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Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' to Begin Shooting This Month

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 1, 2013 at 12:38PM

Paul Thomas Anderson will begin principal photography this month on his follow-up to "The Master," "Inherent Vice." Warner Bros. is financing the project to be shot in 35 mm.
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Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson isn't waiting around to get his next project started, As initially reported by Cigarettes & Red Vines, the auteur will begin principal photography this month on his follow-up to "The Master," "Inherent Vice." Warner Bros. is financing the project.

Robert Elswit, who has worked with Anderson and won an Oscar in 2008 for "There Will Be Blood," will return as director of photography. And Anderson, remaining impervious to digital, has chosen to shoot on 35mm film stock. (Warners' chief Jeff Robinov is used to this with Christopher Nolan.)

Based on the noir-ish novel by Thomas Pynchon, "Inherent Vice" takes place at the end of the 60s in Los Angeles, centering on the foibles and follies of pot-smoking private eye Doc Sportello. While Robert Downey, Jr. was rumored to star, Anderson has elected to reunite with never dull actor's actor and "The Master" Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, who will play Sportello.

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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.