Taraji P. Henson desperate to work with Adam Sandler

Taraji P. Henson is desperate to work on a comedy movie with Adam Sandler.The actress, 49, opened up about the comedians she wants to star alongside on the big screen, and shared that The Wedding Singer star is right at the top. “He, for a long, long…

Taraji P. Henson is desperate to work on a comedy movie with Adam Sandler.

The actress, 49, opened up about the comedians she wants to star alongside on the big screen, and shared that The Wedding Singer star is right at the top.

“He, for a long, long time, was my huge crush. He did something, it was his humour,” Taraji told U.S. entertainment show Extra TV. “I was just enamoured by his humour… Wish I could work with him.”

And she also confessed that the way to her heart is via her funny bone, as she revealed she has a crush on The Hangover star Ed Helms, who she stars alongside in the new Netflix comedy, Coffee & Kareem.

“It’s his humour. Any man who can make me laugh has my heart,” she quipped.

In the comedy, Taraji plays Vanessa Manning, whose foul-mouthed son Kareem Manning, portrayed by 12-year-old actor Terrence Little Gardenhigh, tries to scare her inept cop boyfriend James Coffee, played by Helms.

However, the plan backfires, and the unlikely duo go up against Detroit’s most dangerous drug dealers after they uncover a criminal conspiracy.

And she had to reassure young Terrence while filming the buddy cop movie, as he was concerned about his bad character’s language.

“He is a consummate professional. That kid doesn’t even talk like that. He kept apologising. I was like, ‘Baby, you are a professional actor right now, this is just a character. Nobody is going to hold this against you,’” she laughed.

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Todd Phillips was intimidated by Joker star Joaquin Phoenix

Todd Phillips has heaped praise on his Joker leading man Joaquin Phoenix, insisting it was intimidating to work with “one of the greats” at first. The Hangover director had long been a fan of the actor before casting him as Batman’s nemesis in the new …

Todd Phillips has heaped praise on his Joker leading man Joaquin Phoenix, insisting it was intimidating to work with “one of the greats” at first.

The Hangover director had long been a fan of the actor before casting him as Batman’s nemesis in the new origins movie, which recently picked up the Golden Lion award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, and he admits he was a joy to work with.

“To me, Joaquin is just one of the greats,” Phillips told WENN. “That was my first time working with Joaquin and it was intimidating at first because I hold him in a special place. But I quickly got over that and we got along really well.

“It was a very intense collaboration. Joaquin’s previous work always stuck with me, but what I really like about him is his style and his unpredictability, which we felt would very much fit into this character. While other people are doing math, Joaquin is playing jazz. He’s just one of the greatest, he’s fearless; his work is brave and vulnerable, and I thought if we could get him, we could really do something special.”

And Phillips was impressed with his leading man’s commitment to the character. Phoenix lost 52 pounds (23.5 kilograms) for the role and often survived on little more than an apple a day.

“I wanted the character to look hungry and unhealthy, like a malnourished wolf,” he explained.

The filmmaker has also shot down rumours of a sequel to Joker, and revealed he pitched the movie to Warner Bros. executives as a standalone film.

“We have no plans for a sequel,” Phillips explained to reporters at IGN. “The movie’s not set up to (have) a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker ‘does not follow any of the comics’

Todd Phillips fears fans will be mad that the Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, contains completely original material.The 48-year-old filmmaker has helmed the standalone movie, which focuses on how a man named Arthur Fleck, played by Phoenix, went on to…

Todd Phillips fears fans will be mad that the Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, contains completely original material.

The 48-year-old filmmaker has helmed the standalone movie, which focuses on how a man named Arthur Fleck, played by Phoenix, went on to become one of the most iconic villains of all time.

Set in New York City in the early 1980s, the low-budget R-rated film was reportedly heavily influenced by Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy.

While the origin story is essentially about the DC Comics psychopath who terrorises Gotham City and superhero Batman, Phillips said he and co-writer Scott Silver pulled absolutely nothing from the comics, or any other Batman movie, to create the story.

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about,” he told Empire. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

And The Hangover filmmaker was determined to cast Phoenix as his leading man.

“I think he’s the greatest actor,” Phillips enthused. “We had a photo of him above our computer while we were writing. We constantly thought, ‘God, imagine if Joaquin actually does this.’”

Another dream casting for Phillips was Robert De Niro – who plays talk show host Murray Franklin – and the director was relieved that the Oscar-winning actor loved their take on the villain.

“Bob really loved the script. I met with him and said, ‘I’d be lying to you if I said we weren’t influenced by a lot of your movies.’ I talked with him about Taxi Driver and about The King of Comedy, which is one of my favourite movies of all time,” he shared.

The Joker is set to be released in October.

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Todd Phillips confirms Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie will be R-rated

Todd Phillips has confirmed Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will be the first R-rated live-action Batman movie.The Hangover filmmaker has focused on the iconic DC Comics villain for the highly-anticipated origin story project, and the dark tale, set in the ’70…

Todd Phillips has confirmed Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will be the first R-rated live-action Batman movie.

The Hangover filmmaker has focused on the iconic DC Comics villain for the highly-anticipated origin story project, and the dark tale, set in the ’70s, is reportedly influenced by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Phillips shared an image of Phoenix applying white face paint in a mirror on Instagram on Monday, with the caption, “Finishing touches.”

Fans went wild for the sneak peek of the movie, set to be released in October, with one asking what the rating would be.

“It will be rated R,” Phillips replied. “I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry.”

R stands for Restricted and is The Motion Picture Association of America’s second-highest rating for movies, meaning viewers who are aged under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to watch it. It’s not yet known what it will be rated in the U.K.

This isn’t the first R-rated take on a comic book story, as Hugh Jackman fronted 2017’s dramatic and violent Wolverine sequel Logan, with the flick going on to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Warner Bros. executives previously described Joker as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

Robert De Niro and Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz will co-star alongside Phoenix. Phillips co-wrote the script with Scott Silver.

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Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns movie gets release date

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway. Now, the movie – based o…

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.

The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway.

Now, the movie – based on the Funny or Die low-budget talk show series – will be released on 20 September.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the FYSEE Event for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.

The movie will document Galifianakis and his crew as they take a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation, after the actor is humiliated by Will Ferrell.

Scott Aukerman, who has directed a number of episodes of Between Two Ferns, will helm the movie alongside Galifianakis.

However, it is not yet known whether the feature will follow the same format as the original, in which the host chats with stars while sitting between two potted ferns.

Galifianakis often trades barbs and insults with his A-list guests for the duration of the interview, and in keeping with the amateur aesthetic of the show, on-screen graphics contain deliberate comedic errors.

Casting is billed as “celebrities you’ve heard of,” but no one was confirmed in the latest announcement.

Yet, editors at The Hollywood Reporter indicated that the likes of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, TV host Letterman, and actor Keanu Reeves may appear. In addition, the 49-year-old’s co-stars from The Hangover franchise, such as Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, are likely to be involved.

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Bradley Cooper terrified of being ‘bottled’ while filming at Glastonbury

Bradley Cooper feared singing in front of the “tough crowd” at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival.The Hangover star filmed scenes for new movie A Star Is Born, in which he stars alongside Lady Gaga, at the four-day music event, which is held in Some…

Bradley Cooper feared singing in front of the “tough crowd” at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival.

The Hangover star filmed scenes for new movie A Star Is Born, in which he stars alongside Lady Gaga, at the four-day music event, which is held in Somerset, England and has played host to iconic artists such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Beyonce and Coldplay.

And in an interview with British newspaper The Sun, the 43-year-old admitted he was afraid he would get bottled on stage while performing as country artist ­Jackson Maine.

“I didn’t know if they were going to throw bottles at me,” he laughed. “I was very nervous about Glastonbury as that is a tough crowd. (People were saying) ‘Who is this guy? What is happening? Where’s Kris Kristofferson?’”

And Bradley, who also directs the film, also didn’t help matters by refusing to play the song through the sound system.

“They couldn’t hear the music. We didn’t put anything through the PA system because we didn’t want the songs to go out, so the first five rows hear it,” he explained.

In the musical remake, Gaga plays Jackson’s protege Ally. After discovering the singer, Jackson falls in love and introduces her to the jetset lifestyle of a musician before he descends into alcoholism, shattering their relationship.

In an interview with People magazine at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday (24Sep18) the first-time director credited Gaga with encouraging him to sing in the movie.

“When I approached her, she said, ‘You are going to have to sing live as I cannot stand those lip sync-type movies.’ It was the scariest thing, but I really enjoyed it,” he told the publication. “She stopped after the first verse and said has anyone heard you sing? I said not really,” he explained. “She said, ‘Well, let’s record.’ The chemistry felt so good and so easy that I went to Warner Bros. the next day and played it for them,” he said explaining how he pitched the movie.

A Star Is Born begins hitting screens from 3 October.

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Todd Phillips shares first picture of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Director Todd Phillips has unveiled the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as iconic comic book villain the Joker. After months of speculation, it was confirmed in July (18) that the Oscar-winning actor would be portraying the Batman villain in an origins …

Director Todd Phillips has unveiled the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as iconic comic book villain the Joker.

After months of speculation, it was confirmed in July (18) that the Oscar-winning actor would be portraying the Batman villain in an origins movie to be directed and co-written by The Hangover filmmaker.

On Sunday (16Sep18), Phillips gave fans a glimpse of Phoenix dressed in character as the Joker. In the Instagram photo, the Walk the Line star can be seen wearing a green coat and shirt with scruffy, wavy brown hair, with a fringe covering one side of his forehead. His face is absent of the Joker’s signature make-up.

He simply captioned the snap, “Arthur”, seemingly confirming rumours that the character’s real name will be Arthur Fleck.

Phillip’s photo comes shortly after TMZ.com obtained images and video footage from the film shoot in Harlem, New York City on Sunday. The actor, who appears to have lost weight for the role, could be seen wearing a khaki coat, brown cardigan and white shirt with black trousers and shoes. Footage showed him smoking a cigarette on the street, having a conversation with a man dressed as a clown, and laughing creepily before he plucks the fake red nose off his face and throws it on the ground.

Warner Bros. executives have described the film, thought to be simply titled Joker, as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

Robert De Niro and Deadpool 2 and Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz will co-star alongside Phoenix. Alec Baldwin was in talks for a role but he recently tweeted he was “no longer doing that movie”.

Phillips co-wrote the script, for the movie which will reportedly follow the origin of the villain as he transforms from a struggling stand-up comedian to a criminal mastermind, with Scott Silver, and it is scheduled to hit cinemas in October, 2019.

It is not the only Joker standalone film in the works, as Jared Leto is set to reprise the character, which he played in Suicide Squad, for a solo spin-off.

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Ken Jeong ‘unexpectedly emotional’ over Crazy Rich Asians

Ken Jeong gets “unexpectedly emotional” when he considers the importance of Crazy Rich Asians.The former physician has risen to fame since landing the part of gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover movie franchise and other flicks such as Knocked Up …

Ken Jeong gets “unexpectedly emotional” when he considers the importance of Crazy Rich Asians.

The former physician has risen to fame since landing the part of gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover movie franchise and other flicks such as Knocked Up and Couples Retreat. For his latest role, Ken portrays wealthy businessman Goh Wye Mun, and he has now shared that he gets worked up when he thinks about the way in which the film is breaking down barriers.

“I get unexpectedly emotional about it because it’s bigger than us,” he said in an interview for The Hollywood Reporter. “This movie is bigger. I have a very modest, small role in this movie, yet, I’ve never felt so culturally emotional about it. I have a career, I’m very fortunate right now.”

As the star of ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, which ran for two seasons from 2015 until 2017, Ken explained that he had found it “so hard” to get Asian-American series regulars on the show. And he vowed to support director Jon M. Chu on the movie, which is based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, even before he had been cast in the flick.

“I was excited when the book was going to be made into a movie. And once that was greenlit, I was just a big supporter of it, with or without my involvement,” the 38-year-old insisted.

During the chat, Ken explained that he was on board with his character from the beginning and when Jon showed him the initial storyboard, he was “dying with laughter”.

Crazy Rich Asians, also featuring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh, is now showing in U.S. cinemas and opens in the U.K. on 14 September (18).

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