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March 3, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Spike Jonze says his tale of a man who falls in love with the virtual voice in his computer is a peek into the future about “the challenges of intimacy.”  After winning the original screenplay Oscar for “Her” on Sunday, he said he was hesitant to explain the film, adding: “I don't think I could put it into a message. I could not reduce it to a sentence.” “Her” is a somber, detached look at Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who falls in love with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson)
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March 3, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Spike Jonze says his tale of a man who falls in love with the virtual voice in his computer is a peek into the future about “the challenges of intimacy.”  After winning the original screenplay Oscar for “Her” on Sunday, he said he was hesitant to explain the film, adding: “I don't think I could put it into a message. I could not reduce it to a sentence.” “Her” is a somber, detached look at Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who falls in love with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson)
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February 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Spike Jonze has reason to hope for a bit of deja vu. On Saturday evening at the WGA Awards, the "Her" writer-director claimed the prize for original screenplay, and in doing so beat out the same nominees he will contend with at this year's Academy Awards. Jonze's screenplay for the future-set love story won against Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska.
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March 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
In the movie equivalent of hitting a home run on a first at-bat, Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for original screenplay on Sunday for “Her,” the first feature film script he wrote on his own. Jonze's sci-fi romantic dramedy follows a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the disembodied voice of his computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It beat out nominees from “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Nebraska.” OSCARS 2014: Full coverage | Complete list | Top nominees and winners Jonze shared screenwriting credit on his last movie, “Where the Wild Things Are,” with novelist Dave Eggers, and Jonze's earlier films -- “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” -- were written by Charlie Kaufman.
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December 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
For those who've seen the buzziest of buzzy holiday movies, Spike Jonze's “Her,” you probably left the theater with much to think about. One of the biggest questions, at least from a filmmaking standpoint: How did Jonze and his team arrive at the future we see on the screen? Infinitely relatable though gently different, the Los Angeles of Jonze's unspecified future occupies a new and exciting place in cinematic history--and the history, as it where, of futurism itself. “Her's” L.A.” is a million miles from “Blade Runner,” but it also not entirely a utopia.
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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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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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October 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with a gently told romance? That's the question posed by “Her,”  Jonze's future-set, Joaquin Phoenix-starring story of love and technology - and answered with a resounding yes. The new movie lands on multiple levels and, not surprisingly, received a rapturous response Saturday night at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere.
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November 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Nothing summed up the tumult and chaos of the inaugural YouTube Music Awards like webcast director Spike Jonze's final words to host Jason Schwartzman after 88 minutes of unscripted freakiness. "I think we're done," said an exhausted-looking Jonze, having just shimmied out of the strange white protective spacesuit-looking thing he was wearing, likely to protect himself from the chalk and fairy dust that was unleashed during singer M.I.A's performance. Schwartzman too deemed that an appropriate farewell for the night, and he repeated the phrase.
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May 8, 2013 | By Chris Lee
A trio of splashy, late entries to the Los Angeles Film Festival were announced Wednesday: the mega-budget summer movies “Man of Steel” and “Monsters University,” as well as an in-person discussion with indie auteur Spike Jonze that will include footage from his upcoming feature, “Her.”   On June 12 -- one day before LAFF kicks off at downtown Los Angeles' L.A. Live in earnest and two days before the film's release -- the festival...
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February 13, 2014 | By Michael Ordoña
Spike Jonze's idiosyncratic risk-taking has been rewarded with broad acclaim throughout his career, including two Directors Guild of America nods and four Oscar nominations (three this year alone for "Her"). Still, he's not immune to doubt. "To be honest, in editing, there's always periods where I feel like the movie is never gonna work," he says. "'It's a noble idea, but ultimately a flawed idea.' Usually it'll go away after a week or so and I'll be excited about the movie again.
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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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February 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Spike Jonze has reason to hope for a bit of deja vu. On Saturday evening at the WGA Awards, the "Her" writer-director claimed the prize for original screenplay, and in doing so beat out the same nominees he will contend with at this year's Academy Awards. Jonze's screenplay for the future-set love story won against Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska.
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January 18, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The most surprising thing about "Her," the new Spike Jonze movie, is not that it dares to suggest an otherwise sane person might fall in love with the operating system that runs his computer and his smartphone. Or that middle-aged men look good in high-waisted pants. Or that it will be possible someday soon to ride a subway from downtown Los Angeles to the beach. It is something simpler: that the near future is more interesting, culturally and architecturally, than the recent past.
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January 16, 2014 | By Todd Martens
U2, Pharrell Williams and Karen O -- names more befitting of Grammy nominations than the Oscars -- are among the contenders for the Academy Award for original song. Here, the heavy-hitters are all underdogs, as they will have to vie for Oscar gold on March 2 with "Let it Go," the scene-stealing statement of tuneful independence that serves as a turning point in Disney's animated phenom "Frozen. "  The tune was written by the  husband-and-wife songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, veterans of the stage who brought a Broadway-worthy moment to "Frozen.
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January 13, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Hollywood rarely goes off script during the forced march of awards season. But the Golden Globe Awards, where giddy and often booze-fueled stars roam the halls of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, is a rare evening of spontaneity in the season. Here are a few moments from behind the scenes. Plenty of industry insiders mock the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the semi-serious group of journalists that confers the Globes. (Even telecast co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took a crack).
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October 23, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Here's one scene you won't be seeing in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” when it hits theaters Friday. Rendered unrecognizable in heavy prosthetic makeup as his libidinous 86-year-old grandfather character, “Jackass” prankster-actor Johnny Knoxville shows up at the office of a sex therapist accompanied by his love interest, another heavily wrinkled geriatric firecracker named “Gloria.” A closer inspection of the credits, however,...
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September 10, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
TORONTO -- Spike Jonze finished principal photography on his upcoming tale of technological love, "Her," 14 months ago and he's been working on it ever since, tinkering, shooting new scenes, a "relentless process" that he says he's gone through on every one of his movies. "I don't know exactly what I'm making," Jonze told me at a little reception held at the Toronto International Film Festival for "Her," in which he showed four clips from the film and talked to filmmaker and friend Kelly Reichardt about his career.
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January 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
On a night when "American Hustle" cemented its status as an award-season front-runner, it was a number of lower-profile movies - including Spike Jonze's digital romance "Her" and the Italian drama "The Great Beauty" - that earned the designation of biggest surprises. Jonze won his first-ever Golden Globe over screenplay favorites "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave. " It was the only win for the film, and it seemed to bode well for it in the original screenplay Oscar category.
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January 2, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Henry Ford said that "failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. " That's a sentiment shared by some of Hollywood's top directors, including Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost") and Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said"). At the recent  Envelope Directors Round Table , those filmmakers - along with Spike Jonze ("Her"), John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") - talked about how and what they've learned from their mistakes.
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