While critics are raving about the movie Her, Siri, the iPhone virtual assistant, is not impressed. Siri, or her Apple programmers, have a few choice words to say about Samantha, the films sexy operating system voiced by Scarlett Johanssson. A sample conversation:
Siri, are you Samantha?
No. Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial.
Appearing on Showbiz Tonight, Susan Bennett, the voice actress behind Siri, quipped: She told me she has always been a little bit jealous of Scarlett Johansson, so there you go!
• Director Matt Reeves wont be leaving The Planet of the Apes any time soon. He directed the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, due in theaters this July. And this week he signed on to direct a third installment in the franchise.
• Director Bryan Singer, preparing for May 23s X-Men: Days of Future Past, is already working on X-Men: Apocalypse, set for May 27, 2016. It will address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that, he told Entertainment Weekly. Its something thats always intrigued me when we think about our gods and our history and miracles and powers.
• Kevin James will write and star in a sequel to the surprise hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop, says the Hollywood Reporter. Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance) will direct.
Predicting the Oscars
This Sundays Golden Globes may be a hoot to watch, but they dont really forecast the Academy Awards. A better guide: the Hollywood guilds:
• The Directors Guild, the best bellwether for the director Oscar, and, somewhat, for best picture, this week announced its nominations. Three went to first-time nominees: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (pictured with his star, Chiwetel Ejiofor), Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity and Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips. Martin Scorsese received his 11th nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street, and David O. Russell nabbed his second for American Hustle. The awards are Jan. 25. Snubbed: the Coen brothers for Inside Llewyn Davis, Alexander Payne for Nebraska and Spike Jonze for Her.
• Last week, the Producers Guild announced its 10 best picture nominees: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street. Llewyn Davis missed out here, too, as well as All Is Lost and Fruitvale Station. The ceremony is Jan. 19.
Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 16. Find coverage on KansasCity.com and a special section in the Jan. 17 Star.
| Sharon Hoffmann, email@example.com