Paul Thomas Anderson never ceases to amaze. He makes a rain of frogs look plausible, turns Adam Sandler into an actor, and makes an iconic image out of drinking milkshakes. He’s always doing something surprising and wonderful. Anderson’s latest film, Inherent Vice, is two hours of those moments loosely strung together with a detective narrative.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc, a ratty detective whose mysterious ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) asks for help with a supposed plot against her new squeeze. Doc obliges, as Doc does with many people in the film, but the movie never really cares about solving this mystery. It’s more interested in Doc’s pot-infused, Choose Your Own Adventure lifestyle where he says “yes” to everything and takes the ride that follows.
That ride introduces some absolutely insane, memorable characters played by the likes of Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Reese Withersooon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph and Jena Malone, all of whom pop in and out of Doc’s life on a whim. Some play significant roles, others do not, but Inherent Vice isn’t a movie about connecting these points. It’s pretty much just about the trip.
Inherent Vice had its Los Angeles Premiere at the AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can continue reading our Inherent Vice movie review below.
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We’re back here again. It’s been a week full of rumors, as talk swirls about who will be in WB’s next DC movie, Suicide Squad, and whether or not Jena Malone is in Batman v Superman. (As it turns out, she is.) On the Marvel side the talk has all been about Doctor Strange. While we once thought Joaquin Phoenix might sign to star in the picture, he moved on. Other names have been floated, with Keanu Reeves coming up more and more often. Another new one is in the mix: Colin Farrell. How could Farrell be Strange if he also has a full season of True Detective to shoot? Timing is everything.
Update: Like John Wick going after his enemies, Keanu Reeves has started to kill rumor talk about Doctor Strange, saying he hasn’t been approached. We have his quotes after the original story below.
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Back to the drawing board. Marvel Studios has been working to sign a deal with Joaquin Phoenix to put the actor in costume as Doctor Strange, but those talks have now ended with no deal made. We first started to hear rumblings of that casting choice over the summer, and there was a point where it seemed like Marvel might even be able to announce Phoenix as Strange at Comic Con. But that never happened, and now months later the talks have ended. With Phoenix out, who will play Doctor Strange? Read More »
When last we left the role of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, Joaquin Phoenix was in “final talks.” That was in late August, but Marvel has yet to make an official announcement about the casting. So we wait. Now, a new name is in the mix, reportedly contacted after Joaquin Phoenix wouldn’t make things final. That name is Ethan Hawke, the star most recently seen in Boyhood.
Hawke starred in director Scott Derrickson‘s 2012 hit, Sinister, so he has a relationship with the director. He also has that wise gravitas needed for the role. But is this real? We explore the Ethan Hawke Doctor Strange rumor after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s been a lot of back and forth over whether David Fincher changed Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl ending, but maybe all this time we should have been fretting over a different auteur-driven literary adaptation. Paul Thomas Anderson has reportedly written an entirely new conclusion for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon‘s novel.
Not that Pynchon seems all that upset about it. Indeed, the famously reclusive author even agreed to a cameo in the movie — though he’s so private it’s quite possible no one will even recognize him anyway. Hit the jump for tons more from Inherent Vice, including a new photo of Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio del Toro and details on how Police Squad! served as an inspiration for Anderson.
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Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice features some very colorful characters, and to fill them out he’s hired some immensely talented actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin.
One we haven’t seen much of yet is Reese Witherspoon, who plays Penny Kimball. That changes today with a brand-new image. Get your first look at Witherspoon in Inherent Vice with her giant 1970 hair after the jump.
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It’s not much, but we’re still in “we’ll take *anything*” mode when it comes to the new Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice. So here’s the first Inherent Vice footage, albeit in super-brief form. The trailer for this year’s New York Film Festival has gone online, and it features two or three clips from the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, nestled in amongst footage from the rest of the festival’s high-profile films. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Rumors about who might play Doctor Strange have been swirling for years now, involving everyone from Justin Theroux to Benedict Cumberbatch. But as Phase Three draws near, it’s time for Marvel to zero in on some serious contenders. And today, we’ve heard that their top pick is none other than Joaquin Phoenix. Hit the jump to get the dirt on Doctor Strange Joaquin Phoenix.
Update: Sites such as THR and Deadline are now saying that Phoenix is beyond the offer stage and into actual talks for the role. Phoenix has yet to accept the role, but things are moving forward.
Update 2: On August 28, Collider reports that Phoenix is in final talks for the part.
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