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Footage leaks of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker wreaking havoc in New York City

© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved/Nikos Tavernise (NEW YORK) — Days after director Todd Phillips posted some very creepy test footage of Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker, comes leaked footage of the actor at work as the Clown Prince of Crime.

The footage, posted by TMZ, shows Joker striding off of a New York — or Gotham City — subway car, peeling off a plastic mask to reveal a painted face beneath. In his wake is pandemonium: A businessman is pulled from the car and beaten by folks in street clothes and Joker acolytes in masks hold any good Samaritans at bay. One goon holds an “Eat the Rich” poster, possibly betraying what makes this version of the villain tick.

Like the test footage, Phillips seems to be giving a nod to Caesar Romero’s original Joker get-up, with Phoenix dressed in a green shirt under an orange vest and a maroon suit, but also to the general creepiness of clowns. Whether it’s the John Wayne Gacy effect or that of Pennywise from It, Phoenix’s Joker looks scary enough just wearing traditional clown face paint to give him his murderous grin. Both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger also used facial make-up to compliment their look.

And while Phoenix recently claimed to IndieWire that he didn’t care what people thought of him playing the Batman villain, fan reaction online seems to tilt in his favor — certainly better than that of Jared Leto’s tattooed, grill-sporting Joker from Suicide Squad. Even director David Ayer now admits he might have gone too far with Leto’s look.

We’ll see if Phoenix’s approach pays off when Joker, which might also star Robert De Niro, hits theaters October 4, 2019.

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Justin Theroux breaks silence on “gentle” split from Jennifer Aniston

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Theroux is finally speaking out about his divorce from Jennifer Aniston in a revealing interview in this weekend’s The New York Times. 

After two years of marriage and seven years together, the two actors called it quits in February, igniting a flame of wild rumors. 

“How do you combat gossip and rumor?” he said. “And it’s just on crack and steroids now.”

The truth is the two split amicably without any drama like the tabloids said. 

“It was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” the Maniac actor said in the interview. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”

He added, “Again, neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other. It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”

But, Theroux does admit the divorce was “heartbreaking,” especially since it tainted their friendship.

“The friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day,” he said. “But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”

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‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist calls domestic violence arrest a “misunderstanding”

Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — America’s Got Talent season 13 finalist Michael Ketterer was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence on Thursday after officers were called to a Hollywood hotel, TMZ reported

Ketterer, who admitted to arguing with this wife, but called the arrest a “misunderstanding,” was reportedly charged and later released after posting $50,000 bail.

The pediatric mental health care nurse, and part-time worship leader, with six children — five of whom were adopted from foster care — lost to closeup magician Shin Lim in last week’s finale of the competition reality show.

TMZ reported that Ketterer’s wife didn’t want to press charges, but he was arrested anyway. The gossip site says the charge will likely be dropped to a misdemeanor.

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Bill Cosby sentencing hearing begins today

Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images(PENNSYLVANIA) — Bill Cosby faces sentencing today in Norristown, PA, after being convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand, in which she says he drugged and sexually assaulted her.  

Each charge against Cosby carries a maximum of 10 years in prison but the judge in this case has a lot of latitude to determine Cosby’s sentence — from maximum consecutive sentences, to reduced sentences on each count, to concurrent sentences.  However, the only way the 81-year-old entertainer walks out of court a free man is if the judge gives him a lenient sentence of probation without jail time. 

The sentencing hearing, which could extend into Tuesday, could include victim statement testimony from Constand.  Cosby himself could testify as well. 

Cosby has been under house arrest at his Philadelphia-area home since his conviction in April.

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‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ tops the box office with $26.8 million weekend

Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC(LOS ANGELES) — The House with a Clock in Its Walls topped a slow box office weekend. The dark fantasy comedy, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, beat expectations, delivering an estimated $26.85 million.

A Simple Favor, in its second week of release, took second place, earning an estimated $10.4 million, just ahead of The Nun, in third place with an estimated $10.2 million. The fourth film in The Conjuring franchise has now topped $100 million stateside.

Last week’s box office champ, The Predator, dropped to fourth place this weekend, grabbing an estimated $8.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Crazy Rich Asians, delivering an estimated $6.5 million. The film has racked up just shy of $160 million here in the states, ranking it as the seventh highest grossing romantic comedy of all time.

Michael Moore’s latest political documentary, Farenheit 11/9, led this weekend’s other major releases, though it managed just an eighth place finish with an estimated $3.1 million.

As for the others, Life Itself — which boasted an ensemble cast including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas — delivered the second worst opening for a film debuting in over 2,500 locations, earning an estimated $2.1 million. Assassination Nation, the black comedy thriller, did even worse, only managing an estimated $1 million from 1,403 theaters.

Collette, starring Keira Knightley, and The Sisters Brothers, featuring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, both did well opening in limited release, earning an estimated $156,788 and $122,02, respectively.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. The House With a Clock in Its Walls, $26.85 million
2. A Simple Favor, $10.4 million
3. The Nun, $10.2 million
4. The Predator, $8.7 million
5. Crazy Rich Asians, $6.5 million
6. White Boy Rick, $5 million
7. Peppermint, $3.7 million
8. Fahrenheit 11/9, $3.1 million
9. The Meg, $2.35 million
10. Searching, $2.175 million

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Will Smith on his debut as a stand-up comedian: “I AM HOOKED”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Will Smith took his first crack at stand-up comedy this week and he loved it.

In an Instagram post on Thursday night, Smith shared a series of photos from his comedy debut.

“I did Stand Up last night… FIRST TIME EVER!,” he wrote. “I opened for Dave Chappelle. I AM HOOKED.”

According to Variety, Smith made his stand-up comedy debut at the Peppermint Club on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, as part of Chappelle’s three-and-a-half hour surprise show. Smith was said to have filmed his set as part of his new Bucket List video series, which has yet to be released. The actor explained that his 50th birthday was coming up and doing stand up was definitely on his “bucket list.”

The private event was attended by the likes of Jon Stewart, Katt Williams and LeBron James, and Will’s wife Jade Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow were also in the audience.

Variety reports that some of Will’s jokes included how he lost control of his house after Jada’s Red Table Talk show on Facebook Watch turned their garage into a control booth, and how his son Jaden now considers him “the second-best rapper in the house!”

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‘Thor’ co-stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson “make it look good” in sneak peek of ‘Men in Black’ reboot

ABC/Radhika Chalasani(LONDON) — Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are front and center in a black-and-white, on-set social media snap that gives fans their first look at them in the as-yet-untitled reboot of the Men in Black franchise, which will be based in the U.K.

The pair can be seen on Hemsworth’s Insta, wearing most of their get-ups as members of the super-secret alien enforcement agency. Despite not sporting the MiB trademark black Armani jackets, to paraphrase Will Smith’s MIB character, Thompson and Hemsworth certainly “make it look good” in matching white shirts and skinny black ties.

Thompson’s Insta shows the pair in the same place, with Hemsworth making a fish-lipped face to the camera.

Thor’s alter-ego also posted a spinning selfie video, with the caption, “I do all my own stunts.” 

The still-untitled Men in Black reboot features Emma Thompson reprising her Men in Black 3 leader character Agent O, and will also co-star Rebecca Ferguson, and Liam Neeson.  It’s set to open June 14, 2019.

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Round 3 – ‘Daredevil’ returns October 19

David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) — The third season of the acclaimed Netflix Marvel series Daredevil will hit the streaming service October 19.

In a promo revealing the return, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock — blind lawyer for the oppressed by day, masked vigilante by night — has fallen from the light spiritually. Bloodied and  partially in shadow, Cox’s character says in voiceover, “You can suffocate evil. Starve it. Lock it behind bars, but it will come back even stronger. There’s only one true way to end evil: To finish it for good.”

“Let the devil out,” he whispers, as he’s suddenly seen smirking in his black ninja mask. 

When fans last saw Murdock, he was badly injured and presumed dead after the events of the team-up series The Defenders. As the proo suggests, Murdoch’s return will show that he’s losing faith in his “day job’s” ability to keep evil at bay.

Based on the comic characters created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Daredevil also stars returning players Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson. Joanne Whalley is a new addition to the cast, as Sister Maggie, a confidante who nurses Murdoch’s bruised body and faith — and who may also be his long-lost mother.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Run, Forrest! Run! Michael Moore thinks Tom Hanks should be the next president

ABC(NEW YORK) — Filmmaker Michael Moore wants to tap a Hollywood legend for a White House run: Tom Hanks.

“When [people] say people don’t love Trump,” Moore tells ABC’s Peter Travers, “I [say] you clearly have never watched ‘The Apprentice! People loved that show. [Trump] was a beloved figure! Why don’t we [Democrats] run beloved figures?”

When Travers asked Moore whom he would choose as the next Democratic presidential nominee, Moore instantly had an answer.

“Tom Hanks,” he said. “Who wouldn’t vote for Tom Hanks. Why not? I’ve asked him twice now to run and he won’t run.”

He added, “I even offered [to] be the VP, I’ll do all the work. You just show up at nice things and smile and be happy. Oprah, who wouldn’t vote for Oprah? How about Michelle Obama? Who wouldn’t vote for Michelle Obama? Come on, we could win if we ran somebody people wanted to vote for.”

For his newest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore spoke to Americans across the country about their thoughts on the Trump presidency. The date in the title refers to the day President Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was confirmed, and is play on the title of Moore’s 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11, about then-President George W. Bush, the 9/11 attacks and the second Iraq war.

Moore was one of the few who predicted Donald Trump would win the election and said Trump could even be a two-term president.

Fahrenheit 11/9 is in theaters everywhere.

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Josh Groban on his “unexpected” role opposite Tony Danza in “The Good Cop,” now streaming on Netflix

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Josh Groban’s new album Bridges is out today — and so is his new Netflix sitcom, The Good Cop.  It stars Josh as a by-the-book police lieutenant who clashes with his ex-con dirty cop of a dad, played by Tony Danza. 

Josh says the offer to star in the show came out of nowhere, and he just couldn’t turn it down.

“I was reached out to by Andy Breckman, who created the show and previously wrote and created Monk,” Josh tells ABC Radio. “I got a letter…from him saying, “I think you’re right for this part. “[He said] this was something he’d thought of while he was writing the script.”

“I mean, every amazing kind of life-changing thing that’s happened to me has been an unexpected door and a fork in the road that’s opened up and you just gotta walk through it, y’know?” Josh adds. “And so I said yes!”

Part of the appeal was that Josh’s Good Cop role was far removed from the character he’d been playing in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1912.

“It’s not often as an actor to get a chance to go so 180 within the same two-year period,” he notes.  And the Netflix factor helped seal the deal, he says.

“Timing was an issue,” he explains. “If this had been a network…26-episode thing, I would have had to say no.  So the fact that it’s a 10-episode series — each hour is its own mystery and this team of misfits solving these crimes — was great.”

“I also just happened to like the way Netflix operates,” Josh adds. “…The way that they provide content to their subscribers is so forward-thinking…and they’re putting the passion behind it.”

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