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    'Her' In, Redford Out: Best and Worst of the Oscar Nominations

    Let's start by stipulating that the Oscars have little or nothing to do with art or even how good a film is. Like any political contest, movie awards are about money and campaigning and popularity and image -- so if a good idea or vision sneaks in, what luck!

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    Directors Round Table: McQueen, Greengrass, Holofcener and Jonze Talk Success, Failure, Casting, and Unlearning Film School Wisdom

    The LA Times Directors round table, as part of the Envelope Screening Series, assembled Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said"), Spike Jonze ("Her"), JC Chandor ("All Is Lost") and John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks"). Highlights f...

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    Watch: Scarlett Johansson's Voice is Replaced by Teddy Ruxpin in 'Her' Spoof Trailer

    Scarlett Johansson's been receiving plenty of kudos, including a Best Actress win at the Rome Film Festival, for her voice performance as Samantha, an operating system who falls in love with Joaquin Phoenix, in Spike Jonze's "Her." But how would the film play if Samantha was voiced by none other tha...

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    Watch: 1-Hour Roundtable With Spike Jonze, Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, Nicole Holofcener & More

    With the awards season now in the final stretch before the nominees turn into winners, there's still some campaigning to do and talks to be had and the latest comes from the LA Times as part of their Envelope Screening Series.

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    'Her' Designers Barrett and Storm Talk Creating Warm, Retro Look

    Turns out that red is not only the warmest color in Spike Jonze's Oscar-contending "Her," but that there was no room for blue in this cozy LA of the near future. That's because the world building was retro rather than futuristic in exploring the conflict between emotion and environment, according to...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Her' and 'The Past' Not Eye-Popping, Face Serious Competition

    Two significant limited holiday entries opened this pre-holiday weekend, often a tricky time to attract specialized audiences. Spike Jonze's "Her" (Warner Bros.), with somewhat younger appeal, boasted a weaker limited opening than "American Hustle" last weekend, while Sony Pictures Classics slotted ...

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    'Her' Review: Spike Jonze Returns with a Vengeance with Tech Romance (Q & A)

    Some of the best movies come from filmmakers on the rebound from a flop. After years of struggling to finish his labor of love, the idiosyncratic Maurice Sendak adaptation "Where the Wild Things Are," Spike Jonze has returned with a vengeance, for the first time writing as well as directing the stor...

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    'Her': The OS as Digital Deity

    Can Spike Jonze's techo-romantic fable be read in spiritual terms as well?

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    Spike Jonze Says His Old, Unproduced Beastie Boys Film 'We Can Do It' Would Have Been "Surreal" & "Ridiculous"

    It's not the most well-traveled piece of "what could have been" pop culture lore, but in the mid 1990s, soon after their collective success with the now iconic and indelible "Sabotage" video, filmmaker Spike Jonze and the seminal hip-hop trio Beastie Boys, headed to Los Angeles to write a movie. The...

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    BEST FILMS OF 2013

    I am absolutely certain about the top three films on this list. But the further down we go, the more absurd it seems to rank films as different as the Coen Brothers' wonderfully layered look at a struggling folk singer in the 60's and Martin Scorsese's bacchanalia of 80's excess.

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