Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy 45th, PTA!


Here's wishing Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson a happy forty-fifth birthday from the team at C&RV. We owe you everything and then some, sir, and we sincerely hope this next year brings you wellness, joy, and (selfishly) productivity.

And here's an oldie-but-a-goodie:


Cheers!
CJ & Bryan, Cigarettes & Red Vines

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WATCH: 12-Minute Behind the Scenes Doc From The Set of Inherent Vice, "Chryskylodon Blues"


When we spoke with writer/director Laura Colella about her film Breakfast With Curtis, she told us that she had been tapped by Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot the behind-the-scenes material for Inherent Vice. But with the blu-ray release of Vice having come and gone with none of that footage included, we figured we would be left scratching our heads for the rest of our lives wondering what the hell that set actually looked like. Not so fast...

Laura Colella presents...... Chryskyolodon Blues

It's a spellbinding twelve-minute reel of Super 8 footage from the set of PTA's seventh feature film, scored to music from The Growlers (the band cast as The Boards in the movie) and audio passages from the novel. It is especially cool to watch PTA & co. set up shots that have gone on to become some of the more iconic of the movie, as well as shots that never made it into the movie.

Anyway. Less talky, more watchy. Click that link above and enjoy.

Very special thanks indeed to Laura Colella for bringing this to us to this morning!

C&RV

Monday, June 08, 2015

PTA Rumored To Be Considering A Return To 70MM For Next Project


At the 2015 Cine Gear Expo, which ended yesterday, Panavision screened test footage from Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western The Hateful Eight and according to virtually everyone who was in attendance, the footage looked absolutely stunning.

Some background: Hateful was shot on 70mm with anamorphic lenses, which creates a much wider frame than 35mm anamorphic (35 anamorphic typically preserves 2.35:1 while 70 anamorphic preserves a massive 2.78:1). For reference, The Master was shot on 70mm with spherical lenses rather than anamorphic, and created a frame less wide than even 35mm anamorphic, preserving 1.85:1. So the difference in widescreen between The Hateful Eight and The Master is insanely huge.

And here's the really cool part: PTA may be taking a crack at Tarantino's wider 70mm format soon. According to camera/lens technician Scott Gleine, who was at the test screening, someone asked during the open audience Q&A portion of the presentation if any other filmmakers had seen or shown interest in the format since the Hateful test footage had been shot, and Panavision's VP of Optical Engineering, Dan Sasaki, specifically mentioned that Paul Thomas Anderson had seen the footage and is strongly considering the same format for his next project.

For what it's worth, PTA has mentioned before that Dan Saski was an integral voice in the decision to shoot The Master on 70mm, so his perspective is definitely worth noting.

But what is the project???

We're not sure just yet. But we do recall PTA mentioning he'd be interested in using 70mm in its intended aspect ratio when we chatted with him about The Master.

Time should clear up all the questions that are already percolating around this development, but now comes the hard part: the sitting and waiting.

(P.S. Here's another account of the event, via @TheValidAlex)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

WATCH: PTA & Jonathan Demme Q&A From '14 Austin Film Festival


Several months ago, audio from the Q&A between Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme at last year's Austin Film Festival was made available to download. Now, video of the talk has found its way to YouTube. Notably, quite a bit of the video differs from what was cut together in the audio-only version, so it's definitely worth taking a peek (via xixax).

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Inherent Vice Bluray Set For April 28th Release


Hey there. We're a couple days late to this, but some slight radio silence has been required  and will continue in the next couple days/week as we undergo some technical maintenance.

Good news is, you can now preorder the DVD-bluray combo pack of Inherent Vice on Amazon before it is released to the buying public on April 28th.

If you have already purchased the film on iTunes, some special features should have popped up for you, including a deleted scene montage and a few unreleased trailers! We assume these are the special features that will be included on the blu ray.

And how about that cover art, for pete's sake...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Inherent Vice" Screenplay Now Available For Download

As some of our more sleuthing readers might know, the script for Inherent Vice became quietly available to read through an (awesome, free) iPhone app called Weekend Read a couple weeks ago, but for the life of us, we could find it absolutely nowhere else online. We didn't want to post about it until we could deliver the real thing, and today Warner Bros. has remedied the situation.

Download/read/do-with-as-you-wish a .pdf of the Inherent Vice screenplay right here.

(Thanks SuperGnodab!)

NOTE: While the title page refers to this as the "final shooting script", the draft available for download is almost certainly a "for your consideration" draft - a version of the script which is prepared by the studio after the movie is completed to submit for awards consideration. FYC scripts are generally cut-and-pasted together from various revisions and cleaned up to match the finished film as much as possible. While we can be confident PTA wrote these pages, we can also be confident they were shifted around and reorganized to more or less replicate what is seen in the final cut of the movie. This would also explain why the title page is dated for after the production had already wrapped. More info about different kinds of scripts can be heard deep-ish into this episode of the Scriptnotes podcast.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Vice" Now Available For Digital Purchase; New Interviews & More


Hello friends! Feels like it's been a minute.

If you are getting impatient waiting for the blu ray release details of Inherent Vice to arrive, you can bide some time by purchasing a digital copy of the film on all major platforms today. That includes Amazon Instant, Vudu, Sony Entertainment Network, Verizon FiOS, Xbox Video, Google Play, xfinity, and, of course, iTunes.

So what else is new? Well, for starters, we've amassed a bunch of interviews from PTA's international press tour for Vice.

- First off, from Interview Magazine:

- Then a small Q&A with PTA, Joanne Sellar, and (a suitably coy) Joaquin Phoenix in France:

- Then, PTA in Italy (untranslated, but still followable):

- In Digital Spy, PTA recounts his favorite films of all time, including fondness for William Peter Blatty's cult classic The Ninth Configuration. (spoiler: #1 remains Sierra Madre.)

- Dazed ran a brief interview with PTA last month, but it explores something we've personally found of great interest in the past few years: his fascination with the sea in his last three films. Definitely worth reading.

- PTA speaks with Little White Lies about drugs, Pynchon, and the importance of commercial success.

- And finally: PTA talks Vice, career, and early professional paranoia in The Irish Times.

On Sunday, we will find out if Paul Thomas Anderson will be finally acknowledged or passed over once a-fucking-gain for his screenwriting talents at the 87th annual Academy Awards. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Let's see, let's see... was there something else we were forgetting? Oh right... these...




A photo posted by @lefaffage on

A photo posted by @lefaffage on

A photo posted by @lefaffage on

Images of PTA shooting some vague mysterious-ish project in India were posted on Instagram within the past couple weeks. Elsewhere in that account are images of Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich also in India, so we're guessing it's some kind of performance documentary piece. Pretty cool, right?

Good to be back, folks. Missed ya.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Inherent Vice' Nominated For Two Academy Awards

It's that time of year again. The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards have been announced, and mostly Inherent Vice was sorely neglected. The good news: Mark Bridges received a nomination for Best Costume Design and Paul Thomas Anderson was nominated for his groundbreaking Adapted Screenplay of the Thomas Pynchon novel.

We would've liked to have seen some of the stellar performances acknowledged, and/or Robert Elswit's career-best cinematography, but what are you gonna do. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 22nd, and we'll see if Vice can't pick up those two golden statues.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

WATCH: PTA Talks "Vice" With Vice


On the eve of Inherent Vice's nation-wide theatrical release, a few new promotional materials have dropped. And they're all good. Above is a 20-minute interview PTA did with Vice (the magazine) about Vice (the movie).

Vice also has an exclusive Vice trailer themed for Shasta's character.


Last but not least, you guessed it... the final installment has arrived. Character Poster/Trailer #9:




IV (wide release): Tomorrow

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