The opening bell for Awards Season has rung! An actor has discussed their transformation diet, officially kicking off the races for Best Actor or Actress at the Oscars, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Next we’ll probably hear from Renee Zellweger for Judy, but the race begins with Joaquin Phoenix who lost 50 pounds to play the always down to clown Arthur Fleck in Joker. According to Access Hollywood, Joaquin’s sallow complexion and diet comprised entirely of American Spirits and a single apple a day, were augmented to include some steamed vegetables to complete his transformation!
We all have pet names. I call my cat tons of things apart from his actual name. Yes it’s sad that I said, “my cat” instead of “my boyfriend” but that’s where things are right now. So it’s not weird that Joaquin Phoenix has a pet name for his maybe fiancee Rooney Mara, but since they’re so ~edgy~ and ~different~, it’s not something like honey or baby. It’s apparently “filthy dragon.”
“Joker” Won The Golden Lion At The Venice International Film Festival (And Roman Polanski Won Silver)
Why do I get the feeling that Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix aren’t exactly 100% thrilled with that win for Joker? It’s bad enough they’ve got to deal with the anti-superhero franchise crowd responding to this news by suggesting legitimate filmmaking is dead. But until the next award is handed out, they’ve got to see six dozen headlines in which their win is joined by the words: “Roman Polanski also a big winner!” I guess it could be worse? “Woody Allen nabs bronze!” Yeah, that would be worse.
“Joker” Got An 8-Minute Standing Ovation At The Venice Film Festival, And There’s Oscar Buzz For Joaquin Phoenix
Joker looks like the antidote for people who hate today’s ever-present superhero movies. From the trailers alone, it comes off as a gritty Scorcese-type 70s movie with a tortured wackjob embracing the futility of life and a couple of Batman details thrown in to make the nerds happy. Like in real life! And before people started arguing over whether or not Joker is white male terrorist propaganda, the audience at the Venice Film Festival loved it so much that they gave it an eight-minute standing “O,” according to Variety.
Has anybody checked on Jared Leto today? He might not be OK, he posted an unflattering photo of himself on Instagram, and I’m wondering if maybe it’s because the first full trailer for Todd Phillips‘ Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix just came out. The surrounding Oscar buzz may have taken the wind out of his sails/billowy Jesus caftan. This latest trailer actually shows us less about the movie than the teaser trailer that was released back in April. But don’t worry, I watched it with the closed captions on, and the descriptions of non-speech elements alone are enough to get the gist. This movie starts with (somber music), moves on to (child giggling), soon followed by (maniacal laughter) which, in turn, is followed by (Arthur Laughing), a distinction entirely lost on me as Arthur never (sweetly chuckles), then (dramatic music) crescendos into (bombastic music). In between there is a lot of smoking and a clown riot. Fin.
There was a time when it was absolutely beyond the realm of possibility to imagine Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara apathetically mumbling “I do” while someone on a vintage Moog synthesizer plays a non-traditional wedding march. Because Joaquin and Rooney allegedly thought marriage was “too mainstream” for them.
But then in May, Rooney was seen with a ring on her wedding finger, and it sure didn’t look like a Victorian mourning hair ring, which is the only sentimental kind of ring I would assume Rooney would wear. Well, Us Weekly says that Joaquin and Rooney aren’t the couple we thought they were, because they’re engaged after all.