Well, that was nice. Last night NBC aired the "best party of the year" (the Golden Globes) where Amy, Joaquin and Philip were all nominated for their performances in "The Master." While the trio unfortunately went home empty handed, Best Director winner Ben Affleck made sure that PTA was there in spirit. During his acceptance speech he humbly said how gratified he was just to be in the same company as the nominated directors (Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow) as well as the great directors who weren't nominated...
"I don't care what the award is, when they put your name next to the names that she just read off, it's an extraordinary thing in your life. These nominees are exceptional talents. I truly to God never thought I would be in the same breath as them. I want to thank them, and I want to thank the many talented people that weren't nominated. Paul Thomas Anderson who's like, I think, Orson Welles. There are so many others."Watch it here. You may recall that PTA even worked with Affleck very briefly back in 2000. Around that time PTA was hanging around SNL in preparation for "Punch-Drunk Love" and directed a short called FANatic (which was a parody of the MTV series) the week that Affleck was hosting. (His girlfriend at the time, Fiona Apple, was that week's musical guest.)
In other news, critic Glenn Kenny recently pointed us towards this article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about late night horror host Ghoulardi (PTA's father Ernie Anderson) commemorating the 50th anniversary of his first broadcast. There's also a sidebar featuring some nice quotes from Paul. He talks about watching movies with his dad and that he's thought about setting a film in that era of the early days of local television.
"From time to time I've thought about making a film about that era of local TV and the kind of Wild West lawlessness and the things that could happen. When my dad was doing it, it wasn't national, it was local. And it felt like lunch time was drinking time and you could come back to work totally hammered."That sounds like something I'd definitely like to see. How about you?
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