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Todd Phillips Teases ‘Joker’ Production Has Begun

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“Here We Go”

Director Todd Phillips took to Instagram to share that production on his upcoming film, ‘Joker’ has begun. Phillips best know for his work on ‘The Hangover’ will have a challenging road ahead, bringing one of the most popular villains of all-time to the screen. We have seen two incarnations of the Joker in the last six years. Starting with Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal in ‘The Dark Knight’ and Jared Leto’s Joker, met with mixed reviews in 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad.’ This will be the 3rd incarnation, played by Joaquin Phoenix and will be a standalone film with a modest budget of $55 mil.

 

 



 

 

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Joaquin Phoenix Stares Into Your Soul As The Joker Via “il venerdì di repubblica” Cover

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“Cinematic achievement on a high level.”

Director Todd Phillips has gone on the record stating, his film is going to piss off hardcore comic book fans. The upcoming ‘Joker’ movie will not follow any comic book plot lines or continuity for the villain, and will in fact be its very own stand alone film. With that being said, the movie is already garnering praise from select audiences. Cameron Bailey, co-head and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, went on record with Toronto Sun, hailing the film as “Cinematic achievement on a high level.” Bailey continued on, saying:

“First of all it’s terrific. So it should play on our largest stage. But it’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro is in it as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.”

Bailey, also went on to say, the film is “Very cinematic,” for a low budget feature.

“Has an interesting tone and approach to it. It’s set in the late ’70s, early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look, it has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it’s a Gala.”

Check out the newest ‘Joker’ magazine cover via il venerdì di repubblica.

‘Joker’ hits theaters October 4, 2019

 

 

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Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ To Reveal The One True Mandarin

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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ was announced at SDCC as part of Marvel’s upcoming phase 4 slate. It is set to be the third film in Phase 4 and will be released February 12, 2021. ‘Ten Rings’ will feature Shang-Chi ( Simu Liu ), a Kung-Fu Master, who will face off against, The Mandarin. You heard that right, THE MANDARIN. But not that Mandarin, The real Mandarin.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will be the first Asian led Marvel film. It will follow the legendary martial artist on his quest to stop The Mandarin (Tony Leung) on his quest for world domination. The Mandarin is villain that many MCU fans know little about, especially after ‘Iron Man 3’ pulled the old bait and switch by having the Mandarin revealed to be an actor played by Ben Kingsley named Trevor Slattery, whose sole purpose was to divert Stark’s attention from the true villain of the film, Aldrich Killian.

Shang-Chi (Chinese: 尚氣; pinyin: shàng qì; literally: ‘rising of the spirit’) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, first appearing in Special Marvel Edition #15 (cover-dated December 1973) in the Bronze Age of Comic Books. Often referred to as the “Master of Kung Fu”, Shang-Chi is proficient in numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gùn, nunchaku, and jian. In later years, he gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself, and joins the Avengers. -Wikipedia 

Check out ‘All Hail The King: One Shot.’ A short from 2013, that teased “The Real” Mandarin. Starring Ben Kingsley 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Deleted Scene Has Heroes Taking A Knee To Honor The Fallen Iron Man

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The latest news out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t what you’d think. Yes, a new ‘Blade’ movie was announced. Yes, No ‘Spider-Man 3’ was announced. And yes, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has surpassed ‘Avatar’ as the highest grossing movie of all time (worldwide box-office.) Despite all of this, the single greatest update, comes in the form of a deleted scene via ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ A scene which many believe should have been left in the final cut of the film. The scene in question is the emotional death of MCU legend Tony Stark. The deleted scene shows the Avengers all going down on one knee in honor of the fallen hero. Check out the video below, tell us what you think in the comments. Should Marvel have left this scene in the final cut of Endgame?

‘Avengers: Endgame’ has earned 2.7 billion worldwide

 

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