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‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Already Eyeing Sequel: ‘If Joaquin Phoenix Is Willing to Do It’

‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Already Eyeing Sequel: ‘If Joaquin Phoenix Is Willing to Do It’
Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker origin story movie will not open for another two months, but director Todd Phillips is already thinking about a potential sequel to the much-anticipated film; at least, as long as the first one performs well at the box office.

Speaking with Total Film (via sister publication GamesRadar), Phillips said: “One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin Phoenix, any day of the week. There’s nobody like him. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”

While “Joker” was developed as a standalone movie and not necessarily part of the DC extended universe (Dceu) of films, if the $55 million film is indeed a critical and commercial hit,
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Why Joker is More Scorsese Ode Than Comic Book Movie

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at Joker and its clear love letter to Martin Scorsese

As with any comic book property, any adaptation is met with a degree of buzz. When the character in question happens to be the Clown Prince himself, then that buzz goes through the roof. That in itself has only increased since the performance and subsequent passing of Heath Ledger. Since Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix jumped on board Joker, a lot of anticipation has been brewing.

From the off it was made pretty clear this exists outside the extended DC universe. There had been rumours, as is the internet wont, that Batfleck might appear, etc, etc. This is not going to be the next big comic book film though. What Phillips is going for has been fairly heavily influenced by Martin Scorsese. He’s admitted that in any case, it’s no grand secret.

This approach will undoubtedly alienate some.
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Joker 2 Possible as Director Teases Working with Joaquin Phoenix Again

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Joker 2 Possible as Director Teases Working with Joaquin Phoenix Again
Ahead of this fall's release of Joker, director Todd Phillips is already making it clear he would be on board for a sequel. For better or for worse, the upcoming origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime will have no relation to Suicide Squad or the other movies in its shared universe, meaning there's no Jared Leto here.

Joaquin Phoenix instead stars in the anticipated movie, which will explore how Gotham City's most nefarious villain came to be. While it remains to be seen to be certain, the movie is expected to be a hit, and if all goes well, Phillips would be up for directing Joker 2 with Phoenix.

"One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin Phoenix, any day of the week. There's nobody like him. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said,
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Joaquin Phoenix Was Originally Fearful About Accepting Joker Role

Awesome as movies like Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home have proven to be, there’s just a different sort of electricity surrounding the upcoming Joker film that separates it from other comic book movies debuting in 2019. Aside from the fact that it’s geared toward mature audiences exclusively, the overall tone puts it in a category altogether different from the aforementioned summer blockbusters. In other words, think of it as being more along the line of, say, Taxi Driver.

Having already rejected Marvel Studios’ offers to succeed Edward Norton as the Hulk and to suit up as Doctor Strange, I must say that I was surprised to see Phoenix dabble in this genre. I mean, he did guest star on the Superboy TV show when he was a child, but that was seemingly a lifetime ago. Since then, the acclaimed actor has established himself as a force in Hollywood.
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Robert De Niro movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Goodfellas’

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Robert De Niro movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Goodfellas’
Robert De Niro celebrates his 76th birthday on August 17, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor shows no signs of slowing down, with several movies on the horizon including upcoming roles in Todd Phillips’s super-villain origin story “Joker” and Martin Scorsese’s mob epic “The Irishman,” to name but a few. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

SEEMartin Scorsese movies: All 24 films ranked worst to best

De Niro has been a frequent presence at the Academy Awards, winning his first Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for playing young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather, Part II” (1974). He hit the jackpot yet again for his role as boxer Jake Lamotta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980), which brought him a victory in Best Actor. “Taxi Driver” (1976), “The Deer Hunter” (1978), “Awakenings
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Robert De Niro movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Robert De Niro movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Robert De Niro celebrates his 76th birthday on August 17, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor shows no signs of slowing down, with several movies on the horizon including upcoming roles in Todd Phillips’s super-villain origin story “Joker” and Martin Scorsese’s mob epic “The Irishman,” to name but a few. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

De Niro has been a frequent presence at the Academy Awards, winning his first Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for playing young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather, Part II” (1974). He hit the jackpot yet again for his role as boxer Jake Lamotta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980), which brought him a victory in Best Actor. “Taxi Driver” (1976), “The Deer Hunter” (1978), “Awakenings” (1990) and “Cape Fear” (1991) earned him subsequent nominations in lead,
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Joaquin Phoenix Looks Hauntingly Happy In Latest Joker Photo

While Warner Brothers is keeping a lot of Joker under wraps, the Todd Phillips-directed film’s shaping up to be unlike any comic book movie we’ve ever seen. With that said, we’re hoping that the Clown Prince of Crime gets his second Oscar nomination (and possible win) under the wings of Joaquin Phoenix.

Phoenix is one of the most dedicated and compelling actors working today, so it goes without saying that his take on the character will surely be special. And given the fact that we’re talking about the Joker of all people, it’ll probably be truly creepy as well.

In their catalogue of must-see movies this fall, USA Today unveiled a brand new photo that adds validity to that statement. And you can check it out for yourself down below.

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Top 10 early-bird Best Actor Oscar predictions: Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’) rules for now

Top 10 early-bird Best Actor Oscar predictions: Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’) rules for now
Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Actor race, according to early predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Joker” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 lead actor picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 11:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) — Little wonder why this never-tarnished leading man is the king of this list right now. Both he and first-time co-star Brad Pitt earned the most critical bravos
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The Top Five Underrated Martin Scorsese Films

Jackson Ball with five underrated Martin Scorsese films…

In terms of auteur directors, there are few who are as revered and as admired as Martin Scorsese. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has carved out a career spanning over 50 years, filled with some the most influential American movies in history. From his intense psychological character studies, to his notable contribution to the gangster genre, to his politically and religiously charged dramas, Scorsese’s films have rarely been far from either controversy or accolades.

With that in mind, it is easy to neglect some of his lesser appreciated films. We’ve all discussed at great length the intricacies of Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, but when every other film is a masterpiece it means that some other efforts fall by the wayside in comparison.

With such a rich back-catalogue, it’s always possible to overlook the odd cinematic gem. So to right this wrong,
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Does Seth Rogen's Good Boys take kids’ comedy too far?

The new film’s adult subject matter reflects a confusion about what tween movies should be about

Good Boys’ trailer begins with producer Seth Rogen explaining to its trio of 12-year-old heroes that they are actually too young to watch their own movie. “That’s fucked up,” says one of the kids (which kind of sets the tone for the whole movie). Rogen replies: “You can say that, but you can’t watch yourself say that: that’s fucked up. Welcome to Hollywood.”

Children acting in movies they’re too young to watch is not exactly new. You think back to Jodie Foster playing a child prostitute in Taxi Driver, aged 14, or Linda Blair in The Exorcist and you wonder whether their portrayal of lost innocence was down to real lives lived too fast or just good acting. But it feels more commonplace these days, in a landscape filled with child-centred horrors,
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The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

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Netflix has built up such an extensive library that it’s not too hard to find a movie to suit your mood. Want to watch a raunchy comedy like “Caddyshack” or sci-fi thriller like “Snowpierecer”? It’s got those. If you’re in the mood for a best picture-winner, you can stream “Schindler’s List” and “No Country for Old Men.” There’s films for kids with “Hercules” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and films that are definitely not for kids like “Taxi Driver” and “A Clockwork Orange.”

Great directors made the cut, such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuaron, Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Kaufman and Bong Joon-Ho. There’s also adaptations of great authors, such as Anthony Burgess, James Dickey, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and Cormac McCarthy.

With summer coming to a close, the streaming platform affords you the opportunity from the comfort of
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Kevin Spacey Re-Emerges for Bizarre Poetry Reading

Kevin Spacey Re-Emerges for Bizarre Poetry Reading
Kevin Spacey has once again emerged under puzzling circumstances. The embattled former “House of Cards” star and Oscar winner, who fell from grace in 2017 after sexual assault allegations against the “American Beauty” actor surfaced, made a strange public appearance in Rome over the weekend. Spacey surprised museum-goers when he set up shop at the Palazzo Massimo to perform a public poetry reading.

The poem, “The Boxer” by Gabriele Tinti, centers on a dejected fighter who bemoans his cruel fate while bleeding out by the ringside. “The more you’re wounded, the greater you are. And the more empty you are,” recounts Spacey, clad in a burnt-sienna suit, to a nonplussed crowd. This is no doubt yet another autobiographical flourish from the disgraced 60-year-old actor, who resurfaced last October in an unsettling video posing as axed “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood, where he used Underwood’s Shakespearean oratory to denounce
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Robert De Niro Currently in Talks to Join Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's Adaptation of Killers Of The Flower Moon

It looks like Martin Scorsese may have his dream team in his next movie. After having worked with Robert De Niro on many of his classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino, they reunited to make the upcoming film The Irishman after not having worked together in nearly twenty-five years. And they might make it two in a row with Scorsese’s upcoming adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon. Another Scorsese favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio, is already cast in the film, so the two together would make a pretty special film for the director. DiCaprio and De Niro have worked together before in films such as This Boy’s Life and Marvin’s Room, but have never collaborated under Scorsese’s direction.

The film is based on the nonfiction book by David Grann, with a script by Eric Roth. The publisher, Penguin Random House, describes the book as
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Robert De Niro is back on Martin Scorsese’s mean streets in new ‘The Irishman’ trailer [Watch Video]

Robert De Niro is back on Martin Scorsese’s mean streets in new ‘The Irishman’ trailer [Watch Video]
You know when the rush of feel-good summer flicks is about to come to an end soon when a trailer drops for a typically brutal and violent Martin Scorsese crime drama that showcases men behaving badly.

The draw for die-hard Scorsese worshipers will be the unholy trinity of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, making his debut in a Scorsese film. Another of the filmmaker’s faves, Harvey Keitel, also puts in an appearance in this decades-long account of organized crime as seen through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, who was a hustler and a hitman working for some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. The Netflix release that will have its world premiere Sept. 27 at the New York Film Festival before its streaming debut later in the year.

See All 24 Martin Scorsese movies, ranked worst to best, including “Taxi Driver
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Rushes: "The Irishman" Trailer, Mohammad Rasoulof Sentenced, Long-Ass Films

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSDavid Cronenberg on the set of CrashThis year's Venice Film Festival will premiere a brand new 4K restoration of David Cronenberg's cult classic Crash. "Seems like only yesterday that we were shooting it," Cronenberg says. Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, best known for films Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013) and A Man of Integrity (2017), has been sentenced to one year in prison for "propaganda against the state," highlighting the plight of artists in Iran. Recommended VIEWINGBehold, the official trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. A first look at Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, the follow-up to The Witch, which follows two men struggling for both physical and mental survival in a tower on an isolated island. Notebook's Cannes correspondent Leonardo Goi describes the film as
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The Irishman trailer: Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino team up for gangster thriller

First footage released of new mob drama, telling the story of mafia hitman Frank Sheeran and union kingpin Jimmy Hoffa using CGI ‘de-aging’

Film audiences got their first glimpse of a “de-aged” Robert De Niro as the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new gangster film The Irishman was released online.

The Irishman represents Scorsese’s first film with De Niro for almost quarter of a century – since 1995’s Casino – as well as being their ninth film together: previous collaborations have resulted in such masterworks as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy and GoodFellas. Scorsese has also brought back other members of the old crew, with roles for Joe Pesci, who acted memorably in supporting roles alongside De Niro in Raging Bull and GoodFellas, and Harvey Keitel, who partnered with De Niro and Scorsese in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver.
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First Trailer For ‘The Irishman’, First Scorsese-De Niro-Pesci Mob Drama In Quarter Century

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First Trailer For ‘The Irishman’, First Scorsese-De Niro-Pesci Mob Drama In Quarter Century
Here is the first teaser trailer for The Irishman, the Martin Scorsese-directed film that stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel. The film will open the New York Film Festival and get a theatrical release by Netflix this fall before it moves to the streaming service.

The drama is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book, I Heard You Paint Houses. The Irishman tells the story of Frank Sheeran, who admitted killing 25 men for the mob, including his friend, the Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. Pesci plays Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino (who according to Sheeran’s testimony ordered the hit), Pacino plays Hoffa, and De Niro plays Sheeran. Steven Zaillian wrote the script.

Netflix, which paid a premium to get a film that reportedly cost $125 million, will release The Irishman later in the fall. It is expected to be a player in awards season for Netflix,
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Trailer: De Niro and Pacino Reunite as Much Younger Mobsters (Video)

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Trailer: De Niro and Pacino Reunite as Much Younger Mobsters (Video)
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino reunite — and it looks like they’ve shed years off their faces in the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s CG-enhanced mob movie “The Irishman.”

Netflix’s true-crime story, which will open this fall’s New York Film Festival, stars De Niro as a World War II veteran turned mafia hitman named Frank Sheeran. Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters who went missing in 1975. Hoffa’s body was never found and his fate was speculated about for decades.

The trailer suggests a decade-spanning saga of organized crime in post-wwii America that covers Hoffa’s rise as leader of the Teamsters, Sheeran’s participation in hits for the Bufalino crime family as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Also Read: Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' to Open New York Film Festival

The film, first greenlit three years ago,
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Robert De Niro Negotiating To Re-Team With Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio In ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

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Robert De Niro Negotiating To Re-Team With Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio In ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’
Exclusive: As Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese ready their splashy reunion mob drama The Irishman to world premiere at the New York Film Festival before Netflix releases its this fall, the actor and director are getting closer to jumping right back in with the Imperative Entertainment-produced Paramount drama Killers of the Flower Moon. De Niro is in early negotiations now to team with the director’s other most frequent collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio.

An adaptation of the nonfiction book by David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the true crime story of multiple murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe in 1920s Oklahoma that occurred after they found oil on their lands.

Sources said that an offer is imminent and that, subject to a final budget being approved, they are clearing schedules for a movie that should be in production by the middle of next year.
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Alia Bhatt and sisters create moments of memory in Ooty

Sisters Alia Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt and Shaheen Bhatt are currently spending quality time together in this scenic holiday spot, and their father, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, has shared a photograph where the trio is seen sitting together and smiling at the camera.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory," read Bhatt's caption of the image.

Also Read:?Alia Bhatt preps for Sadak 2

Alia and Pooja are currently in Ooty to shoot for Sadak 2, which marks the return of Mahesh Bhatt as director. The film is a sequel of the 1991 hit "Sadak" and is scheduled to release on July 10 next year.

"Sadak", a romantic thriller, featured Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt and was one of the highest-grossing Hindi movies of 1991. The film also had a popular musical score.

The late Sadashiv Amrapurkar's award-winning performance as Maharani won him fans, and his character
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