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Perhaps no film has benefited from the recent deluge of critics groups announcements more than the new Spike Jonze film Her. The movie was named Nbr’s Best Film of the year, in addition to Best Director, tied for Best Picture with the Los Angeles Film Critics, and was named to the American Film Institute’s top 10 list. It has also picked up citations for its production design, score, screenplay, and even a few mentions for supporting actress Scarlett Johansson. That the film has picked up some citations isn’t a surprise, but the number of awards/nominations it has reaped has created a big surge of momentum for the film. While it is early, many prognosticators have moved the film into their Best Picture predictions, bumping films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler out. But what has factored in this surge and can it translate to Oscar success? »
- Terence Johnson
Much has been made of the vocal performance that Scarlett Johansson delivers as the title character in Spike Jonze’s latest film, “Her,” about a computer operating system named Samantha who falls for her human owner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix).
There’s another perfectly cast voice in the movie too — a foul-mouthed alien child who appears inside a videogame played by Theodore. The actor? Jonze himself. “It might be his best role yet,” jokes the helmer’s longtime editor, Eric Zumbrunnen. Asked why the filmmakers didn’t enlist a real child for the part, Zumbrunnen instantly responds, “We did!”
“Childlike” is a word used often by those who know Jonze best, including a tight-knit group of collaborators the filmmaker ferries from set to set, some of whom he’s worked with for nearly 20 years. “He’s a handful,” says Johnny Knoxville, who collaborated with Jonze as an actor on MTV’s “Jackass” series and movies, »
- Jenelle Riley
Typically featuring quirky stories, unique direction, and bold performances, independent movies are often praised for finding success away from the mainstream. Indies may stay off the beaten path, but just because they're different, that doesn't mean they're immune to common cinematic goofs. Off-beat classics like "Memento" and "Being John Malkovich" may immerse us in their mesmerizing stories, but there's no guarantee we'll miss or simply overlook the occasional continuity error.
In honor of great independent films, we bring you a gallery of 14 indie "oops" moments. As usual, all photos are courtesy of Moviemistakes.com. »
- Jonny Black
Her is the slightly futuristic tale of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who falls in love with an advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Johansson won the Best Actress award at the recent Rome Film Festival and has generated a fair amount of Oscar and Screen Actors Guild buzz - a feat even more impressive considering she's never actually seen in the movie (which has led to the Golden Globes ruling her out of their own competition).
The latest trailer, which you can watch below, was released today. Obviously aware of its critical applause thus far, there are lots of 'Official Selection' banners and favourable quotes from reviews. Think of it as the 'For Your Consideration' promo. Enjoy....
If you're wondering, »
- Oliver Davis
Warner Bros just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming unique love story, called "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson. Check it out below. The story follows Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice (Johansson), who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. The new movie is directed by Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) and is set to hit theaters on December 18th, in limited release. Trailer: »
The director's offbeat love story Her – about a man who falls in love with his computer operating system – is tipped for Oscar triumph. As he prepares his final cut, he talks exclusively about its stars, the past and the future
Spike Jonze is looking to the future. "I kinda think, as I look around, that everything is slowly getting a little bit nicer. You can go on Nike's website and choose exactly what fabrics and colours and shapes you want your sneakers to come in. Everything in La is; it's just an easy place to live in. The houses are nice, the backyards are nice, you got the ocean right there and the mountains behind you, there's an idealised easiness to the way you live and the whole environment.
"There's more good food here than ever before, better restaurants. In some parts of the world, like right here, you can »
- John Patterson
She is one of Hollywood’s most recognisable faces, yet in her most talked-about role in years she is nowhere to be seen. Last weekend, Scarlett Johansson caused a stir at the Rome Film Festival by picking up the Best Actress Award for her voice work in Spike Jonze’s new film Her. Due for release in UK cinemas in January, the latest surreal fable from the Being John Malkovich director casts the 29-year-old actress as a Siri-like digital personal assistant who begins a relationship with “her” operator, Joaquin Phoenix’s dysfunctional writer. »
When she came on the scene in the mid-1990s, Cameron Diaz was a sweet-faced ingénue playing the adorable love interests in kooky comedies like The Mask, There's Something About Mary, and My Best Friend's Wedding. But with age, Diaz has been given the chance to work against her looks, whether it be dumbing them down with frizzy hair in Being John Malkovich or becoming a tattooed and terrifying sexual deviant in The Counselor. But apparently, in the upcoming Annie remake, she takes her chameleon craft a step further. Behold: Ms. Hannigan! I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms.Hannigan. She ain't nice and she ain't pretty. #Annie pic.twitter.com/yRATzM6Oai. Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 12, 2013 Sharing on Twitter, Diaz herself says Hannigan "ain't pretty." This might be true. The dye-job is rough, while her hair is frizzy. The jewelry is remarkably cheap and garish looking. »
A comically surrealist farce on the nature of identity in the digital age, Miki Satoshi's latest film It's Me, It's Me features an impressively energetic and remarkably varied multiple performance by J-pop star Kamenashi Kazuya as the central character, or should I say, characters. Imagine the John Malkovich multiplication scene in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's Being John Malkovich stretched to feature length, and you begin to get an idea of the rather freaky nature of this film. It's Me, It's Me starts out as broad, quirky comedy, but becomes gradually darker and more violent in the later passages as the implications of its premise are more deeply explored and the complications become literally murderous. Hitoshi (Kamenashi Kazuya) is working a dead-end job at a...
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Jason Schwartzman is nervous. A regular on the indie film scene, the actor-musician takes the reins co-hosting Sunday's first YouTube Music Awards, which celebrate the artists and songs that YouTube users have turned into global hits, at New York City's Pier 36. Filmmaker Spike Jonze, best known for films like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, serves as creative director of the 90-minute live event, which touts a performance bill that includes Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Avicii and M.I.A. Nominees in the six categories, which include Video, Artist and YouTube Phenomenon of the Year, include
- Philiana Ng
Today’s film is the 2011 short Scenes From The Suburbs. The film stars Sam Dillon and Zoe Graham, and is co-written by Arcade Fire members Will and Win Butler, along with Spike Jonze, who also directs. While Jonze has appeared as an actor in films such as Three Kings and The Game, he is best known as a writer and director, with his filmography including Being John Malkovich, Where The Wild Things Are, and Adaptation. Jonze is also one of the writers of Bad Grandpa, which opens wide in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Things are looking up for the future elderly of America. While our grandparents got to sit around on their plastic-covered divans, sucking on Werther’s Originals and watching the delightful Angela Lansbury solve crimes in Murder, She Wrote, what hope did the current generation of old-people-to-be have of getting their own classic lady detective TV show?
Well, good news: Murder, She Wrote is coming back, and while Angela Lansbury has retired from the role of sassy old lady crime fighter Jessica Fletcher, her orthopedic shoes will be filled by Octavia Spencer, who will update the part for a new generation as sassy black lady crime fighter Jessica Fletcher. What a twist!
Spencer is best known for her role as Minny, the sassy maid in the 2011 film The Help. She has also had roles in Being John Malkovich as “Woman in Elevator” and Spider-Man as “Check-In Girl,” as well as a bunch of other bit parts, »
- Jeremy Clymer
’Gravity’ to pass $200 million at domestic box office next weekend? (photo: Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in ’Gravity’) Starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón’s thriller Gravity will quite likely pass the $200 million milestone at the North American box office this coming weekend, October 25-27, 2013. Gravity’s domestic cume currently stands at $174.91 million, after having added $30.02 million last weekend (Oct. 18-20), in addition to $2.4 million on Monday (Oct. 21) and $2.95 million on Tuesday (Oct. 22) according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. In the next couple of days, Gravity should add another $5-5.5 million, raising its domestic total to a little over $180 million. Last weekend, Gravity was down only 30.5 percent. As long as it drops about 33 percent or less next weekend, which is certainly a possibility even if it starts shedding theaters, Gravity will pass the $200 million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. »
- Zac Gille
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced additional Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings – comprised of a world premiere, award season contenders and highly anticipated independent and international films of the fall – for AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi.
There will be a red carpet Gala each night of the festival.
The additional Centerpiece Galas are August: Osage County (Dir John Wells) on Friday, November 8; The Last Emperor 3D (Dir Bernardo Bertolucci) on Sunday, November 10; and the World Premiere of Lone Survivor (Dir Peter Berg) on Tuesday, November 12.
All Galas will be presented in the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre.
AFI Fest’s Special Screenings are Her (Dir Spike Jonze); The Invisible Woman (Dir Ralph Fiennes); Jodorowsky’S Dune (Dir Frank Pavich); Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Dir Justin Chadwick); The Past (Le PASSÉ) (Dir Asghar Farhadi); Philomena (Dir Stephen Frears); and The Unknown Known: The Life And Times »
- Melissa Thompson
Spike Jonze's love story premieres at the New York film festival, and turns out to be a pixel-era Pygmalion with screen burn
• What do you make of the trailer for Her?
In Spike Jonze's beautiful, sometimes witty, interestingly numb new film, Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays a sad sack with a trim moustache called Theodore Twombly who one day falls in love with his new operating system. Called "Samantha", she is voiced by Scarlett Johansson, via a small earpiece that allows them to go on dates to the beach, or the mall where they take apart all the other couples, like Alvy Singer and Annie Hall in Central Park. "I'm becoming much more that than what they programmed" she purrs. It's a pixel-era Pygmalion, set in a not-too-distant future Los Angeles, where everyone stalks the walkways murmuring into their earpieces, a vast solipsistic tide of humanity. »
- Tom Shone
In "Her," which premiered at the New York Film Festival last weekend, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely writer living in a futuristic Los Angeles who can't get himself to sign his divorce papers. When the world's first artificially intelligent computer software comes out, one that is personally matched to each user, Theodore sets it up immediately. After a few blunt questions including, "How would you describe your relationship with your mother?" he is given Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Programmed with the thousands of personalities of her creators, Samantha is a constantly evolving software that develops more complex knowledge and emotions every moment. As Theodore interacts with her more and more each day, he begins to fall in love with her.
Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance depicts a relatable, poignant love story with one of the best, yet most unusual onscreen romances this year. While the film doesn't »
- Erin Whitney
With little advance fanfare, Spike Jonze’s “Her” made a big splash with critics and the audience at the Oct. 12 close of the New York Film Festival. The Warner Bros. pic, which was below the kudos radar, immediately jumped into the Oscar race, but if it wants to go the distance, this runner has to be careful that it doesn’t stumble.
Assets: Jonze’s film is smart, entertaining, touching and a perfect time-capsule movie: It captures the mood of 2013 when people have an intense relationship with tech tools, while human contact seems harder than ever. Like many people (including awards voters!), it centers on the way we fill our lives with communication yet paradoxically lack human connections.
This is Jonze’s most accessible work, and merits consideration in the categories of best pic, direction, screenplay, and below the line work.
And, of course, performances. Two of his past three »
- Tim Gray
An odd, touching love story about a man and his operating system, Spike Jonze’s “Her” set Twitter abuzz, won rave reviews and threatened to become a wild-card entry in the Oscar race when it premiered at the New York Film Festival and screened on both coasts on Saturday. With Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely divorced man in a futuristic Los Angeles, and Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha,” the voice of his intuitive operating system, the film mixes the unconventional storytelling approach of previous Jonze films “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” with a very human core; it’s really a movie about intimacy, »
- Steve Pond and Brent Lang
The New York Film Festival screened Spike Jonze’s Her – his first solo writing feature — on its closing night, Oct. 12. Jonze, along with cast members Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde, arrived on the red carpet at Alice Tully Hall to celebrate the film’s world premiere.
The movie centers on Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly, a lonely, big-hearted man who falls in love with his Siri-like operating system “Samantha” (smokily voiced by Scarlett Johansson) while coping with his recent divorce. Set in a futuristic version of Los Angeles, Theodore works as a ghost writer for BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, »
- Shirley Li
The only truly predictable aspect of Spike Jonze's "Her" is that it features a bizarre premise: In a very near future, recently divorced L.A. writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads a new operating system for his computer with the ability to think (delicately voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and quickly falls in love with her. In a time of talking smartphones and rampant interconnectivity, the idea certainly has an inquisitive edge, but it's not just a cheeky provocation; Jonze infuses it with genuine passion. As the peculiar romance plays out in surprisingly believable terms, the writer-director depicts a world that blatantly echoes our own, where sleek, all-encompassing technological immersion dominates every crevice of daily life. Even so, it's never the dour, epistemological investigation one might expect from the auteur behind creepy and surreal headtrips of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation." If less adventurous than Jonze's earlier narratives, "Her" contains a. »
- Eric Kohn
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