Lena Dunham‘s Girls has had its share of notable guest starring roles: Patrick Wilson as Joshua, June Squibb as Grandma Flo, Donald Glover as Sandy, Gaby Hoffman as Caroline Sackler, Chris O’Dowd as Thomas-John, Colin Quinn as Ray’s cranky boss, John Cameron Mitchell as Hannah’s editor and Rita Wilson as a believably uptight mother to Marnie. HBO has already signed quite a few bigger name guest stars for Season 4 of the comedy series. The list so far includes Gillian Jacobs as Mimi-Rose, Jason Ritter as Scott, Zachary Quinto as unannounced and Natasha Lyonne as Rickey. Today we learn that filmmaker Spike Jonze has been added to that list. Learn more about Spike Jonze Girls guest starring role on, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
To date, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is the only Jackass movie with a plotline, and the only one to be nominated for an Oscar. But one way it doesn’t differ from the other Jackass movies is the amount of footage shot for it.
Like Jackasses 2 and 3, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa had enough leftovers for a not-quite-sequel, dubbed Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5. Featuring Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Oscar winner Spike Jonze, the new film arrives in just a couple of weeks. Today, we have the first Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 trailer. Watch it after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
If Spike Jonze‘s Her left you yearning for a virtual Scarlett Johansson of your very own, we have some good news. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spends a lot of time pondering such things, a Samantha-like A.I. could be available as early as 2029. Other aspects of the movie, like the foul-mouthed video game character, could be available even sooner, around 2020.
Kurzweil made his predictions in his review of the sci-fi romance, which he regarded as “more realistic” than other cinematic depictions of A.I. Still, he had a few bones to pick with Jonze’s movie, including its ending. Find out why after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Spike Jonze‘s fantastic films have made legions of fans. But a new video making the rounds online could give him the respect of non-fans as well. Jonze appeared via Satellite on BBC Newsnight with Emily Maitlis and had a feeling the anchor hadn’t seen his movie, Her, or at least wasn’t being honest about it. So he kept asking her what she felt about the movie, which she avoided in favor of questions about the technology. It’s super awkward and a very ballsy move by Jonze, who could have easily avoided the conflict. Taking the stance clearly throws him off. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
This is just a sweet way to spend a few minutes. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang “The Moon Song” for the Spike Jonze film Her, and today on KCRW the two spent an hour or so chatting to the radio station’s hosts and listeners. Part of their sit-in at the station was an intimate performance of “The Moon Song” with Jonze playing guitar along with production designer KK Bennet as Karen O sang. Watch a video of the performance below. Read More »
By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.
In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.
Posted on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
The Spike Jonze film Her is absolutely wonderful, a speculative love story that is a terrific piece of low-key science fiction, and one of the best films of 2013. it is also super-easy to parody, because it is very earnest, and also features a relatively compact visual language. With a color-coded set, some well-chosen wardrobe, and a mustache, a filmmaker can make just about anyone look like the Joaquin Phoenix character.
This past weekend, SNL dressed up Jonah Hill in appropriate garb and threw him into a new parody of Her. The concept here is simple, and pays off with a cameo appearance that goes back a few years into Hill’s past. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Much attention has been paid to Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson‘s exceptional performances, Casey Storm‘s eye-catching costumes, and Spike Jonze‘s eloquent script, but the soundtrack for Her – from Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, Karen O., and others — deserves some love too. Happily, the latest behind-the-scenes featurette spotlights one particularly lovely instrumental track, playing it over film footage and behind-the-scenes clips.
The feel of that particular video is wistful and bittersweet, but one of the best things about Her is that it’s also got a great sense of humor. Jonze seems to know exactly how seriously to take the film’s far-fetched conceit. But if he’d taken things a step further into comic side, he might’ve come up with something like Him, a parody sequel that imagines a woman falling for her operating system.
Watch both the Her featurette and the fake Him trailer after the jump.