Katherine Waterston Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, Referring to Pynchon’s Book During Shooting, More

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If Joaquin Phoenix‘s character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60′s in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston‘s Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to.  Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them).  Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it’s like working with such a singular director.

Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston.  Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Josh BrolinOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

Josh Brolin Talks INHERENT VICE, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson, How His Character Resists Change, and Playing Thanos In AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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Josh Brolin plays Detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s newest film, Inherent Vice.  More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix‘s Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950′s that resisted the social changes of the 1960′s.  I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role.  We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Katherine WaterstonOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin ShortSasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt’s review and urge you to see it ASAP.  Hit the jump for the interview.  A few mild spoilers await.

INHERENT VICE Review

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice is a mess of absurdities.  It investigates the ludicrous conventions of the detective genre.  It rambles through the self-indulgent, dying age of the hippies.  It lurches along the vainglorious, narcissistic Los Angeles culture and cityscape.  Anderson wants to package everything he can from his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel, and while the result is occasionally interesting, the movie becomes enamored of its own cleverness in how it approaches its various topics with a sense of droll mockery, straddling the border of wackiness and respectability.  We’re wound through a convoluted plot where the mystery may not be the point, but the points don’t matter when any emotional resonance is crushed beneath the weight of smug shenanigans.

New INHERENT VICE Trailer Cuts through the Paranoia to Clarify the Plot; Film Screening in Select Cities This Saturday

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Warner Bros. has released a new Inherent Vice trailer, and while it doesn’t play up the comedy as much as the previous trailer, it does provide a more straightforward view of the film, or at least as straightforward as a Paul Thomas Anderson movie can be.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.  This trailer highlights other plot points like the involvement of the Golden Fang as well as how the setting factors into the themes.  However, it doesn’t provide much in the way of the movie’s tone, which, admittedly, is harder to pin down in the span of less than two minutes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice trailer.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  Click here to check out six clips from the movie, and click here to find out if there’s an advanced screening in your area.

Check out Six INHERENT VICE Clips Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson

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Warner Bros. has releases six new Inherent Vice clips.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.

Hit the jump to check out the Inherent Vice clips.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

Josh Brolin Hints at the Future of Thanos in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR; Says “It’s Thanos Against Everyone”

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I just got back from the Inherent Vice junket in Los Angeles.  That film is absolutely wonderful, and I look forward to sharing full coverage with you soon (including the full text from the interview I pulled the following quotes from).  Josh Brolin, who plays a cop stuck in the past in Inherent Vice, spoke with us at length about the part and, along the way, dropped a few details regarding the direction of Thanos in the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

Hit the jump for Brolin’s comments on Thanos’ direction as a character, which ostensibly stretches up to the culmination of Avengers: Infinity War.  And be sure to tune back in later for our Inherent Vice coverage, which features Brolin as an entirely different kind of bruiser.  That film opens nationwide on January 9th.

Oscar Beat: The Best Supporting Actor Race at a Glance

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By the time the Academy Awards nominations are announced every year, there’s already been so much prognosticating and discussion about the race itself that in actuality, there aren’t a great deal of surprises.  Sure, every now and then you’ll have something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting into the Best Picture race or Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow being left off the Best Director shortlist (that one still baffles me), but by and large, things mostly seem to fall into place as expected.  Where you can find many of the true surprises, though, is in the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.  This is where beloved character actors can finally get their due, or burgeoning newcomers can find themselves nominated alongside acting veterans; and these kinds of nominees actually have good shots at winning.  This year, the bench for the Best Supporting Actor category is yet again deep with talent, offering plenty of opportunities for some pleasant surprises.

After the jump, I run down the current state of the Best Supporting Actor race in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat.

Over 45 New INHERENT VICE Images Featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and More

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Inherent Vice’s December 12th limited release is just a week away now, so Warner Bros. just unveiled a slew of brand new images from the film.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.

Hit the jump to check out all the new Inherent Vice images featuring Phoenix, Waterston, Roberts, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom and more.  Inherent Vice will open nationalwide on January 9th.

New Paul Thomas Anderson-Cut INHERENT VICE Trailer Teases a London Screening This Wednesday

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A new Inherent Vice trailer has landed online thanks to a bit of promotion for an upcoming screening of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on Wednesday, November 19th.  The trailer has some new footage, but most notably it was apparently put together by writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson himself.  While the picture received a bit of a befuddled response after its premiere at the New York Film Festival, its unveiling at AFI Fest last week enjoyed a much warmer reception.  Perhaps going into the film knowing that it’s a semi-nonsensical journey makes for a better viewing experience.  Whatever the case, I’m still really, really looking forward to this one, and this short new trailer is a delight.

Check out the new Inherent Vice trailer after the jump along with a new poster, click here for tickets to the London screening, and click here to read Perri’s review from NYFF.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen WilsonKatherine WaterstonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroMartin ShortJena Malone, and Joanna Newsom.  Inherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th and expands everywhere on January 9th.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

INHERENT VICE Review | NYFF 2014

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After the New York Film Festival screening of Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and a good deal of his cast took the stage for a brief Q&A.  At one point, Anderson discussed Howard HawksThe Big Sleep and noted, “I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize, I could not follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I just wanted to see what was gonna happen next.”  Anderson does manage to achieve that to a degree in Inherent Vice, but it winds up making the film even more of a disappointment because what happens next is rarely satisfying.

INHERENT VICE Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Paul Thomas Anderson’s Psychedelic Detective Romp

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Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated first Inherent Vice trailer for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it is glorious.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is enlisted to help a former lover thwart a potential kidnapping involving her current billionaire boyfriend.  While PTA has trended a bit darker with his past few films, Inherent Vice looks to be a delightfully goofy romp that’s closer in tone to Boogie Nights than There Will Be Blood.  I found myself laughing multiple times during this trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix looks to be absolutely perfect casting as the pothead protagonist.  Moreover, the supporting cast appears to be phenomenal as well, with Josh Brolin getting a particularly hilarious standout moment here.  Anderson cuts his own trailers so this is likely a very accurate snapshot of the film’s vibe as a whole, and all I can say is it’s made the wait for the film’s release feel so, so, so much farther away.

Hit the jump to watch the Inherent Vice trailer.  The film also stars Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna NewsomInherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review

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In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City was an interesting novelty.  The directors were able to transfer Miller’s visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI.  Not adapt; transfer.  The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles.  For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005′s Sin City was perfect.  Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey.  Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of teenagers who mistake whores for dames, sadists for toughs guys, and style for charm.

Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Talk SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During a conference at the film’s press day, actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green talked about living in Sin City, with this dialogue and these extremes, going into the mind of Frank Miller, trickiest scenes, playing a Rodriguez bad-ass, the motives of the women in Sin City, working in Austin at Troublemaker Studios, working with Christopher Lloyd, feeling comfortable with Nancy’s swagger, the sex and sexuality of the story, and why Nancy is a stripper who never actually takes her clothes off.  Also there, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller discussed getting even closer to the comics this time around, what the 3D added, the process of lighting the film, what their collaboration has meant to each other, and how they’d like to go into production on a third film, right away.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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.

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