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Exclusive: David Fincher Directing Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" Video Featuring Jay-Z

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2013 11:04 AM
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It's hard to belive that it was seven years ago when Justin Timberlake dropped FutureSex/LoveSounds, his chart topping sophomore album, but since then the pop star turned actor, lining up parts in a wide range of films from the B-movie sleze of "Black Snake Moan," to the comedies "Bad Teacher" and "Friends With Benefits," to the sci-fi "In Time" and the baseball drama "Trouble With The Curve." And while 2013 will see him appear in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Timberlake is headed back to where he started, with a new album The 20/20 Experience dropping in the spring. And he's roped in the helmer who helped him achieve his finest performance to date, to lens the first video for the album.

Ron Howard Directing A Jay-Z Concert Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 5:08 PM
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"I'ma up at Brooklyn, now I'm down in Tribeca/Right next to De Niro, but I'll be hood forever," Jay-Z raps on "Empire State Of Mind" and certainly the man who grew up in the Marcy Houses is rolling in a new area code, with some considerably more upper crust friends. And while this pairing still seems sort of odd, Shawn Carter is able to grab this kind of talent these days.

Watch: Video For Jay-Z & Kanye West's 'No Church In The Wild' Directed By Romain Gavras

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 8:46 PM
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Director Romain Gavras is no stranger to helming provocative material, being the man behind M.I.A.'s redhead killing "Born Free" and the helmer of "Notre Jour Viendre" but he's upping the stakes for "No Church In The Wild," the latest single from the team up of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

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.

Kanye West & Jay-Z Apparently Fans Of 'Blades Of Glory,' Film Sampled For "Watch The Throne"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2011 4:27 AM
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If you glanced at Twitter or any of your RSS feeds today, you may noticed that the internet is currently buzzing as Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaborative album Watch The Throne hit iTunes at midnight today and everyone was rocking it on their way to work this morning. Early word is strong on the album, which isn't surprising, and the album boasts a number of excellent samples which again, isn't that shocking. But one element that has been turning heads? The use of a bit of dialogue from Will Ferrell and Jon Heder's figure skating comedy "Blades Of Glory."

Spike Jonze Has Directed "Otis" For Kanye West & Jay-Z

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 2, 2011 1:40 AM
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While things seemed to have been quiet for Spike Jonze since his 2009 adaptation of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” the director has been very busy in the last year or so, making a return to the sort of short form film projects and music videos that gave him his street cred. 2010 saw Jonze delivering the lovely short "I'm Here" and working with Arcade Fire on their “Scenes from the Suburbs” flick, while this year he co-directed the short “Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next),” made the memorable Beastie Boys action figure video "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" and has a brewing Charlie Kaufman-penned feature with Joaquin Phoenix attached to star. But when Yeezy comes calling, you gotta pick up the phone.

Will Smith Eyes 'Annie' Remake For Willow Smith; Jay-Z In Talks To Do The Music

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 3:22 AM
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With Jaden Smith already on his way to become a box office force to be reckoned with like his dad, Will Smith is looking to his other other offspring to turn into a moneymaking machine too. Willow Smith already turned heads with her single/video "Whip My Hair" and so no surprise, the youngster is already being eyed for big screen musical project. You gotta strike while the iron is hot.

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