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Rushes: Paul Thomas Anderson Returns to L.A., Mati Diop, “The Insider” Turns 20

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NEWS
Paul Thomas Anderson on set of Punch-Drunk Love
  • Paul Thomas Anderson is set to return to his hometown of San Fernando Valley—last seen in his 2002 Punch-Drunk Love—with a 1970s-set high school movie, which will follow a student who is also a successful child actor.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • Cult director Richard Stanley returns from his 25-year hiatus from directing narrative films with this his Nicolas Cage-led H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space, which now has a rapturous trailer. Stanley is also currently in the early stages of developing an adaptation of Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror.
  • We are very fond of Spanish filmmaker Oliver Laxe’s oneiric cinema (previously we interviewed him for his 2016 film, Mimosas), thus we are completely taken by the trailer for his forthcoming Fire Will Come, which premiered in Cannes
 
  • An entirely engrossing trailer for Blumhouse’s reinvention of H.G. Wells The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss and directed by Leigh Whannell (of last year’s underrated body horror-action film Upgrade).
RECOMMENDED READING
Mati Diop for Vulture by Amanda Demme
  • In a new interview with Vulture, Mati Diop discusses isolation and identity, migration, and the production of her debut narrative feature Atlantics, “a fantasy film about the loss of this generation of boys.”
  • Film Comment's Nicolas Rapold interviews The Irishman cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, who discusses being inspired by still photography and Francesco Rosi's Lucky Luciano, and developing a distinct system for the film's CGI aging process of its main cast.
  • It's the 20th anniversary of Michael Mann's The Insider. For Vanity Fair, K. Austin Collins looks back at the Al Pacino-starring whistleblower thriller, from its box office letdown and factual inaccuracies to its "melodramatic masculinism."
  • Critic Steve Macfarlane reviews On Cinema, the first-ever English-language publication of Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha’s film writing, which "bombards the reader with breathtaking manifestos from one page to the next."
RECOMMENDED LISTENING
  • Sink into the depths of Mati Diop's Atlantics with the hypnotic "Boys in the Mirror," from a soundtrack composed by Kuwaiti musician Fatima Al Qadiri.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
  • With the decade closing, our movie poster columnist Adrian Curry selects his favorite posters of the era.
  • Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story adds another heart-wrenching drama to the director’s pantheon of broken, healing families, writes Leonardo Goi.
  • Willow Catelyn Maclay embarks on a new column devoted to women in genre cinema with a look at Amy Holden Jones’ 1980s slasher Slumber Party Massacre.
EXTRAS
  • Perhaps the finest director of animation at Walt Disney leads a march in the name of unionization. (via @motelabyss)
  • Charles Laughton provides some thoughtful notes and guidance for Billy Chapin in this uncanny footage from behind-the-scenes of The Night of the Hunter.

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