This year we’ll get to see the first feature adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, which is amazing. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which is even better. Now we’ve got a full-size version of the first official still from Inherent Vice. The image shows Joaquin Phoenix as burnout “detective” Doc Sportello, as he has a moment with hard-ass cop “Bigfoot” Bjornson, played by Josh Brolin. Check out the official Inherent Vice image below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Rumors about who might play Doctor Strange have been swirling for years now, involving everyone from Justin Theroux to Benedict Cumberbatch. But as Phase Three draws near, it’s time for Marvel to zero in on some serious contenders. And today, we’ve heard that their top pick is none other than Joaquin Phoenix. Hit the jump to get the dirt on Doctor Strange Joaquin Phoenix.
Update: Sites such as THR and Deadline are now saying that Phoenix is beyond the offer stage and into actual talks for the role. Phoenix has yet to accept the role, but things are moving forward. Original story follows.
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Briefly: A few years ago, after the near-debacle of I’m Still Here, the future career of Joaquin Phoenix seemed to be in doubt. Not that his ability was ever in question — Phoenix is among the most talented actors working today — but his willingness to deal with the business end of the job seemed to have disappeared. But after The Master and Her, there’s no question that Phoenix is still going strong. Later this year he’s got another collaboration coming up with Paul Thomas Anderson: the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.
Now Phoenix has been revealed as the star of Woody Allen‘s next project. (Or one of the stars, at least.) As is typical with Allen’s films in development, we have no info on the project. We don’t know what the tone or concept might be, or who Phoenix will play, or even the title of the movie. But we’ll take another role from Phoenix any day, whatever it might be. [Deadline]
Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
We got our first look at the Cannes 2014 slate this morning, but there are still a few Cannes 2013 films making their way to theaters. One is James Gray‘s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.
Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish woman who emigrates to New York in 1920 with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan). The two are separated upon their arrival at Ellis Island when Magda turns out to be sick.
Desperate, penniless, and alone, Ewa accepts the help of a charming stranger named Bruno (Phoenix) who turns out to be a pimp. He traps her in a life of prostitution, but she sees the potential for salvation when she meets his more pure-hearted cousin Orlando (Renner). Watch the new The Immigrant trailer after the jump.
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It’s a cruel world. If you didn’t already know this, just check out the “first look” at Inherent Vice from Paul Thomas Anderson. The image of Joaquin Phoenix as burnout SoCal detective Doc Sportello, created by Thomas Pynchon in the novel of the same name, is teeny-tiny. (It’s not unlike our first real look at Lancaster Dodd from The Master.) But it comes with a candid shot of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who is scoring the film. And it’s an implicit promise of more materials to come. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Much attention has been paid to Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson‘s exceptional performances, Casey Storm‘s eye-catching costumes, and Spike Jonze‘s eloquent script, but the soundtrack for Her – from Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, Karen O., and others — deserves some love too. Happily, the latest behind-the-scenes featurette spotlights one particularly lovely instrumental track, playing it over film footage and behind-the-scenes clips.
The feel of that particular video is wistful and bittersweet, but one of the best things about Her is that it’s also got a great sense of humor. Jonze seems to know exactly how seriously to take the film’s far-fetched conceit. But if he’d taken things a step further into comic side, he might’ve come up with something like Him, a parody sequel that imagines a woman falling for her operating system.
Watch both the Her featurette and the fake Him trailer after the jump.
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Fresh off working with Warner Bros. on Her, it seems Joaquin Phoenix is being eyed by the studio for the villain role in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman. Variety reports the actors has been offered the lead bad guy rule, believed to be Lex Luthor.
Update: Phoenix is quoted in a new LA Weekly story, expressing his desire to do a blockbuster. Read below.
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The new film from Spike Jonze is Her, which delves into the strangeness of modern relationships through an unusual device: Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with a piece of software, appealingly voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Set in a slightly sci-fi near-future Los Angeles, the story features Phoenix interacting with Johansson in voice only, through an earpiece that allows him to stay in constant contact with the operating system of his dreams. This is no glib gag laughing at the idea of a man/machine romance, however, but an earnest inquiry into what makes relationships tick.
There’s a new trailer out today, which you can see below. Read More »