"It's like the studio was expecting a boy, and I gave birth to a girl. And now they're learning to love and accept their daughter."
— Director Spike Jonze on his struggles with Warner Brothers, who wanted his adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's classic Where the Wild Things Are to be more like Shrek and Madagascar than an avant-garde film. Jonze, however, wanted to stay true to the original book and to make a film that didn't talk down to children. What do you think of his arresting analogy?
Spike Jonze carried Matilda on his shoulders while Michelle Williams ran errands around NYC yesterday. Matilda looked happy as can be, playfully pulling Spike's hair and laughing in her yellow mini Hunter wellies. When Michelle finally gets back to work filming Blue Valentine, it looks like Spike will make a great babysitter for Matilda when he's not busy with his own projects.
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Michelle Williams and Matilda squeezed under Spike Jonze's big umbrella as the trio stepped out for a walk in rainy NYC on Friday. On Saturday, Michelle was all by herself to pick up a few goodies to ensure a successful visit from the Easter bunny for Matilda the next day. Michelle keeps her hands full, but these days Spike always seems to be around to help out.
Um, I just about started crying at my desk right now, and it's all because of this brand-new trailer for Where the Wild Things Are. Set to a version of the Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," the trailer's full of striking shots of Max in his fuzzy costume and crown, romping on through the forest with giant, gorgeously rendered monsters. It's sweet and poignant and beautiful, and it gives me such hope for this movie, which I've long thought was too good to be true. Can it be Oct. 16 right now?
This adaptation is being brought to life by director Spike Jonze with a screenplay co-written by Dave Eggers. Word that the film was having troubles early on made me fear it would never make it to theaters, and having seen the trailer, I'm not surprised — this definitely doesn't look like a typical children's movie. But I'm not sure it's all that different from some of the darker movies of my childhood (I mean, we had Labyrinth). And everything is just so thoughtfully put together, right down to the font. Looks like this one definitely deserves its place as one of my most-anticipated entertainment moments of '09. To check out the trailer, just read more
Michelle Williams and Spike Jonze had big smiles on their faces as they walked through NYC yesterday and stopped for a kiss. Both Michelle and Spike have big movies coming out in October, and his Where the Wild Things Are has a teaser trailer, which will be shown before Monsters vs. Aliens. For the moment their highly anticipated movies — hers being Shutter Island with Leonardo — don't seem to be on their minds for a PDA happy walk.
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Michelle Williams's walks around Brooklyn are usually reserved for Matilda, but yesterday she gave her little girl the day off to spend some quality time with her man Spike Jonze. The couple looked cozy as they stepped out for drinks and shared a few laughs. Things seem to be getting serious for these two, and it's great to see that they enjoy each other's company in and out of the spotlight.
Orlando Bloom looked handsome at a fundraiser for the Ghetto Film School, which aims to bring arts programs to under privileged students in LA on Thursday night. Also coming out for the event were Johnny Knoxville with his kids and Spike Jonze, who left his girlfriend Michelle Williams back in NYC after their big premiere date on Wednesday. With such famous names coming out to support the school, hopefully it only means bigger and better things for the program, which is helping give all the talented students the recognition they deserve.
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Michelle Williams smiled big at a screening of her new movie Synecdoche, New York in, where else, NYC last night. The screenwriter, director, producer for the film Charlie Kaufman posed next to his stars Michelle and Catherine Keener. Afterward, the group was off to the after party where Michelle and Spike Jonze held hands and cuddled close while chatting with friends, even sneaking a few kisses on their way out. Kaufman's directional debut looks like a visually stunning and thought provoking masterpiece — just the kind of film where Michelle Williams will shine. With another heart wrenching movie coming soon, it looks like we have some amazing performances on the way from Michelle, which will be something to savor if she really takes a deserved break from work.
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In this Spike Jonze directed vid, Fab favorite Sofia Coppola plays Janet, an injured gymnast. With all the Olympics hoopla, this was the perfect FABTV for right now. Sofia looks every bit the part: feathered bangs, scrunchied pony, toned bod (but maybe too skinny, have you seen today's gymnasts?). It's obvious it's not Sofia with the long shots and complicated maneuvers, but that just makes it more campy. I don't really pay attention to the music during the floor routines, but if someone chose The Chemical Brothers, that would be dope. I'm just sayin'. Drama-filled — oh no, did she injure her faulty ankle? — and easy on the eyes, watch to see if Janet wins another one for the trophy case.