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I didn't even know that River Phoenix had made a final movie prior to his sudden death in 1993 of drug overdose. But now, THR is saying that the actor, a shining star during his heyday (and truth be told, he could have given Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. a run for their money), shot three weeks of a movie called "Dark Blood" before he died.

Now, the film is making its North American debut at the Miami International Film Festival even though Phoenix's family said no. But why? Wouldn't they want to share with us his final performance?

Here's what happened -- in 2007, George Sluizer, the Dutch director behind the movie, was told by his doctors that he didn't have long to live because of aneurysm. So now, Sluizer wanted to showcase his film prior to his own imminent death.

Oh my gosh, how morbid is this movie? And »

- Manny

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