Sunday, December 21, 2014

WATCH: Academy Conversations With PTA, Leslie Jones, Mark Bridges, Daniel Lupi & Joanne Sellar

Here's a small sliver of a talk with the Inherent Vice team: Producers Joanne Sellar & Daniel Lupi, costume designer Mark Bridges, film editor Leslie Jones, and their ring-leader, Paul Thomas Anderson. Have a looksee. 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

PTA Talks "Vice" In A 40-Minute Conversation On Studio 360

Via The Film Stage, PTA sat down for a 40-minute interview on Studio 360 on Thursday to promote Inherent Vice. You can download it and store it on your Vice playlist, which should be totaling over 2 hours in length at this point. Give it a listen below:

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bigfoot Character Poster/Trailer Arrives; Listen To An Hour of PTA Interviews on NPR

PTA visited NPR's All Things Considered recently for a brief chat about his new work Inherent Vice. The conversation chiefly discusses the struggles of adapting from such a major literary voice.  Listen:

PTA also talked for nearly an hour on KQED Radio to promote Vice, and that conversation is much more wide-ranging. He discusses his earlier career a bit more extensively than he has recently, and compares the process of adapting Thomas Pynchon to the process of adapting Upton Sinclair for There Will Be Blood. It's a great listen.

Finally, a really cool new character-themed poster and instagram-video-sized trailer for Inherent Vice via the film's social media outlets. One would think these are the first in a series, but it's hard telling. Anyway:

Josh Brolin as Christian "Bigfoot" Bjornsen

Friday, December 12, 2014


Today's the day, folks. Well, at least for those of you living on the East or West Coast. That's right. After whispers of a potential Thomas Pynchon adaptation first surfaced just over 4 years ago, Paul Thomas Anderson's seventh feature film, Inherent Vice, is now officially playing in theatres.   

You can find New York showtimes here and LA showtimes here.

(UPDATE) Also officially released is the second theatrical poster for Inherent Vice, and we're guessing you'll find it familiar.

There are a couple insanely great pieces about PTA circulating out there today:
- One with Glenn Kenny over at Wondering Sound, in which PTA discusses the use of music in his films. A couple notable quotes to whet your appetite:
“A lot of the time we were shooting stuff that was silent. So there was a ton of stuff during dailies [where] there wasn’t a lot of dialogue. So it was very easy to plug the iPod into the speakers and kind of navigate around, whether it was Chico Hamilton again, or weirder stuff. A lot of the songs I kept playing, like ‘You Go To My Head,’ or ‘Two Blind Loves,’ some of which ended up in the movie, some of which didn’t. I remember particularly loving the feeling of ‘Two Blind Loves,’ and just having the knowledge of that song really was useful. There was one classical piece that I can’t remember now, that I’d play during the rushes, and even though it didn’t end up in the movie, it ended up informing how I shaped the mood of one of the beach scenes. So it’s always useful to play with material even if it doesn’t end up being used.” (One song used to startling effect is “Slow Boat to China,” sung in full by Philip Seymour Hoffman at the end of the film.) “What can I say? Nothing. Except maybe that I’d trade all my screenplays for a writing credit on that song. My ex-old lady Fiona [Apple] sings this song better than anyone.”
And when Kenny asked PTA whether Pynchon was a major influence behind the "Wise Up" musical sequence in Magnolia, the answer he gave might surprise you...
I asked Anderson if Pynchon was perhaps a subterranean influence on the “Wise Up” scene in his third feature Magnolia, in which stanzas of Aimee Mann’s mordant song are voiced by a procession of the film’s suffering characters. “I have to say, if I ever get a do-over on Vice, I would work a Pynchon song into it,” Anderson answered. “As for Magnolia, if I had a do-over for that, I might take the singing out. I know people like it but I’m not sure the movie’s better for it. I could have gotten to them frogs falling a little faster without it. I don’t know that I had Pynchon in the back of my mind when I did it, I just thought, ‘This is a good idea.’”
Read the whole interview in the link posted above these quotes.

A great interview with PTA turned up in Filmmaker Magazine, which the author was kind enough to pass along to us. Here's a great quote from the man himself:
"The only thing I ever really look at in movies is the actors. Obviously there are great movies with great production design and that kind of stuff, but… it probably comes from my first movie, where I realized early on that I didn’t have any money and I was telling a small story, but what I did have was these great actors, which ended up being the most important thing you could have. I remember talking with Jack Fisk on There Will Be Blood about needing money to do special effects, and he said, “We’ve got the best special effect there is, we’ve got Daniel Day Lewis!” And he was right. A nice two-shot with two actors performing great dialogue, that’s a staple of the movies of the ’30s that I love the most.
I don’t fetishize ’70s movies the way some people do. I love them, but my models are those ’30s films, and I’m always trying to emulate that. Sometimes you can’t – sometimes you try to get things in one shot and you realize you’re forcing the staging, and you have to own up to the fact that it’s not working. You always have to keep an eye on it to make sure that your visual ideas aren’t affectations, and that you’re not just adhering to some kind of dogma. But when you can make that kind of thing work naturally, it’s just the best."
You can read that entire interview here.

And now, kids, the countdown to Inherent Vice's wide-release begins: 27 days.

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Flashback Friday: Watch Hour-Long Press Conference For "There Will Be Blood" With PTA & DDL

Above is an hour-long press conference for There Will Be Blood from all the way back in 2008 (centuries ago, right?) featuring both Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

We'll have another post later this evening with a Vice roundup. Stay tuned for that.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joaquin Phoenix Receives Golden Globe Nomination For Inherent Vice; PTA Does Commentary On A Scene From The Film

The nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe awards were announced this morning, and Joaquin Phoenix scored a nomination for best performance by an actor in a comedy or musical. Unfortunately, though, that single nomination was the only love the film got. You can read the full list of nominations here. (Feel free to sound off in the comments about why the Hollywood Foreign Press decided that St. Vincent deserved a Best Picture nomination more.) The awards will be handed out on January 11.

In other awesome news, PTA stopped by The New York Times to participate in their Anatomy of a Scene series, where a director essentially provides a commentary track over a given scene. You can watch that here, to rejuvenate your sense-memory of the joy it used to be to listen to PTA talk about his own shit on a commentary (Thanks, Tori!)

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IV: 1 day

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unreleased Radiohead Song From Vice Soundtrack Debuts; PTA Says Another Pynchon Film Is Feasible

Today, Nonesuch released a cut off of the Inherent Vice Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, due out December 15, available for pre-order here.

The song, as previously reported, is a reworking of a previously unreleased Radiohead song called "Spooks" by the fellas in the English band Supergrass, with dashes of Joanna Newsom's narration from the film (and the book) tossed in to make a tasty mix.

We seem to be having an issue embedding the track, but you can find it here.

In other news, PTA did an interview with Metro, wherein he was pressed about the supposed Pynchon cameo in Inherent Vice. As usual, PTA played it pretty cool but it did lead to him offering up his own artistic rendering of what the famously reclusive author looks like. This excerpt brought to you by xixax:
I know it's impossible to really know, but is Pynchon in the movie? There was rumor of a cameo.
Can you put a dollar amount on how many tickets might be sold to Pynchon freaks who have to see? Chances are they could come back 50 times, buying a ticket each time, and that, you know, that's a lot of money that we can't just throw out the window, so we have to keep … (laughs) He's absolutely in there somewhere! You just have to keep coming back to find it! I wish you all luck.
Well, could you draw me a picture of him? 
There you go. (laughs)

In the same interview, PTA discusses attempting adaptations of Pynchon novels before Inherent Vice:
It was two things at once. It was, "I don't know how to do this and I can't do this, but no one else is going to be allowed to do this but me." I love and have loved his work for a long time. I flirted with trying to do "Vineland," I certainly thought for a second "Mason and Dixon" could be done — and maybe someday still will. But this presented itself as doable, as a great lead character weaving through many other great characters. And I loved how many girls there were in it, too. There's so many great parts for girls, and getting your hero to interact with all of them — and most of them are half-clothed. That just seemed so appealing. I was like, "OK, there's enough," but all the while convincing myself that I shouldn't do it, that I shouldn't make another L.A. movie, that I don't need to do this again, but as you're typing, it's kind of like a drug addict who's just like, "I really can't have another drink" while reaching for his glass. It was too hard to resist.
So there you have it. After the release of Inherent Vice, PTA and Pynchon may not be parting ways forever. Time shall tell.

There's plenty of other great stuff in that interview, including one particularly sweet anecdote about the decision to include a song by Maya Rudolph's mother Minnie Riperton on the soundtrack. Read the rest of it here.

- In other news, the wonderful Grantland article we posted yesterday about the Los Angeles locations used by PTA thus far is actually only but a single installment in an entire week of PTA appreciation leading up to the release of Inherent Vice. Today's piece is an [exquisite] oral history of Boogie Nights and it can (and should) be read here.

- Finally, this dropped on YouTube a few days ago and a few of you have been kind enough to pass it along. That's right: the FULL PTA/Robert Carl Cohen Q&A that followed the screening of Cohen's documentary Mondo Hollywood at the AFI Fest last month. Watch, watch, watch:

In addition to any Vice-related news that might pop up between now and then, we will have a pretty cool Flashback Friday for you (we have not yet made the full conversion to #tbt) so keep your eyes peeled for that this weekend.

(One last thing: I (Bryan) am STILL composing a piece about my experience at the Ace Hotel screening of Inherent Vice last week and I will be dead if it's not posted sometime this weekend. You'll forgive the delay, the whole ordeal was the best kind of whirlwind and it gave me a lot to think about.)

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IV: 2 days

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