How ‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan Saved Harley Quinn From Joker and the Male Gaze

Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast / Photo Getty/ Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Before shooting the bone-crunching, playfully violent action scenes ahead of them, director Cathy Yan was upfront with her actresses: Sweat stains would not be optional. … Read more…

Writers Guild Film Nominations: ‘Joker’, ‘Parasite’, ‘Irishman’, ‘Knives Out’ & More

Big commercial hits and a number of awards-season regulars were written in today as the WGA announced its 2020 Writers Guild Awards nominees for outstanding achievement in screenwriting writing during 2019. Check out the full list below. The Original Screenplay … Read more…

‘Joker’ director’s cancel-culture regret and other commentary

Libertarian: ‘Joker’ Director’s Cancel-Culture Regret Director Todd Phillips, whose new movie “Joker” has “proved controversial,” is stirring up controversy himself for criticizing cancel culture, Reason’s Robby Soave notes. In a Vanity Fair interview, Phillips said it’s hard “to be funny … Read more…

Todd Phillips Says Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Won’t Meet Robert Pattinson’s Batman

“Joker” director Todd Phillips isn’t optimistic when it comes to a future meeting between Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Robert Pattinson’s recently announced Batman “No, definitely not,” he told Variety when asked if the pair would appear in a future film … Read more…

Joker Wants to Be a Movie About the Emptiness of Our Culture. Instead, It’s a Prime — and Dangerous — Example of It

It’s official. With Joker, Joaquin Phoenix is a certified graduate of the Acme Academy of Dramatic Arts. You want acting? Come and get it. Skills on display include but are not limited to leering, jeering, airhorn-style blasts of laughter timed … Read more…

The Week in Movie News: First ‘Joker’ Teaser Trailer, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ’Black Widow’ Casting and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS Rachel Weisz and David Harbour to co-star in Black Widow: Marvel’s Black Widow is getting ready to start filming this summer by … Read more…