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Her Gets A Dreamy Behind The Scenes Trailer

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Spike Jonze’s Her has been reaping in acclaim since it was released for a limited theatrical run at the end of last year. Numerous critical collectives have named it the best, or at least one of the best movies of the year, for good reason, it is really damn good. Last Friday, the film was given a wider release, expanding into more and more markets, and to promote the release, Her has a new behind the scenes trailer.

Like the movie itself, this trailer is something a little different than what you normally expect. Her is the story of Theodore Twombly (Joachim Phoenix), a lonely man going through a divorce who falls in love with Samantha, who just so happens to be an artificially intelligent operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. The film paints a peculiar, but imminently believable picture of a future where, not only can such a thing happen, but where it doesn’t seem so strange.

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Apple’s Siri Is No Fan Of Spike Jonze’s Her

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HerOne of the front-runners for the Best Picture Academy Award is Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her. Critics and audiences seem to be gravitating toward Jonze’s film about loneliness and depression colliding with new technology. The film takes place in the not-too-distant future and examines the love affair between a sad sack, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and his new artificially intelligent operating system Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. While the film also seems to be Spike Jonze working out some past feelings between himself and his ex-wife Sofia Coppola, the sci-fi film’s “inspiration” is not a fan of the 44-year-old director’s latest.

Apple’s iOS 7 “Siri” voice command assistant is none too pleased with Spike Jonze’s Her. While Siri’s comments are short and quippy, the iOS feature is not impressed with Jonze’s portrayal of artificial intelligence in the new film. If you ask Siri, “Are You Her?,” Siri will respond with jabs like the screenshots below. Siri’s responds ranges from “No, you know that’s just a movie, right?” to “No. In my opinion, she gives artificial intelligence a bad name.” Of course, Siri doesn’t have thoughts, feelings, or emotions of its own; that’s just something to consider when you’re watching Spike Jonze’s latest film.

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Movie Review: Her Is A Bittersweet Love Story For The Ages

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her posterTheodore Twombly (Joachim Phoenix) is lonely. You’ve seen guys like him a thousand times on the bus, he never looks ups from his phone, never interacts with anyone else, and you wonder about the state of his life. Going through a messy divorce, Theodore writes intimate letters for other people; from lover to lover, husband to wife, mother to child. Every attempt to feel something, to connect with another human being, leaves him more and more isolated, until he’s alone in his apartment losing an argument with a foul-mouthed character in a videogame.

This is the man at the center of Her, the latest film from Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze. A forlorn sad sack, so desperate for anything that resembles true affection, that when he installs a new operating system, one with a sultry female voice (Scarlett Johansson) and a personality so much greater than what she was simply programmed for, it’s only natural that he falls in love with her. In the relationship that develops, Jonze, who also wrote the script, creates the most complete, believable movie romance of the year.

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Joaquin Phoenix Falls In Love With An A.I.: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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HerDirector Spike Jonze isn’t exactly known for his mainstream tastes. He’s the guy who gave us, along with even-more-eccentric screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. So when it came time for somebody to write and direct a film about a lonely dude falling in love with his operating system, it’s not surprising the job went to Jonze. In Her, Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore, a sad-sack who makes a living ghost-writing heartfelt, emotional letters for other people. (Sort of a Cyrano de Bergerac thing, but without the prominent proboscis.) His long-term relationship has cratered and the guy is obviously feeling a bit vulnerable, so when he loads up a new artificially intelligent operating system that’s supposed to cater to your every need, an unlikely love connection is formed. It doesn’t hurt that it sounds like
Scarlett Johannson.

If the concept at first sounds silly, don’t kid yourself: this is going to happen someday. As technology advances and the line between organic and synthetic grows ever finer, it’s completely believable that some will opt for a love they can program rather than the more challenging flesh-and-blood variety. Hell, we already live in a world of mail-order brides and Real Dolls and a.i. telemarketers who claim they aren’t a.i. telemarketers. Clearly the synthetics are going to face some discrimination, however, since Johannson’s performance apparently isn’t eligible for a Golden Globes nomination because…who knows.

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Her Trailer Showcases Love, Artificial Intelligence Style

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Director Spike Jonze is mostly known for delivering strange, offbeat films that feature lonely and displaced characters. In 1999, Jonze released his debut film, Being John Malkovich, and earned himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. In 2002, he presented an odd film about screenwriting with the film titled Adaptation, and in 2009 Jonze dazzled audiences with the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. Later this month, Jonze will deliver his take on modern romance in the film Her. Now Warner Bros. has released a new trailer focusing on the film’s unconventional sci-fi love story.

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Golden Globes Declare Scarlett Johansson’s Role In Spike Jonze’s Her Ineligible For A Nomination

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scarlet johanssonThe MPAA is usually one of the biggest culprits in the realm of cinema for all its constant prudery, challenging all things sexual while allowing violence a free reign. But now the Golden Globe nomination committee, or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association or whatever, are shutting down something sexy of their own, though it’s got more to do with oral than penetration. They’ve decided actress Scarlett Johansson will not be eligible for a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Spike Jonze’s upcoming bizarro romantic drama Her, because her role is that of an artificially intelligent computer, and she doesn’t actually appear on screen. I guess they think performances in animated movies are pure shite then.

The Golden Globes will still consider Johansson for her role in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Don Jon, because you can actually see her pouty lips in that one. But Her takes the hit. It’s worth noting here that the actress is still eligible for nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and, more importantly, the Academy Awards, and that Jonze’s Her can still attain nominations in any other category, like “Best Movie That’s Sick of the Golden Globes’ Shit.”