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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘There Will Be Blood’: The Original Eli Sunday Reveals the Truth About Being Fired By Paul Thomas Anderson

‘There Will Be Blood’: The Original Eli Sunday Reveals the Truth About Being Fired By Paul Thomas Anderson
Most people remember “There Will Be Blood” as Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ Oscar-winning masterpiece, but Kel O’Neill probably isn’t one of them. The actor was originally cast as the pastor Eli Sunday but was fired from the film only a couple weeks into production. The rumor that O’Neill had to leave the film because he was intimidated by Day-Lewis has percolated for over a decade, but the actor has finally set the record straight in a new interview with Vulture.

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According to O’Neill, he was asked by Anderson to arrive on the West Texas set two weeks early so that the cast could begin soaking up the isolation of the film’s period setting. But as soon as O’Neill arrived on set, he knew something just wasn’t working between Anderson and him.
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Phantom Thread Preview Teases Daniel Day Lewis' Final Moments on Screen

Phantom Thread Preview Teases Daniel Day Lewis' Final Moments on Screen
Focus Features has released a new trailer for Phantom Thread, which reveals that there will be sneak peek screenings in New York and Los Angeles between November 24 and November 30. The preview, released earlier today, has already proven to be quite popular, since all of the screenings in both cities are sold out. Given the immense demand for what will be iconic actor Daniel Day-Lewis' final film, it wouldn't be surprising if even more sneak peeks are added between now and the December 25 release date.

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young,
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Gets An Official Title & Synopsis

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film has received an official title and new synopsis. They were released by Focus Features on the film’s official website. The name of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, will be Phantom Thread, the story set in the fashion industry in 1950’s London.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Phantom Thread from Paul Thomas Anderson. The writer/director will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

Lesley Manville (Maleficent), Camilla Rutherford (The Darjeeling Limited) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man) are also amongst the cast.

Phantom Thread will be produced
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Chapman’s 18th Annual Women In Focus Coming on April 7th

Directors Niki Caro, Sydney Freeland, Kelly Fremon Craig, Catherine Hardwicke and Haifaa Al-Mansour Headline; Susan Cartsonis Moderates

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, will focus on Hollywood directors with the theme ‘In the Director’s Chair’ at the 18th Annual Women in Focus Conference.

The Women in Focus Conference will feature Academy Award®-nominated director Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “Whale Rider”, “North Country”); acclaimed director Sydney Freeland (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train”, “Drunktown’s Finest”, “Her Story”); award-winning screenwriter and film director, Kelly Fremon Craig (“The Edge of Seventeen”, “Post Grad”, “Streak”); critically-acclaimed director, Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Thirteen”); and the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour (“Mary Shelley”, “Wadjda”).

The panel will be moderated by producing veteran Susan Cartsonis (“Carrie Pilby”, “What Women Want”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Paul Thomas Anderson Begins Shooting New Movie with Daniel Day-Lewis

Paul Thomas Anderson Begins Shooting New Movie with Daniel Day-Lewis
Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus Features' Hanna. Focus holds worldwide rights to the film, and will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.

The film's producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna. Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century.
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Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama Rounds Out Cast

Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama Rounds Out Cast
Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps have joined Daniel Day-Lewis in the Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled film about the world of high fashion in 1950s London.

Production began this week in the U.K. for Focus Features, which announced in September that it had obtained worldwide rights to the project.

Manville has been in several of Mike Leigh’s films including “Secrets and Lies” and “Another Year,” for which she received a BAFTA Best Actress nomination. Krieps’ credits include “A Most Wanted Man” and Focus FeaturesHanna.

Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution. The film’s producers are JoAnne Sellar; Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures; and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.

The collaboration between Anderson and Day-Lewis
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Production Begins On Paul Thomas Anderson Film Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus FeaturesHanna.

Focus holds worldwide rights to the film, and will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.

The film’s producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century.
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Jonny Greenwood to Compose the Score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s London Fashion Drama

Jonny Greenwood to Compose the Score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s London Fashion Drama
Production for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming fashion drama has officially begun, with frequent collaborator Jonny Greenwood on board to compose the score.

The Radiohead guitarist and composer has previously worked with Anderson on three films: “There Will Be Blood,” “The Master” and most recently “Inherent Vice.” Anderson has also directed several Radiohead music videos, including “The Numbers,” “Present” and “Daydreaming.”

Greenwood will be in charge of the music for the filmmaker’s currently-untitled drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Set in the couture world of 1950s London, the movie will explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century, illuminating the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society. The Oscar winner will also be joined by actresses Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.

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Focus Features will distribute
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Focus begins production in London on Pt Anderson fashion film

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Focus begins production in London on Pt Anderson fashion film
Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps have joined Daniel Day-Lewis on the London-set story.

Focus acquired worldwide rights to the project in a major pre-buy last September. It is understood that at the time Focus paid about $35m for a project that with soft money could see the budget rise to around $40m.

The feature centres on an uncompromising dressmaker to royalty and high society in 1950s London.

It marks the latest collaboration between Anderson and Day-Lewis following the latter’s Oscar-winning role in There Will Be Blood.

The drama is anticipated to be a major awards season contender. Focus will distribute in the Us later this year and Universal Pictures handles international distribution.

JoAnne Sellar produces with Megan Ellison via her Annapurna Pictures, and Anderson. Executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna.
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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson Reunite for 1950s Drama

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson Reunite for 1950s Drama
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures handling international distribution. Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is producing the movie, with Mr. Anderson and JoAnne Sellar producing through his Ghoulardi Film Company. The film will begin production in January for release in 2017.

Continuing a creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Daniel Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, and the film nominations for Best Picture, Directing, and Screenplay, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive and surging milieu of the 20th century through the new movie - the couture world of 1950s London.

Mr. Day-Lewis has also won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performances in Lincoln and My Left Foot, while Mr. Anderson has also received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays of Inherent Vice,
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Focus buys Pt Anderson reunion project with Daniel Day-Lewis

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Focus buys Pt Anderson reunion project with Daniel Day-Lewis
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project, which will see the auteur reunite with his There Will Be Blood leading man Daniel Day-Lewis.

It is understood Focus beat out Fox Searchlight and others and paid around $35m for a project that with soft money could see the budget rise to around $40m.

News of the stunning deal emerged on the first day of Toronto and marks another notable pre-buy in an environment where distributors have shown themselves to be willing to invest early in promising material with A-list attachments.

It is a big statement from Focus since the studio was reconfigured as a prestige label under the leadership team of chairman Peter Kujawski, president Robert Walak and COO Abhijay Prakash.

Anderson’s first film since Inherent Vice in 2014 will take place in the 1950s London high fashion scene. The producers have earmarked a January 2017 start in time for a year-end release
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Focus Acquires Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ New Film For 2017 Release

It was earlier this summer when we got the most tantalizing film news of the year thus far: Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are planning a second collaboration, one set in the 1950s fashion industry. At that time, we weren’t sure when exactly we might be able to see it — just that Anderson was “meeting young actresses of Eastern European descent to cast supporting roles” — but now we finally have word, and it’s thankfully sooner than expected.

According to Deadline, Focus Features beat out Fox Searchlight for the worldwide rights for the project and they’ll also finance the $35 million budget, with producing help once again from Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and JoAnne Sellar at Ghoulardi Film Company. The enticing news is that production will begin early next year and we’ll see it arrive by late 2017. The trade reports the drama is actually set in London,
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Hollywood Insiders Descend on Havana

Hollywood Insiders Descend on Havana
A version of this story first appeared in the July 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Just two weeks before Cuba was crossed off the U.S.' terror blacklist in May, a delegation of 20 showbiz pros set out from L.A. to explore the isolated island state. Among their ranks: TV showrunner Bruno Heller, the Englishman behind Fox's Gotham; outspoken Dixie Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines; Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute; JoAnne Sellar, producer of every Paul Thomas Anderson movie since Boogie Nights; and Micah Fitzerman-Blue,

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Inherent Vice Blu-Ray Details Revealed

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Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!

Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon
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Oscar Adapted Screenplay Nominees: Searching for Truth, Line by Line

Oscar Adapted Screenplay Nominees: Searching for Truth, Line by Line
2014’s Academy-nominated scribes were thrown daunting curves by their source material. Yet all would likely second “The Theory of Everything” writer Anthony McCarten when he says, “The challenges were part of the appeal.”

Jane and Stephen Hawking’s battle with his neuro-muscular disease, McCarten felt, represents “a love story where one-half of it can’t move and barely talks.” Moreover, that love story must also incorporate the momentous central questions of the physicist’s career. “To do otherwise would be like telling the Muhammad Ali story without entering the boxing ring.”

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In a scene presenting the scientist’s work to a stranger, “Jane has to become his intermediary and voice. And she’s been obliged to learn how to explain his science in terms she can understand, which means terms a general audience can understand.” Her quaint discourse
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If I had an Oscar ballot...

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If I had an Oscar ballot...
We're winding down the year-in-review game here at HitFix as 2014 draws to a close. For whatever reason I took a year off of the ballot/superlatives posts, but I'm back with those personal assessments of the best of the year, beginning today with my top picks across the Academy's 24 categories. Check back in tomorrow for a list of winners from this lot, as well as others in a slew of peripheral categories. And of course, feel free to let us know what your Oscar ballot would look like in the comments section below. (Oh, and naturally it goes without saying this post is living in a parallel reality where I'm not confined to a specific branch for nominations and reign supreme over all categories with selections for each.) We'll find out if the Academy agrees with any of this when the 87th annual Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 15. *** Best
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‘Inherent Vice': Paul Thomas Anderson on His Trip Through Thomas Pynchon’s L.A.

‘Inherent Vice': Paul Thomas Anderson on His Trip Through Thomas Pynchon’s L.A.
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.

The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to
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‘Inherent Vice’ Premiere: Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Is Like ‘The First Time I Had Ice Cream’

‘Inherent Vice’ Premiere: Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Is Like ‘The First Time I Had Ice Cream’
The Tcl Chinese Theatre rolled out a black carpet for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” Wednesday night. Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro exchanged a brotherly hug on the carpet, Joanna Newsom and Jena Malone talked arm in arm, and everyone spoke warmly of each other’s involvement in the film. The cast and crew unanimously sang the praises of Anderson’s directing.

Maya Rudolph, who is married to Anderson, makes a brief but memorable appearance in her first role in one of her husband’s films. “It was so exciting,” Rudolph said of working with Anderson. “Paul’s an incredible director, probably my favorite. I love watching him work. It’s so exciting to see someone who’s so clearly their own and has so much confidence about their own vision. It’s beautiful to watch. I recommend him as a director. I hope they’ll hire me back,
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Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions – Extras Announced, Releases 12/16

This is finally happening, and I can’t wait. It has been a really long time since I have seen Lord of Illusions. Fresh off of the Director’s Cut of Nightbreed, I could definitely use some more remastered Clive Barker films in my life. Scream Factory have announced the extras that will be included in their Collector’s Edition of the film. We get a Clive Barker commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, some rare on-set footage, deleted scenes with Clive Barker commentary, and likely more. I’ve noticed that they usually undersell the bonus content on their discs, mostly due to space limitations, I would assume. This is shaping up to be a fantastic release, with a new transfer, and what looks to be a generous amount of extras. The release hits shelves on the 16th of December. You can pre-order a copy for yourself either on amazon, or the Shout!
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