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Movie Pictures: Joaquin Phoenix in First ‘Inherent Vice’ Movie Pic

Movie Pictures: Joaquin Phoenix in First ‘Inherent Vice’ Movie Pic

Movie Pictures: Joaquin Phoenix in First ‘Inherent Vice’ Movie Pic

Followers of the site know how much we revere the acting talents of Joaquin Phoenix. His range is undeniable; his ability to inhabit characters we feel like we know but really don’t; his full commitment to a role. This first Inherent Vice pic from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, which is among the most highly anticipated of the year based on our poll, seems to only further Phoenix’s devotion to the craft. Here, his Doc Sportello stares down Josh Brolin’s Bigfoot Bjornson. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, as Phoenix obviously inhabits the character with a unique look and comic/genius glance. Thanks to EW for the photo. Enjoy.

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R.I.P. Acting Legend Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

R.I.P. Acting Legend Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

R.I.P. Acting Legend Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

These things oddly tend to happen in waves. Coming on the heels of the death of Robin Williams due to an apparent self-inflicted hanging, Lauren Bacall, star of stage and screen at various portions of her career has passed away at the age of 89. A career that began in the 1940′s and stretched to the modern day (her turn in Lars von Trier’s 2003 film Dogville was noteworthy), Bacall also spent a significant portion of her acting career on the stage, which according to reports started to really take root after the passing of her husband of 12 years, Humphrey Bogart. I have little to say about Bacall having really only seen her in a handful of films, but her name was one that was well-known to many, and many other writers of a vintage age can speak much more gracefully on her career and life. RIP, Lauren, you’ll be missed.

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Robin Williams and Depression: His Career and Fight for Freedom

Robin Williams and Depression: His Career and Fight for Freedom

Robin Williams and Depression: His Career and Fight for Freedom

This is something that is becoming far too frequent an occurrence – writing about someone’s death, particularly an actor that I held dear (as well as the public at large) in many ways. Losing James Gandolfini sucked, mainly because of Tony Soprano, but also his many nuanced, smaller roles, like his turn in True Romance. Then, we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman, who at the time was perhaps the greatest working actor alive, though Joaquin Phoenix, his co-star in PTA’s The Master, would certainly rank right up there. Now, we lose a comedic giant with talent to burn, Robin Williams, who has more beloved in the grand scheme than almost anyone who’s passed in recent memory. Alas, to hear he (likely) took his own life makes it all the more tragic.

Other writers far superior to myself can touch on Williams career across many generations. Yes, I remember first seeing him as a youngster watching TV’s “Mork & Mindy”, intrigued but not knowing he would become a transcendent star. Yes, I had the good fortune of seeing him test new material in San Francisco at an exclusive word of mouth stand up show about a decade ago. I marveled at the energy he brought with him onstage. This was paramount to his success but also hinted at something deeper within him that drove him to seek out laughs.

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Ultimately, it’s his role in Good Will Hunting, the one that earned him an Oscar, that I’ll likely treasure the most. Here was a man known for manic and crazy enthusiasm who could invoke laughter at the drop of a hat, playing simple and understated, something he had the power to do with seeming ease throughout a vast filmography. It was as if, in truth, Williams could do whatever he wanted when it came to the craft of entertainment. Think about that statement for a moment and see how very few really compare there. Unfortunately, he was hiding demons within that can torture even the brightest of souls.

I wish we knew more about depression and how to handle it. As someone who struggles greatly with his own demons in a similar vein, Williams passing is yet another reminder, that despite the ways with which the depressed deal with their “disease”, a true cure is as difficult to source as one for the deadly cancer. Depression haunts and seemingly can never be taken away once its there. You can try to hide it in alcohol, drugs (prescription or otherwise); fight it with exercise or various other forms of coping. Still, it eats at you and really never feels defeated. Depressed people fight with things that “normal” people take for granted; they are hard to understand and their feelings difficult to translate.

Some people are depressed and they don’t know it, others sit in depression and feel powerless to change it. I suspect Williams knew and fought it the best way he knew how. He gave us laughter and struggled in his solitude far too often. Williams is hopefully in a better place, if you believe in that sort of thing. If nothing else, I suspect he no longer has to deal with the demons that he struggled with here on Earth. I thank him for giving us his gifts, but in his passing hope that he has somehow found peace in the process. RIP Robin – you’ll be remembered.

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Actor / Comic Robin Williams Found Dead At 63

Actor / Comic Robin Williams Found Dead At 63

Actor / Comic Robin Williams Found Dead At 63

BREAKING NEWS:

Legendary actor-comedian Robin Williams passed away due to a (unconfirmed) possible suicide in his apartment today. According to his rep (via EW):

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

This is a tragic loss, obviously. We’ll have more as the story develops. Very sad day for Hollywood.

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‘Batman V. Superman 2′ Update: DC Looks At Marvel’s Success in Movies; Adjusts Aggressively

‘Batman V. Superman 2′ Update: DC Looks At Marvel’s Success in Movies; Adjusts Aggressively

‘Batman V. Superman 2′ Update: DC Looks At Marvel’s Success in Movies; Adjusts Aggressively

DC Comics, owners of such superheroes as Superman, Batman and Aquaman have been pushing forward aggressively with a schedule of films ready to assault audiences over the next half decade. They just announced an adjustment to the release date for next years Batman V. Superman 2 by pushing it forward from May to March 25, 2016. That will follow shortly on the heels of next years debut of Batman V. Superman. Check out deadline‘s excerpt below for more on the aggressive moves in releasing. A ton of movies (11 by my count!!) from this universe will be coming soon:

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been moved up on the release date schedule from May 2016 to March 25, 2016. The move is part of Warner Bros’ road map for its DC franchises with dates just announced for nine untitled DC pics as well as two “untitled WB event film” slots that take the DC Comics series of movies into 2020. Somewhere in there will by the already announced Justice League tentpole, the superhero mash-up that will be WB’s answer to Marvel’s Avengersjuggernaut. The release strategy for the DC titles calls for two pics in 2016 and 2017, bumping up to three in 2018, two more in 2019 and three in 2020.

Batman V Superman‘s second release date move also avoids a showdown with Disney/Marvel’s Captain America 3, which had staked out the same May 6, 2016 date.

Among the DC subjects likely part of this rollout include Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Both are set for Justice League alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa is on the docket to play Aquaman. Zack Snyder is set to direct.

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Movie Pictures: Chris Evans, Downey Jr. in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ First Pics

Movie Pictures: Chris Evans, Downey Jr. in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ First Pics

Movie Pictures: Chris Evans, Downey Jr. in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ First Pics

Thanks to EW and Deadline, the debut of the first pics for the upcoming Avengers sequel is upon us. Here we see the cover image with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America for Marvel’s soon to be epic blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The duo stands before a battlefield laden with enemies. Have a look at the image for yourself and prepare to reach new heights for your anticipation for the sequel to the original box office smash (a movie that actually kind of sucked in truth). Enjoy.

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F.Gary Gray’s ‘N.W.A’ Biopic Gets Initial Cast (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E Roles)

F.Gary Gray’s ‘N.W.A’ Biopic Gets Initial Cast (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E Roles)

F.Gary Gray’s ‘N.W.A’ Biopic Gets Initial Cast (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E Roles)

This would be a film I would be interested in. An NWA biopic (Straight Outta Compton) that has been rumored to be in the works for half a decade, following the success of Notorious, 8 Mile and the upcoming 2Pac biopic, looks closer to becoming a reality. The stars of Niggaz With Attitude, the 80′s and 90′s iconic gangsta rap group, are Dr. Dre (now of Beats music fame-no, not the over decade long rumored Detox album), Eazy-E (the fallen, diminutive lead MC, who passed of aids in 1994 (I believe off the top of my head-may have been ’95 though I remember the day well), and Ice Cube (the man who would be the greatest rapper ever if he had died after AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. True shit.). Alas Cube lives on in family-friendly garbage movies, but I digress.

The stars…ahem…cast in the roles for the iconic men? Ice Cube’s son (as Cube), Jason Mitchell (Eazy) and Marcus Callender (Dre). Yeah, you never heard of these dudes either. Shocking. Do the research on them (you can see pics here), because info is clearly aplenty. Hope it works out, since these are all unknowns and we know what Notorious did to launch the career of MC Gravy cast as Biggie. Nothing. Out.

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Movie News: George Clooney, Josh Brolin Lead Coen Bros’ Next Film ‘Hail Caesar’

Movie News: George Clooney, Josh Brolin Lead Coen Bros’ Next Film ‘Hail Caesar’

Movie News: George Clooney, Josh Brolin Lead Coen Bros’ Next Film ‘Hail Caesar’

Hail Caesar, which will be the next film released by the Coen Brothers has found a distributor with Universal. The upcoming film stars Clooney and Brolin, who are both Coen Bros’ movie veterans, with each having at least two other film roles under the duo to their name. Now, the Inside Llewyn Davis writing-directing duo brings us this tale (via Deadline):

…it’s about a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Entitled Hail Caesarthe comical yarn centers on a man named Eddie Mannix who sounds a lot like the Fred Otash of his day — the famed 1950s private investigator who worked for Confidential magazine and was the muckraker of the time using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt. Otash was a former lifeguard who became a cop, lost his job as a cop and became a private eye who wiretapped. The project is being put together now. It’s not clear if the Eddie Mannix in the script is based on the man of the same who was a MGM VP, for those of you wondering. The real Mannix was VP and general manager under Louis B. Mayer and Dore Schary. It was Mannix’s wife who actor George Reeves had the affair with. Reeves was later found with a gunshot wound to the head and it was ruled a suicide by the L.A. County coroner’s office but questions have always persisted about the death.

The Coens movies always pique an interest, even if they don’t always pan out. Add two well-liked, quality actors at the forefront and this one bears keeping an eye out for. Thoughts?

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