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It’s All About Her Because Siri Is Gonna Cut a Beyotch

her-movieIn theaters now is one of those artsy-fartsy movies by Spike Jonze (which means it’s all Oscar buzzy) simply called Her.

To summarize, Joaquin Phoenix is this ascetic hermit who lives as a writer by day and a miserable dude by night, eventually developing an unhealthy attachment to a certain “voice software” agent. According to the media, this phenomenon may soon become a regular thing. Who knows: are voice software and phone sex really so far apart?

Yes, Joaquin falls in love with … her. 

Cute, right? I mean, people ask Siri all sorts of randy questions, so naturally, some homer living in his mom’s garage was going to mistake a talking phone for a high-tech blow-up date.

Apparently someone at Apple is one sick, twisted and “oh, so, I’m-feeling-you-my-brother-or-sister” cool dude. Siri “herself” rolls her neck, snaps her fingers, tears out her weave and gets ready to get to scratch when you ask her about Her.

Watch the video and then try it with your own phone. G’head, try. I double dog dare you.

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PETA Drowns Joaquin Phoenix in Rejected Oscars Ad Spot

We’ve been wondering why Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix hasn’t appeared in many films of late, and now we know the answer: PETA drowned him.

The world’s largest animal rights group is no stranger to controversial advertising. In fact, it could be argued that most of its past campaign themes–from models wearing nothing but strategically-placed lettuce leaves to ads likening the slaughter of chickens to the Holocaust–were developed with shock value in mind.

Now, PETA is claiming that ABC declined to air its latest spot during the upcoming Oscars telecast because it’s too “political and controversial.” The commercial features Phoenix submerged in water, as his voice-over draws parallels between the pain and fear associated with drowning and the ordeal of fish doomed to suffocate in the air after being caught. We’re willing to bet PETA didn’t actually expect ABC to run its ad, and was counting on the “too controversial” label to garner the attention the group is so good at earning. I mean, we took the bait, didn’t we? (No pun intended).

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Don’t Bother Giving Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar

Joaquin Phoenix, who is well known for both his considerable acting skills and his propensity for pulling ridiculous stunts, would like you to know that he isn’t interested in winning an Oscar for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (which we haven’t seen yet, so no spoilers please).

In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Phoenix effectively called Hollywood’s awards fetish a farce:

“I’m just saying that I think it’s bullshit. I think it’s total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective.

Well, that’s one way to sink your Oscar chances, because we have a feeling that at least a few people on the Academy panel read Vanity Fair. On the other hand, we can’t say this is terribly surprising coming from an actor who insisted that his brief stint as a bearded rapper was completely legitimate.

Let’s state some obvious truths here: Actors are public figures. They’re about as public as anyone outside of politics can possibly be. We understand the appeal of the “crazy genius” stock character, but the fact that Phoenix can get work while continuing to misbehave in public and exhibit what appears to be disdain for the industry that employs him is a little surprising.

We would note that he is absolutely right and that the only real value of an Academy Award lies in free PR for your movie, but that goes without saying, doesn’t it?