Saturday, January 17, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix's New Musical Career to be Filmed

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16) -- Remember all that hoopla when a disheveled Joaquin Phoenix announced on a red carpet that he was done acting and would pursue his music career? Well, now you'll be able to see it in a documentary directed by Casey Affleck.
Affleck is directing a documentary feature on his friend and brother-in-law Phoenix, who in the fall announced his retirement from the thespian business in order to focus on a music career.
Phoenix is embarking on a new path as a rapper, with an album to be produced by Sean Combs. He is scheduled to make his first public performance Friday at a Las Vegas club, which will officially kick off Affleck's shoot.
Affleck is known for his work in front of the camera with movies like "Gone Baby Gone," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and the "Ocean's Eleven" series. He directed a series of shorts for Sundance Channel in the late 1990s. He is married to Summer Phoenix, sister of his new film subject.

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