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2019 Oscars: Best Actor Predictions

2019 Oscars: Best Actor Predictions
Of the films we have already seen, Chadwick Boseman buffed his stardom in the lead role in Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther,” while Joaquin Phoenix took home Best Actor at Cannes as a brutal killer trying to save a young girl from the sex trade in “You Were Never Really Here.”

Returning Oscar winners will likely include “The Irishman” star Robert De Niro –who last scored a Supporting Actor nomination for “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013 — and “The Old Man and the Gun” veteran Robert Redford, who won his last (honorary) Oscar in 2002.

Up-and-down shape-shifter Christian Bale gained 40 pounds to play Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Backseat”; Ryan Gosling also takes on an iconic figure, moon-walking astronaut Neil Armstrong, in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man”; bearded Willem Dafoe follows up last year’s nomination for “The Florida Project” as Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s
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‘Ghost Stories’ Roars at Indie Box Office

‘Ghost Stories’ Roars at Indie Box Office
Horror rules as wide-release “A Quiet Place” topped the overall box office, while on the indie side, British horror flick “Ghost Stories” (IFC) — also opening on Video on Demand–delivered a surprisingly strong showing. But that fright-fest, along with William Friedkin’s exorcism documentary “The Devil and Father Armouth” (which The Orchard will also stream later this week) won’t go far beyond core arthouses.

On a broader scale, Fox Searchlight continues to expand Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” the standout among 2018 specialized films this year. While Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” (Amazon Studios) isn’t a breakout, strong reviews are boosting its exposure. On its second weekend, Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” (Sony Pictures Classics) found mixed results, but might have a bigger impact as it reaches more areas.

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Ghost Stories (IFC) – Metacritic: 69; Festivals include: London 2017, South by Southwest 2018; also available on Video on
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Exclusive: Joaquin Phoenix on Paul Thomas Anderson, Turning Down Roles, and the Joker

With director Lynne Ramsay’s fantastic new movie, You Were Never Really Here, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, last week I did something incredibly cool: I got to sit down with Joaquin Phoenix for an hourlong exclusive interview. Unlike most interviews where the person promoting the film sits in a hotel room for hours and reporters shuffle in and out every ten to fifteen minutes, what was so unusual and cool about this conversation is that I met up with him at a local Los Angeles hotel and we sat outside by the pool and talked without …
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You Were Never Really Here – Review

Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, an Amazon Studios

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Joaquin Phoenix plays a traumatized veteran who has built a career out of tracking down and saving missing girls, until one job goes very wrong, in the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here

A few years back, a film called We Need To Talk About Kevin turned up in theaters, one of the most disturbing and frightening of films about parenting gone as wrong as possible. The director behind that devastatingly horrifying film was a Scottish writer/director Lynne Ramsay, whose other films are Ratcatcher and Morven Callar. Ramsay is also the creative force behind You Were Never Really Here, which is based on a noir thriller by American writer Jonathan Ames.

Lynne Ramsay is considered, by some, to be one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.
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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Trailer

In You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe, a traumatized veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living. You Were Never Really Here is directed by Lynne Ramsay and based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Ames. Ramsay’s last film We Need to Talk About Kevin was as stellar and unsettling as they come. She’s an exciting filmmaker, and despite an April release of her film, will be talked about during awards season this fall.

My only caveat is that I didn’t watch this trailer until after I saw the movie. I watched about 10 seconds just to see what it was all about and I turned it off. I knew I was in. Having said that, it’s not that the trailer ruins the movie, my viewing experience having not watched the trailer was great. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.
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Exclusive: Joaquin Phoenix on ‘You Were Never Really Here’ and How He Got Into Acting

With director Lynne Ramsay’s fantastic new movie, You Were Never Really Here, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, last week I did something incredibly cool: I got to sit down with Joaquin Phoenix for an hourlong exclusive interview. Unlike most interviews where the person promoting the film sits in a hotel room for hours and reporters shuffle in and out every ten to fifteen minutes, what was so unusual and cool about this conversation is that I met up with him at a local Los Angeles hotel and we sat outside by the pool and talked without …
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Cinemaholics #60: Rampage Review

Not everyone’s going bananas for Rampage, the new arcade game-inspired monster flick starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And it turns out the Cinemaholics are just as divided. Is it a fun action blockbuster, or just a boring waste of your time? Tune in to find out where we stand on this world tour of destruction and why.

Elsewhere in the show, we cover some of the Netflix controversy coming out of Cannes Film Festival, and Jon briefly continues coverage on a few movies from the San Francisco Film Festival, including Leave No Trace, Sorry to Bother You, Eighth Grade, and The Guardians.

In terms of Mini Reviews, we tease the new Netflix series Lost in Space, a sci-fi family adventure based on the original 1965 series, while Will discusses the new HBO feature Paterno, starring Al Pacino. Finally, there’s a double mini review for You Were Never Really Here,
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Film Review: Stylish, Well Performed ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Chicago – Actor Joaquin Phoenix almost solely specializes in portraying broken souls, but he also does it with such intensity that he adds necessary depth to those characters, to allow for their redemption. As a hit man for hire in the new film “You Were Never Really Here,” he again reaches beyond the darkness.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film is an adaptation of a Jonathan Ames novel, and is directed by Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”). Like “Kevin,” it is a moody interpretation of a highly salacious subject, the use of preteen girls for prostitution. Phoenix is a hardened Marine combat veteran-turned-hit-man whose only soft spot is for his aging mother. The process of the story is to get him to feel again, but it is done through many tortuous emotional encounters and his own brand of violent justice. Ramsay’s cinema landscape is a dreamy one, and protects the
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Playback: Lynne Ramsay on ‘You Were Never Really Here’ and Economy in Storytelling

Playback: Lynne Ramsay on ‘You Were Never Really Here’ and Economy in Storytelling
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has made a steady career of stripped-down narratives, showcasing lean visual storytelling kissed by the influences of Ingmar Bergman, Nicolas Roeg and David Lynch. Her latest film, “You Were Never Really Here,” finds Ramsay forging ahead five years after she walked off the production of western “Jane Got a Gun” amid a dispute with the film’s producers. Based on a book by author Jonathan Ames, she was drawn to how tight the story was, and the cinematic ideas it conjured.

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“It was quite a short book, which I found really interesting, in a way,” Ramsay says. “It’s unlike ‘Kevin,’ which was a huge
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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Was "Desperate" for 'Brokeback' Role, Plays Coy on 'Joker' Rumors

Joaquin Phoenix Says He Was
Joaquin Phoenix has taken exception to something he read in "Rambling Reporter" in the April 4 edition: Contrary to what screenwriter Diana Ossana told THR, he never walked away from a chance to star in Brokeback Mountain.

"I would have done that movie in a second," he said at an April 5 screening in West Hollywood of his new indie film You Were Never Really Here. "I was desperate to do it."

The film went on to be a box-office and critical hit starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. "I feel so honored that people would think that...
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Daily Podcast: Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, MoviePass, Black Adam, Netflix vs. Cannes, Joaquin Phoenix, and More

On the April 11, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about MoviePass, Paul Thomas Anderson, Black Adam, Netflix vs. Cannes, Joaquin Phoenix, Alex Garland, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ready Player One. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google […]

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Jake Gyllenhaal Won't Be the Next Batman

Jake Gyllenhaal Won't Be the Next Batman
Rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal possibly taking over for Ben Affleck in The Batman can now officially be laid to rest. In a recent interview, Gyllenhaal denies the rumors that he is next in line to portray the Caped Crusader, which will come as a disappointment to some fans who were looking forward to seeing what he could bring to the character. While Gyllenhaal claims to be out, it's still not clear who will star in Matt Reeves' The Batman.

When reports started to surface that Matt Reeves was looking to cast a new Batman, Jake Gyllenhaal's name was one of the first to reportedly in talks for the role. This isn't the first time that the actor's name has been mentioned with Batman. Christopher Nolan was considering Gyllenhaal for Batman Begins, which may have been where all of these rumors stemmed from to begin with. When asked directly if
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Joaquin Phoenix Won't Be Intimidated By Heath Ledger‘s Version of The Joker if He Takes on The Role

As you all know, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are currently developing a Joker origin film with director Todd Philips and producer Martin Scorsese. They want Joaquin Phoenix to take on the role of the Crown Prince of Crime. We know that the actor is interested and is in talks, regardless of him saying that he has no idea he's involved with the film.

I'm actually pretty fascinated with the idea of this team of talent coming together to develop a standalone Joker movie. It very well could turn out amazing. Phoenix still isn't officially saying that he's going to be in the movie or not, but in a recent interview with Collider, they talked Phoenix about what Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger did with the Joker in The Dark Knight. When asked if that might intimidate actors from wanting to play the Joker in a future movie, Pheonix explained
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Joaquin Phoenix Won’t Let Heath Ledger’s Iconic Joker Scare Him Away from the Role

Joaquin Phoenix Won’t Let Heath Ledger’s Iconic Joker Scare Him Away from the Role
In case you forgot, a Joker origin movie directed by The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips, written by 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese is happening. Though the movie still sounds like someone threw a bunch of Film Twitter words into an online generator, the Warner Bros. movie continues to be a very real project. The only element of the […]

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Rushes. Cannes Film Festival Poster, Schrader/Cage, Katsuhiro Otomo's "Isle of Dogs"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSWith Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina in Pierrot le fou on the official poster for the 71st Cannes Film Festival, all signs point to Jean-Luc Godard's new film, Le livre d'image, premiering there this May.Isao Takahata—the master filmmaker, animator, and co-founder of Studio Ghibli—has sadly left us. Jasper Sharp has penned a thoughtful, thorough obituary for The Guardian.The Czech New Wave director Juraj Herz has also died, reports Czech Journal.Hirokazu Kore-eda's highly productive filmmaking pace continues with a new project, and The Playlist reports that Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, and perhaps even Ethan Hawke, are aboard.Recommended VIEWINGTerry Gilliam's decades-in-the-making dream project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, is finally near. Above is the raucous first trailer led by the aptly paired duo of Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver.
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Joaquin Phoenix Wouldn’t Be Afraid To Follow In Heath Ledger’s Footsteps As The Joker

Warner Bros.’ untitled Joker origin film is perhaps the most exciting production presently gestating. When it was announced last year that The Hangover director Todd Phillips would helm the picture, news that Martin Scorsese had signed on as co-producer soon followed, and a casting decision seemed imminent with Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio being eyed for the titular role.

While Phillips and Scorsese remain attached, the rumours about DiCaprio’s impending casting dispersed and have since been replaced with hearsay surrounding another A-lister, Joaquin Phoenix. Granted, nothing’s been confirmed just yet and making things more confusing is the fact that the actor refuses to comment on it.

That continues today, as in a recent interview with Collider, the 43-year-old maintained that he doesn’t know anything about the film. Still, he did say that following in Heath Ledger’s footsteps wouldn’t be a big deal as his take
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Nicolas Cage Says He Thinks He’d Make a Great Joker

If Nicolas Cage was about thirty years younger he might have made a great Joker. But his insistence that he would play the iconic villain so perfectly is kind of unfounded at this point since while he can go a bit nuts as he’s shown in his films, he’s getting to be just a bit too old. This next film showing the Joker’s origin will need a younger actor, and right now it seems that Joaquin Phoenix is being looked at for the role. There’s no doubt that Cage could possibly fill the crazy quotient of the Joker, but really

Nicolas Cage Says He Thinks He’d Make a Great Joker
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Joker: Joaquin Phoenix Wouldn’t Be Afraid Of Following Heath Ledger

Joaquin Phoenix wouldn’t be pressured following Heath Ledger’s take on DC’s Clown Prince of Crime if he ever takes on the lead role in the upcoming Joker origins movie. Directed by The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips while prolific filmmaker Martin Scorsese is being courted to produce, the movie will be a period piece set in the ’80s and will follow the Joker during his days as a struggling comedian.
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Movie Review – You Were Never Really Here (2017)

You Were Never Really Here, 2017.

Written and Directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsanov, Alex Manette, Frank Pando, John Doman, Alessandro Nivola, Jason Babinsky, Vinicius Damasceno, and Judith Roberts.

Synopsis:

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Where is Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here? The answer is blurred between the lines of reality and vigilante fantasy, as traumatized war veteran Joe makes it his personal vendetta to rid the world of sex trafficking scum (the girls are also underage and barely teenagers) for reasons briefly shown as blink and you miss it flashbacks that feel more like an accurate representation of Ptsd rather than half-baked narrative exposition.

None of this quality
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Joaquin Phoenix Continues To Downplay Joker Rumors

Joaquin Phoenix as the new Clown Prince of Crime? Unlikely, it seems.

With each day that passes, it’s looking increasingly likely that Phoenix won’t be involved in that standalone Joker movie whatsoever, after admitting that he knows “absolutely nothing” about the DC project that currently has Todd Phillips attached to direct.

Word is it’ll portray Batman’s arch-nemesis as a failed comedian in the 1980s, leading many to conclude that it’ll take place outside the Dceu and its established continuity. Still no word of an official confirmation on that front, but when it comes to the potential involvement of Phoenix, don’t hold your breath, after the decorated actor told Collider that, “I don’t know really. I don’t know.”

Joaquin Phoenix did offer his own thoughts about the sense of pressure and heightened expectations currently surrounding The Joker though, particularly after Christopher Nolan’s
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