On Friday, Warner Bros.’ “Joker” will become the first R-rated movie in history to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office.
“This film, as envisioned by Todd Phillips and performed by Joaquin Phoenix is an incredibly dark, hard R-rated adventure that does not attract a wide audience, so I think you’re looking at a couple of really interesting reasons as to why,” Variety senior film writer Matt Donnelly explains. “Most of all, because ‘Joker’ takes place in a world of a really gritty, independent film.”
Joaquin Phoenix’s turn as the Joker marks the seventh movie in 2019 to hit the billion-dollar mark. The film is only the fourth from Warner Bros. to reach said milestone, coming after “Aquaman,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Given its modest budget — $62.5 million — “Joker” is the most profitable comic book film to date.
Despite the film’s box office success, critics remain divided about the controversial “Joker.” Todd Phillips directs with Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz starring in addition to Phoenix.
The 2020 Academy Awards nominations are out, and with a multitude of snubs and surprises. From the all-woman director shut out to Jennifer Lopez’s “Hustlers” denial to “The Farewell’s” lack of acting, directing and writing snubs. Here’s our biggest snubs and surprises from the Oscars.
Abigail Spencer stars in Hulu’s new drama “Reprisal” as Katherine Harlow, a woman whose brother chained her to a truck and left her for dead. To seek revenge, she recreates herself comes back as an alter ego named Doris Quinn. The femme fatale thriller put Spencer in a visceral, dual role, which she enjoyed. “What [...]
James Scully plays Forty Quinn, whose parents own a health food store in Los Angeles, in the second season of Netflix’s drama series “You.” Since Scully plays a so-called expert on green foods in the show, Daily Variety host Audrey Yap puts him to the test with a health food tasting challenge. However, his taste buds [...]
Kerry Washington has her seat at the table on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” in which she’s a lead actor and executive producer with co-star Reese Witherspoon. “When I was a kid I wasn’t like, ‘I want to be a producer one day!’ But I think I have always been — my mother would vouch for […]
Every year the line-up of the Sundance Film Festival is filled with powerful stories from independent filmmakers from around the world. Because many of them brought us to tears, Variety decided to ask the actors and filmmakers behind this year’s Sundance films what was the last movie to make them cry. Plenty of classics were […]
Bong Joon Ho has a lot of reasons to celebrate tonight. The Korean filmmaker made history at the Academy Awards on Sunday night when his comedy-thriller “Parasite” became the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for best picture, beating out “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” […]