Paul Thomas Anderson once directed a television pilot. The show never aired or got picked up and, for the most part, no one ever saw what he did. However, now thanks to the magic of the Internet, that’s all in the past.

The PTA website Cigarettes and Red Vines got their hands on the pilot episode of The Jon Brion Show, which Anderson directed after VH1 turned down the initial version. Brion is a popular music producer and composer who scored Hard Eight, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love for the director and this show took place around the time of Magnolia, 1999/2000. Check it out below. Read More »

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One of the reliable highlights of any Pixar release is the short film that plays in front of each feature. Not only are they invariably sweet, funny, and inventive, they’re often a great way to check out the studio’s rising talents. When Monsters University opens this summer, we’ll be seeing the Pixar directorial debut of technical artist Saschka Unseld, who helmed the six-minute short The Blue Umbrella.

While Pixar has a reputation for innovative, intricate animation, Unseld’s piece pushes into a whole new direction with a startlingly photorealistic look. What hasn’t changed, happily, is the studio’s signature warmth and humor. The plot concerns two umbrellas that take a shining to each other one rainy day. Watch the first clip after the jump.

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Let’s kick off another sequel news roundup with some info on a film that will be out soon. Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the trailers released so far have generated a good level of interest in the film.

In an interview with Moviefone, Chu talks about enthusiasm for various Joe characters and the difficulty his team had with creating a linear follow-up to the first Joe film, The Rise of Cobra. One question many of our readers has asked regards Cobra Commander, and how this film’s character connects to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt version in the previous movie. Chu says, “Cobra Commander was an issue. But I know we couldn’t lose Cobra Commander.”

Asked if this is the same character under the mask, the director says,

No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.

After the break, a brief update on the chance of a Rambo 5, Michael Keaton is reportedly excited about a Beetlejuice sequel, and we’ve got some info on Judd Apatow’s sorta-sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Read More »

UPDATE: The Future will indeed premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as an out-of-competition premiere. Original article follows.

When we last left Miranda July, she gave us this: ))<>((. It’s one of the lasting jokes, very sexual in nature, from her 2005 tour de force Me and You and Everyone We Know. The talented filmmaker hasn’t directed a feature since (though she has continued to write, make shorts and art installations) but now there’s a whole bunch of information out there on her latest film The Future. First of all, the film will be distributed by The Match Factory, which has posted a detailed synopsis, composer Jon Brion will be writing the music for the film and there’s a chance that it will playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

So what’s The Future about exactly? Well, in typical Miranda July fashion, it’s out there and has a talking cat. Read about it after the jump. Read More »

Jon Brion in Funny People

If you’re a regular reader of /Film, then you know that we’re big fans of movie soundtracks and film scores (if you haven’t yet, listen to the bonus /Filmcast movie score episode). So I thought I’d fill you in on some of the latest cinematic music developments.

After the jump we’ll tell you about how Linkin Park is working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with Hans Zimmer (who isn’t even the composer on the film!?), how the Twilight sequel New Moon scored the composer from Fincher’s Benjamin Button, how Jon Brion appears on screen but not behind the music in Apatow’s Funny People, and the just announced composers for Sherlock Holmes, Centurion and How To Train Your Dragon.

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A couple months ago Paul Thomas Anderson directed a stageplay in LA (which many described as a radioplay), which featured Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and John C Reilly. There were only a few performances, so if you were there, you were there, but if you missed it – YOU MISSED IT.

Well it appears that PTA is back at it again. And if you’re in Los Angeles, you’re not going to want to miss this event. It’s basically a revised version of the show that PTA put on earlier this Summer.  Jon Brion (I Heart Huckabees, Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine) is doing the music and Anderson wrote some of the material. So if you missed it then, you might not want to test fate again. Who knows if Paul will be doing this again. And aside from this, when are you ever going to have a chance to see a PTA production live and in person? The show is 8:30pm this Saturday night at Largo at the Coronet. Tickets are only $25.

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

WALL-E

TotalFilm has a batch of production photos from Pixar’s WALL-E.

David Poland
calls Sex and the City: The Movie “the Lord of the Rings of Chick Flicks… not that it’s anywhere near as good, emotional, artistically made or worthy of box office or awards… IT’S 2 HOURS AND 25 FUCKING MINUTES LONG!!!!”

With news of yesterday morning’s decision by the California Supreme Court, Screenwriter John August has announced he is getting married. Congrads.

France’s MK2 and Britain’s Film4 will produce “Satisfaction,” the second film by U.S. writer-director Miranda July (Me and You and Everybody We Know). [Variety]

Universal Pictures has launched a viral site for the Timur Bekmambetov’s WantedFraternityofWeavers.com

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBlogwarts has the third official photo from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but it’s very low resolution and not very revealing.

Rotten Tomatoes‘ Total Recall column focuses on movies with talking live-action animals.  This, naturally, is in anticipation of the new Narnia movie.

Variety continues to STEAL stories from movie news websites. How unprofessional. [collider]

Producer Daniel Dubieki says he would like to make a sequel to Jennifer’s Body: “I could see [a sequel] in the future if this movie does well and I think it will. As long as we can bring the right ingredients back to the table, I could totally see that happening. We’re not making it for that reason, but it could work. I’d love to do that.” [shock]

ThePlaylist has a small review of Pineapple Express: “The movie was bloody and hysterical. It was definitely like no other movie I’ve ever seen. [There's] lots of killing, at least 12 on camera deaths, and lots of blood. Insane. PS Danny R. McBride is a scene stealer.”

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who represented the Al Gore team during the 2004 Florida recount, has denounced the HBO drama Recount, scheduled to air on May 25. [imdb]

io9 explains How Superhero Movies Made Comic Books Cooler (If Not Better).

The Love Guru PosterComingSoon has a new poster for Paramount’s The Love Guru, and no one cares.

PixarBlog has the track-listings for the WALL-E soundtrack.

Film School Rejects has the trailer for Don Cheadle‘s Traitor.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is currently getting a 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jon Brion is scoring Charlie Kaufman‘s Synecdoche, New York. [playlist]

Tom Cruise is in talks to star in director Phillip Noyce‘s thriller 28th Amendment, about a U.S. president (Cruise) who discovers that a secret committee (run by Denzel Washington) has controlled the U.S. government since WWII. [moviehole]

Six Flags Great Adventure announced the grand opening of The Dark Knight coaster which will feature new customized footage of Aaron Eckhart as District Attorney Harvey Dent. The ride also incorporates audio and visual elements from the film which will debut July 18, 2008, offering guests a sneak peak. [SHH]

The Movie Blog theorizes that Paramount might have botched the marketing for Indiana Jones 4.

Rob Corddry has landed his first starring role, a part in “Project A,” an action comedy from Ben Stiller’s production company about a man trained by the U.S. government as a Cold War experiment to become the world’s biggest jerk. [reuters]

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