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Spike Jonze on his new movie 'Her' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The first trailer for Spike Jonze’s new movie Her was released last week and generated a rush of positive buzz. The film is set in the near future and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a lonely, soon-to-be-divorced writer who buys a new computer operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Samantha is so human and intuitive that Theodore begins to fall in love with “her.”

Prior to the release of the trailer, that description of the plot inspired a raft of Siri jokes, but the tone of the trailer is so full of longing and loss that those flip jibes fall flat once you’ve seen it. Jonze, 43, has not made a film in four years and first conceived of Her while working on his last, Where the Wild Things Are. He spoke with EW about Her and why he wanted to make it.
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Amy Poehler remembers 'Wet Hot American Summer': 'The partying never ended'

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Are you a fan of summer camp comedies that feature a talking can of mixed vegetables, a falling piece of SkyLab, and a tender but explicit sex scene starring Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black? Then you’ve probably seen Wet Hot American Summer (and if haven’t, then, boy, do we have a movie for you!).

Wet Hot grossed just $300,000 when it was released in the summer of 2001, but over time, its cult status has grown — as has the stature of its cast, which also includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, and Elizabeth Banks. To mark the 10th anniversary of director David Wain’s anarchic debut film, we’re running a series of Q&As with the movie’s stars. Today, it’s the turn of Poehler, who played Susie, Camp Firewood’s show director/choreographer. You can read her recollections below.

But, seriously, FYI, you guys, be prepared, be enthusiastic, and LEAVE YOUR BULLS— ATTITUDE AT THE DOOR!

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Movies starring real people vs. movies starring pixel people: the eyes have it

I haven’t written anything on this site about Avatar, for good reasons For one thing, I second everything Owen said in his fine review. And for another, I think that between Entertainment Weekly and ew.com, EW forces have pretty well covered every mile from Earth to Pandora, don’t you? But looking at this week’s pretty blue cover, I realize now that the main reason I haven’t jumped in to add to the discussion is because, as visually beautiful as Avatar is, and as snazzy, and as technologically innovative, the movie just doesn’t engage me emotionally as much as a movie about humans does.

You might say, well, what about hobbits and Wild Things and Wall-E and blockheaded Carl in Up? They’re not real people, either, and you’ve written about how much you love them. And I answer yes, I do. But I invest my heart differently when a character is human. I don’t care who’s fictional, who’s actual, and who’s just vaguely based-on-real-life. I do care that we share common traits of heart and soul. I know myself well enough to know that I particularly crave knowledge of how others of my species maneuver their ways in the world. And with all props to Neytiri, her ways are from another planet.

For me, the absence of human identification keeps me at a distance. As I say, for me. How about for you?

Obama and 'Wild Things': President as movie critic

I’m surprised there’s been little media reaction to the casual comment President Obama made the other day about Where the Wild Things Are: The president was visiting a local public school, he’s known to be a big fan of Maurice Sendak’s book, he’s screened the movie, and, as reported in The Washington Post, he told his kid constituency, “it’s worth seeing.” Given the dust stirred up by adults when Obama made a speech to schoolchildren last month on the apolitical subject of studying hard and doing one’s homework, it’s easy to imagine a grown-up anti-Wild Things faction criticizing this Presidential film review as a partisan attack on moviegoers who don’t like stories about furry monsters.

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'Where the Wild Things Are': Watch movie critics start a rumpus

Watch this jungle conversation between Lisa and Owen and find out who’s wild and who’s mild about the weekend’s biggest movie!

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'Where the Wild Things Are': Should favorite books be made into movies?

I’ve made it pretty clear how much I love Spike Jonze’s movie Where the Wild Things Are. But I also feel the pain of a commenter on this site who expressed dismay at the idea of Maurice Sendak’s book being adapted at all. “Children’s books are wonderful because books allow kids to use their imagination,” this poster explained. These stories are amazing just as they are, they do not need to be made into movies.”  I know just how the writer feels. The  more I love a book (whether Horton Hears a Who or Blindness), the more protective I feel about it; I’m sure Harry Potter readers feel the same way. (For the record, I loved the movie version of Horton; Blindness, on the other hand, was a bust.)

Since the world spins forward and pop culture feeds on itself, I don’t think there’s much chance of stopping the great march of literature-into-cinema. (Well, probably J.D.Salinger can put the brakes on a project.) Of course, you can choose not to mess with your imagination, and skip the movie version. (Too bad, because then you’d miss the movie-screen glories of Rebecca, Gone With the Wind, The Lord of the Rings, and even Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.) But if you choose to go, not only to Wild Things but to any movie made from a book you love, ask yourself this: Does the movie do justice to the spirit and tone of the original, if not the details? Does the movie have a…well, soul? A coherence, an aesthetic integrity of its own?  I haven’t seen the movie version of The Road yet, the one starring Viggo Mortensen, but I know it’s got a lot to live up to, since Cormac McCarthy’s book was bleak almost beyond picturing….

So let me ask you this: What good movie has been made out of a book you love? And for that matter, what movie has gotten a beloved book all wrong?

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