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Video: Phoenix on Letterman

David Letterman welcomed a slim and shaved Joaquin Phoenix back on The Late Show after a year and half, saying that on February 11, 2009, "he looked like he was sitting on a piece of cheese and swallowed a live mouse." Letterman wasn't in on the act, but said, "I'd be half a dumbbell not to be in on it," he said. "He was a side of beef in a suit. It's like he brought out the heavy bag and turned me loose. What else could I do?" Letterman played into Phoenix's hands, he told him: "You came out looking for a beat-down and you got one."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2010 9:25 AM
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More: Video, TV

Men In Crisis, Risky Celeb Endorsements, Social Network's Sorkin Talks to W

- Ad Age argues that the benefits of celebrity endorsements continue to outweigh the risks in advertising. In the case of Tiger Woods, chronic philanderer, or Michael Vick, dog fighting lord, we've seen how mega-star endorsements can go terribly wrong. But for each disastrous blow-to-the-head of humans put on god-like pedestals, there are dozens more smooth-sailing, highly-paid celebs bringing in bank for their brands.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 23, 2010 6:21 AM
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Magnolia/Magnet Add Fest Fave 13 Assassins to Asian Roster

Continuing to show their ownership of Asian action fare, Magnolia's genre label Magnet Releasing scooped up U.S. rights to Takashi Miike’s 19th century samurai action flick 13 Assassins, which recently played the Venice and Toronto fests, will screen at the London fest and closes Fantastic Fest in Austin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2010 6:01 AM
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Love & Other Drugs and Black Swan To Bookend AFI Fest

Love & Other Drugs and Black Swan To Bookend AFI Fest
The American Film Institute's 2010 Festival will open November 4 in Los Angeles with the world premiere of Edward Zwick's Love & Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Closing the fest on November 11 is Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis (which opened Venice earlier this month).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 23, 2010 5:53 AM
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Sorkin Talks The Social Network at Harvard Q & A

Sorkin Talks The Social Network at Harvard Q & A
Sony is marketing the hell out of The Social Network which opens the New York Film Festival Friday night (with Harvard Club after party) and opens wide on October 1. (The NYT offers a rave; author Ben Mezrich talks to LAT, Zuckerberg talks to the NYorker.) They're also hitting the college demo hard, staging screenings in Austin, Texas, which boasts a student population of some 50,000, and at Harvard, natch, where TOH guest blogger L.M. Kit Carson saw the film and reported on the Q & A with writer Aaron Sorkin:
  • By L.M. Kit Carson
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  • September 23, 2010 4:30 AM
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Eugene Hernandez Moves to Lincoln Center

Eugene Hernandez is the reason I hitched my wagon to indieWIRE. He's that rare creature: an idealist. He believes in reaching out to the best of what people can be, as filmmakers, writers, webmasters, distributors or bloggers. He and indieWIRE parent SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen offered TOH a home, where I've been both ridiculously industrious--and happy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2010 3:00 AM
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Warners Succession Plan: Meyer Stays, Horn Goes

It makes sense that respected Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer will stay on in his current role (through the end of 2013), while president and COO Alan Horn will leave his post in April.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 8:54 AM
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More: News

GQ Remembers Goodfellas, Affleck Defends I'm Still Here

- Celebrating Goodfellas' twentieth birthday (September 19, 1990), GQ interviews nearly sixty of the film's cast, crew and "noteworthy admirers." GQ calls it "one of the most endlessly rewatchable American movies ever made," and dubs it the "greatest gangster film of all time." Here's a taste from their interviews: Ray Liotta (Henry Hill): For twenty years now, there's not a day that goes by that I don't hear somebody mention GoodFellas. Unless I stay home all night. It's defined who I am, in a sense.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 22, 2010 5:00 AM
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Can Joaquin Phoenix's Career Be Saved? Watch Letterman Tonight!

Suddenly, after two years of retirement, we are seeing photos of a clean shaven, slim, Joaquin Phoenix amid reports of movie deals in the offing. Will he join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's Hoover as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's love interest Clyde Tolson? (UPDATE: The answer is no, as producer Rob Lorenz denies that Eastwood has expressed any interest in Phoenix for the role.) Or land a role opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green? Or play a foot fetishist in Steve Shainberg's latest off-beat narrative? His appearance on David Letterman tonight will be crucial to removing his recent druggy natty-haired image.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 4:16 AM
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John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore

John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore
The family of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men) and the Center for Steinbeck Studies will give this year's John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award to documentary filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2010 4:08 AM
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