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If you're unfamiliar with the saga that has been Joaquin Phoenix's career for the past two years, let me refresh your memory. In October 2008, he abruptly announced that he was retiring from acting without giving much explanation. A few months later, he revealed that his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, was directing a documentary chronicling his career change from actor to rapper. The bizarre news left many of us scratching our heads, and the fruit of Affleck and Phoenix's "collaboration" is equally confounding.
I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix takes us through Phoenix's changes, both physical and emotional. He starts off as the clean-cut, handsome actor whose career is just taking off thanks to Oscar-nominated roles in Gladiator and Walk the Line. What we're left with is the haggard, pot-bellied, petulant shell of a man who has lost his way entirely. As I watched Phoenix call prostitutes, ask Diddy for career advice, and pummel a heckler during one of his hip-hop shows, I had to wonder: if this film really isn't a hoax, then why was Casey Affleck filming these hijinks instead of getting help for his friend and family member?
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Ben Affleck arrived solo at LAX on Saturday night en route to the Venice Film Festival, where he met Jon Hamm for the first stop on their promotional tour for The Town. Jon's been hard at work filming Mad Men in California, while the most recent episode is being heralded as one of the best ever. Ben's not the only Affleck in Italy, as Casey is unleashing the highly anticipated Joaquin Phoenix "documentary" I'm Still Here. Ben and Casey spent some sweet time together with their families before heading to Europe and while both movies come out in September, they're so different it won't be much of a box office battle. The brothers both have red carpet screenings during the event this week and perhaps without wives and kids around, they'll be each other's dates.
Michelle Williams pulled up for a photo call by boat on Sunday morning after making a stunning entrance to show off her film, Meek's Cutoff, Saturday night. She's starting a long month of being photo-ready as she's off to Toronto for Blue Valentine next. Stephen Dorff joined director Sofia Coppola and Elle Fanning for the Friday night premiere of Somewhere as did Gossip Girl newcomer Clemence Poesy who will be a very familiar face when the show returns.
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Ben and Casey Affleck had their parents in town yesterday, which meant a family-filled afternoon in Pasadena, CA. Jennifer Garner spent another morning solo before she, Violet and Seraphina joined the crew at Huntington Gardens. Casey and his wife Summer brought their own two little ones, Indiana and Atticus. The kids all changed into swimsuits to splash around while the adults watched on and caught up with each other. Casey is moving on from his sexual harassment allegations drama, and it looks like the brothers had their own playful moments at the park. Both of the Affleck boys are bringing directorial projects to the Venice Film Festival this weekend — Casey's debuting his movie about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here, while Ben is showing off his Boston-based drama, The Town.
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Joaquin Phoenix had his baseball cap pulled down low last night on his way out of LA's Bardot. His sister Summer and her husband Casey Affleck weren't far behind, after the trio reportedly stepped out to see Rain Phoenix's band, Papercranes, perform. The boys spent their evening letting loose after they finished up work on their mockumentary about Joaquin's "lost year." Joaquin seems to be getting back to his old self as he slowly returns to the social scene, and we'll perhaps get a closer look what really happened if his and Casey's film ever finds a distributor.
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Kate Hudson took last night off from working on Something Borrowed to attend the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her thriller The Killer Inside Me. She joined costars Jessica Alba and Casey Affleck, who brought his wife, Summer Phoenix. Jess was arm in arm with her own spouse Cash Warren, and was decked out in a boho-chic look for her evening off from serving as one of the festival's jurors. Abbie Cornish also made it out for her latest Tribeca event. Kate picked a black Louis Vuitton dress for the occasion, though her and Jess's characters in the movie wore vintage pieces from the '50s.
Kate's LBD almost encountered a major problem when a gust of wind rolled through and she risked a Marilyn Monroe moment, but Jessica was there to save the day. Meanwhile, the cast of Please Give headed out for their own press call. Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, and Rebecca Hall joined new mom Amanda Peet — she and her husband David Benioff welcomed their second daughter, Molly, just eight days ago! On her baby's arrival, Amanda said, "So far, so good! She's great. I'm in love with her!"
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