Mark Hamill Walk of Fame

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch Star Wars saga cast member Mark Hamill receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Plus, find out why the Academy Awards often honor those actors who partake in method acting, and watch a stop-motion LEGO recreation of the action-packed Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer. Read More »

Phantom Thread Contest

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread is expanding to theaters everywhere this week, and to honor the occasion, we’re giving away a Phantom Thread prize pack that includes Jonny Greenwood’s fantastic soundtrack and more. Details on the Phantom Thread contest are below!

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Phantom Thread Score

Only a few people have been able to see Phantom Thread in theaters since its limited release in December, but the Paul Thomas Anderson movie remains as tantalizing as ever. The release of its gorgeous, stirring soundtrack certainly helps.

The score by Jonny Greenwood, who has collaborated with Anderson three times before on There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice, is a work of art on par with the haute couture dresses that Daniel Day-Lewis‘ fashion designer crafts in the film, which he creates with the help of his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) and his muse, Alma (Vicky Krieps).

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my beautiful laundrette tv series

Lots of eyes are on Kumail Nanjiani now after the success of his autobiographical comedy, The Big Sick. While the comedian is still plugging away on the HBO comedy that provided his breakout role, Silicon Valley, Nanjiani is starting to flex his acting and writing chops outside of his comfort zone.

Nanjiani will star in the TV remake of My Beautiful Laundrette, the 1985 British comedy-drama about a British-Pakistani man (Gordon Warnecke) who opens a laundromat in London with his white punk boyfriend (Daniel Day-Lewis).

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Daniel Day-Lewis dress

Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors in the history of film, and while he’s become famous for his amazing and deeply rich performances, he’s also become arguably just as famous for the lengths to which he’ll go in order to achieve greatness. Since 1987, the actor has gone above and beyond traditional preparation techniques to get into character for his movie work, and he’s done the same thing with Phantom Thread – which will be his last movie if the retirement he announced this year actually sticks.

It turns out that to play his couturier character Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new period drama, Day-Lewis designed and crafted a Balenciaga dress from scratch. Because of course he did.
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There Will Be Blood 10th Anniversary

At the height of a certain meme, you could name-drop There Will Be Blood and casual filmgoers would actually scrunch their noses and say, “Is that the milkshake movie?” In the intervening years, however, Daniel Day-Lewis’s powerhouse performance as Daniel Plainview has continued to cast a long shadow over cinema. In many ways, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s oil drama/“milkshake movie” is actually a monster movie, with a dissonant score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and a title that deliberately invokes horror.

With Anderson and Day-Lewis re-teaming this Christmas for Phantom Thread, the time is optimal for a look back at this landmark 21st-century film. Anderson’s “friendly competitor,” Quentin Tarantino, who professed to like the exuberance of Boogie Nights over the formalism of There Will Be Blood, nonetheless rated the latter as “one of the best movies made” in the decade of the 2000s.

Let’s jaw about There Will Be Blood and the way it plays off themes in Anderson’s body of work. Let’s properly celebrate the There Will Be Blood 10th anniversary. Oh, yes. There will be spoilers.

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phantom thread 70mm screenings

Phantom Thread is being hailed as Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest masterpiece and a worthy send-off to legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis in his reported final role, so only the biggest screen can do it justice. And audiences will soon be able to experience the film in 70mm glory in select theaters across the nation.

Starting on Christmas Day and continuing through January, Phantom Thread 70mm screenings are arriving to New York and Los Angeles before moving away from the coast to theaters in in San Francisco, Austin, and Chicago.

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Phantom Thread review

Note: this Phantom Thread review will remain as spoiler-free as humanly possible, because to give away this film’s secrets would be a crime.

Mere words can not entirely prepare you for Phantom Thread. How does one even begin to describe the latest cinematic treat from Paul Thomas Anderson? Certainly not by comparing it to previous Anderson films before. For while Anderson has reunited with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread is far removed from that film. It’s far removed from practically any Anderson film before it. I dare say that if you showed it to someone who didn’t realize Anderson was the director, they’d have trouble believing that he was behind the camera.

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phantom thread early buzz

Anticipation has been high for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread: It was a film shrouded in mystery for much of its production, without even a title announcement until two months before its limited release. Anderson is one of the most accomplished auteurs today, with not a bad movie to his name (though I’d argue that Inherent Vice is questionable). Not to mention the fact that the film reunited Anderson with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis, the actor’s final feature film performance before his highly publicized retirement.

But could Phantom Thread live up to the increasingly lofty expectations? Turns out that it can. The social media embargo for Phantom Thread has lifted, and critics are calling it another Paul Thomas Anderson masterpiece, a perverse, gothic love story, and a worthy vehicle for Day-Lewis’ final performance. It’s already made several critics’ “Best of 2017” lists and received that same honor from the National Board Review.

Below, here are some of the early reactions to Phantom Thread.

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phantom thread trailer

Just as suddenly as Paul Thomas Anderson‘s mystery movie dropped its title and released a trailer, it is announcing special sneak preview screenings to be held in Los Angeles and New York.

Phantom Thread reunites star Daniel Day-Lewis‘ with Anderson a decade after their award-winning masterpiece There Will be Blood, and carries the additional burden of reportedly being Day-Lewis’ last film before his retirement — hence the air of intrigue and anticipation around this film. And it seems like Focus Features is tapping into that anticipation, announcing seven exclusive screenings in the two cities in late November, a month before the film’s limited release.

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