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Most of us don’t spend a lot of time considering the nuances of disembodied robot voices like Siri’s or the GPS navigator’s. But then most of us aren’t directing movies in which an operating system is one of the romantic leads.

Scarlett Johansson has replaced Samantha Morton as the computerized love interest of Spike Jonze‘s Her, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a writer who falls for his operating system. The change came about at the last minute — initial shooting had already wrapped when Jonze decided to recast the part. Hit the jump to read his explanation.

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Spike Jonze's Her

Briefly: The countdown to one of our most highly anticipated films of the year can now begin. Spike Jonze‘s latest film, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, will be released on a limited basis November 20. The film follows a lonely writer (Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s latest operating system. Jonze also wrote the screenplay. [ERC]

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The Way Way Back, Fruitvale Station, Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, Only God Forgives, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and In A World. The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival already features a laundry list of the year’s best festival films and highly anticipated fall releases. Now the fest is adding a bit of blockbuster appeal.

The festival, which takes places June 13-23 in downtown Los Angeles, has just added special advanced screenings of Man of Steel and Monsters University. And if that’s not enough, Spike Jonze will do a special event talking about his career and presenting footage from his upcoming movie, Her. Read More »

The work of Spike Jonze is all over the map, with the unifying element being an abiding interest in counterculture, and a less than traditional way of looking at the world. Jonze’s early film and video work was in skateboarding videos, but he hasn’t done anything in that world since 2007.

Now, however, Jonze is one of the directors of Pretty Sweet, a skateboarding video now available on iTunes. Along with Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque – the reunion of the trio behind Fully Flared in ’07 – Jonze has put together this new skate video that features the likes of Eric KostonGuy MarianoSean MaltoMarc JohnsonElijah BerleJesus Fernandez, and Brian Anderson, as well as make other notable skaters.

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Confirmed details on Spike Jonze‘s upcoming romance have been pretty sparse, though we’ve known for a while that the cast, at least, would be stellar. Joaquin Phoenix plays the lead, while Samantha Morton, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde also star. Early word was that Phoenix would play a man who falls in love with a Siri-esque computer voice, but the official synopsis describes something a little bit different. In addition, the film has a new title — Her. Read on after the jump.

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We’ve already got the villainess (Angelina Jolie), the young princess (Elle Fanning), her father (Sharlto Copley), and the three fairies (Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple), and now, at long last, we have the prince. Young Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites has just boarded Robert Stromberg‘s Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty retelling seen from the perspective of its big bad.

Thwaites is almost totally unknown in the U.S., though he’s a little more famous in his native country. He first broke out with a starring role in the Australian drama series SLiDE, and has since done a stint on the long-running soap Home and Away. (As have the likes of Guy Pearce, Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, and Chris Hemsworth before him.) He’ll next appear in the Lifetime Channel’s Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, but I’m betting that the Maleficent casting means this kid will be attracting some much higher-caliber projects soon. [Deadline]

After the jump, Olivia Wilde teams up with Spike Jonze.

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Briefly: There has been a change to the untitled new film that Spike Jonze is putting together. For his first feature since Where the Wild Things Are, Jonze wrote a script about a man (Joaquin Phoenix, presumably) who falls in love with the voice of a computer. Think of someone getting a bit too attached to Siri on the iPhone. Amy Adams and Samantha Morton are in the movie, and Carey Mulligan had planned to play a role as well.

Now Mulligan has had to back out, reportedly due to scheduling issues, and Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will take her place. Mara would lock the cast, and this would turn into the project she shoots after Steven Soderbergh’s The Bitter Pill, in which she plays the lead role. She’s also got a part in Terrence Malick’s untitled new movie, formerly called Lawless, opposite Ryan Gosling. Carey Mulligan, meanwhile, has got the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby this year, so she’s in a good place. [Variety]

Spike Jonze has been plenty busy cranking out short films over the past few years, but he hasn’t directed a full-length feature since 2009′s Where the Wild Things Are. That’s about to change, though, and he’s already lining up quite an exciting cast for his return to feature filmmaking. Samantha Morton, Amy Adams, and Carey Mulligan are reportedly in talks to star with Joaquin Phoenix in the untitled romance, which was also written by Jonze. Read more after the jump.

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