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'Interstellar' and five other understated sci-fi futures

We tend to think about the future in terms of possibility. Assuming that we continue to advance as a species and don’t come down with a case of the apocalypse, the notion of “the future” is one where things that are not possible now become possible. Of course, in science fiction, this growth is usually far more drastic than it is in real life—we don’t drive flying cars, and all the cool tablets and phones we do have don’t necessarily work in the sexy ways that we imagined before their debut. Real progress is slow and boring, and big game changers like ereaders tend to coexist with whatever it was we assumed they would replace (like books). Given the way 2001: A Space Odyssey set expectations, 2001 must have been an extremely disappointing year.


Oscars 2014: Karen O and Ezra Koenig sing 'The Moon Song'

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig brought some romance to the evening with their performance of Her‘s “The Moon Song,” a stripped down ditty written by Karen O and Spike Jonze and nominated for best original song. Sitting on steps with an image of a moon projected behind them, the pair gazed into each others’ eyes as they sang, with Koenig strumming an acoustic guitar as the only accompaniment. So this is what Her would have been like if Samantha wasn’t a phone?

To add to the laid-back, intimate vibe, Karen O’s high heels sat beside her instead of on her feet. Just add her to the list of woman shedding their heels on awards show stages. Watch the performance below: READ FULL STORY

Oscar Season: The Musical! What would this year's Best Picture nominees be like on Broadway? -- VIDEO


Though Frozen was nominated for two Oscars this year, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, the crop of nine Best Picture nominees doesn’t include a musical.

But what would happen if you took the nine very different films and made them into a musical? You would get some hilarious high-kicking results. From The Wolf of Wall Street cursing on beat to an American Hustle bathroom showdown reminiscent of Rent, it’s clear some of these musical ideas work better than others. Like most Oscar-related parodies that have been happening lately, 12 Years a Slave is respectfully not given a full production number. But if you ever wanted to see Dallas Buyers Club‘s Ron Woodroof do a kick-line next to Philomena, you are in luck! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Her'


Name: Her

Run time: 2 hours, 6 minutes

DVD release date: Unknown

Box office: Domestic — $23.5 million, Foreign — $4.1 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Her movie math: (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Smart House) x (Like Crazy + Lost in Translation)

Tweetable description: A man and his wife break up and he turns to his sultry-voiced OS for love — and finds it.

What Chris Nashawaty said : “Jonze’s satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it’s also a bit icy emotionally. He clearly has a lot on his mind about how seductive technology is and how much easier life would be if we could insulate ourselves from messy human emotions. But in the end, those ideas end up appealing to your head more than your heart.”

Number of Oscar nods: 5 — Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song for Karen O’s “The Moon Song,” Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay

Her‘s Oscar history: Her writer and director Spike Jonze got a Best Director nod for 1999’s Being John Malkovich. Producer Megan Ellison is in the Best Picture running with not only Her, but also American Hustle, and she was part of the team nominated for their work with Zero Dark Thirty, when the film was nominated for Best Picture last year.

What it has won thus far: Jonze’s screenplay has fared well: It’s won 13 different awards, including a Golden Globe last month.

Why it should win: Her is a look at our future — not too subtle, but also not so overwhelmingly out-there that we can’t connect with it. That’s an accomplishment in itself. But more than that, it’s a new kind of love story that veers away from Notebook-like sentimentality in favor of just plain, raw emotion. It’s enjoyable to watch (the colors! the music! the voices!), and it makes you honestly consider humans’ relationship with technology.

Why it shouldn’t win: At its core, Her is a story about heartbreak and love, and that’s relatable to anyone. But it’s also a movie about heartbreak and love, which seems trivial compared to some of the other nominees — say Dallas Buyers Club or 12 Years a Slave  — that revolve around life-or-death drama and use individuals to show how they were affected by real-life, widespread issues like AIDS and slavery. It’s hard to say that what is essentially a romantic comedy deserves to win when those are its competitors.

Vegas Odds: 150/1, according to Las Vegas Sports Betting

Best line: Anything the hilarious foul-mouthed video game alien says. Plus, when Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) shares his totally understandable fear: “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel, and from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”

Worst line: When Theodore tells his friend Amy (Amy Adams) that he’s dating his OS and when he gets self-conscious about it, she replies: “I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.” Sure, it’s a cute line, but it also sounds like something you’d see written over a “romantic” photo on Tumblr. Pass.

Philip Seymour Hoffman replaces ScarJo in parody 'Her' trailer -- VIDEO


Oh, how different a movie Her would be if Samantha wasn’t… Samantha. A trailer made by Richard Trammell shows us what the film would be like if Philip Seymour Hoffman was the one voicing Theodore Twombly’s OS. Hoffman’s version isn’t as, well, sweet as Scarlett Johansson’s– prepare to cringe through your laughter. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: 'Her,' 'Fight Club,' and days of future present


Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

I finally saw Her this week and now all I can think about is Fight Club. Surface-level, I’ll admit: Not much in common. Fight Club is badass and bloody and chilly and exhaustively cool. Her is mournful and sweet and confessional and strenuously twee. Fight Club is a dude movie about dudes who can’t stop talking about what dudes they are; Helena Bonham Carter plays the local representative of The Female Gender as a Manic Pixie Dream Madonna-Whore Complex. Her is about one man surrounded by women: An ex-wife, a bad date, a best friend, a woman who is everywhere and nowhere at once.

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