The trailer for the feature film "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix has been released, and it looks to be a fascinating addition to the Batman pop-culture universe. Warner Bros. Entertainment is distributing the film, which stars Phoenix as Batman's arch-nemesis -- arguably the most famous villain in comic book history. The tagline for the movie is: "Put on a happy face." The movie poster features a smiling Phoenix wearing Joker's distinctive face-paint makeup, staring up at the sky through a misty background. Set to Nat King Cole's "Smile," the two-and-a-half minute "Joker" trailer is a gritty, atmospheric collage of scenes showing Phoenix's failed stand-up comedian character, Arthur Fleck, transforming into the menacing, psychopathic Joker in a 1980s-styled Gotham City. The film seems to be a psychological study of one man's descent into madness and crime rather than a play on the classic hero-villain dichotomy found in most comic book movies. "My mother always tells … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. releases gritty, atmospheric “Joker” movie trailer
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Lucas Shaw and Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg Published 11:14 am PDT, Monday, March 18, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, Kevin Tsujihara, poses for photos in a screening room at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, Kevin Tsujihara, poses for photos in a screening room at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, Kevin Tsujihara, poses for photos in a screening room at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, Kevin Tsujihara, poses for photos in a screening room at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. chief is ousted over relationship with actress, report says
WarnerMedia is investigating claims that Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara promised acting roles in exchange for sex as detailed in The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. The article includes text messages between British actress Charlotte Kirk and Tsujihara going back to 2013 when they were introduced by Australian billionaire James Packer at the Hotel Bel Air past midnight. Packer and his business partner Brett Ratner were close to closing a production deal with the studio at the time. The messages suggest a quid pro quo sexual relationship between the aspiring actress and the studio head in which he made promises that he'd introduce her to influential executives and she'd be considered for roles in movies and television. They also show she was determined to hold Tsujihara, Packer and Ratner accountable. "You're very busy I know but when we were in that motel having sex u said u would help me and when u just ignore me like you're doing now it makes me feel used," Kirk writes … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. Chair Being Investigated for Sexual Misconduct
Cynthia Littleton, provided by Published 3:10 pm PST, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Photo: Ryan Miller/REX/Shutterstock Photo: Ryan Miller/REX/Shutterstock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Ryan Miller/REX/Shutterstock Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Under Investigation for Allegations of Sexual Impropriety 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WarnerMedia is launching an investigation into allegations that Warner Bros. Entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara had an affair with an actress and subsequently tried to help her land roles in Warner Bros.’ productions. The studio’s parent company was forced to act after the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday published a lengthy report … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Under Investigation for Allegations of Sexual Impropriety
They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is charmingly irritated. Then he . he . he strides up to her, throws a fake punch in the air at her, opens his fist and shoves his palm into her face, slamming her onto the ground. She looks up at him with what appears to be mild exasperation. She rubs her injured neck. The rom-com musical score plays on. So begins 1940's "The Philadelphia Story": with a case of domestic assault played for laughs. Eight decades later, the movie is clearly two things: uneasy fare for a post-#metoo culture — and an enduring American classic. They exist throughout society's pop-culture canon, from movies to TV to music and beyond: pieces of work that have withstood time's passage but that contain actions, words and depictions about race, gender and sexual orientation that … [Read more...] about Old Favorites, Outdated Attitudes: Can Entertainment Expire?