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On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. The actor left behind a singular body of work that has garnered him lasting praise for his dedication to craft. In the January 2018 issue of Vogue, his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, reflected on the personal loss of him as a collaborator and as the father of her three children. Even for those of us who never met the man in real life, there is a loss that is felt, but the nature of Hoffman’s work as a film actor is such that he continues to live on on-screen.

What’s the greatest Philip Seymour Hoffman performance? Everyone probably has a different answer to that question. The film of his that hits me the hardest happens to be one of his last. It’s a film that is deep and devastating, made with his frequent collaborator, Paul Thomas Anderson. Hoffman plays a character named Lancaster Dodd and to this day, just thinking about the film calls up heavy emotions for me, because it came at a time in my life when I had just moved, didn’t know a lot of people outside of work, wasn’t in a relationship, and was cut off from family and friends, who had all just become Skype faces seen from half a world away.

In a weird way, these living circumstances may have primed me to receive the film and its themes on a more empathetic level than I would have otherwise. This is all a roundabout way of saying: Dodd is God. That is my reading of The Master.

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tiffany haddish paul thomas anderson

Tiffany Haddish‘s rising star is nothing to be joked about. The comedy actress has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success since the summer hit Girls Trip catapulted her to fame. She can do no wrong: first she charmed the pants off her costars in her hit film, then she proceeded to charm everyone else in the press tour for Girls Trip, where she told a hysterical story about taking bemused global superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on a Groupon swamp tour (if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it immediately).

The actress’ vivacious personality and talent has even drawn the attention of Phantom Thread director Paul Thomas Anderson, who raved about Haddish’s ebullient performance in Girls Trip and has frequently spoken about wanting to work with her. And this may come to pass, as Haddish has confirmed that she has discussed potential projects with the award-winning director.

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paul thomas anderson q&a

Folks, not only is Paul Thomas Anderson very good at making movies, he’s also very good at the internet. The acclaimed filmmaker is out there promoting his new masterpiece Phantom Thread, and in a series of recent Q&As, via Reddit and Twitter, he proceeded to charm the hell out of everyone and offer some good advice (to others, and to himself). See the results of the Paul Thomas Anderson Q&A below.

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Morning Watch - Phantom Thread

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, get up close and personal with the costumes of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film Phantom Thread. Plus, watch the original audition tapes for the cast of The Maze Runner franchise, and find out some things that you may not have known about the original 1995 adaptation of Jumanji. 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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Magnolia Vinyl Soundtrack

Right now you can see Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film, The Phantom Thread, in limited theaters. This weekend it expands to theaters everywhere, but if you’re not rushing out to see it, maybe you’ll want to look back at one of the filmmaker’s earlier films with a new collectible vinyl release from Mondo.

The 1999 ensemble drama Magnolia is getting a vinyl soundtrack release that features all of the songs created by singer and songwriter Aimee Mann, as well as the complete score composed by Jon Brion. Read More »

Morning Watch - Voldemort: Origins of the Heir

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 the full unofficial Harry Potter fan film Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, providing more details about Tom Riddle’s turn to the darkness. Plus, enjoy a chat that Paul Thomas Anderson had about Boogie Nights and more on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and enjoy all of the questions Mark Wahlberg asks throughout the entirety of The Happening. Read More »

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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Paul Thomas Anderson Interview

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread is now playing in select cities, and pretty soon, it’ll be everywhere. In anticipation of the film’s release, Anderson sat down with The Ringer podcast and took a journey through his career and his approach to filmmaking in general. In the revealing interview, Anderson dishes on his thoughts on trailers, working with actors like Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, and sets the record straight on some Boogie Nights urban legends..

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inherent vice

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is one of the writer/director’s very best.)

“I never remember plots in movies,” writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson said in 2014. “I remember how they make me feel, and I remember emotions and I remember visual things that I’ve seen, but my brain can never connect the dots of how things go together.” He was referring to Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, though that quote could easily describe Anderson’s own Inherent Vice. Trying to explain the film in a Wikipedia-style recounting of events is futile. It does not even come close to doing justice to the experience of letting the film’s inscrutable mysteries wash over you. Read More »