â¢ I'm Still Here schemers Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix met two pals for dinner at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. The well-dressed foursome sat in the middle of the dining room, and cordially greeted a few friends who stopped by to say hello.
This week Joaquin Phoenix went on "The Late Show with David Letterman" -- clean-shaven and once again good-looking -- to apologize for the stunt he pulled when he appeared on the show in character for the flick "I'm Still Here."
On Feb. 11, 2009, when Joaquin Phoenix made his infamous monosyllabic, grunged-out appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman," it inspired an orgy of media gossip fueled by a basic question: Was Phoenix having some sort of mental breakdown -- or was his whole shambling, beatnik-derelict routine an elaborate hoax?
When Michael Jackson died last summer, it kick-started a year with a disturbing number of celebrity deaths. Which is why we are so extremely overjoyed when a celebrity survives a life-threatening incident. Of course, we are referring to rocker/reality TV star Bret Michaels.
Joaquin Phoenix may have been named favorite leading man during Tuesday's People's Choice Awards, but the actor wasn't feeling too chatty about the honor. Sure, he was grateful. But in his taped acceptance speech, Phoenix nodded to the ongoing writers' strike – which forced producers to retool the show – by using cards to broadcast his message. "I'm speechless without the writers," his cards read. "Seriously. But in my own quiet way, I want to thank the millions of fans that voted for me for favorite leading man." The actor then mumbled a quick "thank you" at the end of his printed message.–Brian Orloff
Irony is on the outs. This fall it's fashionable to show your true colors, and moviemakers are straining to impress with the kind of moral seriousness we haven't seen in American cinema since the 1970s.
Hollywood loves biographical films, and movies about country music stars are almost a genre within that genre, from "Coal Miner's Daughter" (Sissy Spacek gives an Oscar-winning performance as Loretta Lynn) to "Great Balls of Fire" featuring Dennis Quaid's sweat-drenched performance) to "Sweet Dreams" (the fine Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline).