Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson Discuss The Big Short

The director of Step Brothers and the producer of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is now an Oscar nominee. Adam McKay‘s successful adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ novel, The Big Short, is up for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards. After earning some long-overdue awards love, the director is still out there discussing the project, and you can now hear him talk about the film with Paul Thomas Anderson.

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Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson

This holiday weekend sees the release of Quentin Tarantino‘s eighth film, The Hateful Eight. The western has a traditional theatrical release along with a special 70mm roadshow engagement that has extra footage and an intermission for the film that runs over three hours long. And now the director has sat down with another master filmmaker for a fascinating discussion.

Paul Thomas Anderson, whose film The Master got a special 65mm release as well, sat down with Tarantino for a 40-minute conversation about the fate of 70mm, the future of film in general and some of their greatest movie experiences. It’s a great way to spend some time this holiday weekend. Read More »

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Want to see Daniel Day-Lewis beat a man’s head in with a bowling pin? How about Matt Damon kicking some ass as well? Then you better hurry up, because There Will Be Blood and two Bourne films are leaving Netflix next month. But there are also some great titles coming to the streaming service as well.

After the jump, find out what’s coming to and leaving Netflix in January.

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Although Paul Thomas Anderson mainly works with Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood nowadays, the director collaborated many times with Jon Brion in the first half of his career. Arguably their finest work together is the bittersweet music found in Anderson’s fourth film, Punch-Drunk Love — one of the finest love stories of the 21st century. A slightly new version of the film has been made, which, depending on your location, you can see in March of next year.

Learn more about the live-orchestrated Punch-Drunk Love screening after the jump.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Not Directing ‘Pinocchio’

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Live-action updates of animated films are the hot new thing right now. Most of them haven’t been particularly good, with the notable exception of Kenneth Branagh‘s lovely take on Cinderella. But one live-action update that’s evoked promise over the past few years is Warner Bros.’ Pinocchio, which Robert Downey Jr. has been attached to for years now. The film became all the more enticing when Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vicesigned on to write a draft and possibly direct, but it looks like we won’t see Anderson’s take on the classic fairy tale after all.

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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Lens Flare Supercut

A lens flare is something that happens all the time in photography and filmmaking, simply because of how light travels through and reflects inside of a lens. But any good photographer or cinematographer knows how to use it effectively so it’s not just an accident. After all, lens flares can be avoided, but in films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, There Will Be Blood, Looper, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Guardians of the Galaxy and more, they make some shots look fantastic.

A new lens flare supercut runs through dozens of movies featuring the side effect of bright light shining into the lens. Some are better than others, but it just goes to show you how abundant they are. And before anyone tries to make a joke: No, this isn’t just footage from J.J. Abrams movies. Read More »

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divers music video

Music has always been a vital component in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, and he has a habit of returning the favor to the musicians and artists who so frequently lend his films so much power. Avant-garde folk artist Joanna Newsom played Sortilège in Anderson’s 2014 stoner-noir-comic-mystery Inherent Vice, and her offbeat voiceover narration gives the film much of its flavor. So of course the music video for Newsom’s new single is directed by Anderson, and of course both the song and the video itself are totally lovely and mesmerizing affairs.

Watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Divers” music video after the jump.

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Nicolas Cage in Left Behind

Nicolas Cage is a worker. Sometimes I wonder if him and Samuel L. Jackson have a bet on which one of them can appear in the most movies in a year. Of course there’s nothing wrong with liking to work. Sometimes working at that rate just means a filmography becomes more about quantity than quality, which has been the case with Cage’s career over the past few years. Don’t bother worrying about the actor, though, because Nicolas Cage has no regrets. The only regret might be never working with director Quentin Tarantino — but will a Nicolas Cage Quentin Tarantino collaboration ever happen?

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Paul Thomas Anderson Junun

A new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is coming before the end of the year, but not to theaters. Junun, a documentary following Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur on a trip to India, will play exclusively on subscription streaming service MUBI, after debuting at the New York Film Festival.

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