IFC Films Acquires ‘Mary Magdalene’ With Rooney Mara for April Release

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IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Mary Magdalene” starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus Christ for a release in less than a month, the company announced Wednesday.

Garth Davis’ religious drama had its world premiere at the National Gallery in London in 2018 and received an international release, but it was previously on The Weinstein Company slate and was caught in release limbo after the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Now IFC will open the film theatrically on April 12.

Mara stars as Mary Magdalene opposite Phoenix’s Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter. “Mary Magdalene” aims to depict the moving story of “one of the most misunderstood women in history alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint.” Here’s the full synopsis:

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In the First Century A.D., the free-spirited Mary (Mara) flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, defiant preacher Jesus of Nazareth (Phoenix). The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of her patriarchal society. She undergoes a profound spiritual awakening, becomes drawn her into conflict with Jesus’s apostles Peter (Ejiofor) and Judas (Tahar Rahim, star of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet”), and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. “Mary Magdalene” is a rapturous, moving account of a miraculous woman who risked everything to follow her faith.

Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett wrote the film. The producers are Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Liz Watts, with cinematography by Greig Fraser and music by Hildur Guðnadóttir and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. The film is the second for Davis after his breakout 2016 drama “Lion.”

“Mary Magdalene” was produced by See-Saw Films and Porchlight Films. The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, EVP of Acquisitions and Productions at IFC Films/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.

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How to Stream the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards Live Online

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After a long and shockingly wide open campaign, Hollywood’s awards’ season is finally drawing to a close this weekend with the Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars. The Spirit Awards, a celebration of many of the year’s best independent films, is taking place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT live from Santa Monica, Calif.

The ceremony will be carried live by the cable channel IFC, and the online streaming option for the Independent Spirit Awards comes in two flavors.

The first is the one you come to expect for pretty much everything: the online stream available on IFC’s official site here, as well as the IFC app for mobile devices and streaming boxes for your TV. This stream requires you to log in with an applicable TV provider.

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But if you don’t have one of those, fear not because there is also an official stream of the Independent Spirit Awards that will be completely free. That stream you can find on Facebook, on the Film Independent page right here. Easy as pie.

If you miss the show when it happens live, you can check out an encore at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

This year’s Spirit Awards will be hosted by the illustrious Aubrey Plaza, and you can click here to check out the full list of nominees, led by films such as “We the Animals,” Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is so deranged that he’s not even wearing a purple suit

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‘Joker’ Movie Casts Alfred Pennyworth and Young Bruce Wayne

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Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie

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“Boardwalk Empire” and “Fargo” star Shea Whigham has shared some character details for his role on the upcoming “Joker” movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Short of some images from the set and a curious cast that also includes Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy and Glenn Flesher, there hasn’t been much info leaked from Todd Phillips’s superhero origin story. In an interview with Collider, Whigham, however, revealed that he and Bill Camp are playing two cops in Gotham P.D. in 1981 when “the city was tough.”

“We’re investigating something that’s just happened, at the start of the piece. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it, and it leads to where it leads to,” Whigham said of the role.

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That description may not be so clear, but at least it’s something. And Whigham sounded enthusiastic about the direction of the project and in working with Phoenix.

“You know, it’s rare that I’ve been on a set where it feels like it crackles, he said. “I want to have an experience. I don’t call it a job. I don’t say that I have a job. I have a gig, or a piece, or a film, or a show, but it’s never a job…We’re having an experience on ‘Joker.’”

Whigham also called the shooting experience “intense” and said it wasn’t lost on him that he’s getting the chance to work with an actor like Phoenix.

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“Todd Phillips has put this amazing script together,” Whigham said. “It’s the origin story. People haven’t seen how the Joker becomes the Joker, and oh, my God, man, it’s incredible. It really is.”

“Joker” opens Oct. 4, 2019. Read all Wingham’s comments as part of a longer interview with the actor at Collider.

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Joaquin Phoenix Goes Full-Fledged Clown in New ‘Joker’ Image (Photo)

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“Joker” director Todd Phillips has released another first look at Joaquin Phoenix from the DC film, this time showing fans the true face of the Clown Prince of Crime.

“Work,” Phillips captioned the image on Instagram, which shows Phoenix in a full-fledged clown costume, including the big shoes, yellow frizzy hair and a small top hat.

“Joker” has been described as a character study and a “cautionary tale,” depicting how Phoenix’s Arthur — as he is named in this supervillain origin tale — is so beaten and neglected by the brutal world of Gotham City that his mind breaks, transforming him into Batman’s most infamous nemesis.

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The plot for the film is being kept under wraps, but it’s a safe bet that audiences can expect a dark tone. TheWrap previously reported that the origin story for the Joker will be more of a mid-budget crime thriller than a superhero blockbuster.

“Joker” will also star Brett Cullen as Batman’s father Thomas Wayne, as well as “Deadpool 2” Zazie Beetz, who will play a single mother who catches the attention of the Joker prior to his transformation into the nihilistic Gotham City villain.

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The film will be released on Oct. 4, 2019.

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‘Colette’ and ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Reignite Indie Box Office

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The indie box office has shaken off the usual Toronto/Venice festival doldrums, with business picking back up thanks to Bleecker Street’s “Colette” and Annapurna’s “The Sisters Brothers.”

“Colette” scored the highest per screen average since the limited release of “Searching” last month, earning $156,788 from the traditional four-screen L.A./N.Y. launch for a PSA of $39,197. Debuting at Sundance, “Colette” stars Keira Knightley as Gabrielle Colette, the famed French novelist behind “Gigi” who struggled to earn credit for her work because of her domineering husband.

Directed by Wash Westmoreland, the film has a 92 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Sisters Brothers” stars Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as the infamous 19th century assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are sent to hunt down a chemist with a plan to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush.

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Also released on four screens, the Jacques Audiard-directed Western grossed $122,028 for a per screen average of $30,507. After a bumpy start, Annapurna’s distribution wing is now off to a stronger second year, with the solid opening for “Sisters Brothers” coming off of the $17.3 million box office run for “Sorry to Bother You.” The studio will look for even bigger success this winter with the likely Oscar contender “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to the Best Picture winner “Moonlight.”

Among holdovers, Roadside Attractions and Saban Films expanded the Kristen Stewart/Chloe Sevigny drama “Lizzie” to 240 screens, grossing $256,510 to bring it to a 10-day total of $325,239. The Pantelion/Lionsgate Mexican import “Ya Veremos” crossed the $4 million mark in its fourth weekend, grossing $136,000 from 114 screens. Finally, as Oscar buzz begins to bubble around Glenn Close, Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Wife” is nearing the $5 million mark after grossing $975,000 from 468 screens in its sixth weekend.

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‘Joker’ Director Teases Joaquin Phoenix in Makeup as the Clown Prince (Video)

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“Joker” director Todd Phillips continues to tease fans with what to expect from Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming film. On Friday, Phillips posted a screen test video on Instagram that showed Phoenix in full makeup as the Clown Prince.

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The music accompanying the video is sad, somber, misunderstood and when paired with the Phoenix’s on-camera presence, it points to the character’s mental instability.

The plot for the film is being kept under wraps, but it’s a safe bet that audiences can expect a dark tone. TheWrap previously reported that the origin story for Batman’s nemesis will be more of a mid-budget crime thriller than a superhero blockbuster.

Warner Bros. recently cast veteran actor Brett Cullen as Batman’s father Thomas Wayne, replacing Alec Baldwin who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.

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“Deadpool 2” star Zazie Beetz will play a single mother who catches the attention of the Joker prior to his transformation into the nihilistic Gotham City villain. It was also reported that Robert De Niro was in talks to join the project. The role would see De Niro portray a talk show host who plays a role in the Joker’s origins.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow will co-produce the film, with Todd Phillips directing. Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Richard Baratta, whose producing credits include Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” are attached as producers. The film will be released on Oct. 4, 2019.

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Zazie Beetz Won’t Spill on ‘Joker’: ‘I’ll Probably Lose My Job if I Do’

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Zazie Beetz refused to spill on her role in Todd Phillip’s “Joker” movie on the Emmys carpet, telling E!: “I can’t. I’ll probably lose my job if I do.”

“I am about to work on a movie with Joaquin Phoenix and I’m just such a huge fan,” Beetz said. “It’s such an honor to work with him and to follow him as his work.”

She did, at least, admit she was talking about the Joker film.

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Beetz will play a single mother who catches the attention of the Joker prior to his transformation into the nihilistic Gotham City villain.

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun on “Joker,” starring Oscar nominee Phoenix in the title role. It is directed, produced and co-written by Phillips, an Oscar nominee.

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Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

Along with Beetz, the film also stars Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”), and Shea Whigham (upcoming “First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”).

Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”). The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

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Brett Cullen to Replace Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne in ‘Joker’

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Veteran actor Brett Cullen has been cast as Batman’s father Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Warner Bros. “Joker” film, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Cullen replaces Alec Baldwin who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.

The film, set to be directed by Todd Phillips, will star Joaquin Phoenix as the clown prince of crime.

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Thomas Wayne first made his appearance in Detective Comics #33 (Nov. 1939) in Batman’s origin story. He is the father of Bruce Wayne — who is Batman — husband of Martha Wayne and was a gifted physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. When Dr. Wayne and his wife are murdered in a street robbery after a screening of Tyrone Power’s “Zorro,” the young Bruce Wayne becomes inspired to fight crime as the vigilante Batman.

While story details are being kept under wraps, TheWrap previously reported that the origin story for Batman’s nemesis will be more of a mid-budget crime thriller than a superhero blockbuster.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow will co-produce the film. Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Richard Baratta, whose producing credits include Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” are attached as producers. The film will be released on Oct. 4, 2019, with production set to begin in New York in September.

Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron and Frances Conroy — as the Joker’s mother — round out the rest of the cast.

Cullen is repped is by Domain Talent.

Comicbook.com first reported the news.

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