Joker movie reveals creepy first photo of Joaquin Phoenix. Ready for a rather mesmerizing first look at Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker movie? A photo shared by director Todd Philips on Sunday revealing "Arthur," a.k.a. Phoenix in the film. As you can see, it's not what you expect when thinking of the Clown Prince of Crime: Phoenix's look -- free of clown makeup -- is presumably how we first meet the character in the film. But his green shirt and jacket give a nod toward the Joker's traditional color palette. Joker is expected to be a standalone origin story that's not entirely dissimilar to Taxi Driver -- and that photo definitely has a Travis Bickle vibe. "I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre," Phoenix has said of the film. "I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a... It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that's exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn't, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea." Joker is currently in production and is expected to be released next year. The official description: "Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." (Entertainment Weekly)

Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed! The first full trailer for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns has finally landed, and fans might have to watch it twice to catch all the fantastical details. The classic children's story is hitting the big screen once again with British actress Emily Blunt taking over Julie Andrews' iconic role as the beloved, magical nanny. While this second rendition will certainly benefit from improvements in computer animation since the 1964 version, this new trailer -- which dropped on Good Morning America Monday -- suggests the film will be filled with vintage fun. In the preview, Blunt, 35, makes an epic entrance when one of the next generation of Bankses is playing outside in Depression-era London. "I was flying a kite and it got caught on a nanny!" he squeals with delight as his father Michael (Ben Whishaw) and aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer) -- Mary's original charges -- look at her in shock. Within moments, Blunt's Poppins is reminding the now-grown Michael and Jane of their manners, surprising the children with her levitating umbrella and weaving cartoon magic into their home. In a particularly heartfelt moment, Angela Lansbury, who has a minor role in the flick as the Balloon Lady, tells Michael -- who's skeptical about the "nonsense" Poppins brings with her -- "You've forgotten what it's like to be a child." Earlier this year, Blunt discussed what makes her take on the famous babysitter different, telling PEOPLE's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, "My perception of her in the books is that she is batty, eccentric, hilarious and incredibly rude and vain... I like that idea that she sweeps in and takes it all over and makes everything great." The A Quiet Place actress added, "I did not watch the original during the process of making it. I had seen it as a kid but I didn't watch the details of it all because I had to do my version of her... It was just joyous." The seriously all-star cast also includes Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep (who appears at the end of the trailer in a red wig!), Harry Potter's Julie Walters and Dick Van Dyke. Directed by Rob Marshall, the movie hits theaters on Dec. 19. (People)

Toronto-Bowing 'Farming' Sells to U.K., France. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's debut feature was picked up by Lionsgate for the U.K. Farming, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's debut feature, which first screened in Toronto, has landed a crop of international sales. The film -- an autobiographical story about a young Nigerian boy "farmed out" by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future -- was acquired for the U.K. by Lionsgate and Ad Vitam for France, with HanWay Films repping international sales. Other pickups include September Films (Benelux), Icon (Australia and New Zealand), CDC (Latin America and South Korea), Lemon Tree Media Company Limited (China), Odeon (Greece), Outsider (Portugal), Discovery (Ex-Yugoslavia), Shaw (Singapore), Front Row (Middle East), BG FilmCilik (Turkey). WME Endeavor Content is overseeing the U.S. sale together with CAA and HanWay. "It was a powerful experience being part of the first audience response to the film and the filmmaking team's efforts at the festival," said HanWay CEO Gabrielle Stewart. "It was also hugely gratifying to see the whole room get up on their feet to acknowledge Damson Idris' performance when he took to the stage. Partnering with Lionsgate is a dream come true for the team as we get ready to launch the film in the U.K." (Hollywood Reporter)

'My Friend Dahmer' Producer Picks Up Mind-Bending Graphic Novel 'Upgrade Soul'. Ezra Claytan Daniels wrote and illustrated the story about what happens when you meet your better self. Aperture Entertainment has optioned Upgrade Soul, a mind-bending graphic novel written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Aperture's Adam Goldworm, who previously tackled challenging graphic novel fare with My Friend Dahmer, will produce. The graphic novel, due out Sept. 18 in bookstores, is described as a David Cronenberg-esque fairytale of wish fulfillment wherein an elderly African-American couple participate in an experimental rejuvenation procedure and unexpectedly find themselves faced with severely disfigured but intellectually superior clones of themselves. In answering the question of what kind of experience would it be -- fulfilling or horrifying -- if you could meet your better self, it becomes dreadfully clear that only one version of each can survive. Goldworm tracked down Daniels, a rising black writer-artist who cites Charles Burnett, Claire Denis and Cronenberg as influences, after missing him at Book Expo in New York. "I was at my mom's house in Sioux City, Iowa and got an email from a guy who said he'd just missed me there but picked up the book and loved it," said Daniels via email. "It was the producer of My Friend Dahmer. I sleep in a vintage slipstream camper in my mom's backyard when I visit, and that night in the camper I streamed the movie on my iPad with a glass of whiskey at my side, and I have to say, it was a pretty transcendent experience. I emailed Adam the next day and I was like, 'Yes, let's meet.'" A search for a writer or filmmaker to develop the material will now begin. Aperture is producing the Vince McMahon biopic Pandemonium, set up at TriStar with Requa & Ficarra directing, and Cory Goodman's Oberlin Incident, which sold as a spec to Paramount earlier this year. It also is in preproduction on the Fangoria horror comedy Satanic Panic. Daniels, who will act as exec producer on the adaptation, is repped by Paradigm and Janklow & Nesbit. (Hollywood Reporter)


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