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      https://variety.com/2019/film/news/joker-joaquin-phoenix-robert-deniro-premiere-venice-1203320139/

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      The premiere of “Joker” at the Venice Film Festival drew an eight-minute standing ovation Saturday night for actor Joaquin Phoenix, director Todd Phillips and the gripping but harrowing origin story they’ve mapped out for Batman’s arch-villain.

      Phoenix and Phillips were joined in the Sala Grande by Zazie Beetz, who also stars in the film as Phoenix’s character’s neighbor. Robert De Niro, who plays a talk-show host, did not make the trek to the Lido.

      Buzz in Venice had been growing steadily around the Warner Bros. movie, from the time of its unveiling last month as part of the lineup to the climax of the two press screenings and red-carpet premiere Saturday. Both press screenings were packed, with the second one also drawing loud applause at the end and cheers when Phoenix’s name appeared in the closing credits.

      The film is part of the DC Comics universe but stands alone as an origin story and does not include any appearances by Batman or other caped crusaders. It opens in the U.S. on Oct. 4.

      Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck, a sad sack and mentally troubled man who transforms into an icon of violent nihilism, is already generating awards talk. He saidearlier Saturday that previous essays of the role – such as Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn in “The Dark Knight” a decade ago – did not influence him.

      “I didn’t refer to any past iteration of the character,” Phoenix said. “It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways.”

      Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera has stoked the awards buzz, saying that “Joker” is headed “straight to the Oscars.”

      Variety film critic Owen Glieberman also praised the film, writing, “Joaquin Phoenix is astonishing as a mentally ill geek who becomes the killer-clown Jokerin Todd Phillips’ neo-‘Taxi Driver’ knockout: the rare comic-book movie that expresses what’s happening in the real world.”

      After Venice, “Joker” heads to Toronto for another festival bow.

      Acclaimed in the film festival circuit and received an eight-minute standing ovation at Venice. Omg, DC is coming for some Oscar noms

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      “I didn’t refer to any past iteration of the character,” Phoenix said. “It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways.”

      This grown adult man wants us to believe he doesn’t even have a working knowledge of the character? Sure. 

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      87% on Rotten Tomatoes

      I still wanna see this movie, but I agree with what a lot of critics are saying about how in this political climate, this is very dangerous and the wrong type of people are gonna take the wrong type of message from it (white men). So that kinda puts an uneasy feeling in me (I'm also sure the debates are gonna be ENDLESS). BUT again I'm still perched because it looks really fucking good and the reviews are solidifying that.

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      20 minutes ago, Mariah. said:

      I still wanna see this movie, but I agree with what a lot of critics are saying about how in this political climate, this is very dangerous and the wrong type of people are gonna take the wrong type of message from it (white men). So that kinda puts an uneasy feeling in me (I'm sure the debates are gonna be ENDLESS). BUT again I'm still perched because it looks really fucking good and the reviews are solidifying that.

      Yes. I will probably see it, but it seems so problematic that a performance of a man falling into literal murderous ways is being praised as this distillation of the present when it should be more of a warning and a case for why we need to be more aware of these kinds of issues and come up with solutions. I’m sure because spoilers aren’t allowed in the early reviews we’re not getting a full picture of how they deal with it, but it needs to be something more than a great performance of a guy literally becoming a comic book villain because... we don’t need any more of that in the real world & certain demographics will run with any kind of critical success it gets

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      5 minutes ago, Mariah. said:

      but I agree with what a lot of critics are saying about how in this political climate, this is very dangerous and the wrong type of people are gonna take the wrong type of message from it (white men). So that kinda puts an uneasy feeling in me (I'm sure the debates are gonna be ENDLESS).

      Ok I am glad someone else is saying this here cause I have been getting 'Incel: the movie' vibes since the first trailer. If the movie were released in a vacuum and i didn't have to think about the potential ramifications of potentially releasing a movie accidentally glorifying the sad/angry white boys of the world I am sure this movie would be great. But with those undertones seeming to be leaking throughout it, idk it just makes me uncomfy. Maybe it will prove me wrong but the vibe I am getting is icky
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      Todd Phillips’ Joker is on track for a massive opening if the latest projections are accurate.

      According to Box Office Pro, Joker is now looking at an opening weekend of $85 million to $105 million, with $103 million dollars being the actual forecast. This is a significant increase from the first long-range projections which had it in the $60 million to $90 million range. These new numbers do take in to account the early reviews, but do not include the Golden Lion award Joker won on Saturday.

      While a healthy weekend is predicted, there also looks to be a fairly quick drop off for the film. The total domestic box office total is currently projected for $210 million, which is also an increase over the early projections of $175 million. With a budget of $55 million, $210 million domestic would be a great result, and we’ll have to wait to see what the foreign box office numbers are.

      Under normal circumstances, this would almost guarantee a sequel, but this isn’t exactly a normal film. Phillips has said he’s open to the idea of a Joker sequel, telling Total Film, “There’s nobody like [Joaquin Phoenix]. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”

      Could the Joker support his own series of films? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

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