beastie boys story trailer

Ch-ch-check it out: Spike Jonze made a live documentary about the iconic hip-hop group for Apple TV+. The Beastie Boys made their mark on the popular music scene with their brand of experimental hip-hop, and rose to fame through the ’80s and ’90s. In the unique live documentary Beastie Boys StoryJonze charts their rise to fame, their fall, and the legacy that they left behind with surviving members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz taking the stage to speak about the band to a live audience. Watch the Beastie Boys Story trailer below.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we follow an ex-boxer turned enforcer, find out why “So What Cha Want” is my favorite Beastie Boys single, develop a nasty swallowing habit, protect the family at all costs, and then get B-movie silly with an import from China.

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Beastie Boys Documentary

You won’t have to fight for your right to see a documentary about the hip-hop group Beastie Boys from Oscar-winning Her and Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze, but you will have to pay for a movie ticket or Apple TV+ subscription.

A new documentary called Beastie Boys Story has been picked up by Apple for release in select IMAX theaters this spring, and afterwards it will be exclusively available to stream on Apple TV+. Read More »

spike jonze imax

IMAX is going arthouse. On the heels of the entertainment technology company’s collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson to screen the experimental one-reeler Anima starring Thom Yorke of Radiohead, IMAX announced a partnership with filmmaker Spike Jonze. Jonze will serve as the company’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence to help the company “identify new creative opportunities and partnerships across its platform.”

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Spike Jonze Music Video

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how director Spike Jonze shot a music video with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in a single shot. Plus, Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor breaks down Ned Stark’s final scene from all the way back in the first season of the HBO series, and watch the Freaks and Geeks mini-reunion panel from C2E2 in Chicago last weekend. Read More »

mid90s story

Jonah Hill made a triumphant directorial debut with mid90s, which held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. But things may have turned out completely different if it wasn’t for Spike Jonze. The Where the Wild Things Are director may not have a writing credit for the coming-of-age film, but he apparently played a pivotal part in shaping the mid90s story.

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Spike Jonze Commercial

Edgar Wright and Spike Jonze released new projects in the last few days, but not on the big screen. The Baby Driver and Her filmmakers have turned their talents towards commercials, filming ads for Nike and HomePod, respectively. Watch both the Edgar Wright commercial and the Spike Jonze commercial below.

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jim and andy the great beyond trailer

While tales of Jared Leto going method regularly circulate the internet to the delight and rage of fans everywhere, there are instances where actors can go overboard. Jim Carrey‘s transformative performance as renowned comedian Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon garnered him critical acclaim and a Golden Globe award, but the process through which he gave that performance has remained behind closed doors.

“Universal didn’t want the footage we took behind-the-scenes to surface so that people wouldn’t think I was an asshole,” Carrey reveals in the trailer for Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. Together with director Chris Smith, Carrey examines the footage of him inhabiting the role of Kaufman for the first time, as he reflects on his identity as a comedian and actor.

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spike jonze live dance film

Spike Jonze is a multi-talented writer, director, and now, a dance show producer.

The award-winning director behind such fare as Her and Being John Malkovich tried his hand at creating a “live dance film” for the first time, on the set of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. And the result is a short film as abstract and eccentric as you’d expect, grounded by charming performances from Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield

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ace ventura 2

Some of our greatest directors get their starts in the most unexpected places. For Spike Jonze, it could have been by directing the sequel to Jim Carrey‘s slapstick comedy classic Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, if fate didn’t have its way.

In other words, Jonze could have won his Oscar 19 years earlier than he did when he brought home the trophy in 2013 for Her.

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