First INHERENT VICE Image Reveals Josh Brolin in a Flat Top

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One of the most anticipated films of the year is undoubtedly Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, and now the first official Inherent Vice image has landed online—albeit in rough form.  The film is featured in this week’s Fall Movie Preview edition of Entertainment Weekly, and while the magazine hasn’t officially released the Inherent Vice image online, a scan of the photo has been uploaded for our perusing pleasure.  It’s small in size and low in quality, but we do see Joaquin Phoenix’s title character sporting some serious mutton chops while he chats up a serious-looking Josh Brolin, who has a very particular kind of haircut.  Adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, the film has been described as “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life.”  Hopefully a high-quality version of the image lands online, and we should be seeing a trailer soon.

Hit the jump to check out the Inherent Vice image.  The film also stars Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, and Owen WilsonInherent Vice will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in October and opens in theaters on December 12th.

Benicio del Toro Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Playing the Collector, His Marvel Contract, INHERENT VICE, PARADISE LOST, and More

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Opening this weekend is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences, Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Benicio del Toro, who plays The Collector.   He talked about how he got involved in the Marvel universe, his contract with the studio, how the look of the Collector came together, upcoming films Inherent Vice and Paradise Lost, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE to Have World Premiere at New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival made a hell of a first selection by nabbing David Fincher’s Gone Girl as its opening night film, and now the fest’s second selection makes it an even more enticing destination.  Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will have its world premiere at NYFF 2014 on October 4th, as the pic as been selected as the fest’s centerpiece gala.  The Thomas Pynchon adaptation is led by Joaquin Phoenix, with an eclectic cast that also includes Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson.  Per THR, NYFF director Kent Jones describes Inherent Vice as “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life.  It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.”

With the one-two punch of premiering Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, NYFF is giving the traditional festival juggernaut TIFF a run for its money.  Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.  NYFF 2014 runs from September 27th through October 13th, and Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th. 

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now.  We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony.  Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race.  After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE Set for December 12th; Release Dates Announced for ENTOURAGE and THE INTERN

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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.

Hit the jump for more on Inherent Vice and release dates for Entourage and The Intern.

Jonny Greenwood Will Compose the Score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE

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Popular music artists crossing over into the film composing world isn’t something entirely new, but within the past few years we’ve seen a couple of fascinating artists forge partnerships with brilliantly talented filmmakers.  Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails have collaborated with David Fincher on his past two films and will score his upcoming pic Gone Girl, and now Film Music Reporter confirms that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will work with director Paul Thomas Anderson for a third time on the filmmaker’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.

Greenwood, of course, penned the score for PTA’s last two films There Will Be Blood and The Master, so his involvement with Inherent Vice isn’t a massive shock.  Hit the jump for more on Anderson’s next film.

Josh Brolin Talks OLDBOY, How He Prepares for a Role, Working with Paul Thomas Anderson on INHERENT VICE, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Spike Lee’s Oldboy.  As most of you know, it’s a remake of the acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan-Wook, which was inspired by the Japanese graphic novel by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.  Lee’s film follows the downward spiral and unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), who, one drunken night, is kidnapped and imprisoned in a bizarre hotel without any idea of his captor’s identity or motive.  When he’s inexplicably released 20 years later, Doucett embarks on a quest to find out who orchestrated his punishment and why.  The thriller also stars Elizabeth OlsenSharlto Copley, Samuel L. JacksonMichael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, James Ransone, and Rami Malek.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Brolin.  While I normally sit down with the person I’m interviewing and ask them a few questions, as soon as I entered the room, Brolin said he had a few questions for me.  As you’ll see in the video, we went back and forth on what I thought of the film, what does the remake offer those that know the original version, how he prepares for a role, and he also talks about what it was like to work for Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Look at Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello in INHERENT VICE; Maya Rudolph Joins Cast

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Filming is underway on Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, and the first set photos have arrived online.  Based on the book by Thomas Pynchon, the story takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello, who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.”  As you can see, Joaquin Phoenix is rocking the muttonchops as Sportello, and the set photos also reveal that a very pregnant Maya Rudolph has a part in the movie.  She joins a cast that also includes Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, and possibly Sean Penn.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.

Forest Whitaker to Play MLK in MEMPHIS; Melissa Leo Joins THE EQUALIZER; Katherine Waterston Lands INHERENT VICE Female Lead

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Great casting news to report tonight:

  • Forest Whitaker is in talks to play Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, a biopic written and directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) that follows the civil rights icon over his final days in Memphis.
  • Melissa Leo is in negotiations to join Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz in The Equalizer, a feature adaptation of the 1980s television series directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen).
  • Paul Thomas Anderson cast relative newcomer Katherine Waterston as the female lead in Inherent ViceJoaquin Phoenix is set to star—Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short and possibly Sean Penn co-star.

More on each project after the break.

Josh Brolin Joins All-Star Cast for Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE

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Several years ago, Paul Thomas Anderson was struggling to get The Master made despite the success of his past pictures.  But it looks like his latest feature, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice, is a far more enticing project.  The story takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.”  Joaquin Phoenix is set to star, and in the past few weeks, the movie has lined-up an amazing cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Kevin J. O’Connor, and possibly Sean Penn.  According to Deadline, now Josh Brolin has joined the project to play a “key role”.  Unfortunately, I haven’t read the book yet (it’s in my reading stack), so I’ll refrain from speculating on what his role could be.

Filming on Inherent Vice is already underway, and will continue through the summer.  Afterwards, Brolin will get on the promotion circuit as he does press for his upcoming films, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy, and Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day.

Sean Penn in Talks for Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE; Chris Evans Eyes TEN O’CLOCK PEOPLE; Li Binbing Joins TRANSFORMERS 4

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We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to share today.  Briefly:

  • Sean Penn is in talks to join the increasingly impressive cast of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, Inherent Vice.
  • Looking to expand outside of the Marvel world, Chris Evans is eyeing a starring role in the Stephen King adaptation The Ten O’Clock People.
  • Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution) is the first Chinese actress to join the cast of Michael Bay’s sequel Transformers 4, which will feature a host of Chinese stars.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Reese Witherspoon Joins Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE [Update: Jena Malone and Martin Short Join the Cast]

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It looks like Reese Witherspoon is quite eager to reunite with her Walk the Line crew.  The Oscar winner recently signed on to star in Walk the Line director James Mangold’s memoir adaptation Three Little Words, and now she’s joining Joaquin Phoenix in writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pychon novel Inherent Vice.  Set in 1970 Los Angeles, the film follows a pot-smoking private investigator (Phoenix) as he investigates the alleged kidnapping of a woman he used to date.  Deadline reports Witherspoon’s casting, but has no details regarding her role in the film.

Witherspoon is just the latest A-lister to sign on to Anderson’s The Master follow-up, as the filmmaker is assembling a stellar ensemble that thus far includes Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson.  As production is gearing up to begin soon, expect to hear more casting news in the coming weeks.  [Update: The Wrap adds two new cast members.  Jena Malone is expected to play a former drug addict who asks Phoenix's private eye for help—Martin Short has been cast in an unspecified role.]  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Owen Wilson in Talks for Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE

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Owen Wilson is reportedly in negotiations for a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s (The Master) upcoming crime thriller Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.  Although Wilson’s representative declined to comment, it is believed he will play a lead role opposite the exceptional Joaquin Phoenix.  Set in 1970 Los Angeles, Inherent Vice tells the Lebowski-esque story of pot-smoking private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the alleged kidnapping of a girl he used to date.  The cast may also include Benicio del Toro, playing a lawyer who helps the protagonist.  Hit the jump for more details.

Ewan McGregor to Play JANE GOT A GUN Villain; Benicio del Toro in Talks for INHERENT VICE; Sophia Myles Joins TRANSFORMERS 4

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The forced theme of tonight’s casting report is One Word In The Title Causes Destruction:

  • Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play the villain in Jane Got a Gun, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior).  Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Noah Emmerich co-star.
  • Benicio del Toro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
  • Michael Bay cast Sophia Myles (Tristan + Isolde) in Transformers 4Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer co-star.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Warner Bros. to Finance Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE; Will Reteam with Cinematographer Robert Elswit

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As we previously reported, filming on Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice will begin soon.  Today we’ve learned that Warner Bros., not the previously rumored Annapurna Pictures, who financed The Master, will be coming on board to finance the picture.  That’s a big step up in terms of visibility and ultimately promotion of the picture.  If Warner Bros. had come on as a distributor after the film successfully showed at a festival, that would be less surprising, but apparently the studio has enough faith in what is admittedly a lower-budget picture than their usual fare.  It also signals that the movie may be more mainstream than The Master, and perhaps a return to Anderson’s previous pictures Boogie Nights and Magnolia, which were released through Warner subsidiary, New Line Pictures. Cigarettes and Red Vines reports that the parting from Annapurna was “amicable” and that the two hope to work together in the future.

Hit the jump for more on Inherent Vice including the involvement of director of photography, Robert Elswit.

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