Joseph Kahn

Taylor Swift "Wildest Dreams" (Joseph Kahn, dir.)

Can Taylor Swift and director Joseph Kahn do big and intimate at the same time in a video? Of course, they can. Welcome to Africa for this period piece where Taylor is a classic movie starlet falling into and away from her leading man, Scott Eastwood. Stay tuned through the end, since there's one last chance for romance at the fateful, yet chilly movie premiere.

Taylor Swift & Director Joseph Kahn Leak "Wildest Dreams" Teaser

Never trust director Joseph Kahn when he says he's shooting either a tampon commercial, or a toothpaste commercial

The tampon spot wound-up being his Internet destroying Power/Rangers rebootleg, and the toothpaste commercial is his third music video for music business overlordess Taylor Swift.

"Wildest Dreams" will debut on Sunday, August 30 as part of the MTV VMA Pre-Show. A teaser is out now that just begs you to Zapruder that shit frame by frame, but I'll save you some trouble:

  • The love interest is actor Scott Eastwood, son of Clint
  • The location is Africa (aka: land of Zebras)
  • And if you freeze frame that slate and get confused about it saying the director is G. Musterhausen and thinking Taylor is working with a dead man, you need to rewatch Kahn's "Knights Of Cydonia" and pay attention to the credits.

Taylor Swift "Bad Blood" Breaks Viewership Records

Yes, we know Taylor Swift is popular, but just to make sure you realize how big she is on the heels of her star-studded "Bad Blood" video, take a look at the numbers:

  • 20 million - "Bad Blood" broke the 24 hour VEVO record for most views in one day, getting nearly 20 million views in one day.
  • 37 million - Total "Bad Blood" views as I write this, four days after the premiere.
  • 5 billion - Total view count for all her videos.
  • 11 million - Total estimated viewers to the Billboard Music Awards, which televised the exclusive world premiere of the video.

It's like there's the music business, and then there's the Taylor Swift business, with the only similarity being that they use some of the same notes... 

Breaking The Internet with Director Joseph Kahn and Power/Rangers

Not many have the ability to break the internet. Kim Kardashian, of course, but also director Joseph Kahn, who has unleashed the R-Rated fan-film homage to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers you never knew you wanted, while also opening a potential WW3 in fair use laws...

This latest "bootleg" from producer Adi Shankar, who previously made The Punisher as bad-ass as he always shoulda been, pivots on a perfect premise: What if you viewed the Power Rangers as the story of child soldiers enscripted to fight a horribly awful war, and what happens to those kids when they grow up amidst that insanity. Suddenly, a colorful and ridiculous TV show suddenly seems like downright evil.

Welcome to POWER/RANGERS, which lets Joseph Kahn loose to make the sci-fi gorefest that he should be getting millions upon millions to make for worldwide domination. Instead, you need to content yourself with this short freebie — which looks it cost a pretty penny — and hope you can handle Kahn Unbound. If you're a fan of his Spaghetti Western romp "Knights Of Cydonia" but wished it weren't boxed in by having to be a music video for Muse, this is for you. If you like your sci-fi with a touch of ultra-violence and just the right amount of ADD, this is for you. And, perhaps most importantly, if you're a fan of sticking a middle-finger to the many inconsistencies of copyright law, then this is definitely for you.

One entity apparently not enamored by this revisionist homage is Saban Capial Group, which owns the Power Rangers rights. Based on the flurry of takedown notices — see this explanation of DMCA legalities that foreced Vimeo to remove the video, —  Saban seems to be deadset on getting it removed from the Internet, which of course means that it will just get bigger and bigger.

The real fun will come if and when Saban decides to use the courts to determine whether Power/Rangers is parody or satire, fan film or professional creation, or just another example of how the Internet is making copyright laws increasingly irrelevent and unenforceable.

Pass the popcorn. This could be good.

Colombia Pol Decries New Shakira Video for Lesbianism, Tabacco Use

Shakira may be the pride of Barranquilla, but that doesn't mean she gets a pass from Colombia's unofficial moral police.

Politician Marco Fidel Ramirez is calling on Colombia's National Television Authority to ban the 37-year-old's "Can't Remember To Forget You" clip from being broadcast on any of the nation's channels, saying:

"Our Shakira with her erotic video is promoting tobacco usage and has become the worst example for our youth. Shakira's new video is a shameless case for lesbianism and immorality. It is a danger to children"

Also, because he knows what children like, he made up a hashtag: #PeligroVideoShakira...

Britney Spears "Perfume" (Joseph Kahn, dir.)

Director Joseph Kahn constructs a tale of two loves in this unexpected video from Britney Spears. "Perfume" is Britney unguarded — favoring a soaring, yet barbed ballad that's worlds away from her recent electro facades — with a video that does away with the occasional superhero and dominatrix motifs she's used in the past: This is the pop star at her most vulnerable, but still stronger than ever.

Sisqo "Thong Song" (Joseph Kahn, dir.) [1999]

Maybe because it's summer. Or, because director Joseph Kahn mentioned it on Twitter this week. Or, as my friend suggests, in honor of Sisqo's first new album in 12 years. Maybe it's so we can revisit the hot dog cam.

Here's why: Pop can be shameless. It can be absurd. Even dumb. Consider the song itself — my favorite lyric is, "she's got dumps like a truck" — and think about what kind of video we'd get today for it. Probably something NSFW. Yawn. (Although, it'd be amazing to see Eric Wareheim do something for this song)

NSFW wasn't an option in 1999, so you couldn't take the easy way out. But you also couldn't just ignore the song and make something generic. So, Kahn and crew created something that's impossible not to notice. It's clearly a booty video — proudly a booty video — but that also mocks man's fascination with the backside. It's over the top, but it's also lighthearted, comical and dare I say charming?

Hi Hey Hello - A Musical Short Film by Director Joseph Kahn

Samsung GALAXY S4 presents Hi Hey Hello, a musical short film

Billed as a musical short film, Hi Hey Hello is at its most base level a showcase for the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, but it's much more than that: It's a clever look at how modern romance comes together these days with the equal doses of technology, fantasy and imagination. It's also a showcase for director Joseph Kahn, who strings it all together with a similar blend of skill and smarts.

Mariah Carey f/ Miguel "Beautiful" Premiering This Week (Joseph Kahn, dir.)

MARIAH. MIGUEL. #BEAUTIFUL. 5.06.13

Maybe Mariah hasn't been getting her respect on American Idol, but what better platform could there be to set up her comeback? The Diva will look to put the show to work for her this week, with new video "Beautiful" set for a premiere during Wednesday night's episode.

The video is directed by Joseph Kahn; Miguel is the featured guest. And based on the trailer for it, the video will live up to the song title.