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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker becomes first R-rated film to cross $1 billion worldwide

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Comic book movie Joker has crossed $1 billion (Rs 71635 million) in global ticket sales on Friday. It is now the first R-rated Hollywood movie ever to hit the milestone.

A Forbes report said the ‘$62.5 million-budgeted DC Films movie crossed the $1 billion mark in raw global grosses’. It further said Joker is also the biggest grossing movie ever (in raw unadjusted grosses) to never play in China.

Joker, a dark origin story from Warner Bros. about Batman’s arch nemesis, had sold $999.1 billion as of Thursday despite not having been screened in China, which is projected to become the world’s largest movie market next year.

Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker.

As per Hollywood Reporter, Joker is the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion, after Aquaman ($1.15 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.005 billion), without any adjustments for inflation.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a mentally-ill loner who finds fame through a random act of violence, the movie earned warm reviews as it opened in early October but stoked controversy in the United States over fears it would encourage violence.

Box office analyst Gitesh Pandya earlier said Joker would top the $1 billion level on Friday. “Absolutely jaw-dropping achievement for an R-rated film with a moderate budget and no China release,” Pandya, founder and editor of Box Office Guru, wrote on Twitter.

Its nearest R-rated rivals are 2018 movie Deadpool 2 ($785 million) and 2016’s Deadpool ($783 million), both from Disney, starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed superhero. Thanks to a modest production budget estimated at about $60 million, Joker is also the most profitable comic book movie ever, according to Forbes.com, due largely to the film’s focus on character rather than special effects and action scenes.

Joker is now the 7th biggest Hollywood movie at the 2019 box office, behind action-packed blockbuster Avengers: Endgame at $2.8 billion and family movie The Lion King at $1.6 billion, both from Walt Disney.

The movie is expected to land nominations in the upcoming Hollywood awards season and has inspired fans to visit the spot in New York’s Bronx district where Phoenix’s character transforms into the Joker, his face painted like a clown and with green hair, and dances triumphantly down a set of steep steps.

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Erica Fernandes opens up on her 3-year-long relationship

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Putting an end to all rumours of dating her “Kasautii Zindagii Kay” co-star Parth Samthaan, actress Erica Fernandes has revealed that she is not single and has been in a relationship with a person who does not belong to the entertainment industry.

In a live chat on Instagram, Erica opened up about her relationship status.

“I am not single. I am in relationship and he’s not from the industry,” she said.

She also spoke about her bond with her beau.

“It’s been over three years now. We are very good friends. We speak about all kinds of nonsense..he doesn’t like watching me romance any other guy on screen,” Erica quipped.

Not only this, Erica also mentioned how her linking rumours with Parth and her previous co-star Shaheer Sheikh forced her to speak about her love life in public.

“Kahin na kahin toh effect hota hai ..(somewhere it does have an effect) and that’s why I wanted to come out and talk about it,” she added.

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film ‘Dil Bechara’ to release on OTT

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The late Sushant Singh Rajputs last film Dil Bechara will premiere on the OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar, on July 24.

“Sushant was not just the hero of my debut film as a director, but he was a dear friend who stood by me through thick and thin. We had been close right from Kai Po Che to Dil Bechara,” said the film’s director Mukesh Chhabra.

Dil Bechara is the official remake of 2014 Hollywood romantic drama The Fault in our Stars, based on John Green’s popular novel of the same name. Budding actress Sanjana Sanghi stars opposite Sushant in the film.

“He had promised me that he would be in my first film. So many plans were made together, so many dreams were dreamt together but never once did I ever imagine that I would be left alone to release this film. He always showered immense love on me while I was making it and his love will guide us as we release it,” Chhabra added.

The film will see Saif Ali Khan in a cameo. Composer AR Rahman and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya have collaborated to create music for the project.

Sanjana shared the news on her social media, writing: “A story of love, of hope, and of endless memories. Celebrating our dearest, and the late #SushantSinghRajput ‘s legacy that will be etched in the minds of all and cherished forever.”

Talking about the decision to release it digitally, Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star and Disney India, said: “We are humbled to be able to play a small part in sustaining the legacy of a fine actor like Sushant Singh Rajput. In celebration of his life and his extraordinary work, Dil Bechara will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers across India.”

Sushant was found hanging at his residence in Mumbai on June 14. He was 34.

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Lauren Gottlieb shares old chat with Sushant Singh Rajput

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Actress and dancer Lauren Gottlieb has shared screenshots of a conversation with late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in which he opened up on making his place in Bollywood with his “average look and average talent”.

“Today, I finally brought myself to look at my WhatsApp messages with Sushant over the years. I came across one conversation that broke my heart all over again, as it was filled with so much love, kindness, and true support for one another’s dreams!” Lauren wrote along with screenshots of her conversation with the actor.

The conversation happened between the two before the release of Sushant’s hit film “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”.

In the conversation, Lauren shared her aspirations with him where she informs him that she is ready to take big leaps in her career.

As a response, Sushant explained to her that his switch from TV to films was difficult, and credited his survival to his choices. Sushant even goes on to call himself an average looking boy with average talent who made it big only because of his strong prejudice, but Lauren doesn’t agree with him.

Sushant later agrees that he is good and others around him are mediocre, but says he has a long long way to go. He then praises her and calls her talented and passionate.

“If an average looking boy with average talent and strong prejudice can make it, trust me anything is possible,” he told her in 2016.

In her emotional post, Lauren said that she felt a “deep connection” with Sushant.

She wrote: “I felt a deep connection with Sushant as we were both ‘outsiders’ and I looked up to him tremendously! I wanted to share this chat we had to remind everyone to walk, talk, and treat EVERYONE with this great amount of LOVE and SUPPORT as HE shared!!! I’m seeing so much hate going around. I do not want to tell anyone how to grieve, my process this week looked pretty ugly, BUT I think one of the BEST ways to honour his legacy is to BE THE BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, LOVING LIGHT that he exuded each and every day. The world is a better place because of Sushant’s humble heart. Let’s keep sharing his magic and be kind to one another.”

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