Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas! Watch PTA & Quentin Tarantino Discuss 70mm, Etc.

Good morning and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!

Enjoy a 40 minute conversation with PTA and Quentin Tarantino discussing all manner of film, including 70mm.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

PTA Produces Score-less Print of "Punch-Drunk Love" For Screening With Live Orchestra

- Having now done several successful screenings of There Will Be Blood with live orchestral performances, it would appear PTA is broadening the playing field a bit. Today, Wordless Music has announced there will be a pair of live performances of Jon Brion's original score for Punch-Drunk Love at screenings in Los Angeles and New York on March 5 and March 19, respectively.

What's more, Wordless Music has partnered with PTA and Sony Pictures to produce a special print of Punch-Drunk for the performances that has no score whatsoever (and can you imagine how that movie plays without music?)

Tickets for both the special engagements will go on sale this coming Tuesday, December 15. 
More details can be found here.

- Also passed our way recently: the great Prince Charles Cinema in London will be holding a PTA retrospective starting in January, with all seven feature films scheduled to screen. Though Hard Eight will sadly be a DCP presentation, all other movies will be shown on film (including, yes, The Master in 70mm.)

You can start snatching your tickets up for those showings here.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Junun" Now Available To Buy Or Rent On iTunes; New Outtake From Film Surfaces

Now that Junun's 30 days in the spotlight over at Mubi have lapsed, couple of you have been wondering what the fate of the film's availability moving forward will be -- and those folks should be pleased to know that the film (as well as the album) is now available for purchase on iTunes.

What's more, Nonesuch has released an outtake performance that didn't make the final version of the movie but is still remarkably beautiful/hypnotic/wonderful. Peep it here:

What's your favorite song/performance in Junun? We like "Mode," personally.


Friday, November 13, 2015

PTA Reportedly Not Directing Robert Downey Jr.'s Live-Action "Pinocchio"

The word for now is that Paul Thomas Anderson will in fact not be directing Robert Downey Jr.'s live-action Pinocchio remake, via Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider. Since PTA's involvement as director of the picture was always indeterminate, we're going to assume he's still on board to pen the screenplay until further notice.

So, Movie 8 is, once again, anybody's guess... but isn't that the fun part?


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WATCH: PTA-Directed Music Video For Joanna Newsom's "Divers"

Now that it has completed its theatrical run, Paul Thomas Anderson's 7-minute video for Joanna Newsom's "Divers" has made its way online and can be viewed right up there.

Watch/listen/enjoy/tell us what you think.


Monday, October 19, 2015

WATCH: "Bridge of Spies" Q&A with Steven Spielberg Moderated by PTA

Paul Thomas Anderson sure seems to be ticking big-ticket items off the "Movie Legends To Talk To In Public" list lately, with two Scorsese Q&A's in the last 4 years and a Francis Ford Coppola appreciation back in 2011. Now, in support of his acclaimed new espionage picture Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg has sat down with PTA for a post-screening Q&A at the Director's Guild.

You can and should watch the full 30+ minute talk right here.

(Thanks to Mr. Raymond Ash for helping us out on this!)

And hey, you guys watch Junun yet? Drop a comment with your thoughts!

Friday, October 09, 2015

Two Trailers For "Junun" Arrive As Film Debuts on Mubi

...and just like that, barely a month after we even knew the thing existed,  a new film from Paul Thomas Anderson is available to stream over at

To celebrate this occasion, two trailers have been released in support of the film and accompanying album, which PTA said was due out next month in this brief Q&A following the film's screening at NYFF last night.

Both of these trailers give you some sense of the hypnotic nature of the music and world that the film captures. Check them out before heading over to Mubi to watch the full 54 minutes. Or you could go in cold. Arguments can be made for both.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

New PTA-Directed Joanna Newsom Video To Screen Theatrically This Month

Paul Thomas Anderson has quietly helmed another music video in support of Joanna Newsom's upcoming album Divers, and it is going to screen across the United States from October 16-22. The video is for the title track and, like PTA's video for Sapkanikan, it was filmed in New York City. However, instead of using bustling NYC streets for locales, this new video was reportedly shot in the studio of artist Kim Keever (via Pitchfork).

We will revisit this post with more information about the screenings as they become known.

In other news, three days until the world gets a hold of this...

UPDATE: Stereogum has a full list of participating movie theatres screening the video:

New York, NY @ IFC Center
Yonkers, NY@ Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
Huntington, NY@ Cinema Arts Centre
Los Angeles, CA @ The Cinefamily
Los Angeles, CA @ Ahrya Fine Arts
Pasadena, CA @ Laemmie Playouse 7
San Jose, CA @ Camera Cinemas
San Francisco, CA @ Castro Theatre
San Luis Obispo, CA @ Palm Theatre
Grass Valley, CA @ Sutton Cinema
Grass Valley, CA @ Sierra Cinemas
Grass Valley, CA @ Del Oro Theatre
Nevada City, CA @ Magic Theatrea
Tucson, AZ @ Loft Cinema
Denver, CO @ Alamo Drafthouse Littleton
Boulder, CO @ International Film Series, UC Boulder
Miami, FL @ O-Cinema
Boston, MA @ Coolidge Corner
Seattle, WA @ SIFF – Egyptian Theater
Bellingham, WA @ Pickford Film Center
Portland, OR @ Cinema 21
Eugene, OR @ Bijou Cinemas
Pittsburgh, PA @ Regency Square Theater
Ashburn, VA @ Alamo Drafthouse One Loudon
Winchester, VA @ Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
Austin, TX@ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Village
Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre
Dallas, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Richardson
Houston, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
Houston, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
Laredo, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Laredo
Lubbock, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock
New Braunfels, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace
San Antonio, TX@ Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes
San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Park North
San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak
Kansas City, MO @ Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet
Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
Kalamazoo, MI @Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo
Columbia, SC @Nickelodeon Theatre
Nashville, TN @ Belcourt Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT @Salt Lake Film Society
Tulsa, OK @ Circle Cinema
Scottsbluff, NE @ Midwest Theater
Raleigh, NC @ Colony Theater
Winston-Salem, NC @ a/perture Cinema
Columbus, OH @ Gateway Film Center
Chicago, IL @ Music Box Theatre
Champaign, IL @ Art Theatre Co-Op
Paducah, KY @ Maiden Alley Cinema
Arhus, Denmark @ Øst For Paradis
London, UK @ Rio Cinema
Munich, Germany @ Monopol

The video will also screen in the UK on October 27:

London, UK @ Clapham Picturehouse
London, UK @ East Dulwich Picturehouse and Cafe
London, UK @Greenwich Picturehouse
London, UK @ Hackney Picturehouse
London, UK @ Picturehouse Central
London, UK @ Ritzy Brixton
London, UK @ Stratford East Picturehouse
Bath, UK @ The Little Theatre Cinema
Bradford, UK @ Picturehouse at National Media Museum
Brighton, UK @ Duke’s at Komedia
Edinburgh, UK @ Cameo
Exeter, UK @ Exeter Picturehouse
Henley, UK @ Regal Picturehouse
Norwich, UK @ Cinema City
Liverpool, UK @ Picturehouse at FACT
Oxford, UK @ Phoenix Picturehouse
Southampton, UK @ Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK @ Stratford-Upon-Avon Picturehouse
York, UK @ City Screen

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Junun" Set For Rome Film Festival

Following its world premiere at the New York Film Festival next Thursday (and its streaming premiere on Mubi the day after), it looks like Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun is bound for the Rome Film Fesitval, which runs later next month, from October 16-24. Via ScreenDaily.

Thank you to Luca Ottocento for bringing this exciting news to us!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Junun" To Stream Exclusively On MUBI Starting October 9th

Variety reports that subscription based streaming platform MUBI has nabbed exclusive streaming rights for Paul Thomas Anderson's new 54-minute documentary Junun, and it will be available to watch following the film's bow at New York Film Festival on October 8th. For those who don't know, MUBI functions sort of as an online movie theatre, where 30 films are available to stream at one time, with one dropping off and another replacing it each day.

In the Variety piece, PTA is quoted as saying, "We’re huge fans of MUBI and wanted to be a part of what they do. Hopefully people will discover both the music that’s been made by Shye and Jonny and a great place to watch films." Notably, this is the most overt embrace PTA has ever publicly given to viewing films in a digital format. 

So there you have it. A new film from Paul Thomas Anderson will be ready to be seen by the general public in just two short weeks. Now would be a good time to stroll over to and consider subscribing.


Friday, August 21, 2015

New PTA Film, "Junun", To Premiere At NYFF

There's been a slight (and pretty cool) epidemic, as of late, of world class filmmakers slipping their movies completely under the radar until they are edited and finished and premiering at festivals (see: Noah Baumbach). The latest director to add to that list is one Paul Thomas Anderson whose mysterious India exploits with Jonny Greenwood were actually the fruits of his first-ever documentary.

That's right... PTA made a documentary! The film is called Junun and will premiere at the 53rd New York Film Festival in the Special Events category. It comes in just under an hour long and here's  NYFF website has to say about it:
Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 2015, DCP, 54m
English, Hindu, Hebrew, and Urdu with English subtitles
Earlier this year, Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where Greenwood (with the help of Radiohead engineer Nigel Godrich) was recording an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and an amazing group of musicians: Aamir Bhiyani, Soheb Bhiyani, Ajaj Damami, Sabir Damami, Hazmat, and Bhanwaru Khan on brass; Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki, and Chugge Khan on percussion; Zaki Ali Qawwal, Zakir Ali Qawwal, Afshana Khan, Razia Sultan, Gufran Ali, and Shazib Ali on vocals; and Dara Khan and Asin Khan on strings. The finished film, just under an hour, is pure magic. Junun lives and breathes music, music-making, and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. It’s a lovely impressionistic mosaic and a one-of-a-kind sonic experience: the music will blow your mind. World Premiere
Notably, as you'll see in the photographs in the above link in this post, PTA shot this one (at least in part) digitally. We can't wait to see what his first outing in that format yielded. With Pinocchio potentially getting underway soon, the fact that PTA has kept busy with this and the Joanna Newsom music video is very exciting. Stay tuned!

(Thanks to Joe for the heads up)

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(This was updated to reflect the film's running time as well as a fuller synopsis)


Monday, August 10, 2015

New PTA-Directed Music Video For Joanna Newsom Arrives

Paul Thomas Anderson has quietly directed a music video for a single off of his Inherent Vice star Joanna Newsom's new album Divers. The tune is called "Sapokanikan". Dig it!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Paul Thomas Anderson To Write Robert Downey Jr's Live-Action "Pinocchio" Film

BIG NEWS: Robert Downey Jr's long-gestating live-action Pinocchio reboot has landed a writer by the name of Paul Thomas Anderson, according to The Hollywood Reporter

THR also reports PTA could potentially be in line to direct the picture as well

Love or hate this idea, it could not be more out of left-field. As well as being a producer on the movie, Robert Downey Jr. has nabbed the role of Geppetto for himself. Beyond that, we have too many questions, so we will just wait for more details to arrive.

Stay tuned!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy 45th, PTA!

Here's wishing Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson a happy forty-fifth birthday from the team at C&RV. We owe you everything and then some, sir, and we sincerely hope this next year brings you wellness, joy, and (selfishly) productivity.

And here's an oldie-but-a-goodie:

CJ & Bryan, Cigarettes & Red Vines

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WATCH: 12-Minute Behind the Scenes Doc From The Set of Inherent Vice, "Chryskylodon Blues"

When we spoke with writer/director Laura Colella about her film Breakfast With Curtis, she told us that she had been tapped by Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot the behind-the-scenes material for Inherent Vice. But with the blu-ray release of Vice having come and gone with none of that footage included, we figured we would be left scratching our heads for the rest of our lives wondering what the hell that set actually looked like. Not so fast...

Laura Colella presents...... Chryskyolodon Blues

It's a spellbinding twelve-minute reel of Super 8 footage from the set of PTA's seventh feature film, scored to music from The Growlers (the band cast as The Boards in the movie) and audio passages from the novel. It is especially cool to watch PTA & co. set up shots that have gone on to become some of the more iconic of the movie, as well as shots that never made it into the movie.

Anyway. Less talky, more watchy. Click that link above and enjoy.

Very special thanks indeed to Laura Colella for bringing this to us to this morning!


Monday, June 08, 2015

PTA Rumored To Be Considering A Return To 70MM For Next Project

At the 2015 Cine Gear Expo, which ended yesterday, Panavision screened test footage from Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western The Hateful Eight and according to virtually everyone who was in attendance, the footage looked absolutely stunning.

Some background: Hateful was shot on 70mm with anamorphic lenses, which creates a much wider frame than 35mm anamorphic (35 anamorphic typically preserves 2.35:1 while 70 anamorphic preserves a massive 2.78:1). For reference, The Master was shot on 70mm with spherical lenses rather than anamorphic, and created a frame less wide than even 35mm anamorphic, preserving 1.85:1. So the difference in widescreen between The Hateful Eight and The Master is insanely huge.

And here's the really cool part: PTA may be taking a crack at Tarantino's wider 70mm format soon. According to camera/lens technician Scott Gleine, who was at the test screening, someone asked during the open audience Q&A portion of the presentation if any other filmmakers had seen or shown interest in the format since the Hateful test footage had been shot, and Panavision's VP of Optical Engineering, Dan Sasaki, specifically mentioned that Paul Thomas Anderson had seen the footage and is strongly considering the same format for his next project.

For what it's worth, PTA has mentioned before that Dan Saski was an integral voice in the decision to shoot The Master on 70mm, so his perspective is definitely worth noting.

But what is the project???

We're not sure just yet. But we do recall PTA mentioning he'd be interested in using 70mm in its intended aspect ratio when we chatted with him about The Master.

Time should clear up all the questions that are already percolating around this development, but now comes the hard part: the sitting and waiting.

(P.S. Here's another account of the event, via @TheValidAlex)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

WATCH: PTA & Jonathan Demme Q&A From '14 Austin Film Festival

Several months ago, audio from the Q&A between Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme at last year's Austin Film Festival was made available to download. Now, video of the talk has found its way to YouTube. Notably, quite a bit of the video differs from what was cut together in the audio-only version, so it's definitely worth taking a peek (via xixax).

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Inherent Vice Bluray Set For April 28th Release

Hey there. We're a couple days late to this, but some slight radio silence has been required  and will continue in the next couple days/week as we undergo some technical maintenance.

Good news is, you can now preorder the DVD-bluray combo pack of Inherent Vice on Amazon before it is released to the buying public on April 28th.

If you have already purchased the film on iTunes, some special features should have popped up for you, including a deleted scene montage and a few unreleased trailers! We assume these are the special features that will be included on the blu ray.

And how about that cover art, for pete's sake...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Inherent Vice" Screenplay Now Available For Download

As some of our more sleuthing readers might know, the script for Inherent Vice became quietly available to read through an (awesome, free) iPhone app called Weekend Read a couple weeks ago, but for the life of us, we could find it absolutely nowhere else online. We didn't want to post about it until we could deliver the real thing, and today Warner Bros. has remedied the situation.

Download/read/do-with-as-you-wish a .pdf of the Inherent Vice screenplay right here.

(Thanks SuperGnodab!)

NOTE: While the title page refers to this as the "final shooting script", the draft available for download is almost certainly a "for your consideration" draft - a version of the script which is prepared by the studio after the movie is completed to submit for awards consideration. FYC scripts are generally cut-and-pasted together from various revisions and cleaned up to match the finished film as much as possible. While we can be confident PTA wrote these pages, we can also be confident they were shifted around and reorganized to more or less replicate what is seen in the final cut of the movie. This would also explain why the title page is dated for after the production had already wrapped. More info about different kinds of scripts can be heard deep-ish into this episode of the Scriptnotes podcast.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Vice" Now Available For Digital Purchase; New Interviews & More

Hello friends! Feels like it's been a minute.

If you are getting impatient waiting for the blu ray release details of Inherent Vice to arrive, you can bide some time by purchasing a digital copy of the film on all major platforms today. That includes Amazon Instant, Vudu, Sony Entertainment Network, Verizon FiOS, Xbox Video, Google Play, xfinity, and, of course, iTunes.

So what else is new? Well, for starters, we've amassed a bunch of interviews from PTA's international press tour for Vice.

- First off, from Interview Magazine:

- Then a small Q&A with PTA, Joanne Sellar, and (a suitably coy) Joaquin Phoenix in France:

- Then, PTA in Italy (untranslated, but still followable):

- In Digital Spy, PTA recounts his favorite films of all time, including fondness for William Peter Blatty's cult classic The Ninth Configuration. (spoiler: #1 remains Sierra Madre.)

- Dazed ran a brief interview with PTA last month, but it explores something we've personally found of great interest in the past few years: his fascination with the sea in his last three films. Definitely worth reading.

- PTA speaks with Little White Lies about drugs, Pynchon, and the importance of commercial success.

- And finally: PTA talks Vice, career, and early professional paranoia in The Irish Times.

On Sunday, we will find out if Paul Thomas Anderson will be finally acknowledged or passed over once a-fucking-gain for his screenwriting talents at the 87th annual Academy Awards. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Let's see, let's see... was there something else we were forgetting? Oh right... these...

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Images of PTA shooting some vague mysterious-ish project in India were posted on Instagram within the past couple weeks. Elsewhere in that account are images of Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich also in India, so we're guessing it's some kind of performance documentary piece. Pretty cool, right?

Good to be back, folks. Missed ya.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Inherent Vice' Nominated For Two Academy Awards

It's that time of year again. The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards have been announced, and mostly Inherent Vice was sorely neglected. The good news: Mark Bridges received a nomination for Best Costume Design and Paul Thomas Anderson was nominated for his groundbreaking Adapted Screenplay of the Thomas Pynchon novel.

We would've liked to have seen some of the stellar performances acknowledged, and/or Robert Elswit's career-best cinematography, but what are you gonna do. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 22nd, and we'll see if Vice can't pick up those two golden statues.

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Find more information about the film on our Inherent Vice page. 
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Thursday, January 08, 2015

WATCH: PTA Talks "Vice" With Vice

On the eve of Inherent Vice's nation-wide theatrical release, a few new promotional materials have dropped. And they're all good. Above is a 20-minute interview PTA did with Vice (the magazine) about Vice (the movie).

Vice also has an exclusive Vice trailer themed for Shasta's character.

Last but not least, you guessed it... the final installment has arrived. Character Poster/Trailer #9:

IV (wide release): Tomorrow

Join Inherent Vice on Twitter at @seeinherentvice

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Monday, January 05, 2015

LISTEN: 2-Hour Interview With PTA On WTF With Marc Maron

Marc Maron's nearly two-hour interview with Paul Thomas Anderson is now available to stream and/or download here. We'll spend less time writing, so you can spend less time reading and more time listening. Go for it.

IV (wide release): 4 days

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Friday, January 02, 2015

PTA to do Marc Maron podcast; Rudy Blatnoyd Poster/Trailer Arrives

After some speculation, and a fair amount of prodding on Marc Maron's part, Paul Thomas Anderson will indeed be joining Maron's WTF podcast, with the interview set to drop this coming Monday. If you aren't already a regular listener of the show, the episode will be free to download off of iTunes at that point. Maron's interviews are always, if nothing else, very long and very candid. So the talk should not be missed.

Oh. And then this. These babies seem to be dropping fast and furious lately...