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Gwyneth Suggests a Trip to the Projects for Joaquin Phoenix

Gwyneth Paltrow Suggests a Trip to the Projects for Joaquin Phoenix

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."

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Joaquin Phoenix Jumps into Crowd at His Miami Show

Joaquin Phoenix Jumps into Crowd at His Miami Show

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.

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Joaquin Phoenix Makes Awkward Appearance on Letterman

Originally posted 02/12/2009 11:40AM



He's insisted his new look and career goals are no hoax, but a shaggy and soft-spoken Joaquin Phoenix seemed like the only one in on a private joke during an awkward appearance on Wednesday's Late Show.

In New York to promote Two Lovers, costarring Gwyneth Paltrow, the actor offered minimal responses as he chomped on gum during host David Letterman's goading questions.

The elliptical exchange drew lots of laughter from the audience – and a few vague smiles behind dark sunglasses from the star himself as Phoenix kept up the act.

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Joaquin Phoenix Denies Flip-Flop to Hip-Hop a Hoax

Joaquin Phoenix Denies Flip-Flop to Hip-Hop a Hoax

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."

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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: From Oscar Nominee to Rapper

Joaquin Phoenix: From Oscar Nominee to Rapper

Originally posted 01/17/2009 03:15PM

After announcing his retirement from acting in October, Joaquin Phoenix made his first public foray into the music world Friday, saying he was ready to put his real self out there and not hide behind movie characters.

"This is me saying this is who I am. This is my story," the actor-turned-aspiring rapper told PEOPLE before taking the stage at Las Vegas club LAVO.

For the skeptics, Phoenix says he's serious about his new line of work. Music, he told PEOPLE, is his real love.

"After all the years of reading scripts and reading lines, this is my chance to do something straight from the heart and put it out there," he said. And why hip-hop? "When I was young I liked punk rock music but then I discovered rap. I love the storytelling aspect of hip-hop."

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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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Joaquin Phoenix Says Goodbye to Acting (Again)

Joaquin Phoenix Says Goodbye to Acting (Again)

Originally posted 11/03/2008 12:20PM

Joaquin Phoenix is reiterating his claims that he is finished with acting.

To make his point clear, the eccentric star scrawled the words "Good Bye" in black ink across his knuckles at Saturday's Los Angeles premiere of his film, Two Lovers.

Phoenix, 34, made headlines last week when he declared his retirement from being an actor. "I'm done. I've been through that," he said at the time.

"I think it's just moving on," he added Saturday in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's rediscovering something else."

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Joaquin Phoenix: Retiring from Movies at Age 34?

Joaquin Phoenix: Retiring from Movies at Age 34?

Originally posted 10/29/2008 08:55AM

Say what?

Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at a benefit for Paul Newman's camps for kids Monday, announcing his plans to quit acting.

"I want to take this opportunity ... to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor," the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra at the San Francisco event. "I'm not doing films anymore."

"Are you serious?" asked the stunned interviewer Jerry Penacoli.

"Yeah. I'm working on my music," Phoenix insisted. "I'm done. I've been through that."

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