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There’s An Easter Egg To Adam West’s Batman In Joker That We All Missed

Despite whatever members of the cast and crew have to say, Todd Phillips’ Joker is a comic book movie. In fact, it’s the boldest and most shattering addition to the comic cinema canon since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

So far, the slow-burn film has shared in many of the riches and interactions of the genre, grossing humungous amounts of money (nearly $550 million at the time of writing), and, of course, being dissected by fans for easter eggs and homages to the expansive Batman universe.

From what we can tell, Phillips certainly has not disappointed in that department – with references to Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal as well as Ratcatcher, of all people, having already been uprooted by viewers.

Now, another one has popped up that doesn’t quite fit into Joker‘s eerie tone. Strangely enough, there’s a reference to the classic Batman ’66 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
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New Trailer For ‘The Courier’ With Olga Kurylenko & Gary Oldman

A new trailer has dropped for the December-released The Courier with Olga Kurylenko and Gary Oldman. The film also stars Dermot Mulroney (Homecoming), William Moseley (Narnia) and Alicia Agneson (Vikings), and comes to the screen from director Zackary Adler.

Set against a gritty London backdrop, Olga Kurylenko plays a tough motorbike courier whose work is interrupted when she discovers that one of the packages she’s transporting is a bomb. It transpires that the gas bomb she carries is set to kill Nick Murch, the only witness able to testify in Washington DC against ruthless crime lord Ezekiel Manning. As the British Police and FBI scramble to try and deal with the mess, the mysteriously well-trailed and equipped courier teams up with unlikely partner Nick to evade Manning’s heavily armed goons and make sure that justice is delivered.

The Courier will release on 20th December (cinemas and digital) through Signature Entertainment.
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‘Joker’s Smile Widens To $351M Overseas, $544M Global; ‘Gemini Man’ Expands For $60M WW – International Box Office

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Update,writethru: After arriving with a massive jolt last weekend, Warner Bros/Village Roadshow/Bron Studios’ Joker maintained a serious grip on audiences this frame. The sophomore session’s international box office is estimated at $123.7M in 79 markets. That reps a 29% drop from opening, and brings the offshore tally to $351.2M after only 12 days in release. Globally, the Todd Phillips-directed origins story danced past the half-billion mark with $543.9M through Sunday.

In Europe, the Joaquin Phoenix-starrer has already surpassed the lifetime cumes of Logan, Justice League and Wonder Woman. In Asia, Arthur Fleck has flown by Logan, The Dark Knight and It Chapter Two. And, in Latin America, the run is currently on par with Batman V Superman, and over Justice League (+15%), Wonder Woman (+62%) and Venom (+68%) while also more than double The Dark Knight.

New openers included France which was a $10.3M start from 630 screens and with a 71% share of the Top 5 films.
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Martin Scorsese Continues Trashing Marvel Movies: We Shouldn't Be Invaded by It

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Martin Scorsese Continues Trashing Marvel Movies: We Shouldn't Be Invaded by It
Recently, Martin Scorsese made a few remarks about Marvel movies that did not sit well with the comic book community, both within Hollywood and among fans. Comparing the McU to theme park rides, Scorsese dismissed the notion that the franchise produces actual cinematic content. Despite meeting with a strong backlash for his remarks, Scorsese stands by his beliefs, elaborating on his earlier comments at the British Film Institutet's London Film Festival for the closing night screening of his latest film, The Irishman.

"The value of a film that's like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel type pictures where the theaters become amusement parks, that's a different experience. As I was saying earlier, it's not cinema, it's something else. Whether you go for that or not, it is something else and we shouldn't be invaded by it. And so that's a big issue, and we need the theater owners
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Oscar predictions: Is ‘Joker’ a top contender for Best Picture and Actor? [Video & Audio Podcast]

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Oscar predictions: Is ‘Joker’ a top contender for Best Picture and Actor? [Video & Audio Podcast]
“Joker” opened to record-breaking box office numbers: nearly $100 million domestically despite its gritty tone and R-rating. So how does that impact the film’s Oscar chances, if at all? Gold Derby editors Daniel Montgomery and Susan Wloszczyna track the race and debate whether the supervillain can really win over Oscar voters … again. Watch their discussion above.

“The biggest beneficiary of people seeing it and hearing about it is Joaquin Phoenix,” says Wloszczyna about how the film is trending in our odds. “Right now, among the Experts, he is tied with Adam Driver with 4/1 odds [for Best Actor].” But that doesn’t tell the whole story. While their odds are equal, there are more Experts predicting a Driver nomination (26 to 25) for his role as a man struggling through a divorce in “Marriage Story,” while there are actually more Experts predicting a Phoenix victory (11 to 10).

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Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Marvel, Netflix and the battle to define what ‘real’ cinema is [Poll]

Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Marvel, Netflix and the battle to define what ‘real’ cinema is [Poll]
“That’s not cinema,” Martin Scorsese recently told Empire Magazine in reference to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The beloved filmmaker is getting rave reviews for his latest film “The Irishman,” but is he right to dismiss the entire Marvel franchise? After all, “The Irishman” will stream on Netflix shortly after a limited theatrical run, and another touted director, Steven Spielberg, doesn’t think that’s cinema either. So what really constitutes cinema, and who gets to decide? Scroll down to vote in our poll to let us know who you think is on the right side of this argument.

“Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” Scorsese added. But is that true for all superhero movies?
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Joker Is Now On IMDb’s Top Ten Highest Rated Movies Of All Time List

Joker might’ve left critics divided and society watchdogs concerned about the impact of the movie’s message on impressionable minds, but the film is an unquestionable hit with audiences. After making a killing at the box office and beating out Marvel’s own villain-turned antihero Venom to become the October release champ, fans have granted Joker another distinction by rating the pic among the ten best movies on IMDb.

While IMDb’s often accused of allowing its rating system to be swayed too easily by fanboys, Joker, the only release to feature from this decade, joins a distinguished top ten list, coming in at number nine at last count, alongside The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, 12 Angry Men, Schindler’s List, Godfather I and II, and The Shawshank Redemption. The only other comic book movie on
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‘Joker’ Review – Second Opinion

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Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp, Marc Maron | Written by Todd Phillips, Scott Silver | Directed by Todd Phillips

A reimagined and uncontrollable rebirth of the clown prince of Gotham that explodes into life through Joaquin Phoenix’s masterful performance….

Since the film’s standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival where it picked up the Golden Lion award, the festival’s top prize, Joker has been at the height of all film discussion. With some fans and some critics citing it as a masterpiece, and with others labelling the film as ‘toxic’ and ‘irresponsible’. It seems then that for the first time in years a Hollywood film is crushing the gates and boundaries of what a film can stand for and what it can mean in modern society. It’s taking up every corner of the media, every moment of
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Joker Makes a Helpless Victim Out of Comicdom's Most Diabolical Supervillain

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Joker Makes a Helpless Victim Out of Comicdom's Most Diabolical Supervillain
There are a lot of hopes among comic book fans (I'm one of them) that are riding on Todd Phillips's Joker origin movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role as the Clown Prince of Crime. Two main hopes are to give us a Joker that finally lives up to the legendary performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

The other hope is to finally have a comic-book movie win the best picture Oscar and provide the ultimate stamp of approval on comic book movies as serious fare worthy of the highest critical acclaim and acknowledgment. Unfortunately, in shooting for these two lofty goals, the actual movie itself turns away so completely from its comic book roots that it might as well not be a Joker movie at all, just a story of a mentally ill guy who happens to wear clown makeup.

For starters,
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Joker Cracks IMDb Top 10 Highest-Rated Movies of All Time List

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Joker has proven to be a tremendous hit with IMDb users, as the controversial movie is now among the online database's highest-rated movies of all time. As of this time, the movie is currently sitting in the No. 9 slot, sitting behind such other classic titles as The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, and the first two Godfather movies. This also marks two separate spots in the top 10 for the Clown Prince of Crime, as The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger as the Joker is currently ranked No. 4. While this is an awesome ranking to achieve so soon after its premiere, it's also worth noting that this number could start quickly decreasing if more IMDb users give it lower ratings over the course of its theatrical run and subsequent release on home video.

Directed by Todd Phillips using a screenplay co-written with scott Silver, Joker presents an alternate origin story for Batman's arch-nemesis.
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10 Things The Planet Of The Apes Reboot Needs

After acquiring 21st Century Fox earlier this year, Disney is eager to get its money’s worth by rebooting pretty much every franchise it now has the rights to: Alien, X-Men, Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Fantastic Four, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the list goes on. One title that has come up again and again in these discussions is Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves pretty much nailed the last Planet of the Apes reboot, but that was The Dark Knight trilogy version of Planet of the Apes — it was one director’s unique take on that concept. There’s still room for Disney to find a new angle on it. Here are 10 Things The Planet Of The Apes Reboot Needs.

Related: 10 Reboots Coming Out In 2019
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No Oscars for Iron Men: Robert Downey Jr. didn’t want to be campaigned for his signature superhero role [Watch]

No Oscars for Iron Men: Robert Downey Jr. didn’t want to be campaigned for his signature superhero role [Watch]
“Were you ever nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Iron Man’? Don’t you think that because it’s a superhero movie they turn their nose up?” Howard Stern asked Robert Downey Jr. on “The Howard Stern Show” when addressing Martin Scorsese‘s recent criticism that Marvel movies aren’t cinema. But it turns out that Downey turned down an awards campaign for what has become his signature role. Watch a clip of their convo above.

“There was some talk about it, and I said, ‘Let’s not,'” Downey told Stern. “I don’t know that it’s time or if I am the guy … to have the academy recognize.” Downey has received a number of fan-voted plaudits for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including MTV Movie and TV Awards and People’s Choice Awards, but no industry plaudits, though he does have previous Oscar nominations for his
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Undercover Brother 2 Trailer: Michael Jai White Is the Coolest Spy in the Game

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Undercover Brother 2 Trailer: Michael Jai White Is the Coolest Spy in the Game
We have a new trailer for Undercover Brother 2, which is probably an assortment of words nobody expected to find themselves reading today. Indeed, Universal Pictures has pulled something of a fast one on all of us by putting together this direct-to-video sequel to its 2001 predecessor rather quietly. Though, it seems to be a sequel mostly in name only, as we've got an entirely new cast, with Michael Jai White as our new titular hero.

The trailer is admittedly brief, clocking in at just 30 seconds, which is normally what we can expect from a TV spot. But this appears to be a very small budget, low-key affair. Though, for those familiar with the 2002 movie, many of the same elements are at play here. We've got the organization known as The Brotherhood, who are tasked with trying to take down The Man. It's all coated in 70s sheen and layers of cheese.
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Interview With Actor David Dastmalchian About His Upcoming Comic Book Count Crowley

I recently had the privilege of interviewing actor David Dastmalchian about his upcoming comic book, Count Crowley. We know Dastmalchian from his many roles in the movie world of comics, as well as many other dramatic roles, including The Dark Knight, Prisoners, Ant-Man and its sequel, Gotham and The Flash, Blade Runner 2049, and the upcoming films Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Dune, The Suicide Squad, and Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series, What If…?. Dastmalchian is a busy guy! But he made time to make a long time dream of his come true by writing his first comic book, and we got to hear about it.

Dastmalchian explained that his interest in comics all began when he was nine years old, and his father bought him his first comic book from the spinning rack at a convenience store. This was pretty out of character for his father, who didn’t
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Edward Norton pitched The Incredible Hulk as a dark multi-part story like The Dark Knight

Edward Norton, who starred as the Hulk in the 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, originally pitched a dark two-part epic, not unlike The Dark Knight in tone. Before Mark Ruffalo made the Hulk role his own, Edward Norton starred as the character in the McU’s only Hulk solo film, The Incredible Hulk. The film isn’t remembered […]

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Anyone Home is Released by Gravitas Ventures

Anyone Home is Released by Gravitas Ventures The much anticipated psychological horror film, Anyone Home (previously named Model Home), was just released by Gravitas Ventures. This film stars multi award-winning actor Jasper Cole (The Rookie), Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) and Monique Gabriela Curnen (The Dark Knight). This is the first feature film from director Patrick …

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Is Joaquin Phoenix Actually Playing the Real Joker in ‘Joker’?

Is Joaquin Phoenix Actually Playing the Real Joker in ‘Joker’?
(We’ve got some big spoilers ahead for “Joker”)

Todd Phillips’s “Joker” is a crazy movie, and no, I’m not referring to any of the aspects of the film that some consider problematic or socially irresponsible or whatever. I have thoughts about those things, but for now I’m just thinking about the film as an adaptation of a comic book character, and how what it depicts just doesn’t really line up with the character as established in all the other media he’s been present in.

So, it’s crazy because it’s tough to connect the dots between the character of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) and the character of the Joker as depicted in every other piece of media that the Joker has ever been included in, because this guy just doesn’t really feel like the Joker. In fact it makes us wonder if
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Will ‘Joker’ Controversy Affect Joaquin Phoenix’s Shot at His First Oscar?

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Will ‘Joker’ Controversy Affect Joaquin Phoenix’s Shot at His First Oscar?
It’s official: “Joker” is a hit. The provocative Todd Phillips-directed Warner Bros. film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic DC Comics villain, had the biggest October weekend opening box office ever, with $93.5 million in ticket sales.

There was never a doubt that “Joker” would earn big bucks, but awards season recognition remains an open question.

As soon as the first trailer dropped in April, a chorus of praise was heaped upon Phoenix. The clip may only have been two minutes and 24 seconds long, but the glimpse of the actor as the clown-faced killer with a psycho laugh was met with Insta-predictions that Phoenix would secure his fourth Oscar nomination.

Since then, Warner Bros. staged the film’s world premiere in Venice, where it received an eight-minute standing ovation and picked up the Golden Lion. A few days later, the North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival earned Phoenix similar accolades.
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Joker Features Sly Shout-Out to Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman

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Joker Features Sly Shout-Out to Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman
While both Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have made it clear that their version of the Joker in his new origin movie bears no resemblance to past iterations of the character in films and comics, the movie still contains shout outs to past Jokers. For instance, a reference to Jack Nicholsons's portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime in Tim Burton's Batman movie can be found in the new film. Warning: Heavy Spoilers ahead.

When Arthur Fleck gets the chance to appear on a talk show hosted by his favorite comedian Murray Franklin, he dresses up carefully for the occasion, putting on his iconic Joker outfit for the first time. While sitting in the waiting room at the studio in preparation for his appearance on the show, we see a strange poster behind Joker, of Murray Franklin, played by Robert de Niro, wearing a particularly leery smile while staring straight ahead.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lucy Fry

The Australian entertainment sector has grown massively, and the country is a significant consumer of both local and international shows. Its film sector alone generates an estimated 3 billion dollars to the nation’s economy every year. The country is also home to some of the world’s biggest stars, such as Heath Ledger, famously known for playing ‘The Joker’ in “The Dark Knight” movie. One such outstanding actor is Lucy Elizabeth Fry, a 27-year-old Australian actress who has been in over fifteen films and TV shows since her career took off in 2009. Check out some facts about the actress that

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lucy Fry
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