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Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” Gets EIGHT MINUTE Standing Ovation!

Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming comic book film based off the legendary Batman nemesis received an eight minute standing ovation after its premier at the Venice International Film Festival over the weekend.

Phoenix with ‘Joker’ director, Todd Phillips…

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Videos shared online showed the crowd standing for the long ovation after the house lights came on. The applause grew louder when Joaquin Phoenix’s name appeared for the end credits.

Regarding his portrayal of the famous comic book villain, Phoenix stated, “I didn’t refer to any past iteration of the character. It just felt like something that was our creation in some ways.” Check out video below:

Joker movie receives an 8 min standing ovation in venice film festival.

Todd Phillip's "Joker" opened Saturday at the Venice Film Festival to effervescent reviews, with many critics highlighting an Oscar-worthy appearance from star Joaquin Phoenix.

Rick Ross Drops 85 Pounds!

There’s a lot less of Rick Ross to love these days. That’s because he lost 85 pounds!

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Ricky Rozay decided to lay aside the weight after suffering a series of codeine-induced seizures 18 months ago.

He credits a good diet and plenty of exercise.

A typical day for him now includes a nutritious breakfast consisting of three eggs and turkey bacon.

Ross has also cut out the late night food runs, soda and alcohol – those items being replaced by a healthy dose of proteins for his workouts which he refers to as “RossFit”.

 

Berry Gordy Donates $4 Million To Motown!

The Motown founder will be donating four million dollars to the Motown Museum expansion campaign.

 

Motown Founder, Berry Gordy with Mowtown legend, Smokey Robinson.

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The donation will assist in funding a 50,00 square foot expansion of the Hitsville, U.S.A. site on West Grand Blvd.

The targeted amount for the expansion is $50 million.

Gordy, who grew up on Detroit’s east side, has become more involved with the site’s legacy since relocating the label to Los Angeles in the early 70s, contributing money and items to the museum’s exhibits.

On the importance of investing in the museum, Gordy said, “I’m excited about the future of Motown Museum and happy to support it. Not only will the expanded museum entertain and tell the stories of talented and creative people who succeeded against all odds, but it will also inspire and create opportunity for people to explore their dreams the way I did mine. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that.”