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.
We have been following the production of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project for some time now, and finally we have a visual idea of what to expect from the upcoming drama. Inherent Vice follows the trials of Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private detective in 1970s Los Angeles who probes the murder/disappearance of his former girlfriend. Vice is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in the roles of Sportello and LAPD detective Bigfoot Bjornsen. Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, and Owen Wilson also have supporting roles in the film. Entertainment Weekly recently acquired a photo from the set featuring Brolin and Phoenix in full costume, the first real look at the movie we have had thus far. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this coming January 15th. Stay tuned for more information…we should see a trailer coming out soon!
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has kept the Hollywood gossip scene hungry for news about what his next project will be after the success of his blockbuster sequel last May, but now he seems to have given them some answers. The Wrap has reported that Black will next be directing producer Joel Silver’s murder/conspiracy thriller The Nice Guys, which follows muscle-head and private-eye Jackson Healy and Holland March, respectively, in the investigation of a porn-star’s suicide in connection to someone (Tycoon or businessman) in the American auto-industry. The story takes place in 1970s Los Angeles and the director is currently looking to actors Russell Crowe (Gladiator, American Gangster) and Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Gangster-Squad) to take the leading roles. The script comes from Black and screenwriter Anthony Bagarozzi, who has also penned scripts for a couple of film potentials, including Doc Savage and Death Note, but no release date or production schedule has been put into effect at this time.
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).