Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Inherent Vice” hits theaters on January 9th. The seventh feature from P.T., it stars Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in his last movie “The Master.” Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson and Eric Roberts are also cast in the picture, set in the 70’s, about an adventure of an L.A. detective.
Anderson’s movie “Hard Eight” was his first major motion picture. The flick starred Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly and Gwyneth Paltrow, with Samuel L. Jackson and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman as co-stars. Hoffman also appeared in the Anderson movies “The Master,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights.” “Boogie Nights” was a “breakthrough” film for Anderson and actor Mark Wahlberg. It also starred Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Juliane Moore, Nicole Ari Parker and Luis Guzman, and was a revival of sorts for veteran actor Burt Reynolds, garnering him a Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination for “Best Supporting Actor.”
Paul’s fifth feature presentation, “There Will Be Blood” based on the novel “Oil,” starred Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Day-Lewis won his second Oscar for his performance, his first was for his role in “My Left Foot.” “There Will Be Blood” was also nominated for “Best Picture,” “Best Director” and “Best Adapted Screenplay.” His forthcoming “Inherent Vice” is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Ruggles Pynchon. ‘Blood’ and ‘Vice’, are the only projects that Anderson has produced that he didn’t write, so far. I say so far because I can’t wait to see ‘Vice’, and I’m already looking forward to everything he’ll ever do.
Other thespians that have appeared in his movies include Tom Cruise, Emily Watson, Paul Dano, Adam Sandler, Alfred Molina, William H. Macy, Amy Adams, and the late Jason Robards. Robards portrayed a dying television producer, as he was actually dying in real life, in Anderson’s opus “Magnolia.”
Although “Hard Eight” was Anderson’s first feature film, his first project was the mockumentary “The Dirk Diggler Story,” which was the ground work for his second release “Boogie Nights.”
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