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The Joaquin Phoenix comeback (?) tour officially begins

July 14, 2010 | 11:32 am

Magnolia this morning confirmed our item from back in June that it was picking up the Joaquin Phoenix documentary "I'm Still Here." (This is the film in which Phoenix either completely melts down or plays a national practical joke, with Casey Affleck filming Phoenix's bad behavior and even worse rapping.)

Phoe Magnolia took an, er, euphemistic tack in describing the picture, saying that it's a "striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix ... a portrait of an artist at a crossroads."

In making the announcement of its worldwide-rights acquisition, Magnolia also announced a release date of Sept. 10. That's right after the trio of end-of-summer festivals (Telluride, Venice and Toronto), and it will be more than a little interesting to see which of them the film travels to (and which group has the more perplexed reaction).

The Phoenix doc also comes out the same weekend as the WWE releases a movie about John Cena in a tender family drama. We'll see which one is more surreal.

--Steven Zeitchik

Twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Credit: Joaquin Phoenix. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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great picture

I won't be paying to see it in a theatre, though. It'll be rented from Redbox or something. You know... so I can pause to go vomit and wash my eyeballs at certain key points of the movie. Maybe spray some lysol. haha.


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