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Joker Origin Movie: Every Update You Need To Know

DC Films is making a Joker origin movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Todd Phillips and produced by Martin Scorsese. Not part of the DC Extended Universe but instead the start of its own "Elseworlds" banner, the film promises to explore the origins of the Clown Prince of Crime in a decidedly new manner, inspired by comic The Killing Joke and film The King of Comedy. Although it's long been treated as an extreme rumor, it seems to be finally coming together. Here's everything we know about the Joker prequel.

Release Date: Unknown, possibly late 2019Cast: Joaquin Pheonix (rumored)Director: Todd PhillipsWriters: Todd Phillips and Scott Silver
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Giveaway: Win a 10-Film Jerry Lewis Collection

After Jerry Lewis passed away last summer, I was eager to dive into more of his work, having only been familiar with The King of Comedy. Thankfully, I recently received a new 10-film DVD collection, which includes his brilliant The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man, and more. We’ve teamed with Paramount Home Media Distribution to give away two copies. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Tuesday, June 19th.

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Joker Origin Movie Begins Shooting This Fall

The Joker origin movie is still happening and it looks like the DC flick is set to begin filming this fall. We first reported of the project in August of last year, which comes from The Hangover director Todd Phillips and has Martin Scorsese on board as a producer. The movie has been coming together behind the scenes at Warner Bros. and it appears as though we're close to cameras rolling with Joaquin Phoenix reportedly on board to portray the Clown Prince of Crime.

This particular movie will be taking place outside of the already-established continuity of the current Dceu movies. It will exist in its own universe and Warner Bros. is set to launch an alternate production banner for this Joker origin movie and future projects like it. According to a new report, the title of that banner could be either DC Dark or DC Black. Whatever the name ends up being,
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Martin Scorsese to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or award

Martin Scorsese to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or award
Directors’ Fortnight honour; 50th anniversary screening of Mean Streets.

French directors guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has named Martin Scorsese this year’s recipient of the Carrosse d’Or, to be awarded during the opening night of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary Directors’ Fortnight, Scorsese’s Mean Streets (originally presented in the 1974 Fortnight) will screen on May 9, with a conversation with the filmmaker to follow.

The Carrosse d’Or has been awarded since 2002 by the Srf to honour one of its own during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
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Carrosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese

Carrosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese
Directors’ Fortnight honour; 50th anniversary screening of Mean Streets.

French directors guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has named Martin Scorsese this year’s recipient of the Carrosse d’Or, to be awarded during the opening night of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary Directors’ Fortnight, Scorsese’s Mean Streets (originally presented in the 1974 Fortnight) will screen on May 9, with a conversation with the filmmaker to follow.

The Carrosse d’Or has been awarded since 2002 by the Srf to honour one of its own during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
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Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced

Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced
’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’ is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America.

The retrospective programme for the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 20-July 1) has been announced.

Titled ’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’, the section is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America and will focus on Us cinema from the 1980s.

It will be comprised of three strands. Firstly ’American Woman: Female Directors in American Cinema’ will screen work by female directors from 1980-1990 including Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls and Kathryn Bigelow’s western horror Near Dark.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The King of Comedy”

It’s hard to know what’s real in this film since Rupert Pupkin is kind of a madman with a penchant for being funny. When he attempts to break into the comedy business he’s rebuffed more than once, which eventually leads him to up and kidnap the man that’s been blocking him for so long. His only demand after the kidnapping is to be featured on the man’s comedy show, which is granted. After that however the kidnapped individual escapes and Pupkin is sent to prison. Upon his release his fame is instantaneous as he becomes known as the man that

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The King of Comedy
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Ezra Swerdlow, ‘First Wives Club’ Producer, Dies at 64

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Ezra Swerdlow, ‘First Wives Club’ Producer, Dies at 64
Ezra Swerdlow, the New York-based producer behind films like “The First Wives Club,” died last week at the age of 64, according to a spokesman from ICM Partners. Born and raised on Long Island,” Swerdlow became one of the most prolific producers in New York’s movie industry after getting his start as a location scout on Woody Allen’s 1979 film “Stardust Memories.” From there, he became a unit manager on Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” before briefly moving to Los Angeles to work with Mel Brooks on “Spaceballs,” on which he was a co-producer. Swerdlow’s producing career ignited in the...
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Ezra Swerdlow Dies: New York Producer Of ‘Wag The Dog’ & ‘Too Big To Fail’ Was 64

Ezra Swerdlow Dies: New York Producer Of ‘Wag The Dog’ & ‘Too Big To Fail’ Was 64
Ezra N. Swerdlow, a New York producer whose credits included Stardust Memories, Arthur, The King of Comedy, Wag the Dog and Spaceballs, has died. He was 64. He passed January 23 in Boston from complications from pancreatic cancer and Als. Swerdlow was known as a fair, compassionate and talented producer who put the film first and looked out for both the filmmaker and the crew. He grew up in Great Neck, Long Island. He studied political theory at Rutgers and seemed on a…
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Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64
Ezra Swerdlow, the crackerjack, New York-bred producer and production manager who worked on such movies as The King of Comedy, The First Wives Club and Zombieland, has died. He was 64.

Swerdlow died Jan. 23 in Boston after a struggle with pancreatic cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a spokesman at ICM Partners announced.

More recently, Swerdlow served as an executive producer on the Smurfs movies released in 2011 and 2013, on 21 Jump Street (2012) and on a pair of films directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer (2014) and The Southpaw (2015).

Although he briefly moved to Los Angeles in the...
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Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, the crackerjack, New York-bred producer and production manager who worked on such movies as The King of Comedy, The First Wives Club and Zombieland, has died. He was 64.

Swerdlow died Jan. 23 in Boston after a struggle with pancreatic cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a spokesman at ICM Partners announced.

More recently, Swerdlow served as an executive producer on the Smurfs movies released in 2011 and 2013, on 21 Jump Street (2012) and on a pair of films directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer (2014) and The Southpaw (2015).

Although he briefly moved to Los Angeles in the...
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A Mubi Jerrython

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython.Jerry Lewis, one of the most successful and volatile of popular artists, and something of a personal hero, died late in the summer at the age of 91. After revisiting 32 films in preparation for a long article published to coincide with his 90th birthday, I had already seriously contemplated the idea of him dying. The elderly Jerry who appeared in the morning television segments that I consumed vociferously while writing the essay was not the Jerry starring in the glut of movies I was poring over. His vitality lasted through middle-age and into his advanced years, seemingly with little resistance despite three or four lifetimes worth of illnesses, addictions, and injuries. But finally, senescence had ensnared him; I remember being particularly moved by his admission that what he missed most was his ability to stand up straight and walk. Writing about Lewis,
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Jerry and the Prefab People: "Hardly Working" and Americana

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython. In Hardly Working, Jerry Lewis, as Bo Hooper, is Making America Goyish Again. Made in between The Day the Clown Cried and Jerry’s Telethons for Muscular Dystrophy, this is Jerry’s first (seen) attempt to wed issues of Jewish /outsider identity, and Americana with the desire for artistic or political legacy. Opening with a montage (of other movies): Jerry toots his horn in a greatest moments' super edit. Bracketing the sequences is the typewriting scene in Who’s Minding the Store?. Though it is not a film Jerry directed, it is the only clip shown piecemeal that conspicuously shows craft. The poetry of his comedy, seemingly effortless, credited to hard work.This gaze extending into the past introduces an artistic defense that Jerry makes for himself. In a late career pivot Jerry Lewis (re)directs himself in Hardly Working as a less hapless,
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A King in New York: Jerry Lewis and "The King of Comedy"

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi JerrythonI. Jerry Langford walks. Broadway and 51st, East 53rd, West 57th. He cuts a figure at one with his surroundings, in tune with the come-and-go ambiance—the ephemerality—of the city. He is of the people, a pedestrian among countless others. Or not. ‘Jerry Langford, right?’ The woman stops him, a magazine in her hand—as if it might, at any moment, become a weapon. ‘Oh Maurice,’ she tells the payphone into which she’s speaking, ‘please hold on.’ She asks Jerry to sign the magazine, showering him in praise, talking her way into talking more. ‘Oh Jerry,’ the woman continues, an improvised ambition swelling in her. ‘Please say something to my nephew Maurice on the phone. He’s in the hospital.’ That’s it: guilt the philanthrocapital out of them. ‘I’m sorry,’ Jerry replies, ‘I’m late.’ No sooner has
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Chuck Low Dies at 89, Morrie from Goodfellas, Sopranos

Chuck Low Dies at 89, Morrie from Goodfellas, Sopranos
Actor Chuck Low, who portrayed Morrie in Goodfellas has passed away at the age of 89. TMZ reports that the actor died at a nursing home on September 18th in New Jersey. No cause of death has been reported. In addition to his role in Goodfellas, Low also had roles in HBO's The Sopranos, Scent of a Woman, and The Mission. Frank Vincent, who was also in Goodfellas and The Sopranos, passed away the week before Chuck Low due to complications from heart surgery.

Charles Low was born to a Russian mother and Austrian-Polish father on July 21st, 1928 and he spent 4 years in active duty as an Army major and spent 30 years in the United States Army Reserve. In addition, Low also served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1961. In the 1960s, the late actor decided to get his brokerage license and began converting industrial buildings in Tribeca into lofts. Chuck Low
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Chuck Low, 'Goodfellas' Actor, Dead at 89

Chuck Low, 'Goodfellas' Actor, Dead at 89
Rest in peace, Charles "Chuck" Low.

The Goodfellas actor and real estate developer died in his sleep on Sept. 18 at the Allendale Nursing Home in New Jersey at age 89, according to his obituary in The New York Times.

Low graduated from the Norwich Military Academy with a Bs in electrical engineering in 1950, and went on to serve four years of active duty in the Army, as well as over 30 more in the Us Army Reserve.

Following his stint in the military, he went into the family business, developing and manufacturing marine instruments, before moving on to real estate.

Related: 'Let’s Make a Deal' Host Monty Hall Dies at 96

After developing buildings in New York City and the Tribeca neighborhood, Low met one of his tenants, Robert De Niro, who supported him in his move to acting.

Low is best known for his character Morrie in Goodfellas, alongside De Niro, Joe Pesci and [link
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Chuck Low Dies: ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Was 89

Chuck Low, who played Morris (Morrie) Kesseler in Goodfellas alongside Robert De Niro, died September 18 at a New Jersey nursing home, The New York Times reports. He was 89. Low, a New York City native, became friends with De Niro during the 1970s when he worked as a real estate developer in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood and De Niro was one of his tenants. Their friendship resulted in Low’s first screen appearance in The King of Comedy, playing a man in a Chinese restaurant…
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Chuck Low Dies: ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Was 89

Chuck Low Dies: ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Was 89
Chuck Low, who played Morris (Morrie) Kesseler in Goodfellas alongside Robert De Niro, died September 18 at a New Jersey nursing home, The New York Times reports. He was 89. Low, a New York City native, became friends with De Niro during the 1970s when he worked as a real estate developer in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood and De Niro was one of his tenants. Their friendship resulted in Low’s first screen appearance in The King of Comedy, playing a man in a Chinese restaurant…
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ArcLight To Screen Jerry Lewis Films Labor Day Weekend For Mda Charity

ArcLight To Screen Jerry Lewis Films Labor Day Weekend For Mda Charity
Exclusive: Jerry Lewis’ longtime association with Labor Day and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be kept alive this weekend: ArcLight Cinemas will host charity screenings of the late comic’s The Nutty Professor and The King Of Comedy. "Jerry Lewis will always be a legendary icon in entertainment, leaving his legacy both on and off the movie screen," said Gretchen McCourt, ArcLight Cinemas’ Evp. "We are honored to be screening two of Lewis' many great films and have…
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Jerry Lewis

Chicago – Jerry Lewis had a long and winding life, dying last week at the age of 91. Through that life he had many show business lives – including the inevitable addictions – surviving all of the them with his signature comic style. He also was featured in over 70 films, and HollywoodChicago.com remembers three of them.

Jerry Lewis in Chicago in 1996

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years, and make 16 films together between 1949 through 1956. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. “Martin & Lewis” eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you,
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