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September 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding out why I wasn't invited to Fashion Week. The Skinny: I watched about 20 minutes of "The X Factor" and here's my take: More performances (good and bad) and fewer attempts at creating behind-the-scenes drama. Thursday's headlines include the ongoing mystery of who is behind "Innocence of Muslims," Joaquin Phoenix is back at work and SiriusXM chief executive Mel Karmazin may be out of work soon. Daily Dose: Comcast executive Jeff Shell's resume just got a big bump.
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February 5, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
If you haven't yet caught the captivating "Her," consider fitting it in before the Academy Awards show March 2. This novel film from writer-director Spike Jonze is deservedly one of the best picture nominees. Though its star, Joaquin Phoenix, didn't get an Oscar nomination - it is a very competitive year - his performance most certainly helped put "Her" into the race. If you step back and consider the premise, it gives you a deeper appreciation for what Phoenix managed. Nearly all of his scenes are spent as the only human on screen, and he's usually having a conversation with a computer, more specifically an operating system named Samantha.
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October 18, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
We were really looking forward to catching up with Joaquin Phoenix in the next few months, talking about the mysteries in his new movie, "The Master," maybe having a beer or two and singing a Johnny Cash song  ("I'll handle June's harmony; you just do what you do with The Man in Black") but cashing out the tab well before Phoenix crosses over to hip-hop . Those plans feel like pipe dreams now as Phoenix recently told Elvis Mitchell in Interview magazine that he has no desire whatsoever to make the awards circuit rounds this year, describing the process in scatological terms that we can't fully detail here.
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December 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In honor of the delicate future of Spike Jonze's “Her,” we've been chatting with the team that helped him realize those not-so-far-off days. (You can read previous installments, on costumes and production design, here and here ). Today, a talk with Hoyte van Hoytema, the decorated Swiss-Dutch cinematographer who shot the film. Movies Now : When you first heard about shooting a movie like this set in the future, you must have thought, "Oh, a movie set in the future.
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February 5, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
If you haven't yet caught the captivating "Her," consider fitting it in before the Academy Awards show March 2. This novel film from writer-director Spike Jonze is deservedly one of the best picture nominees. Though its star, Joaquin Phoenix, didn't get an Oscar nomination - it is a very competitive year - his performance most certainly helped put "Her" into the race. If you step back and consider the premise, it gives you a deeper appreciation for what Phoenix managed. Nearly all of his scenes are spent as the only human on screen, and he's usually having a conversation with a computer, more specifically an operating system named Samantha.
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December 13, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Joaquin Phoenix refused to hug it out. On an overcast November afternoon, in a $13-million Hollywood home with a skyline view stretching from downtown L.A. to the Palos Verdes peninsula, the notoriously press-averse actor was throwing a fit of pique - aimed squarely at me. He had tolerated more than an hour of my questions. I was interviewing him with Spike Jonze, writer-director of "Her," the idiosyncratic yet affecting sci-fi romance in which Phoenix stars. "Her" reaches theaters in limited release on Wednesday but has already been crowned best film of 2013 by the National Board of Review and tied for best film honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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September 8, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
  Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line," the ruthless emperor's son Commodus in "Gladiator," and now a violent, wayward World War II veteran, Freddie Quell, in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master": Does Joaquin Phoenix play dangerous, intense and troubled so well because it's not much of a stretch? The actor has blurred the boundary between difficult professional and personal personas for years, cutting off photo shoots and appearing disdainful of interviewers. Most notably, there was his long dive into performance art in 2010 - in which he grew a shaggy beard, went monosyllabic in TV appearances and pretended to quit acting, delving into a world of debauchery to transform himself into a rapper for the film "I'm Still Here.
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October 24, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's easy to get lost in the physicality Joaquin Phoenix brings to the role of the disturbed and disturbing World War II Navy vet Freddie Quell in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," a performance being talked up as a possible awards contender despite the film's box-office struggles, and despite the shrugging indifference Phoenix has shown about winning anything for it. His chest creates an almost concave hollow around Quell's bruised heart, shoulders...
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October 18, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
It seemed a good day to be Joaquin Phoenix -- noon, a Tuesday, the sun-dappled patio of the Chateau Marmont. Phoenix entered holding a motorcycle helmet and sunglasses. He has two new movies out, "We Own the Night" and this Friday's "Reservation Road," his first since his interpretation of a young Johnny Cash in 2005's "Walk the Line" earned him a best actor Oscar nomination.
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November 12, 2000 | JAN STUART, Jan Stuart is a Newsday film critic
The story begins, 15 years ago, with a go-cart. The five little Phoenixes are cooing over their Christmas presents. Their father, a jack of many trades named John Bottom, has no money to speak of but always manages to make something special for his kids. This year, he has cobbled together a go-cart. His 11-year-old son spies it hungrily, a junior Evel Knievel gunning to kick up some dirt. "Of course, me, the troublemaker," remembers Joaquin Phoenix with a sheepish smile.
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December 17, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Spike Jonze has a knack for disturbing our peace, and his new film "Her" does that with a vengeance. A different and daring futuristic tale starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, "Her" is a look at the pleasures and perils of new technology that's a smart entertainment and a subtle warning, a love story and a horror show. Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful.
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December 13, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Joaquin Phoenix refused to hug it out. On an overcast November afternoon, in a $13-million Hollywood home with a skyline view stretching from downtown L.A. to the Palos Verdes peninsula, the notoriously press-averse actor was throwing a fit of pique - aimed squarely at me. He had tolerated more than an hour of my questions. I was interviewing him with Spike Jonze, writer-director of "Her," the idiosyncratic yet affecting sci-fi romance in which Phoenix stars. "Her" reaches theaters in limited release on Wednesday but has already been crowned best film of 2013 by the National Board of Review and tied for best film honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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November 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It's not easy, in the noisy burble of modern cinema, for actors to capture our attention - let alone the  attention of award voters - when they're keeping silent on screen. When it does happen, it's usually because the setting explicitly allows them that silence or even makes it part of the role's charm. (Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” for example.) But what about the reverse? Someone who does plenty of talking but is never seen at all? The obvious example is voice-acting in animated features, increasingly common given the expansion of that genre.
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October 16, 2013 | By Chris Lee
The hive of awards season buzz already surrounding her performance in writer-director Spike Jonze romantic-dramedy “Her” has left Scarlett Johansson feeling “strange” rather than, say, proud or optimistic enough to call her stylist to reserve a red carpet gown. “I feel very disconnected from the awards process,” Johansson said from Paris, where she is shooting the thriller “Lucy” with writer-director Luc Besson. “I don't even know how it works. And I'm an academy member!
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August 7, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
What if you could date Siri? That's kind of the question at hand in "Her," the new film written and directed by Spike Jonze. The movie, a trailer for which hit the Web on Wednesday, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer trying to recover from a failed relationship. When an advanced operating system comes on the market that creates tailor-made virtual companions, Theodore signs up. It's then that he meets "Samantha," an engaging female voice program that comes to win his heart.  The Oscar-nominated filmmaker's latest project feels particularly timely, given the rise of "Catfish," the MTV program about strangers who meet their longtime online paramours.
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May 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - For the better part of two decades, director James Gray has been making textured dramas about people, often immigrants and their children, who experience all manner of frustration and struggle. It prepared him well for the events of the last five years. Gray came to the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 with "Two Lovers," an immigrant-themed love- triangle story starring Joaquin Phoenix, Vinessa Shaw and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though many would later regard it as a bravura piece of European-style melodrama, it was poorly received in the echo chamber of Cannes reviewers and even booed at some screenings.
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February 8, 2009 | Denise Martin
Heck, yes, we'll be talking about: the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If you've never watched, let this be your introduction: It's literally like "Best in Show." And this year brings a new breed to the competition, the Dogue de Bordeaux. He's known for "balanced temperament" and "imposing presence." Also, the dog's head may be the largest in the canine world. (Monday) -- Can we talk for a minute about: Joaquin Phoenix? So he's quitting acting to be a rap star now.
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December 17, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Spike Jonze has a knack for disturbing our peace, and his new film "Her" does that with a vengeance. A different and daring futuristic tale starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, "Her" is a look at the pleasures and perils of new technology that's a smart entertainment and a subtle warning, a love story and a horror show. Acerbic, emotional, provocative, it's a risky high dive off the big board with a plot that sounds like a gimmick but ends up haunting, odd and a bit wonderful.
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May 20, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Bad news for those of you eagerly anticipating "We Saw Your Boobs: Part Two. " Seth MacFarlane will not reprise his role as the host of the Academy Awards next March, the comedian announced on his Twitter account Monday. "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," wrote "The Family Guy" creator. "However, I highly  recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business.
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May 4, 2013 | By Gina Piccalo
This story has been updated. See note below. Amanda Demme isn't who she used to be. And that's probably a good thing. Just ask her. She'll tell you she's been in hiding for six years, casting off the pretensions that came with life as a famous (and infamous) Hollywood impresario. "It was a great time," Demme said last week of that raucous era at the Roosevelt Hotel, when A-listers clamored to get into her parties. "But it was a time. Lost my mind. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times FOR THE RECORD: Amanda Demme: In the May 4 Calendar section, an article about photographer Amanda Demme said that Demme's work is being shown at the Venice gallery Oblivion.
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