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Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Explains Why 'Gone Girl' & 'Inherent Vice' Missed The Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 1:04 PM
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Gone Girl Ben Affleck
It's hard to believe, but in less than one month, the Venice Film Festival will kick off with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," launching both the fest season and the awards calendar all at once. And while it's certainly a high-profile movie, and a major get for the fest, it can't be denied that the two movies every festival organizer wants this year is David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." And credit to New York Film Festival for snagging the World Premiere for both movies, but as you might guess, the reasons why they landed there versus Venice or Toronto or Telluride is complicated.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Compared To Zucker Bros. Movies And 'The Big Lebowski'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 10:02 AM
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The curtain is starting to rise on Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice"....if you're one of the lucky people who have been invited to see it early. The filmmaker's latest has quietly been screening for industry types since the spring, but more recently, select film writers and bloggers have had a chance to see it too (nope, we didn't). And with these viewings an increasing amount of chatter is bubbling up about what kind of tone the Thomas Pynchon adaptation is taking on the big screen, and if the early buzz is anything to go by, this one is a bit out there.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'Inherent Vice’ To Debut At The New York Film Festival In Centerpiece Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 19, 2014 7:29 AM
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The most anticipated film of the year is going to land in New York, but bear with me (or fast forward to below). OK, so it’s kind of funny. If you’ve been paying attention to film festival politics this year—and if you haven’t, we don’t blame you—beef has been growing between the Wal-Mart-esque Toronto International Film Festival and the mom n’ pop shop of Telluride (yes, that’s basically this differences in their size, scope and approach, sorry). The long and short is that TIFF has essentially been upset in the last few years that Telluride has “stolen” world premieres by sneak premiering them early at their festival (Telluride doesn’t call anything a premiere and announces their secret line-up the day the festival begins, which is pretty ballsy and bold).

Watch: 6 Minute Tribute To The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 5:08 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson
It's still a long road to anyone seeing Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated "Inherent Vice"....or is it? According to Jeffrey Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere, some folks have managed to be lucky enough to see the film and the feedback has apparently been that it's “brilliant and mesmerizing in an atmospheric, non-linear sort of way”—which is basically what we'd expect from a Thomas Pynchon adaptation.

Watch: Explore 'That Moment' With 72-Minute Making Of Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2014 12:21 PM
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Magnolia
And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just "Something That Happened." This cannot be "One of Those Things... " This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This Was Not Just A Matter Of Chance. Ohhhh. These strange things happen all the time.

The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 30, 2014 3:48 PM
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2014: Fall Film Festival wishlist
So while the rest of the world, (pretty much literally, it seems) goes to see “Transformers: Abandon Hope” our choice is either to kvetch and moan and rend our clothes about the Death of Culture and People These Days, or to retreat into our nice comfy wheelhouse/padded cell, humming gently to ourselves, catching the odd fly and pretending the moviegoing public has not just awarded $300 million in 3 days to the worst tentpole of the year. And right now, the cowardly but sanity-protecting latter path is the one we’re going to pursue (though we reserve the right to kvetch etc. elsewhere). With June at its end and the days getting shorter, we’re looking down the road, beyond the unstoppable, all-devouring toy franchise behemoth that’s probably about to blot out the sun, toward the fall festival season, and the films that we expect, hope or surmise we might see at the big trio of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, or the lower-profile NYFF or AFI Fest in the unlikely event of us surviving the Summer.

'Workaholics' Star Jillian Bell Reveals "Weird" Role In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2014 12:43 PM
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Jillian Bell
Of the many talents belonging to Paul Thomas Anderson, he's been savvy at casting his films, always finding the right face and right actor, for roles in his films. This had led to longterm collaborators such as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and short term ones too like Luis Guzman. And while we'll have to see where Jillian Bell winds up among the PTA players, clearly he's currently enjoying working with her.

Be Patient, Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Won't Go Into Wide Release Until 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 11:05 AM
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A film we're already touting as a possible Best Picture nominee, Paul Thomas Anderson continues to keep the veil tightly closed on his forthcoming "Inherent Vice." We do know that the movie is deep in post-production, with Jonny Greenwood having already completed recording his score, but we reckon just as he did with "The Master," PTA is taking his time, showing the film to close friends and colleagues and making sure everything is just the way he wants before he shows it off to the world. And while a December 12th release is already slated, unless you're in the lucky places that get that limited release opening, you'll be waiting until 2015 to see this one.

Josh Brolin Says 'Inherent Vice' Goes "In A Direction That The Book Doesn't Necessarily Go"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2014 1:03 PM
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What do we know so far about "Inherent Vice"? Frankly, not a helluva lot outside of the fantastic ensemble cast and the return of Johnny Greenwood to the composer's podium. And even with a release date set for later this year, "Inherent Vice" was curiously absent in Warner Bros. presentation this week at CinemaCon (though we really don't see Paul Thomas Anderson being convinced by anybody to splice sizzle footage from his movie for an industry conference). But there has been one person talking loudly about the project: Josh Brolin.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Picture Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 5, 2014 1:19 PM
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 The 2015 Best Picture Contenders, Premature pics
The star of "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past" and the singer from 30 Seconds Of Mars are Oscar winners, "12 Years A Slave" beat "Gravity," Adele Tazeem became the most famous non-existent person on the planet, and no one's stopped talking about selfies for about 72 hours. The streets of LA are now full of discarded The Weinstein Company interns, who haven't seen daylight for months and are only capable of saying the words "Everything you are and everything you have is 'cos of that butler." Yep, the 2013/2014 awards season has come to an end.

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