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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.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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