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

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

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 paid tribute to an animal rights activist after she died giving pigs water outside of a Canadian slaughterhouse.

Joaquin joined more than 100 animal rights activists for a vigil to commemorate Regan Russell outside of the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, California, on Thursday night.

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In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Phoenix said, “Regan Russell spent the final moments of her life providing comfort to pigs who had never experienced the touch of a kind hand.”

“While her tragic death has brought upon deep sorrow in the Animal Save community, we will honor her memory by vigorously confronting the cruelties she fought so hard to prevent by marching with Black Lives, protecting Indigenous rights, fighting for LGBTQ equality, and living a compassionate vegan life,” he said.

“The Ontario government can attempt to silence us with the passage of its Ag-Gag bill -Bill 156 – but we will never go away and we will never back down,” he said. “My heart goes out to the Toronto Animal Save community and to Regan’s lifelong partner, Mark Powell.”

Part of Russell’s fight was to repeal a new bill passed in Ontario, Bill 156, that will soon make it illegal for anyone to be on private property such as farms where animals intended for slaughter are usually held.
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Joaquin Phoenix is one of the artists supporting Stacey Abrams’ #BeCounted campaign to raise awareness of the census.

More here: becountednow.com

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene” is an unflinching book of photography about our conflict with non-human animals around the globe. Through the lenses of thirty award-winning photojournalists, HIDDEN shines a light on the invisible animals in our lives; those with whom we have a close relationship and yet fail to see. They are the animals we eat and wear. The animals we use for research, work, and for entertainment, as well as the animals we sacrifice in the name of tradition and religion.

Joaquin Phoenix will be joining the book’s 30 award-winning photojournalists to illuminate what is – and what never again should be – the reality for animals. The book’s foreword will be written by Joaquin Phoenix and We Animals Media will publish “HIDDEN”.

For more information please visit the crowdfunding page.

Real-life couple Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have teamed up onscreen once again — this time to announce their partnership with Beyond Meat for its Feed a Million+ campaign.

The actors put themselves on video (see above) to reveal that their alignment with Beyond Meat will get free nourishing meals to vulnerable populations through organizations they selected: Midnight Mission, Urban School Food Alliance and My Friend’s Place.

Phoenix and Mara selected three Los Angeles-based organizations to be the beneficiary of Beyond Meat’s help. The Midnight Mission has been offering a path to self-sufficiency to those experiencing homelessness since 1914. The Urban School Food Alliance, founded in 2012 by school foodservice professionals, serves to address the need for healthy meals for students and school districts. And since its founding in 1988, My Friend’s Place has assisted tens of thousands between the ages of 12 and 25 on their journeys to wellness, self-sufficiency and a permanent exit from homelessness. Currently, the organization provides a continuum of services to more than 1,350 homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year.

Read more at THR.com

For a one-time donation of $35, you can support a rescued animal family this Mother’s Day through our Adopt a Farm Animal Program. These “symbolic adoptions” fund their lifelong care, as well the work to end farm animal cruelty. In addition to Liberty and Indigo, you can adopt Mia pig and her family, or Katie goat and her twins.

Check out Joaquin’s message:

“Dear Friend,

You might remember, a few months ago, I helped rescue a cow and her newborn baby calf.

Liberty was pregnant when she was set to be slaughtered. An incredible set of circumstances, including the birth of her calf and a slaughterhouse owner’s refusal to separate a mother from her baby, led to this beautiful pair being rescued by LA Animal Save and Farm Sanctuary. I’m so happy to share this video update with you today.

It’s impossible not to smile at the love that radiates from Liberty for her calf, Indigo, or the marvelous curiosity they share for their new life roaming spacious land in permanent sanctuary. Thanks to generous supporters like you, Liberty is able to nurse Indigo, bond with her, protect her, and watch her grow up—just as nature intended.

Although we cannot rescue our way out of animal agriculture, I hope you will always know Liberty and Indigo as living embodiments of liberation and as ambassadors for a compassionate vegan lifestyle.

Please join me—in the spirit of Liberty’s first Mother’s Day at Farm Sanctuary—and adopt them today!”

Warm regards,
Joaquin Phoenix

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During Earth Day Live, Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Dr. Michael Greger, and Haile Thomas come together to discuss the link between coronavirus and the climate emergency.

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As COVID-19 continues to spread through state prisons and NYC jails, advocates, formerly incarcerated individuals, and family of those locked inside the Queensboro Correctional Facility demanded Governor Andrew Cuomo release state prisoners through granting clemencies—especially among the elderly or those with little time remaining on their sentences—at a rally on Tuesday.

Lazara Almonte’s son, James Castro, has been quarantined inside of the Queensboro Correctional Facility for five weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He’s been given no mask and social distancing is impossible, she said during the Tuesday rally in front of the facility, where inmates are incarcerated on the last few months of their sentences with an emphasis on re-entry programs for inmates.

Katie Schaffer, director of advocacy and organizing at the Center for Community Alternatives, says at least six coronavirus cases have been confirmed among inmates at Queensboro Correctional Facility.

“There’s no social distancing between the correction officers or the inmates. They are not in a safe environment,” Almonte said in front of the Long Island City facility at 47th Avenue and Van Dam Street in Queens. “I just ask that Governor Cuomo have mercy on every inmate that is in there. They are not sentenced to death. They should not have to die when there’s a pandemic.”

Some celebrities are joining local advocates in the call on Cuomo to grant clemencies as well, including, Oscar-award winning actor Joaquin Phoenix and model and actress Emily Ratajkowski. Kim Kardashian West has also supported more action from governors nationwide.

Read more at gothamist.com

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Original article published in CinemaBlend.

The Yards came out in October 2000, and featured a fight scene between Mark Wahlberg’s Leo, Joaquin Phoenix’s Willie, and — briefly — Charlize Theron’s Erica. The conflict really started after Willie slapped Erica. Leo attacked Willie, and actors Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix took their fight down a flight of stairs into the street, rolling over each other, pulling up each other’s clothes. The fight got “aggressive,” as Mark Wahlberg recalled to USA Today:

“It became one of the better fights that I have a been a part of. He didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t know what he was going to do. I think he wished he knew what I was going to do after the first night of shooting because it got pretty aggressive. He’s a gamer, he’s a method guy. Between him and Ben Foster, they’ll beat their heads off the side of a tree to get into character. “

Yes, Joaquin Phoenix is known for getting into character with intensity, which is part of why he just finally won an Oscar this year for Joker. Ben Foster has worked with fellow Boston native Mark Wahlberg on several films, including Lone Survivor, and he’s known for his intensity too.

Back to that scene in The Yards, though. Before watching the clip below, relive what Joaquin Phoenix said about it back in 2000, when describing the fight to The Guardian:

“Mark and I blocked it out of ourselves. We wanted it to be an epic battle, falling down the stairs and out on to the street. We had elbow pads and knee pads, but on the first take Mark just grabbed me with his pinkie, flipped me into the air and I landed on my head. Man, did I have a bump. I was black and blue for days. But I sure as hell wasn’t gonna do any fucking John Wayne-style punching. I wanted it to be sloppy and barbaric and painful, like I’m hugging the life out of this guy who’s my friend while I’m pounding at him. “

Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg obviously didn’t carry over any hard feelings after the film, since they reunited for James Gray’s We Own the Night. They probably earned even more respect with the commitment.

Read more at CinemaBlend.

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Actor and vegan activist Joaquin Phoenix recently saved a cow and her week-old daughter from being killed at slaughterhouse Manning Beef in California. Phoenix negotiated the release of the animals from the slaughterhouse alongside a group that included fiancée and fellow activist Rooney Mara, both his and Mara’s mothers, Earthlings director Shaun Monson, Los Angeles Animal Save Founder Amy Jean Davis, and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur.

In a short documentary of the rescue created by Monson, Phoenix speaks to slaughterhouse owner Anthony DiMaria, who proceeds to explain to the actor that the cows he exploits are purchased from the dairy industry after they no longer produce milk and are treated “humanely,” stating that he slaughters them within 60 seconds and that he does not purchase “three-leggers”. To clarify, Phoenix says that the cows at the facility are purchased to be murdered. DiMaria repeatedly requests that Phoenix use the euphemism “harvested” to describe the slaughter process, which the actor refuses to do. The group successfully removes the cow and calf—whom Phoenix named Liberty and Indigo, respectively—from the slaughterhouse and transports them to the Acton, CA location of Farm Sanctuary, where they will live together in peace alongside other rescued farmed animals.


“I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences. Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise,” Phoenix said about the experience. “My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember that friendships can emerge in the most unexpected places; and no matter our differences, kindness and compassion should rule everything around us.”