The 2013 awards race will finally come to a close on Sunday with the Academy Awards, so naturally there’s no time to waste when it comes to looking at Awards Season 2014. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s last two films, There Will Be Blood and The Master, both racked up multiple nominations, and Warner Bros. is angling for his next movie, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s detective novel Inherent Vice, to do the same. The studio has set Inherent Vice to open on December 12th. Currently, its competition will be Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic Exodus and the family movie Paddington. I’m curious to see if Warners plans to run Vice through the festival circuit before its theatrical release.
Inherent Vice takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (played Joaquin Phoenix), who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.” The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, and Maya Rudolph. As we reported a few weeks ago, Jonny Greenwood will re-team with Anderson to provide the score.
According to Box Office Mojo, Warner Bros. has also announced release dates for the Entourage movie and Nancy Meyers‘ workplace comedy, The Intern. Entourage will open on June 12, 2015, and share the weekend with the new Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World. The big screen adaptation of the bad HBO series will star Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Scott Caan, Debi Mazar, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Kid Cudi, and Jeremy Piven.
Finally, The Intern will be released on September 25, 2015. The only other movie currently slated for that weekend is Hotel Transylvania 2. The Intern centers on “an owner of an Internet company who gets assigned an intern who’s a retiree (played by Robert De Niro). He becomes a valuable resource and the two develop a relationship.” Reese Witherspoon was set to star, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. When we last reported on the film a few weeks ago, Anne Hathaway was in talks to play the lead.