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 »
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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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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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 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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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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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Like a lot of filmmakers, Spike Jonze started out directing music videos and commercials, and also like a lot of filmmakers, he still likes to return to short-form projects from time to time. Recently, he teamed up with French fashion house Kenzo to help promote their new fragrance, Kenzo World. But what they came up with isn’t your typical perfume ad, with sexy models lounging around and whispering seductive nonsense phrases. It starts out looking like it could be one, but then turns into something much weirder and cooler than that.
Basically, imagine Jonze’s own “Weapon of Choice” music video, but with the manic, expressive choreography of Sia’s “Chandelier.” Then drop The Nice Guys actress (and trained ballerina) Margaret Qualley into the middle of it all, and that’s the new Spike Jonze perfume ad right there. In other words, it’s something you definitely want to put in front of your eyeballs right this second. Click ahead to do just that. Read More »
Unfortunately, we have no idea when/if we’ll get another feature film from Spike Jonze, the director who brought us Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. That’s definitely a bummer, but to hold us over, Spike Jonze brought his filmmaking talents to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert by shooting a sweet short film to open the show instead of the usual lively title sequence. There’s even a familiar friendly face that makes an appearance to make it even more wonderful. Read More »
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Little known fact: Mondo rejects just as many, if not more, posters than they actually release. Some are posters that didn’t get approved by a star or studio. Others are different versions of a poster that actually was released. And sometimes Mondo and a company can’t settle on a design and it never sees the light of day.
At MondoCon this past weekend, Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam, the creative team behind Mondo, presented a panel called Mondo Talk about this very subject. However, what started as a way for fans to see the behind the scenes creation of a poster turned into, as Ishmael put it, “The depressing, what you could have had panel.”
They revealed a non-stop cavalcade of posters, concepts, licenses and more they tried to realize, but which failed for one reason for another. We’re talking Tyler Stout‘s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Krzysztof Domaradzki‘s officially licensed The Godfather, Spring Breakers, and various different iterations of Man of Steel. Below, check out a bunch of posters Mondo posters that never happened. Read More »
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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