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Spike Jonze‘s fantastic films have made legions of fans. But a new video making the rounds online could give him the respect of non-fans as well. Jonze appeared via Satellite on BBC Newsnight with Emily Maitlis and had a feeling the anchor hadn’t seen his movie, Her, or at least wasn’t being honest about it. So he kept asking her what she felt about the movie, which she avoided in favor of questions about the technology. It’s super awkward and a very ballsy move by Jonze, who could have easily avoided the conflict. Taking the stance clearly throws him off. Check it out below. Read More »

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This is just a sweet way to spend a few minutes. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang “The Moon Song” for the Spike Jonze film Her, and today on KCRW the two spent an hour or so chatting to the radio station’s hosts and listeners. Part of their sit-in at the station was an intimate performance of “The Moon Song” with Jonze playing guitar along with production designer KK Bennet as Karen O sang. Watch a video of the performance below. Read More »

WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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The Spike Jonze film Her is absolutely wonderful, a speculative love story that is a terrific piece of low-key science fiction, and one of the best films of 2013. it is also super-easy to parody, because it is very earnest, and also features a relatively compact visual language. With a color-coded set, some well-chosen wardrobe, and a mustache, a filmmaker can make just about anyone look like the Joaquin Phoenix character.

This past weekend, SNL dressed up Jonah Hill in appropriate garb and threw him into a new parody of Her. The concept here is simple, and pays off with a cameo appearance that goes back a few years into Hill’s past. Check it out below. Read 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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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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We’ve spoken often of how the best thing about awards season is that filmmakers are given the chance to talk at length about their films, and not merely on their own, but with each other. THR had a long set of video roundtables late last year featuring many people responsible for some of 2013’s best films, and now the LA Times site The Envelope is getting in on the action.

The director’s roundtable from the outlet features   Spike Jonze (Her), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), with the crew of directors talking about their early inspirations, reacting to criticism, luck, failure, casting, and far more. Read More »

The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – Her

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Dave and Devindra discuss Spike Jonze’s newest love story, Her.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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As depicted in Spike Jonze‘s Her, the future promises neither self-tying Nikes nor clear plastic skullcaps. Instead, we’ll all be wearing soft, colorful basics, like Gap pieces with a few offbeat tweaks. But if you don’t want to wait around for that future to come to pass, you can dress like a man in love with an operating system right now thanks to a new collection by Opening Ceremony.

Jonze and costume designer Casey Storm have teamed up with the clothing company to release a collection of outfits that echo the outfits worn in the movie — right down to the safety-pinned pockets, which are perfect for storing your digital girlfriend. Check ’em out after the jump.

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The new film from Spike Jonze is Her, which delves into the strangeness of modern relationships through an unusual device: Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with a piece of software, appealingly voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Set in a slightly sci-fi near-future Los Angeles, the story features Phoenix interacting with Johansson in voice only, through an earpiece that allows him to stay in constant contact with the operating system of his dreams. This is no glib gag laughing at the idea of a man/machine romance, however, but an earnest inquiry into what makes relationships tick.

There’s a new trailer out today, which you can see below. Read More »

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There’s a vast difference between simply making a movie and taking the time to develop a new idea to make a movie about. It’s the difference between franchises releasing a new sequel every year, and the work of Spike Jonze, a filmmaker who up to this point has only made three movies in 15 years. His fourth film, Her, is the director’s first original screenplay. It’s everything you’d hope for from the mad genius who brought to life Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are.

Her is a dramatic sci-fi romance about a man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his artificially intelligent computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It’s a simple, yet brilliant conceit realized with depth and emotion, two rare traits in mainstream cinema. The depth comes from Jonze’s ideas about technological dependence and loneliness, and the emotion is conveyed as the film raises questions about what it means to love and our capacity to do so. It’s a film that’ll both spark intelligent debate and plenty of tears.

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