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Joaquin Phoenix is returning to films. I told you that last March. http://tinyurl.com/24cxujb

But he’s not at the Toronto Film Festival, even though the documentary he made with brother in law Casey Affleck, called “I’m Still Here.” is debuting tonight.

Everyone who’s seen the doc seems to dislike it, anyway. Joaquin did publicity at the Venice Film Festival, and that’s enough.

What about the fake Joaquin who’s doing publicity in Toronto? Phoenix’s publicist, Sue Patricola, tells me “I know as much as you do.” She has nothing to do with it, neither does her client. Patricola’s not even going to the screening. She’s in town with Jeremy Renner, for Ben Affleck’s “The Town.”

I think Joaquin and Casey had some fun putting everyone on. It’s harmless. And still it generates headlines. That’s the funniest part.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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