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Spider-Man Studio Split is "a Tragic Mistake" says Joe Russo

Kirsten Howard Sep 16, 2019

Anthony Russo also admits the Sony-Marvel Studios split over Spider-Man "isn’t really that surprising."

While the Russo brothers are now in the thick of promoting their new war movie, Mosul, they're still fielding questions about their last project - two enormous blockbusters that the directors filmed back-to-back for Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which has gone on to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Inevitably, the pair were also recently asked how they felt about Sony's decision to remove Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland's Peter Parker appeared in both recent Avengers movies and the Russos' Captain America threequel, Civil War - thanks to a surprising deal between Sony and Marvel Studios - but the companies recently nixed the idea of Spider-Man in more McU movies, leaving fans uncertain of whether any future Spidey
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DC Fans Are Upset Jared Leto Isn’t In The Suicide Squad

James Gunn recently revealed the huge ensemble cast of The Suicide Squad, and despite previously refusing to confirm whether the movie was a sequel or reboot, a look at the two dozen names involved makes it seem like a little bit of both. Only Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney are returning from the first movie alongside one of the most bizarre-looking acting rosters ever assembled that also includes Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, John Cena, Pete Davidson and Taika Waititi.

The most glaring omission is obviously Jared Leto, whose interpretation of the Joker was the most controversial and talked-about aspect of Suicide Squad. One of the first major announcements surrounding the follow-up was the news that Will Smith wouldn’t be returning as Deadshot, but there’d been constant speculation surrounding Leto’s involvement, with the actor himself even admitting he wouldn’t be against the idea.
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Kevin Smith Hints That Green Lantern May Be In The Suicide Squad

As you may have heard, director James Gunn very recently put much speculation to bed when revealing the full cast for The Suicide Squad. For months now, we’ve all been wondering who’s staying and who’s going, and we finally got some answers.

Still, there are some big blanks left to be filled. It’s yet to be confirmed who Idris Elba is playing, though it’s most likely safe to say he’s Bronze Tiger. Another fella who continues to mystify us though is that of Nathan Fillion.

While discussing Task Force X’s next cinematic outing on his Fatman Beyond podcast, filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith threw an idea out there, saying:

“So, he’s gonna be in Suicide Squad? Who do you think he could be playing? Oh my God, I don’t know s***, but let’s just play around because it’s fun.
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Venom 2 Begins Shooting This November, Working Title Revealed

  • MovieWeb
Get ready for more symbiote shenanigans, as Venom 2 is gearing up to begin filming in November. This is a sequel that entered development almost instantly after Venom hit theaters last year and proved to be a larger hit than anyone expected, offering Sony a major boost in the comic book movie game. Now, they've got most of the pieces needed in place and are prepping to begin production, which means before we know it, Tom Hardy will be back as Eddie Brock.

According to a new production listing, Venom 2 will start filming on November 25 and will be shooting under the working title Fillmore. Beyond that, little else has been revealed. What we know for sure is that Andy Serkis has been tapped to direct the sequel. Serkis is known best for his on-screen work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movies,
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Christian Bale Is Dying to See Joker, Calls Joaquin Phoenix Brave

  • MovieWeb
Christian Bale Is Dying to See Joker, Calls Joaquin Phoenix Brave
The excitement surrounding Joker is reaching a fever pitch as the film nears release after having recently won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival. The last time a Batman-related movie received this much critical acclaim was The Dark Knight featuring Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning Joker performance.

Ledger's co-star in the film, Christian Bale, commented on Joaquin Phoenix reprising the role of the Clown Prince of Crime during promotions for his new film Ford v Ferrari.

"Joaquin is one of the best actors around, you know, and obviously I worked with Heath. You know, it's a brave thing to follow up that performance and he always makes interesting choices."

Bale then offered this.

"Dying to see it... I wish them the best with that."

Encouraging words coming from the Batman who headed the most critically acclaimed films ever about the world of The Dark Knight. While Ledger's performance
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Christian Bale Says It’s Brave For Joaquin Phoenix To Follow Heath Ledger’s Joker

It’s no secret that Heath Ledger’s award-winning performance in The Dark Knight is one of the most iconic movie moments in recent memory. Following up that legendary portrayal of the evil Clown Prince is undoubtedly difficult, though. Just ask Jared Leto. Still, Joaquin Phoenix seems like he may be up for the task, as reviews pouring in from the premiere of Joker have been largely positive thus far, with many praising the lead actor.

Christian Bale was lucky enough to get a front row seat to Ledger’s career-defining take on the infamous character when he played Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and in a recent interview, the Academy Award winner shared his thoughts about the upcoming origin story, saying the following:

“Joaquin is one of the best actors around, you know, and obviously I worked with Heath… You know, it’s a brave thing
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Joaquin Phoenix says playing Joker was “one of the greatest experiences” of his career

Joaquin Phoenix has admitted during his time of portraying the Joker was “one of the greatest experiences” of his career. In a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival (via @RaminSetoodeh), Pheonix had nothing but praise for playing the Clown Prince of Crime.

“There was something that was drawing me towards it, and it just evolved as we worked together,” Phoenix explained. “It started becoming something more than I could have anticipated. And it was one of the greatest experiences of my career. I think it gave us back so much, like every day, whatever we put into it, it was just so energizing and exciting and inspiring.”

Phoenix is the fifth actor to play this iconic villain on the big screen, following Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto. So far, he seems to be holding his own after positive reactions from critics and the Joker
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Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Gets Major Oscar Buzz After Winning Top Award at Venice Film Festival

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Gets Major Oscar Buzz After Winning Top Award at Venice Film Festival
Awards season has officially begun, and Joker, the origin story of the famous Batman villain, is getting early Oscar buzz.

The film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, won the Golden Lion top prize after it premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on Aug. 31, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Joker subsequently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday night and at both screenings, the movie was met with praise from critics. And while Phoenix was applauded for his “impressive” performance, the film received some backlash for its depictions of violence.

After Monday’s premiere, Collider’s Perri Nemiroff wrote,
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Sony has “five or six” Spider-Man TV shows in development

Having successfully launched its ‘Universe of Marvel Characters’ franchise on the big screen last year with Venom, and reacquired full control of the Spider-Man rights after failing to reach a new deal with Disney, Sony’s Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has been chatting to Variety about the studio’s future plans for the web-slinger.

As well as confirming plans to incorporate Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the shared universe inhabited by the likes of Tom Hardy’s Venom and Jared Leto’s Morbius, Vinciquerra touched upon the studio’s TV ambitions for the property, revealing that there are currently at least “five or six” Spider-Verse related television shows in development.

Last year, Sony tapped Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to oversee development on the Spider-Man TV universe, with the duo stating last month that “it’ll be a little while before it all comes
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The Joker, Then And Now: The Last-Laugh History Of A Hollywood Wild Card

  • Deadline
The Joker, Then And Now: The Last-Laugh History Of A Hollywood Wild Card
Today a special all-Joker edition of the Hero Nation Index.

The Joker is wild again in Hollywood. Todd Phillips’ Joker was nothing short of a sensation at the 76th Venice Film Festival where its premiere earned the Golden Lion award, a slew of rave reviews, and an 8-minute standing ovation on the Lido. Joaquin Phoenix, a three-time Academy Award nominee, now looks like a lock to get his fourth nod for Joker and perhaps his first Oscar win come next February.

It was just a decade ago that Heath Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for The Dark Knight (2008) with a more feral and scabby interpretation of the most popular villain in the American comic book history. How rare is for two actors to win an Academy Award for portraying the same fictional character? It’s happened with just one other role: Marlon Brando and Joker costar Robert DeNiro each
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Sony Confirms Spider-Man Will Join Venom And Morbius On Screen

It looks like the good Thor giveth, and he taketh away. It’s no secret that the drama between Sony and Disney isn’t getting any better, effectively removing Spider-Man from all future McU movies. However, fans finally have some good news, as Spidey, Venom and Morbius will all be sharing the same cinematic universe going forwards, which means lots of crossovers are on the way.

In an interview with Variety, Sony CEO Tony “Bet You Have To Copy And Paste My Last Name” Vinciquerra has let the future team-up slip, whether it be accidentally or on purpose. He was explaining why he thought the web-slinger would do well without the help of the Avengers, based on past Spider-Man flicks, when he spilled the beans, saying:

“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play
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Spider-Man Will Join Venom & Morbius in Sony's Marvel Universe

  • MovieWeb
Sony Chief Tony Vinciquerra has confirmed the studio's plans to integrate Spider-Man into the world of Venom and other characters. Vinciquerra believes the studio will be "just fine" after shifting away from Marvel Studios a few weeks ago. The topic of Tom Holland's Peter Parker leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been huge and upsetting news to a lot of fans, many of whom place the blame squarely on Sony. For those fans hoping for a deal to be reached, Vinciquerra says, "for the moment the door is closed."

It appears Sony wants to prove to the world that they can succeed without Marvel Studios. And why should anyone blame them? Last year's Venom was a box office smash and Marvel fans were hoping Tom Holland would at least make a small cameo. Now, it looks like those fans are about to get their wish. Tony Vinciquerra had this to say.
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Sony CEO Says Spider-Man Left McU Partly Due to Kevin Feige Being ‘Stretched Thin’ Post Fox Merger

Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra isn’t losing all hope when it comes to the “Spider-Man” film franchise breaking up with Disney and Marvel Studios. News broke August 20 that Disney and Sony failed to agree on new terms over sharing the character, thus returning full rights for “Spider-Man” solely back to Sony. The split means Tom Holland’s superhero will no longer appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Vinciquerra says there is “no ill will” between the studios and “for the moment the door is closed.”

Vinciquerra appeared at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit and responded “it’s a long life” when asked whether or not Spider-Man will swing back to Disney and Marvel. The comment implied that the door isn’t fully closed just yet. The CEO said that one of the reasons talks broke down between the studios is because Marvel boss Kevin Feige is
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‘Birds of Prey’ Teaser Debut Follows ‘Tenet’ as Warner Bros. Champions Theater-Only Trailers

Trailer releases have become all too predictable in 2019. First, a studio rolls out a 15-30 second trailer teaser on social media announcing when the actual trailer is set to debut online, then the trailer drops that day as advertised before being put in theaters ahead of new releases. The main takeaway here is that online premieres are the norm for trailers in 2019, which is why Warner Bros.’ trailer releases for “Tenet” and “Birds of Prey” are so noteworthy. Both films have received buzzy first trailers this year but neither one is being put online for mass consumption.

The first trailer for Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey” is launching in theaters this weekend ahead of Warner Bros.’ horror tentpole “It Chapter Two.” The comic book movie, which finds Margot Robbie reprising her “Suicide Squad” role of Harley Quinn, is one of the studio’s major 2020 tentpoles. The film’s high
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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Started To Go Mad While Preparing To Play Joker

What is it about playing the role of the Joker that brings out the worst in well-respected method actors? Heath Ledger famously locked himself away from friends and family for a month to develop his interpretation of the villain, had trouble sleeping and kept a journal full of news and photos of real and imaginary psychopaths to help him get into character. Jared Leto, meanwhile, used to send his Suicide Squad co-stars live rats and other disturbing paraphernalia while staying in the role outside of shooting.

Now, Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the titular part in Todd Philips’ Joker, has spoken about the insane preparation he put into playing the Clown Prince of Crime and the psychological toll it took on him. During an interview with Et Canada, the actor made the following remarks about prepping for the gig:

“The first thing was the weight loss, that’s really what I started with.
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The 14 Most Anticipated Movies at the Toronto Film Festival

  • Variety
While the beginning of fall usually means back-to-school and the end of outdoor barbecues, Hollywood has its own way of changing seasons. The Toronto International Film Festival, which starts on Sept. 5, marks the official launch of the Oscars race.

Unlike neighboring film festivals at Telluride and Venice, which both take place on the weekend before, Toronto is easier to reach and packed with far more screenings: more than 200 movies. Here are 14 that will likely be the talk of Canada.

“Hustlers”

(Stx Entertainment, Sept. 13)

Director: Lorene Scafaria

Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Lizzo

Ever since I saw “Hustlers” at an early screening, I can’t stop raving about it. Every Oscars season, there’s a movie that sneaks up on the pundits. And I have a feeling that this dramatic comedy written and directed by Lorene Scafaria will be a box office hit and critical darling.
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Robert Pattinson Sparks Theory His Batman Will Crossover With Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker

Robert Pattinson Sparks Theory His Batman Will Crossover With Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker
Robert Pattinson’s Variety cover story includes the actor’s first thoughts on becoming the latest actor to take on Bruce Wayne/Batman, but it’s a moment retracted from the published interview that is causing a stir with comic book movie fans (via ScreenRant). Variety New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh writes: “At one point in our conversation, [Pattinson] offers a mundane comment about Joaquin Phoenix, who stars in Joker (a movie he hasn’t seen yet), before asking to retract it. ‘Oh shit,’ he says, adding that he’s not accustomed to thinking about spoilers.”

Pattinson goes on to tell Setoodeh: “I definitely should not say that. I’m so used to pretty art-house movies, where you can watch the movie three times and still not know what it’s about.”

Pattinson’s retraction means there is no telling what the actor said about Joaquin Phoenix, but that’s
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DC Exec Says Joker Doesn’t Contradict The Character’s Comic History

In the midst of all of the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Joker, there’s a large segment of fans that are worried that the movie’s going to contradict the character’s comic book history. DC executive Jim Lee recently took to Instagram to assure them that this isn’t the case, though, saying:

“Director Todd Phillip’s @jokermovie is intense, raw and soulful. He’s talked about how his take on the Joker is not beholden to the character’s comic book roots. That said, there’s absolutely nothing in this film incongruous with our understanding of who the Joker is.

If anything, Joaquin Phoenix’s mesmerizing and unsettling turn as the Joker gives us a deep and fully realized look into one of our favorite villains, and I’m sure elements will be embraced going forward in our ongoing, ever evolving mythology. That’s what powerful,
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Don’t laugh! 45% say it’s about time that Joaquin Phoenix wins an Oscar for ‘Joker’ [Poll Results]

  • Gold Derby
Don’t laugh! 45% say it’s about time that Joaquin Phoenix wins an Oscar for ‘Joker’ [Poll Results]
Even before “Joker” took its bow before the crowd at the Venice film festival on Saturday and earned an eight-minute standing ovation, Gold Derby-ites had already chosen its star Joaquin Phoenix as the most overdue lead actor who is likely to show up on the 2020 Oscar ballot in a poll.

Jack Nicholson cackled and leered his way through his role as the Caped Crusader’ arch-nemesis in Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” while Heath Ledger brought a quiet damaged-goods menace to the Joker in Chris Nolan’s 2008 “The Dark Knight” and won a posthumous supporting Oscar for his efforts. Both Jared Leto in 2016’s “Suicide Squad” and Cesar Romero on the campy ’60s TV series also gave the Clown Prince of Gotham City a spin.

But Phoenix and director Todd Phillips go the origins story route and get to the root of Arthur Fleck’s personality crisis that eventually builds up quite a body count.
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Birds of Prey Teaser Trailer Arrives Unleashing a Mallet-Swinging Harley Quinn

  • MovieWeb
The Birds of Prey international teaser trailer has found its way online. The first look at the movie gives us our best look yet at Harley Quinn's upcoming adventure and DC fans will more than likely be happy with the results. We were teased with some images from the trailer earlier this week, which signaled an imminent release. The trailer can be seen in theaters now, ahead of Sony's extended cut of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The teaser trailer for Birds of Prey comes from the Ukraine and there are sadly no subtitles. However, there is not much dialogue to take in. We see the Warner Bros. classic logo with some floating red balloons coming to the surface, making us think we're about to see an It Chapter Two teaser. Right when it looks like Pennywise is coming to reveal himself, it's revealed to be Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn,
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