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Jared Leto's Feelings in Response to Losing His Role of Joker Were Allegedly "Alienated and Upset"

We’ve had quite a lot of actors play the Batman villain Joker over the years. Way back in 1966, we had Cesar Romero, then Jack Nicholson in 1989. Then the game was changed when Heath Ledger came on the scene in 2008 and stunned everyone with his portrayal. He was dark, but funny and crazy in a way that kept you intrigued and fascinated by the character. Next we saw Jared Leto play the role in the 2016 film, The Suicide Squad. But that film was an ensemble villain film, and it was not well received by audiences. It was also said that many of his scenes were left on the cutting room floor, so his opportunity to really shine in the role seemed to be cut short. Leto was vocal in saying that he would be open to play the character again if given the opportunity.

Not long after though, the world
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Tom Hanks will be the next actor to win a 3rd Oscar [Poll Results]

Tom Hanks will be the next actor to win a 3rd Oscar [Poll Results]
According to our most recent poll results, Tom Hanks will be the next actor to win a third Oscar. He was one of nine men that have already won two Academy Awards for acting that were featured in our poll. Hanks beat out second place Robert De Niro and third place Denzel Washington. Even though he hasn’t been nominated since 2000 for “Cast Away,” Hanks is a front-runner for Best Supporting Actor this year as Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Only 22 men have ever won multiple Oscars in the acting categories. Three performers hold the record for victories among male actors with three prizes each: Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. Brennan won all of his in supporting; Day-Lewis won all as lead; Nicholson won twice for lead and once for supporting. Tour our new photo gallery above of all 22 actors.

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Justin Hartley’s Reportedly Signed On For Crisis On Infinite Earths

Just when we thought the cast list for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” couldn’t get any better, it’s been reported that Justin Hartley and Robert Wuhl are joining the Arrowverse event. Hartley will be reprising his role as Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow from Smallville, while, even more intriguingly, Wuhl will be returning as Alexander Knox from Tim Burton’s Batman. While we’re still waiting for official confirmation on this from The CW, our sources did previously let us know that Hartley was in talks to appear and now, it seems that our scoop has been confirmed.

For those not in the know, Hartley played the Green Arrow from season 6 of Smallville, teaming up with Tom Welling’s Clark Kent for a proto-Justice League. He was a regular on the show from seasons 8 to 10 as well, playing a key role in Clark’s journey towards becoming Superman.
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Give Meryl Streep the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award! [Poll Results]

Give Meryl Streep the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award! [Poll Results]
According to our latest poll results, you want to give Meryl Streep the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award next January. Last year’s recipient Alan Alda was announced by the SAG Awards on October 4, so the next person will probably be revealed very soon. If their past history remains true, the choice will be someone at least 70 years old with either a strong career in film, television or both.

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It is surprising that Streep hasn’t been chosen already, but that’s the case with all of the people featured in our poll. See the full list below along with the percentage each received.

The following living people have already received this award and wouldn’t be chosen again (year referenced is from the ceremony): Joanne Woodward (1986), Robert Redford (1996), Angela Lansbury (1997), Kirk Douglas (1999), Sidney Poitier (2000), Edward Asner (2002), Clint
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Joker Director Claims Any Presumed DC Easter Eggs Are a Mistake

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Any DC Comics or Dceu Easter Eggs found in Joker were not done intentionally. Director Todd Phillips revealed that fact in a new interview. DC fans have been spotting so-called references to Heath Ledger's take on the Clown Prince of Crime and even Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the villain in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman. However, it seems they were not done on purpose by Phillips or star Joaquin Phoenix. That's not to say there aren't references to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, because there definitely is. But there are no hidden Easter Eggs for DC comics and movie fans to hunt for.

Todd Phillips was asked about Easter Eggs in Joker. "I don't do Easter eggs. Any Easter eggs anybody finds is a mistake. I don't understand," says Phillips. Joaquin Phoenix also addressed Easter Eggs in the same interview, noting that many fans and the press
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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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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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5 Ways Arthur Fleck’s Story Could Continue in a ‘Joker’ Sequel

The Joker movie is finally here. After what seems like years of social media wars and controversies from the moment the movie was announced to the leaked script to every single thing Todd Phillips talked about, the movie is finally here. We can now see how Joaquin Phoenix fares up against other Joker actors like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and put to rest the question of whether or not Arthur Fleck is actually the Clown Prince of Crime. Or can we? Regardless of what you think of the movie, we can all agree Arthur Fleck is a different kind …
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Peter Bart: How Jack Nicholson’s Batman Freak-Out Helped Build The Mythology Behind ‘Joker’

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Peter Bart: How Jack Nicholson’s Batman Freak-Out Helped Build The Mythology Behind ‘Joker’
No one who was on the set will ever forget the day The Joker freaked out. With his face frozen in grotesque makeup, he suddenly started screaming that his deal was fraudulent, his director was unprepared, his dialogue was stilted and he was quitting the doomed show. He kept shouting expletives for over two hours to anyone who would listen, then marched off the set.

Observers agreed the movie would never be completed. Except The Joker, in this instance, was Jack Nicholson who, while quirky and volatile, was also the consummate pro. Batman, circa 1989, was not only completed (Nicholson’s performance became even more fervid) but ultimately established itself as a billion-dollar franchise. And Nicholson’s deal, already generous, was re-negotiated to create an ultimate payoff of roughly $50 million, including participations in Batman profits and merchandising.

The Joker of the moment is, of course, Joaquin Phoenix, a fine actor, whose
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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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Who will receive the Screen Actors Guild 2020 life achievement award [SAG Poll]

Who will receive the Screen Actors Guild 2020 life achievement award [SAG Poll]
The Screen Actors Guild will soon announce their selection of the 2020 SAG Awards life achievement award. If their past history remains true, the choice will be someone at least 70 years old with either a strong career in film, television or both. Vote in our new poll below and let us know who you think will be the next recipient.

The following living people have already received this award and wouldn’t be chosen again (year referenced is from the ceremony): Joanne Woodward (1986), Robert Redford (1996), Angela Lansbury (1997), Kirk Douglas (1999), Sidney Poitier (2000), Edward Asner (2002), Clint Eastwood (2003), Julie Andrews (2007), James Earl Jones (2009), Betty White (2010), Dick Van Dyke (2013), Rita Moreno (2014), Carol Burnett (2016), Lily Tomlin (2017), Morgan Freeman (2018) and Alan Alda (2019).

Seesag Life Achievement award: Full gallery of recipients since 1995

Here are the 12 possibilities featured in our poll below, all over age 70. Several are very surprising names to be on this list since they have
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Oscars poll: Which actor will be the next to win a 3rd Academy Award?

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Oscars poll: Which actor will be the next to win a 3rd Academy Award?
Only 22 men have ever won multiple Oscars in the acting categories. Three performers hold the record for victories among male actors with three prizes each: Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. Brennan won all of his in supporting; Day-Lewis won all as lead; Nicholson won twice for lead and once for supporting. Tour our new photo gallery above of all 22 actors.

But which of the others is the most likely to take home a third? Take our new poll below to let us know who you think will be next with this achievement. Be sure to visit our other recent poll with the 10 actresses who could achieve this feat (won by Cate Blanchett) and our gallery of 20 actresses.

SEEOscar Best Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

Of the 19 actors who have won twice, Gene Hackman is long since retired. Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Lemmon,
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All 22 Actors to Win Multiple Oscars

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All 22 Actors to Win Multiple Oscars
Sure, it’s an honor to be nominated, but let’s be honest: it’s even better to win. So taking a victory lap two or three times has got to be the most amazing feeling on the planet. Since 1927, only 22 men have won more than one Oscar for acting, so it’s a tough club to join. Tour our photo gallery above to see which thespians delighted Academy voters multiple times.

Three performers hold the record for victories amongst men with three prizes each: Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. (Katherine Hepburn is the all-time champ amongst men and woman with four.) Brennan won all three of his trophies in supporting, while Day-Lewis took home all of his awards in lead. Nicholson won two Oscars in lead (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975 and “As Good as It Gets” in 1997) and one in supporting (“Terms of Endearment
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5 Reasons Why Joaquin Phoenix Is The Best Joker (And 5 Why It Will Always Be Heath Ledger)

There have been many onscreen incarnations of Batman's arch nemesis The Joker in the 80 years that he's existed, but now with the release of his first stand alone film, they may have been rendered moot. Joaquin Phoenix's gripping character study of a tortured man wrestling with his inner demons and the injustices of Gotham City may be the definitive version of the Clown Prince of Crime. Only one other performance has generated the same level of praise, and the comparisons are as stark as they are inevitable.

Heath Ledger notably portrayed the villain in The Dark Knight, appearing as a malignant, twisted sociopath who proliferated chaos. With horrendous scars across his face drawn to mimic The Joker's famous grin, he was the most realistic version audiences had been exposed to, and a far departure from the campy persona of Jack Nicholson or Cesar Romero. We weren't privy to what forces shaped him,
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Dustin Hoffman's 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Dustin Hoffman has been one of the finest actors working in Hollywood for over half a century now. He first burst onto the scene when he starred in 1967’s The Graduate as Benjamin Braddock, a character we can all relate to, and he’s been delivering spectacular performances ever since for the likes of Sidney Lumet and Sam Peckinpah. Even when it would be easy for him to phone in a role, like when he played Bernie Focker in Meet the Fockers, Hoffman still knocks it out of the park.

Related: Jack Nicholson's 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes
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‘Joker’ reviews: Is comic book Oscar contender ‘astonishing’ or just ‘bad’? It may be the most divisive movie of the year

“Joker” opened on Friday, October 4, but even if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about it, or seen someone on the internet who’s angry about it, whether they hated it or hate that someone else hated it. But what’s the actual verdict from critics? It’s not necessarily much clearer.

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 58 based on 51 reviews, but those reviews are all over the map: 26 of them are positive (including seven rated a perfect 100), 15 are mixed, and 10 are outright negative. Over on Rotten Tomatoes, where reviews are classified on a much simpler pass/fail scale, “Joker” is 70% fresh based on 299 reviews: 208 thumbs up, 91 thumbs down. The Rt critics’ consensus says, “‘Joker’ gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star — and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.
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UK box office preview: ‘Joker’ takes on ‘Judy’

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UK box office preview: ‘Joker’ takes on ‘Judy’
Two disparate pop culture icons battle it out for supremacy.

Two pop culture icons battle for supremacy at the UK box office this weekend, as Todd Phillips’ Venice Golden Lion winner Joker through Warner Bros goes up against Rupert Goold’s Judy Garland biopic Judy which is released this through Pathé.

Phillips’ film has proved controversial since its victorious Venice premiere in August. The studio released a statement last week defending the film in response to parents of victims of the 2012 Aurora cinema shootings, who expressed concern over the film’s depiction of gun violence.

It stars Joaquin Phoenix – widely
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‘Joker’ Review: The Joke’s On All Of Us

DC might trail Marvel in terms of film success, but there is one thing that DC does better than the other guys: they don't let canon hold them back. DC utilizes the Multiverse theory, where there are 52 universes that each have their own heroes and villains, and some are familiar, and some are new takes altogether. This is important to note in the new film, Joker, as it isn't tied down by any version that came before and is allowed to live and breathe on its own merit.

By adapting the Multiverse to the various movies and TV shows, DC properties are all canon and all exist at the same time. Michael Keaton's Batman and Christian Bale's Batman are both canon, as is Ben Affleck's. This takes the shackles off of the storytellers, and allows them to tell stories without trying to match up with what came before.
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How Makeup, Hair and Costume Team Gave ‘Joker’ a New Look for Origin Story

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How Makeup, Hair and Costume Team Gave ‘Joker’ a New Look for Origin Story
“We’re not in the superhero world,” says Nicki Ledermann, makeup head on Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” which reimagines the iconic comic book villain’s origin in an acclaimed performance from Joaquin Phoenix. “This story is treated as real life, and that’s what made the project so interesting.”

In this most recent take on Batman’s nemesis — a role played by Jack Nicholson in 1989 and which won a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger for 2008’s “The Dark Knight” — it’s Gotham City, circa 1981. Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) lives a stagnant, innocuous life bringing joy to those around him by working as a clown — until a string of bad decisions sends him down a more sinister path. “Everything in Gotham is dark and gritty,” says Ledermann, whose credits include “The Greatest Showman” and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “The Irishman.” “We wanted to connect that air to Arthur and, eventually, Joker.”

Ledermann, hair
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Best Joker Episodes of ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, Ranked

Since arriving in the pages of DC Comics back in 1940, the Joker has been brought to life on screen by such names as Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger. Those performances are considered classics by fans the world over. Relative newcomers to the role include Jared Leto's "damaged" portrayal and Joaquin Phoenix's tortured iteration in the feature film Joker; time will tell how their versions of the Clown Prince of Crime are received. But for many, the voice of the Joker that plays in their heads when reading comics belongs to the one and only Mark …
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