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‘Joker’ Is Poised To Become The Highest Grossing R-Rated Movie Ever

Despite fears that it might inspire real-life violence — as well as Jared Leto’s alleged attempts to stop its making — Joker is poised to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever, according to Deadline. Granted, it’s not quite there yet. This weekend the stand-alone spin-off — which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, who becomes […]

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Robert Pattinson Confirms His Batman Won’t Meet Up With Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker,’ Ever

In early September, The Batman actor Robert Pattinson made a fairly ambiguous remark about Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming film Joker that set the Internet on fire with speculation. “Will these new incarnations of Batman and the Joker meet up in a movie?” fans began asking themselves, and pretty much everyone else, on social media. Thankfully, Joker […]

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Jared Leto Allegedly Tried To Stop ‘Joker’ From Being Made

Remember when Jared Leto played the Joker? Well, it happened, only three years ago, in 2016’s Suicide Squad, and it might be the only time someone’s played the iconic Batman villain and not earned universal acclaim (or an Academy Award). To add insult to injury, not long after the film’s release DC announced Joker, a […]

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Psychology Around the Net: October 19, 2019

Psychiatrist Explains What ‘Joker’ Gets Wrong About Mental Illness: Even if you haven’t seen it, you’re probably aware that Joker, the psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, has a lot of people talking about mental illness. Dr Ziv Cohen, a criminal psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell […]

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The Emperor Has No Jokes: How Come None of Y’all Told Me That Joker Was So Damn Boring?

Mostly, Joker was what I expected it to be. I’d read and heard enough about it in the past several weeks that I knew what to anticipate. I knew it’d be a goulash of loud and important-sounding themes— “mental health!” “economic anxiety!” “capitalism!”—without actually saying much about any of them. Ellipses on a neon billboard. […]

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Joaquin Phoenix Had One Rule That Everyone Needed To Follow On The ‘Joker’ Set

The video of Joaquin Phoenix cursing out a crew member while filming Joker (that’s sooooo Larry) might not have been real, but there was nothing fake about his commitment to playing the Clown Prince of Crime. He lost 50 pounds, he stormed off set when director Todd Phillips told him that he was “f*cking great,” […]

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Frotcast 418: Eh, I’m Joakin’ Here, With Joey Avery

http://media.blubrry.com/frotcast/s/content.blubrry.com/frotcast/Frotcast_418_Eh_I_m_Joakin_Here_With_Joey_Avery.mp3 Click to download here. This week, the San Diego Hammer, Joey Avery returns to the Frotcast to help Vince and Matt sort through our Joker feelings and ask how we managed to avoid getting shot in a spree-killing by some Joker-inspired incel. So this Joker movie… we kinda liked it? That topic takes up […]

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Jared Leto Reportedly Was Not Pleased When He Heard About Joaquin Phoenix’s Solo ‘Joker’ Movie

Over the weekend, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker earned the best October opening weekend numbers of all time. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the various controversies stirred up by the origin story, but guess who hasn’t given his take on the film itself? Jared Leto, who of course played the Clown Prince of Crime […]

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People Online Keep Replacing Joaquin Phoenix’s Laugh In ‘Joker’ With Those Of Other Famous People

Despite its record-breaking opening weekend, Joker is almost certainly the darkest superhero ever made. Its closest competition is, of course, James Gunn’s Super, a pitch black comedy in which Rainn Wilson plays a tortured nobody who tries to become a makeshift crime-fighter but mostly winds up beating the heads of people who cut in movie […]

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Joaquin Phoenix Hints That He Would Be Game For A ‘Joker’ Sequel With Todd Phillips

Before the many, many public relations controversies regarding Joker began flaring up, director Todd Phillips indicated in an early interview that he was willing to do a sequel if star Joaquin Phoenix was. Well, considering the movie’s opening weekend box office and the sheer amount of press it’s been getting, it sounds like Phoenix is […]

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A ‘Joker’ Audience In California Fled A Theater Due To A ‘Suspicious’ Suspect

Ahead of its theatrical release, Joker — DC’s stand-alone spin-off that offers an alternate origin story for Batman’s most popular adversary — has unwittingly caused fear and anxiety, with some worried the film, centered on an unhinged loner (played by Joaquin Phoenix), would inspire violence. In New York City, undercover police were even ordered to […]

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The Only Thing Wrong With ‘Joker’ Is That It’s About The Joker

Joker probably isn’t going to inspire any mass shooters, but Todd Phillips’ latest movie has managed to create a protagonist that we react to in the same way. What made the Joker this way? Was it mental illness? Was it bullying? Was it lack of proper mental health funding? Was it easy access to dangerous […]

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‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Said He Quit Making Comedies Because Of ‘Woke Culture’

Joker, the gritty stand-alone Batman spin-off due in theaters Friday, has earned acclaim — including the top award at a prestigious film festival — as well as condemnation, with some, including the families of Aurora massacre victims, fearing its depiction of an unhinged, Travis Bickle-esque loner may lead to violence. And through it all, its […]

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‘Joker’ Had A Noticeably Quiet Hollywood Premiere With Plenty Of Security

Joker doesn’t hit theaters until Friday, but in the last week there’s been very public fear that DC’s latest movie — a stand-alone spin-off that offers an original origin story for Batman’s most popular villain — might inspire real-life violence, perhaps even at theaters that show it. In the wake of this controversy, which has […]

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Warner Bros. Insists ‘Joker’ Is Not An ‘Endorsement Of Real-World Violence Of Any Kind’

Long before the first reviews were published, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming film Joker began generating plenty of excitement and worry among critics, commenters, and others on social media. Many are concerned that the movie’s allegedly sympathetic depiction of an ostracized character who goes on to commit violent atrocities will inspire copycats — especially […]

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‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix Sometimes Walked Off The Set When He ‘Just Wasn’t Feeling It’

Depending on who you ask, Todd Phillips’ Joker is either a cinematic triumph deserving of the many accolades it has already garnered (and more), a depressing sign of our times, or both. But in practically every single full review or tweeted comment that’s been made by those who’ve already seen it, one thing is clear: […]

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TIFF 2019: Joker Is a White Man

Joker Screenshot: Courtesy of TIFF Ladies and gentlemen, introducing…*drumroll* the entitlement of white men! *uproarious applause* The curtains rise and a spotlight glares on a self-loathing man who lives in his mother’s basement and feeds off the hypothetical nourishment of womanly desire (he would typically be referred to as an “involuntary celibate” or an “incel”). […]

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‘Joker’ Is The Perfect Movie For 2019, It Is Our Comeuppance

Warner Bros. Joker is a movie that thinks it has a lot to say and fancies itself The Social Commentary Of Our Time, but in reality it’s a mishmash of Hot Button Social Issues without anything interesting to say at all. So, in that respect, it’s the perfect movie for 2019. Joker is our comeuppance. […]

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‘Joker’ Is Probably Headed to the Oscars After That Venice Win

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie just won the coveted Golden Lion award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival—and between this and all those gushing early reviews, this one seems destined for the Oscars. It’s no huge surprise that Joker took home the festival’s top honor. The film was apparently met with an eight-minute standing ovation after […]

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‘Joker’ Has Become The First Comic Book Movie To Win The Top Prize At A Major Film Festival

Joker, DC’s forthcoming stand-alone spin-off about the clown that usually terrorizes Batman, was always intended as a renegade comic book movie — a dark and inevitably R-rated outlier only tangentially connected to cinema’s current biggest genre. But the film has already been succeeding beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. When Joker premiered last weekend at the Venice […]

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