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Movie Review: Joker
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Joker Movie

Joker
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Rated R | Minutes: 122
Release Date: October 4, 2019

One of the worse things that a writer and director can do in a comic book film adaptation is misinterpret the source material. It is one thing to re-envision it in order to suit a vision of the story that you want to tell, but it is something else when you go far off the edge just to prove you can be the bleakest of the lot. That is what Todd Phillip‘s Joker does. Using Gotham City as a canvas, the film is painted with the colors of Martin Scorsese inspiration and the complexities of heavy themes of mental illness and social inequality, with a slight touch of DC, all of which makes Joker a dark, depressing, and gritty hardboiled crime drama that also happens to be the origins story for the clown prince of crime. The story delves into the mind of the lonely title character, played brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix, who has been dumped on by society. But as fascinating as the lead performance is, everything else about it lacks complexities and nuance, and only further stigmatizes those who do suffer from mental illness.

My full review here below.

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Todd Phillips Says ‘Joker’ Movie Won’t Follow Comics
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Joker Movie

While most comic book movies borrow directly from the source material, they aren’t necessarily direct adaptations.

Todd PhillipsJoker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the title character, may fit into that category as it will not be inspired by the comics and will present an original character-driven story. Check out the full report below.

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Alec Baldwin To Play Bruce Wayne’s Father In ‘The Joker’
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Alec Baldwin

The Joker continues to make some very unexpected castings which may make the film riveting or just plain weird. Alec Baldwin is the latest to join the cast, but it is who he is playing that could hook some people in.

According to various reports, the actor will play Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne. Additionally, the character is being described as someone who has the same personality and unusually orange tanned skin as a certain someone. More on the story below.

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Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy In Talks To Join ‘Joker’ Origins Film
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Robert De Niro In Talks For Joker Origins Film

Martin Scorsese has been an executive producer on Todd PhillipsJoker since it was announced last year. While this is the filmmaker’s first superhero film, Warner Bros.’ vision for the character is what attracted Scorsese to the project. According to previous reports, WB is planning to expand the DC universe with new and unique storylines that aren’t a part of the current DC Extended Universe. Phillips says the film will be a gritty and hard-boiled crime drama in the same vein as Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy.

Now we are getting to see how much of an influence Scorsese is having on the film. According to new reports Robert De Niro, who starred in all three of the aforementioned influences, and Frances Conroy, who starred in The Aviator, are currently in talks to join titular star Joaquin Phoenix and recently reported Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz on the cast of the new the origins film. More on the story below.

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TV Review: The Mist 1.1 Pilot
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Stephen King The Mist TV series Frances Conroy

The Mist
Episode 1.1 “Pilot”
Created & Written by Christian Torpe
Directed by Adam Bernstein
Starring Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Frances Conroy
Network: Spike TV
Air date: June 22, 2017

In 2007, Frank Darabont brought Stephen King’s novella The Mist to the big screen and created one of the most jaw-dropping horror films in memory. The story was simple enough: a mysterious mist engulfs a small Maine town. The townfolk flock to a supermarket as monsters begin devouring those left outside. The monsters from the mist end up producing monsters inside as the people quickly turn to fanaticism and violence on each other. The film’s ending is one of legends. I won’t spoil it, but those in my theater were left speechless and motionless throughout the entire credits. A decade later, Danish writer/director Christian Torpe brings the King work to the small screen for a ten-episode run on Spike TV. The Mist is the first of three major adaptations of King’s work coming this year with The Dark Tower due out in theaters in August and the remake of It in September.

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‘The Mist’: Watch The First Trailer For TV Series Based On Stephen King Story
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Spike's The Mist TV Series

A couple of years back we found out that a TV series based on the Stephen King story The Mist was being developed.

The show is now set to arrive in just a couple of months, and the first trailer has been released online. You can find more info and watch the trailer below.

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Cast For TV Series Based On Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ Announced
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The Mist (2007)

We just saw the first look at the new Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s It. Now comes news related to another project based on the work of King, a TV series based on The Mist.

We first heard about The Mist back in September of last year. Now, a bunch of castings have been announced for the upcoming Spike TV series, nine of them to be exact. Continue below to find out who was cast and what characters they’re playing.

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TV Review: American Horror Story – Pilot
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American Horror Story (2011)

American Horror Story
Season 1, Episode 1 – Pilot
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
Starring Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare
FX
Air Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 10pm

American Horror Story, the new series from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, seems to be heading in a potentially interesting direction if the pilot episode is anything to go by. But I won’t be going along with them.

First off I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Murphy (whose other crimes against pop culture include creating Nip/Tuck and writing and directing Eat, Pray, Love) or any members of the American Horror Story cast, including Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton (although she was good on Spin City and Friday Night Lights), and Jessica Lange. It’s a mixed bag of overrated talent that grates my nerves whenever any of them are on screen and it doesn’t help the actors that the characters they play are unsympathetic and the material dull and pretentious. By the way, this is supposed to be a haunted house story.

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New Trailer and TV Spot For FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Released
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American Horror Story

On October 5th, a new series called American Horror Story will debut on FX.

Until that time, a spooky teaser trailer and TV spot have been released by the network.

The show comes from Nip/Tuck executive producers and Glee co-creators and executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and tells the story of a family who moves to Los Angeles from Boston into a haunted house, occupied by some very unpleasant spirits.

The show stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, and Denis O’Hare.

You can see the new trailer and TV spot by clicking on over to the other side now!

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