Seven Things to know about Spike Jonze’s “Her”

October 22nd, 2016
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    Installation by Jurgen Trautwein

  • 7 Things To Know About Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

    1. “Her” is dedicated to the memories of actor James Gandolfini, author Maurice Sendak, cinematographer Harris Savides and musician-filmmaker Adam Yauch. (All four had worked with Jonze in some capacity over the last 20 years.)

    2. Two former “Saturday Night Live” cast members have their voices featured in “Her,” as does one of Jonze’s “Adaptation” co-stars. (These surprises are better left unspoiled without any further specifics.)

    3. Samantha Morton, who voiced Samantha during the film’s production and was replaced by Johansson after principal photography wrapped, is credited as an associate producer on the movie.

    “Every movie I’ve worked on takes a long time to find what it is, and that was part of the process of this movie finding what it was,” Jonze said when asked about the impetus behind the actress switch. “I’m hesitant to answer that question, because what Samantha brought to the movie by being with us on set was huge. What she gave me in the movie, and what she gave Joaquin in the movie, off camera, was huge. I think what Scarlett gave to the movie was also huge. I would rather leave it at that.”

    4. Chris Cooper, who was cut from the film altogether, is thanked in the end credits. So, too, are Catherine Keener, Nicole Holofcener, Bennett Miller and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As Mark Harris revealed in the recent New York Magazine cover story on “Her,” Jonze asked Soderbergh to put together his own cut of the film, though the final edit belonged to Jonze and his editors, Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan.

    5. “The Moon Song,” an original track that Karen O wrote for the film’s soundtrack, is sung onscreen by Johansson with backup from Phoenix. (Karen O’s version plays in the credits.)

    6. Jonze said he met with the design team behind The High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side, to discuss the futuristic look of his film. He also revealed that he was inspired by the colors at Jamba Juice.

    7. Woody Allen was a big influence on the film’s script. “One of the movies I watched when I was writing [‘Her’] was ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ because that script is so incredibly written,” Jonze explained. “There’s a lot of talking about the idea of what the movie is about, but mostly the characters are plowing through the story, and taking you through the story, with their decisions. That was really inspiring.”

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    Happy birthday Spike Jonze

    Bob Dylan’s early interview by Studs Terkel in 1963

    October 17th, 2016
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    Studs Terkel interviews a very young Bob Dylan in 1963 and it’s incredible

    If you’re a fan of Dylan’s early work, I implore you to spend an hour with this stellar interview that he did with Studs Terkel from the spring of 1963 . You won’t regret it. It’s a very cool piece of history in my humble opinion.

    Bob Dylan is a notoriously tough person to interview and that’s definitely the case here, even this early in his life as a public persona. On the other hand, Terkel is a veteran interviewer, one of the best ever, and he seems genuinely impressed with the young man who was just 21 at the time and had but one record of mainly covers under his belt. Terkel does a good job of keeping things on track as he expertly gets out of the way and listens while gleaning what he can from his subject. It’s an interesting match-up.

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    Painting by Beverly Finster.

    If Not For You, Nobel, I Would Not Be Posting This + Ben Whishaw as Dylan

    October 14th, 2016
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    Bob Dylan and Levon playing Ping Pong here.

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    Via Ray Grasse –

    Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for literature – the award will be formally handed out on Dec. 10th, just as Jupiter crosses over the top of his horoscope (which pretty much confirms that birth time.)

  • Cohen – Dylan Interface –

    It wasn’t [Bob Dylan’s] originality which first impressed me, but his familiarity. He was a person out of my books, singing to the real guitar. Dylan was what I’d always meant by the poet. – Leonard Cohen

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    Polish Pioneer filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Passed away at 90

    October 9th, 2016
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    RIP Andrzej Wajda passed away at 90.
    Andrzej Wajda wiki

    His homepage <> <> 1andreWmy films

  • Wajda – And Why Japan

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    In Nastasia [Nastassya] directed by Wajda

    Tamasaburo Bando – Kabuki actor..(previous post)

    Final Portrait – Geoffrey Rush as Giacometti, Directed by Stanley Tucchi

    October 9th, 2016
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    (Photo by Robert Doisneau)

    Interview (see photos of Giacometti by Brassai, Cartier Bresson, Rene Burri, Robert Doisneau, Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, Man Ray, and Gordon Parks.

    Beckett and Giacometti
    (repost – Beckett archive here)

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    Monica Vitti and Antonioni looking at Giacometti sculptures.

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    Geoffrey Rush to star in Stanley Tucci’s new film, ‘Final Portrait.

  • Jean Genet jeangenet by Giacometti

  • Glenn Gould – The Genius was Funny and Playful

    October 4th, 2016
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    Glenn Gould died of a stroke on October 4, 1982, and was laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • “The really Important things in any biography are what someone thinks and feels and not what he has done.”
    —Glenn Gould

    See gif animation here.

  • Glenn Gould archive here (many fun links – Glenn loved Soseki Natsum).

  • Best of Enemies – Buckley Vs Gore – A Documentary Film

    October 2nd, 2016
  • (Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012)

    Gore Vidal would have been 91. Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer – we miss you.

    Anais Nin and Gore

    Photos via Previous post (Goodbye Gore Vidal)


    Best of Enemies (wiki)

    The Best of Beasties by - David Ehrenstein

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    NY Magazine (Best of Enemies)

  • Life in Feuds: How Gore Vidal gripped a nation..

  • The Hollow Men – Photo of T.S. Eliot & Ted Hughes + Willem Dafoe as Tom in Tom & Viv

    September 26th, 2016
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    Ted Hughes and Eliot

    TS Eliot, his wife Valerie and Ted Hughes at – in Hughes’s words – ‘one of the champagne and guinness parties’ that Faber used to throw

    Photograph: Faber Archive

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    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    The Hollow Men

    The Hollow Men
    Mistah Kurtz-he dead
    A penny for the Old Guy

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    Tom and Viv

  • The Fraught Friendship of T. S. Eliot and Groucho Marx (New Yorker)

  • From L.A Confidential to Too Big to Fail – Wonder Boys Director Curtis Hanson Passed Away

    September 21st, 2016
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    Wonder Boys – Tobey and Robert Downey Jr.

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    and Curtis Hanson.

    Sad news, goodbye Curtis Hanson!

    Curtis Hanson, Director and Oscar-Winning Writer on ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

    R I P Edward Albee (March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016)

    September 16th, 2016
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    Edward Albee R I P.

    The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia? A Delicate Balance

    LA times Obit here..

  • Edward Albee was my mailman

  • Kawase, Koreeda & Clara Law + Looking back on Kiki & Nagatosh’s Off Beat Films

    September 16th, 2016
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    Naomi Kawase

    Sweet Bean (Nytimes) - A delicacy unites a vendor and an old woman.

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    Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Koreeda’s new film, After the Storm.

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    Still Walking – Hirokazu Kore eda (previous post)

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    Autumn Moon directed by Clara Law

    Full film ofAutumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)

    Clara Law

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    Mystery Train - Jim Jarmusch

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    Nagatoshi in Cold Fever.

    Cold Fever (Icelandic film) ..

  • Robert Indiana – Imperial Love Installed in Berlin

    September 13th, 2016
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    Imperial Love installed at Berlin

    From Tuesday, 13 September 2016 – the artist’s birthday – visitors arriving at the entrance to the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will be greeted by Robert Indiana’s large-scale sculpture, Imperial LOVE (1966/2006).

    Whitney (Beyond Love)

    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Love in Hebrew installed in Jerusalem Noguchi Garden (Previous post)

    See a better photo of Ahava

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

  • How Love nearly ruined Robert Indiana’s career (mental floss)

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    Happy birthday Robert Indiana! his wiki here