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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.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 24, 2014 3:05 PM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances
This Friday should have been a cause for celebration: the release of "A Most Wanted Man," an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel by one of our favorite working filmmakers, Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American"), and starring one of our finest working actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead, it's a bittersweet occasion: as we all know, Hoffman heartbreakingly passed away in February, only a few weeks after the film (and "God's Pocket," released a few months back) premiered at Sundance. It was the last film that Hoffman saw to completion: he was in production on what will turn out to be his very final pictures, the two-part finale to "The Hunger Games" series, when he passed.

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: 30-Minute Talk With Paul Thomas Anderson & Jonathan Demme About Robert Downey Sr.'s 'Greaser's Palace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2014 11:19 AM
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A couple years back, The Criterion Collection issued "Up All Night With Robert Downey Sr.," a box set compiling the most oddball of the filmmaker's already wildly out there and experimental oeuvre. He's a fairly obscure talent, but one longtime fan has been Paul Thomas Anderson, who participated in a series of video segments with Downey Sr. about the films in the Criterion set. But as we wrote at the time, one movie we were really bummed about not making the cut was the religious parody/western "Greaser's Palace." And while that movie is still hard to find, PTA has given it a little more shine.

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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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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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.

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.

Jonny Greenwood To Perform Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’ Score Live In August

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 29, 2014 12:39 PM
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While Jon Brion and Michael Penn wrote some terrific film scores for Paul Thomas Anderson over the years ("Magnolia," "Punch Drunk Love"), it’s now fairly difficult to separate the filmmaker from his Jonny Greenwood-penned scores only two films deep into their collaboration. Greenwood obviously scored “The Master” and the upcoming “Inherent Vice,” but it all started with the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring “There Will Be Blood” that PTA saw as a type of horror.

Paul Thomas Anderson & Nicolas Winding Refn Join Forces To Save Fragile 35mm Film Prints

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 28, 2014 2:05 PM
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Is it the format that is important or the content? Vinyl clearly sounds better than cassette, CD or mp3, and the medium has clearly been in a renaissance period for several years, but ultimately, in the digital age, it is practical? The same debate can be fought over 35mm film and digital prints. Kodak and processing labs are going away and sticking with 35mm seems like a losing fight—especially when 90% of theaters across the country are converting to digital for myriad reasons, the least of which is ultimately it’s cost effective and space or storage problems are less of an issue.

Merry Christmas! Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Sets December 2014 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 3:59 PM
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Radiohead axeman Jonny Greenwood may have just finished recording the score, and the film is in post-production, but there as per usual Paul Thomas Anderson isn't rushing to get his latest out in the world.

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