Warner Bros. Pictures has taken a potential new direction with their upcoming Pinocchio production with star Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers, The Judge). Downey has been attached to the project for several years now, with various names like Ben Stiller being tossed around to direct. But now Warner Bros. is turning to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) to re-write the current script by Michael Mitnick with the aim at possibly directing as well. Paul Thomas Anderson writing a Pinocchio script is already pretty surprising, but given his impressive catalogue of work this may turn out to be a really great move! As far as the story goes, Downey is expected to appear as Geppetto, the woodworker who makes a boy puppet that miraculously comes to life, who sets out on a journey to reunite with his lost puppet. Nothing is confirmed yet, but let’s hope this one comes together. Stay tuned for more news.
The latest project from acclaimed writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) is opening in theaters this Friday, January 9th, and I think it will probably be one of the better releases since Interstellar back in November, give-or-take a few exceptions. Adapted by Anderson from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, the film follows outlandish private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello across 1970s Los Angeles as he investigates the death of his ex-girlfriend. Joaquin Phoenix (Signs, Walk The Line) and Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3) are leading the cast that also includes Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, and Benicio Del Toro. Anderson’s last film, The Master, received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, all for Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), and before that, There Will Be Blood won two Oscars in 2008 for Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis) and Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit), so needless to say, this director knows what he’s doing. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then seriously consider seeing this one on the big screen.
One of the first releases following the start of the new year will be director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1970s LA crime-noir drama Inherent Vice. Anderson, who is known for films like There Will Be Blood and The Master, adapted the screenplay from Thomas Pynchon‘s novel about a pot-smoking detective in Los Angeles who investigates the disappearance of a former lover. The film is lead by an all-star cast that includes Jena Malone (Pride & Prejudice, Into The Wild), Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line, Mud), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Night at the Museum), Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Snatch), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3), and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Her). The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on January 9, 2015. You can watch the trailer right here on MADE.
Finally after months of waiting we have a trailer for the upcoming sequel/reboot Jurassic World from director Colin Trevorrow. The film features Chris Pratt (The 5-Year Engagement, Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help), Jake Johnson (Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Love & Other Drugs, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Picking up more than twenty years after the original film, the island that featured Jurassic Park is now a fully functional tourist attraction that brings visitors from all over the world to see the genetically-engineered dinosaurs, until, of course, a new disaster quickly arises on our cast members. The film is expected in theaters on June 12, 2015. Enjoy!
Director Paul Thomas Anderson is currently finishing production on his next film, Inherent Vice, which has now been given an official release date by Warner Bros. for this December 12th. The movie is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, which follows a pot-smoking detective in 1970s Los Angeles named Larry “Doc” Sportello, who probes the disappearance of an old girlfriend. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Sportello, and has an all-star supporting cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Martin Short. This will also be the third collaboration between Anderson and composer Jonny Greenwood, who worked on two of the director’s previous movies, There Will Be Blood (2007), and The Master (2012).
Many people may not be aware of Jonny Greenwood’s musical contributions outside of the English rock-band Radiohead, but the 42 year old musician is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. Greenwood won a Grammy for his work on director Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007), and also worked with the director on his more recent film, The Master (2012). Before working with Anderson, however, Greenwood’s music was featured in several big name motion pictures, including Children of Men (2006), Unfaithful (2002), Vanilla Sky (2001), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Romeo+Juliet (1996). Now Greenwood is also being contracted to score Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which is scheduled for release sometime this year and which stars Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short. Although Anderson’s films have won (and received even more nominations) for the Oscars and Golden Globes, Greenwood’s work as a composer for the big screen has yet to be recognized by either film organization. Maybe this time he will get his big break, but either way his talents can no longer be overlooked by anyone in the film industry, even if Paul Anderson is the only filmmaker in Hollywood to let the musician work his magic. Stay tuned for more information on Inherent Vice.
October 10th marks the start of the 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. The celebration began yesterday (Oct. 10th) at the Chicago Theatre with a screening of director James Gray’s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. It will end on the 24th of October with Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about the early 1960s folk scene in the Greenwich Village, starring Oscar Isaac. Films by writers, directors, and actors from around the world have been entered to this year’s celebration. Some interesting showings include Like Father Like Son, The Major, The Priest’s Children (strange title, I know, but read the description before you judge), Tanta Agua, La Juala de Oro, Infiltrators, and I Will Be Murdered, just to name a few. Tickets are $14 a day for general admission, with $5 matinees until 5pm. Students and seniors can get in for $11. You can find information about showings and ticketing at chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-332-3456. Enjoy the show!
The kid Rio is preparing to drop his upcoming album entitled “Trying To Be Human” and today we have the trailer for said album. The project will feature the likes of Sam Trump, Cody DeCamry and NVS just to name a few. Check out the visual above and make sure to stay tuned for more from Rio.