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Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Join Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 9:39 AM
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With newbie arthouse loving and totally loaded financier Megan Ellison giving fresh legs to Paul Thomas Anderson's long gestating Scientology flick back in February, and after Universal balked and dropped the $35 million drama, it looks like it's now sputtering back to life, hoping to get a cast assembled for the film.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' May Shoot This Fall With Robert Downey Jr.

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 20, 2011 12:37 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson is nothing if not deliberate. With Kubrickian spans of time between each of his films, the man simply will not be rushed. Which is why it was surprising that a few short months after his religious drama (commonly referred to as) “The Master” seemed to go quiet, it was revealed late last year that Anderson was already hard at work on his next project, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s "Inherent Vice." At that time, CAA, (who also rep Anderson), wanted to attach Robert Downey Jr. to the lead role of private eye Doc Sportello, but because of Downey’s busy schedule it was unclear when he would be available to film. Just over a week ago it was reported that billionairess Megan Ellison was looking to finance both projects for Anderson and many wondered which would shoot first? With Downey having recently dropped out of Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great And Powerful” it looked very likely that he might have a ‘Vice’ sized hole in his schedule later this year.

Paul Thomas Anderson May Have Found Financing For 'Inherent Vice' & Untitled Scientology Project

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 11, 2011 1:01 AM
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Jeremy Renner Not Attached To 'The Master' Any LongerWho would have thought a billionairess would come to the rescue of Paul Thomas Anderson? That seems to be the case and perhaps, Megan Ellison, the 25-year-old daughter of American business magnate and Oracle boss Larry Ellison, simply just has a lot of money and good taste.

Paul Thomas Anderson Looks To Adapt Thomas Pychon's 'Inherent Vice' With Robert Downey Jr.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 3:19 AM
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RDJ Not Signed On Yet, And Project Sounds Like It's In Early Stages, But WowAdapting the work of reclusive literary genius Thomas Pynchon seems like a fool's errand. His novels -- "Gravity's Rainbow" and "The Crying of Lot 49" -- among others, feature dense plotting, allegorical whimsy, and are stuffed so full of characters that any screenwriter stupid enough to attempt an adaptation must be suicidal. Unless that book is his latest "Inherent Vice" and unless the person adapting it is Paul Thomas Anderson.

Debunked: Jeremy Renner Says 'Escape From New York' Reboot Rumors Are Untrue

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 30, 2010 11:38 AM
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Actor Also Remains Non-Committal About PTA's 'The Master' & Tommy Wirkola's 'Hansel & Gretel'Jeremy Renner's in talks to star as Snake Plissken in New Line‘s forthcoming remake of John Carpenter‘s eighties dystopian classic “Escape From New York” with Breck Eisner (”The Crazies”) directing, right?

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