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WATCH: New Trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her'

A second trailer has arrived for Spike Jonze's "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix as one Theodore Twambly, a writer so heartbroken following the end of a long-term relationship that he strikes up a tech-age romance with a computer operating system, huskily voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2013 12:18 PM
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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now?

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I look at where the Oscar race is now. We check out the strengths and weaknesses of the New York Film Festival entries "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Ben Stiller's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We agree that Tom Hanks reminds us of what a real performance looks like.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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NYFF: James Gray Talks 'The Immigrant,' Joaquin Phoenix Doesn't (Q & A VIDEO)

James Gray's "The Immigrants" is one of those films where you feel that all the energy went into slavishly recreating the period; you leave humming the sets. At the press conference (see video below), Gray had to do all the talking, as Joaquin Phoenix was there to lend moral support but not much else.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 8:01 PM
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Spike Jonze Previews 'Her' Before its New York Film Festival Unveiling

Spike Jonze did not have a completed film to show at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, even though he'd been working on his fourth feature "Her" for three years, and editing the film for 14 months. It was "a relentless process" he said at the TIFF Q & A. "I don't know what I'm making, I find it along the way." But he did provide a tantalizing preview of "Her," which was financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna, via clips and a talk with his friend, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2013 12:53 PM
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New York Film Festival Announces Spike Jonze's 'Her' as Closing Night Gala

A day after its first trailer being released online, Spike Jonze's "Her" has been announced as the Closing Night Gala for the New York Film Festival. It will be making its world premiere at the fest. Check out a new image below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2013 12:33 PM
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Cannes: Oscar-Worthy Cotillard and Director Gray Talk Divisive 'The Immigrant'

Characteristic of a number of Cannes competition titles, "The Immigrant" has divided audiences though its morning screening Friday did not receive the audible Boos that greeted the credit roll of "Only God Forgives" the day prior. An unscientific poll of random inquiries by badge holders here who have seen the film suggests that it has won over more moviegoers than not.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 25, 2013 3:51 PM
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WATCH: Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner in First Clip from James Gray's Cannes Competitor 'The Immigrant' (VIDEO)

Check out this first brief clip from James Gray's Cannes competition title "The Immigrant," starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, which centers on a woman's turbulent immigration from her native Poland to New York City. In the clip, Renner's character offers some advice to Cotillard's troubled Ewa, who is bedecked in a 1920s embellished headband and frock.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 17, 2013 12:22 PM
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Digging into Costume Design, from Oscar-Winner 'Anna Karenina' to 'Les Miserables'

For the third year in a row, the symposium Sketch to Screen was one of the highlights of Oscar Week. Mounted by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and moderated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the director of the Copley Centre for the Study of Costume Design, this year's entertaining and revealing panel...
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • February 27, 2013 12:31 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix May Reteam for 1969-Set Comedy 'Inherent Vice'

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "Inherent Vice." The duo's "The Master" topped many high-brow Best of 2012 lists, and Phoenix even got an Oscar nomination despite his disdain for campaigning and his opinion that awards are "total utter bullshit."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 4:24 PM
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Best Performances of 2012: A Good Year for the Broken, Disturbed and Driven

A great year in film means a great year in acting. We've celebrated our Top Ten Films of 2012, and now it's time to give thanks for some of the performances that moved us this year.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 25, 2012 7:00 AM
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