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Go Behind-The-Scenes And Marvel At The Technical Achievements Of Spike Jonze’s Apple Ad

Recently, we shared the newest music video/commercial from Spike Jonze. While it was an ad for the new Apple HomePod, the video is yet another example of Jonze’s incredible creativity. The short video featured singer/dancer Fka Twigs dancing her way through her apartment, as the moves warped reality (and the apartment) around her. Upon first look, you’re taken by the dancing and the beauty of the video. However, soon you start to realize that Spike accomplished camera tricks and special effects that created this setting that ultimately left you wondering how he did it.
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‘Superfly’ Trailer: Blaxsploitation Film Get’s A 2018 Makeover In A Brand New City

Many of today’s most singular auteurs (like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, Antoine Fuqua, and Michel Gondry) fine-tuned their style by starting in the music video world before making a switch over to the film world. Now, prolific music video director Director X is joining the ranks with the remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film “Superfly.”

In the new teaser for the film, we can definitely see that this is a true reimagining of the original.
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The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Network: IFCEpisodes: 18 (half-hour)Seasons: ThreeTV show dates: October 1, 2010 — January 14, 2016Series status: CancelledPerformers include: David Cross, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison, Will Arnett, Spike Jonze, Amber Tamblyn, Russ Tamblyn, Steve Davis, Colin Salmon, Jon Hamm, Sara Pascoe, and Jack McBrayer.TV show description:This farcical black comedy follows perpetual loser Todd Margaret (David Cross). He lies quicker than he tells the truth.It opens with Todd on trial in UK for a laundry list of despicable crimes. The first two seasons then tell the story of the choices that landed him in such dire straits.Read More…
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Spike Jonze Behind the Scenes: Watch the Director Choreograph and Film His Apple Short Film

Spike Jonze Behind the Scenes: Watch the Director Choreograph and Film His Apple Short Film
Spike Jonze broke the internet earlier this month with the release of his Apple short film, “Welcome Home.” Starring Fka Twigs, the project acted as a commercial for Apple’s new HomePod speaker system and earned instant praise for its choreography and set design. The short features Fka Twigs dancing with her double as the music from Apple’s HomePod turns her apartment into a sliding dance hall.

AdWeek has premiered an exclusive short documentary about the making of “Welcome Home,” and it’s almost as mind-blowing as the short film itself. Jonze is seen working on the choreography with Fka Twigs and making sure her movements match the Anderson .Paak song to which the short is set. The footage confirms Jonze was his own camera operator and if you look closely you’ll spot “Dunkirk” cinematographer Hoyte von Hoytema on set advising Jonze.

You can watch the “Welcome Home” short below.
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Those Goofy Moves in Taylor Swift's "Delicate" Video Took a Lot of Practice

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Delicate Music Video Dance Rehearsal Part 1 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:43pm Pdt Taylor Swift's meme-worthy music video for "Delicate" may have a "dance like nobody's watching" vibe, but in truth, every single jerky movement and silly face was perfectly choreographed ahead of time. Swift took to Instagram to share a pair of videos from her dance rehearsals for the video, in which you see her master the robot, the puppet, and the over-the-top jazz moves that made the video an instant talking point. Of course, we knew that epic split on the hood of a cab probably took some prep (and it seems like she's been practicing it since her "Shake it Off" days), but even those childlike jumps in the rain were honed to perfection in a dance studio before the cameras rolled. Delicate Music Video Dance Rehearsal Part 2 ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ A post shared
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Fans Can't Shake off the Fact That Taylor Swift's "Delicate" Video Might Not Be Totally Original

It's hard to imagine that in Taylor Swift's "Wildest Deams" she'd ever deem herself a copycat, but that's exactly what fans are accusing her of after watching the music video for her song, "Delicate." Swifties and haters couldn't help but point out the similarities between Taylor's work and a 2016 Kenzo World perfume ad which featured actress Margaret Qualley and was directed by Spike Jonze. Although the concepts of the video and ad are a bit different, the choreography, costumes, and silly facial expressions are eerily similar. In the "Delicate" video, Taylor plays an international superstar who becomes invisible at a fancy event. She uses the time to kick off her shoes and dance around the room in a way she never would if she could be seen. Your crush is coming, act natural. A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:24pm Pdt However, in the ad,
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Is Taylor Swift's New Music Video Really a Rip-Off? You Be the Judge

This past weekend, Taylor Swift unveiled the music video for "Delicate," marking the fourth entry in her Reputation era. While the video is rife with cheeky references, a possible cameo by boyfriend Joe Alwyn, and plenty of meme-able moments, the entire release has been overshadowed by something much too big to ignore: accusations of plagiarism. In the wake of the music video's unveiling, critics were quick to compare "Delicate" to a handful of existing works. Some may be a stretch, but others are harder to ignore. Admittedly, the concept for the video is not new. There are plenty of pop culture pieces in the universe that meditate on fame and its obvious downsides, especially in the world of music. Consider, for instance, Lady Gaga's insane "Paparazzi" music video, in which tabloids claim she's "hit rock bottom" and "We love her again!" over the course of seven minutes. Everyone's got their take.
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Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ Music Video Faces Backlash Over Similarities to Spike Jonze’s 2016 Kenzo Short Film

Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ Music Video Faces Backlash Over Similarities to Spike Jonze’s 2016 Kenzo Short Film
Taylor Swift unveiled the new music video for her song “Delicate” during the iHeart Radio Music Awards on March 11, and it didn’t take long for the nearly four-minute clip to amass over 10 million views on YouTube. But some eagle-eyed viewers aren’t too happy about Swift’s latest video, which is once again directed by her longtime collaborator Joseph Kahn. The clip is facing backlash online for allegedly ripping off Spike Jonze.

Numerous viewers on social media are accusing Swift of ripping off Jonze’s Kenzo short film. Both videos feature a young woman acting out against society by performing a wild interpretive dance throughout numerous locations. Jonze’s short film, starring “The Leftovers” actress Margaret Qualley, was released in August 2016 and has earned over 11 million views.

New York Magazine video producer Kenny Wassus explained many of the similarities between the two videos in a Twitter thread in which
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Short Films Are the New Commercials! Watch Nike, Apple, and Walmart Shorts By Edgar Wright, Spike Jonze and Dee Rees

This past week a bunch of commercials have been released for some big brands including Walmart, Nike, and Apple. One of the things that I noticed is that these commercials are basically really well made short films.

We've got three Walmart shorts directed by Dee Rees (Mudbound), Nancy Meyers (The Intern), and Melissa McCarthy. Dee Rees has a really fun sci-fi short that I enjoyed a lot. There's a fun Nike short that was directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) that features Kobe BryantBill NyeKevin HartOdell Beckham Jr.Simone BilesGiannis Antetokounmpo and Sadie Sink. Then Spike Jonze (Her) lets his imagination fly in a short for Apple's HomePod. 

All of the commercials are entertaining. I like commercials like this as they are fun and engaging. Watch them all below and let us know what your favorite is!
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Watch: Edgar Wright and Spike Jonze Directed Great Commercials for Nike and Apple

Watch: Edgar Wright and Spike Jonze Directed Great Commercials for Nike and Apple
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. Edgar Wright Commercial Filmmakers Edgar Wright and […]

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Spike Jonze Teams With Apple For New Music Video

We haven’t had a Spike Jonze-directed feature film since 2013’s amazing “Her.” Since then, the filmmaker has kept busy with a short film, a couple commercials, and a few other projects. But watching anything directed by Jonze is still a rare treat. That’s why we were intrigued when we saw that Jonze teamed up with Apple to direct a commercial for their HomePod.

Now, when we say commercial, what we really mean is that Jonze has directed a 4-minute music video for the song “Til It’s Over” by Anderson .Paak, starring artist Fka Twigs.
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Watch This Gorgeous Spike Jonze-Directed Ad for Apple’s Homepod

I wish Spike Jonze released movies at a more frequent clip, especially since he’s currently 4-for-4 in his filmography. But with nothing on the horizon in terms of features, we’ll have to make due with Jonze’s mindblowing ads. A couple years ago, we got the electrifying ad for Kenzo, and today Apple has made use of Jonze’s talents for a four-minute ad promoting their new smart speaker, Homepod. The ad features Fka Twigs, who plays a woman going home to unwind after a long, hard day and listening to Anderson .Paak's "Til …
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Watch: Spike Jonze Directs Fka Twigs in New Apple HomePod Ad

Since Spike Jonze hasn’t announced a new feature project yet, we’ll simply have to survive with gorgeously-shot ads-meet-short films that display the exuberance of dance. Following up “My Mutant Brain” a few years ago, the Her and Where the Wild Things Are director is back, this time working with Apple for a HomePod ad.

Starring Fka twigs and featuring Anderson .Paak’s brand-new song “‘Til It’s Over,” it’s a rainbow-colored trip breaking from a routine reality. Utilizing Jonze’s particular brand of inventive set design and eye for movement, it’s a treat. Check out the ad below while we wait for him to finish up his Frank Ocean concert film, or whatever it ends up being.
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Spike Jonze Returns For A Surreal Apple Short Film Starring Double Fka Twigs — Watch

Spike Jonze Returns For A Surreal Apple Short Film Starring Double Fka Twigs  — Watch
Spike Jonze still hasn’t announced any formal plans for his next feature film, but he is making the wait a little easier with the debut of a new commercial for Apple’s HomePod system. Anyone familiar with Jonze’s advertisement work, especially his beloved Kenzo ad with Margaret Qualley, should know not to expect your typical Apple commercial

The HomePod ad is more like a short film and even acts as a music video for Anderson .Paak’s new single “Til It’s Over.” The four-minute clip follows singer-songwriter Fka Twigs as her apartment transforms into a surreal space and she meets her body double. The two proceed to have a dance off.

In the years since Jonze was last in theaters with “Her” in 2013, he’s mostly stuck to producing roles on Viceland shows and documentaries like Netflix’s “Jim and Andy.” The director was spotted last summer
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Jon Kamen, Wendi Deng Murdoch sign up for Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event

34 short and feature projects were announced in Berlin.

Film producer Wendi Deng Murdoch, RadicalMedia CEO Jon Kamen and Netflix acquisition executive Funa Maduka will be among 150 film professional guests attending the Doha Film Institute’s talent incubator event Qumra, running March 9—14 this year.

The industry experts, from across the film production and distribution chain, will mentor 34 short and feature projects by mainly first and second-time directors. The full list of projects participating this year was announced during the Berlinale.

“In the fourth edition of Qumra, we continue to see remarkable participation from the world’s leading film industry professionals that generously contribute to the growth of the film industry in Qatar and the region,” said Dfi CEO Fatma Al Remaihi, in a release detailing Qumra’s industry programme this year.

“This is an incredible opportunity for emerging filmmakers to not only have the guidance of legendary names in cinema nurture their projects, but also to gain
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Best Original Screenplay Oscar nail-biter: Not so fast ‘Get Out,’ there’s still ‘Three Billboards’

Since 2010 the Writers Guild of America has correctly predicted the winners of both screenplay races at the Oscars twice. The first time being in 2012 with Woody Allen winning Original Screenplay for “Midnight in Paris” along with Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash winning Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants.” The second time was in 2016 with Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer winning Original Screenplay for “Spotlight” as well as Adam McKay & Charles Randolph winning Adapted Screenplay for “The Big Short.” So what does that mean for this year’s WGA winners, Jordan Peele for “Get Out” and James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name”?

SEEEditors clash predicting Best Original Screenplay: Will Oscar go to ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ … ?

Call Me By Your Name” is essentially a lock for Best Adapted Screenplay according to our combined Oscar predictions. And “Get Out,” which just won the WGA for Original Screenplay, appears to
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Versatile boards Ninja Thyberg porn world drama 'Jessica' (exclusive)

Lead producing from Erik Hemmendorff & Ruben Östlund’s Plattform Produktion.

Versatile has boarded world sales of Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s debut feature Jessica expanding on her previous award-winning shorts exploring sexuality and the adult film world such as Hingsten and Pleasure.

Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund’s Plattform Produktion, which is riding high on Oscar-nominated The Square, is lead producing with Netherlands-based Lemming Film and Sweden’s Film I Väst on board as co-producers, with the support of the Swedish Film Institute.

The story follows 20-year-old Jessica, an uninhibited young woman from a small town in Sweden who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of making it as a professional porn star.

This quest pushes Jessica to her limits, sexually and personally, as she experiences how it feels to be wanted and desired and part of a special tribe. She learns quickly that pandering to the men in the industry helps advance her career
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Meryl Streep in ‘Adaptation’: A look back at her 13th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Adaptation’: A look back at her 13th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 13 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1998, journalist Susan Orlean authored “The Orchid Thief,” based on her investigation of oddball horticulturalist John Laroche who, hellbent on finding and cloning the rare ghost orchid for profit, was arrested in 1994 for allegedly poaching the endangered orchids at a state preserve in Florida. The book, an instant best seller, was hailed not only for its engrossing profile of Laroche but also the other many colorful characters the author came across along the way and Orlean’s own introspection as she yearned for the same enthusiasm in life that these plant aficionados felt.

Not long after its release, filmmaker Jonathan Demme
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2018 Oscars: Should Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu present Best Director (to Guillermo del Toro)? [Poll]

2018 Oscars: Should Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu present Best Director (to Guillermo del Toro)? [Poll]
Now that he’s won the Directors Guild Award, Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) is a virtual lock for the Oscar equivalent. If he prevails, he’ll join his fellow Three Amigos Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro G. Inarritu as Best Director winners. But will the academy have Cuaron and Inarritu present the category and literally welcome their pal into the club at the ceremony? More importantly, should they?

Tapping Cuaron and Inarritu to present Best Director is awfully presumptuous, but the academy is not above stunts like this. The Oscars love doing that wink-wink even though producers don’t know the winners when plotting out the show; they can only assume like you and me and hope it works out.

Eleven years ago, the Oscars trotted out Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas to present Best Director to their overdue friend Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”). Eight years ago,
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Sundance Was More Diverse Than Ever, So Why Is No One Talking About It?

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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has passed, and a quiet year for deals and buzz led some to speculate films focused on people of color and women were the reason for fewer acquisitions. “Who are these movies for?” griped an influential distributor to Variety. On Twitter, “Blindspotting” producer Keith Calder perfectly summed up the fallacy in that question: “White male privilege is thinking a movie that doesn’t appeal to you is a movie that doesn’t appeal to anyone. If you are a film executive attending Sundance… at least have the class and self-respect to not anonymously trash those movies in the press.” (“Blindspotting” eventually sold to Lionsgate at the end of the festival.)

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

The anonymous buyer’s comments — and Calder’s subsequent rebuke — highlight underlying growing pains for a festival angling for more diverse programming,
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