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Is Lady Gaga Cast in ‘Joker 2’ Alongside Joaquin Phoenix?

Lady Gaga will reportedly play the role of Harley Quinn.



Is Lady Gaga Cast in ‘Joker 2’ Alongside Joaquin Phoenix?
Is Lady Gaga Cast in ‘Joker 2’ Alongside Joaquin Phoenix?

Lady Gaga might just be the new Harley Quinn to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.

The American singer-songwriter, who won her 13th Grammy Award at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, is reportedly set to join the cast of Joker 2 with Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

The news of Gaga’s reported casting was first revealed by the Instagram handle of the gossip site Deuxmoi. So, the big question is:

Is Lady Gaga in the sequel of ‘Joker’?

Deuxmoi’s official Instagram handle broke the news of Gaga’s reported casting in Joker 2 via its Instagram stories.

They had shared a screenshot of an anonymous tip they received in their submission forms. The subject was written as “Casting news,” and the message mentioned that Phoenix had expressed his desire to cast Rooney Mara as the female lead in Joker 2.

Mara is a notable American actress who has impressed audiences via her performances in Tanner Hall, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects, Her, A Ghost Story, and Nightmare Alley.

Her works have led her to two nominations for Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards, respectively, among other accolades. Additionally, she is Phoenix’s girlfriend turned fiance and shares a son, River, with him – born in late September 2020.

Mara’s incredible professional success and relationship with Phoenix might have led the actor to ask the casting directors to cast his fiance in the Joker sequel.

However, as Deuxmoi’s tip states, the casting directors have reportedly opted for Gaga. As of now, there has been no confirmation of the news.

Deuxmoi's Instagram story about Lady Gaga being cast in 'Joker 2'

Deuxmoi’s Instagram story about Lady Gaga being cast in ‘Joker 2’ (Photo: Instagram)

There is also little to no information on what role Gaga will play – if she has been cast – but considering she has reportedly been cast as the female lead, opposite to Phoenix’s Joker, many have guessed she will portray the role of Harley Quinn.

Fans react to the news on Twitter and Reddit

After Deuxmoi shared the yet-to-be-confirmed casting news of Gaga in the Joker sequel, fans of the singer were very much delighted. Several went to Twitter and expressed their views about it.

One fan wrote, “Ok wait Lady Gaga as the female lead in Joker 2 potentially…. That’s an idea I’m very much into.”

“The year is 2026. I am seated for Joker 2. Lady Gaga has given the greatest performance of our lifetime as Harley Quinn. Light eminates from my body. I ascend above the theater. We have reached peak cinema,” another user daydreamed.

Furthermore, film journalist Darren Mooney also wrote a piece on Twitter after learning about the news. He wrote, “I suspect that if Lady Gaga is cast in ‘Joker 2,’ the most ‘interesting’ thing about that movie is going to be the ‘method acting’ discourse about a female lead in a blockbuster.”

A user had also posted a fan poster for Joker 2 using Phoenix’s image from the first Joker movie and Gaga’s image from the internet.

Similarly, there were also some discussions on a Reddit thread about Gaga’s reported casting in the Joker 2 movie. One of the fans mentioned that Deuxmoi’s news should always be taken with a grain of salt.

“This Joker just loves to dance so it makes sense to cast a great singer opposite him. Maybe it’ll be a musical? We live in a post-Hamilton society,” another Redditor wrote humorously.

However, as we said earlier, nothing about Gaga’s casting has been confirmed. So until that happens, let’s not get our hopes up.

Details on ‘Joker 2’ – Is it confirmed?

With the news of Gaga’s reported casting in the DC franchise, some might wonder if Warner Bros. has confirmed the sequel to 2019’s standalone Joker movie.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker in 2019's 'Joker'

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker in 2019’s ‘Joker’ (Photo: Instagram)

But, much to fans’ disappointment, Joker 2 hasn’t been officially renewed for a sequel. Nonetheless, several insiders have reported that the production has been moving forward, and the filming might start from 2023 onwards.

Additionally, Heroic Hollywood reported that they were tipped off by an insider who told them Warner Bros. has “officially received the first draft of its script and the film will begin shooting sometime in 2023.”

The same outlet also mentioned that The Hollywood Reporter had reported in November 2019 that Joker 2 was officially in the works at Warner Brothers. Phoenix and director Todd Phillips were returning to their respective jobs. 

Following Phoenix’s iconic portrayal of The Joker in 2019, for which he won an Academy Award, the character has only shown up a few times. The first was at the end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, in which actor Jared Leto reprised his role of The Joker.

The second and last time was in Robert Pattinson’s version of The Batman movie, in which actor Barry Keoghan portrayed The Joker.

Keoghan’s version of The Joker only made a cameo appearance in the movie itself, but a full-length deleted scene involving his Joker and Pattinson’s Batman was released later.

Dipesh is an experienced writer who has been covering entertainment news and stories for more than two years. Presently, he writes stories for Glamour Buff and GB Issue.


Small-Town Stories Are Changing the Landscape of Modern Films, Here’s How



Small-Town Stories Are Changing the Landscape of Modern Films, Here’s How

In recent years, the film industry has significantly shifted towards stories set in small towns, bringing fresh perspectives and untold narratives to the forefront.

These stories offer a glimpse into the nuanced lives of communities often overlooked in mainstream cinema, challenging audiences to engage with diverse experiences and environments. This movement towards small-town tales is not just a trend but a transformative force in modern filmmaking, reshaping how stories are told and what stories are considered worth telling.

The Rise of the Underdog

One notable example of this shift can be seen in the Possum Trot movie, a film that brings the intricate dynamics of rural life into the limelight. Such movies go beyond mere settings; they delve into the heart and soul of communities, showcasing the strength, resilience, and complexity of people living far from urban sprawl.

This focus on underrepresented locales has broadened the thematic horizons of cinema and democratized storytelling, allowing for more voices and experiences to be heard.

Authentic Representation

Small town stories provide a platform for authentic representation, showcasing the realities of life in these communities. This authenticity resonates with audiences, offering a break from the often-glamorized portrayals of city life in movies. The realness of the characters, their struggles, and their triumphs strike a chord, creating a more inclusive and relatable cinematic experience.

Diverse Storytelling Perspectives

The shift towards small-town narratives has introduced a variety of storytelling perspectives, enriching the film industry with diverse tales that might otherwise remain untold. These stories challenge stereotypes and offer a more nuanced understanding of places and people frequently marginalized or misunderstood in mainstream media.

Innovative Storytelling Techniques

Filmmakers exploring small town stories often employ innovative storytelling techniques to capture the essence of these communities. From unique cinematography that highlights the natural beauty of rural landscapes to narratives that weave together the folklore and traditions of a place, these films push the boundaries of conventional storytelling.

Economic Impact on Small Towns

Interestingly, films set in small towns can have a positive economic impact on the locations where they are shot. They bring attention to lesser-known areas, potentially boosting tourism and local business. This symbiotic relationship between filmmaking and location benefits the art of cinema and the communities that inspire it.

Fostering Community and Connection

Small town stories often center around community, belonging, and connection themes. These universal themes resonate widely, reminding viewers of the importance of human connections and the power of community, regardless of the setting. Films highlighting these aspects can foster a sense of unity and understanding among audiences.

Challenging Mainstream Norms

By bringing small town narratives to the forefront, modern films challenge mainstream norms and expand what is considered worthy of cinematic exploration. This shift not only diversifies the stories seen on screen but also challenges audiences to question and expand their perspectives.

The Future of Small Town Stories in Cinema

As the film industry continues to evolve, the importance of small town stories remains undeniable. These narratives counterbalance the urban-centric tales that dominate cinema, providing a refreshing change of pace and depth. The continued interest in small town stories signifies a broader desire for films that reflect the full spectrum of human experience, promising a future of cinema that is more inclusive, diverse, and representative of our world.

Incorporating small town stories profoundly changes the landscape of modern films. These narratives bring depth, diversity, and authenticity to cinema, challenging conventional storytelling and offering audiences new perspectives on the world. 

As filmmakers continue to explore the rich tapestry of life in small communities, we can expect to see a broader, more inclusive representation of human experiences on screen. The shift towards these stories reflects a changing industry and society, which values the stories of all its members, regardless of where they live.

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Three True-Crime Documentaries Coming to Netflix in April 2024

Time to snuggle with a cozy blanket and some popcorns!




Three True-Crime Documentaries Coming to Netflix in April 2024

Netflix has a wide range of TV shows and movies.

Alongside them, Netflix also hosts a lot of documentaries. It has a wide range of documentaries but the true-crime genre is the one that has its audience sitting on the edge of their seats.

There are various true-crime documentaries and docuseries on the platform, including American Nightmare, Girl in the Picture, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, Tiger King, and Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, among others.

In April 2024, various documentaries and docuseries are coming to Netflix. However, the three most anticipated true-crime shows are — What Jennifer Did, Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer, and Files of the Unexplained

Here is all we know about it.

‘What Jennifer Did’ 

What Jennifer Did is an upcoming documentary directed by Jenny Popplewell, the creator of another famous Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door.

What Jennifer Did digs into the frightening story of Jennifer Pan, who plotted to murder her parents. The crime, disguised as a heist gone wrong, unravels through police interrogation film and interviews, showing Pan’s network of lies leading up to the incident.

Pan is a Canadian woman who was convicted of a 2010 kill-for-hire attack on her parents, which killed her mother and injured her father. The crime occurred at the Pan house in Unionville, Markham, Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area. 

According to her exact account, several gunmen entered the house, forcefully retrained her and her parents, then shot them. Her father, Huei Hann, was sent to the hospital, and her mother, Bich Ha, died instantaneously.

A whole new image appears as the law enforcement personnel piece together the facts. Pan plotted the entire operation with her drug dealer boyfriend, Daniel Wong, whom her parents had forbidden her from dating. 

This motivated her to seek his help and devise a plan to murder her parents. This threatening notion was carried out in the form of a burglary, with Pan as the victim. The documentary will also concentrate on her arrest and the legal processes.

What Jennifer Did will be released on April 10, 2024.

‘Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer’ 

As the name of the documentary suggests, Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer is based on true events that occurred in Berlin. The series examines the case of several odd and unusual killings.

In 2012, three guys were murdered and robbed in Berlin after being unintentionally drugged. While the murderer was called ‘The Darkroom Murderer’ at the time, just one occurred in a dark room at a homosexual bar in Berlin. 

‘Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer’ will be released on April 3, 2024.

‘Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer’ will be released on April 3, 2024. (Source: Netflix)

However, the murderer did look for guys in and around the city’s party scene to prey on victims. Only when one of his targets survived his attack and the assassin attempted to purchase a train ticket with one of the deceased men’s credit cards did the inquiry begin to narrow.

Jan Zabeil and Caroline Schaper directed this true crime show and Netflix will begin streaming the series on April 3, 2024. 

‘Files of the Unexplained’

Files of the Unexplained is an upcoming terrifying eight-episode docu-series that talks about strange encounters, weird disappearances, disturbing incidents, the mystery of mutilated feet washing up, and more. 

This investigative documentary series examines genuine stories that defy explanations and talk about witnessing weird encounters and strange events. 

Files of the Unexplained kind of dives into a similar area as its previous documentaries like Unsolved Mysteries, Haunted, and 28 Days Haunted. According to its plot on Netflix, the series is described as “Eerie encounters, bizarre disappearances, haunting events, and more perplexing phenomena are explored in this chilling investigative docuseries.”

The docuseries will be released on April 3, 2024.

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‘Cowboy Carter’ — Everything You Need to Know About Beyonce’s New Album

The album will be released on March 29, 2024.




‘Cowboy Carter’ — Everything You Need to Know About Beyonce’s New Album

When Beyoncé announced her 2022 album Renaissance, she made it clear that it was merely the first installment of a multi-act body of work.

And now, after over two years of waiting, the singer has revealed that Act II is on the way — Cowboy Carter. Cowboy Carter, also known as Act II: Cowboy Carter or just Act II, is Beyoncé’s eighth studio album, set to be released on March 29, 2024, by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. 

It is the second chapter of Beyoncé’s trilogy project, developed during the COVID-19 epidemic, and follows Renaissance (2022).

The then-untitled album was first announced on February 11, 2024, during Super Bowl LVIII, when Verizon Communications aired a Super Bowl commercial, titled ‘Can’t B Broken,’ in which Beyoncé tried to ‘break the Internet’ by doing increasingly outlandish means —  from releasing a jazz saxophone record and performing on top of the Las Vegas Sphere to building an AI version of herself and launching a “Barbey” doll collection.

After all of the ideas failed, Beyoncé closed the advertisement by saying, “Okay, they ready. Drop the new music.” Following the broadcast, the singer shared a preview video for Act II on Instagram. 

The video paid tribute to the 1984 movie, Paris, Texas, which mentions border blasters, and incorporates Chuck Berry’s 1955 song ‘Maybellene.’ The singer’s official website was updated the same day, announcing her eighth studio album, Act II, which would be released on March 29, 2024.

The album’s two main singles, ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ and ‘16 Carriages,’ were then made available for digital download and streaming. On March 12, 2024, Beyoncé stated that the album would be called Cowboy Carter via a teaser poster with a western saddle and sash. 

She released the album cover on Instagram on March 19, 2024, and teased surprises and collaborations on the album. On March 20, 2024, she unveiled a limited edition unique cover featuring a ribbon that says “act ii BEYINCÉ,” referring to a generational family surname.

On March 27, 2024, she unveiled the album’s tracklist via a themed poster. She shared a graphic on Instagram of the album’s tracklist, which was inspired by classic Chitlin’ Circuit posters. 

Cover of Beyoncé’s eighth studio album, ‘Cowboy Carter.’

Cover of Beyoncé’s eighth studio album, ‘Cowboy Carter.’ (Source: Instagram)

It includes the titles “Dolly P” and “Smoke Hour Willie Nelson,” implying possible collaborations with Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Similarly, ‘Jolene,’ was written on the poster, which netizens believe is a cover or reinterpretation of the Parton’s song of the same name.

‘The Linda Martell Show,’ has also been mentioned on the poster, possibly referring to the first Black woman to achieve commercial success in the country genre. 

The themed poster revealing the album’s tracklist has been confusing a lot of netizens. The following things have been mentioned on the poster, so possibly, these are the songs on the album.

They are —  ‘Texas Hold ‘Em,’ ‘16 Carriages,’ ‘Ameriican Requiem,’ ‘Blackbiird,’ ‘Protector,’ ‘My Rose,’ ‘Bodyguard,’ ‘Daughter,’ ‘Spaghettii,’ ‘Alliigator Tears,’ ‘Smoke Hour Willie Nelson,’ ‘Smoke Hour II,’ ‘Just for Fun,’ ‘II Most Wanted,’ ‘Levii’s Jeans,’ ‘Flamenco,’ ‘Ya Ya,’ ‘Oh Louisiana,’ ‘Desert Eagle,’ ‘Riiverdance,’ ‘Tyrant,’ ‘II Hands II Heaven,’ ‘Sweet Honey Buckin’,’ ‘Amen,’ ‘Jolene,’ and ‘The Linda Martell Show.’ 

It looks like we will only get to know the collaborations and tracklist of Cowboy Carter after its release on March 29, 2024.

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