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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Experienced “A Lot Of Fear” Before Accepting ‘Joker’ Role As Todd Phillips Teases Sequel Possibilities

When you’re an actor on the level of Joaquin Phoenix, you might think that there isn’t a role anywhere that might scare you. However, in a new interview with Total Film (via Uproxx), Phoenix explained why he felt actual fear before accepting the role as the lead character in Todd Phillips’ upcoming comic book film “Joker.”

“There was a lot of fear,” he admitted.

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Comedian Flula Borg to join the cast of James Gunn's Suicide Squad

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Comedian Flula Borg to join the cast of James Gunn's Suicide Squad
While Jared Leto's Joker has yet to be confirmed as a cast member of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, it's being reported that another comedian is looking to join the fray. It's been confirmed by Deadline that actor, DJ and comedian Flula Borg has joined the cast of The Suicide Squad. Details surrounding Borg's character are scarce at this time, though it's…
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Shia Labeouf and Robert De Niro team for After Exile

Deadline is reporting that Shia Labeouf and Robert De Niro have been cast in After Exile, a drama from director Joshua Michael Stern and screenwriters Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo.

The film will see Labeouf portraying Mike Delaney, a man who is released from prison after killing an innocent man during a robbery, and – upon returning to his old life – finds himself attempting to save his younger brother from a life of drugs and crime. De Niro will play Ted Delaney, Mike’s alcoholic ex-con father who is racked with guilt and determined to save his two sons from the dark and destructive paths they find themselves on.

Labeouf can currently be seen in The Peanut Butter Falcon, and next up for him is Honey Boy, a drama which is he scripted and is based upon his own life as a child star, De Niro meanwhile teams with Martin Scorsese,
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"Joker" - Put On A Happy Face

Take another look at footage of actor Joaquin Phoenix, on the run from the police in writer/director Todd Phillips' stand-alone "Joker" feature film, opening October 2019:

Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, the 'Joker' debuted in the first issue of DC Comics' "Batman"...

...inspired by the German Expressionist film "The Man Who Laughs" based on the novel by author Victor Hugo

Actor Conrad Veidt plays 'Gwynplaine', whose face is permanently disfigured into a grotesque grin, after offending 'King James II'. 

Gwynplaine becomes a traveling freak, selling his disfigurement for money, while falling in love with a blind woman.

DC's 'Joker', is usually portrayed as a deranged, criminal mastermind, with a warped, sadistic sense of humor. 

He evolved into a 'goofy prankster' in the late 1950's in response to regulations by the 'Comics Code Authority'...

...before returning to his darker roots.

The
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‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At Toronto Film Festival

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‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At Toronto Film Festival
Toronto Film Festival co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey have set Joaquin Phoenix to receive a Tiff Tribute Actor Award on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York. Fest previously designated Meryl Streep for the honor. Phoenix will be there for the North American premiere of the Todd Phillips-directed Warner Bros film Joker, the formative story of the iconic villain played memorably in Batman films by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. Streep will be in Toronto for the Steven Soderbergh-directed Netflix film The Laundromat.

Phoenix’ 35-year career has plenty of performances worth celebrating, including The Master, Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, Gladiator, To Die For, and Her. He has been nominated for three Oscars.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” said Bailey. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role.
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Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Toronto Fest Tribute

Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Toronto Fest Tribute
Joaquin Phoenix will be feted at the Toronto Film Festival as he receives one of two inaugural Tribute Actor Awards.

The three-time Oscar nominee will be honored on Sept. 9 at Tiff's Tribute Gala, a festival fundraiser receiving a bigger spotlight this year as the star wattage is turned up. Meryl Streep was earlier announced to receive the other Tribute Actor Award.

Phoenix will also be in Toronto to promote Todd PhillipsJoker, in which the Hollywood actor plays one of cinema's most iconic villains. The Warner Bros. comic book movie is set for a North American premiere ...
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Luca Guadagnino in Talks to Direct ‘Lord of the Flies’ for Warner Bros.

Luca Guadagnino in Talks to Direct ‘Lord of the Flies’ for Warner Bros.
Oscar-nominated “Call Me By Your Name” and “Suspiria” director Luca Guadagnino is in negotiations to direct a new adaptation of William Golding’s classic coming-of-age novel for Warner Bros. According to Variety, Warners has been trying to mount the project since reacquiring the rights in 2017.

There have previously been talks of a gender-bent production, swapping in a group of school girls for the boys in the novel who, marooned on a desert island, unravel into savagery and madness. According to other sources, the screenplay will come from Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet — scribes behind such recent action tentpoles including “Captain Marvel,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Tomb Raider.”

Lord of the Flies” would mark the biggest scope, and presumably budget, yet for the Italian auteur who currently already has a busy slate on his hands. He’s in pre-production on the HBO miniseries “We Are What We Are,” which centers
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Daily Podcast: Will Joker Be An Oscar Contender? Spider-Man Popcorn, Disney+, Avengers, Regal Unlimited, Criterion & Big Mouth

Daily Podcast: Will Joker Be An Oscar Contender? Spider-Man Popcorn, Disney+, Avengers, Regal Unlimited, Criterion & Big Mouth
On the July 26, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Disney+, Avengers: Endgame, Joker, Regal Unlimited, Criterion and Big Mouth. Opening Banter: It’s […]

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Updated Oscar Predictions For July

We’re knee deep in the summer now, my friends. With that, the blockbusters are almost all churned out, so the upcoming prestige pictures of the fall and winter are on the horizon. With the upcoming fall film festival lineups more or less set (more on that tomorrow), the movies looking for major Academy Award play seem to be positioning themselves for acclaim. Most remain to be seen, aside from one that opened today by a certain rebel auteur, but that’s part of the excitement. These predictions don’t have a ton of changes to them, but they hint at all of the possibilities to come. This time around, there’s already a delay to report. The Woman in the Window has moved to 2020, taking Amy Adams out of the race. Plus, we have now seen Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Throw that into the
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Venice Film Festival 2019 Lineup: Polanski, ‘Joker’, ‘The Laundromat’, ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Marriage Story’ In Competition – Full List

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Venice Film Festival 2019 Lineup: Polanski, ‘Joker’, ‘The Laundromat’, ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Marriage Story’ In Competition – Full List
Update: Much of the Venice Film Festival’s 2019 competition field, which was announced this morning in Rome, lines up as expected with Warner Bros/DC origns story Joker; Fox/Disney’s Brad Pitt space drama Ad Astra; Steven Soderbergh’s starry Netflix dark comedy, The Laundromat; and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story from Netflix making the cut to begin potential awards-season runs.

Kristen Stewart drama Seberg (formerly Against All Enemies) is also an official selection entry, though in something of a surprise is taking an out-of-competition slot. Other intriguing titles include Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate (she is one of just two female filmmakers in the competition); Olivier AssayasWasp Network, a thriller with Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez; and Pablo Larrain’s Ema.

Fest chief Alberto Barbera is already facing criticism from European Cinema groups over the inclusion of three Netflix titles. He’s also likely to stir
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‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘Marriage Story,’ ‘The King’ Bowing At 2019 Venice Film Festival

As always, the announcement of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival slate took a bite out of Venice’s thunder. That festival’s designation of “World,” “Canadian,” “International” and “North American” premieres makes it somewhat easy to figure out what films are debuting at the competing Venice and Telluride Film Festivals. That being said, the 2019 Venice International Film Festival had some surprises up its sleeve.

Read More: Nine Things We Learned From Tiff’s 2019 Slate: ‘Judy,’ ‘Marriage Story,’ Hustlers’ & More

The expected debuts in competition were James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundrymart,” Todd Phillips’ “Joker” and Atom Egoyan’s “Guest of Honour.” New titles included Oliver Assayas’ “Wasp Network” with Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramierez, Cico Guerra’s “Waiting for the Barbarians” with Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson, Pablo Larrain’s “Ema” with Gael Garcia Bernal, Lou Ye’s “Lan
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‘Joker,’ ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘The Laundromat,’ ‘Marriage Story’ to Compete in Venice

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‘Joker,’ ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘The Laundromat,’ ‘Marriage Story’ to Compete in Venice
A robust roster of awards contenders, including Brad Pitt space odyssey “Ad Astra” and Steven Soderbergh’s star-studded financial thriller “The Laundromat,” will launch from the Venice Film Festival, which features a bit less high-wattage Hollywood fare this year but no shortage of hotly anticipated world premieres and stars.

The four U.S. pics in the Lido’s 21-title competition are all high-profile entries, starting with Fox’s “Ad Astra,” directed by James Grey, which features Pitt as an astronaut on a mission to save the solar system from imminent destruction. Netflix continues its strong track record on the Lido (where “Roma” debuted last year) with Noah Baumbach’s intimate divorce drama, “Marriage Story,” with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple in conflict, and “The Laundromat,” which stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas in a tale based on the Panama Papers exposé. Warner Bros. is launching “Joker,
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Venice Competition to Include Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, James Gray's 'Ad Astra,' Todd Phillips' 'Joker'

Venice Competition to Include Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, James Gray's 'Ad Astra,' Todd Phillips' 'Joker'
The Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest film fest, on Thursday unveiled the lineup for its 76th edition in Rome. That means awards season has officially kicked off in full swing as a new slate of Oscar hopefuls plan on launching their campaigns in Italy beginning in August.

Jury head Lucrecia Martel will lead a jury of international film names to bestow top prizes: the Golden Lion for best film, the Grand Special Jury Prize, the Silver Lion for best director, the Special Jury Prize, the Volpi Cup for best actor and actress, the best screenplay honor and ...
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Toronto Fest 2019 Star Power: Hanks’ Mister Rogers, Bale-Damon’s ‘Ford V Ferrari,’ Phoenix’s ‘Joker,’ Streep & Oldman’s ‘Laundromat,’ Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite,’ Daniel Craig’s ‘Knives Out,’ Kidman’s ‘Goldfinch’ Among Premieres

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Toronto Fest 2019 Star Power: Hanks’ Mister Rogers, Bale-Damon’s ‘Ford V Ferrari,’ Phoenix’s ‘Joker,’ Streep & Oldman’s ‘Laundromat,’ Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite,’ Daniel Craig’s ‘Knives Out,’ Kidman’s ‘Goldfinch’ Among Premieres
The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled an early list of Gala Premieres and Special Presentations for the festival that runs September 5-15, and there will be no shortage of star power. Among the highlights: Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford V Ferrari, Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name, Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, Bruce Springsteen and Western Stars, Daniel Craig and Knives Out, Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, Nicole Kidman in The Goldfinch, Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman in Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, Hugh Jackman in Bad Education and the Edward Norton-directed Motherless Brooklyn. There is also a splashy slate here that will answer many questions about the upcoming Oscar race.

The festival previously announced as opening film the Canadian-made documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. Tiff hasn’t yet divulged
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Exclusive Photo: Marc Maron, Podcaster and Actor Featured in New Film ‘Sword of Trust’

Chicago – One of the most prominent podcasters of this particular era is Marc Maron, who famously broadcasts his “Wtf with Marc Maron” show from his garage. His mix of comedians, politicians and celebrities has brought him notoriety in the crowded field. He is dipping his toe into acting, with a lead in a new film “Sword of Trust.”

Mel (Marc Maron) is a cantankerous pawnshop owner in Alabama who spends most of his time swindling customers while trying and failing to get his man-child employee Nathaniel (Jon Bass) to do any work. When Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her wife Mary (Michaela Watkins) try to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from Cynthia’s recently deceased grandfather, he tries to get the better of them. The sword, however, comes with a convoluted report from Cynthia’s grandfather claiming the relic to be proof the South actually won the war. This begins
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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth,’ Starring Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche, to Open Venice 2019

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth,’ Starring Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche, to Open Venice 2019
The 2019 Venice Film Festival will open August 28 with the world premiere of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s highly-anticipated new drama “The Truth,” starring Ethan Hawke opposite French legends Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. The drama is Kore-eda’s first film set outside his home country of Japan. The director’s last effort, “Shoplifters,” won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Truth” stars Deneuve as legendary French actress Fabienne and Binoche as her daughter, Lumir. Fabienne publishes a memoir about her life just as Lumir and her husband (Hawke) arrive in Paris to visit her, setting off a tense reunion between the mother and daughter that turns confrontational.

“The cast is prestigious, but the film itself recounts a small family story that takes place primarily inside a house,” Korea-eda said in a statement to Venice, while also noting he
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With ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ Likely, Venice Set for Strong Showing by U.S., Bolstered by Streamers

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With ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ Likely, Venice Set for Strong Showing by U.S., Bolstered by Streamers
Brad Pitt space odyssey “Ad Astra,” Noah Baumbach’s untitled new project, “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts,” Fernando Meirelles’ “The Pope,” the new “Rambo” installment, and heist thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” starring Mick Jagger as a reclusive art dealer, all look bound for the Venice Film Festival, sources tell Variety.

The fest is scheduled to unveil its initial lineup July 25. With just six weeks before the festival kicks off, director Alberto Barbera is scrambling to firm up his official selection, a process more down to the wire than usual.

At the moment, this year’s U.S. studio presence on the Lido does not look as if it will be as dominant as in recent editions, possibly because the Disney-Fox merger has slowed down the Hollywood pipeline a bit. But where the majors might be pulling back, the streamers are stepping in.

Netflix looks set
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‘Sword of Trust’ Film Review: Marc Maron’s Masterful Turn Exposes the Deep Roots of Lynn Shelton’s Comedy

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‘Sword of Trust’ Film Review: Marc Maron’s Masterful Turn Exposes the Deep Roots of Lynn Shelton’s Comedy
If ever there were a movie for our era, it is surely Lynn Shelton’s deceptively low-fi comedy “Sword of Trust,” which cheerfully skewers its targets even as it sweetly wears its heart on its sleeve.

The movie premiered at SXSW, and it’s safe to say Shelton is preaching to a pretty well-defined choir. If you connect to her liberal heroes, you’ll probably love the movie. If you favor her Maga-fied villains, you’re more likely to write nasty comments about her on Twitter. Given that she’s thought out every other aspect of the project with acerbic intelligence, one suspects she’s prepared for this schism, too.

The divide that cleaves America is, after all, the film’s foundation. And its locus is a grungy corner of Birmingham, Alabama, where Mel (comedian/podcaster Marc Maron) — a wisecracking Jewish blues musician from New Mexico — runs a sleepy pawnshop
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Robert De Niro Got Sent Pipe Bomb on His First Day of Filming ‘Joker’

Robert De Niro Got Sent Pipe Bomb on His First Day of Filming ‘Joker’
Robert De Niro was in the news last fall after a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb was sent to his Tribeca production office in New York City on October 25. The incident made national headlines, but one thing not known until now was that the explosive device arrived on the same day De Niro was set to begin filming his supporting role in the Warner Bros. tentpole “Joker.” The film’s director Todd Phillips revealed the detail to Empire magazine and said that the pipe bomb did not stop De Niro from fulfilling his commitment to the comic book movie.

“We had FBI guys showing up to search the set,” Phillips said. “And I thought, ‘Oh god, what’s he gonna be like?’ And he comes in like it’s nothing, just ready to rock, knew his shit. He’s amazing.”

Phillips has been vocal about using De Niro’s
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‘Joker’: Todd Phillips Says A Real Bomb Scare Didn’t Faze Robert De Niro On The First Day Of Shooting

‘Joker’: Todd Phillips Says A Real Bomb Scare Didn’t Faze Robert De Niro On The First Day Of Shooting
Warner Bros’ upcoming “Joker” is full of surprises. Hell, the fact that WB is even making a solo film about one of its most popular villains that apparently shares very little-to-no DNA with the comic books is a miracle in itself. Add to the fact that the film secured actors like Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, you’re left with a film that would be super intriguing even if the main character wasn’t a homicidal clown.

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