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Will Butler and Owen Pallett‘s lovely score for Her is going to the Oscars, but it may not ever come to our iTunes collections. During a Reddit AMA, director Spike Jonze sounded uncertain about the possibility of an official release for the soundtrack. “I loved what Arcade Fire did. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a release of it though,” he said.

Why the Arcade Fire-performed score may not be released is unclear, so it could just be that there are no plans for a formal album release yet. For now, though, we can comfort ourselves by listening to the streaming version of the soundtrack, which you’ll find after the jump.

Also after the break, read all about Kronos Quartet’s work for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and details on the Divergent soundtrack featuring Ellie Goulding and more.

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Much attention has been paid to Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson‘s exceptional performances, Casey Storm‘s eye-catching costumes, and Spike Jonze‘s eloquent script, but the  soundtrack for Her – from Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, Karen O., and others — deserves some love too. Happily, the latest behind-the-scenes featurette spotlights one particularly lovely instrumental track, playing it over film footage and behind-the-scenes clips.

The feel of that particular video is wistful and bittersweet, but one of the best things about Her is that it’s also got a great sense of humor. Jonze seems to know exactly how seriously to take the film’s far-fetched conceit. But if he’d taken things a step further into comic side, he might’ve come up with something like Him, a parody sequel that imagines a woman falling for her operating system.

Watch both the Her featurette and the fake Him trailer after the jump.

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Given how well Gary RossThe Hunger Games is tracking, it’s obvious the film’s having no trouble at all getting people’s attention. But Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is still struggling to make an impression in this new clip from the movie, which shows her trying to show off her talents to a distracted panel of Gamemakers led by Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley).

We’ve got that video after the jump, as well as a new song from the soundtrack, Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter.” Only three weeks left to go, guys!

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Spike Jonze has finally released his 28-minute short film Scenes From the Suburbs online on Mubu. The short is a collaboration with members of the recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire — Bandleader Win Butler wrote the film with his brother William Butler, and the Amblin-esque story follows a group of suburban kids during a dystopian summer where “military control of their town makes the lazy days more aimless than ever.” Read More »

It’s a good week for Arcade Fire: Not only did they win the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, their Spike Jonze collaboration Scenes From the Suburbs will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday. We reported last year that Scenes would be a “science-fiction B-movie” about “friends growing apart.” We’ve now learned additional details about the project. Hit the jump for more information, including the official synopsis.

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Music isn’t enough for the indie rock baned Arcade Fire. Not only are they collaborating with Spike Jonze on b-movie science fiction short film, but they just completed an interactive short film/music experience titled “The Wilderness Downtown”. Directed by Chris Milk a popular music video and commercial director (you’ve probably seen the videos he directed for Kanye West, U2, Green Day, Courtney Love, Audioslave, Modest Mouse, Gnarls Barkley and yes, Arcade Fire). Wilderness is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

The experience is a collaboration with Google which begins with the viewer entering in their childhood address. I strongly suggest closing or minimizing all your other program windows, as the first time I tried this some of the popup windows became hidden behind browser windows I had open. The experience also involves drawing a picture and writing a letter, all which becomes incorporated into the musical/visual experience. You can even share the short film you created with friends. Experience it for yourself at TheWildernessDowntown.com.

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Last night Terry Gilliam directed the live webcast of the band Arcade Fire‘s performance at Madison Square Garden. Prior to the event, Gilliam said he’d mostly just be following along and trying to keep up. But you know he couldn’t simply do that.

The webcast opened with a fun little skit in which Gilliam is revealed to be more of a controlling director than he’d previously let on. And it comes complete with a guest appearance from Andrew Garfield, your future Peter Parker, whom Gilliam directed in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Read More »

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Just when we thought it was safe to have hope for Terry Gilliam‘s resumed efforts to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the project is stalled again. The famous first stall was a decade ago, and has been documented so many times that I won’t go into it again. Now Gilliam seems to have Ewan McGregor and Robert Duvall lined up to star in roles once taken by Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort.

But both new actors have recently sounded hesitant about the project, and now Gilliam admits that a financial ‘hiccup’ has temporarily stalled the film. Read More »

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