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Wondering About That Spike Jonze-Jonah Hill Collaboration

It’s that time of year when a lucky group of film journalists including the LA TimesRebecca Keegan jet off to Telluride, Colorado and Toronto, Canada to be wined, dined and awards-season appetized.

OpeningCeremonyNYStoreHere in NYC, in the shadow of TIFF, there will be an event of a different nature but one that involves a couple of very familiar festival marquee names. As first reported by WWD‘s Jessica Iredale, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill have teamed to produce and write a one-act play for the fall New York Fashion Week presentation of Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2015 line:

Jonze, who has done fashion capsules with Opening Ceremony for his films Where The Wild Things Are and Her, will direct a cast of actors and models in his first project since winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Her earlier this year. The storyline is still being finalized, according to OC co-founder Humberto Leon, who noted the play was Jonze’s idea, as was bringing on Hill, who is known primarily for acting though his writing credits include 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street.

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Teen Fashion Journo Tavi Gevinson Lands Starring Film Role

Groundbreaking style blogger and online teen magazine editor Tavi Gevinson can add a new credit to her burgeoning resume: Actress. The 16-year-old has signed on to star in writer-director Nicole Holofcener‘s new film, an as-yet-untitled project from Fox Searchlight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gevinson will play the character of Chloe, “an only child who never received much attention from her parents, forcing her to grow up faster than her peers.”

Gevinson’s co-stars in the film include Hollywood heavyweights Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. This may represent a new career focus for Tavi: the Chicago native recently told Bust magazine she plans to move to Los Angeles once she graduates high school.

But the teen journalist isn’t neglecting her editorial duties. She recently wrapped the first print edition of her online teen magazine, titled Rookie Yearbook One. The roundup of the mag’s first year is being published by Drawn & Quarterly and is due out September 4.

Photo via The Style Rookie.

LAT In 90 Seconds

41944255-29110756.jpgCrossing The Dateline: In this Charles Piller report about how, as governor, Sarah Palin gave more than 100 jobs to friends, donors and relatives without any regard to qualifications, Piller starts off with this dateline: “Reporting from Anchorage.” Is that a new LAT style? We kinda like it, but in this age of brevity, why ditch the classic “ANCHORAGE –” dateline we all know and love?

42968486-18184706.jpgCarina Chocano, Will You Marry Us? A graph from her review of Synecdoche, New York: “A synecdoche, for those unversed in the poetic tropes, is a figure of speech by which a part stands in for the whole, or the whole stands in for a part, or the general stands in for the specific, or vice versa. It’s a lilting play on the name of the town of Schenectady, N.Y., where the movie’s hero, a melancholy regional theater director named Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), lives with his painter wife, Adele ( Catherine Keener), and their 4-year-old daughter, Olive (Sadie Goldstein). It hints at the artistic and existential obsessions that come to stand in for the life of an unhappy artist who blankets his life with his work, struggles mightily to understand the first by way of the second, and loses an ability to distinguish between the two. And it makes an irrefutable case for the universality of the individual human experience.”

15404ddd940.jpgFrosty With That Ballot? Joel Stein calls out publicist Julia Cohen for registering to vote at nearly midnight at a local Wendy’s. Get ready for a world of spam, Joel.

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak Turns 80 and the 92 St Y Celebrates

CH25-image1.gifDid you know yesterday was Maurice Sendak day? No? Well you are forgiven since it was actually the inaugural holiday, as proclaimed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at last night’s 92 St Y event in honor of Sendak’s 80th birthday.

The sold-out celebration featured a star-studded line-up of self-confessed Sendak fans reading and singing from his work. Some of the highlights included Spike Jonze, who showed a clip from his upcoming adaption of Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Meryl Streep, who gave an Oscar-worthy reading of The Note on Rosie’s Door, and Dave Eggers who shared an excerpt from his upcoming novel called “Wild Things,” which according to him is a story about the screenplay he helped write (in real life with Spike Jonze) about the book Where the Wild Things Are. Catherine Keener read from an acceptance speech Sendak gave when he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, in which he spoke about both his love of New York and of classical music. Keener finished off by offering Sendak the same wishes her own son had written to her in his last birthday card: I love you as much as a book loves it reader.

Sadly, it turns out due to a stalled 4 train FBNY missed the night’s opening: a reading of Where the Wild Things Are in Yiddish! However we were in time to catch James Gandolfini read In the Night Kitchen — “I’m in the milk and the milk’s in me!” — which you can also enjoy after the jump. Sendak himself closed out the evening with heartfelt thanks before remarking that nothing had changed in his 80 years except the miracle of reaching 80. He added that a lot of dim, nightmarish characters had been entering the American scene of late and that he hoped none of them had read his books as a child, because if they had “I have failed completely.” Gandolfini and The Night Kitchen after the jump.

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