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!

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[NOTE: updated to reflect a less frantically messy but no less succinct post]

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:


Cheers!
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!

C&RV

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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