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.

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. 

THAT MOMENT Provides a Snapshot of the Film Industry in 1999

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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 epic Magnolia.  And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time.  It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that’s what happened.

Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release.  I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD.  The nostalgia didn’t come as a fondess for that time in my life though. It came in the form of a bittersweet remembrance of how things used to be in Hollywood not all that long ago.  Or, perhaps, as someone who didn’t even live in California at the time, a remembrance of the way I imagined things to beHead below for more.

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.

Watch: Fiona Apple’s Music Video for “Hot Knife,” Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

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Though the five years between Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood and There Will Be Blood and The Master felt like way, way too long to wait for new material from filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, it looks like he’s now hit a more prolific period of his career.  Fresh off of last year’s The Master, Anderson is currently shooting his next film Inherent Vice, and while we wait for that film’s release next year, Anderson has shot a new music video for Fiona Apple.  The video has actually been in the works for a while now, but Anderson had to postpone the shoot due to The Master.  Now the music video for “Hot Knife” is complete and online for our viewing pleasure, and it’s a simple yet slightly mesmerizing piece of work.

Hit the jump to watch the music video for Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife.”

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.

Watch 20 Minutes of Deleted Scenes from THE MASTER

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It’s no secret that Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master went through significant growing pains throughout its production.  From frequent script changes to its falling out at Universal, The Master has changed considerably from its original conception to the film that was released this past year.  With its release on Blu-ray a few days ago, someone posted the deleted scenes reel that Anderson has included.  Most auteur filmmakers, like Woody Allen and Christopher Nolan, choose not to include deleted scenes when their films are released to DVD and Blu-Ray, but Anderson’s inclusion of the 20 minute reel provides a more in-depth look into what could have been.  The fact that it is edited and scored helps it to stand out as more than just a deleted scenes clip, and serves as more of a parallel story to the film.  Hit the jump to see the footage of what almost made it into the final cut.

The Road to Oscar: Best Director

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For proof that 2012 was a nutty year for awards contenders, look no further than the Best Director category.  Over the past few days, we’ve been looking back how the ebbs and flows of the past 12 months have shaped the awards race in a number of categories, and one of the most dynamic shifts came with Best Director.  After the jump, we run down how the race for Oscar glory progressed over the past few months to give us the five nominees who will be vying for the gold on Oscar Sunday.  Hit the jump to read on.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE Hoping to Shoot in Late April or Early May

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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.

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Reteam with Paul Thomas Anderson for INHERENT VICE

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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.

THE MASTER Coming to Blu-ray February 26; Extras Include Additional Scenes, Outtakes, an 8-Minute Short Film, and More

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Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s perplexing drama The Master was certainly one of the most thought-provoking films of 2012, and now you can continue to (attempt to) unravel the puzzle at home with the Blu-ray and DVD release.  The Weinstein Company announced today that The Master will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 26th.  The combo pack’s special features include “Back Beyond,” which is a collection of outtakes and additional scenes edited to music by composer Johnny Greenwood, “Unguided Message,” which is an 8-minute short/behind-the-scenes look at the film, and a group of teasers and trailers which as we all know included footage not shown in the film.

As a bonus, an additional special feature will be added to the combo pack by way of John Huston’s fantastic 1946 documentary about WWII veterans Let There Be Light.  Hit the jump to check out the full press release and cover art.

Adam Predicts the 2013 Oscar Nominees

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At last, Oscar is upon us.  Back in November I shared a look at the early awards season race by way of our 2013 Oscar Preview articles, and now nearly two months later there’s still quite a bit up in the air.  This truly is one of the more exciting awards races in recent years, as 2012 is so stacked with quality that there are a surprising number of uncertainties this close to the Academy Awards ceremony.  Nevertheless, I am once again foolishly going to attempt to predict how the Oscar nominations will shake out when they’re announced tomorrow morning, January 10th.  Hit the jump to check out my predictions.

2013 Writers Guild Awards Nominations Include LOOPER, THE MASTER, ZERO DARK THIRTY, and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

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As we head into the thick of awards season, we’re starting to see how the various guilds stack up with regards to the best of 2012 (the PGA nominations were announced yesterday).  The guilds are usually a good Oscar predictor as their voting bodies overlap significantly with the Academy’s voting body, and today we have a peek into the screenplay race by way of the nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards.  The list includes some pleasant surprises like Rian Johnson’s brilliantly original script for Looper and Steven Chbosky’s touching adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as expected candidates like The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln.

Each year a number of screenplays are ruled ineligible for the WGA’s, and this year is no exception as Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Behn Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and William Nicholson’s Les Miserables were all  ineligible for WGA consideration for various insignificant reasons.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of WGA nominations.  The 2013 Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 17th.

Paul Thomas Anderson Hopes to Shoot INHERENT VICE in 2013; Says the Adaptation Is More “Secretarial” Than THERE WILL BE BLOOD

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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.

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