An Education wasn’t Carey Mulligan‘s first film, but it’s the one that launched her to the top of every director’s wishlist. Since that coming-of-age tale opened in 2009, she’s been picking up one juicy role after another. This year saw her starring opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and earning praise for her bold performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame, and she’s currently at work playing the ultimate girl who got away in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Now she’s lining up her next two jobs, and they sound every bit as promising as her previous gigs: the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis, and an untitled Spike Jonze picture. More details after the jump.

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It’s been months since we heard anything about Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), the stop-motion animated short film that Spike Jonze co-directed with Simon Cahn, based in part on the work of fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan.

The short features cut-felt characters animated as if they’ve come alive from the covers of books on a shelf; the setting is the famed Shakespeareand Company bookshop that sits on the south side of the river Seine in Paris, right by Notre Dame. The short is a gorgeous little piece of work; it is pretty and sad and completely absurd. You can see it in full after the break. (Note that it is also vaguely NSFW due to some, uh, skeleton sex.) Read More »

A new take on one of the most famous stories of all time, one of our favorite filmmakers starts to think about a project down the road, Catwoman puts another possible project on her plate and a four time Oscar-nominee gets another shot at gold. After the jump, read about these casting bits:

  • Chris Noth and Neve Campbell are in talks for Titanic: Blood and Steel, a prequel mini-series
  • Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be circling a new Spike Jonze project
  • Anne Hathaway might star in a new romantic comedy being re-written by a 30 Rock writer
  • Annette Bening is attached to the Douglas McGrath’s new film Worst Year Of My Life

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Spike Jonze and the Beastie Boys go way back, to 1994, ‘Sabotage,’ and the first volleys of a revival of the ’70s movie aesthetic. Their latest melding of the minds is a stop-motion animated video for the recent Beasties track ‘Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win,’ in which the band, guest Santigold and a host of other characters are all brought to life via old-school action figures. (Think big early Mego figures and first-wave G.I. Joes.)

The clip starts off pretty tame, but eventually veers into Dead Snow territory. Sound intriguing? Hit the jump. Read More »

After “quitting” acting in a big, public way, Joaquin Phoenix is navigating an impressive comeback. He’s currently shooting Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and now he’s also attached to star in the latest collaboration between screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze. The film, an untitled political satire, is being financed by Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and Warner Bros. has also reportedly come on board, aiming at a March 2012 start date. Read more after the break. Read More »

Spike Jonze has finally released his 28-minute short film Scenes From the Suburbs online on Mubu. The short is a collaboration with members of the recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire — Bandleader Win Butler wrote the film with his brother William Butler, and the Amblin-esque story follows a group of suburban kids during a dystopian summer where “military control of their town makes the lazy days more aimless than ever.” Read More »

The latest film from Spike Jonze is Scenes From the Suburbs, a 28-minute short created in collaboration with members of the recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire. Bandleader Win Butler wrote the film with his brother William Butler, and the story follows suburban kids during one summer where military control of their town makes the lazy days more aimless than ever. Win Butler narrates the trailer for the film, which you can see after the break. Read More »

OK, we really need to send a giant ‘thank you’ bouquet to Megan Ellison. Her company, Annapurna Pictures, is reportedly financing two Paul Thomas Anderson films (The Master and Inherent Vice) and is backing Wong Kar Wai’s new film The Grandmasters as well as pictures like The Wettest County in the World and Cogan’s Trade. In short, if you like ambitious, literate films, she and her team are on your side.

Now the company is negotiating a deal for rights to “an untitled satire” that will mark the reunion of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation director and screenwriter Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Get a few more details after the break. Read More »

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