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The end of this year will mark what is supposed to be the final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis in a film that reteams him with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson (seen together above). As we recently found out, Phantom Thread is the name of the film, and now we have an official […]
- Ethan Anderton
Is there a film obsessive cinephiles are looking forward to more this holiday season than Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming movie “Phantom Thread“? The answer is, quite obviously, no. Despite the mixed reaction his last movie, “Inherent Vice,” received back in October of 2014, Anderson is still viewed as one of the greatest working filmmakers in the world today. “The Phantom Thread” reteams him with, newly retired, “There Will Be Blood” star Daniel Day-Lewis.
- Jordan Ruimy
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.
Phantom Thread will be produced »
- Paul Heath
One of the greatest actors of this, or any, generation is supposedly retiring, but not before giving us one last performance. Daniel Day-Lewis, the three-time Best Actor Oscar-winner is said to be hanging up his acting shoes for good after his next movie comes out, which makes it extra special. Assuming he does actually retire. Now, the movie has officially been titled Phantom Thread and the studio has released the first synopsis for the awards season contender.
Calling a movie an awards season contender before we've seen a trailer, or really anything at all, might seem a bit forward in most cases, but this isn't most cases. Director Paul Thomas Anderson is reuniting with Daniel Day-Lewis for the first time since There Will Be Blood, which many consider to be one of the greatest movies of the 2000s and a movie that earned Lewis his second Academy Award. So the »
Given how selective he is in regards to roles, any project which Daniel Day-Lewis chooses to participate in is usually something special, but when you also throw Paul Thomas Anderson into the equation, well, then that's something very special indeed. Last year it would revealed that Daniel Day-Lewis would be reunited with the There Will Be Blood director for a film set in the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The drama sees the acclaimed director reunite with his There Will Be blood star Daniel Day-Lewis (in what will be the three-time Oscar winner’s finale role before his retirement), alongside Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, and Vicky Krieps.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Writer/director Anderson’s 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.
Phantom Thread is set for release on December 25th in the States, and on February 2nd in the UK. »
- Amie Cranswick
The worst kept secret in the indie world has been confirmed: Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ new movie is titled “Phantom Thread.” Distributor Focus Features has launched the official website, which includes the title and not much else at this time. Fans hoping for any first look photos, posters, or trailers will have to continue waiting.
The movie had long been rumored to be called “Phantom Thread,” though Focus was still referring to the film as the Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project over the summer and through September. The name “Woodcock” was being used as a working title during production. “Phantom Thread” marks Anderson and Day-Lewis’ first movie together since “There Will Be Blood” ten years ago. »
- Zack Sharf
While putting together her forthcoming HBO documentary “Spielberg,” director-producer Susan Lacy was granted access to many acclaimed actors who have stepped in front of Steven Spielberg’s lens. Oscar winners Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, and Ben Kingsley all chimes in on working with prolific Spielberg, who closed out the ’60s by becoming the youngest-ever director to sign a long-term deal with a major studio, Universal Pictures.
Unexpectedly, after more than 140 Spielberg-centric minutes, Lacy gave the film’s final sound bite to reclusive Day-Lewis, who won his record-breaking third Best Actor statuette in 2013 for Spielberg-helmed “Lincoln.” But the actor, who has recently announced that he’ll conclude his acting career in December, offers a soundbite that carries entirely new connotations from when they were first recorded.
“Steven still has an enormous appetite for the work that he does, »
- Jenna Marotta
Cinematography is tough to judge on its own merits, because it can be hard to extract it from the other powers of great visual storytelling. At the same time, every beautiful movie shows the signature of a talented director of photography as much as a filmmaker. In the process of considering the finest cinematographic achievements of this decade, this list includes on gorgeous films that — in some cases — achieve more on the level of cinematography than anything else. The past two decades have found the craft of cinematography making extraordinary advances on the level of digital technologies and other innovations, but at the end of the day, these particulars matter less than the sheer impression left by the images and movements captured by cinematographers operating at the peak of their abilities. Here are some of the best examples from this young century.
25. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007)
Ever since »
- Chris O'Falt, Anne Thompson, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene, Michael Nordine, Jude Dry, Zack Sharf and David Ehrlich
New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Curtain up on Springsteen on Broadway.The time has come for the Boss to make his Broadway debut. Bruce Springsteen’s “Springsteen on Broadway,” the intimate concert-meets-theatrical event, begins performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre Oct. 3, kicking off a five-show-a-week schedule that is slated to run through February 2018. Though already rivaling “Hamilton” as the hottest ticket in town, this is a can’t-miss event for fans of Springsteen and theater. (Tickets are available via resale and prices vary depending on the performance date.) There will be blood...and music. Cinephiles as well as lovers of music and theater (so, everyone) will not want to »
Haim still has Something to Tell You, and it’s in the form of a short film directed by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights). The 14-minute short film is a relatively simple video, comprised of nothing more than steady tracking shots of the three sisters who make up the pop-rock […]
The post Paul Thomas Anderson Turns Three Haim Live Performances Into a Short Film, ‘Valentine’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Hoai-Tran Bui
The Paul Thomas Anderson and Haim collaboration continues. Earlier this year, the band Haim released what appeared to be a music video for “Right Now” directed by Anderson. The There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights filmmaker shot the whole thing on 35mm and it was basically a single take of the band performing the song live, as told through Anderson’s camera. As it turns out, that was simply one part of a new short film from Anderson called Valentine, which is a series of Haim live-to-tape performances recorded in studio for their sophomore album Something to … »
- Adam Chitwood
Paul Thomas Anderson and Haim’s 35mm short “Valentine” toured select cinemas earlier this year in anticipation of the band’s second studio album, “Something to Tell You,” but now the 14-minute film has finally debuted online for all to stream. The clip is made up of three intimately shot music videos featuring Haim behind the scenes in the recording studio, with the first third of the video having already been released as the “Right Now” clip over the summer.
Read More:Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Short Film ‘Valentine’ Is an Exquisite Rock Opera
The short is named after Valentine Recording Studios in Los Angeles where Haim made the album, following in the footsteps of artists like The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Quincy Jones. As IndieWire’s review of the short explains, “The movie has a distinct documentary feel, capturing things like the sounds of Este Haim’s »
- Zack Sharf
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
“I can’t figure it out. Do want to be like me or do you want to be me?”
From the opening frames of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Andrew Dominik stokes »
- Jordan Raup
Fantastic Fest is facing a jarring backlash, but studio discomfort is the least of its problems. Fox Searchlight’s decision to pull its Oscar season hopeful “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” from Austin genre festival Fantastic Fest makes total sense: The festival’s decision to quietly re-hire Devin Faraci after he was accused of sexual assault ignited a firestorm of controversy that no studio wants to touch. But while the decision by the studio reflects the national reverberations of this scandal, it’s not the most serious.
Fantastic Fest fans drove this PR nightmare; some Fantastic Fest fans also actively contributed to an environment that enabled rampant sexism, even if there has always been an undercurrent of sincerity behind its existence. In order for Fantastic Fest to recover, it will need to rewire the community that gave it clout in the first place.
Needless to say, Fantastic Fest is »
- Eric Kohn
Dan Gilroy’s 2014 debut “Nightcrawler” was an astonishing portrait of a fiercely driven Los Angeles character who roamed the city in search of an opportunity. Elevated by an eerie Jake Gyllenhaal performance at its center, the movie showed Gilroy’s eye for maniacal social climbers driven by pure narcissistic desire. It’s surprising, then, that Gilroy’s sophomore effort focuses on a sincere figure from the opposite end of the spectrum. In “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”, Denzel Washington portrays an earnest criminal defense attorney alienated by his staunch desire to do the right thing. Washington does what he can with a schmaltzy character, but Gilroy’s talky, half-hearted screenplay suffers from a stubborn commitment to bland law-and-order chatter in search of the bigger picture.
Which is not to »
- Eric Kohn
The last time Dan Gilroy brought a film to the Toronto Film Festival he had “Nightcrawler” in tow, a dark urban drama focused on a nocturnal bottom-feeding stringer who peddles his video wares to the highest broadcast news bidder. This year he’s back with another rich character study, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” about a good-souled Los Angeles attorney used to toiling away at the impossible on behalf of the ungrateful, a sort of assured activist foil to “Nightcrawler’s” craven careerist.
Gilroy, speaking to Variety ahead of the film’s Sunday night festival premiere, says he wrote the eponymous role with two-time Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington in mind.
“There’s a quality about Denzel — he’s a very big believer in the human spirit and human dignity, and that is something that really defines the character in many ways,” Gilroy says. “He’s someone who really believes in people. It »
- Kristopher Tapley
The response to George Clooney’s latest drama, the Coen brothers-penned “Suburbicon” has been mixed to say the least. Our own Jessica Kiang called it “Coen brothers karaoke,” but at the end of the day gave it a review perhaps a little bitt more charitable writing, “‘Suburbicon’ has two storylines, the funny one about white people killing each other and the serious one about real-life-inspired black people stoically resisting injustice and they are separate, not equal.” And note she says the cinematography of Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood,” “Inherent Vice”) is aces, so there’ that.
- Edward Davis
Daniel Day-Lewis is recovering from a motorbike accident.
The actor’s representative confirmed to People that he broke his arm but assured that “he is fine.”
The Oscar winner appeared to be wincing in pain as he made his way to his New York City home on Wednesday, according to Page Six. He was spotted wearing a cast and a hospital bracelet. He also sported a shaved head and donned a purple t-shirt with striped pants.
A source told the outlet that Day-Lewis was wearing a helmet and that the crash “wasn’t his fault.”
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The London-born star, »
- Stephanie Petit
Dwayne Johnson is one of the most active stars on social media, often taking to Twitter and Instagram to provide updates on his projects for his fans, a tradition which continues now with a new video and photo from the set of his new action-thriller Skyscraper. Here's what The Rock had to say about his set photo, which was taken during the third week of production on this action-thriller.
"Bloody and battered w/ my director Rawson Thurber between takes. Week 3 complete of our action thriller #Skyscraper. This is my second film with Rawson putting my trust in his hands. A very smart, ambitious, extremely focused and methodical guy who wants to deliver a f*cking intensely breathtaking and epic film for the fans. Our story takes place in China. In the penthouse of the world's tallest skyscraper... on fire. More details to come down the road. Until then, Week 3 complete »
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