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Happy Birthday! Watch 20-Minute Interview With Paul Thomas Anderson About 'Boogie Nights' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 3:13 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson turns 44 today, and while our invitation to the party got lost in the mail, there is still a few reasons to celebrate. Firstly, he's got his new movie, "Inherent Vice," coming at the end of year and if someone you missed one of his six features to date, they are all must-sees and worth re-watching too. But in case you need more, we've got something for you.

'Taxi Driver' Vs. 'Boogie Nights': Watch The Influence Of Martin Scorsese On Paul Thomas Anderson In Two Scenes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 4:03 PM
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Even with a relatively slim filmography, it's interesting to see just how much the style of Paul Thomas Anderson has changed since his breakout film "Boogie Nights" and more recent efforts like "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master." Indeed, it's safe to say the filmmaker felt the influence of Martin Scorsese early on, before heading into his own territory. But just how pronounced was it?

Watch: Doritos Ad Spoofs Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights'

Doritos Boogie Nights
From almost going straight-to-video to becoming a contemporary classic, Paul Thomas Anderson's sophomore film "Boogie Nights" has endured and penetrated the pop culture psyche to the point that it's now being spoofed in an ad for your favorite nacho-flavored snack. Read More »

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights' Was Headed Straight To Video Until Early Reviews Saved It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 2:15 PM
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At this point, it's almost unfathomable to think of Paul Thomas Anderson not getting his way when it comes to his films, but one has to remember there was a time in his career when he was still an unproven, unknown director. As the director's breakout film "Boogie Nights" was gearing up for release, it seems that the man behind studio and company backing the picture, New Line Cinema, wasn't feeling so confident about what would eventually become a contemporary classic.

TIFF Review: Jason Reitman's 'Boogie Nights' Live Read Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Brolin, Olivia Wilde & More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 9, 2013 2:30 PM
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With a growing audience of devoted cinephiles over the past few years, it seems there are few film-related events more beloved than Jason Reitman's Live Reads. The setup is simple: Reitman selects a classic screenplay of his choosing to be read by new actors in front of a live audience with Reitman himself reading the stage direction. The only other accompaniment to the performances is a projection behind the performers featuring a frame of the film (digitally removing the actors) to set the scene and usually some music before and after the show begins. Sometimes the casting aims to turn the material on its head—"Reservoir Dogs" with an all-African American cast or "Glengary Glen Ross" with an ensemble of women—and sometimes it's more straightforward. So why have these readings become such a hot ticket? Well, for starters, the events (held typically at the LACMA in Los Angeles) are not recorded and are never repeated and at their best, they force the audience to think about the film in a new way. But the real secret to their success—like the films themselves—is that it usually comes down to the casting.

Check Out Mondo's Posters For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights,' 'There Will Be Blood' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 2:50 PM
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So, just like that, Mondo has decided to curate a series of new posters for the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. While it doesn't seem to be tied into any particular event, perhaps any time is a good time to dip into the filmmaker's catalog. If you have a film nerd in your family about to graduate, this could be a nice present to give them.

Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson Talks Porn Doc & 'Boogie Nights' Inspiration 'Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 27, 2013 9:20 AM
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Direct influences have always factored heavily in Paul Thomas Anderson's work: the Robert Altman tag has dogged him until recently, while Upton Sinclair's “Oil!” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” provided the main groundwork for “There Will Be Blood.” Before that 2007 film though, the director's 1997 “Boogie Nights” drew on a documentary about porn star John Holmes, which -- thanks to some extensive legwork -- has found its way back online for a second viewing.

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