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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.

Watch: Spike Jonze's Action Figure Vid For Beastie Boys 'Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win' Rules

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 3:01 AM
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A couple of weeks ago it was revealed that Spike Jonze had reteamed with the Beastie Boys for the first time in over a decade, directing the video for the Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 cut “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” featuring Santigold. Well, with previous efforts with the hip hop group resulting in the now classic videos for "Sabotage" and "Sure Shot," Jonze has once again created an inventive, hilarious and memorable clip for the band.

Joaquin Phoenix Attached To Star In Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman's Untitled Satire

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 7:35 AM
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Film Now Has A Home At Warner Bros.Bravo, Joaquin Phoenix, bravo. After effectively putting himself into the wilderness following the faux/mock-doc "I'm Still Here," he is marking his comeback by choosing a variety of fantastic projects. He's currently filming Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," he's going to reteam with James Gray on the period drama "Low Life," and now he's lined up another outstanding project.

Spike Jonze Directing Video For New Beastie Boys Single... With Action Figures

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 10:32 AM
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We might be a couple of years away from Spike Jonze's last feature, the tremendous "Where the Wild Things Are," with only the loosest of movements towards his next, a reunion with writer Charlie Kaufman, but the director hasn't been idle. He's helmed a terrific short film, "I'm Here," as well as collaborations with two of the best bands around, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, on "Drunk Girls" and "Scenes of the Suburbs." And now, it looks like the director's coming full circle, teaming up once again with one of the bands with whom he launched his music video directing career.

First Look & Teaser For Spike Jonze Co-Directed Animated Short 'Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next)'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 2:41 AM
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If you're heading to the Cannes Film Festival and just taking a look at the official selection, you're only getting a very small sampling of a plethora of movie options at your disposal on the Croisette. The Cannes market has a boatload of films (if you can manage to squeeze into any of the industry/buyer only screenings), there's numerous special programs and there's also the Critic's Week sidebar focusing on first and second directors (with "Take Shelter" taking the top prize this year). So given all the distraction, a new animated short co-directed by Spike Jonze completely missed our radar.

Deluxe Edition Of Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' Lands In June, With DVD Copy Of Spike Jonze Short

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 20, 2011 1:03 AM
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It feels like years since rumors started flying that Spike Jonze would be collaborating with Montreal's favorite sons Arcade Fire on a short film inspired by their latest album -- and indeed, the project was first revealed over a year ago. We've had a glimpse of the final product (entitled "Scenes From The Suburbs"), in the form of the video for the title track from the album, and the film premiered at SXSW last month, but with the group now anointed as one of the biggest bands in the world, following their surprise success at the Grammys, it feels like about time you and me got to see the full thing, right?

Watch: Spike Jonze Short For Opening Ceremony, Darren Aronofsky Directs Ad For Yves Saint Laurent

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 17, 2011 6:32 AM
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With only 3 feature films to his credit over the last 12 years, Spike Jonze has still managed to keep busy in the world of commercials and the occasional music video. His latest is a collaboration between world reknown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and famed LA dancer Lil Buck. (As a member of The Playlist staff put it "that kid is like spaghetti.") It's more a case of Jonze assembling these two artists in one place and less of a Jonze directed short film, but it's still pretty unbelievable to watch. Jonze says this of the project, "The other day, I was lucky enough to be at an event to bring the arts back into schools and got to see an amazing collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young dancer in LA, Lil Buck. Someone who knows Yo-Yo Ma had seen Lil Buck on YouTube and put them together. The dancing is Lil Buck's own creation and unlike anything I've seen. Hope you enjoy."

SXSW Review: Spike Jonze & Arcade Fire's 'Scenes From The Suburbs' An Intense Look At Fading Youth

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 18, 2011 1:20 AM
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While technically not a full-length feature, Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire music video/short film/spin-off/thingee "Scenes from the Suburbs" is one of the most hotly anticipated and frequently discussed entries in this year's SXSW line-up, so much so that they paired it with three other medium-length "shorts" and created a whole new distinction for them. (Since they're longer than shorts but shorter than features.) "What is it?", is the biggest question, but "Will it work?" was just as pressing.

Watch: Grim & Carefree Trailer For Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short Film 'Scenes From the Suburbs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 1:48 AM
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Riding high off their Grammy win, and with a post-celebratory jaunt around the world this spring and summer, Arcade Fire show no signs of slowing down any time soon. And they still have more in store for their fans including the Spike Jonze-directed short film "Scenes From The Suburbs" which first appeared in an abbreviated form in the video for "The Suburbs."

Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman Satire May Find Financing With Annapurna Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 10:15 AM
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'Frank & Francis' No Longer At Sony, Seeking A New HomeLook out Harvey Weinstein, there is a young whippersnapper on your heels. Megan Ellison, the woman behind Annapurna Pictures, has been on a buying streak of late, picking up and/or stepping behind esteemed projects that have earned the attention of cinephiles including John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and his untitled Scientology project. Now Ellison is circling another project from a celebrated pair of auteurs.

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