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Rep Insists Joaquin Phoenix's Rap Career Is No Joke

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Rep Insists Joaquin Phoenix's Rap Career Is No Joke

Originally posted 01/29/2009 12:00PM

Doth the rep protest too much?

In the wake of Entertainment Weekly's having speculated Wednesday that Joaquin Phoenix – with the aid of his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck – was performing an elaborate ruse regarding his transition from Oscar-nominated actor to falling-off-the-stage rapper, Affleck's rep said this career switch is no hoax at all.

In a statement to PEOPLE on Thursday, the spokeswoman said, "I believe the transition from one career to another is never smooth. Unfortunately, Joaquin has had to make this transition in the spotlight of fame."

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Joaquin Phoenix's New Rap Career a Hoax?

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Joaquin Phoenix's New Rap Career a Hoax?

Originally posted 01/28/2009 10:30AM

Joaquin Phoenix told the world he's quitting acting. Then he took to the stage in Vegas Jan. 16 to debut his new career as a rapper. But is it all an elaborate hoax?

That's what Entertainment Weekly is reporting. Sources tell the magazine's Hollywood Insider blog that Phoenix's bizarre career change, which Casey Affleck (who's married to Phoenix's sister Summer) has been filming, is a joke at the expense of the entertainment media and actors who take themselves too seriously.

"He said, 'It's a put-on. I'm going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it,'" says one source who recently worked with Phoenix.

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Joaquin Phoenix Documenting His Transition to Musician

Joaquin Phoenix Documenting His Transition to Musician

Originally posted 11/26/2008 10:00AM

After announcing his retirement from acting in late October, Joaquin Phoenix is taking a stab at a music career – and documenting the road to stardom!

The Oscar-nominated actor, 34, has already started filming on a documentary "that will showcase his transition from acting to music," says a source.

Last week Phoenix, who played Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line and his pal Casey Affleck hit Culver City night spot Carbon for their funk night where Phoenix surprised the crowd with a rap performance which Affleck recorded. The duo later continued filming at Bardot Hollywood where they even chatted up actor Ryan Gosling who was there for his weekly deejay gig.

Phoenix's rep had no comment.
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Casey Affleck: Fatherhood Is 'Transformative' | Casey Affleck

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Casey Affleck: Fatherhood Is 'Transformative'

Originally posted 02/05/2008 07:30AM

Casey Affleck is on a hot streak – scoring a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and starring in the critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone.

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Casey Affleck Welcomes a Second Child

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Casey Affleck Welcomes a Second Child

Originally posted 01/15/2008 03:15PM

Casey Affleck and wife Summer Phoenix welcomed a second child, a son, the actor's rep says.

No other details have been announced.

Affleck, 32, and Phoenix, 30, who were married in June 2006, also have 3-year-old son Indiana August.

Affleck stars in Gone, Baby, Gone, directed by brother Ben Affleck. Phoenix is the younger sister of actors Joaquin and the late River Phoenix.

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George Clooney Takes Season's First Film Prize | George Clooney

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George Clooney Takes Season's First Film Prize

Originally posted 12/06/2007 08:30AM

George Clooney and Casey Affleck took top male honors from the National Board of Review, which prides itself on being the oldest movie organization in the country (it's 98 years old) and the first to announce its prizes each year.

The Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men was picked as this year's best picture, and Tim Burton is best director, for the musical Sweeney Todd, his sixth movie to star Johnny Depp. Ratatouille won the animated film award.

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QUOTED: Brad Pitt Praises 'WhatsHisName' Affleck | Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck

QUOTED: Brad Pitt Praises 'WhatsHisName' Affleck

Originally posted 10/23/2007 02:05PM

"When they first asked me, my manager called and I said, 'Who for?' and she said, 'Affleck.' And I said, 'I love that guy.' And she said, 'No, it's the other one.' I said, 'Oh.' "

Brad Pitt, skewering Casey Affleck (whom he called "Cassie"), at Tuesday night's 11th Annual Hollywood Awards at the Hollywood Film Festival.
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Casey Affleck, Summer Phoenix Wed | Casey Affleck, Summer Phoenix

Casey Affleck, Summer Phoenix Wed

Originally posted 06/05/2006 03:15PM

Actor Casey Affleck and his girlfriend of six years, Summer Phoenix, got married over the weekend, PEOPLE has learned.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Malaysia Muffles Mariah

Originally posted 01/20/2004 01:00AM

URGED: Mariah Carey will have to tone down her sexy act for her Feb. 22 concert in Malaysia, following complaints from Muslim opposition party leader Ahmad Sabki Yusof. "Everyone knows Mariah Carey presents herself in a sexy, unacceptable and almost vulgar manner," said Yusof, who wrote to that country's government demanding that the singer not be allowed to perform at the 50,000-seat stadium in Kuala Lampur, The New York Times reports. Carey, 33, has been granted permission, so long as she is dressed modestly, according to the BBC. Previously, rock group Linkin Park was allowed to perform in Malaysia so long as they weren't too loud and kept their shirts on.

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