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When listing influences for "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 detective novel, Paul Thomas Anderson drops genre staples that don't come as much of a surprise: "The Long Goodbye," "Kiss Me Deadly," "The Big Sleep" — on-screen mystery fiction done right. But his tonal reference points turn any conjured vision of the movie on its head. “‘Police Squad!’ and ‘Top Secret!’ are what I clued into,” Anderson told the New York Times in a recent profile. “We tried hard to imitate or rip off the Zucker brothers’ style of gags so the film can feel like the book feels: just packed with stuff. And fun.” Is mutton-chopped Joaquin Phoenix the heir to Leslie Nielsen's throne? The idea sounds sublime, even as it dampens the "Inherent Vice" awards potential. The Academy isn't the silliest bunch. Set along a fictional California beach town in the 1970s, "Inherent Vice" follows Doc »
- Matt Patches
There’s not long to go now until we’re finally able to see the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s seventh feature, Inherent Vice. With the movie set to debut at the New York Film Festival next week, Warner Bros. are prepping us eager moviehounds with another new image. It’s the prospect of a full-length, or heck even a teaser trailer that we’re most excited for. But a pic is better than nothing.
In what’s undoubtedly the first opportunity to dive into Anderson’s process behind making the movie, The New York Times snagged an interview with the helmer. When pressing the director on the tone we can expect, Anderson described Inherent Vice as “his most comedic and anarchic film since “Boogie Nights.” It’s a stoner detective film so overstuffed with visual gags and gimmicks that the filmmaker said he was inspired by slapstick spoofs like “Top Secret! »
- Gem Seddon
Throughout the entire time I've been writing about the coming of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice I don't believe I've read about anyone being concerned over Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel. So, I'm not sure how much it will bother people to learn Anderson "wrote an outrageous new ending for the film that deviates significantly from the novel." This according to a New York Times piece featuring an interview with Anderson and members of the case and it seeks to answer the question: Did Pynchon approve of these changesc amz asin="B005CRQ3H0" size="small""I know that Anderson and Pynchon talked a lot," star Joaquin Phoenix told the Times. "Sometimes, he'd say, 'Oh, I talked to Pynchon last night, and we were talking, he thought maybe it could be like this or like that.' It was pretty amazing, because it seemed like he was »
- Brad Brevet
The films of Robert Altman breathed a certain kind of freedom. Not the American type of “Freedom,” though his movies were always very American. It was an artistic freedom, on one hand – to say, do and tell what he wished – and, on the other, an ability to extend that liberty to the actors on screen. There’s a loose, unwieldy quality to most if not all of Altman’s pictures (they were mostly improvised) that made them stranger-than-fiction – above a mere “representation” of the real world into a sphere of uninterrupted reality. They were tapestries of human behaviour.
You don’t see that in today’s cinema, and when you do it’s not done with the same level of authenticity, maturity and precision (oh, what Boyhood should have gleaned from Short Cuts or even Brewster McCloud!). Too many movies – whether independently made or straight from the maws of Hollywood – usually obsess over technical slickness, »
- Parker Mott
Everything we know, we learned from the movies of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren, and Seagal...
Teachers? Professors? Lectures? Pfft. They don’t know anything. You don’t learn things from books. You learn things from hanging out of a helicopter blowing up a small army. That’s real life experience. Unfortunately most of us have jobs, responsibilities and the like stopping us from going on our own violent adventures and escapades, so we have to turn to the pantheon of great action stars to educate us. Here, in one handy guide, are some life lessons to take from the work of Arnie, Sly and the rest.
There are two key traits that we can gather from Schwarzenegger’s body of work that we should emulate. The first, and most prominent, is to always have something cool to say, especially after an act of violence. Try to make it relevant to the situation. »
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
Up until now, actor Michael Cera's flirtation with music has been mild, relegated to backup vocals on Weezer's 2010 track "Hang On" and stints with bands Mister Heavenly and The Long Goodbye. But on Aug. 8, the 26-year-old released his bedroom-skuzzed debut album true that to Bandcamp quietly, amplified four days later when friend Jonah Hill tweeted a link to his 4.42 million followers. Currently in New York for a Broadway stint in This Is Our Youth, Cera explained to Billboard how his nighttime hobby became a 17-track LP. Did you go into writing songs
- Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard
Without a doubt, Robert Altman is one of the most influential directors in American film history. Always creative, innovative, subversive and prolific, he took chances and tried almost every single genre and narrative approach without sacrificing his distinct style until his passing in 2006. His commercial and/or critical hits are each bona fide classics in American cinema. "Nashville," "Mash," "The Long Goodbye," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "The Player," "Short Cuts," "Gosford Park"… the list goes on and on. Even his misses (does anyone remember "O.C. and Stiggs," Altman’s bizarre attempt at an '80s sex comedy?) are fascinating. Now you can get your Altman fix by revisiting an excellent documentary that has been kicking around online. Originally produced and broadcast in 1996 by England’s Channel 4 (let’s face it, the European audience appreciated Altman a lot more than Americans ever did) as part of »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Rather a lot of content from Entertainment Weekly's Fall Preview issue has been digitized in the last several hours by (evidently) super-nerds who can't wait for magazine poobahs, studio marketeers and other old media stick-in-the-muds to get their act together. This means the first official image from Paul Thomas Anderson's hugely anticipated "Inherent Vice" is pretty small. Nonetheless we get a look at Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix in the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, and apparently it's going to be just as bonkers as expected. "A piece of fruit plays a major role. It's frozen. And it's my friend," Brolin told the magazine. "Even talking about it now makes me chuckle." So yeah, Wtf, and yes "The Long Goodbye" and Cheech and Chong are both cited as influences on the film. "Inherent Vice" arrives in limited release on December 12th and goes wide on January 9, 2015. Pic below, and in case you're wondering, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
(Cbr) The world was saddened to learn of Robin Williams’ passing on Monday, and the circumstances surrounding his death only made it more tragic. Most of us, however, prefer to remember the comedy legend through the times he made us smile. Perhaps it was his goofy silliness as the alien Mork, or his stellar voice work in "Aladdin," or the way he managed to fill out the form of an old lady in "Mrs. Doubtfire." He had loads of dramatic roles as well, from "The Fisher King" to "Dead Poets Society." Williams could make you empathize with the hurting soul underneath the clown, the man behind the facade. For all his versatility — from playing a cartoon bat trying to save the rainforest to a frightening stalker working at a photo booth — it’s a shame Williams was never in a superhero movie, especially in an era when the likes of Robert Redford, »
- Larry Cruz, Comic Book Resources
Super jam-packed week here at Tfe. We were possibly over-posting which brings us to Icymi because sure you did miss something. I've put the goods under song headers this morning just because.
Tfe got schizophrenic as Amir bitched about superhero franchises just as Anne Marie was celebrating them with live Comic Con coverage.
We gave Sandra Bullock a teensy look-back for her 50th. But I was mostly feeling love in short post form for players who get too little attention these days: Mary Steenburgen is always boss, John Leguizamo is an oft inspired clown, and on a clear day you can see Barbara Harris forever. I'm glad to know there are other fans out there of all three.
I was worried that Ynms efforts were getting stale but the inspiration faucet was suddenly turned back on for Imitation Game. And how about a »
- NATHANIEL R
The New York Film Festival scored a real coup in nabbing Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "Inherent Vice," for a Centerpiece slot at the upcoming 52nd annual event. The film has been an early favorite among awards prognosticators as Anderson has found recent luck in the season, even when the odds seemed stacked against him (such as when "The Master" appeared to be a bit of a lost cause with the actors before going on to score three Oscar nominations). But the way I hear it, "Inherent Vice" is a very different Paul Thomas Anderson experience altogether. It is apparently a very faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, which offers a zany blend of humor that could — I stress could — prove a tough sell to Academy types. "It's Bonkers — weird, weird, weird," one person who saw the film told me. "It made me laugh out loud several times, »
- Kristopher Tapley
We're giving 1973 some context as we approach the Smackdown. Here's Matthew Eng on an Altman film.
There’s an unmistakable sense of nostalgia that permeates Robert Altman’s seldom-seen 1973 neo-noir The Long Goodbye, an air of reminiscence highlighted by the film’s title track, a nifty, pliable, lovelorn little number composed by John Williams and Johnny Mercer that gets incorporated endlessly throughout the movie, evoking sporadic familiarity, even though we rarely hear the same version twice. It transforms itself, from scene-to-scene, into a flimsy piece of supermarket Muzak, an ivory-tickled barroom ditty, even a castanet-laden flamenco. It’s a caressing torch ballad one moment and a marching band’s funeral hymn the next. The song, in all its reimagined incarnations, continually threatens to embed itself into the viewer’s mind, but just as quickly eludes any tighter hold. It’s as though the film, in its own increasingly weary, tumbledown sort of way, »
- Matthew Eng
Good is the man who inspires the words “persuasively ambivalent” in a New York Times obituary. Actor James Garner died last night in his California home of natural causes. Long before I’d discover as a suburban teenager Elmore Leonard or Altman’s The Long Goodbye there was Jim Rockford, the Malibu p.i. with his trailer home on the beach, troublemaking ex-con pal, on-again, off-again lawyer girlfriend. It seemed like a way to live. From the Times: “Maverick” had been in part a send-up of the conventional western drama, and “The Rockford Files” similarly made fun of the standard television detective, the […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Given the who’s-who of collaborators and acolytes of the late Robert Altman assembled for this feature-length tribute, it would have been all too easy for director Ron Mann to let the film turn into a loose, digressive — indeed, Altmanesque — jamboree of war stories and portable wisdom. But to great, stirring effect, “Altman” charts a different course, drawing on a wealth of existing material to tell the filmmaker’s story largely in his own, brashly eloquent words, and through generous clips from his massive, admittedly uneven, always uncompromising filmography. The result captures Altman the artist and the man, the one inseparable from the other, about as well as any two-hour film could hope to do. The pic makes its broadcast debut on Epix Aug. 6, following its June 20 premiere as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s ongoing Altman retrospective.
Working closely with Altman’s widow, Kathryn, and his frequent producer, »
- Scott Foundas
Vilmos Zsigmond, Asc was given the “Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography” award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It was a fitting tribute to the 83-year-old director of photography, who chronicled the events of the 1956 Hungarian revolution before leaving his country soon afterwards. In 1962 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States, settling in Los Angeles. During the ’70s Zsigmond established himself as one of the world’s great cinematographers, working on Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye, John Boorman’s Deliverance, and Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, […] »
- Kaleem Aftab
We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014.
In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »
- TFH Team
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.
First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which »
- James Hibberd
Two young British actors are set to join the cast of Disney and Lucas Film's Star Wars: Episode VII
Relative newcomer, 22 year old Daisy Ridley (represented by Jonathan Arun) from London has landed a yet-undisclosed part, but it seems likely to be the daughter of Hans Solo and Princess Leia, for which open auditions were held.
Daisy was cast as Jessie in Youngers for Big Talk Productions in 2012. She then played a guest lead role in BBC TV series Casualty followed by small roles in Toast of London, Mr Selfridge and Silent Witness. She will make her feature film debut playing Alicia in the second Inbetweeners movie "The Long Goodbye" which will open in UK cinemas this August.
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
With Isle of Dogs’ director Tammi Sutton’s latest feature Ripped-Off gearing up for principal photography in Los Angeles, CA this spring, we caught up with the filmmaker to discuss what happens when car thieves steal the wrong vehicle (this being a Sutton film, all sorts of stylized hell will break loose, more than likely). Read on.
Currently casting, Ripped-Off was written by Jeff Sisson, and will be produced by Caprice Conley, with cinematography by Jonas Navickas. The film’s tagline is as follows; “They stole the wrong car... Now heads are gonna’ roll."
“The inception of Ripped-Off honestly started when I was winding down filming my last two features in Europe and England,” stated Sutton (her last feature currently in release, the gritty Andrew Howard and Barbara Nedeljakova-starring crime thriller Isle of Dogs, bowed to DVD via Green Apples on January 28, 2014.)
“When I was there and homesick for Los Angeles, »
- Sean Decker
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