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Joker Is Making a Staggering Amount of Money

It's on track to become the top-grossing R-rated movie of all time

(Newser) - Joker's dark content may be controversial , causing increased security at some theaters, but no one can say the film is not successful—hugely successful. Deadline reports the movie is set to make a profit of nearly half a billion dollars, close to the $500 million Avengers: Infinity War—which... More »

Joker Has Created a New Tourist Attraction. Locals Aren't Happy

Fans are flocking to the Bronx to re-create a scene on the 'Joker stairs'

(Newser) - Joker is no joke at the box office, setting a record in previews and taking in nearly $250 million in the US so far. It only makes sense, then, that the film would serve as some sort of meme generator, and thanks to one pivotal scene, people are flocking to... More »

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 »

Joker Screening Leaves Moviegoers Unsettled

A young man cheered, applauded on-screen murders

(Newser) - Extra layers of security, intense on-screen action, and a frightening incident inside a New York theater combined to create an unsettling experience for some moviegoers who went to see Joker on its opening weekend, the AP reports. A young man who was loudly cheering and applauding on-screen murders sent some... More »

Joker Sets a Record in Previews

Film has wide opening today

(Newser) - Previews for Joker set an October record on Thursday night, bringing in $13.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix film will be shown at 4,374 North American theaters on Friday, Deadline reports, another record for the month. Venom raked in $10 million last October. The film tells the dark story... 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 »

Director Pushes Back Against 'Far Left' Joker Critics

'Outrage is a commodity'

(Newser) - Joker director Todd Phillips says he's surprised by the backlash to the upcoming movie—and he thinks some of its detractors were just waiting for a target. Some critics have warned that the film glorifies "angry loners" and could inspire mass shooters, with Stephanie Zacherek at Time saying... More »

Relatives of Aurora Victims 'Horrified' by Joker Trailer

'such unnecessary violence ... chilled me to my bones,' says one victim's mom

(Newser) - Relatives of some of the 12 people killed in a mass shooting during a Batman movie in 2012 say they found the trailer for the new Joker movie disturbing—and they have asked Warner Bros. to help gun control causes. Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the... 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 »

Joker Arrested in Virginia, Batman Nowhere To Be Found

Jeremy Putman was nabbed for wearing a mask in public, a felony in Virginia

(Newser) - Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword, the AP reports. Winchester Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as... More »

Angry Joker Fan Says He's Suing Over Suicide Squad

He claims trailers promised a level of Jared Leto that the movie didn't deliver

(Newser) - The only people more villainous than clown-faced maniacs are the people who make movie trailers about them, apparently. Comicbook.com reports a Scottish Reddit user named BlackPanther2016 claims he or she is suing Warner Bros. and DC over what he claims were misleading Suicide Squad trailers that heavily featured Jared... More »

See Heath Ledger's Joker Diary From Dark Knight

Documentary offers insight into Oscar-winning performance

(Newser) - A clip making rounds on the web this week offers a fascinating insight into Heath Ledger's preparation for his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker in 2008 film The Dark Night. In the clip, taken from German documentary Too Young to Die, Ledger's father leafs through the actor's... More »

'Joker' Busted at Fla. Theater

But man in make-up was no threat, cops say

(Newser) - In the wake of the Dark Knight Rises shooting , turning up at a movie theater looking like the Joker is a good way to attract the attention of the police, a Florida man discovered. A concerned moviegoer called the cops when he saw a man with black, white, and red... More »

Dark Knight Suspect: I'm 'The Joker'

James Holmes wore red hair like Heath Ledger in 'Dark Knight'

(Newser) - Looks like Dark Knight Rises suspect James Holmes may have been imitating a Batman foe when he killed 12 and wounded 59 in a Colorado theater this morning, TMZ reports. The evidence: James Holmes wore red hair and said he was "The Joker" when arrested by police. "It... More »

Homer Is Best TV, Film Character

Simpsons dad wins in survey from past 20 years

(Newser) - The world loves Homer Simpson—even more than Harry Potter. The Simpsons patriarch grabbed the top spot in Entertainment Weekly ’s survey of the best TV and film characters of the past two decades, the New York Post reports. “People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly... More »

Flickr Cowardly for Taking Down Obama Joker

Website caved too easily: image isn't a copyright violation

(Newser) - Flickr is catching fire for its decision to take down the now-infamous image of Barack Obama photoshopped to look like the joker. Flickr says it received a takedown notice under the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act for the Time cover mockup, but that excuse doesn’t fly for Michael Arrington... More »

Chicagoan 'Fesses Up to 'Joker' Poster

But Firas Alkhateeb isn't behind 'socialism' campaign

(Newser) - A 20-year-old college student from Chicago is the artist behind the now-famous image of Barack Obama as Heath Ledger’s Joker, the Los Angeles Times reports. Firas Alkhateeb made the image using Photoshop and Time magazine’s Obama cover when he was bored one day during winter break. It attracted... More »

LA Plastered With Obama 'Joker' Posters

(Newser) - Posters of President Obama in Heath Ledger-like Joker makeup from The Dark Knight with a caption reading “Socialism” have sprung up in Los Angeles and Atlanta, the Daily Contributor reports. Similar posters online have the caption “why so socialist?” The guerilla art attacks, not yet claimed by any... More »

Film's Most Sinister Villains

(Newser) - Movie heroes may get the girl, the fans, and the happy ending, but villains have all the fun. With the summer lineup under way, moviegoers will see evil in many forms—from a megalomaniacal robot/tank to a sinister British sorcerer. But what performances by their predecessors will they have to... More »

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