Mr. Burt Reynolds recently sat down for a 90-minute conversation with the Movie Geeks United! podcast.
During the course of this in-depth discussion, Reynolds spoke at length about a number of his films and iconic roles -- including Boogie Nights & Jack Horner, which he has apparently still not watched all the way through.
Well, it likely comes as cold comfort if you are one of our readers who is not [yet] in any of the showbiz unions, but the first public screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth motion picture, Phantom Thread, have been booked and posted on the Focus Features website.
If you are a SAG or AMPAS member and live in New York or LA, you can find the directory of screenings here and RSVP to the date that best suits you. Los Angeles screenings run from 11/24 through 11/30, New York screenings 11/26 through 11/30.
The first New York screening will be followed by a Q&A with Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps, while the first three LA screenings will be followed by Q&A's with PTA, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.
Things are starting to heat up on the Phantom Thread front, and quickly! Since we last posted, Focus Features has launched two verified social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for the film, the latter of which has posted a full synopsis for the movie which discloses (among other things) the name of Daniel Day-Lewis' character. If you are trying to retain your sense of mystery going into the theatre on Christmas Day, we can dig it. The synopsis is pasted below the fold for you to avoid as you wish. Also below the fold is an excerpt passed along to us from a recent Mark Bridges interview for Film Comment, in which he touched on the costume design of the new film. Enjoy!
As we slowly close in on the release date of Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth feature length motion picture, a project otherwise still shrouded in secrecy has at least settled on one thing: it is in fact, after all the pomp and circumstance, going to be called Phantom Thread. Since we were secretly rooting for this all along, the news definitely receives the C&RV stamp of approval.
No less revealing, the news of the title has been unveiled due to the official site for the movie being launched by Focus Features earlier today. You can visit that site by clicking here.
For now, other information about the status of the project on the site does not reveal much beyond what we already knew (its synopsis almost exactly matches the one Focus released when principal photography got underway earlier this year) but it does reaffirm a Christmas Day release, which some folks had been skittish about considering how tightly under wraps the film has been until now.
We can only guess this means more major info is on the precipice of dropping but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
For now, the countdown continues to count down.
Special thanks to @j_shansky for helping on this one.
As we suddenly find ourselves within striking distance of #ProjectPhantomThread, PTA continues to kick out the HAIM jams with the wonderfully pleasant new video for their track "Little of Your Love,' which you can see above.
Also finally migrating onto the site from our social media outlets a few days ago, PTA's 14-minute performance film with HAIM, Valentine, is also now broadly available for eye-feasting. Peep it:
Haim announced today that they were only just getting started with Paul Thomas Anderson when they released the video for their track "Right Now" that he directed, back in April. Turns out PTA will be dispatching a new trio of performance videos from the group on 35mm. For right now, it looks like there's only one screening booked and it'll be in Brooklyn on July 5 as part of an exclusive promotion for the band's upcoming LP, which you can RSVP for here.
The short film is called Valentine and this is what the film can looks like, per Mark (@The_Prolefeed):
We imagine this thing will become more broadly available for public consumption at some point sooner rather than later, but more details on that will be posted as they become available.
Today, Indiewire confirms what we've been suspecting for some months now: Paul Thomas Anderson did indeed serve as his own cinematographer on the upcoming fashion drama that has loosely (though no less affectionately) been known as Phantom Thread.
Indiewire confirms in the same story that "Phantom Thread" is only a placeholder title for production purposes and that the eventual one-sheet will bear a different name. That's just fine, though. We can still use it until we get a better one.