Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield Wants To Play The Joker In A Batman Film

When it comes to comic book characters who’ve been around for decades upon decades, it’s only natural for them to be played by various actors in other media as time passes. At this point, guys like Batman and Superman can be likened to James Bond insofar that someone new inevitably carries the torch after a few years or so.

Similarly, any villains known to be associated with said heroes are reborn anew almost as often. In the case of the Joker, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, Cameron Monaghan and now, Joaquin Phoenix have each brought something different to the table on the live action side of things.

Of course, with Phoenix supposedly being on for a standalone flick, someone else will probably take over the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime before you know it. As it turns out, Get Out‘s Lakeith Stanford is up to the task.
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'About Schmidt': THR's 2002 Review

On Dec. 13, 2002, New Line unveiled Alexander Payne's drama About Schmidt in limited release. The film went on to earn two nominations at the 75th Academy Awards, for Jack Nicholson (best actor) and Kathy Bates (best supporting actress). The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

The hints of satiric brilliance director Alexander Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor exhibited in Election and, before that, Citizen Ruth, have ripened into the blisteringly funny and equally moving About Schmidt.

While the film, an acutely observed tragicomedy navigating the uncharted boundaries of human behavior, is quite remarkable on its own considerable merits,...
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No longer ‘The Favourite’? It’s the 6th film to get 3 individual SAG Awards nominations, but no ensemble bid

No longer ‘The Favourite’? It’s the 6th film to get 3 individual SAG Awards nominations, but no ensemble bid
The Favourite” reaped three individual nominations (Olivia Colman and supporting stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Despite that strong showing, it was snubbed for the ensemble prize. It has the dubious distinction of being the sixth film to have done so well with the guild but be blanked in ensemble since the category’s creation at the second ceremony, following:

1. “Jerry Maguire” (1996): actor (Tom Cruise), supporting actor (Cuba Gooding Jr. — winner), supporting actress (Renee Zellweger)

2. “As Good as It Gets” (1997): actor (Jack Nicholson — winner), actress (Helen Hunt — winner), supporting actor (Greg Kinnear)

3. “The Contender” (2000): actress (Joan Allen), two supporting actors (Jeff Bridges and Gary Oldman)

4. “Michael Clayton” (2007): actor (George Clooney), supporting actor (Tom Wilkinson), supporting actress (Tilda Swinton)

5. “Up in the Air” (2009): actor (George Clooney), two supporting actresses (Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick)

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Exclusive: ‘Versace’ Stars Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones Join Ryan Murphy’s ‘Ratched’

Mega-producer Ryan Murphy is known for working with the same troupe of actors and his upcoming Netflix series Ratched will be no exception, as The Assassination of Gianni Versace stars Finn Wittrock and Jon Jon Briones will join Sarah Paulson on the show, multiple sources have told Collider. Ratched effectively serves as a prequel to the Oscar-winning 1975 drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in which Louise Fletcher played the infamous nurse tormenting poor Jack Nicholson. The Netflix series will begin in 1947 and track Nurse Ratched’s terrifying progression through the mental health care system. …
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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga could end a 40-year drought at the Golden Globes with their acting wins

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga could end a 40-year drought at the Golden Globes with their acting wins
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are aiming to be the first duo from the same film to win Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars in 21 years, but the “A Star Is Born” leads could end an even longer drought at the Golden Globes. No co-stars have won Best Film Drama Actor and Best Film Drama Actress in a whopping 40 years.

In fact, only three pair of co-stars have won his-and-hers drama Globes, less than half of the seven duos who’ve taken home the lead acting Oscars. Coincidentally, they were all in the ’70s: Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975); Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway for “Network” (1976); and Jon Voight and Jane Fonda for “Coming Home” (1978).

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All three of these duos went on to win Oscars.
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Does sneaking ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into the drama categories at the Globes boost their Oscar chances? History says yes

One of the oddities of this year’s Golden Globes nominees? That Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Warner’s “A Star Is Born” requested to compete in the drama categories and not as a musical or comedy selection.

After all, the 1976 version of the much-told showbiz saga starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson was labeled as a musical and went on to grab Globes for both leads as well as the film itself. But those prizes did not translate into Oscar attention, with only the movie’s signature song, “Evergreen,” earning a statuette.

However, their winning dramatic counterparts that year – Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway in “Network” — would not only make the Oscar ballot cut, but would go on to win Academy Awards as well. Same thing happened to the year’s drama champ, “Rocky,” which won the Best Picture Oscar.

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Jordan Peele's Us Synopsis Teases a Beach House Home Invasion

Jordan Peele's Us Synopsis Teases a Beach House Home Invasion
The guy who made Get Out has a new movie coming in 2019. It's called Us, and it sounds pretty thrilling. As we all know by this point in time, Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele has a reboot of The Twilight Zone headed our way on CBS All Access sometime in 2019. Peele will act as both executive producer of the new series as well as the show's host, taking over for the original run's host, Rod Sterling. So far, that new take on the classic anthology has snagged a cast which currently includes such heavy-hitters as Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, and Erica Tremblay.

But let's not forget that Peele has his second feature film as writer-director coming our way this March as well. Peele's new film is called Us and it stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and possibly the coolest member
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Ryan Murphy On New “Feminist Horror Story” ‘Ratched’; ‘Pose’ Signifies Real Industry Change For Lgbtq Stories

Ryan Murphy On New “Feminist Horror Story” ‘Ratched’; ‘Pose’ Signifies Real Industry Change For Lgbtq Stories
Ryan Murphy says his upcoming Netflix show Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson, will be a “gorgeous story” championing feminism. Speaking at GQ Live in Los Angeles on Saturday, the TV creator explained what had drawn him to the subject, how he was letting women lead the way with the story, and how he thinks the industry truly has changed with regard to Lgbtq stories like his Globe-nominated show Pose.

Based on the Ken Kesey novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and centered around the terrifying character of asylum Nurse Ratched, Murphy described Ratched as a look into the mind of a sociopath. “She’s one of the great villains…she’s like a female Lecter,” he said, referring to that other sociopath in The Silence of the Lambs. “She’s a great, great villain, very misunderstood.”

He said his interest had been sparked while watching the 1975 Milos Forman-directed film starring Jack Nicholson.
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Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘The Roxy 1975’ Live Album

Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘The Roxy 1975’ Live Album
The newest chapter of Bruce Springsteen’s ongoing live download series spotlights a show he played at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California on October 18th, 1975. Born To Run had come out a little less than two months before the show and the hype around the album was reaching a crescendo. He’d appear on the cover of Time and Newsweek in the same week later that month and everyone from Carole King to Jack Nicholson, Peter Boyle, Robert de Niro, Jackson Browne, Jim Messina and Neil Diamond along came
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The 16 Best Film Performances by Actresses in 2018

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The 16 Best Film Performances by Actresses in 2018
In a year in which one of the best, buzziest, and most lauded films is a three-hander starring some of Hollywood’s best actresses, it’s only fitting that a list of best performances by women be deep. From indie stalwarts to rising stars, fresh faces to some of Hollywood’s most reliable performers, 2018 has played home to a wealth of films ruled by women, and compiling a list of the best of the bunch proved to be easy (so many choices) and difficult (so many choices).

As with the year’s best film performances by men, the best of the bunch hailed from a variety of films and genres. For every massive blockbuster like “Crazy Rich Asians,” there’s an indie dark horse like “Hereditary,” and that each kind of film could include work worthy of inclusion on any best-of list speaks to the strength of this year’s picks.
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Golden Globes: Marvel Scores First Best Picture Drama Nod for ‘Black Panther’

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Marvel Studios has scored its first nomination in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category at the 2019 Golden Globes for “Black Panther,” which also marked the first time a superhero movie has been nominated in that category.

Fandango’s Managing Editor Erik Davis wrote on Twitter, “Congrats to @MarvelStudios for landing their first ever Best Picture nod at the #GoldenGlobes today with #BlackPanther. No superhero film in the history of the awards show has ever been nominated for Best Picture (Drama). This is the first.”

Congrats to @MarvelStudios for landing their first ever Best Picture nod at the #GoldenGlobes today with #BlackPanther. No superhero film in the history of the awards show has ever been nominated for Best Picture (Drama). This is the first. pic.twitter.com/MxGHrXlbCy

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 6, 2018

Indeed, Ryan Coogler’s superhero entry was nominated in the category, as well as in the categories Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
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Will ‘A Star Is Born’ be the 4th film to win Best Picture and lead acting Oscars?

Will ‘A Star Is Born’ be the 4th film to win Best Picture and lead acting Oscars?
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are aiming to be the eighth onscreen duo to win Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars. But they could join even more rarefied air if “A Star Is Born” also wins Best Picture, as only three films ever have swept those three categories.

All three films that have accomplished this just so happened to be the only three films to claim the Big Five awards as well: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and a screenplay award. The first film to do so was “It Happened One Night” (1934), which picked up statuettes for leads Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, director Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin.

It’d be 41 years before it occurred again, achieved by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), with victories for helmer Milos Forman, stars Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, and screenwriters Laurence Hauben and Bo Goldman.

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Six Actors We Wish Would Come Out of Retirement

Freda Cooper with six actors we wish would come out of retirement…

It would have overshadowed a lesser movie. When Robert Redford declared that The Old Man and the Gun would be his last appearance on screen, you could hear the gasps ripple round Tinsel Town. With a career that’s lasted nearly 60 years as an actor and, more latterly, a producer, director and leading light of the number one festival for indie movies, it seemed like he’d been around for ever. And would carry on that way.

Two months later, he seemed to have backtracked, saying perhaps he spoke too soon. After all, he’d discussed retirement in 2016 and, since then, had appeared in The Discovery and Our Souls At Night, as well as The Old Man and the Gun. Maybe he’ll stick around for a while longer – he’d certainly be missed if he really did call it a day.
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Peter Bart: Peter Guber’s New Arena Is His Latest Sports Foray

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Peter Bart: Peter Guber’s New Arena Is His Latest Sports Foray
With Hollywood in a state of disruption, the town’s producers face a challenge to creatively reinvent themselves. Reflecting this process, Peter Guber, long a top movie dealmaker, this week set forth plans for the grand opening in 2019 of a privately funded 18,000-seat stadium (Chase Center) that will totally transform the Mission Bay section of San Francisco. Last year, a Guber-backed $350 million soccer stadium for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club in downtown L.A. also opened its doors –- the city’s first new open-air arena since the 1960s.

Why is a major filmmaker now producing stadiums? It’s part of Guber’s emergence as a major sports maven, encompassing co-ownership of the Golden State Warriors as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers, in addition to major stakes in entities like AXiomatic and Team Liquid, representing entry into gaming and e-sports. As in former years, Guber has
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Why Bradley Cooper Was ‘Terrified’ Before ‘A Star Is Born’s’ Venice Debut

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Why Bradley Cooper Was ‘Terrified’ Before ‘A Star Is Born’s’ Venice Debut
Bradley Cooper is no stranger to a box-office hit, as the star of “The Hangover,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Sniper.” But “A Star Is Born” is his most personal work yet. He not only plays the lead, a rock star named Jackson Maine who falls for a talented singer he meets one night at a bar (Lady Gaga), but he also directed, produced and co-wrote the script. On Nov. 29, he’ll receive the American Cinematheque Award to honor his achievements on the big screen.

Did you see a lot of movies growing up?

I went all the time. Movies stayed the theaters for six months back then, so I’d see a movie eight times. It was just part of my life. When I was young, Comcast had just come to Philadelphia, so we had Prism and HBO and they were playing movies all the time. And then I
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"Joker" - New Leaked Set Footage

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Sneak Peek new footage from the set of writer/director Todd Phillips' stand-alone "Joker" feature film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics character:

Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, the 'Joker' debuted in the first issue of DC Comics' "Batman"...

...inspired by the German Expressionist film "The Man Who Laughs", based on the novel by author Victor Hugo.

In "The Man Who Laughs", actor Conrad Veidt plays 'Gwynplaine', whose face is permanently disfigured into a grotesque grin, after offending 'King James II'. 

Gwynplaine becomes a traveling freak, selling his disfigurement for money, while falling in love with a blind woman.

DC's 'Joker', is usually portrayed as a deranged, criminal mastermind, with a warped, sadistic sense of humor. 

He evolved into a 'goofy prankster' in the late 1950's in response to regulations by the 'Comics Code Authority'...

...before returning to his darker roots.
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Concert Review: L.A. Phil Tackles Kubrick’s Sublime Musical Terrors at Disney Hall

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Concert Review: L.A. Phil Tackles Kubrick’s Sublime Musical Terrors at Disney Hall
Plenty of people have heard 20th century concert music solely because Stanley Kubrick smuggled it into his movies. The L.A. Philharmonic returned the favor over the weekend, by smuggling the director’s films into the concert hall.

“Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey” took the Phil, along with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on a musical voyage through five chapters in the filmmaker’s diverse canon: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Shining,” “Barry Lyndon,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “A Clockwork Orange.” Selected excerpts of classical works he used in those films’ soundtracks accompanied their attendant scenes on a large screen above the Disney Hall stage.

Malcolm McDowell, who played the amoral lad Alex in “Clockwork,” hosted the evening. He seemed a little stiff when reading the boilerplate script, but far more at ease when he segued into telling ad lib anecdotes. Noting how “2001” struggled to find an audience until someone
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant are two of the most acclaimed actors of this award season thanks to their performances in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Critics are loving McCarthy’s raw, understated portrayal of literary forger Lee Israel and Grant as her wry, scene-stealing friend and accomplice, Jack Hock, to the point that they are both serious contenders to earn matching Oscar nominations. Should they go on to win their categories, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” would repeat the success of last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

See‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ reviews: Melissa McCarthy writes herself into a corner in a ‘career-best performance’

Fox Searchlight is certainly hoping to pull off repeat victories in both categories after Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell did so for “Three Billboards.” The Actress-Supporting Actor winning combo has only been accomplished by five
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Official Synopsis For The Joker Movie Reveals New Plot Details

When you have great actors such as Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger preceding you, it certainly makes taking on an iconic role like the Joker doubly intimidating. But in the case of Joaquin Phoenix, it seems as though the guy is more than up to the challenge and will likely turn in a memorable performance.

If anything, most of the intrigue comes by way of how the flick directed by Todd Phillips will put its own stamp on the enduring legacy of the Clown Prince of Crime. After all, not only is Thomas Wayne still alive and running for mayor, but Bruce may still be just a child. Then again, the Batmobile was spotted near the set, so who knows what the heck is going on?

Fortunately, we have something new to chew on today. As it turns out, the first official synopsis has been released and can
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The Five Best Michael Caine Films of his Career

Michael Caine is one of those old actors that has lived a very long and interesting life to say the least. He served in the British Army, was knighted by the queen, and has been nominated every decade for an Academy award along with Jack Nicholson. To say that he’s led an impressive life is kind of selling him short but it’s also summing it up in a very simplistic manner. The movies he’s been in stretch way back to when he was a much younger man, but those that have come in the last few decades have been just

The Five Best Michael Caine Films of his Career
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