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 »
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.
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 »
When Paul Thomas Anderson took the world by storm with his second film, Boogie Nights, critics couldn’t help but compare him to a young Martin Scorsese. Anderson was obviously influenced by the filmmaker, and in the years since, they’ve become friends. For Scorsese’s previous film, Hugo, Anderson interviewed the director in Los Angeles and that happened again last week for Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street. You can watch the thirty minutes of the exchange below. Read More »
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If you’re looking for any little thing there is to know about Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film, the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel Inherent Vice, enjoy this: the actor Eric Roberts recently said he’s got a part in the picture. Get his word on it, below. Read More »
Earlier this week, Paul Thomas Anderson completed production on his seventh film, Inherent Vice. That means the excruciating wait now begins for Anderson to complete the film and get it in front of our eyes.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, the film follows a pothead detective (Joaquin Phoenix) who gets drawn into a complex crime plot when his ex-girlfriend comes back into his live. The incredibly impressive cast includes, but isn’t limited to, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Jena Malone, Kevin O’Connor and Martin Short.
While we wait for the film’s release, we can begin to imagine what Pynchon via Anderson will look like and a new photo might provide an idea. It’s of a very, very long stretch of dolly track Anderson used to shoot one scene. Read More »
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 »
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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