Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Joaquin Phoenix Documentary
A few weeks back we reported that the Casey Affleck documentary Iím Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix was close to finding a distributor. While the making of the film was quite public (as were Phoenix's antics) studios were balking due to some of the film's more obscene content. Apparently Magnolia Pictures doesn't really care all too much, as the studio has sent out a press release saying that they have picked up the film for distribution and that it now has a release date of September 10.
It's kind of hard to figure why this was such a tough sell. All one has to do is look at the box office numbers for Borat to see that insane, mockumentary filmmaking can find an audience. The press release, which you can read in full below, seems to paint the movie as an exploratory drama, but considering the film features a scene in which the hobo-bearded Walk The Line actor does blow off a hooker's chest. That's comedy, folks.
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