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Joker Fans Get Surprise at LA Screenings

Star Joaquin Phoenix shows up at LA theaters

(Newser) - A little perk of living in LA—you never who might show up at a movie screening. Deadline reports that Joaquin Phoenix surprised Joker fans by turning up at multiple Alamo Drafthouse locations in Los Angeles. Phoenix answered questions and posed for selfies with fans before and after showings, per... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Joker

Film is unoriginal, though its star impresses

(Newser) - Before its Friday release date, Todd Phillips' Joker took home the the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. It also took a lot of flak from people who feared the origin story of a comic book antihero would glorify angry loners . With the curtain now pulled, critics are offering... More »

Joaquin Phoenix Takes on the Controversy Over Joker

The actor talks about his embrace of the dark side

(Newser) - Joaquin Phoenix has never been shy about going to the dark side. But with critics saying the actor's new movie, Joker , glorifies angry loners—the kind who shoot up movie theaters—he talks to Joe Hagan for Vanity Fair about playing the role and coping with other dark stuff... More »

Dark Joker Just Won Its First Major Award

Film starring Joaquin Phoenix is top winner at Venice Film Festival

(Newser) - Todd Phillips' dark comic book film Joker won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday and cemented its place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Jury president Lucretia Martel announced the winners of the prestigious award during a ceremony... More »

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Looks 'Dark and Twisted'

'Absolutely not like any comic book movie that has come before'

(Newser) - The long-awaited trailer for Joker , starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, was posted Wednesday morning, with an advance sneak peek Tuesday at CinemaCon—and per reaction rounded up by USA Today , the film looks to be "absolutely not like any 'comic book' movie that has come before,... More »

Lengthy Inherent Vice Is 'Offbeat'

Critics take on Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of novel

(Newser) - How many stars can you pack in a movie? When it comes to Inherent Vice, based on a 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, a lot. Alongside Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, and Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a stoner helping out his ex-girlfriend in 1970s California. Here's... More »

7 Celebs Who Changed Their Names

Demetria Guynes? Who's that?

(Newser) - Sometimes you're born with a name that seems destined for bright lights ... and sometimes you're just not. ETOnline rounds up celebrities who changed their birth names:
  • Joaquin Phoenix: Born Joaquin Rafael Bottom, his parents changed the family's last name after leaving the "Children of God" religion
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Critics in Love With Her

Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson star in Spike Jonze film

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Spike Jonze's Her, a boy-meets-OS story starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with his thinking, feeling computer, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Highlights from the reviews:
  • "With his extraordinary new film Her, Spike Jonze has made a heartrending romance that will ring
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10 Celebs Gone Vegan

Bey, Jay are hardly trendsetters

(Newser) - Jay Z and Beyonce are currently eating vegan (although Beyonce's certainly not letting that affect the way she dresses ), but they're not exactly trendsetters. The Huffington Post rounds up 15 more celebs who eschew all animal products. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out... More »

4 Celebs With Cults in Their Pasts

Michelle Pfeiffer isn't the only one

(Newser) - Michelle Pfeiffer recently revealed she was in a cult before she became famous—and she's not the only celebrity with a cult or commune in her past. The Stir rounds up five more. A sampling:
  • Joaquin Phoenix and his family (including brother River) were involved with the well-known Children
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27 Celebs' Real Names

Does Vincent Damon Furnier sound like a rocker's name?

(Newser) - Alice Cooper wasn't actually born with his female-sounding name; his parents dubbed him Vincent Damon Furnier. Radar lists the real names of 26 more stars:
  • Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray
  • Sting: Gordon Sumner
  • Kirk Douglas: Issur Danielovitch
  • Jodie Foster: Alicia Christian Foster
  • Hulk Hogan: Terry Jean Bollette
  • George Michael: Georgios
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12 Celebrity Bromances

Matt Damon and ... wait for it ... John Krasinski

(Newser) - Everyone knows about Ben Affleck's "bromance" with Matt Damon, but did you know The Office star John Krasinski is also good buddies with Damon? The two first met while Damon was filming The Adjustment Bureau with Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt, and then they co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred... More »

The Master Is a Masterpiece

Philip Seymour Hoffman brilliant in Paul Thomas Anderson film

(Newser) - Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film stars a stunning Philip Seymour Hoffman as a 1950s cult leader who offers followers therapy to cure their demons; the film focuses on his intense relationship with a shellshocked disciple, played by an equally impressive Joaquin Phoenix. Critics are raving:
  • AO Scott calls The
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7 Weird Celebrity Body Parts

Joaquin Phoenix has a cleft lip to thank for his unique smile

(Newser) - Celebrities may look flawless, but the Huffington Post reveals that some of them were born with certain, shall we say, quirks:
  • Taye Diggs: The actor was born with polydactyly; in his case, an extra digit on each of his hands. The fingers were removed surgically.
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Director Releasing River Phoenix's Last Movie

'Dark Blood' has been re-edited

(Newser) - The film River Phoenix was shooting at the time of his death will finally be released, likely next year. Dutch director George Sluizer has re-edited the 18-year-old footage and plans to finish Dark Blood by making a few additional adjustments, like adding a voice-over. He intends to ask Phoenix’s... More »

25 Actors Who Should Snag an Oscar, but Won't

These unconventional roles are still great performances

(Newser) - It’s easy enough to predict who will snag an Oscar—but more interesting are the unconventional performances that are just as good, but will never be so honored. In New York , Bilge Ebiri and Logan Hill list this year’s 25 best, most likely to be overlooked, performances:
  • Chloe
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Phoenix Apologizes to Letterman

Letterman wasn't in on the joke, Joaquin says

(Newser) - A polite and clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday and apologized for his his shambolic 2009 appearance that turned out to be part of an elaborate hoax . "You've interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a... More »

Letterman Was In On Phoenix Hoax

Old interview with writer reveals it

(Newser) - Casey Affleck says that absolutely no one was in on Joaquin Phoenix's hoax except for the actor, his agents, and Affleck himself. But that might not be the case. In an interview with a small independent newspaper last year, one of David Letterman's writers said that Phoenix's strange mumbling interview... More »

Hollywood Will Punish Affleck, Phoenix

Letterman sure to have a heyday when Joaquin returns

(Newser) - Hollywood is not happy with Casey Affleck . He and Joaquin Phoenix “will have a lot of explaining to do in the coming days,” writes Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times . Affleck finally admitted his Phoenix “documentary” was actually a hoax (not that he himself would use... More »

Casey Affleck Admits Joaquin Phoenix Film Is Fake

It was two years of performance art, he says

(Newser) - And now we know for sure: Casey Affleck tells the New York Times that the "documentary" he made with Joaquin Phoenix is fake. “It’s a terrific performance," he says of Phoenix and his two-year portrayal of a comb-challenged and drug-addled would-be rap star. "It’s... More »

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