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Joaquin Phoenix Is The Top Choice To Play Leonardo DiCaprio's Lover In Hoover Biopic

Sep 22, 2010 12:47 PM


We already knew Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly starring in Clint Eastwood's Hoover as J. Edgar Hoover himself, but we had no idea that Joaquin Phoenix was Clint's top choice to play Hoover's infamous lover Clyde Tolson!

Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black has written the screenplay for the film, and NY Mag raises an interesting point: Eastwood’s casting agent is scheduled to arrive in LA very shortly, and since Casey Affleck has recently revealed that Phoenix was not a drugged out mess for the past two years, he could very well get the part.

Sources familiar with the film note that the studio hasn't yet finalized a deal with DiCaprio, but Phoenix is "expected to receive the offer to play Tolson as soon as DiCaprio’s deal closes." Can't wait for this! Maybe Leo will finally get that Academy Award?

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Casey Affleck Finally Confirms That Joaquin Phoenix Documentary Is Fake

Sep 17, 2010 07:30 AM


We wondered if it might be a hoax, but since I'm Still Here was repeatedly billed as a documentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix's pursuit of a rap career, we weren't sure what to make of it.

Director Casey Affleck has finally admitted that the whole thing was one big fake, and that Phoenix was acting the entire time. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” Mr. Affleck told the NY Times. “The reviews were so angry. I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind."

“There were multiple takes, these are performances,” Affleck continued, referring specifically to scenes that portrayed drug use and Phoenix involving himself with prostitutes. Affleck said he also had to convince Phoenix’s agent at WME Entertainment that he wanted Phoenix to act the part in public, but surprisingly he went along with it. "You would think he would have me killed immediately,” he joked.

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Joaquin Phoenix' Still Here Trailer Is Here!

Aug 17, 2010 08:17 AM

The long-awaited trailer for the documentary (mockumentary?) about Joaquin Phoenix' attempt to quit acting to become a rapper is finally here and after seeing a series of shots of the Oscar-nominee riding in limos, getting into fights, hanging his big belly out over his pants and looking like the "tortured" artist he wants you to believe he is.

There's also some weird stuff about "mountain top drops of water" but yeah, we don't know what that's supposed to mean in context to the project either.

The movie was embroiled in controversy long before director and Phoenix' brother-in-law Casey Affleck was accused of sexually harassing two women on set. Even though they claimed they were making a documentary of Joaquin's fake attempt to become a rapper, sources told X17online that Phoenix' drugged-out appearance was no joke.

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Still Here

Aug 4, 2010 01:55 PM

joaquinsposter460.jpgCourtesy: Magnolia Pictures

Here's Joaquin Phoenix in the poster for I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, and we have to say, we're excited to see this! Phoenix announced during the fall of 2008 that he had quit acting for a career as a hip hop musician, and Casey Affleck decided to team up with his brother-in-law to document the transformation. Yeah, we were wondering about that too...

So did Phoenix really say bye to the biz during that time, or was his temporary change of careers all for the cameras?

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Joaquin Phoenix's "Mockumentary" Has A Release Date

Jul 14, 2010 02:39 PM


Remember when Joaquin Phoenix grew out a beard and acted all crazy in 2008? Well, the product of his odd behavior is officially here!

Casey Affleck's "movie" I'm Still Here - which chronicles Phoenix transitioning from actor to rapper - hits the big screen on September 10th.

Its distributor Magnolia Pictures insists the pic is not a mockumentary... er, so what is it then?

Director Affleck filmed all of Phoenix's bizarre outbursts and public appearances for the doc, which many believed to just be a big hoax.

Guess everyone can decide for themselves come September!

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X17 XCLUSIVE - Joaquin Phoenix Hits A Strip Club

Jun 14, 2010 07:15 AM


I hope someone gave this guy a good lap dance -- after all the crap he's been through he certainly deserves a little love!

On Saturday night Joaquin Phoenix and several pals hit up Plan B strip club on Pico Blvd in West LA, and after spending several hours inside the club, the actor/failed rapper left smoking a cigarette and covering his face, but he didn't look that bummed.

Our photographer on the scene tells us: "Joaquin wasn't really embarrassed to be seen leaving the club. He looked like he needed to release. He came out so ready for a smoke!" Sounds like he had a good time!

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Joaquin Dodges Questions About His Mockumentary

May 11, 2010 03:40 PM

I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Casey Affleck, is currently being shown around town to film buyers and no one is really sure what to make of it! Did Joaquin really pull off a huge prank or did his desire to be a rapper start off as genuine?

Here's the actor slash rapper (minus the beard) leaving Bardot last night. I dunno what to think of him anymore!

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Joaquin Phoenix Delivers Explicit Anti-Animal Cruelty Message

Mar 25, 2010 10:20 AM

Joaquin Phoenix has come out of hiding in the hopes of saving exotic animals from becoming high-end accessories.

The animal-loving actor has teamed up with PETA to film a graphic on-camera video, showing how reptiles like snakes, alligators and crocodiles are hunted, raised and killed for their skins.

A PETA rep tells X17online exclusively about how Joaquin got involved with the project:

    "We reached out to Joaquin knowing he's vegan and incredibly sympathetic to all issues involving animals. He was the ultimate professional on the set, very moved by the project and upset by the footage. Before leaving, he went through and thanked each of the crew members. He’s a good, kind man—as nice as they come."

To read more about the cause, you can visit PETA's website at peta.org.

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