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Director Paul Thomas Anderson will likely add an Oscar winner to the cast of his next film, Inherent Vice. Benicio Del Toro is in talks to join the project which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a stoner private detective on the case of a missing girlfriend. Kevin J. O’Connor (There Will Be Blood, The Master) will also reportedly appear in the film.

Del Toro would play the small, but crucial role of Sportello’s lawyer friend; O’Connor’s role is yet to be determined. Read More »

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Just months after releasing his last film, The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson is set to get behind the camera once again. His next film Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same title, will reportedly start filming this month having recently received financing from Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix will star in a role once earmarked for Robert Downey Jr., as a pot-smoking detective in 1960s Los Angeles who finds himself wrapped up in a labyrinthine crime plot. Anderson’s regular DP, Robert Elswit is also back on board, after taking a hiatus for The Master. Read more below. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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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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 ThirtyMoonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including LooperPerks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.

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The Alamo Drafthouse Picks the Top 10 Films of 2012

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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