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.
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.
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.
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 Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael 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.
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.
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 Vice. Joaquin 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer co-star.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
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.
It appears that writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is wasting no time in putting together his follow-up to his 2012 effort The Master. Though there was a five-year gap between Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood and the same amount of time lapsed between TWBB and The Master, Anderson is moving much faster on his adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. We recently learned that Anderson’s The Master star Joaquin Phoenix will be handling the lead role in the 1960s Los Angeles private detective story, and now word comes that production is gearing up to begin in a few short months. Hit the jump for more.
Fresh off their polarizing yet undeniably impressive collaboration on The Master, director Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix are looking to team up for another project. THR reports that Phoenix is now in talks to star in Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice, which takes place in 1969 Los Angeles and centers on a private detective who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and policemen called “Bigfoot.” Robert Downey Jr. had long been circling the lead role, but the actor apparently decided to pass on the project.
Anderson recently described his screenplay adaptation for Inherent Vice as more “secretarial” than his adaptation for There Will Be Blood, but I wouldn’t necessarily bank on the filmmaker making a wholly accessible film—especially with Phoenix in the lead role. The actor was a force of nature in The Master, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what the two cook up for this project. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which financed The Master, is once again producing. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.
Though director Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama The Master was certainly one of the most polarizing films of 2012, it looks as if he’s tackling some more straightforward subject matter for his next feature. Anderson has been eyeing an adaptation of the Thomas Pychon novel Inherent Vice for a few years now, and he worked on nabbing financing for the pic early last year, at the same time that he got The Master financed. Last we heard, Anderson was working on the screenplay with Robert Downey Jr. keen on tackling the starring role, and now post-Master Anderson has talked a bit more about the project, revealing that he hopes to start shooting next year.
Hit the jump to see what Anderson had to say.