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Cannes Lineup: Woody Allen & Pedro Almodovar Skipping Festival, 'Twelve Years A Slave' Not Expected, 'Nebraska' Courted & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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A few weeks ago, we took out our crystal ball and speculated on what movies might be appearing at the Cannes Film Festival when it kicks off in about six weeks or so. We made some educated guesses, ruled some other movies out and tossed some ideas around as we wait for the official announcement from organizers later this month. Well, it appears a bit of a clearer picture is emerging -- sort of -- as a handful of titles have been ruled out.

Watch: Trailer For Spike Jonze Co-Directed Skateboarding Video 'Pretty Sweet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 11:19 AM
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While Spike Jonze has risen from a music video director to an acclaimed filmmaker, he's never forgotten his roots. He still finds time to produce the "Jackass" movies with his longtime friends, and dips his toes back into the music video world as well from time to time. His love of skateboarding hasn't wavered either: a longtime fan of BMX bikes and boards, Jonze is co-owner of the company Girl Skateboards. While we patiently wait for his next film "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix, the director grabbed a camera and got back out on the street just like the old days.

Synopsis For Spike Jonze's Film With Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Futuristic Setting, Official Title Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 1:28 PM
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Okay, this isn't entirely revealing stuff we sort of didn't already know, but considering how shrouded in mystery Spike Jonze's next feature is, this is a pretty nice new bit of official information. But before we get to it let's just recap for a moment. The new film, Jonze's first full length effort since 2009's sublime "Where the Wild Things Are," stars Joaquin Phoenix with a trio of leading ladies in "The Master" co-star Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. Plot details thus were said to center on a man who fell in love with a Siri-like voice. But that's not quite accurate.

Set Photos Unveil A Mustached Joaquin Phoenix In Spike Jonze's Untitled Romance

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 9:23 AM
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The return of Spike Jonze is an exciting prospect on its own but with Joaquin Phoenix as his lead and three leading ladies along side him in Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde, we're delightfully anticpating his upcoming, untitled project. Apparently centering a man who falls in love with a Siri-like computer voice presumably on an iPhone device, we now have a couple of set photos of a mustached Phoenix running around a subway station before lazing around on a Manhattan beach.

Olivia Wilde Joins Spike Jonze's Untitled iPhone Romance Film With Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara & Amy Adams

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 30, 2012 6:25 PM
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Filmmaker Spike Jonze is apparently not content to just settle for the most talented cast in Hollywood to join his next film. Evidently he wants the most beautiful one as well. In a Deadline report about Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions landing international rights from for Jonze's next untitled project, the trade drops the little nugget of info that Olivia Wilde has also joined the cast. 

Carey Mulligan Out, Rooney Mara In For Spike Jonze's Untitled Film With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams & Samantha Morton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 3:03 PM
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As far as switcheroos go, director Spike Jonze can't really complain as his upcoming untitled effort has lost one hot young actress, only to be replaced by another.

Samantha Morton & Amy Adams Line Up Untitled Spike Jonze Romance Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Carey Mulligan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 9:52 PM
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It has been three, far too long years since Spike Jonze's last feature film, the wonderful "Where The Wild Things Are" and while various videos and shorts he's done in the interim -- including "I'm Here" and "Scenes From The Suburbs" -- were nice holdovers, we're glad that his next movie, penned by Charlie Kaufman, appears to be taking shape. First announced over a year ago, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna shingle got things rolling by backing the project and over 2011 Joaquin Phoenix and Carey Mulligan came aboard. Now, two more great actresses appear to be boarding the film.

Carey Mulligan Joins Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & Spike Jonze's New Film Starring Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 4:01 AM
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It's hard to believe that just two years ago the world was waking up to Carey Mulligan. The actress seemed to come out of nowhere with her turn in Lone Scherfig's "An Education," and rather than try and go for big paydays in tentpole or franchise movies, Mulligan has wisely opted to work with filmmakers instead. Jim Sheridan ("Brothers"), Oliver Stone ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"), Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Steve McQueen ("Shame") now grace her filmography, with Baz Luhrmann being added this fall as she shoots "The Great Gatsby." And Mulligan isn't stopping there, as Variety report, she's adding two more helmers to the list.

Watch: Spike Jonze Co-Directed, Stop Motion Animated Short Film 'Mourir Auprès de Toi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 6:03 AM
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Earlier this spring, in the midst of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Critics Week sidebar, a sneak preview popped up online for "Mourir Aupres de Toi," a short film collaboration between director Spike Jonze and designer Olympia Le-Tan. Jonze has been busy since with a plethora of projects including music videos for the Beastie Boys and Kanye West and Jay-Z, that we kind of forgot about this. But the full-length short is now available to view in the comfort of your own home/office, and it's certainly worth clicking on during your next coffee break.

Watch: Jay-Z & Kanye West Drive Recklessly, Set Off Fireworks In Spike Jonze Directed "Otis"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 2:59 AM
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Also, Aziz Ansari Is There Too For Some ReasonIn case you feel off the planet Earth this week, you might have heard that Jay-Z and Kanye West released a new collaborative album under their new namesake The Throne. Entitled appropriately Watch The Throne you may have also heard that the album is what the kids like to call "shit hot." Well, as was reported not too long ago, Yeezy called up his old pal Spike Jonze to direct the video for the lead single "Otis" and frankly, it looks like they had a fucking blast making it.

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