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Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix May Reteam for 1969-Set Comedy 'Inherent Vice'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 24, 2013 at 4:24PM

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "Inherent Vice." The duo's "The Master" topped many high-brow Best of 2012 lists, and Phoenix even got an Oscar nomination despite his disdain for campaigning and his opinion that awards are "total utter bullshit."
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Phoenix in The Master
Phoenix in 'The Master'

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "Inherent Vice." The duo's "The Master" topped many high-brow Best of 2012 lists, and Phoenix even got an Oscar nomination despite his disdain for campaigning and his opinion that awards are "total utter bullshit."

The upcoming Anderson film -- penned by the director and said to be a comedy -- follows a stoner detective known as Larry "Doc" Sportello who tries to solve a case in 1969 Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr. was previously pegged for the role, but the idea of Phoenix playing a comedic detective is far more intriguing.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.