Paul Thomas Anderson
American film director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has written and directed five feature films: Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) There Will Be Blood (2007), and soon to be released, The Master (2012).
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Watch: Radiohead, Paul Thomas Anderson Collaborate On New Video For 'The Numbers'
NPR - 5 months
The latest video from Radiohead is a field recording of Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke performing "The Numbers," from the band's latest album A Moon Shaped Pool.
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Radiohead Unveil New Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video, Album Release Date
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
The band's new album will be released digitally on May 8.
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that the ...
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30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are totally worth watching
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This article is continually updated to reflect removed and newly available movies. Rachel Grozanick, Drew Prindle, Brandon Widder, and Rick Stella contributed to this article. Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime — and that’s not even counting all the full-length films uploaded by users. So to help save you some time in your search for something to watch, we’ve sifted through all the movies the site has to offer — free, paid, legal, and not-so-legal — to bring you this list of the best full movies on YouTube. Related: Time to kill? Here’s 104 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now Free Movies (legally uploaded) YouTube has a pretty sizable list of movies you can stream for free, but truth be told, not many are worth watching. The overwhelming majority ...
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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The Doorway Shot
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The Doorway Shot The lasting influence of film's most famous doorway shot. By Jacob T. Swinney 'The Searchers' The concept is a simple one: frame your subject in the middle of a doorway. Despite its simplicity, the "doorway shot" tends to bear heavy significance. In this video, watch a variety of doorway shots that seem to have one thing in common--the separation of interior and exterior that represents a much larger symbolic threshold. If you're like most film-lovers, when someone says the "doorway shot" you probably immediately think of John Ford's The Searchers (1956). In fact, simply searching for "doorway shot" on the Internet results in hundreds of pictures from the film. The Searchers opens and closes with arguably two of the most iconic shots in film history, both using doors to frame characters. In the final shot of the film, John Wayne's character, Ethan Edwards, approaches the entrance of a home as his family and friends funnel inside. Nearly silhouetted, E ...
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How to Actually Make a Successful Short Film (Without Film Festivals or "Going Viral")
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Dean Silvers & Tyler Silvers Dean Silvers & Tyler Silvers: If you're reading this you've probably thought about making a short film. Or you've made a short film or were involved in the making of one that failed (or didn't succeed in the way you hoped). We've all been there. We pour our hearts and souls into a short film, but then once it's done, nothing seems to happen. No one sees your short film, it doesn't get into that film festival, it doesn't get many "views," your uncle tells you "it's too boring" and your girlfriend or boyfriend says that they like it (but you notice their voice kinda goes up when they say it and they keep changing the subject). Now what do you do? You put everything into this short film, and at the end of the day you're not closer to achieving your dreams in the Film & TV Business. This is heartbreaking for all filmmakers. But you can turn that all around. This is how you can make a great short film that will succeed, get you attention, ...
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'Junun' has Paul Thomas Anderson going to India with part of Radiohead
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Concert documentaries are practically as old as the sitar, and films set in recording studios not much newer than that.But the music is the thing, and there are many things, from many different places, in “Junun,” a jolting jam session of a picture directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The piece, which...
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'Inherent Vice' costume designer Mark Bridges on Pynchon's world
LATimes - about 2 years
"Inherent Vice" marks costume designer Mark Bridges' seventh outing with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. "Lucky number seven," says the Oscar-winning Bridges. "We started out together on "Hard Eight," hit it off, and here we are 20 years later." Anderson adapted the trippy 1970-era detective...
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<i>Mommy</i>'s Boy: Xavier Dolan Explains Why Women Are Like Gay Men
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The former boy wonder, Xavier Dolan, who is now 25, sauntered into New York about a week or so ago with a new movie, Mommy -- his fifth -- for which he won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and received a 13-minute standing ovation. Well, truthfully, he shared the prize with Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language), which is inarguably like winning a second award. After all, having one's name forever linked with a kingpin of La Nouvelle Vague is nothing to sneeze at. (Who will ever forget Streisand and Hepburn sharing a Best Actress Oscar? New guard joining old guard.) Talking about the Oscars, Mommy was Canada's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category, and Dolan had been politicking on the West Coast -- to no avail, apparently -- to get it a final nomination. So, this afternoon, the French-Canadian was a bit zonked because, on top of flying over Utah and Iowa after his fruitless campaigning, he had been giving interviews since nine in the morning, and the c ...
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite movies
Heave Media - almost 3 years
Welcome to part three of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 10 all-time favorite movies. Remember: these are all-time favorites, not “best film” lists or whatever. Also, titles aren’t italicized because otherwise everything would be in the font you’re reading now. Frank Macarthy 1) The Big Lebowski (Joel &amp; Ethan Coen, 1998) 2) Animal House (John Landis, 1978) 3) Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 4) Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) 5) Dirty Work (Bob Saget, 1998) 6) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) 7) Trading Places (John Landis, 1983) 8 ) The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) 9) The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978) 10) Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008) —— Marissa Morales 1) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) 2) Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 3) Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010) 4) The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 5) Moonrise Kingdom ...
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Jonny Greenwood Scoring Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'Inherent Vice'
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is becoming an essential component to any Paul Thomas Anderson film After scoring the director's last two movies — There Will Be Blood and The Master — Greenwood has signed on to compose music for Anderson's upcoming film Inherent Vice according to Film Music Reporter  Where Does Kid A Rank on Rolling Stone's 500...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Thomas Anderson
  • 2016
    Age 45
    As of 2016, Anderson is the only person to win all three director prizes from the three major international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice).
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    Anderson has directed several music videos, including Radiohead's 2016 single "Daydreaming" and several for Fiona Apple.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Anderson co-wrote and directed a 70-minute play at the Largo Theatre, comprising a series of vignettes starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, with a live score by Jon Brion. Anderson only attended film school for two days, preferring to learn the craft by watching films by the filmmakers he liked, as well as watching films accompanied by director's audio commentary. Anderson has cited Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles and Max Ophüls as his main influences as a filmmaker. Anderson is known for films set in the San Fernando Valley with realistically flawed and desperate characters. Among the themes dealt with in Anderson's films are dysfunctional familial relationships, alienation, surrogate families, regret, loneliness, destiny, the power of forgiveness, and ghosts of the past. Anderson makes frequent use of repetition to build emphasis and thematic consistency. In Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and The Master, the phrase "I didn't do anything" is used at least once, developing themes of responsibility and denial. Anderson's films are known for their bold visual style which includes stylistic trademarks such as constantly moving camera, steadicam-based long takes, memorable use of music, and multilayered audiovisual imagery. Anderson also tends to reference the Book of Exodus, either explicitly or subtly, such as in recurring references to Exodus 8:2 in Magnolia, which chronicles the plague of frogs, culminating with the literal raining of frogs in the film's climax, or the title and themes in There Will Be Blood, a phrase that can be found in Exodus 7:19, which details the plague of blood.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In 2012, The Guardian ranked him number one on its list of "The 23 Best Film Directors in the World," writing "his dedication to his craft has intensified, with his disdain for PR and celebrity marking him out as the most devout filmmaker of his generation."
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Entertainment Weekly named him the eighth-greatest working director, calling him "one of the most dynamic directors to emerge in the last 20 years." In a podcast interview with critic Elvis Mitchell, director Sam Mendes referred to Anderson as "a true auteur – and there are very few of those who I would classify as geniuses", and Ben Affleck in his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe Award for Best Director said "Paul Thomas Anderson, who I think is like Orson Welles." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that "The Master, the sixth film from the 42-year-old writer-director, affirms his position as the foremost filmmaking talent of his generation. Anderson is a rock star, the artist who knows no limits."
  • 2009
    Age 38
    In December 2009, Anderson was working on a new script tentatively titled The Master, about a "charismatic intellectual" who starts a new religion in the 1950s.
    More Details Hide Details An associate of Anderson stated that the idea for the film had been in Anderson's head for about twelve years. Though the film makes no reference to the movement, it has "long been widely assumed to be based on Scientology." The Master was released on September 14, 2012 by The Weinstein Company in the United States and Canada to critical acclaim. The film received three nominations at the 85th Academy Awards: Joaquin Phoenix for Best Leading Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor and Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress.
    Production of Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice began in May 2013 and ended in August of the same year.
    More Details Hide Details The film marked the first time that Pynchon allowed his work to be adapted for the screen and saw Anderson work with Phoenix for a second time. The supporting cast includes Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Peter McRobbie, Michael K. Williams and Eric Roberts. The film received two nominations at the 87th Academy Awards: Anderson for Best Adapted Screenplay and Mark Bridges for Best Costume Design. In 2015, Anderson directed a 54-minute documentary, Junun, about the making of an album of the same name by Jonny Greenwood, Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and a group of Indian musicians. Most of the performances were recorded at the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Junun premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival. Anderson is currently working on a drama about the London fashion industry in the 1950s, which will star Daniel Day-Lewis in his first acting role since Lincoln in 2012. Filming will commence in early 2017, for intended release in late 2017. In September 2016, the U.S. distribution rights were acquired by Focus Features, with Universal handling international distribution.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    At the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Anderson won the Best Director Award and was nominated for the Palme d'Or.
    More Details Hide Details There Will Be Blood (2007) was loosely based on the Upton Sinclair novel Oil! The budget of the film was $25 million, and it earned $76.1 million worldwide. Daniel Day-Lewis starred and won an Oscar for Best Leading Actor for his role. The film received eight nominations overall at the 80th Academy Awards. Paul Dano received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Anderson was nominated for Best Director from the Directors Guild of America. The film also received eight Academy Award nominations, tying with No Country for Old Men for the most nominations. Anderson received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, losing all three to the Coen Brothers for No Country for Old Men. There Will Be Blood was regarded by some critics as one of the greatest films of the decade, some parties further declaring it one of the most accomplished American films of the modern era; David Denby of The New Yorker wrote "the young writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has now done work that bears comparison to the greatest achievements of Griffith and Ford", while Richard Schickel proclaimed it "one of the most wholly original American movies ever made".
    In 2002, the romantic comedy-drama Punch-Drunk Love, Anderson's fourth feature, was released to generally favorable reviews.
    More Details Hide Details After a five-year absence, the epic drama There Will Be Blood was released to critical acclaim in 2007. In 2012, Anderson's sixth film, the drama The Master, was released to critical acclaim. His seventh film, the crime comedy-drama Inherent Vice, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, was released in 2014, to general acclaim. His eighth film, Junun, is a documentary about the making of an album of the same name. Anderson has been nominated for six Academy Awards over the course of his career, while his films have earned a further fourteen Academy Award nominations for cast and crew.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    Anderson, who still had the workprint of his original cut, submitted the film, which was accepted and screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson was able to get his version released but only after he retitled the film and raised the $200,000 necessary to finish it - he, Philip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow and John C. Reilly contributed the funding. The version that was released was Anderson's and the acclaim from the film launched his career. Anderson began working on the script for his next feature film during his troubles with Hard Eight, completing the script in 1995. The result was Anderson's breakout for the drama film Boogie Nights (1997), which is based on his short The Dirk Diggler Story. The script was noticed by New Line Cinema's president, Michael De Luca, who felt "totally gaga" reading it. It was released on October 10, 1997 and was a critical and commercial success. The film revived the career of Burt Reynolds, and provided breakout roles for Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore. At the 70th Academy Awards ceremony, the film received three Academy Award nominations, including for Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore) and Best Original Screenplay.
    While at the Sundance Feature Film Program, Anderson already had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first feature. In 1996, Anderson made his first full-length feature, Sydney, which was retitled Hard Eight (1996).
    More Details Hide Details Upon completion of the film, Rysher re-edited it.
  • 1994
    Age 23
    He decided to expand the film into a feature-length film and was subsequently invited to the 1994 Sundance Feature Film Program.
    More Details Hide Details At the Sundance Feature Film Program, Michael Caton-Jones served as Anderson's mentor; he saw Anderson as someone with "talent and a fully formed creative voice but not much hands-on experience" and gave him some hard and practical lessons.
  • 1982
    Age 11
    Anderson was involved in filmmaking at a young age and never really had an alternative plan to directing films. He made his first movie when he was eight years old and started making movies on a Betamax video camera which his dad bought in 1982 when he was twelve years old.
    More Details Hide Details He later started using 8 mm film but realized that video was easier. He began writing in adolescence, and at 17 years old he began experimenting with a Bolex sixteen millimeter camera. After years of experimenting with "standard fare", he wrote and filmed his first real production as a senior in high school at Montclair Prep using money he earned cleaning cages at a pet store. The film was a thirty-minute mockumentary shot on video called The Dirk Diggler Story (1988), about a pornography star; the story was inspired by John Holmes, who also served as a major inspiration for Boogie Nights. Anderson spent two semesters as an English major at Emerson College, and only two days at New York University before he began his career as a production assistant on television films, music videos and game shows in Los Angeles and New York City. Feeling that the material shown to him at film school turned the experience into "homework or a chore", Anderson decided to make a twenty-minute film that would be his "college".
  • 1970
    Anderson was born June 26, 1970, in Studio City, California, to Edwina and Ernie Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details Ernie was an actor who was the voice of ABC and a Cleveland television late-night horror movie host known as "Ghoulardi" (after whom Anderson later named his production company). Anderson grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is third youngest of nine children, and had a troubled relationship with his mother but was close with his father, who encouraged him to become a writer or director. Anderson attended a number of schools, including Buckley in Sherman Oaks, John Thomas Dye School, Campbell Hall School, Cushing Academy and Montclair Prep.
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