No Joking Matter: Joaquin Phoenix Was Serious About Making This ‘Joker’ Unique

Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Joker’s title character has all of Hollywood talking, and he will most likely be a factor once awards season arrives. His masterfully nuanced performance as Joker and his alter ego, Arthur Fleck, is deliciously disturbing. How did Phoenix get himself into such a strange and unique mindset? He told us he worked with director Todd Phillips on the basics, then did a lot of research into the world of the mentally troubled to add more details. (Click on the media bar below to hear Joaquin Phoenix)

Joker is playing now in theaters.

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Which ‘This Is Us’ Compliments Make Sterling K. Jones Really Proud?

As This Is Us continues into its fourth season, it’s become perfectly clear that it’s no ordinary TV show. The way it has fearlessly tackled all kinds of issues — the types of problems that would be enough to tear some families apart — has really elevated the show into something resembling a guide to life. Sterling K. Brown says he’s been hearing that a lot from fans, and it’s something that makes him very proud. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sterling K. Brown)

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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Thanks To Michael Jackson, ‘Bad’ Was Very Good For Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes was a young actor with just a few small credits to his name when he earned a part in Michael Jackson’s music video for Bad, an 18-minute epic directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. It was a turning point in his life, and Snipes told us that watching Jackson’s work ethic completely changed the way he approached his career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wesley Snipes)

 

Dolemite Is My Name is playing now in selected theaters, and it will start streaming on Netflix on October 25.

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Freddie Highmore: We Can All Relate To One ‘Good Doctor’ Trait

The Good Doctor continues to win over audiences in its third season. Viewers have been drawn to the way Dr. Shaun Murphy has grown and evolved through the show’s run. And while not everybody is going to be able to relate to Murphy’s struggle as an autistic doctor, Freddie Highmore says there’s a part of his character’s personality that he thinks everybody can relate to. (Click on the media bar to hear Freddie Highmore)

The Good Doctor airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.

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Angelina Jolie Wanted ‘Maleficent’ Sequel To Be Worth The Wait

When Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning worked on the first Maleficent movie together, they knew that if the film did well, a sequel could be in their future. Jolie says they were fine with that idea, but only if it was the right story. It’s taken a little longer than they might have expected, but now — five years later — Jolie says she’s glad they held out for such a good script. (Click on the media bar below to hear Angelina Jolie)

 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opens in theaters on Friday.

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Gwen Stefani’s ‘Voice’ Strategy: All You Need Is Love

Sure, The Voice isn’t only a competition between performers — the four coaches take a great deal of pride in mentoring the show’s winners. But they all go about it in different ways, and really, who’s to say which way is best? After all, in the show’s first 16 seasons, there have been eight different winning coaches. Coaching for the fourth time, Gwen Stefani’s still looking for that first win. And while she doesn’t feel like she’s got a killer instinct when it comes to the competition, she thinks she offers something that may be even more valuable. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gwen Stefani)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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