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I guess you could actually say that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest project is another video for Fiona Apple. The two once dated, and the director has done videos for the singer in the past. (For ‘Fast as You Can,’ ‘Limp,’ ‘Paper Bag,’ and ‘Across the Universe.’)

This latest collaboration is for the song ‘Hot Knife’, off Apple’s 2012 album ‘The Idler Wheel…’ and was something started last year. But when The Master interfered, the video was put on hold. Now it is done; read a bit more info and see the video below. Read More »

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CigsAndRedVines has uncovered almost ten minutes of behind the scenes b-roll footage from the set of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights. The footage is unedited, a bunch of snippets from inside the club, including a look at the amazing and infamous steadicam shot which opened the film, the big dance number, as well as some shots from Jack Horner’s diner meeting with Dirk, some scenes inside the beach party, and more. We’ll probably not get a better look into the making of a Paul Thomas Anderson film than the documentary PTA shot for the Magnolia DVD, but this comes close. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Briefly: More casting news is in for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adatpation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel Inherent Vice. This time, we’ve even got a confirmed role to go along with the actor; most of the actors cast so far have been in roles that are speculative, at best.

Anderson has picked Katherine Waterston (daughter of Sam Waterston) to play Shasta Fay Hepworth, once the girlfriend of lead character “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and now the mistress of real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann. Shasta leads Sportello into a plot that involves shady deals, kidnapping, violence, and no small amount of general uncertainty. (This likely also means that Reese Witherspoon will be playing Mickey Wolfmann’s wife, of whom Shasta is quite suspicious.)

Waterston has had quite a few small and supporting roles, but this is her biggest job to date. And since Anderson has a gift for casting, this will very likely be a role that turns her into a much more in-demand talent. Question is: has PTA beefed up the role for the film? In the novel, Shasta plays a big part, but frequently takes a back seat to other characters. Inherent Vice will shoot this summer for a likely 2014 release through Warner Bros. The cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Josh Brolin, and (reportedly) Sean Penn. [Deadline]

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Briefly: You’ve seen a lot of casting reports for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. The writer/director is assembling an impressive cast to live in the story of a burnout private detective who is drawn into an increasingly weird web of disappearances and underhanded business deals. Josh Brolin is the latest addition to the cast led by Joaquin Phoenix, and which also includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon and (reportedly) Sean Penn.

Brolin will play a “significant role,” but as with most of the casting so far we don’t have specifics. The film is set to shoot this summer, so once cameras roll we might learn more. By the way, it’s worth reiterating that this is the first major adaptation of a Pynchon novel — and the author’s first novel was published in 1963. As difficult as his books can be, that Pynchon’s work has taken fifty years to hit the big screen (a few films that take him as an influence aside) is pretty remarkable. [Deadline]

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Ask any actor to name the filmmakers they’re desperate to work with and a name that comes up more often than not is Paul Thomas Anderson. The proof is in the increasingly impressive and eclectic list of actors joining his upcoming crime film, Inherent Vice. So far there’s Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Kevin O’Connor and Martin Short. Now another major name has been added: multiple Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn is in talks to join the film. Read More »

Reese Witherspoon

Paul Thomas Anderson has a habit of getting his stars Oscar nominations, so it’s no wonder he’s got some big names interested in his next project Inherent Vice. Reese Witherspoon has just boarded the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, joining Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro. Jena Malone and Martin Short round out the cast. Get the details after the jump.

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This month, Paul Thomas Anderson is set to start filming his seventh feature film, Inherent Vice. For fans of the generally shy director, that’s reason enough to celebrate. Now Mondo has sweetened the pot considerably, announcing a poster series for the films of Anderson curated by artist Aaron Horkey.

Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood all are getting brand new posters this week, from a variety of artists,  and you can check them out below. Read More »

Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson may be known as a lovable goofball, but he’s a goofball loved by the best directors in the world. He got his start working with friend Wes Anderson, plowed his way through blockbuster comedies, was cast by John Lasseter as the lead in Cars and most recently teamed up with Woody Allen. Next up for Wilson is a job working with other super-talented “Anderson” director, Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s in talks for one of the leads in Inherent Vice, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro.

Below, we’ve updated with the information of which role he’s playing. Read More »

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