Tuesday, September 02, 2014

"Inherent Vice" Receives "R" Rating


There's reportedly quite a bit that separates Inherent Vice from the rest of Paul Thomas Anderson's body of work, but one thing it shares with all six of the features preceding it is that the MPAA has deemed it ill-fitting for anyone under the age of 17, dispelling a slightly distressing premonition we had recently.

Inherent Vice has been Rated R, and if the description is any indication, the film has something for everyone: drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and some violence.

Sounds like this one's got teeth!

IV (theatrical premiere): 101 days
IV (world premiere): 32 days

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Empire Magazine Posts First Look of Benicio Del Toro in "Inherent Vice"

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The October edition of Empire Magazine has the first image of Benicio Del Toro as Sauncho Smilax in Inherent Vice, alongside Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix, seen above.

Things are starting to get exciting, folks!

Thanks to @SamHaines94 for bringing this to our attention.

IV (theatrical premiere): 110 days
IV (world premiere): 41 days

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

NYFF Director Shares New Photo of Joaquin In "Vice", Further Impressions of the Film

Hullo.

We tossed this up on our social media outlets but were a couple days late to getting it on the ol' site, so here it is: Kent Jones, the director of the New York Film Festival, where Inherent Vice will premiere in 42 days' time, has shared a brand spankin' new photo of Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, which you can see above. In addition, he went on to reveal the personal response he had watching the film.

On the selection process...
I saw that there were a lot of good movies from American filmmakers. First of all, three great New York movies: Time Out of Mind, Heaven Knows What, and Whiplash. Then there’s Birdman, which is another kind of great New York movie, and a great Broadway movie by the way and a beautiful movie about theater. And then there's Gone Girl and Inherent Vice. Gone Girl is this panoramic, phantasmagorical, acid trip of a movie that keeps shifting gears for an amazing cinematic ride. Inherent Vice is also, in a completely different way. It’s like being in a time machine, going back to the time of mutton chops and Neil Young.
On watching Inherent Vice for the first time...
Wild movie. You know, it’s the first [Thomas] Pynchon film adaptation, and it really catches his tone. It really catches the antic nature of him: the crazy names of characters, the nutty behavior, and then also the emotional undertone. It has the flavor of Pynchon. It has this Big Lebowski element to one side of it, but the emotional undertone, the desperation, the paranoia, and the yearning in the film... [Paul Thomas Anderson's] an absolutely amazing filmmaker and it’s incredible to see him responding to someone else’s creation and then building his own creation out of it. He sort of did that with There Will Be Blood, but not really. It’s his own movie, inspired by the novel Oil!
I was born in 1960, but I certainly remember 1971 very well and I gotta say, from the minute the movie started to the minute it ended, I was back—way back—to the point where I was thinking “Gee, my son was born in the ’90s.” So it’s a different kind of relationship that he would have. It’s an amazing piece of work, and at this point Joaquin Phoenix and Paul have something so rare between them as an actor and director, and Sam Waterston’s daughter, Katherine, is in it, and she’s riveting every minute she’s on screen. It’s quite a film.
IV (theatrical premiere): 111 days
IV (world premiere): 42 days

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Waterston, Brolin Talk More "Inherent Vice" In Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly has a couple more exclusive scoops on Inherent Vice from two of the stars of the film, Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston, and here they are:
"With Paul, he's interested in what might happen, not what should happen," Waterston recalls of filming in Los Angeles last summer. "He doesn't walk onto set with a clear goal. That can be...surprising. It didn't feel chaotic; it felt thrilling. The set felt really vital. Like you were going into a question together."
For his part, Brolin was particularly struck by the un-Hollywood tenor of Anderson's filmmaking process. Exhibit A: the actors' freedom to lodge constructive criticism (a no-no for so many Serious Auteurs) and course-correct using all means of unusual props. 
"With this [film], there was a lack of pretense--a really strange lack of pretense," Brolin says. "When something isn't working, you can say, 'This feels like a turd. Let's cut the middle three pages. I'll try to improvise and provide a bridge. How about some pancakes?"
Pancakes?  
"I'm not joking about the pancakes," he confirms. "Many, many pancakes. By the end of the day, you're shaking so much because you've eaten so many pancakes, you know you're going to be diabetic in the next 24 hours."
Brolin went on to add that was movie was like "Cirque du Soleil more than pretentious filmmaking."

(Thanks to SuperGnodab for the heads up!)

IV (theatrical premiere): 118 days
IV (world premiere): 49 days

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Glimpse of Josh Brolin in 'Vice'; Film Clocks In At 148 Minutes


At last! We have a rough first glimpse of what Josh Brolin will look like as Bigfoot Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming Inherent Vice, via a small piece on the film in the most recent edition of Entertainment Weekly:
Following the Oscar nods and "Is it really about Scientology?" innuendo that greeted his 2012 film The Master, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson takes a left turn into '70s noir - and a cloud of marijuana smoke - with his psychedelic crime romp Inherent Vice. Adapted from Thomas Pynchon's gonzo 2009 novel, Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a shambling SoCal PI investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's wealthy boyfriend. Along the way, he uncovers a pileup of conspiracies and faked deaths, heroin cartels and pimps. The cast includes Josh Brolin as a hippie-hating L.A. cop, Owen Wilson as a surf-band saxophonist, and Reese Witherspoon as a deputy DA and Doc's part-time squeeze.
Anderson draws inspiration from a certain hard-boiled Raymond Chandler classic as well as the stoner stalwarts behind Up in Smoke. "Paul said it has elements of The Long Goodbye and Cheech & Chong," says Katherine Waterston, the newcomer (and daughter of Law & Order's Sam Waterston) who plays the femme fatale. "It's hard to explain tonally." (Maybe The Bong Goodbye?) And in a film that swings between suspense and absurdity, prepare for a bit of magical realism. "A piece of fruit plays a major role. It's frozen. And it's my friend," teases Brolin. "Even talking about it now is making me chuckle."
In announcing its full slate lineup, The New York Film Festival provided a nice writeup on Inherent Vice, which will be the fest's centerpiece screening in its world premiere.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s wild and entrancing new movie, the very first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is a cinematic time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s. It’s not just the look (which is ineffably right, from the mutton chops and the peasant dresses to the battered screen doors and the neon glow), it’s the feel, the rhythm of hanging out, of talking yourself into a state of shivering ecstasy or fear or something in between. Joaquin Phoenix goes all the way for Anderson (just as he did in The Master) playing Doc Sportello, the private investigator searching for his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston, a revelation), menaced at every turn by Josh Brolin as the telegenic police detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen. Among the other members of Anderson’s mind-boggling cast are Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, and Jena Malone. A trip, and a great American film by a great American filmmaker. 
 The fest also verified a 148 minute run time for Inherent Vice.

There you have it. It's done and it's coming.

IV (theatrical premiere): 119 days
IV (world premiere): 50 days

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

READ: Fifteen Years Later - Tom Cruise and Magnolia

The Anatomy of an Actor series is a collection of books which each examine ten different performances from a specific actor, analyzing key qualities about the work that make it exceptional. The most recent installment of these books is about Tom Cruise and, not surprisingly, there is a chapter devoted to Magnolia, and Cruise's process of building Frank TJ Mackey with Paul Thomas Anderson. There are some good quotes from both Cruise and PTA, and the piece is incredibly insightful and perceptive. If nothing else, it reinforces the simple fact that Mackey is one of the greatest friggin' movie characters ever created.

The book is [beautifully] written by Amy Nicholson and Grantland has an exclusive excerpt of the Magnolia chapter.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Benicio Del Toro Talks Inherent Vice


Steve "Frosty" Weintraub of Collider conducted an interview with Benicio Del Toro -- who is on the heels of a box-office-shattering hit in Guardians of the Galaxy -- and he was able to ask about his experience working with PTA on Inherent Vice. We seem to be having a slight problem embedding the video, but the remarks are brief, so here's a transcription as well as a link to the story.
Collider: Two of my most anticipated films that are upcoming later: Paradise Lost, Inherent Vice. How'd you get involved in those projects and can you sort of talk about the experience of making them?
Benicio Del Toro: Paul Thomas Anderson called me up, and you just say "yes." And then, working with Joaquin Phoenix, who's one of my favorite actors. And I've known him for a while too, and we never worked together, so I was very excited... and that was a lot of fun...
(Thanks for the heads-up, Harley Quinn)

IV (theatrical premiere): 134 days
IV (world premiere): 65 days

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Friday, July 25, 2014

"Inherent Vice" Reportedly Completed; Details Begin To Emerge


According to Kris Tapley over at Hitfix, we should start preparing ourselves for "a very different Paul Thomas Anderson experience" with Inherent Vice. Tapley's sources have pretty specific impressions from seeing the movie, but they might suggest more than you would like to know about the movie this early on, so click below the fold at your own discretion.

That said, we can finally report: Inherent Vice is completed, and runs slightly north of two and a half hours.

Friday, July 18, 2014

OFFICIAL: "Inherent Vice" To Have World Premiere At NYFF

Mere days after rumors started swirling, Variety is reporting that Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice will in fact have its world premiere on October 4th, at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, as the fest's centerpiece gala.

UPDATE: As Timothy pointed out in our comments, festival director Kent Jones said in this article that Inherent Vice as “a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early ‘70s SoCal counterculture back to full-blown life. It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.” 

You might want to start thinking about booking flights and hotels.

IV (theatrical premiere): 146 days
IV (world premiere): 77 days

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