The Beastie Boys' New Spike Jonze-Directed Video Has A Couple Of Strings Attached

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Yetis, torchings, references to the online rumor mill—yes, the Spike Jonze-directed clip for the Beastie Boys' Santigold-assisted "Don't Play No Games That I Can't Win" has it all and then some. In the clip, the group and Santi are transformed into puppets and then hunted down by an evil squad that is so infuriated by the Beasties' existence, they actually sport anti-Beasties uniforms; through it all, the group is very exceedingly polite to those people—and, uh, mythical Himalayan creatures—who help them get out of jams. (You can never have too much etiquette these days, I suppose.) Clip below—just make sure you carve 11 minutes out of your day to actually watch the whole thing, since there are a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-'em one-liners that are quite giggle-worthy.


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Tonight at Opening Ceremony: Spike Jonze and Live Music Performed By a Bear

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Arcade Fire and Kanye West collaborator Spike Jonze (he's also directed a movie or two) will be at Opening Ceremony tonight, promoting last month's robot romance short film I'm Here. He's doing a Q&A and signing the film's companion book, There Are Many of Us; the volume comes with a copy of the DVD and soundtrack, featuring Animal Collective, Girls, Sleigh Bells, and the indie-supergroup Lost Trees. But this is after all Opening Ceremony, the same people who teamed with Jonze to bring you those whimsical Where The Wild Things Are jumpsuits last year, and so how could this event possibly be complete without live music performed by a bear? Yup:

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Arcade Fire Soundtrack Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Away We Go, the other David Eggers-penned film inching towards theaters, looks almost unspeakably abysmal. But the long-rumored/-delayed/somewhat-already-legendary Where the Wild Things Are, for which Eggers wrote the script with director Spike Jonze, now finally has its trailer, too, and the movie looks not at all disappointing. The Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," in both acoustic and studio iterations, provides the music here--capping an ominous overload of bold-faced nerd-passion names made tolerable by the really great, really live action visuals here. (We recommend the comically human Wild Thing howling that kicks in at 1:40 or so.) Arcade Fire, should any doubt persist, still remain the best band in the universe for making a movie that's basically a glorified pajama party look like The Last Temptation of Christ.

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