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It’s hard to imagine how shocking Psycho‘s mid-point switcharoo must have been back in 1960, especially when you consider that audiences hadn’t even seen a flushing toilet on the big screen at that point in history (we’ve come a long way, I know). Nowadays, Psycho‘s unexpected shift – which actually takes place 47 minutes in – seems like old hat: not because it isn’t surprising or revolutionary, but because we know it so well.
In wake of what is arguably the finest example of a “shocking tone shift,” directors have experimented with the idea of changing things up a fair way into their movies with varying degrees of success. Unexpectedly taking your picture into a direction that audiences would have never imagined possible so far into in movie is risky business: there’s a chance that movie-goers won’t buy it, given how they’ve spent nearly an »
- T.J. Barnard
Since "Magnolia," Paul Thomas Anderson has mostly eschewed the starry ensemble. Not that A-listers haven't been in his films, but each of his last three films -- "Punch Drunk Love," "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master" -- have been anchored by one or two titanic performances by big names, but have featured supporting casts including a few names from PTA' s rep company, and other mostly unfamiliar faces. But it looks like that's changing with "Inherent Vice," his currently-prepping adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel. The film (backed by Warner Bros, making it his first true-blue studio picture) sees him reunite with Joaquin Phoenix for the lead role, with a ridiculously stacked supporting roster on board so far, with Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone and Kevin J. O'Connor all signed on. And now, word's arrived that perhaps the biggest name so far has come on board, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Ready to play school teacher?
As we struggle through the long summer hiatus and await the return of The Mentalist this fall, let's relive some of our favorite - and not so favorite moments - from The Mentalist season 5. Read on for our latest TV Fanatic Report Card and grade the CBS drama below...
Best Episode: The Mentalist gave us a really solid season so picking one favorite episode was pretty darn difficult. But in the end I've got to go with the season finale, "Red John Rules." Between floating the idea that Red John is psychic, to breaking into Jane's memory box, the finale was filled with twists and turns. When Red John used an already deceased Lorelei Martins to tell Jane he'd predicted who would be on the final list of seven suspects, even before Jane came up with them, that really got my attention. Knowing that the »
- email@example.com (Christine Orlando)
I enjoy the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. The guy is an incredible storyteller, and his films are awkwardly beautiful. Mondo has revealed an amazing series of poster art for the films of the director, each one from a different artist. What would you say your favorite PTA movie is? Mine would have to be There Will Be Blood.
"Hard Eight" by Rich Kelly
I met Rich a few years ago when he was living in Chicago - he had only just started out on his phenomenal run of posters but he was already light years ahead of the pack. Looking through his sketchbook was a fucking revelation - I can honestly say that book was up there with Crumb, Ware and Jean in terms of sheer brilliance and natural ability. When this curatorial project was taking shape I knew I wanted non-Mondo regulars to round it out but Kelly »
- Joey Paur
Mondo has just announced a poster series based on the films of one of our favourite directors, Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson. Curated entirely by Aaron Horkey, one of Mondo’s most popular artists, the series will be sold by Mondo online throughout the month of May. More information and artists details with each art print below.
Here is what artist Aaron Horkey had to say:
“This was my first large-scale curatorial project. It was much more work than I had anticipated, but the end result is something I’m incredibly proud of,” said Aaron. “It’s been great to see the series come to life and I’d like to thank Mondo for the opportunity, especially Mitch Putnam for helping me with logistics and general organization. Also, thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson for being open to the project and of course all the artists involved – everyone came through brilliantly and »
- Kyle Reese
Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains, it pours. My initial reaction to receiving an email with the subject "Mondo Announces Latest Poster Series Featuring Films of P.T. Anderson" was "holy shit!" After taking a look at the artwork, curated by Aaron Horkey for five of Paul Thomas Anderson's feature films (except for The Master), I'm not as excited as I first was unfortunately. The best ones are for Magnolia, which many still call his best film, and Hard Eight. And honestly the There Will Be Blood art ain't that great at all. But that's Horkey's style, if you're into it. Check out all five of the brand new Mondo PTA prints. Curated entirely by Aaron Horkey, one of Mondo's most popular and respected artists, the PTA series will be sold by Mondo online throughout May. More information and artists details with each art print below. »
- Alex Billington
From time to time, Mondo likes to welcome a few new artists into the fold. They’re also big on launching posters as part of a larger “series”, as in their ongoing Universal Monsters releases, the still-waiting-for-a-Martin-Ansin-Twelve-Monkeys series based on the films of Terry Gilliam, or the somewhat-unofficial Tyler-Stout-doing-Quentin-Tarantino-films series. Today, they’re doing all of these things at once: a new poster series based on the filmography of Paul Thomas Anderson has been announced, and they’re bringing in both artists new and old to see it through to completion. See some of that action after the jump, Captain. Mondo’s just announced something incredible, a poster series based on the films of Paul Thomas Anderson: "This was my first large-scale curatorial project. It was much more work than I had anticipated, but the end result is something I'm incredibly proud of," said Aaron Horkey. "It's been great »
- Scott Wampler
So, just like that, Mondo has decided to curate a series of new posters for the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. While it doesn't seem to be tied into any particular event, perhaps any time is a good time to dip into the filmmaker's catalog. If you have a film nerd in your family about to graduate, this could be a nice present to give them. Put together by Aaron Horkey, he joins artists Rich Kelly, Rockin' Jelly Bean, Joao Raus and Jordan Crane in designing fresh one sheets for all of PTA's movies (excluding "The Master," which got a Mondo poster last year). For the most part, these are pretty successful with Horkney's elaborate and ornate work on "There Will Be Blood" and Kelly's work on "Hard Eight" being the standouts. In fact, they are all pretty strong, though for this writer, "Boogie Nights" is a bit of the weak link. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has created groovy new posters for the films of Paul T. Anderson (not to be confused with Paul W.S. Anderson of “Resident Evil” fame), including “Hard Eight”, “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia”, “Punch Drunk Love”, and “There Will Be Blood”. Follow Mondo on Twitter via @MondoNews for exact sale times if you’re interested in grabbing some of these posters. Can you tell my favorite poster is the “Boogie Nights” one? I’m not sure why that is. I guess I’m just a sucker for roller skates. Hard Eight Sale Date: Tuesday, May 14 Artist: Rich Kelly Edition Size: 235 Size: 18″ x 24″ Screenprint Price: $40 Sydney (Hard Eight variant) Sale Date: Tuesday, May 14 Artist: Rich Kelly Edition Size: 115 Size: 18″ x 24″ Screenprint Price: $65 “I met Rich a few years ago when he was living in Chicago – he had only just started out on his phenomenal run »
Planning to check out a summer blockbuster in the next few months? Chances are it was developed for Dolby Atmos, the in-theater audio technology that’s revolutionizing the immersive moviegoing experience.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the first films heard in Dolby Atmos came out almost a year ago, starting with Disney and Pixar’s Brave. It’s the next iteration of what is generally known as surround sound. With speakers on the ceiling and in basically every corner of a theater, the 128 channels create a sound experience akin to watching a film in 3-D. It’s all-encompassing. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Much has been made of Jay-z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The cast for Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's book Inherent Vice, which marks the first comedy of sorts for the director of The Master and There Will be Blood, is starting to fill out around star Joaquin Phoenix. Earlier this week, Benicio del Toro entered negotiations to take a small role, and now The Wrap has learned that Owen Wilson is in talks to take a role in the film which is set in La in 1969 and follows a stoner detective named Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) trying to solve the case of a kidnapped girl he used to date. However, at this time, it's not clear what role Wilson would be playing in the film. Read on! Here's a slightly more detailed description of the book: It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about »
- Ethan Anderton
Forget the poster, the trailer and the two-minute teaser; our first impression of a film arrives in the opening sequence. We should be hooked as soon as the studio logo begins to fade away. Any two-bit flick can simply roll out the cast list and hope we stick around to see them all, but it takes something truly spectacular to grab our attention from the get-go. For example, the use of crawl text did wonders for a little-known Seventies space opera; and now it’s the quickest way to parody one of the most famous and successful films of all time.
Of course, there are thousands of films whose opening sequences are as fine as their feature (Run Lola Run, Delicatessen and Enter the Void to name but three) but this article aims to shine a torch onto those where the disparity between the first five minutes and the remaining »
- Dan Wakefield
Baz Luhrmann is the latest to try translating a celebrated book to the big screen, but there's danger in being too faithful to the text
Gatsby fever won't break until Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation opens this week, but this fifth film version of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel raises an interesting question: what makes a good adaptation, anyway? Why does Stanley Kubrick's The Shining merit documentaries in its own right, and Stephen King's The Shining end up forgotten among the made-for-tv mini-series? What should we hope for – or fear – from Luhrmann's take?
Adapting a novel or short story into film is a lot translation – turning words on a page into the language of movies: angles, actors and images. Filmmakers, like translators, are stuck in the middle between the original and the audience, and have to balance three elements: story, style and ambition.
Story might seem obvious, »
- Alan Yuhas
Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, Inherent Vice, looks set to commence production this month with Joaquin Phoenix set to star in the lead role. Now it seems like Del Toro is close to joining the project as well in a small but important role as a lawyer that consistently tries to bail the stoner private detective, ‘Doc’ Sportello (Phoenix) out of trouble.
Charlize Theron was reportedly in talks to star as the lead female character, however there has since been no confirmation of her involvement. The film which is based on a Thomas Pynchon novel centres around Sportello trying to find a kidnapped girl and should feature a lot of eccentric and seedy characters which could open up for a lot of interesting casting choices. Del Toro will likely also be joined by Kevin J. O’Connor who has previously starred in both There Will Be Blood as well »
- Esben Evans
Late last night it was reported Benicio Del Toro is in negotiations to join the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, which will begin lensing this month. Based on Thomas Pynchon's novel "Inherent Vice", the story follows 1960s stoner P.I. Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) who is hired by an ex-girlfriend to investigate the disappearance of her wealthy lover. Del Toro will reportedly play Sportello's lawyer friend, which I'm sure, for many, calls up immediate memories of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, though I expect this character won't be nearly as outrageous and the role is said to be small, but crucial. Additionally, Cigarettes and Red Vines reports Anderson is bringing back There Will be Blood and The Master character actor Kevin J. O'Connor for a role, though his character has not yet been revealed. The Wrap »
- Brad Brevet
Benicio Del Toro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in "Inherent Vice," a new movie by director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) that's based on Thomas Pynchon's detective novel. Set in Los Angeles during the spring of 1970, the film follows pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl. Del Toro will play an attorney who's always trying to help Sportello out of trouble, though he's not an actual criminal lawyer. Warner Bros will finance and distribute the film. Production will start later this month. »
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
As if last week’s news that Paul Thomas Anderson has finally got the ball rolling on Inherent Vice wasn’t enough, now there’s the possibility of Benicio Del Toro taking a role. Warner Bros. gave the project a much needed kickstart last week by agreeing to finance the film. Rumours were rife that Annapurna Pictures would back the production, following on from the critical success of Anderson’s The Master, but WB swooped in to save the day.
Adapted by Anderson from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice is a period piece set during the 1970s. The tale follows drug-addled private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello as he investigates the case of a missing girl. Del Toro is in talks to assume a minor supporting role as an attorney, forever helping Sportello get out of scrapes and worries despite not actually being a criminal lawyer. The role of »
- Gem Seddon
There are a number of outlets that I would argue do a good job covering the oh-so-broad world of entertainment, and I certainly hope HitFix is one of those sites. But for some writers, having a much more narrow focus allows them to do one thing very, very well, and a great example of that would be Red Vines & Cigarettes, a website devoted to the work of Paul Thomas Anderson. It should surprise no one that the first firm word of what's going on with "Inherent Vice," the next film from the writer/director of "The Master," "There Will Be Blood," »
- Drew McWeeny
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