Variety has published a list of the top earning celebrities for 2019 and Martin Lawrence is sitting pretty at the big boys’ (and girls, and Tommy Girl’s) table. And no, I’m not talking about that Martin Lawrence, I’m talking about original recipe Martin Lawrence. Thanks to his Bad Boys For Life co-star Will Smith, Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence out-earned Academy Award nominees Jessica Chastain and Joaquin Phoenix. The three-time Kid’s Choice nominee was paid $6 million for reprising his role in the Bad Boys 3-sequel. I guess that creepy genie really can make wishes come true!
It looks the next season of HBO’s Crashing is going to be a bit darker than seasons past. In the first trailer for Todd Phillips’ standalone origin story, simply called Joker, Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, a down-on-his-luck comedian who despite the occasional set back/beat down, doggedly pursues his dreams of stardom. If, from what you’ve read of him, you’ve already pictured Joaquin looking wrung out in saggy, grey tighty whities dancing alone in his bathroom, then there won’t be anything new to see here. Also appearing in the trailer are Frances Conroy as Arthur’s probable future matricide victim, Zazie Beetz as a woman who should have swiped left, and Brian Tyree Henry as Suspicious Black Man #1.
It looks like those dudes in the background are getting it on as a clown crowd watches… That might be the most interesting part of The Joker.
That Joaquin Phoenix morphing into the Joker clip from the other day looked like some diligent comic book fan’s homemade CGI. It wasn’t. TMZ has posted a clip of Joaquin filming a scene for the upcoming origin story for the famous murder-clown, and that’s really the makeup with which they’re going. Well, they got the clown part right, he typed weakly? It’s an origin story so maybe this is like when the hero is making his own costumes at first and then his lewk evolves a little by the end of the movie? I hope so, otherwise, the Joker is going to look like he became a psychopathic killer after one of the kids at the birthday party he was working at kicked him in the balls.
When someone told me there was going to be a movie about the origin of the Joker, I just assumed there was a Netflix documentary about Kellyanne Conway coming out. Fun for me that they meant Batman’s sparring partner! Joaquin Phoenix is taking over the role, and Allison already showed you earlier this week of a photo of Joaquin as the Crown Prince of Crime’s “Arthur” alter ego. To me, Arthur looked like the weird guy I saw on the subway this morning talking to his imaginary pet bird and eating a sandwich. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long for the film studio to drop a lewk at what Arthur looks like when he hits up the MAC counter.
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) September 21, 2018
While the Joker in full drag admittedly looks spookier than his mortal, subway flasher form (or does he?), I’ve still seen spookier shit in my day. Like Joaquin Phoenix in every single scene in I’m Still Here. Or any pic of Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara. Take your pick.
Yesterday, Todd Phillips, who is directing The Joker origin movie called The Joker, released the very first look at Joaquin Phoenix as the title character. Take everything you knew about The Joker, throw it into a dumpster located directly behind the men’s section of a Michigan Kmart, and you’ve only scratched the surface.
Alec Baldwin may be rich, a frequent tuxedo wearer, and have a history of facing off with strangers on the streets of New York, but he won’t be playing Batman’s dead dad in an upcoming film about The Joker. A few days ago it was reported that Alec would appear opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillip’s origin story about The Joker, as Bruce Wayne’s father Dr. Thomas Wayne. Sources were extremely sure that Alec had been cast in Joker, and it seemed all that was left was for Alec to confirm the news himself. But he tweeted that it’s not happening.