Joaquin Phoenix

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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...

Joaquin Phoenix, Jim Carrey, and More Great Actors Whose 2010 Performances Won't Win Oscars
25 Actors Who Should Snag
an Oscar, but Won't
best of 2010

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
...

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...

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...

Hollywood Will Punish Affleck, Phoenix
 Hollywood Will Punish 
 Affleck, Phoenix 
OPINION

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...

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...

Film Fest Fans Scratch Heads Over Joaquin

Venice as confused as everyone about actor's bizarre filmed journey

(Newser) - First critics were stumped, now film festival fans are just as perplexed after seeing Joaquin Phoenix's latest movie and are still wondering: is he punking us or is he in the throes of a serious mental collapse? "There is no hoax," director Casey Affleck told reporters at the...

Film Is Proof Joaquin's Punking Us— or Not

Mockumentary preview's a head-scratcher

(Newser) - The enigma that's wrapped in the riddle that is actor Joaquin Phoenix is beginning to unravel ... or maybe not. Film of his apparent months-long nervous breakdown, shot by brother-in-law Casey Affleck, is about to hit theaters, and it's proof that the mysterious personality disorder he displayed was all an enormous...

8 More Stars Who 'Unretired'
 8 More Stars Who 'Unretired' 
a la amanda bynes

8 More Stars Who 'Unretired'

They tried, but just couldn't say goodbye

(Newser) - Just five weeks into her early retirement , Amanda Bynes is back —thank goodness. “As you let the good news sink in, possibly while IMDBing who Amanda Bynes actually is,” Mary Elizabeth Williams writes for Salon , consider eight other public figures who just couldn’t quit:
  • Cher: “
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Casey Affleck Hits Back at $2M Sex Harassment Suit

The Joaquin Phoenix documentary gets even weirder

(Newser) - Casey Affleck was quick to fire back at the woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him Friday. “The allegations brought upon our clients are preposterous and without merit,” his lawyer says, adding that Affleck will file cross-claims. Amanda White’s $2 million suit alleges all sorts...

13 Stars Who Defied Death
 13 Stars Who Defied Death 

13 Stars Who Defied Death

Guess who was nearly taken out by a disco ball?

(Newser) - An awful lot of celebrities have died over the past year—making Bret Michaels surviving an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage, and a stroke seem especially miraculous. The Frisky lists a dozen other celebrities who have cheated death:
  • Boy George: He was injured—and just inches away from being crushed—
...

Yo-Yo 'Whiz' Punks TV Stations
 Yo-Yo 'Whiz' Punks TV Stations 

Yo-Yo 'Whiz' Punks TV Stations

Kenny Strasser talks his way onto Midwestern morning shows

(Newser) - If someone calling himself Kenny Strasser turns up on your local TV station's happy-talk morning news, pay attention: His yo-yo routine is about to fall to pieces. "K-Strass" punked four Wisconsin stations before taking his show to Missouri, where "he did some really lame things" on the air,...

10 Celebrities Who Definitely Need 'Prehab'

We're looking at you, Miley Cyrus

(Newser) - Now that Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen are hitting “ prehab ”—rehab for people (supposedly) without any actual addiction issues—it’s time for other celebrities to follow suit. Ami Angelowicz lists her top 10 candidates, on The Frisky :
  • Britney Spears: Sure, she seems OK now. But you
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Joaquin Phoenix Cleans Up for PSA With ... Miley Cyrus

Star shaves, joins Cyrus, Liv Tyler to promote suicide prevention

(Newser) - Joaquin Phoenix has returned to the limelight, clean shaven and with a befuddling new pal: Miley Cyrus. In a PSA for a suicide-prevention group, Cyrus shares her computer skills with Phoenix—who pretends not to have a clue who she is—and a game Liv Tyler, E! reports. “A...

Other Celebs' 'Indefinite Breaks'
 Other Celebs' 'Indefinite Breaks' 
NOT JUST TIGER

Other Celebs' 'Indefinite Breaks'

Michael Jordan played baseball; Daniel Day-Lewis cobbled

(Newser) - With his plan for an “ indefinite break ” from golf, Tiger Woods isn’t the only celebrity to take some time out of the limelight for one reason or another. The Wall Street Journal lists some others:
  • Michael Jordan: The Tiger pal left to try baseball after winning three
...

How Baron Cohen Might Follow Br&uuml;no
 How Baron Cohen 
 Might Follow Brüno 
OPINION

How Baron Cohen Might Follow Brüno

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen is box-office gold, but he can’t pull it off again … or can he? Eric Ditzian looks at some possibilities for the Brüno star’s future.
  • "A Fourth Wacked-Out Journalist." Some thought Brüno couldn't fly after the exposure Borat brought, but the
...

2009's Least Sexy Men
 2009's Least Sexy Men 
OPINION

2009's Least Sexy Men

(Newser) - The Boston Phoenix rolls out its 100 unsexiest men list, taking into account both looks and karma. Here’s a taste:
  • Rush Limbaugh: “America’s ugliest moment of 2009? Rush Limbaugh, his man-boobs a-jiggle, bouncing at the CPAC podium.”
  • Alex Rodriguez: “Could those performance enhancers have been
...

Joaquin a 'Crazy Person With a Beard': Director

Gray echoes comments from last month

(Newser) - If Joaquin Phoenix’s transition to rapping is a hoax “then it’s the most elaborate thing that I have ever seen,” Two Lovers director James Gray tells the Times of London, citing the actor’s in-home recording studio and constant claims of being “tired” on-set as...

Paltrow: Phoenix 'Intense' But Just a 'Big Softy'

But he is a little 'intense'

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow has defended increasingly bizarre Joaquin Phoenix as a "real softy, kind person," reports the Boston Globe. But Paltrow conceded the actor-turned-rap-wildman can be a bit ... distant. "He has trouble relaxing. He's very intense. Sometimes you don't want to disturb him," said the actress, who...

Joaquin Pounces on Heckler at Rap 'Concert'

Another stunt?

(Newser) - Security guards hauled off neo-rapper Joaquin Phoenix early this morning after he leaped from the stage during a Miami Beach concert to confront a heckler, reports AP. The increasingly bizarre actor appeared in a disheveled suit to mutter mostly unintelligible lyrics after appearing four hours late to the concert. Suddenly...

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