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Joaquin Phoenix movies: 13 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Joker,’ ‘Walk the Line,’ ‘The Master’

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Joaquin Phoenix movies: 13 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Joker,’ ‘Walk the Line,’ ‘The Master’
Happy 45th birthday to three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix. This year has already been a big one for him with the universal praise for his performance in the violent Todd Phillips movie “Joker.” That role is coming off of two highly acclaimed films from last year — as a gun-for-hire in Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here” and Jacques Audiard‘s Western, “The Sisters Brothers,” for which Audiard won the Best Director prize at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.

SEEDon’t laugh! 45% say it’s about time that Joaquin Phoenix wins an Oscar for ‘Joker’

Phoenix has been no stranger to awards circles. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards (including a win for 2005’s “Walk the Line”) and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

SEEPaul Thomas Anderson movies: All 8 films ranked from worst to best

Tour our photo gallery above featuring the 13 greatest film performances,
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‘Insatiable’ Creator on Patty and Bob’s Killer Season 2 Finale Revelations, Plans for Season 3

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of “Insatiable”)

The second season of Netflix’s dark comedy “Insatiable” launched last Friday, meaning all the fans who have been waiting patiently to see the Season 1 cliffhanger resolved have had ample time to binge the new episodes — and get to the shocking revelations at the end of Season 2: Regina Sinclair (Arden Myren) is the Pageant Killer, Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts) is framed for the Pageant Killer’s murders and imprisoned, and Patty Bladell (Debby Ryan), your new Miss American Lady, says she’s going to prove he’s innocent and get him out by finding and murdering Regina.

Oh, and she admits she likes killing and has no intention of stopping now that she’s realized “nothing tastes as good as killing feels.”

So what does that mean for our binge-eating beauty queen if the show gets renewed for
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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Hasn't Talked to Longtime Friend Casey Affleck 'in Many Years'

Joaquin Phoenix Says He Hasn't Talked to Longtime Friend Casey Affleck 'in Many Years'
Joaquin Phoenix is explaining the current state of his relationship with Casey Affleck.

According to a recent profile of Phoenix in Vanity Fair, the longtime friends first met on the set of the 1995 film To Die For, once lived in the same building in New York, and have matching tattoos that they got together in Italy. Affleck, 44, was also married to Phoenix’s sister Summer Phoenix from 2006 to 2017.

In his interview with Vanity Fair, the Joker star said that he hasn’t spoken to Affleck “in many years.”

“My sister and him divorced,” Phoenix, 44, told the outlet. “And I haven
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Joker's Joaquin Phoenix: From Suffering a Family Tragedy to Finding Happiness with Rooney Mara

Joker's Joaquin Phoenix: From Suffering a Family Tragedy to Finding Happiness with Rooney Mara
Joaquin Phoenix is on the rise once again with his visceral portrayal in Joker.

In the comic book origin story, the actor, 44, plays Arthur Fleck who is destined to become the titular villain and foil to Batman.

On top of Oscar buzz, Phoenix has already been awarded the Tiff Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September where he reflected on his career and personal life.

Not one to speak candidly about some of his past tragedies, such as the death of his older brother and actor River, Phoenix has overcome loss and addiction to become one
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Joaquin Phoenix Thanks Late Brother River for Inspiring His Acting Career in Emotional Speech

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Joaquin Phoenix Thanks Late Brother River for Inspiring His Acting Career in Emotional Speech
Joaquin Phoenix gave an emotional tribute to his late brother River Phoenix.

Joaquin, 44, was honored with the Tiff Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival where he thanked his brother, River, for persuading him to return to acting. Joaquin (then known as Leaf Phoenix) starred in Parenthood as a young teen in 1989, then took a break from acting, making his comeback in the 1995 Nicole Kidman film To Die For.

“When I was 15 or 16, my brother River came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it,
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Tiff Review: David Cronenberg Steals the Show in the Niagara Falls-Set Mystery ‘Clifton Hill’

If you’ve grown up on the American side of Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill means two things. The Ontario tourist destination is an enjoyably garish bit of Las Vegas lite–Ferris wheels, wax museums, casinos. And it’s also the must-visit for 19-year-old Americans looking to drink legally. Director Albert Shin’s Clifton Hill is an intriguing cocktail of secrets, lies, run-down motels, flashing lights, and glitzy entertainment with a dark underbelly. In other words, the Hill’s moment in the spotlight is also some rather devastating PR for Niagara Falls upon the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It is important to note, however, that Shin’s film is set during the off-season, a chilly stretch of time in which the number of visitors decreases. Most of the locations visited by Abby, deftly played by Tuppence Middleton, are lonely, somber, and cold. Shin sets this tone from the opening scenes.
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Nicole Kidman: "Vanity Fair"

Sneak Peek new images of "Aquaman" actress Nicole Kidman in a recent pictorial for "Vanity Fair" magazine:

Kidman started her acting career in Australia with the 1983 films "Bush Christmas" and "BMX" Bandits. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller "Dead Calm" and the television miniseries "Bangkok Hilton".

In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film "Days of Thunder", folloowed by leading roles in "Far and Away" (1992), "Batman Forever" (1995), "To Die For" (1995) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999).

She then received two consecutive nominations for the 'Academy Award' for 'Best Actress' in "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) and "The Hours" (2002), winning for "The Hours".

Kidman has since starred in "The Others" (2001), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Dogville" (2003), "Birth" (2004), "Australia" (2008), "The Paperboy" (2012), "Stoker" (2013), "Paddington" (2014), "The Beguiled" (2017), "Boy Erased" and "Destroyer" (2018.

In 2012, Kidman received her first 'Primetime Emmy Award' nomination for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie' for her role in the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn
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‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At Toronto Film Festival

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‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At Toronto Film Festival
Toronto Film Festival co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey have set Joaquin Phoenix to receive a Tiff Tribute Actor Award on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York. Fest previously designated Meryl Streep for the honor. Phoenix will be there for the North American premiere of the Todd Phillips-directed Warner Bros film Joker, the formative story of the iconic villain played memorably in Batman films by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. Streep will be in Toronto for the Steven Soderbergh-directed Netflix film The Laundromat.

Phoenix’ 35-year career has plenty of performances worth celebrating, including The Master, Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, Gladiator, To Die For, and Her. He has been nominated for three Oscars.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” said Bailey. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role.
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Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Actor Award from Toronto Film Festival

Joaquin Phoenix to Receive Actor Award from Toronto Film Festival
Joaquin Phoenix has been named recipient of one of the first two Tiff Tribute Actor Awards at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The other will go to Meryl Streep, as was previously announced by Tiff.

Phoenix will be at the festival this year with “Joker,” Todd Phillips’ standalone “Batman” spinoff in which Phoenix plays the title role. The award will be presented on Monday, September 9 at the Fairmont Royal York, as part of the festival’s first-ever Tiff Tribute Gala.

Other honorees include Taika Waititi (the Tiff Ebert Director Award) and Participant Media (the Tiff Impact Award). The recipient of the Mary Pickford Award, which honors a female emerging talent in the industry, will be named at a later date.

Also Read: Meryl Streep to Receive Toronto Film Festival's First Actor Award

In addition to “Joker,” Phoenix’s work includes “The Master,” “Gladiator,” “Walk the Line,” “To Die For,” “Her
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Joaquin Phoenix to receive Tiff Tribute Actor Award

Joaquin Phoenix to receive Tiff Tribute Actor Award
Mary Pickford Award honouring a female emerging talent to be announced shortly.

Joaquin Phoenix will receive the Tiff Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural Tiff Tribute Gala on September 9.

Phoenix, who has earned Oscar nods for The Master, Walk The Line, and Gladiator, stars in Warner Bros’ awards season prospect Joker, which will receive its North American premiere at Tiff following the world premiere in Venice.

The Golden Globe-winning star of Walk The Line has earned acclaim for other lead or key roles in films such as Inherent Vice, To Die For, The Sisters Brothers,
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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Milk,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Drugstore Cowboy’

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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Milk,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Drugstore Cowboy’
Gus Van Sant celebrates his 67th birthday on July 24, 2019. A fiercely individual voice with one foot in the independent world and another in the studio system, Van Sant’s filmography varies wildly from mainstream entertainments to peculiar experiments, from sublime highs to extreme lows. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at all 17 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant kicked off his filmmaking career with the micro-budget, black-and-white “Mala Noche” (1985), a major preamble to the New Queer Cinema. His next feature, “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), firmly established him as an indie maverick, a reputation he would fulfill with his followup, the River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves road movie “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). He dipped his toes into studio filmmaking with the gleefully dark satire “To Die For” (1995), which won Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

SEENicole Kidman movies:
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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films ranked worst to best

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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films ranked worst to best
Gus Van Sant celebrates his 67th birthday on July 24, 2019. A fiercely individual voice with one foot in the independent world and another in the studio system, Van Sant’s filmography varies wildly from mainstream entertainments to peculiar experiments, from sublime highs to extreme lows. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at all 17 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant kicked off his filmmaking career with the micro-budget, black-and-white “Mala Noche” (1985), a major preamble to the New Queer Cinema. His next feature, “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), firmly established him as an indie maverick, a reputation he would fulfill with his followup, the River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves road movie “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). He dipped his toes into studio filmmaking with the gleefully dark satire “To Die For” (1995), which won Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

He hit the
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Holland Taylor To Play The Great Leader In ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’

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Exclusive: The Practice Emmy winner has boarded the ensemble cast of Bill & Ted Face The Music and will play The Great Leader, the most powerful person in the universe. The center? Why, San Dimas, California, 700 years in the future.

Taylor joins previously announced cast including Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, William Sadler, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Scott Mescudi (“Kid Cudi”), Anthony Carrigan, Beck Bennett, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Amy Stoch, Hal Landon Jr. and Jillian Bell.

Dean Parisot directs the time-travelling buddy comedy sequel off a screenplay from returning franchise writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Bill & Ted Face The Music will be produced by Scott Kroopf alongside Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce on behalf of Hammerstone Studios. Steven Soderbergh, R. Scott Reid, John Ryan Jr., Scott Fischer and John Santilli are serving as executive producers.

Taylor was most recently seen in Gloria Bell opposite Julianne Moore.
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Video Essay. Anaphora: Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park"

Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors. Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park (2007) is showing May 17–June 15, 2019 on Mubi in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland as part of the series Cannes Takeover.Gus Van Sant can be a difficult director for which to wave the flag at present. You just never know if he’ll be making a pleasant if weightless drama designed to play endlessly on cable channels in need of harmless programming or if he’s going to make the single most haunting film you’ll see in a given year. After almost a decade of not-quites and outright critical disasters, he made Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which looked like a run-of-the-mill inspirational movie but in fact contained some of his most engaged and empathetic filmmaking to date, housed a murderer’s
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Rushes: Remembering John Singleton, "To Die For" at 20, Defending Romantic Comedies

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSDirector John Singleton on the set of his Boyz in the HoodJohn Singleton has died at the age of 51 after suffering a stroke. In an essential overview of the filmmaker's groundbreaking career, K. Austin Collins writes "[Singleton's] black characters were flawed, often failures; his films detailed the extent to which these failures were personal, and made clear when they were systemic. Singleton’s black people were human." I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90 pic.twitter.com/CaRKjZtjgB— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019A newly discovered sequel to A Clockwork Orange
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Nicole Kidman In "Vanity Fair"

Sneak Peek new images of "Aquaman" actress Nicole Kidman in an upcoming pictoral for "Vanity Fair" magazine:

Kidman started her acting career in Australia with the 1983 films "Bush Christmas" and "BMX" Bandits. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller "Dead Calm" and the television miniseries "Bangkok Hilton".

In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film "Days of Thunder", folloowed by leading roles in "Far and Away" (1992), "Batman Forever" (1995), "To Die For" (1995) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999).

She then received two consecutive nominations for the 'Academy Award' for 'Best Actress' in "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) and "The Hours" (2002), winning for "The Hours".

Kidman has since starred in "The Others" (2001), "Cold Mountain" (2003), "Dogville" (2003), "Birth" (2004), "Australia" (2008), "The Paperboy" (2012), "Stoker" (2013), "Paddington" (2014), "The Beguiled" (2017), "Boy Erased" and "Destroyer" (2018.

In 2012, Kidman received her first 'Primetime Emmy Award' nomination for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie' for her role in the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn
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Still to Die For: Inside the Tangled Web Around Pamela Smart That Started With the Murder of Her Husband

At the end of the day, Pamela Smart was the murderous adult in the room. The New Hampshire school media director—the original inspiration for Nicole Kidman's breakout turn as a sociopathic local weathergirl with Barbara Walters-level aspirations in To Die For—was 23 years old in 1991 when she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her husband. William "Billy" Flynn, who physically pulled the trigger and testified against Smart at trial, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as was sentenced to 40 years to life, with the option to shave 12 years off if he behaved himself in prison. He was released in...
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Destroyer review – Kidman’s bad cop blows them away

Karyn Kusama’s tense cop thriller, powered by a terrific performance from Nicole Kidman, flips traditional gender roles to spectacular effect

Amid the hoopla of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations, it was depressing to be faced with yet another all-male list in the best director category. The Oscars have always been skewed towards men, although it’s been argued in the past that the awards merely reflected the gender bias of the film industry itself. Yet this year, potential contenders included such diverse film-makers as Chloé Zhao for The Rider, Marielle Heller for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here, Josie Rourke for Mary Queen of Scots, and Debra Granik for Leave No Trace – the last of which, my favourite film of 2018, received no Academy recognition whatsoever.

To that impressive list I’d add Karyn Kusama for Destroyer, another female-led feature which has flown entirely under the Oscars’ radar.
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Revisiting Hours: Murder, Sexism and the Nightly News — ‘To Die For’

Revisiting Hours: Murder, Sexism and the Nightly News — ‘To Die For’
Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. This week: Amy Nicholson on Gus Van Sant’s media-saturation satire To Die For.

Three years ago, news anchor Gretchen Carlson asked Fox CEO Roger Ailes why her career had stalled. Her boss offered her a deal: “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time
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‘Mowgli,’ ‘Buster Scruggs’ and Beyond: Streaming Cinema Is Enlisting A-List Composers

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The debate rages on over whether a Netflix movie is legitimate, bona fide cinema, as the streaming behemoth has somewhat reluctantly joined Amazon Studios in giving its award-hungry offerings at least a limited theatrical run. But good old-fashioned talent makes contrasting the streamers with their Old Hollywood rivals a moot point. And, along with star-studded casts and esteemed directors, many of this season’s Netflix and Amazon original films were soundtracked by prestige composers.

Roma” had no original music, but Netflix scored a coup with “The Other Side of the Wind,” the belatedly released Orson Welles film that features a new score by three-time Oscar winner Michel Legrand. Meanwhile, Amazon nabbed not one but two Radiohead members for its original features this year: Jonny Greenwood for “You Were Never Really Here” and Thom Yorke for “Suspiria.”

Netflix’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is the latest in a 35-year collaboration
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