Joaquin Phoenix presented the award for Best Drama Actress last night at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Andra Day received the award for her performance in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”. Check out the photos in our gallery and the video below:


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Via Deadline: Hereditary helmer Ari Aster looks to be heading back to the home that helped launch his career. Deadline is hearing that A24 is set to finance and produce his new film “Disappointment Blvd.”, with Joaquin Phoenix on board to star.

Rumors had been swirling at the end of last year that Phoenix was considering this as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning performance in Joker, but insiders say at the time it was still only a discussion and nothing concrete. Once Phoenix officially committed to the project, the package was put together and taken out to buyers. While there was plenty of interest from other suitors, A24 always seemed in pole position after producing Aster’s previous hits Hereditary and Midsommar.

Read more at Deadline.

The Biden administration must reunite the separated families in the United States, but it cannot stop there. These families deserve citizenship, resources, care, and a commitment that family separation will never happen again.

Joaquin and Rooney talked to Lee Gelernt about it in the video below:

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Via Deadline: Apple Studios has committed to finance and produce Kitbag, the Napoleon Bonaparte epic that Ridley Scott will direct, with Oscar-winning Joker star Joaquin Phoenix playing the French emperor and military leader. Production will begin in early 2022 in the UK. Scott and Kevin Walsh will produce for Scott Free.

“Napoleon is a man I’ve always been fascinated by,” Scott told Deadline. “He came out of nowhere to rule everything — but all the while he was waging a romantic war with his adulterous wife Josephine. He conquered the world to try to win her love, and when he couldn’t, he conquered it to destroy her, and destroyed himself in the process.”

While Scott has long wanted to make a Napoleon film — and other great filmmakers like the late Stanley Kubrick also tried but did not succeed — key for Scott was having the right actor to capture the complexities of a character who brought a whole country to heel and used that power for his own conquering ambitions. Scott saw Phoenix’s ability to do something close to that when he directed him in the role of Roman leader Commodus in the 2000 Best Picture winning drama Gladiator.

“No actor could ever embody Napoleon like Joaquin,” Scott said. “He created one of movie history’s most complex Emperors in Gladiator, and we’ll create another with his Napoleon. It’s a brilliant script written by David Scarpa, and today there’s no better partner than Apple to bring a story like this to a global audience.”

Read more at Deadline.

The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) has named ‘Joker’ the highest grossing home entertainment title of 2020 in the UK.

With over 1.4 million copies sold across disc, electronic sell through (EST) and TVOD (transactional video-on-demand), the Todd Philip directorial has even crossed the sales figures of Frozen 2, Jumanji: The Next Level, 1917 and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.

As per the report of Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting and Kantar, the BASE figures indicate that the home entertainment sector grew by 26 percent in 2020, bringing the total market value to $4.47 billion USD.

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The virtual event took place yesterday to celebrate PETA’s 40th anniversary. Joaquin and his family made a contribution by handing the River Phoenix Activist Award to the investigator who acted in disguise to expose violence in the wool industry. Check out the video below:

Read more about the virtual event on PETA’s official website.

Film critics of the authoritative edition of the New York Times have named the 25 most outstanding actors of the 21st century today.

As the authors of the list of the most outstanding actors of the XXI century, which appeared in the New York Times, note, “we are living in a golden age of acting.” The list of 25 actors is based on the first two decades.

Joaquin Phoenix appears on the list in the 12th position, with a beautiful text by director James Gray:

By JAMES GRAY
Joaquin Phoenix has appeared in four of the director James Gray’s movies, starting with “The Yards” in 2000 and including “We Own the Night” (2007), “Two Lovers” (2009) and “The Immigrant” (2014). We asked Gray to explain how the actor has expanded — and improved — on his own vision.

When I saw “To Die For,” I said, “That actor” — I didn’t even know his name yet — “is unbelievably good at conveying his internal life without dialogue.” That’s a really important thing in cinema, because the camera reveals everything. Here was an actor who had so much going on and you could tell. I thought, “That’s a very interesting actor. I’d love to meet him.” And I did.

We were on the same wavelength, instantly. We liked the same things. We thought about things the same way. And I just immediately liked him. He had that dimensionality to him. The first film we did together [“The Yards”], I’m sure that I pissed him off a lot. I have a very direct way. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s not so good. I’m better at it now. Let’s just say that I wasn’t always willing to say, “Yeah, that’s interesting, but let’s try this.” I was more into, “Joaq, what are you doing? That sucks, try another one.” And I know I would frustrate him because his talent was so vast.

He has a limitless ability to surprise you in the best ways and inspire you to move in a direction that you haven’t thought of originally, better than what you have in mind, and expands the idea. He’s extremely inventive. He’s always thinking and actually has gotten more so over the years. I’ve never said, “I want my vision on the screen.” I want something better than that. You want to lay down the parameters of what it is you have in mind, and then surround yourself with people who will make it all more beautiful. Not different, necessarily, but more intense, more vivid.

He has a limitless ability to surprise you in the best ways.

You want the actor to surprise you, and to do so in a way that seems consistent with the character but also very interesting. Joaquin was absolutely fantastic at that. That’s inspiring. You don’t know what to expect in the best sense. Joaquin Phoenix is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. If I have any regret at all, it would be that he’s not in every single movie I made. — Interview by Candice Frederick

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Via discussingfilm.net: Film fans, prepare for a splendid collaboration between two icons. Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Ari Aster’s upcoming film “Beau is Afraid”.

This will likely be Ari Aster’s next film with the project said to be a priority for himself. He will write, direct, and produce the film with the project set to go through his production company Square Peg.

Synopsis: An anxious man (Joaquin Phoenix) learns of the death of his mother under mysterious circumstances and upon traveling home makes an alarming discovery about his past. During his journey, he runs into various crazy supernatural threats.

Aster and the producers are hoping Joaquin Phoenix signs on, and therefore are holding off before deciding when to begin filming. Joaquin Phoenix has many upcoming projects, specifically his next one, “Kitbag”, a Napeoloen Bonaparte biopic for 20th Century Studios under director Ridley Scott.

Ari Aster is a critically acclaimed director known for his recent 2 horror hits, “Midsommar” starring Florence Pugh and “Hereditary” starring Toni Collette.

Read more at discussingfilm.net

Joaquin Phoenix was today at the pig vigil in Toronto, Canada, alongside the Toronto Pig Save organization.

On Wednesday, Joaquin and Rooney Mara were at the vegan restaurant Animal Liberation Kitchen in Toronto to thank them for the food they had ordered the day before and to thank them for all the amazing work at the restaurant.

“He walked in yesterday around noon, with his family, and told me he had our food and it was amazing,” said ALK owner Tanya Spasic to blogTO on Thursday. “They had ordered a bunch of food for lunch the day before. Someone from the studio came to pick it up. Of course, I didn’t know it was for them.”

“We had a nice chat where he complimented the menu, and I thanked him for supporting animal-liberation groups in Toronto.” Upon learning that Spasic’s daughter Siki was a big fan of his, the actor suggested that the group commemorate the visit with a photo. “My daughter Siki was coming soon and she respects them so much, so I told him she will be crying to miss them,” Spasic said. “He said, ‘Let’s take a selfie for her.’ I didn’t want to ask him for a photo, he offered.”

There is no information yet on which project Joaquin is filming in Canada!

Via Collider: Jonah Hill is getting back in the director’s chair for his second feature, a documentary coming soon to Netflix. Hill is no stranger to helming projects of all sizes. The actor/writer/director made his feature directorial debut with 2018’s Mid90s, which he also wrote, and has also directed music videos.

Hill announced his next project on Instagram earlier this week. The director shared behind-the-scenes set photos featuring the subject of his untitled doc, Dr. Phil Stutz. Stutz previously worked as a prison psychiatrist on Rikers Island before moving into private practice in the early ’80s. Stutz is also best known for The Tools, which he co-authored with psychotherapist Barry Michels.

Read more at Collider.

 Neon has released a new official US trailer for the festival hit Gunda, an experimental documentary film made by filmmaker Viktor Kosakovskiy. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and has stopped by numerous other fests including most recently the Montclair and New York Film Festivals. Executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix.

Neon will debut Kosakovskiy’s Gunda in “virtual cinemas” in the US for one week starting December 11th. Visit the film’s official website.

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Vegan Joaquin Phoenix is urging people to be compassionate this Thanksgiving and leave turkey off their plate altogether.

The Oscar-winning actor has explicitly joined a slew of other celebs in signing a Turkey-Free Pledge.

Vegan animal rescue Farm Sanctuary created the pledge. Stars including Alec Baldwin, Rooney Mara, and Edie Falco have consequently signed it.

You can find out more about the pledge here.

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