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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker comes to life in camera test video

Since unveiling the first look at Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur aka The Joker, director Todd Phillips has since gone on to reveal the first test video of his transformation as his alto-ego.

Taking to Instagram over the weekend, Phillips simply said “Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.”

Todd Phillips is taking the helm of the standalone movie. He has also co-written the script with 8 Mile and The Fighter scribe Scott Silver. Robert De Niro will be making an appearance in a pivotal role as a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin. The casting news doesn’t stop there Frances Conroy – who has starred in American Horror Story and Young Sheldon – is also in talks to play The Joker’s mother, Penny. Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Robert De Niro and Josh Pais are also onboard for the film.

Also in the news – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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Todd Phillips reveals first look of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker

Todd Phillips has revealed the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker aka Arthur in his darker standalone movie, Joker.

Met with a somewhat lacklustre response from a few on the internet, the photo presents Phoenix in a pre-Joker state, an ordinary joe that has that certain air of menace which gives you the heebie-jeebies.

At the Toronto Film Festival last week Phoenix was looking even more gaunt as he did the press rounds for The Sister Brothers, you can see an image below and check out the press conference highlights to see Phoenix talking about the film.

Joaquin Phoenix sports a gaunt look for The Joker in Toronto Joaquin Phoenix – The Sister Brothers Press Conference – Tiff

Plot direction is something of a myth at the moment, but it is said to be set in 1980’s Gotham City. It will also have a much darker tone than the current
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Alec Baldwin cast as Bruce Wayne’s father in Joker

  • HeyUGuys
Todd Phillips, Joker adaptation is nicely taking shape. With Joaquin Phoenix firmly on board, a new casting has just been announced in the form of Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin will play the role of Thomas Wayne, respected Gotham City physician and philanthropist and most importantly the father of Bruce. Word on the street is Baldwin could be bringing his infamous take on Donald Trump to the character. Thomas, in Phillips version, is said be a cheesy and tanned businessman.

Plot direction is something of a myth at the moment, but it is said to be set in 1980’s Gotham City. It will also have a much darker tone than the current set in the DC Cinematic Universe, and with a smaller budget than most Comic book films. It is said to take a more serious, dramatic turn rather than the fun, almighty punch-ups most churn out.

Also in the news – Top Gun: Maverick
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Joker Movie Gets Glow Star Marc Maron

Joker Movie Gets Glow Star Marc Maron
Marc Maron has boarded the cast of the Joker origin movie. Joaquin Phoenix is playing the beloved DC villain, which has helped boost the credibility of the project and has certainly added to its intrigue and appeal. With production set to begin in September, casting is underway and pre-production is in full swing. Now, Maron has become the latest star to join the growing ensemble of what could be the most interesting DC movie coming down the pipeline currently.

According to a new report, Marc Maron will play an agent on a talk show hosted by Robert De Niro's character. Maron will have a hand in booking Joaquin Phoenix's character for the show and, ultimately, play a part in causing him to turn into the Clown Prince of Crime. The story will take inspiration from Frank Miller's The Killing Joke and Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy.
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Netflix Renews ‘Altered Carbon’ for Season 2 With Anthony Mackie as New Lead

  • The Wrap
Netflix has renewed science fiction drama “Altered Carbon” for a second season with Anthony Mackie taking on the role of Takeshi Kovacs.

The “Avengers” and “Hurt Locker” star replaces Joel Kinnaman, who originated the role.

The series takes place in a futuristic world where the human mind has been digitized, thus giving people the ability to upload their mind into new bodies (referred to as “sleeves”). Mackie will play the new “sleeve” of Kovacs.

Also Read: Nike Co-Founder Biopic Coming Form Netflix, Frank Marshall

“Altered Carbon” is based on Richard K. Morgan’s science fiction novels. In Morgan’s book series, Kovacs’ story spans hundreds of years, many different bodies and planets.

For Season 2, which will consist of eight episodes, Alison Schapker will join creator Laeta Kalogridis as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television. James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.
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‘Altered Carbon’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix With Anthony Mackie in Lead Role

  • Variety
‘Altered Carbon’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix With Anthony Mackie in Lead Role
Altered Carbon” has been renewed for a second season at Netflix, but another actor is taking over the role of Takeshi Kovacs from Season 1 star Joel Kinnaman.

Anthony Mackie is joining the series in the lead role. The change up in the show’s main character is not unexpected given that it takes place In a futuristic world where the human mind has been digitized and a person can transfer their consciousness from one body to the next. The series is based on the science fiction novels written by Richard K. Morgan.

In addition, Laeta Kalogridis will return as showrunner and executive producer, with Alison Schapker joining the series as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television. James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.

Mackie is a Julliard-trained actor known most recently for his role as Sam Wilson,
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Altered Carbon Season 2: Avengers' Anthony Mackie Takes Over Lead Role, Replacing Joel Kinnaman

Netflix has renewed Altered Carbon for Season 2, albeit with a number of significant tweaks. The biggest change: Avengers staple Anthony Mackie is replacing Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs. Additionally, Alison Schapker (The Flash, Fringe) has come aboard as co-showrunner.

Kinnaman’s departure from the body-swapping series was not unexpected. As established in Richard K. Morgan’s sci-fi novels, the lead character’s journey spans hundreds of years and myriad different bodies.

Back in February, Kinnaman himself foreshadowed his exit, telling TVGuide.com, “We have no idea what the second season would be, but my guess is… it’s sort of
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Joker Movie Wants Frances Conroy as the DC Villain's Mom

Joker Movie Wants Frances Conroy as the DC Villain's Mom
We may have found The Joker's mom. American Horror Story star Frances Conroy is currently in talks to star in the Joker origin movie alongside Joaquin Phoenix, who is already on board as the iconic DC villain. Frances Conroy will play a woman named Penny who is reportedly going to be sick and possibly dying during the events of the movie and has an obsession with her former employer. At the present time, it's unclear how sizable the role will be as plot details for the movie are being kept under wraps by the studio.

We previously reported that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star and recent Oscar-winner Frances McDormand was offered the role of Penny in the movie, which is simply titled Joker but turned it down. From one Frances to another, or so it would seem. Frances Conroy, in addition to her various roles on American Horror Story

Joker Movie Wants Frances Conroy as the DC Villain's Mom

Joker Movie Wants Frances Conroy as the DC Villain's Mom
We may have found The Joker's mom. American Horror Story star Frances Conroy is currently in talks to star in the Joker origin movie alongside Joaquin Phoenix, who is already on board as the iconic DC villain. Frances Conroy will play a woman named Penny who is reportedly going to be sick and possibly dying during the events of the movie and has an obsession with her former employer. At the present time, it's unclear how sizable the role will be as plot details for the movie are being kept under wraps by the studio.

We previously reported that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star and recent Oscar-winner Frances McDormand was offered the role of Penny in the movie, which is simply titled Joker but turned it down. From one Frances to another, or so it would seem. Frances Conroy, in addition to her various roles on American Horror Story
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Robert De Niro enters talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in darker Joker Movie

Todd Phillips’ Joker spin-off is fast becoming a must see just by the names associated with it. If Joaquin Phoenix wasn’t enough of a draw to make you excited, then surely the likes of Robert De Niro could intrigue you? Well, with any luck the vocally Trump hating actor could be joining the cast.

De Niro is currently undertaking talks which could see him play a pivotal role: a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin. The casting news doesn’t stop there Frances Conroy – who has starred in American Horror Story and Young Sheldon – is also in talks to play The Joker’s mother, Penny.

Plot direction is something of a myth at the moment, but it is said to be set in 1980’s Gotham City. It will also have a much darker tone than the current set in the DC Cinematic Universe,
See full article at HeyUGuys »

45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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Oscars flashback: Gold Derby celebrates 84 years of Best Original Song at the Academy Awards

At the seventh Oscar ceremony in 1934, the academy introduced three new categories: Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Original Song. The latter race had a mere three nominees that first year, with “The Continental,” performed by the incomparable Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in “The Gay Divorcee,” taking home the inaugural prize. Over the years to follow, the category would balloon in size, reaching a chaotic all-time high of 14 nominees at the 1945 Oscars, before contracting down to the five nominees seen in the vast majority of years since.

The category has produced a remarkable variety of Academy Awards winners, from the timeless likes of “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) to bold, contemporary fare like “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile” (2002) and “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow” (2005). There are the beloved champions from animated features too,
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Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones Round Out Cast of Apple’s ‘Are You Sleeping’

  • The Wrap
Apple has finished filling up the cast of its upcoming thriller series “Are You Sleeping” with big names like Aaron Paul and “This Is Us” star Ron Cephas Jones, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Tracie Thoms (“Rent,” “UnReal”), Michael Beach (“Aquaman”) and Haneefah Wood (“Baskets,” “One Day at a Time”) have also been added to the line-up of the tech giant’s new project — one of several they are doing in collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner. The two previously announced leads are Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan.

Are You Sleeping” is created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (who will serve as showrunner) and based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, which focuses on America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts.

Also Read: Lizzy Caplan to Star Opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple Drama 'Are You Sleeping
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‘Are You Sleeping’: Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms & Haneefah Wood Join Apple Series

  • Deadline
‘Are You Sleeping’: Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms & Haneefah Wood Join Apple Series
Apple has assembled a star-studded cast for its Octavia Spencer series Are You Sleeping, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

Joining Spencer in the a 10-episode thriller drama are Aaron Paul, Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile), Tracie Thoms (Rent, Unreal), and Haneefah Wood (Baskets, One Day at a Time).

Also cast in the series is Emmy Award-nominated This Is Us co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who will continue to recur on the NBC series.

Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless
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Apple’s ‘Are You Sleeping?’ Adds Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones, Five Others

  • Variety
The upcoming Apple drama series “Are You Sleeping?” has rounded out its cast, Variety has learned.

In addition to previously announced cast members Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, and Haneefah Wood have all joined the series.

The series is based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Barber and explores people’s obsession with true-crime stories and the recent boom in podcasts dedicated to probing unsolved and disputed cases. Spencer will play reporter Poppy Parnell, a reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan will play twin sisters Josie and Lanie.

Paul will play convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years. Paul is best known for his Emmy-winning role in
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The 10 Best Original Movie Songs of the 21st Century

The 10 Best Original Movie Songs of the 21st Century
This weekend sees the release of “Hearts Beat Loud,” a winsome new indie about a father (Nick Offerman) and a daughter (Kiersey Clemons) who unexpectedly form a band together during the summer before the kid goes off to college. Riding a poppy, heartfelt soundtrack by Keegan DeWitt (whose songs are brought to life by the actors who sing them), “Hearts Beat Loud” is a nice reminder that movies are a peerlessly effective mechanism for bringing new music into our lives.

With that in mind, here are our picks for the 10 best original songs from the movies of the 21st century.

10. “Montage” (from “Swiss Army Man”)

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It’s already stuck in your head. This self-referential ear worm — the highlight of the exquisitely strange soundtrack that Manchester Orchestra wrote for Daniels’ exquisitely strange first movie — is dropped right into the middle of “Swiss Army Man,
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What’s Leaving Netflix in June 2018

  • Variety
With the start of summer comes a refresh of movies and TV on Netflix, and some classic films are leaving the streamer throughout the month of June.

On June 1, fan-favorite flicks “50 First Dates,” “8 Mile,” and “Men in Black,” will be removed, and later in the month Netflix will also lose “Captain America: Civil War,” six seasons of “Baby Daddy,” and the 1974 adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”

Check out the full list of titles leaving Netflix below:

June 1

50 First Dates

8 Mile

Gridiron Gang

J. Edgar

Men in Black

My Left Foot

Neerja

Out of the Dark

Princess Kaiulani

The Angry Birds Movie

The Brothers Grimm

The Spy Next Door

The Young Victoria

Training Day

Untraceable

Vice

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

While You Were Sleeping

June 3

Shark Men: Season 3

June 8

Grace of Monaco

June 9

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

June 10

Bonnie & Clyde

June 15

Drillbit Taylor

Naz & Maalik
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Netflix in June: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Netflix in June: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)
Arriving June 3: “The Break With Michelle Wolf

The Daily Show” alum made waves with her White House Correspondence Dinner jokes, and now she’s landed on Netflix for a weekly show.

Arriving June 5: “Thor: Ragnarok

The third “Thor” movie from Marvel Studios Ragna-rocked our world (sorry), and now you can stream it on Netflix.

Arriving June 8: “Sense8: The Series Finale”

Find your cluster and buckle in for the much anticipated two-hour finale of “Sense8.”

Arriving June 15: “Queer Eye” Season 2

We’re not crying — you’re crying! Grab your tissues, because we were not expecting to get more heartfelt makeover this soon. But we are so ready for more of the Fab 5.

Arriving June 22: “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2

Luke is going viral in Season 2, and going up against new villain Bushmaster. Oh, yeah — did we mention he also works out with New York Jets coach Todd Bowles?
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Cake, Captain America: Civil War and Men in Black Leaving Netflix in June 2018

Netflix has just announced which film and TV titles will be expiring in June 2018, and subscribers have eight days to watch films like 50 First Dates, 8 Mile, Men in Black and While You Were Sleeping before they expire. Midway through the month, the first eight seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will disappear—that's a whopping 71 episodes! For the full list of titles becoming available in June, click here. Leaving 6/1/18 50 First Dates 8 Mile Gridiron Gang J. Edgar Men in Black My Left Foot Neerja Out of the Dark Princess Kaiulani The Angry Birds Movie The Brothers Grimm The Spy Next...
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Brian Grazer Pumped About Gucci Mane Movie, 'Progenitor of Trap Music'

  • TMZ
Brian Grazer is doing an "8 Mile"-style movie about rapper Gucci Mane -- and tells TMZ he believes Gucci is the "progenitor of trap music." Yeah, we had to look that word up too ... turns out, progenitor means creator or originator. So, is that true? Is Gucci the godfather of trap?  There are many people who believe T.I. and Young Jeezy could lay claim to the progenitor title, but Grazer's done his homework and clearly believes it's all Gucci,
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