A Thomas Pynchon novel is really, truly headed to the big screen from a reputable director. And that director is Paul Thomas Anderson — what a wonderful world this is!
Anderson took quite a long time to finance, make and release The Master, which hit theaters five years after his previous film, There Will Be Blood. But if there’s any justice, his follow-up to The Master could hit in 2014. Reports now say that he plans to shoot Inherent Vice, based on Pynchon’s novel, this spring. We knew he wanted to shoot the film this year, but we’ll be excited every time the start date gets closer to finalization. That’s quite a shortened turnaround time for the director. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not every actor that can steal a scene right out from under Philip Seymour Hoffman’s nose, but in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix did just that. No wonder, then, that director Paul Thomas Anderson is eager to reunite with him on his next movie. Phoenix is now in talks to join Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, replacing long-attached star Robert Downey Jr. Read more about the casting updates after the jump.
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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s little question as to what Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next picture will be. The filmmaker has been developing his Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice for a couple of years already, and last month he told press that his goal was to shoot it sometime this year. But he’s a young guy with, we hope, many more years of moviemaking ahead of him. So naturally we’re already wondering what’s coming up for him after that.
In a recent interview, Anderson indicated that he’d been toying with the idea of a movie set in the early days of television. Of course, there’s a huge difference between thinking and doing, and his words aren’t really a confirmation of anything. But how fantastic does that sound? Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.
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Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
After whipping out three features in four years in the late ’90s, Paul Thomas Anderson mellowed his pace during the ’00s. It took three years to get from Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love, five to get from the latter to There Will Be Blood, and then another five after that to complete The Master. But he’s wasting no time moving on his next project, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.
Anderson first signed on to adapt the noir tale in 2010, but then wound up shooting The Master first. Now that that’s behind him, though, Anderson is planning to move into production on Inherent Vice next year. More after the jump.
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Paul Thomas Anderson has made movies with comic aspects, most notably the strange love story Punch Drunk Love. And his next film after The Master could end up being an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice, which, like most of Pynchon’s work, is a narrative informed by a strong sense of comic absurdity.
But does Anderson have ideas of going even further into comedy territory? There’s an audience that might want him to make something that dives head-first into the absurd, rather than simply flirting with it, and it seems like Anderson could be game. Read More »