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Originally posted 09/16/2010 08:05PM
Documentary? More like mockumentary.
Joaquin Phoenix's supposed bizarre behavior last year – including an awkward interview with David Letterman – chronicled in the film I'm Still Here was, in fact, all for show, director Casey Affleck reveals.
"It's a terrific performance, it's the performance of his career," Affleck tells The New York Times, finally providing an explanation for Phoenix's partying, impromptu rap performances and unkempt look.
Originally posted 09/09/2010 11:20AM
Hoping to get a glimpse of Ben Affleck, shoot the breeze with James Franco, or catch a canoodle between Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan? Then pack your bags for Toronto, because those are just of the few of the glittery names hitting town for the 35th Toronto International Film Festival.
Speaking of The Town, Affleck's heist drama of that name is one of the festival's most hotly anticipated films, along with Mulligan's mesmerizing Never Let Me Go, about children raised to be spare parts for wealthier, luckier humans. Having seen both, we can already declare them more than worthy (and look for Mulligan's name on Best Actress ballots come Oscar time).
Also generating heavy buzz is Franco in 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's film about Aron Ralston, the hiker forced to cut off his own arm after being trapped by a boulder, and Natalie Portman in Black Swan, a dark (some say creepy) film about the ballet world. Word is, we should expect to see Portman giving Mulligan some solid competition come awards season.
Originally posted 08/17/2010 11:50AM
Originally posted 07/24/2010 06:00AM
Actor Casey Affleck has been slapped with a $2 million sexual harassment lawsuit by a producer of his offbeat documentary about Affleck's brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's quest to become a rap star. And Affleck is slapping back.
In papers filed Friday in Los Angeles, Amanda White claims Affleck acted inappropriately while directing I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, alleging she encountered "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" during production, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In response, Michael Plonsker, a litigator for Affleck and his production company Flemmy Prods., tells the trade paper, "The allegations brought upon our clients are preposterous and without merit. Ms. White was terminated from the production over a year ago. She and her lawyers believe that this maliciously and erroneously filed complaint will cause the producers to succumb to her outrageous and baseless demands. She is mistaken."
Adds Plonsker: "The complaint will be vigorously defended and cross-claims will be filed against her."
Originally posted 01/22/2010 01:30PM
Originally posted 03/16/2009 11:25AM
Gwyneth Paltrow has some advice for her friend and costar Joaquin Phoenix about his new career path: Get some street cred.
Popular belief is that Phoenix's saying goodbye to acting and launching a hip-hop career could be an elaborate hoax, despite his publicist's assertions to the contrary.
"I think that there might be some other explanation or something going on. I'm not quite sure what, but I can't believe that he's really going to quit [acting] forever to become a rapper," she told MTV UK during a promotional junket for Two Lovers. "It seems odd."
Originally posted 03/12/2009 08:20AM
Taking a cue from other unruly hip-hop stars, Joaquin Phoenix jumped into the crowd of a Miami Beach club early Thursday and confronted an audience member who was heckling him.
A disheveled Phoenix, 34, came out onstage wearing sunglasses held together by duct tape, smoking a cigarette and sporting his now trademark beard. His short performance consisted of him rapping unintelligibly while a deejay spun. He quickly became agitated and said, "We have a [double-expletive] in the audience." Then, addressing the heckler with "I have a million bucks in the bank, what do you got?" he jumped down into the packed LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.
Originally posted 02/12/2009 11:40AM
Originally posted 02/03/2009 09:00PM
Joaquin Phoenix insists he's getting a bum rap.
"There's not a hoax," Phoenix tells the Associated Press of doubts about his sudden conversion from movie star to hip-hop artist. "Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention."
Questions about his intentions surfaced after the newly bearded Phoenix, 34, took the stage in Las Vegas on Jan. 16 in an ill-fated debut of his new career. A video of his performance shows him falling off the stage, though he says it looks worse than it was.
"I had a lot of dudes come up and say, `We really respect you for doing it, putting yourself out there, and going with it,'" he tells AP. "Because I think true hip-hop heads know that it's hard, it's going to be a hard transition, and people are going to be lining up just to make fun of me."
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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