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Rosie Perez Is A Big Fan of 'The Fighter'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 20, 2011 7:01 AM
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Last night, the beautifully designed, newly re-opened Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a screening of “The Fighter,” the first film in their David O. Russell retrospective. That screening was followed by an hour-long conversation between Russell himself and long-time friend and filmmaker Spike Jonze. Jonze interviewed Russell on the condition that when Jonze had a new film out, the Museum would do his retrospective and Russell would return the favor and interview him. (Keep up the great programming, guys, seriously.) It was a candid, funny chat that zig-zagged through Russell’s entire career, starting with his Sundance splash “Spanking the Monkey” through his latest film, boxing drama “The Fighter.”

The Spike Jonze-Directed Arcade Fire Short 'Scenes From The Suburbs' To Premiere At Berlin Film Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 2:53 AM
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You gotta hand it to Arcade Fire. The hard-working indie rockers pretty much write their own playbook and their growing success has allowed them to work on their own terms with likeminded collaborators. Earlier this year they tapped Terry Gilliam to direct a webcast of their Madison Square Garden gig, but long before that, they were hard at work with Spike Jonze on a secretive short film based around the loose themes of their latest album "The Suburbs."

David Fincher Responds To Robert Duvall's "Too Many Takes Is The Enemy Of Acting" Comments

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 18, 2010 4:15 AM
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Spike Jonze Initially Tried To Talk Fincher Out Of Making 'The Social Network'; Director Says He Warned Justin Timberlake About His Tough MethodWhat a grouping in New York yesterday evening. Last night, Spike Jonze moderated a post-"The Social Network" Q&A with director David Fincher and star Jesse Eisenberg. If that's not enough talent in one room we're not sure what is (photos courtesy of the honorable Mr. Jeff Wells). We were in attendance for what was a spirited and lively discussion of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and the idea of subjective truths in Aaron Sorkin's screenplay (it should be noted, while Sorkin at the New York Film Festival insisted everything in the script was of the utmost veracity, Fincher seemed at ease with describing the film as their version of the events that took place).

Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman Hoping To Re-team On Secret New Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 9:18 AM
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The relationship between director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman has resulted in two of the greatest meta-comedies of all time: 1999's "Being John Malkovich" and 2002's "Adaptation." And while the two have tackled their own projects in recent years with Jonze bringing the wild, tortured heart of "Where The Wild Things Are" to the big screen and Kaufman directing his personal project "Synecdoche, New York" (which Jonze produced and at one time, was considering directing), it looks like the duo are set re-team in their familiar roles as director and writer.

Watch: Spike Jonze Directed Video For Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 19, 2010 1:57 AM
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After a rather bombastic, portentous second album, "Neon Bible," indie-rock favorites Arcade Fire came back in force this year with the excellent "The Suburbs," a near-concept record that paired the band's usual apocalyptic themes with images from suburban life. It sounds like it shouldn't work, but it's one of the strongest records of the year, and is likely to top a lot of critics' polls by the end of December.

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