There are 7 titles that Notorious Pictures has bought at the recent virtual markets of Cannes and Toronto. The acquisitions are: Steve Pink’s musical comedy “Undercover” starring Zachary Levy and Cole Sprouse; “The Gerogetown Project” written and directed by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller and starring Russell Crowe and Sam Worthington; “C’mon C’mon”, the new film by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix produced and distributed by A24, directed by Mike Mills; the thriller “Lansky” on the true story of the mobster Meyer Lansky with Harvey Keitel and Sam Worthington; the romantic thriller shot in Los Angeles during the lockdown “Songbird” with KJ Apa and Sofia Carson; “Mafia Inc.”, Canadian production with an extraordinary Sergio Castellitto in the role of godfather Frank Paternò; the teen drama “God You Are Such a Prink” based on the book of the same name, a literary case in Germany.

Guglielmo Marchetti, President and CEO of the Company, commented: “In this particular period Notorious continues to enrich its audiovisual content coffer with 7 new films of high artistic and commercial value. All films will be exploited in the best possible way in the various media, taking advantage of all the new opportunities that the digital market makes available to us. I particularly like to report the acquisition of two highly anticipated great films: Joaquin Phoenix’s return to the big screen after the Academy Award® for ‘Joker’ with his new film ‘C’mon C’mon’ and ‘The Gerogetown Project’ with Russell Crowe and Sam Worthington”.

Source: e-duesse.it

Notorious Pictures S.p.A. produces and distributes media content for entertainment channels in Italy. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Milan, Italy.

Via hollywoodreporter.com: Natalie Portman, Gabrielle Union, Joaquin Phoenix and Mahershala Ali are among the stars featured in a new campaign video PSA titled #SuingtoSaveLives, released Thursday, in which they call for the protection and safety of incarcerated individuals within the LA County Jail system from COVID-19.

In the PSA launched by the JusticeLA COVID-19 Response Coalition team, powered by Reform LA Jails, stars also including Sterling K. Brown, Kendrick Sampson, Matt McGorry, Busy Phillips, Sophia Bush, Brandon Flynn, Lauren Jauregui, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Shailene Woodley, and Dawn-Lyen Gardner each read a declaration from one of the currently incarcerated plaintiffs that showcase the struggles and unsafe conditions existing for them amid the pandemic.

The PSA follows an emergency class-action lawsuit filed six months ago against LA County leaders and the LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for failing to protect the lives and safety of incarcerated individuals from contracting COVID-19 in county jails.

By reading the testimonies, the stars fight to bring awareness and urge for people to “step up as citizen plaintiffs in this lawsuit to show solidarity with those in our county jails.” Supporters will be able to sign their names to a petition as a citizen plaintiff to sue Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the LA Board of Supervisors.

Read more at hollywoodreporter.com

A new ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ of Joker is heading to 4K UHD Blu-ray on 19th October.

The new release will include:

4K & Blu-ray Steelbook
Vinyl Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Poster
Collectable Photocards
The Making Of: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creation of the Film
Joaquin Phoenix Alternate Takes
Costume Tests

It can be purchased at Amazon UK (£ 70.00) and Zavvi (£ 69.99).

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Actor and activist Joaquin Phoenix wants to remind everyone that we all have the power to change the world—and much of that starts with what we eat.

The Oscar-winning actor, who has been vegan since the age of 3, has collaborated with PETA to speak out against everything from the wool industry to fishing. PETA’s 2019 Person of the Year is using his star power to raise awareness of the violence inflicted on animals on farms and to empower fans to take action by going vegan, in a print campaign shot by world renowned photographer Juergen Teller.

Read more at PETA.org

Rain Phoenix published on her Instagram a statement sent by Joaquin and Rooney Mara about an attack on three trans women that happened on August 17th.

Click here and sign the petition for justice for Joslyn, Jaslene, and Eden.

Celebrities worldwide have joined forces with the NGO Animals Asia to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its consequences, including the current pandemic.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who does not appear in the campaign video, is also spreading the message, appearing on social media wearing a T-shirt with the message “The only cure is kindness”.

Read more at euronews

Joaquin Phoenix and Alicia Silverstone are pleading with the owners of a farm where goats were brutally attacked to hand the animals over to sanctuaries.

The Hollywood actors, together with singers Moby and Leona Lewis, Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch and Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, have signed an open letter to the farm, which is linked to the UK’s best-known goat milk producer, St Helen’s Farm.

Government, council and trading standards officials are investigating conditions at Far Marsh Farm in East Yorkshire, where three members of staff were sacked and one given a final warning after The Independent exposed shocking scenes of animal brutality behind closed doors.

Workers were secretly filmed punching, kicking and hitting goats with a pole; animals were also painfully slammed on their backs, had their tails twisted or were held by the neck.

“We ask you only to do the right thing – allow as many of your goats as possible to be rehomed to sanctuaries, and transition Far Marsh Farm away from animal farming to ensure that no others will ever be abused there again,” the letter says.

Lewis, who is vegan and trustee of an animal sanctuary in Essex, contacted Surge animal rights group, who had first received the footage, after reading The Independent‘s piece exposing the brutality.

Marks & Spencer and all the big supermarkets except Morrisons said they pulled St Helen’s Farm products, including milk, cheese and butter, from sale after seeing the footage.

Angus Wielkopolski, founder of Yorkshire Dairy Goats, which owns the farm, told The Independent last week he may have to close the 4,000-animal site if he cannot salvage its reputation.

But since then, Mr Wielkopolski has not been contactable, and the fate of the 4,000 animals is unknown.

The Independent is seeking his response to offers to rehome the goats in sanctuaries and to help him find ways to keep his business going without using animals.

More than 40,000 people have signed a petition also calling on Far Marsh Farm’s owners to put the goats in safe hands.

Read more at independent.co.uk

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix have teamed up with Cowspiracy filmmaker Keegan Kuhn and BAFTA Award-winning director Alex Lockwood, to executive produce, The End of Medicine, a new feature-length documentary about zoonotic diseases, which threaten the health and lives of the entire human population.

The doc began production in October 2019, months before Covid-19 was making headlines around the world and touches on the disease, which is when germs and viruses that spread between human and non-human animals. It includes interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists whose research and testimonies conclude that the public health emergency we are presently facing was inevitable and is far from over.

“We hope that The End of Medicine is an eye-opening call to action and ignites a spark of willingness to change our habits,” say Mara and Phoenix in a joint statement. “The science is irrefutable. Modern animal agriculture will continue to make us sick if we don’t radically change our patterns of consumption.”

Read more at Deadline.

Via erienewsnow.com: Octavia Spencer is urging Hollywood to make casting people with disabilities a priority.

The actress is part of a new PSA that calls for increased inclusion of those with disabilities in entertainment. The campaign coincides with Sunday’s 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“Nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation,” she said. “That’s why it’s imperative that we cast the appropriate actor for the appropriate role.”

Spencer discussed the impact she felt seeing a family of color on screen as a young girl watching the show “Good Times.” The series, which ran on CBS from 1974 to 1979, was created by Norman Lear and broke barriers as television’s first African American two-parent family sitcom.

Spencer joins George Clooney, Joaquin Phoenix and other artists who have partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation to sign an open letter calling on Hollywood executives to prioritize inclusion of individuals with disabilities on screen.

To read the letter and sign, click here.

Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel peace prizewinner, has joined Greta Thunberg and 150 celebrities and scientists calling on world leaders to make ecocide — the mass damage of nature — a criminal offence.

They have written an open letter urging governments to “face up to the climate emergency” and take immediate steps to cut emissions. Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliet Binoche, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ben Stiller, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo are among the actors who have signed the letter. Ellie Goulding, Annie Lennox and Coldplay have also put their names to the call, as have the fashion designer Stella McCartney and Margaret Atwood, the writer.

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In September, the film “To Die For” will be completing 25 years of its theatrical releases in the USA. Indiewire spoke with director Gus Van Sant, crew members and part of the cast to talk about the film.

Playing Jimmy at 19 in “To Die For” was one of Joaquin Phoenix’s first major film roles after appearing in 1980s movies such as “Space Camp” and “Parenthood,” when he was still credited as Leaf Phoenix.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/Shutterstock (790382nq) ‘To Die for’ – Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck and Alison Folland GTV Archive

Gus Van Sant: Then we heard through the agent grapevine that Joaquin Phoenix wanted to audition. I’d met him when I visited the set of [director Nancy Savoca’s film] ‘Dogfight’ in Seattle [starring Phoenix’s late brother River, who passed away October 1993 and starred in Van Sant’s 1991 film ‘My Own Private Idaho’]. I thought, ‘That’s unbelievable.’ We were all still mourning River.

Meredith Tucker, then casting assistant to late casting director Howard FeuerJoaquin was 19 and living in Florida with his family. He came to New York around early 1994 to read. I think Gus still had Matt Damon in his head like, ‘Ok, let’s see if anyone can surpass him.’

Van Sant: Joaquin comes in looking so destitute.

Tucker: It’s still one of the most incredible auditions I’ve ever witnessed; a magic moment and also just so intense because of River.

Casey Affleck: I didn’t know Joaquin before this. He was a nice kid and we got along really well. He’d come from a showbiz family, where I didn’t know anything about anything. We moved into a house together in Toronto and had a blast.

Nicole Kidman: I was still young, too — barely 27! I remember feeling, ‘I wanna hang with you guys,’ but always felt a bit ‘daggy’ around them, an Australian word for ‘geeky.’ I remember during the scenes we shot at the high school I said, ‘My God, you boys are so naughty.’ And Joaquin says, ‘You’re really hot in a stewardess kind of way.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not sure if that’s a compliment.’ (Laughs) They were mischievous.

Van Sant: I remember a very funny moment when we were doing a wide-shot of Joaquin in the jail-cell. There were bright lights on him, so he couldn’t see us behind the camera. One by one people started leaving the set and for a while Joaquin didn’t realize he was all alone. He was trying to stay in character but asked ‘So are we gonna shoot?’ and nobody answered. He walks into the adjacent room and everyone had gathered around a TV to watch the O.J. Bronco chase on the freeway. Surreal.

Note: Phoenix didn’t respond to requests to be interviewed for this story.

Read the full article at indiewire.

Joaquin Phoenix is urging slaughterhouse workers to report instances of abuse.

The award-winning vegan actor has partnered with animal law advocacy organization Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for its “Report Animal Ag” campaign. According to ALDF, the initiative provides an online tip portalReportAnimalAg.comthat industrial animal agriculture workers can use to report situations of abuse.

“Despite the animal agribusiness industry’s flagrant disregard for worker safety as COVID-19 ravages slaughterhouses, a surge of whistleblowers—under the constant threat of employer retaliation—are coming forward with information about the mass killing of animals and disposal practices that have severe environmental implications,” Phoenix said in a media release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 states have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers in 115 meat and poultry processing plants. Of the approximately 130,000 workers employed at these facilities, 4,913 cases and 20 deaths occurred due to coronavirus.

ALDF also erected a series of billboards, in English and Spanish, near slaughterhouses across the US. The billboards feature the text: “Helping you report animal abuse, worker safety concerns, depopulation, or illegal disposal confidentially.”

“Whistleblowers are instrumental in helping animal protection organizations identify, investigate, document, and expose cruelty. ReportAnimalAg.com provides a safe space for employees to confidentially, and with anonymity, voice their concerns. Our billboards will be raised near factory farms and slaughterhouses across the country,” Phoenix explained.

Read more at livekindly.co