Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel on October 22, 1969), is an American director of music videos and commercials, and an Academy Award-nominated director and producer in film and television, most notably the 1999 film Being John Malkovich and the 2002 filmAdaptation., both written by Charlie Kaufman.
Jonze was born in Rockville, Maryland, and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. His father was Arthur Spiegel III, a distant relation of the Spiegel catalog family, who founded APM Management Consultants. His mother, Sandra Granzow, is a writer (Our Dream: A World Free of Poverty, Oxford University Press and the World Bank), communications consultant in developing countries, and artist (MFA candidate, School of Visual Arts, 2007). His brother Sam (aka Squeak E. Clean) is a producer and DJ. Jonze attended Walt Whitman High School.
Jonze 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. The three...
Three Kings is a 1999 American film directed and written by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a gold heist. It takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against Saddam Hussein following the end of the first Gulf War.
The movie stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze. Film critic Roger Ebert described it as a "weird masterpiece, a screw-loose war picture that sends action and humor crashing head-on into each other and spinning off into political anger." The films gets its name from the character Conrad's outburst: "We three kings be stealin' the gold...", clearly a parody of the Christmas carol We Three Kings of Orient Are.
Three Kings revolves around four U.S. soldiers attempting to steal seized Kuwaiti gold bullion from the Iraqi bunkers. During their journey they become involved with a badly outgunned and desperate Iraqi Shia rebels who have risen against Saddam's regime but were abandoned by the Coalition. The film deals with the aftermath..., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120188