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.

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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.

Read more at plantbasednews.org

By Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix for PEOPLE:

“Last week, we learned that the parents of 545 children separated at the border by immigration officers have not yet been found. The weight of that number is staggering. Five hundred forty-five children.

Like many, we were pained to realize that despite falling out of the headlines, the policy of family separation continues to damage children and parents across the world, more than two years after it was ruled illegal by a federal judge.

As new parents, it’s unbearable to imagine what it would feel like to have our child taken away from us for a day, let alone years. But that’s the very situation those 545 children and their parents have been living through. As Americans, it’s our responsibility to continue paying attention to the plight of these families and get answers for why they still have not been located.

The practice of taking children away from their parents at the border was intended to be a deterrent. Many of the families subjected to it were asylum-seekers — meaning they came to the U.S. looking for our help after fleeing violence and danger at home. Instead, in order to send a message to other families who were on the run, we took their children away from them hoping that word might filter back home that new peril awaited anybody looking to make a similar journey.

In some cases, this meant quite literally ripping children younger than 5 out of the arms of their parents, even babies under a year old. We all remember the audio that was leaked of some of those children in government custody wailing for their parents.

The ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] sued the government over the family separation policy — known as “zero tolerance” — eventually winning a court order mostly halting it in late summer 2018. As part of the case, the government was told it had to hand over a list of separated parents to the ACLU and its partners so they could track them down and help them find their kids.

The government grudgingly handed over that list, which showed that more than 2,700 children had been taken away from their parents under the policy. But more than six months later, a whistleblower report from the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General revealed that the true number was far higher. In fact, thousands more had been separated during an informal test run for the policy during 2017 and early 2018.

Attorneys for the government fought to keep the public from learning about the existence of these children. And it’s not hard to grasp why. In many cases, their parents were deported to their home countries after the separations while the children remained in the U.S. Those were the parents whom immigration officials hoped would spread the message: If you come to America, they will take your children from you.”

Read more at PEOPLE.

Today Joaquin Phoenix is turning 46! We wish him much happiness, health and success in his life! ♥

Via Deadline.
Ridley Scott will team with Joaquin Phoenix for Kitbag, with the Oscar-winning Joker star to play French military leader and emperor Napoleon. Pic is set at 20th Century Studios, where Scott Free has its deal. This comes as Scott today wraps production on The Last Duel in Ireland for 20th. Scott has screenwriter David Scarpa –, who wrote the Scott-directed All the Money in the World — working on a script for the Napoleon epic. The film will be produced by Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free.

The film’s title is derived from the saying “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag. The film is an original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. The intention of the film is to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.

Read more at Deadline.

Joaquin Phoenix showed his support last night for the Sunrise Movement LA fundraising campaign. Watch the video below:

Joaquin Phoenix introduced the candidate Angelica Dueñas. The Green New Deal is a series of economic proposals to help combat climate change and economic inequality. Make your donation at secure.actblue.com/donate/sunriselacandidates

Thanks to the friends of Joaquin Phoenix Updates for the video! ♥

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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