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Look: Director shares first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in standalone 'Joker' film

Look: Director shares first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in standalone 'Joker' film

Entertainment
Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Director Todd Phillips posted on Instagram Sunday the first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in their standalone Joker film."Arthur," Phillips captioned the image of Phoenix, who stares at the camera -- unsmiling and without the titular villain's signature clown makeup. Phoenix, 43, has unkempt, collar-length hair and is wearing a rumpled, button-down shirt and jacket in the picture. Phoenix's previous films include To Die For, Gladiator, Quills, Her and Walk the Line. Phillips is known for helming The Hangover comedy trilogy. Warner Bros. plans to release the Joker origin film on Oct. 4, 2019. The dark-toned movie is to take place outside of the existing DC extended film universe and is intended to help launch a new DC Comics banner that will allow the movie studio to tell uniq...
'Urban island' heat tests Phoenix, other large cities

'Urban island' heat tests Phoenix, other large cities

Technology
When temperatures soar as they have this week in downtown Phoenix, homeless people ride the air-conditioned light rail to avoid a heat so brutal it killed 155 people in the city and surrounding areas last year. An occasional siren wails as paramedics rush to help people sick from the heat. Already devilishly hot for being in the Sonoran desert, Arizona's largest city is also an "urban heat island," a phenomenon that pushes up temperatures in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete. Phoenix on Wednesday recorded a sweltering 116 degrees (46 Celsius), setting a new high for the date. Phoenix officials say they are tackling urban warming, monitoring downtown temperatures, planting thousands of trees and capturing rainwater to cool off public spaces. Elsewhere, Chicago maintains...
Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

Entertainment
Gladiator star Joaquin Phoenix is to play Batman's nemesis The Joker in a stand-alone film exploring the origins of the cackling comic book villain.Co-written and directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips, the currently untitled film is set to begin shooting in New York this September.According to the Hollywood Reporter, it will be both "a gritty character study" and "a broader cautionary tale".Phoenix's other roles include Johnny Cash in 2005 biopic Walk the Line.The 43-year-old was recently seen playing Jesus in Mary Magdalene and as a troubled vigilante in You Were Never Really Here.Martin Scorsese is making a Joker movieIntroduced in the very first Batman comic in April 1940, The Joker is synonymous with green hair, lur...
Navy extends contract with Phoenix Air for electronic warfare training

Navy extends contract with Phoenix Air for electronic warfare training

Business
June 4 (UPI) -- The Defense Department modified a contract aimed at training aircrews in electronic warfare. The modified contract between the U.S. Navy and Phoenix Air Group, is valued at more than $ 14.6 million and extends the current period of performance by two years, expiring in November 2020. The deal, announced Friday, provides services in support of Navy electronic warfare aircraft training jamming systems. They are designed for "stand-off jamming for opposing force threat simulation during various levels of exercises for shipboard and aircrew tactics, aircraft weapon system operators and for procedures to counter potential enemy electronic attack threats," according to the Pentagon. Work on the contract will occur in Florida, California and Virginia. No funds will be obligated ...
The gospel according to Joaquin Phoenix

The gospel according to Joaquin Phoenix

Entertainment
Duarte Garrido, Arts and Entertainment ReporterAs soon as he enters the room, you know you're about to witness something special.It's not the heavy beard he now sports, or the unbranded, clumsy cap. It's not even his size, his feline eyes or the enigmatic scar which cracks his upper lip.In fact, on a more thorough examination, there's nothing about Joaquin Phoenix's physical appearance which makes him stand out from anyone else.His voice is raucous and off-pitch, his mannerisms uncomfortable - the way he inadvertently covers his mouth while speaking, avoids eye contact - but there is an aura to him.Something which whispers "I don't give a f***" to every single journalist in the room. And he doesn't.He even says so. Not in so many words, but in the way he calls everyone "motherf******" in a...