Spike Jonze
American film and video director
Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze is an American director, producer and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Charlie Kaufman, which include the 1999 film Being John Malkovich (that gave him an Academy Award for Best Director nomination) and the 2002 film Adaptation, and as the co-writer/director of the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.
Biography
Spike Jonze's personal information overview.
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Spike Jonze debuts wild perfume ad starring Margaret Qualley
Yahoo News - 6 months
Director Spike Jonze has unveiled a wild four-minute perfume advertisement that stars actress Margaret Qualley.
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Spike Jonze, Cinema’s Big Kid, Gets a New Playground
NYTimes - 12 months
The director of “Being John Malkovich” and “Her” is helping to start a new cable channel from Vice Media.
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Sendak’s ‘Wild Things,’ Via Spike Jonze
NYTimes - about 1 year
The 2009 adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are” concludes Nitehawk Cinema’s Little Bookworms series
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Director Spike Jonze Talks Kodak Nostalgia
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Considering the Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 NYFW presentation was the first time that Spike Jonze saw some of his own archival 35mm photographs that inspired this season's collection, we've also been excited to hear his personal recollection of the imagery. "When I walked into the gallery where the show was, I was seeing some of those photos for the first time since I'd shot them," says Spike. "It was pretty trippy." But what has yet to be revealed is Spike's own personal stories behind some of the images that were translated into digital prints this season. Up until now, Spike's photos have been worth a thousand of his own words. But with the recent release of Photos by Spike, his self-directed video that showcases some of the photographs that were included in the presentation and collection, Spike caught up with Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon to touch on the photographs that inspired the collection. On the Opening Ceremony website, we provide the full inter ...
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John Malkovich Compares His Hit Movie To Bad Oral Sex
Huffington Post - about 1 year
John Malkovich recently sat down for an, um, interesting interview with Rolling Stone.  The movie star and director spoke with the magazine about making the trippy cult classic, "Being John Malkovich," as well as the effect it had on his own reputation. The 1999 film, which follows a puppeteer who discovers a portal to movie star John Malkovich's brain, was written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze in his feature film directorial debut. Malkovich told Rolling Stone that he was not only hesitant to film the actual movie, but also cautious about having his real name in the title of it.  "I never thought anybody would be goofy enough to actually film [the script]," the actor told Rolling Stone. "But I hadn't met Spike. And when they asked me to do it, I was slightly worried. Not at all about the tone or content, but the feeling of, if you do a film where your name is not above the title but in the title, then you may have some serious narcissistic tendencies which ...
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Vice Is Getting Its Own 24-Hour Cable Channel
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK -- Vice and A+E Networks announced Tuesday the creation of Viceland, a 24-hour cable channel set to debut next year.  Viceland will replace H2, which is owned by A+E Networks -- a joint partnership between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation -- and will be distributed to approximately 70 million homes, according to a news release.  Spike Jonze, a film director and longtime Vice collaborator, is slated to oversee Viceland’s development and said Tuesday the forthcoming channel should be more than a "collection of shows." "Our mission with the channel is not that different from what our mission is as a company: it’s us trying to understand the world we live in by producing pieces about things we’re curious about, or confused about, or that we think are funny," Jonze said. "And if it doesn't have a strong point of view then it shouldn't be on this channel." Vice, a digital media and youth marketing juggernaut, already produces documentaries, an HBO show an ...
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Storytelling Master Robert McKee Discusses Story, Writing Philosphy and Screenwriting
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. I had the pleasure of speaking one-on-one with acclaimed screenwriting lecturer Robert McKee, leading to an amazing discussion about his storytelling roots, seminars, philosophy, Hollywood, formulaic screenwriting, and even his appearance -- at least through the performance of Brian Cox -- and behind-the-scenes role in the Oscar-winning film Adaptation. Robert McKee occupies a unique position in modern storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen to influence all media. Marketing professionals and business leaders from all over the world read McKee's works and attend his packed international seminar ...
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Humans Don’t Want A Robot That Is Too Perfect
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Malfunctioning robots can be scary as heck -- just ask the Avengers, or the crew of Discovery One. But as it turns out, we actually tend to like flawed robots a little bit better than perfect ones. New research from the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, England, shows that humans prefer interacting with robots that make mistakes, express "boredom" or become overexcited. In the study, participants interacted with two types of robots. In the first phase, the robots didn’t make mistakes or express "emotions," but in the second phase, both robots let loose, so to speak. A robot called ERWIN -- short for Emotional Robot With Intelligent Network -- "failed" to remember participants' names and favorite colors during the second phase, and displayed a sad expression on its face. The other robot, MyKeepon, which is small and yellow, showed "happiness" by dancing and making joyful noises, and exhibited "sadness" by making unhappy noises, looking at the gr ...
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<em>Dirt</em> Magazine Answered All the Important Questions
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In the early '90s, one magazine helped change the scope of alternative publishing during the unpredictable era of print media with a simple question: "Would you chew up a nasty-tasting vitamin B-12 for $5? Yes or no?" The question, though random, seemed innocent enough. What no one predicted though, was that this survey would quickly spark a growing number of male teen magazine readers during a time where a published voice for young male readers was noticeably absent on magazine shelves. Dirt magazine, brother to the universally-adored Sassy, was the brainchild of young guns Spike Jonze, Andy Jenkins, and Mark Lewman. But to relive the birth of Dirt magazine in full graphic detail, one must go back to the late '80s, before Spike, Andy, and Mark were formally connected. Back in those days, Spike was just a 17-year-old Maryland BMX shop worker and Mark was simply a bike-obsessed high schooler from Michigan who wrote fan mail to a 20-year-old Freestylin' BMX magazine editor named A ...
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Pixel perfect: Five films with video game themes
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Amnesiac child prodigy and secret android Daryl gained a good portion of his considerable proficiency behind the wheel from having watched and played Pole Position on an Atari 800 home computer. Multimedia artist David O'Reilly oversaw the creation of a number of futuristic games for the characters of Spike Jonze's film. It might not have done too well in cinemas, but this comedy-drama about grief and recovery also starred Adam Sandler, alongside Don Cheadle and Liv Tyler, and made use of PlayStation 2 classic, "Shadow of the Colossus," which shared some themes with the film as a whole.
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Oscars 2014: With 'Her,' Spike Jonze gets into relationships
LATimes - about 3 years
The director of a unique love story involving a man and his computer's operating system talks of striving to create a world that, despite its comforts, still reflects the 'need for connection.' Spike Jonze's idiosyncratic risk-taking has been rewarded with broad acclaim throughout his career, including two Directors Guild of America nods and four Oscar nominations (three this year alone for "Her"). Still, he's not immune to doubt.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Spike Jonze
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 44
    On March 2, 2014, Jonze won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, which marks his first win.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Jonze played a role in The Wolf of Wall Street.
    Jonze won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for Her.
    More Details Hide Details Jonze has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Her, as producer for Best Picture, writer for Best Original Screenplay, and lyric writer for Best Original Song.
    He has been nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Director for Being John Malkovich, and Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song ("The Moon Song") for Her. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Her.
    More Details Hide Details Jonze was born on October 22, 1969 in Rockville, Maryland, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and in Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania. His father, Arthur H. Spiegel III, was a distant relation of the Spiegel catalog family, and founded APM Management Consultants. His mother, Sandra L. Granzow, is a writer, communications consultant in developing countries, and artist. His brother, Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegel, is a producer and DJ. He also has a sister, Julia. His father was from a German Jewish family, while his mother has German, Scottish, and English ancestry. Jonze attended the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California. When he was a junior in high school (Walt Whitman High School), Jonze spent time at a Bethesda community store, where the former owner Mike Henderson gave him his nickname "Spike Jonze" in reference to Spike Jones. He fronted Club Homeboy, an international BMX club, with Mark "Lew" Lewman and Andy Jenkins, both co-editors of Freestylin' Magazine in the mid- to late 1980s, where Jonze worked as a photographer. The three also created the youth culture magazines Homeboy and Dirt (the latter of which was described as "Sassy Magazine for boys," being published by the same company and distributed in cellophane bags with the landmark magazine for young women).
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In 2011, it was reported that he was dating Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, but they have since broken up.
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    In 2010, he made a 28-minute short titled Scenes from the Suburbs, inspired by the Arcade Fire album The Suburbs.
    More Details Hide Details Scenes from his short were used in the music video to the album's title song, "The Suburbs". A dystopian vision of suburbia in the near-future, the short was co-written by Jonze, Win Butler, and Will Butler. Expanding on the themes of nostalgia, alienation, and childhood, the short premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and saw its online premiere at MUBI on June 27, 2011. Jonze is good friends with Björk and frequently works with her. He has directed three videos for her and she contributed the theme song for Jonze's Being John Malkovich film. In 2011, Jonze collaborated with the Beastie Boys for the release of their Santigold collaboration, "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win." In a similar fashion to Jonze's work with Arcade Fire, he directed both "short and epic-length videos" to partner with the single.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 38
    Jonze began dating Michelle Williams in July 2008, after the death of Heath Ledger. They met on the set of Synecdoche, New York, which Williams starred in and Jonze produced. Williams called the timing of their relationship "impossible", and ended it in September 2009.
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    In 2008 he co-produced a new video for the Chocolate Skateboards "Easy Steady", direct by Ty Evans and Federico Vitetta in Milan, featuring the song "Felicità" by Bugo.
    More Details Hide Details Jonze directed Where the Wild Things Are, which opened in the United States on October 16, 2009. It was arguably his most anticipated film to date, the product of an almost decade long collaboration with author Maurice Sendak. The film received generally favorable reviews, and appeared on many critics' end-of-the-year top ten lists. In July 2009, Jonze acquired the rights to make a film adaptation of the Shane Jones novel Light Boxes. However, Jonze, in an interview with Times Online, said that Ray Tintori was no longer a director for that project as expected. In an interview with Interview Magazine in June 2010, Jones said the film option had been dropped.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    He has a speaking part along with Dave Eggers in the Beck song "The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton" from his 2006 album, The Information.
    More Details Hide Details He appears in the "Exoskeleton" part. Since 2007, he has been the creative director at VBS.tv, an online television network supplied by Vice and funded by MTV. Spike Jonze was part of the Detour-Moleskine project in New York in 2007. The project invites authors to compile and illustrate Moleskine notebooks to provide an intimate insight into the artists' creative process.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    At the 2001 Grammy Awards, the music video for Weapon of Choice won Best Short Form Music Video.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    On June 26, 1999, Jonze married director Sofia Coppola, whom he had first met in 1992. On December 5, 2003, the couple filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."
    More Details Hide Details The character of John, a career-driven photographer (Giovanni Ribisi) in Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), was rumored to be based on Jonze, though Coppola commented ”It’s not Spike, but there are elements of him there, elements of experiences".
    The resulting clip was a huge success, and "Koufey" and his troupe were invited to New York City to perform the song for the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The video received awards for Best Direction, Breakthrough, and Best Choreography, which Jonze accepted, still in character. Jonze made a mockumentary about the experience called Torrance Rises.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born in 1969.
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