Monday, September 27, 2021

Licorice Pizza Poster & Trailer Arrive!


Today's the day! The first one-sheet and trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's newly-minted 9th feature film, Licorice Pizza, have arrived.

The poster boasts a cast of Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie!

Trailer below:

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UPDATE: The film's official website has launched at -- along with the trailer and poster, the website holds the first official synopsis of the movie:

“Licorice Pizza” is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Licorice Pizza Receives R Rating From MPAA, Signaling Completion


Afternoon -

While in all likelihood Licorice Pizza completed post-production some time ago, the MPAA made it official by slapping PTA with his usual R Rating today. You can read the press release here.

The naughty bits are for language, sexual material, and some drug use.

Surely much more to come in the very near future!

(h/t @louismorelfatio)


Friday, September 10, 2021

New PTA Film Officially Titled LICORICE PIZZA, Trailer Imminent




The Film Stage reports today that Paul Thomas Anderson's new coming-of-age high school film is no longer called Soggy bottom and is instead called... LICORICE PIZZA

What's more, a trailer establishing that title is completed and has been making the rounds in 35mm in front of some screenings in London and in Los Angeles and reportedly features Sean Penn and Maya Rudolph and *catches breath*  Tom Waits, among the other confirmed cast we've already reported on.

Seems fair to expect the trailer to reach the annals of YouTube soon and we'll post it here as soon as it has.

The typeface for the title has been revealed on the film's newly opened social media accounts (here, here & here)

Stay tuned!


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Happy Birthday, PTA!


Happy weekend, happy summer, and a most especially happy birthday to Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson, who celebrates his 51st today.

In celebration, and in light of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival quickly approaching (Untitled PTA Project notably but not surprisingly will not be in contention), here's the full Punch-Drunk Love press conference from 2002 featuring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joanne Sellar, and the man himself. Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Holiday Release Set For PTA's Untitled High School Movie


Hello! Long time no see! How do you do! Hopefully well! Exciting news!

Indiewire reported today that Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming untitled (yes, still untitled) high school pic has slotted its release date.

United Artists Releasing will open the movie on Friday, November 26th, 2021 in limited markets (presumably just NY & LA) and then expand nationwide on Christmas Day. Details are still pending on the film's international release strategy. 

While official word from UAR brass is that "Soggy Bottom" was and remains only a working title, we seem to remember a few working titles sticking around once or twice in the past, so let's wait and see what the one-sheet says.

Anyway: how've you been? Did you get your shot yet? Stay safe and sane!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Soggy Bottom Wraps Principal Photography

Against improbable odds, we've learned that Paul Thomas Anderson has completed shooting his ninth feature film, Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson High School Project aka Soggy Bottom, and now heads into post-production.

All things considered, while this is indeed very exciting news, our overwhelming impulse is to simply breathe a huge sigh of relief that the production was able to finish out safely as the coronavirus continues to spike nationwide.

With glimmers of hope for a vaccine on the horizon, it now seems slightly more likely than it once did that the virus will not interfere dramatically with the film's rollout plan -- whether that means a summer, fall, or holiday release for 2021 is anybody's guess.

Talk soon and stay safe!


Wednesday, October 07, 2020

WATCH: New Haim + PTA Video: "Man From The Magazine"

Happy Wednesday!

Not sure how (or when) they were able to squeak this in, but PTA & the Haim ladies have made another video -- this time for "Man From The Magazine", off of Haim's most recent (and excellent) album Women in Music Pt. III.



Wednesday, September 02, 2020

PTA Finds "Soggy Bottom" Lead in Cooper Hoffman; Alana Haim Casting Confirmed

Paul Thomas Anderson Has a New Film in the Works, and It Will Reportedly  Take Us Back to '70s California | Vanity Fair

Good evening!

Some interesting news broke today, following a few days of speculation...

The Hollywood Reporter now confirms that the high school student at the center of PTA's forthcoming formally untitled 9th feature film will be played by none other than the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman's son, Cooper Hoffman. 

This will mark Cooper's first ever screen performance. 

THR also confirms reports that noted PTA collaborator Alana Haim will indeed appear in the film as well, though little is still known about the nature of her role.

Folks, whatever PTA is cooking up here seems to be a labor of love at the very least.  We can't wait to share more.


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Benny Safdie Lands Role In "Soggy Bottom"

 Listen: Paul Thomas Anderson and the Safdies Talk Uncut Gems and the  Brilliance of Adam Sandler in One-Hour Conversation

Good Sunday to you!

Per The Film Stage, filmmaker/actor Benny Safdie has joined the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming high school film, currently in production under the moniker Soggy Bottom.

Newly surfaced set photos indicate the Uncut Gems-director Safdie will play real-life LA City Council member Joel Wachs in the film.

Not much is yet confirmed about how this role figures into the story; our eyes are peeled.

You can revisit PTA's Gems discussion with Benny and his brother Josh for the A24 podcast from last year here.