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Will Paul Thomas Anderson World Premiere 'Inherent Vice' at the New York Film Festival, or Sneak It First?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 19, 2014 at 4:51PM

As expected, Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice" will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4. But will the maverick filmmaker sneak preview it in another venue before he arrives at Lincoln Center?
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
As expected, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice," a '70s detective comedy, will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4, declaring itself as a fall awards contender. The fest has launched awards campaigns in recent years for "A Social Network," "Life of Pi," "Flight," "Her," "Hugo" and "Captain Phillips."

Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel boasts a top-flight cast: Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), Josh Brolin ("W"), Reese Witherspoon ("Legally Blonde"), Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic") and Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris"). This is Anderson’s third fest outing after "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Warner Bros. will open the film limited on December 12, 2014 and wide on January 9, 2015.
"'Inherent Vice' is a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early 70s SoCal counterculture back to full blown life," says NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. "It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.” One open question is whether maverick Anderson will book the film in other another venue before NYFF as he did with “The Master,” which did not wind up at Telluride after it screened at 70 mm venues around the country, and “There Will Be Blood,” which debuted unannounced at 2007 Fantastic Fest.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents the JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production in association with IAC Films. Anderson directed from his own screenplay, based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon.  JoAnne Sellar, Daniel Lupi and Anderson produced the film, with Scott Rudin and Adam Somner as executive producers.

The New York Film Festival selection committee chaired by Jones is now comprised entirely of Film Society of Lincoln Center affiliates, although word is that may change in future after FSLC Senior Programming Advisor Marian Masone and Film Comment Contributing Editor Amy Taubin reach the end of their terms. FSLC staffers Dennis Lim, Director of Programming, and Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Gavin Smith are also on the committee. 

Already announced for the festival: Opening Night selection "Gone Girl," a retrospective on Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Revivals selections "Burroughs: The Movie," "The Color of Pomegranates," the restored "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Once Upon a Time in America." Another popular NYFF decision this year: the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green.

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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.