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London — “Welcome!” a soldier shouts at B (Tim Robbins), Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and interpreter Damir (Fedja Stukac) as their jeep approaches a military checkpoint. “Tell them not to wash the car: We don’t have any money. It’s a joke, tell them,” B urges Damir, who hesitates then does; the soldiers, 30 years younger than B or Mamru, who are grizzled vets, stare back eyes glazed, light automatic weapons in hand.
Joining Del Toro and Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and Mystic River” respectively, are Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who round up a top-notch ensemble cast. »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
There was a tragic death Wednesday on the set of Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence,” which is to star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. The film is in pre-production at Taiwan’s Cmpc Studios. After the production deemed a structure on the backlot unsafe for use, a contractor was hired to reinforce it.
It was during this work that a ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others, a spokesman for the film told TheWrap. »
- Jason Hughes
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young -- i.e., media friendly -- Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on February 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the »
- Steve Montgomery
This year's Oscar nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling — "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" — are a typically varied assortment. This is a branch, after all, whose choices often reflect consideration of the work itself above Best Picture-contending frontrunners. Just last year we got nominations for films like "Bad Grandpa" and "The Lone Ranger." This time around, the cream of the crop just happened to come in critically acclaimed films. Beginning with "Foxcatcher," Bill Corso and his co-nominee, Dennis Liddiard, had a gargantuan task ahead of them: transforming well-known comedic actors Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, as well as Mark Ruffalo, into something approaching blue blood John du Pont, wrestling wunderkind Mark Schultz and his ill-fated brother Dave. They split duties, with Liddiard handling Tatum's transformation, Corso working on Carell and the two of them coming to Ruffalo when needed. For both Tatum and Ruffalo, given that they were playing wrestlers, »
- Gerard Kennedy and Kristopher Tapley
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson; Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson; Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone; Running time: 148 mins; Certificate: 15
With masterpieces like Boogie Nights and Magnolia tucked under his belt, Paul Thomas Anderson's new movies are inevitably threatened by the huge burden of expectation. A bold director who never shies away from a challenge, Anderson's latest effort tackles Thomas Pynchon's supposedly unfilmable novel Inherent Vice and bears all the hallmarks of his finest work – a terrific ensemble cast, acutely observed visual detail and a labyrinthine plot that weaves together disparate and desperate figures. Sadly on this occasion, such individually strong components fail to gel together as a whole and provide a consistently engaging experience.
The intriguing period at the start of the 1970s is the canvas for the story, which involves a stoner private detective known as 'Doc' (Joaquin Phoenix »
To celebrate the release of Inherent Vice in cinemas on January 30, we’re giving you the chance to win one of five sets of film merchandise.
From acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) Inherent Vice is the groovy adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name, featuring an all-star cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro .
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and »
- Dan Bullock
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Joana Newsom, Jordan Christian Hearn, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon.
Running Time: 148 minutes
Synopsis: Feckless Pi, Doc Sportello (Phoenix), is asked to investigate a supposed plot to commit land tycoon, Michael Z. Wolfmann (Roberts), to a loony bin.
Paul Thomas Anderson is quite simply one of the greatest directors of his generation, maybe even The greatest. But with any great director, there are usually stumbling blocks along the way. Spielberg, Scorsese, and more recently Nolan, have all given us films that weren’t necessarily up to the ridiculous standards they set for themselves. Unfortunately, with Inherent Vice, Anderson doesn’t so much stumble, as he does plummet head first into the ground, crashing through all the good work he’s done over the last two decades plus. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Not surprisingly, the Screen Actors Guild Awards is one of the best precursors as to who will win the four acting categories at the Oscars. Over the past two decades, these kudos have previewed 57 of the 80 Oscar winners for acting (if you count Benicio del Toro, who won in lead at SAG in 2000 for "Traffic" and supporting at the Oscars and Kate Winslet who did the reverse, winning supporting at SAG in 2008 for "The Reader" and lead at the Oscars). -Break- All four of last year's Oscar acting champs first prevailed here. However, that marked only the fifth time in 20 years that the guild hit a home run. In both 2012 and in 2011, SAG winners went three for four at the Oscars. The guild is far less reliable when predicting Best Picture. In the 19-year history of the Best Ensemble award, that winner went on to take Oscar's top prize only nine times. »
By Anjelica Oswald
With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.
Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.
Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.
The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for »
- Anjelica Oswald
If you’re hoping we’re here to tell you that a new Howard the Duck movie is in the works, I’m sorry to say that’s not the case. And if you’re suddenly spoiled by that immediate revelation that Howard the Duck appears in the post-credits sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m not that sorry because I don’t know why else you clicked on a post about a spin-off to the most popular movie of last year. Anyway, here’s the deal: Howard the Duck has a new comic book series from Marvel, and the second issue is going to explain how the character (voiced by Seth Green) wound up sharing that drink with The Collector (Benicio del Toro). That makes it more of a prequel or sidequel or something other than a sequel, but the latter terminology is what Marvel is going with in this description of “Howard the Duck” #2, via »
- Christopher Campbell
While we won't see Howard the Duck starring in his own movie anytime soon, Marvel has launched a new comic book series revolving around the popular 70s character, who made his infamous return to the big screen in this past summer's blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel has confirmed that Issue #2 will actually serve as a prequel/sequel to the fan-favorite end credits scene which featured Howard hanging out with the Collector.
Eagle-eyed viewers first noticed Howard the Duck as part of the Collector's menagerie early on in Guardians of the Galaxy. The upcoming comic book will reveal how Howard wound up in the Collector's (Benicio Del Toro) clutches. Here is the official synopsis for the story, courtesy of THR:
Howard's first big case has taken him across the universe and landed him in the clutches of The Collector! But he's not alone as the very popular Rocket Raccoon is a prisoner as well! »
With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”
- Gary Collinson
Inherent Vice, 2014.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
“What is Inherent Vice?”
“I don’t know”
The above may not be verbatim, but is the gist of an actual line from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice. Yes, not even the characters in this film know what the hell is going on or what they are wrapped up in. In essence though, that is part of the charm in this head-dizzying odyssey through the pot infested 70s of Los Angeles.
The decision to keep the story wrapped around the minds of viewers in a haze is an intentional one however, as Inherent Vice is an adaptation of »
- Robert Kojder
Escobar: Paradise Lost is a fine thriller that cannot live up to its title’s pretensions. Both parts before and after the colon promise a dramatic heft the film does not quite achieve. It is neither a probing, complex character study of Colombia’s most notorious drug kingpin nor is it a rich drama of sordid themes that its Milton-alluding subtitle suggests. Instead, the debut from Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano is an exciting cat-and-mouse thriller between a monstrous villain and his niece’s aloof, Canadian husband, the man who gets caught up in a whirlwind of Colombian corruption.
The young man on the run is Nick Brady (Josh Hutcherson), a Canadian surfer who we first see with his older brother (Brady Corbet) on the idyllic Colombian coastline. Boarding and working at equal measure, Nick finds his deepest salvation in the form of Maria (Claudia Traisac), a beautiful native who quickly falls for him. »
- Jordan Adler
During a Doug Loves Movies podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was asked about performing the motion capture for Groot’s ‘I Want You Back’ dance at the conclusion of the blockbuster Marvel space opera, during which he decided to give an impromptu performance. Of course, cameras were there to capture it, so take a look at Gunn busting out his moves here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Even if you were not around during the 1970s, Inherent Vice comes across as a faded, nostalgic memory. Being a faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the film recounts the dying days of the free love era, laced with the look, feel and paraphernalia of the subculture. Anderson’s comedic thriller peppers itself with restless, almost out of place laughter, while dedicating itself to the themes of the early Seventies. One is reminded of private-eye classics such as Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, with traces of Zucker-Abrahams comedies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun. For many, the homage to 1970s filmmaking will be a very real and thrilling look down memory lane. For others, it’ll be a history lesson like no other found in modern day filmmaking.
Larry ‘Doc »
- Christopher Clemente
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, Lapd Detectives, »
- Gary Collinson
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Pi "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, »
- Alex Billington
The true story tale deals with a love story between a young Canadian surfer, and the niece of Colombia's drug king. Radius did not give a reason for the delay. [Source: ]
2015 BAFTA Awards
This year's nominees for the Ee British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs) are in with "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" competing for best film. 'Imitation' and 'Theory' are also competing with "'71," Paddington," "Pride" and "Under the Skin" for Outstanding British Film. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
Paul Thomas Anderson returns to the swingin’ 1970’s once more. Nearly eighteen years (zoinks!) after the saga of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights, he’s back in the era of wacky fashions and grooming choices. But this time Pt pushes the clock back a tad from the disco dancing later part of the decade to the time just after the psychedelic 60’s came to a close, 1970, a year still recovering from a massive hangover of the previous decade. And this is first adaptation since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, the first film version of a novel by the celebrated, reclusive author Thomas Pynchon. Check your inhibitions at the door, as we indulge in some cinematic Inherent Vice.
The film’s groovy narrator Sortilege (Joanna Newsom) introduces us to a most mellow fellow, hippie private eye (?!) Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he gets a big surprise at his Gordita Beach »
- Jim Batts
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