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Upcoming Hurricane Sandy Film Continues Hollywood's Preoccupation with Technology's Place in Our Lives

After Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October 2012, I became one of the residents of Manhattan’s newest neighborhood: SoPo, the wonderfully NYC-esque portmanteau for South of Power. This month, a new film about the power outage called "3rd Street Blackout" is set to begin production in New York.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 12:10 PM
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WATCH: New Featurette for Oscar-Nominated 'Her' Score, Plus Karen O, Spike Jonze & KK Barrett Perform "Moon Song"

Check out a new featurette about scoring "Her" with Oscar nominee William Butler of Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy. Writer/director Spike Jonze, production designer KK Barrett and chanteuse Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs graced KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with a live performance of "The Moon Song" from "Her." Watch here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 20, 2014 5:46 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Talking the 'Her' Office with Oscar-Nominated Production Designer K.K. Barrett

Spike Jonze's beautiful and beguiling "Her," the dark horse in the best picture Oscar race, offers a warm and inviting fusion of LA/Shanghai, with its intoxicating use of red. And the opening scene in the office -- a high rise on Hope near Bunker Hill -- wonderfully sets up the delicate mood and world inhabited by the forlorn Joaquin Phoenix. Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett discusses his artistic choices and the impact.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 31, 2014 2:05 PM
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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 from their conversation, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 1:44 PM
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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 K.K. Barrett and Casey Storm, the director's longtime production designer and costume designer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 24, 2013 2:50 PM
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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 "The Past" as their end-of-year entry. Both will break wider in January.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 22, 2013 3:35 PM
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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 story of a man on the rebound from a failed marriage. "Her" can be viewed as the flip side of Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning movie about the end of their relationship, "Lost in Translation."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2013 6:21 PM
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This Weekend: Don't Miss 'Her,' 'The Past' and 'The Selfish Giant'; 'Anchorman 2' Also Arrives

An eclectic array of intimate indies and a raucous mainstream comedy hit theaters this weekend, from Spike Jonze's cri-de-coeur "Her" to Asghar Farhadi's can't-miss "The Past" and, yes, the "Anchorman" sequel. Trailers below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 19, 2013 3:21 PM
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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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Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Demme and More Talk Movies at Upcoming Rome Film Festival

The Rome film Festival (November 8-17) is once again offering on-stage conversations ("Movie Talks") with an impressive list of actors and directors. This year Jonathan Demme, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Spike Jonze, John Hurt, Álex de la Iglesia and Italian comedian Checco Zalone will meet the audience, and get the chance to talk about their relationships with cinema, commenting on their most significant film scenes and answering questions from the audience.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2013 3:03 PM
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