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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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Talking the 'Her' Score with Arcade Fire Oscar Nominee William Butler

Oscar-nominated William Butler's first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze's "Her" with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 18, 2014 2:58 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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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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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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Rome Film Festival Sets 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Her,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Another Me' as First Wave of Competition Lineup

The Rome Film Festival, running November 8-17, has announced the first four competition titles in its lineup: Isabel Coixet's "Another Me," Spike Jonze's "Her," Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club," and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 23, 2013 1:34 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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WATCH: First Trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her,' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and the Voice of Scarlett Johansson

The first trailer for Spike Jonze's "Her" has landed. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who falls in love with a computer operating system (calling itself "Samantha" and given the husky voice of Scarlett Johansson), the film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 7, 2013 12:39 PM
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