, Phoenix, Jonze, Amy Adams
If you want to catch director Spike Jonze’s upcoming sci-fi-ish romance drama “Her,” starring the awesome cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt, you’re going to have to wait until January 10, 2014 (unless you live in a major city during its limited release run on December 18th). But if you want to catch Jonze’s imaginative handiwork sooner, you can tune into the YouTube Awards on Sunday (on YouTube, where else?).

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