12 years ago today the first ever post went up on this website. It simply read:
Paul Makes EW's It ListAge 27 Why him? After the porno-poetic thrill of Boogie Nights, which this San Fernando Valley wunderkind wrote and directed, actors are clamoring to work with him as they did for Altman. Like the trailblazing '70s auteurs, Anderson gives his films emotional texture that comes from the gut: "The scenes that truly affect people are the ones based in personal shit."Work habits "I write early, like 6 a.m., and I can only really write for three hours," he says. "That's because I smoke myself into a sickness. The best stuff comes in the first blast ... the idea behind writing very early is that your subconscious is still kicking ass. You're not paying attention to what you should be writing."Creative crutch "The biggest thing for me when I'm writing is the music. Now it's Aimee Mann and Michael Penn." And filmmakers? "Blake Edwards ... 10 is a fucking masterpiece."Weirdest career moment "Burt Reynolds."Next? Another L.A. story: "It centers around an odd occurrence in nature."
As you may or may not know, this website was originally called Cigarettes and Coffee when it started in 1999. (Remember this?) It was run and maintained by Greg Mariotti and myself. In 2005, Greg moved onto working with Cameron Crowe on his official website and I took over and re-branded it Cigarettes & Red Vines, after the Aimee Mann song which is, in part, apparently about Paul.
I thought it would be interesting to keep the previous sites posts archived on the new site as there are endless amounts of additional information and random things hidden within each. I have tried to tag them all as accurately as possible for ease of reference.