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January 16, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 16, 2009 |

Phillip Seymour Hoffman has finally decided to direct. He’s just picked up his first project, Jack Goes Boating, based on an Off-Broadway play. Hoffman will play the lead, opposite the fantastic Amy Ryan. It’s billed as an unconventional romantic comedy, one that is full of cooking classes, swimming lessons, and drug use. Hoffman will play a pothead limo driver. Amy Ryan will be playing awesome per usual.

In other, stranger directing news, Casey Affleck will also be making his directorial debut. He’ll be directing a documentary. About Joaquin Phoenix (his brother-in-law). Tracking his new career in music. As a rapper.

I shit you not. In fact, Sean Diddle-My-Ass will be producing Phoenix’s first album, and his first performance as a rapper will take place tonight in Vegas. That’s also where filming for the documentary will begin. Phoenix quit acting late last year.

Joaquin Phoenix. A rapper. You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. Of course, I still can’t get over the obvious realization that Joaquin Phoenix is the same person as Leaf Phoenix. I have no idea how I missed that transition. Leaf was in Parenthood. Then suddenly, Joaquin was in To Die For. The funny thing is: Joaquin was his birth name. He just changed it to Leaf for a few years cause he felt like it.

Fucking hippies.

Update: TMZ has a cell-phone recording of Joaquin in rapping action. Guh. It’s as bad as you’d imagine.

Can I Get Some Beatbox, Phil? / Dustin Rowles

Industry | January 16, 2009 |

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