Gus Van Sant on why he didn’t cast a quadriplegic lead in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Based on the memoir of the same name, Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Earlier this year, disability advocacy group Ruderman Family…

Joaquin Phoenix is a human wrecking ball in Lynne Ramsay's electrifying You Were Never Really Here

In Lynne Ramsay’s fragmentary, ferociously beautiful You Were Never Really Here, the great shape-shifter Joaquin Phoenix balloons his body into a fearsome new form: a bulkiness every bit as convincing and psychologically revealing as the bony odd angles of The Master’s Freddie Quell. “Intimidating” isn’t a word one…

Joaquin Phoenix undergoes his latest transformation in Gus Van Sant's earnest new biopic

To call Joaquin Phoenix one of our greatest living shape-shifters is to do more than acknowledge his range. It’s also a good way to describe the bold physicality of his transformations—how he twists his frame to accommodate the distinct corporeal presence of a scrawny cultist clinging to his sanity, a paunchy academic…

Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill bond in trailer for Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

It’s been a while since Gus Van Sant both wrote and directed a film—since 2007’s Paranoid Park, in fact—and nearly as long since one has scored with either audiences or critics. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot aims to reverse that downward trend by returning to a favorite theme of friendships forged among the…

The Square wins the Palme D’Or and Nicole Kidman gets a special award at Cannes

Early today, Pedro Almodóvar and his Cannes jury announced the winners at the film festival’s annual awards ceremony, but since it wouldn’t be the Cannes awards without some surprises, they threw in a couple of bonus awards just for fun. Specifically, Nicole Kidman was awarded a special prize simply for ubiquity, with…

Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill join Gus Van Sant’s quadriplegic cartoonist movie

Variety reports that Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill have signed on for Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the autobiography of subversive quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. Mara and Hill join a cast that includes Van Sant’s old collaborator Joaquin Phoenix, to tell the life story of…

Joaquin Phoenix falls for Dr. Steve Brule in this recut Her trailer

In Spike Jonze’s Her, Joaquin Phoenix’s high-waisted-pants-wearing Theodore Twombly falls madly in love with his computer operating system. Considering said operating system is voiced by Scarlett Johansson, that’s a pretty understandable decision. But what if the O.S. didn’t sound quite as appealing? What if it were…

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Joaquin Phoenix to play Jesus Christ himself in new movie

Creating the rare sentence that includes both the words “Jesus Christ” and “Joaquin Phoenix” but doesn’t end with “knock it off,” the Inherent Vice and Her star might be playing the famed crucifixion victim and low-cost bread and seafood vendor in an upcoming film. According to Deadline, Phoenix is eyeing a role in …

Joaquin Phoenix and M. Night Shyamalan might make another movie together

M. Night Shyamalan—a consistently interesting, often inspired director who’s become something of a cornball punchline because not all of his movies are good—is in negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix for a project that would start shooting this November. Phoenix previously worked with Shyamalan on The Village, a movie…

Read This: a serious argument Joaquin Phoenix was playing a dog in The Master

We all know the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was playing a very thinly veiled L. Ron Hubbard in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Less known is the fact that Joaquin Phoenix, following in the fine tradition of Rodney Dangerfield’s Rover Dangerfield and Tim Allen’s The Shaggy Dog, was straight-up playing a dog. That,…

Woody Allen attempts another perfect murder in the middling Irrational Man

“I couldn’t resist doing a crazy thing.” In Woody Allen’s new movie Irrational Man, a depressed college professor named Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) finds a new sense of purpose while planning and executing what he considers a perfect murder. It’s nothing Allen hasn’t done before or better, and, as is often the case…