First Inherent Vice footage

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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new Inherent Vice image

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: A third image has arrived from Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice via the October edition of Empire Magazine. The new photo features our first look at Benicio Del Toro as Sauncho Smilax in the film, alongside Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix. Hit the jump to see the new Inherent Vice image, along with the other two photos.

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This year we’ll get to see the first feature adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, which is amazing. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which is even better. Now we’ve got a full-size version of the first official still from Inherent Vice. The image shows Joaquin Phoenix as burnout “detective” Doc Sportello, as he has a moment with hard-ass cop “Bigfoot” Bjornson, played by Josh Brolin. Check out the official Inherent Vice image below.  Read More »

The framing chart used during production of Inherent Vice

The most anticipated film of the year for me and many others, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, won’t open in theaters until December 12. But New York audiences will get a chance to see it two months early. Over the weekend, it was revealed the film will have its World Premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 4. The festival will also feature the premiere of David Fincher’s Gone Girl and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman.

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If you’re like me, you’ve had the DVD for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia for over a decade. The film was released 1999 and the DVD arrived a year later. And while it was kind of bare bones in terms of extras, one extra was simply stunning. It’s called That Moment, and is a 72 minute diary/documentary by Mark Rance about the making of the film.

On its own, that’s not really a huge deal. Making of documentaries on DVDs are a dime a dozen. But for a filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s a massive deal. This, and the director commentaries on the Boogie Nights DVD, are a film fan’s best resource into the brain of the shy filmmaker.

So why are we talking about this in 2014? While That Moment has obviously been available for almost 15 years on DVD, it wasn’t readily available online. That’s now changed. Below, watch the entire Magnolia documentary That Moment. Read More »

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It’s a cruel world. If you didn’t already know this, just check out the “first look” at Inherent Vice from Paul Thomas Anderson. The image of Joaquin Phoenix as burnout SoCal detective Doc Sportello, created by Thomas Pynchon in the novel of the same name, is teeny-tiny. (It’s not unlike our first real look at Lancaster Dodd from The Master.) But it comes with a candid shot of Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who is scoring the film. And it’s an implicit promise of more materials to come. Read More »

‘Inherent Vice’ Set for December 2014 Release

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Briefly: Mark your calendars: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice is now set to arrive on December 12 of this year. The film will likely premiere long before that, either at Cannes, or a festival like Venice or Toronto, but regardless, by Christmas you should have a chance to see the new PTA film, which also happens to be the first major adaptation of a Pynchon novel. If that’s not the best Christmas gift, I don’t know what is.

Inherent Vice is scripted and directed by Anderson, features music from Jonny Greenwood, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Josh Brolin, with Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Katherine Waterston, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph and Eric Roberts.

The plot picks up in the ’70s and finds Phoenix as burnout PI Doc Sportello as he’s hired to track down a missing girl, who also happens to be his ex, and is soon drawn into a web if Southern California weirdness.

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Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonny Greenwood are working together again. I can’t quite think of Greenwood’s music as fun — the Radiohead guitarist and occasional film composer creates sounds that are deeply affecting and even cacophonously emotional, but not “fun,” exactly.

Anderson is also not exactly a poster child for levity. Yet his new film film Inherent Vice is based on a Thomas Pynchon novel that is among the author’s most wacky and energetic books. It is certainly one of Pynchon’s easiest reads, with some madcap criminal activities and a set of weirdo SoCal characters. It’s a fun book, if one stretches the definition of “fun” into realms of the strange.

Anderson’s facility with character and dialogue makes him seem like a great choice to tackle the material, and some of the story’s tone should please fans who have always wanted another Boogie Nights from Anderson. Now the director has recruited Greenwood to provide the score. Read More »

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