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Title: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: edison on January 18, 2008, 08:47:02 PM
I tried to see if there might have been a topic on this already but I thought maybe it would be cool to compile quotes from others in the business who mention PTA. I thought of this because I just came across a quote from Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) who said:

"Hollywood is an area where many things about the cinema are going on - but it is not cinema. When I think about American cinema, I think of Scorsese, Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson. Hollywood is just a name on a hill.'
 - from an article in the Daily Mail UK
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: modage on February 16, 2008, 01:50:53 PM
here are a handful i've compiled over the last year or two.

Rian Johnson (writer/director of Brick) in CHUD interview...

Q: Who are the current working directors that you consider the best? The ones you look up to.
Johnson: I’m a huge fan of a couple. Wes Anderson, I love him. Paul Thomas Anderson, I’m really excited about the new one that he’s working on.

Q: There was just a script review for that.
Johnson: I read it. The guy was ecstatic but he didn’t give much information.

Q: The guy was psyched, but he didn’t know it was based on a book already.
Johnson: I know! He suggested they novelize it! [laughs] That’s a little curious. Although that reminds me of one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a bookstore, which was the novelization of the Gwyneth version of Great Expectations. It was a novelization of that movie.


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Eli Roth gives a thanks to all the supportive fimmakers he met after Cabin Fever, and included was PT Anderson, saying that he was "encouraging."

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In the book The Mind Of The Modern Moviemaker: 20 Conversations with the New Generation of Filmmakers, that features interviews with directors like Michel Gondry & Brett Ratner PT is mentioned a few times.
 
When asked "Who is the most impressive filmmaker working today?" both Todd Phillips (Old School) and Joe Carnahan (Narc) named Paul Thomas Anderson. 

Todd Phillips said "I always said to Ben, "This is going to be a romantic comedy between two straight guys."  It follows the beats of a regular romantic comedy because they're thrown together, there's tension, and they're thrown apart and then they come back together stronger than ever.  A typical romantic comedy to me is like R&B music.  It's just not my thing, but to take two guys and virtually make a romantic comedy with all those beats just seems interesting to me.  I find romantic comedies are rarely romantic and funny, which is why what P.T. Anderson did with Punch Drunk [Love] is like the greatest romantic comedy of all time- because it's actually funny and romantic.  When Todd Philips was asked about the similarities between Fight Club and Old School, he names it as his "favorite movie of the nineties, other than Boogie Nights."   When asked if Todd Phillips test screens his films he said "Every film I've done.  I think testing a comedy is absolutely one-hundred-percent crucial, and I think testing a movie in general is crucial.  I always find it amazing when directors- outside of Steven Spielberg- just say, "Here's the movie; take it or leave it."  I find it astounding because, ultimately, you really don't know what you have until you put it up there.  Certainly comedy, when you watch it with an audience, then you know, "OK, that works; that doesn't work."  You're making a movie for the audience.  Road Trip was not the story I needed to tell.  It wasn't going to be the pinnacle of my career.  It was a movie I was making to be funny and I think ninety-nine percent of directors who make comedies will tell you the same thing.  It's totally different for Paul Thomas Anderson and people making films that are personal stories that are like, "This is exactly the way I wanted to tell it.  If it doesn't work for you, it doesn't work for you; so be it."

Joe Carnahan even went on to say that "I don't want to see something that a director doesn't personalize in some way.  I look at Punch Drunk Love and I think, Damn, I want to believe that this guy was in love like that at some point in his life, because it movies me in a way that I see myself in that.  I think that's what all great films do for us.  They come down to two very simple things: human beings and human behavior.  At least, the ones that I'm really intrigued and interested by.  I don't need to see fucking spaceships blow up."

When Roger Dodger & P.S. writer/director Dylan Kidd was asked Are there filmmakers out there who you'd like to emulate?, he said: "Two guys I would like to emulate are Linklater and Winterbottom, because they're prolific and versatile.  They're able to play in both worlds- big studio stuff and smaller indies.  There's something less intimidating about Richard Linklater.  I watch a P.T. Anderson movie and I feel like crawling under the covers like, "My God, I would never move the camera like that.  That guy's a genius.  I should go back and work in real estate."  With Linklater and Winterbottom there's something that isn't too precious about their movies that I really like.  It never feels labored.  It feels like a bunch of really smart, passionate people got together and made a movie." 
 
When Neil LaBute was asked Whose films today do you make a point of watching?, he too names Paul Thomas Anderson along with Woody Allen, Eric Rohmer, Mike Leigh, Jane Campion the Coen brothers and fellow Anderson, Wes.

I've heard that you like to watch movies every night while you're shooting a film?
Brett Ratner: Yeah.  I always do that.  It keeps it fresh for me.  I tend not to watch movies in the same genre.  I watch movies in different genres and there might be a similar scene.  I have so many references.  That's why Scorsese and Spielberg are so quick on their feet and do such great work- because they have all the references.  They've seen what works.  I think that's what helps me too.  Look, I'm not like De Palma or even Paul Thomas Anderson.  I can watch Paul Thomas Anderson's films and tell you in every scene what movie he's taking from.  I know those references, but that's kind of blatant stuff that he does because he wants to show you he loves those movies.  My stuff is subliminal.  You would never even pick it up, really.  It's very subtle stuff. 
 
You were going to remake Cassavetes's Killing of a Chinese Bookie with Warren [Beatty] werent you?
Brett Ratner: Yeah.  I got cursed out by a lot of friends of mine who were just like, "That's a classic!" It's Paul Thomas Anderson's favorite movie, so to Paul I was the antichrist. 

Do you think you have a smaller, less mainstream film in you?
Brett Ratner:  My taste is accessible to what audiences want.  Some people just have certain sensibilities, and I'm not going to apologize for mine.  I was always envious of Paul Thomas Anderson because he was like, "Oh, me and Jonathan Demme are buddies and me and Kubrick hung out on the set with Tom and Nicole."  I was jealous of that and I was like, "Shit, I want to be friends with these directors," and I thought I have to make my personal film about someone dying of brain cancer or whatever to get the respect.  But then, after Rush Hour, when I got calls from Demme and Beatty and Bob Evans and all these guys I'm like, "You know what?  Directors aren't snobs."  They love a movie no matter what the genre is, if it works.  It gave me so much confidence because I was just like, "OK, I don't have to go make Boogie Nights."


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In the latest Entertainment Weekly, Paul Haggis writes in his tribute to Robert Altman...
 
"I had the great honor of meeting Altman last year.  After the Oscars there's a group picture taken, and I got to stand a few shoulder-widths away.  It was truly the highlight of a great night.  When we were leaving, my friend Bennett Miller invited me to Paul Thomas Anderson's house for a quiet late-night drink.  I'd always wanted to meet Paul, so naturally I went.  And there, on the sofa, at 3 a.m., sat Robert Altman, his honorary Academy Award on the coffee table before him.  I honestly didn't know what to say- what do you say to a genius, someone you admire so much?  I opted for asking if I could get him a cup of coffee or a drink.  He said he was fine and asked where my Oscars were.  I said in the car.  I admired his- and the thought struck me that his looked taller.  He leaned forward and winked: "Mine is bigger, you know."


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also: i know Judd Apatow has mentioned him several times but i can't remember where i put those.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 18, 2008, 01:29:40 PM
Which current directors do you admire? —Abigail Hoover, St. Paul, Minn.
Usually they are younger directors who are fighting to get good films made—not standard, formulaic Hollywood venal projects. I like [Paul Thomas Anderson] who did There Will Be Blood. I liked him from his earlier movies. I like the films I've seen of Alexander Payne's.

-- Woody Allen, TIME, "Ten Questions for Woody Allen"
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: MacGuffin on October 02, 2008, 01:09:23 AM
From Entertainment Weekly:

Despite an Emmy and a pair of Golden Globes for The Office, breathless reviews for his HBO series Extras, and an inspired guest turn on The Simpsons where he tried to seduce Marge with an acoustic love song about ''Lady Di,'' Ricky Gervais isn't a celebrity in America yet. Not in the Brad Pitt sense of the word at least. So it's a little strange that he feels the need to check in to hotels here under a fake name.

When Gervais — or, should we say, ''Paul Anderson'' — answers the door of his suite at the Four Seasons in New York, he doesn't look much like a celebrity, either. He looks like a traveling salesman who's just been shaken out of a nap. He's wearing a black T-shirt and baggy sweatpants. His face is covered in stubble. A half-finished bottle of red wine, presumably from the night before, sits atop the minibar.

When he's asked right off the bat who Paul Anderson is, Gervais takes a seat on the sofa and shifts around uncomfortably. He didn't know this was coming and he wants to explain, because he knows that if he doesn't, he'll come off like an arrogant jerk for using an alias. On the flip side, it means that he'll also have to come up with a new fake name to use in the future. A future when, perhaps, he will be famous enough in the States to need one.

After a few stammering moments, Gervais sighs. ''He's a guy I used to work with at a radio station in England. I just thought it was such a wonderfully generic name...Paul Anderson. It's got nothing to do with the director. I haven't seen There Will Be Blood, although I'm sure it's great.'' With that settled, Gervais asks for help hatching a new identity. When it's suggested that he go with something flashy, like Johnny Depp's infamous hotel pseudonym, ''Mr. Donkey Penis,'' Gervais mulls it over: ''It's a very brave man who calls a hotel and says 'I'd like to speak to Mr. Donkey Penis.' So I see how that would be effective. But let's see...maybe Scott Houston?...Brad Cockmore?...Bob Crunt?''
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: MacGuffin on October 29, 2008, 08:24:56 PM
"I liked the idea of doing something about porn, but mainstream porn had been done and done very well by Paul Thomas Anderson in Boogie Nights. So no point in doing that. I'm not trying to go in there and throw my d*ck down and be all like, 'I'm better than Paul Thomas Anderson.' We all know I'm not." -- Kevin Smith
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pozer on October 29, 2008, 08:45:01 PM
haha such a fool.  whatever years later and still trying to make up for that comment.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: MacGuffin on February 16, 2009, 12:04:01 AM
(http://i.realone.com/assets/rn/img/0/9/8/1/25831890.jpg)


But was it appealing to play Milk, who's so different from your public persona?

He appealed, period. I liked him so much, and I just thought, "Can I find him in myself?" I didn't know. And there were times when I'd given it a go and really felt like I failed. You don't know. You just hope. Something kind of good happened, right as we were about to start. I was finishing Into The Wild at Skywalker Ranch, and Paul [Thomas] Anderson was finishing There Will Be Blood there. So we showed each other our movies. And it was really good timing for me. Seeing Daniel Day [Lewis], who I think is a great, great actor - there's something rejuvenating about seeing what it is to suit up. I'm not talking about talent here, I'm talking about commitment - I don't feel challenged by too many of my colleagues in terms of commitment. A lot of them put more effort into selling their pictures than making them. You need people like Daniel Day. Even if you think you're doing your best work or trying your hardest, he woke me up about, you know, "You've got some fucking work to do." That was very healthy for this movie.

So was it almost a kind of - I don't want to say "rivalry," but...

No, it would be the opposite of a rivalry. It would be more of a brotherhood. He's on your team, and he just beat six tackles - now do him a favor and beat seven. There's something about that that just got the juices flowing.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on February 20, 2009, 06:07:52 PM
I like the line about actors who work harder selling a film than making a film.  I'm looking at you, Liam Nieson.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 25, 2009, 12:04:51 PM
please don't pick on Liam Neeson when there are so many cruddy actors out there. and did you SEE taken? he elevated the shit out of it.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 25, 2009, 12:52:15 PM
Yea, I don't see Liam Neeson on magazine covers and seeing talk show hosts like they were therapists. I see him at press junkets and that's it, but every major actor is stipulated to do those for big films. Give a little more info before you slander someone.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 25, 2009, 01:00:10 PM
Give a little more info before you slander someone.
or we are going to slander the fuck out of you.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 25, 2009, 10:42:26 PM
Give a little more info before you slander someone.

What sort of info do you seek?  He did some good work up until about 1996, but ever since he's stopped challenging himself as an actor and has instead gone for the pop-cinema buck. 
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 25, 2009, 10:53:55 PM
"what sort of info do you seek?"?? if your read the bit of his post before the bit you quoted you'd understand th... oh. i forgot. you never listen to a god damn thing.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on March 25, 2009, 11:06:29 PM
Damn, we're really roasting Private Witt.

I've been in his situation before. Trying to integrate myself into an already established userbase, but keep getting my posts dissected.

Stick in there, man. You'll learn the ropes.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 25, 2009, 11:09:41 PM
Give a little more info before you slander someone.

What sort of info do you seek?  He did some good work up until about 1996, but ever since he's stopped challenging himself as an actor and has instead gone for the pop-cinema buck. 

I supported you when I thought you were 17 and a newcomer to movies, but this is ridiculous. I don't want people to just slam you, but you're giving everyone pretty good reason to do so.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 26, 2009, 01:16:59 AM
Why, is the there another unwritten rule about not criticizing Liam and the roles he chooses?
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 26, 2009, 01:50:03 AM
never a god damn thing.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: john on March 26, 2009, 02:14:47 AM
  He did some good work up until about 1996, but ever since he's stopped challenging himself as an actor and has instead gone for the pop-cinema buck. 

Really? Since '96, he's worked with Martin Scorsese, Neil Jordan (numerous times), Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, and is in upcoming films by Steven Spielberg and Atom Egoyan. Now, I don't really know how much "pop-cinema buck" can be made from Breakfast on Pluto, but it certainly can't be as much as you think it is.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 26, 2009, 02:53:49 AM
Well, I certainly hope he starts pushing his craft again with his upcoming roles.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 26, 2009, 02:55:24 AM
not a god. damn. thing.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 26, 2009, 08:11:10 AM
Why, is the there another unwritten rule about not criticizing Liam and the roles he chooses?

OK moron, here comes an explanation. When Sean Penn made his original quote, he was talking about actors who fashion themselves as models and spokespeople before they do as actors. He's made other quotes like this to other sources so it's a continuing point of frustation for him. You quoted him like you were in agreement and put up Liam Neeson as your shining example. I responded and thought that was ridiculous because he seemed to be the opposite. Now I find (with your direct ignorance of my posting) that you were just criticizing his choice of roles even though that had nothing to do with Penn's original statement.

Yes, you're fucking ridiculous and congratulations, because I try to be the last person here that resorts to name calling or slamming, but you continue to outdue yourself.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Alexandro on March 26, 2009, 06:21:04 PM

what the fuck is this? liam neeson was awesome in fucking kinsey. that should be enough. he rocked in gangs of new york too. and is spielberg ever does his damn lincoln movie he will kick ass there also. jesus.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 26, 2009, 06:27:54 PM
i bet he'll respond with something that ignores what people are saying. just a guess.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on March 26, 2009, 06:30:31 PM
fucking kinsey.

lulz.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: NEON MERCURY on March 26, 2009, 10:04:57 PM
Damn, we're really roasting Private Witt.

I've been in his situation before. Trying to integrate myself into an already established userbase, but keep getting my posts dissected.

Stick in there, man. You'll learn the ropes.

haha! you rule 8)

but witt, seriously, you did two things wrong in my book...you picked on a guy who's

1.) wife just died
2.) and of all the actors you come up w/liam.....????


by the way, you need to be nice to me
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on March 26, 2009, 11:11:21 PM
To be fair, Witt made the post about Neeson before Natasha had even had the accident or died.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 26, 2009, 11:14:53 PM
by the way, you need to be nice to me
and me too.....
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: NEON MERCURY on March 27, 2009, 01:14:59 AM
To be fair, Witt made the post about Neeson before Natasha had even had the accident or died.

touche  :doh:

the edit button is mine/witt's friend
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 27, 2009, 05:23:49 PM
Witt hasn't answered, perhaps GT scared him off with his intellectualism.....j/k GT we all still love you....
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 27, 2009, 05:49:32 PM
Witt hasn't answered, perhaps GT scared him off with his intellectualism.....j/k GT we all still love you....

I countered him with fact based opinion, but I lowered my position with the name calling. He doesn't need to reply to me because of that, but I don't care anyways.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 29, 2009, 06:09:06 AM
Yeah, I've been kind of wondering why you all love to name call so much instead of sharing alternate opinions.  As far as Liam goes, I saw a lot of the press junkets he did for 'Taken', and I must say that I was (pun) taken aback at home much he didn't seem to really care about selling the film as much as he felt the need to talk politics and bash people that care about animal rights and clean public drinking water.  So that's why I ragged on him a little bit.  Shit, you'd of thought I said that 'Lost' is the worst show on TV, the way you all flipped your shit!
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 29, 2009, 10:20:49 AM
Yea, you saw the the press junkets in their entirety and noticed how Liam Neeson was controlling the questions or purposely averting talking about the film to discuss personal causes. And even if he was, that's the same as any other bimbo celebrity who is making their personal life the headlines in what they discus...

Oh, you know what other actor talks about causes in interviews? Sean Penn. Yea, we name call you, but you really deserve it. You are a fucking idiot.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pozer on March 29, 2009, 01:30:16 PM
Gold Trump, i've found this is a much better place if you simply scroll past dim-witted posts. everyone should do it. even you, Stephan :yabbse-shocked:

same thing goes for those eastcoasters who run here after Lost to report their thoughts sans spoiler cap. actually, ignore ANYTHING with a bad rap or valueless ruby just to be safe. 
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 29, 2009, 01:36:21 PM
i hate to drag out this disgraceful exchange but that's the exact opposite of what Sean Penn was describing.

cause you're saying Liam Neeson "didn't seem to really care about selling the film" and that was your problem with him, but Penn was saying "A lot of them put more effort into selling their pictures than making them". so you saw Liam Neeson at some press junkets, something GT has pointed out every actor is required to do, and he wasn't talking about his film very much and you took Sean Penn's quote, interpreted it as meaning exactly the opposite of what it meant, and posted a veiled reference to Liam Neeson... so essentially my point is you never listen to a god damn thing and you're an idiot.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 29, 2009, 01:48:47 PM
Gold Trump, i've found this is a much better place if you simply scroll past dim-witted posts.

I know and that's the hope because I can say stupid shit sometimes too, but everyone has points of exception. This topic has overblown a little bit but I think Wittless has hit the end of his bad argument. I know I'm going outside of character, but I hope not to have great reason to post about this again.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 29, 2009, 08:28:12 PM
so essentially my point is you never listen to a god damn thing and you're an idiot.

I'm sorry, what was that?  I wasn't listening.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 29, 2009, 08:29:29 PM
so essentially my point is you never listen to a god damn thing and you're an idiot.

All I know is that Liam has turned into a shitty actor who can't even promote his shitty movies well.  End scene.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 29, 2009, 11:08:31 PM
but at least admit you're ignoring Sean Penn.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on March 30, 2009, 12:03:25 AM
but at least admit you're ignoring Sean Penn.

I'll admit that Liam's gone one step further and can't do either very well anymore.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on March 30, 2009, 01:12:13 AM
it took me like a minute to figure out what that meant cause you're being vague to sound clever. my point still totally stands.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on April 01, 2009, 05:06:17 PM
Just a tiny mention of TWBB from Paul Dano:  http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2009/04/five_questions.php
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on April 01, 2009, 05:08:29 PM
it took me like a minute to figure out what that meant cause you're being vague to sound clever.

No, you're just too fucking stupid to understand plain english and you hoped if you were a prick long enough you'd get me to stop placating you.  Congrats, dick.  You got it.  Go fuck yourself if you're too stupid to read and have to make up supposed intentions of what other people post, fucking stupid motherfucker.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on April 01, 2009, 10:57:01 PM
uh. no. vague. and pretty much a troll now.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: private witt on April 02, 2009, 02:06:14 AM
uh. no. vague. and pretty much a troll now.

No, just April fools day foolery. 
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: hedwig on April 02, 2009, 11:15:01 AM
private witt, was your april fools joke an attempt to expand upon my april fools joke?

that embarrasses me, dude.  :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Derek on December 29, 2009, 03:50:04 PM
http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/12/28/ron-howards-favorite-movies-of-2009-and-david-wains-best-so-so-movies-of-the-decade/


PTA gets a shout out from Howard as someone he admires/envies..
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Convael on December 29, 2009, 05:36:25 PM
I wonder if he knows about PTA's "little ronnie howard" comment during the PDL press rounds?
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on December 29, 2009, 05:50:26 PM
^whats that about?
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on December 29, 2009, 06:35:26 PM
^whats that about?

It was not that bad. When he was in Portugal for a press conference about PDL, he said the movie wouldn't win any Oscars because they'd rather give them to little Ronnie Howard (I believe this came out after A Beautiful Mind, right?). It was actually really funny.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: modage on December 30, 2009, 11:17:08 AM
PTA makes a cameo about an hour into the Funny People documentary at the friends and family test screening of the film.  Judd shouts him out as well as the 2nd person thanked in the credits.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Convael on December 30, 2009, 11:39:22 AM
^whats that about?

It was not that bad. When he was in Portugal for a press conference about PDL, he said the movie wouldn't win any Oscars because they'd rather give them to little Ronnie Howard (I believe this came out after A Beautiful Mind, right?). It was actually really funny.
ah yeah sorry it wasn't that bad but it was still a diss.  They asked if PTA thought that the Academy would recognize someone like Adam Sandler or PSH (this was before Capote) and PTA said no and cited Ron howard/A Beautiful Mind basically as what's wrong with the Oscar voters.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: picolas on December 30, 2009, 02:58:26 PM
PTA makes a cameo about an hour into the Funny People documentary at the friends and family test screening of the film.  Judd shouts him out as well as the 2nd person thanked in the credits.
can someone with the dvd somehow post those seconds?
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Derek on December 30, 2009, 03:29:16 PM
Tarantino this time.

http://www.joblo.com/qt-talks-stuff

Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: md on December 30, 2009, 11:24:09 PM
Interview where I mention my PTA encounter regarding TWBB. 

http://bit.ly/8NFGw3

Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on January 22, 2010, 11:05:47 PM
Jason Reitman was on Bill Simmons podcast today and he was talking about how Bridges is now the fave for best actor over Clooney and he says, "Jeff Bridges hit a wave that some actors hit after people feel they discovered an unknown movie. It's like Daniel Day-Lewis last year or the year before for whatever that one movie was."

lol.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 23, 2010, 04:01:49 AM
Jason Reitman was on Bill Simmons podcast today and he was talking about how Bridges is now the fave for best actor over Clooney and he says, "Jeff Bridges hit a wave that some actors hit after people feel they discovered an unknown movie. It's like Daniel Day-Lewis last year or the year before for whatever that one movie was."

lol.

to go left field a little bit, but that was ultimate Jason Reitman interview. I want my favorite filmmaker to give an interview as open and as freewheeling as Reitman did for Simmons' podcast, but yea, excellent stuff.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on January 23, 2010, 04:06:05 AM
Well, I think a lot of it had to do with the situation of the interview. It wasn't a press type of thing. It was just two dudes talking shit. Reitman was able to let his guard down.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gold Trumpet on January 23, 2010, 04:30:18 AM
It was an awesome interview. I'm considering just keeping it on my Ipod, but when discussing making sports movies, Jason Reitman spoke true words when he said "Bull Durham made it hard to make a baseball movie." I've been trying to conceive a baseball movie for two years and keep running into "Bull Durham already did this" problem so that was a "fuck, yea" moment for me.

OK, PTA misdirection over. Continue on, geeks.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pozer on January 23, 2010, 01:10:07 PM
PTA makes a cameo about an hour into the Funny People documentary at the friends and family test screening of the film.

i started loling when i saw he was wearing  that friggin brown shirt (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=7428.msg258645;topicseen#msg258645).

Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lex on February 08, 2010, 03:21:41 PM
i think in the begining he is talking about pta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClFBKaJIrPo
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pubrick on February 08, 2010, 08:13:14 PM
i think in the begining he is talking about pta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClFBKaJIrPo

uh yeah i guess he (Quentin Tarantino) is probably talking about pta in the first 10 seconds of that clip but the point of it is obviously about Brian De Palma and that story quentin has told many times before. the first 10 seconds are only a lead up to the point of the clip and as such offer absolutely NO insight about anything.

you took the title of the thread too literally.. great, qt mentioned PTA again. so?

what he alludes to very vaguely has already been covered extensively in his introduction to There Will Be Blood (aka CMBB) which he presented as part of some tarantino week on some UK channel, posted elsewhere.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lex on February 09, 2010, 01:20:20 PM
regardless... it fits the content. and if someone were to find the begining of that video, i would like to see it.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Derek on February 09, 2010, 08:14:49 PM
I think its posted at slashfilm.com

Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: modage on June 24, 2010, 01:03:49 PM
Jonah Hill on his 5 Favorite Movies incl. Boogie Nights:

"Paul Thomas Anderson, it was difficult to not have all 5 of my favorite movies be yours."

video (& other picks): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cyrus/news/1890197/five_favorite_films_with_jonah_hill
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: MacGuffin on November 01, 2011, 05:40:01 PM
Albert Brooks Was Forced To Turn Down Burt Reynolds’ Role In ‘Boogie Nights’ Because Of Scheduling
Drive’ Star Also Passed On ‘Big,’ ‘Dead Poets Society’ And ‘Pretty Woman’
Source: Playlist

Of the many things that have made a comeback in 2011—Wilson Phillips, high-waisted pants, the street protest—perhaps the happiest is the resurgence of Albert Brooks. Mostly absent from screens in the past decade, bar a vocal turn in Pixar‘s masterpiece “Finding Nemo,” and his directorial flop “Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World,” Brooks returned with an acclaimed book, “2030: The Real Story of What Happened to America,” took to Twitter and instantly became the funniest thing on it, and played, against type, mobster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Drive,” a performance that looks likely to take him to the Oscars.

There’s more on the way, including a turn as Paul Rudd‘s father in Judd Apatow‘s “This is Forty,” but in the meantime Brooks has been talking to Collider, and reflecting on some of the parts he’s turned down over the years. The polymath tells the site that he’s planning on spending the next few years acting, as making his own movies has forced him to pass on projects over years, and the actor mentions the likes of “Dead Poets Society,” “Big” and “Pretty Woman,” roles eventually taken by Robin Williams, Tom Hanks and Richard Gere.

It’s intriguing to think of how those projects might have turned out with Brooks in the lead, but the most interesting bit of information is that he was offered the part of sleazeball porn producer Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s breakout “Boogie Nights,” which was eventually taken by Burt Reynolds. Brooks relates “One part that I actually wanted to play, and I was in pre-production of my own movie, just because I thought I wanted to work with Paul [Thomas Anderson] was the part that Burt Reynolds got in ‘Boogie Nights.’ I liked that whole ensemble. When I read that script, I really liked it.”

Considering that the film Brooks was prepping must have been “Mother,” one of his lesser efforts, it must have stung a little, but Brooks isn’t hung up on it. “I couldn’t shut down what I was doing. But, regrets are stupid; they don’t mean anything and they don’t add up to anything.” And he should take comfort in not being the only person to turn the film down—both Warren Beatty and Sydney Pollack turned the part down, and later expressed regret. And with Brooks now firmly back on radars after “Drive,” maybe PTA will find something for him in his next project, maybe in the Thomas Pynchon adaptation “Inherent Vice”? We’d drink a milkshake to that.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: theyarelegion on November 23, 2011, 12:54:22 PM
"Being in US WEEKLY does NOT make you famous. Paul Thomas Anderson does not read US and go, 'Hey, I want this douchebag in my next film!" -Bradley Cooper, ESQUIRE
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Stefen on November 23, 2011, 04:10:54 PM
Yes, it does. Being in US WEEKLY totally makes you famous. Way more famous than being in a PTA film. Not as respected, but more famous.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on December 07, 2011, 02:21:35 AM
 
from Cigs and Red vines:

During the press rounds for the 'Young Adult', Reitman, Cody, Theron and co-star Patton Oswalt (Delmer Darion himself) were asked which actor or director's they really admired and Cody called herself out as a PTA fan girl and professed her admiration for "Punch-Drunk Love" in particular. Read on (via Collider (http://collider.com/charlize-theron-patton-oswalt-diablo-cody-young-adult-interview/129919/))...

Diablo Cody: I know a lot of people feel this way, so it’s not the most original answer. I’m the most insane unrepentant Paul Thomas Anderson fan girl. I’ve been watching actually Punch Drunk Love a lot lately. I really love that movie. To express that kind of truth in a film is to me so amazing. Even late last night I was watching this old video he directed for Fiona Apple and I was like I couldn’t even make a feature film as powerful as this three minute video. I just think he is awesome.

Patton Oswalt: I love the beginning of Magnolia, the thing about the dealer. That scene is genius. Brilliantly acted.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on December 07, 2011, 04:55:47 AM
Patton Oswalt: I love the beginning of Magnolia, the thing about the dealer. That scene is genius. Brilliantly acted.

:lol: Brilliant!
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on August 27, 2012, 04:38:05 AM
Just read this on De Palma A La Mod (http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog/), translated from this page (http://trovacinema.repubblica.it/news/dettaglio/brian-de-palma-a-luci-rosse/420826):

With Scorsese, Lucas, and Spielberg, you founded the New Hollywood. Do you visit with them these days?
"We were friends in the seventies and eighties. We came a long way together. Every now and then we'll see each other. But each of us has our own world. We live in different places, do different things. I continued my research and I now have relationships with younger directors: Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson. I love and I attend this generation, living in Greenwich Village. We meet, we exchange scripts and advice."
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: theyarelegion on December 16, 2012, 08:59:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vs2oDmRt_8
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on June 15, 2013, 06:25:16 PM
Joss Whedon thinks Magnolia is one of the five best movies of all time. (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/much_ado_about_nothing_2012/news/1927671/five_favorite_films_with_joss_whedon/) This is what he said about it:

"We're back to opera, we haven't left it -- because Magnolia. If you think about the moment Keanu wakes up as a battery, the moment Lana Turner loses it in traffic and is in this insane hysteria of flashing lights that is completely unrealistic, and then you look at the moment where it's raining frogs. I saw it, and was like, "Is this going to be one of those movies that I don't like where he looks down on every one?" I think Alexander Payne and Todd Solondz are super talented, but sometimes I don't want to sit through their movies because the bile is just unbearable. I didn't really know PT Anderson's work that well, or what was going to happen. And then, it turns out he loves people so hard that it rains frogs. There is actual opera in this one. Oh, and BT-dubs, there is a musical number. The license and the observation and the amount that he went for it. The craft and his ability to sustain that much -- any one of these movies could have fallen into a puddle of pretension, but the mastery behind them meant that they never could. Jason Robards, who happens to be in two of the movies on this list, him actually dying of actual cancer playing a guy dying of cancer, giving that speech. And Tom Cruise giving the best performance he'll ever give. It just felt so achingly, weirdly logical to me."
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: polkablues on June 15, 2013, 06:43:09 PM
Quote from: Joss Whedon
Oh, and BT-dubs

You are a 48-year-old man.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Kellen on September 06, 2013, 10:42:00 PM
22:19

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-d6fSTvgcM
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pubrick on September 06, 2013, 11:25:43 PM
Came for the shoutout, stayed for the rest of the interview.

DGG is a cool dude, he's so laid back, I guess his films really do reflect who he is. He's just a good guy, good director, probly won't be a classic hero for the ages like PTA or Malick etc, George Washington kinda mislead people to set those expectations. He has a lot of nice things to say about a lot of directors especially in the last few mins of that interview he goes on like a shoutout spree, shoutout shootout?

Good guy David Gordon Green, GGDGG.

Ps. For those who won't be watching the video, what he actually says about PTA is that everyone should be making shorter and cheaper movies under 90mins long, unless you're a PTA like genius who can pace a film in such a way that you don't get itchy butt halfway through. That's right, DGG gets an itchy butt if a movie runs too long.

Cure for itchy butt: PTA.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: matt35mm on September 07, 2013, 03:33:44 AM
22:19

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-d6fSTvgcM
Came for the shoutout, stayed for the rest of the interview.

DGG is a cool dude, he's so laid back, I guess his films really do reflect who he is. He's just a good guy, good director, probly won't be a classic hero for the ages like PTA or Malick etc, George Washington kinda mislead people to set those expectations. He has a lot of nice things to say about a lot of directors especially in the last few mins of that interview he goes on like a shoutout spree, shoutout shootout?

Good guy David Gordon Green, GGDGG.

Ps. For those who won't be watching the video, what he actually says about PTA is that everyone should be making shorter and cheaper movies under 90mins long, unless you're a PTA like genius who can pace a film in such a way that you don't get itchy butt halfway through. That's right, DGG gets an itchy butt if a movie runs too long.

Cure for itchy butt: PTA.

I know it's not a DGG thread, BUT watching this made me realize that I love reading/watching/listening to his interviews because he doesn't just repeat the same stories or soundbites, which is typical of anyone being interviewed many times about the same thing (not that I blame anyone for that... in some ways I like it, as long as it's not robotic, because hearing the same story a lot of times but phrased slightly differently each time is sort of captivating to me).

DGG is really good at engaging in the moment with the person in front of him, and he's a really chatty guy, and he'll just chat. He doesn't seem to come too prepared, and he'll toss a curveball answer without missing a beat. I think this is reflected in most of his movies, and is probably at the core of why his movies (even his not-so-great ones) feel genuine. They're all made by this fast-talking giant kid who wants to zig rather than zag, even in his interviews, but never in a way that makes you feel like he's just fucking with you. I once talked with him one-on-one after a Q&A and had such a strange mix of ease and intimidation all at once. I live with one of his high school buddies now.


admin edit: added context
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Just Withnail on September 12, 2013, 04:12:01 AM
Quote from: Xavier Dolan
Yeah and you admit that and want to make something people will see.
Yes, I'm not into the whole fuck Hollywood field. I worship it and I have so much fun those films. I'm not going to stick to one genre or one film my entire life. This something that I hope in ten years, when I'll be dead, people will say about me, that I did make different things. That's what I admire about Paul Thomas Anderson, that he can do Boogie Nights and then Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love—which is basically, staged and choreographed from the first second to the last and every shot in there is pure. It's everything.
 
He claimed it was his take on the conventional romantic comedy.
Well what happened on set, Paul? I think whatever his initial goal was, the result is really, really a masterpiece. He's so versatile, that's what impressive, it's his ability to do that movie and then There Will Be Blood.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: wilder on September 13, 2013, 10:44:46 PM
Roman Polanski, risking arrest, gives a master class at Poland’s Gydnia Film Festival
via The Dissolve

At age 80, Roman Polanski is still technically a fugitive from justice, making his appearance yesterday and today at Poland’s Gydnia Film Festival something of a surprise. Polanski was last in the country two years ago for a friend’s funeral and a rare recent Vanity Fair profile noted that his inability to move around for fear of extradition relating to still-open charges regarding his 1977 rape of then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer was somewhat exaggerated: “in February 2009, for example, Polanski’s lawyers announced in open court that he would be filming in Germany (from where he was extraditable); Polanski had also shot The Pianist there in 2001, had owned a house in Spain for 20 years, served as a judge at the Venice Film Festival, and spent most of 1985 filming in Tunisia.”

The rape has re-entered the news cycle once again due to Geimer’s memoir The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski, which comes out next Tuesday. The director was arrested four years ago at the Zurich Film Festival and was subsequently kept under house arrest until American authorities failed in their extradition efforts. Presumably in an effort to maximize his security, only film students were allowed to attend his master class, and today’s screening of his latest movie Venus In Furs was invitation-only with a high security level. Though barred from attending the master class, The Hollywood Reporter’s Nick Holdsworth spoke with one of the attending students, who said Polanski spoke in Polish throughout and named There Will Be Blood and Suicide Room (a grim-sounding 2011 Polish drama about an Internet-fixated teen lad that didn’t make many waves outside the country) as two of his favorite recent films.

Polanski’s attendance is something of a coup for the festival’s artistic director Michal Chacinski, who was appointed three years ago (as Holdsworth also reported) “on a radical brief to transform an event many agreed had become stale.” Chacinski’s first action was to cut the main competition slate from 24 to 12 films, part of an initiative to make it clear that simply being a Polish film wasn’t enough to make the competition cut. “I’m still angry,” one anonymous Polish director said. “But I respect that Chacinski has a set of criteria and concepts and decided my film should not be in competition.” With Chacinski’s contract up for renewal next month, Polanski’s attention-getting appearance presumably makes his reappointment more likely.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Mel on October 09, 2013, 04:15:03 AM
Nicolas Cage told he would love to work with Paul Thomas Anderson
via Metronews (http://www.metronews.fr/culture/deauville-nicolas-cage-parfois-j-ai-des-envies-de-film-pop/mmic!XKxJgmBFJIuY/)

Avec quels cinéastes aimeriez-vous travailler ?
Paul Thomas Anderson est remarquable. J’ai adoré The Master. Sinon en France, Gaspar Noé ! Il a puissamment réinventé la narration avec Irréversible. C’est un super film même s’il est difficile à voir.

English translation:

With which filmmakers would you like to work?
Paul Thomas Anderson is remarkable. I loved The Master. Otherwise in France, Gaspar Noe! He powerfully reinvented the narration with Irreversible. This is a great movie even if it is difficult to watch.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lottery on October 09, 2013, 08:05:45 AM
I support this. He probably could have slotted in somewhere in Inherent Vice.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on October 09, 2013, 10:22:03 AM
Laura Dern on WTF (http://www.wtfpod.com)


Marc Maron: "That explosion that your parents were involved in that you grew up in was the most defining era of American movies."

Laura Dern: "Let's be clear, there was another parent in the house. Paul Thomas Anderson is the only person I've talked to about this, because he also lived in the Valley at the same time, and at the same school for a couple years. There was my Mother, there was my Father, both working actors- GONE. Who was my babysitter? Z CHANNEL. And there weren't restrictions, buddy. So I was 11 years old watching A Clockwork Orange."



...I need to watch the Z Channel doc again.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Just Withnail on October 10, 2013, 04:38:48 AM
Quote from: Laura Dern
Who was my babysitter? Z CHANNEL. And there weren't restrictions, buddy. So I was 11 years old watching A Clockwork Orange."

My film interest has sort of a similar origin story. I absolutely hated cheese when I was younger. I couldn't stand it, and in Norway we have this brown cheese that would make me belch just by smelling it. In the first few years of school, when school only lasted four hours, everyone would go to these after school programs until their parents were off work in the afternoon. I have a vivid recollection of being force-fed this brown cheese one day and refusing to contiune going there. Which led to me having plenty of hours at home alone in front of the TV and with the scandinavian channel Filmnet as my companion. They didn't really have any restrictions about what they would air in the daytime.

I'll be the first to admit that being force-fed in the after school program sounds sort of fishy and something I've made up, but my parents don't seem to remember the real reason I stopped going, so I'm going with this one. My hate of cheese made me love film, and now I love cheese too (except that brown one, which I still can't get myself to try).
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: DocSportello on November 18, 2013, 06:30:48 PM
Couldn't choose whether to put this in the Bret Easton Ellis thread or here but I figured that this was a shout out from such a megastar that it deserved to be here...plus Easton Ellis annoys me so I really didn't want to give his thread a bump.

Anyway Ellis has a brand spankin new podcast on which he just had Kanye West and within the first 2 minutes Kanye shouts out PTA by saying that the only movie in recent memory that he obsessed over to the point of watching it 30-40 times was There Will Be Blood. Here's the link if you wanna hear it from the man himself, but that's all he says about it so it's up to you.

http://podcastone.com/Bret-Easton-Ellis-Podcast (http://podcastone.com/Bret-Easton-Ellis-Podcast)

Edit: I said it was within the first 2 minutes but it was actually at around the 4:20 mark because, go figure, Ellis wouldn't shut up long enough for Kanye to answer the question he was trying to ask. Also, its the debut episode of the podcast that is the Kanye one.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on November 18, 2013, 06:37:06 PM
Thanks, that's awesome. I'm gonna stop everything I'm doing and listen to that…I'm not really doing anything, but I'm gonna stop it so I can let those douche's voices permeate my eardrums and get oh so much sadistic pleasure from it.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Cloudy on November 18, 2013, 11:20:06 PM
*Deleted bc I realized it was a dumb thing to say.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: martinthewarrior on November 19, 2013, 08:03:54 AM
It feels bizarre that a fan of Anderson, a director who has spent a career bending over backwards in order to avoid judgment of his characters, would be bummed that "someone like kanye" would enjoy the same film as him. Seems like a kind of gross way to think about movies and people.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on November 19, 2013, 08:07:02 AM
http://podcastone.com/Bret-Easton-Ellis-Podcast


listen to Kanye when Bret interjects at 23:45. He sounds like a serial killer outside a woman's window watching her undress.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: DocSportello on November 19, 2013, 09:06:02 AM

listen to Kanye when Bret interjects at 23:45. He sounds like a serial killer outside a woman's window watching her undress.

I'm in class on a phone so I can't check what part of the conversation that is, but I bet it's when Ellis takes over the bootleg topic because I noticed the same thing. He sounded like Beavis and/or Butthead to me. Heavy mouth-breathing n' shit.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: modage on November 22, 2013, 02:27:23 PM
The Rat, still talking about PTA (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/brett-ratner-talks-roman-polanskis-weekend-of-a-champion-rush-hour-4-his-version-of-superman-and-more-20131122?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&page=2#blogPostHeaderPanel), 15 years later...

"Look, Scorsese and Spielberg will reference the same movies, like "Peeping Tom" by Michael Powell, because they're the same age basically. So if you ask Paul Thomas Anderson, even if we're completely different filmmakers, all of his favorite movies are my favorite movies. It just is. So it's because we grew up in that era. The '70s, to us, was the end all. We saw the movies of the '50s and '60s but they didn’t mean as much."
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Kellen on November 22, 2013, 04:52:09 PM
It used to be kinda funny but now it's just embarrassing.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Kellen on January 08, 2014, 07:00:52 PM
scorsese letter

Dearest Francesca,

I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. Through the lens of cinema, which has been at the center of that world.

For the last few years, I’ve realized that the idea of cinema that I grew up with, that’s there in the movies I’ve been showing you since you were a child, and that was thriving when I started making pictures, is coming to a close. I’m not referring to the films that have already been made. I’m referring to the ones that are to come.

I don’t mean to be despairing. I’m not writing these words in a spirit of defeat. On the contrary, I think the future is bright.

We always knew that the movies were a business, and that the art of cinema was made possible because it aligned with business conditions. None of us who started in the 60s and 70s had any illusions on that front. We knew that we would have to work hard to protect what we loved. We also knew that we might have to go through some rough periods. And I suppose we realized, on some level, that we might face a time when every inconvenient or unpredictable element in the moviemaking process would be minimized, maybe even eliminated. The most unpredictable element of all? Cinema. And the people who make it.

I don’t want to repeat what has been said and written by so many others before me, about all the changes in the business, and I’m heartened by the exceptions to the overall trend in moviemaking – Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, David Fincher, Alexander Payne, the Coen Brothers, James Gray and Paul Thomas Anderson are all managing to get pictures made, and Paul not only got The Master made in 70mm, he even got it shown that way in a few cities. Anyone who cares about cinema should be thankful.

And I’m also moved by the artists who are continuing to get their pictures made all over the world, in France, in South Korea, in England, in Japan, in Africa. It’s getting harder all the time, but they’re getting the films done.

But I don’t think I’m being pessimistic when I say that the art of cinema and the movie business are now at a crossroads. Audio-visual entertainment and what we know as cinema – moving pictures conceived by individuals – appear to be headed in different directions. In the future, you’ll probably see less and less of what we recognize as cinema on multiplex screens and more and more of it in smaller theaters, online, and, I suppose, in spaces and circumstances that I can’t predict.

So why is the future so bright? Because for the very first time in the history of the art form, movies really can be made for very little money. This was unheard of when I was growing up, and extremely low budget movies have always been the exception rather than the rule. Now, it’s the reverse. You can get beautiful images with affordable cameras. You can record sound. You can edit and mix and color-correct at home. This has all come to pass.

But with all the attention paid to the machinery of making movies and to the advances in technology that have led to this revolution in moviemaking, there is one important thing to remember: the tools don’t make the movie, you make the movie. It’s freeing to pick up a camera and start shooting and then put it together with Final Cut Pro. Making a movie – the one you need to make – is something else. There are no shortcuts.

If John Cassavetes, my friend and mentor, were alive today, he would certainly be using all the equipment that’s available. But he would be saying the same things he always said – you have to be absolutely dedicated to the work, you have to give everything of yourself, and you have to protect the spark of connection that drove you to make the picture in the first place. You have to protect it with your life. In the past, because making movies was so expensive, we had to protect against exhaustion and compromise. In the future, you’ll have to steel yourself against something else: the temptation to go with the flow, and allow the movie to drift and float away.

This isn’t just a matter of cinema. There are no shortcuts to anything. I’m not saying that everything has to be difficult. I’m saying that the voice that sparks you is your voice – that’s the inner light, as the Quakers put it.

That’s you. That’s the truth.

All my love,

Dad
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on January 08, 2014, 08:05:39 PM
Who wrote that? I couldn't read between the lines
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lottery on January 08, 2014, 08:08:42 PM
That guy that plays Van Gogh in Kurosawa's Dreams. You know, that one dude who plays the upset husband in Taxi Driver.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on January 08, 2014, 08:58:21 PM
John Stamos?
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Mel on January 10, 2014, 03:19:08 PM
Unless you're Paul Thomas Anderson... - sentence that David Poland likes to use, when speaking with his guests. Last two I remember:

Time - 27:20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWnkOPKWYfU

Time - 29:30
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HL8FVYHIsk

I remember hearing few others, but don't feel like searching for them.

edit: Another one:

Time - 17:45
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwu7tDxyFy8
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pubrick on January 15, 2014, 05:59:15 AM
those first two instances are kind of cringey. it's hard to tell if he is saying PTA's long shots are excessive or not and so the poor sods being interviewed just laugh and admit that it's true without stating whether that's a good thing or not. actually jake g says "unless it works", which at least adds context to the interviewer's forced reference. still a bit embarrassing.

it's more clear in the zemeckis interview that the dude likes PTA, but not clear if Z-man gives a shit. it's funny that he says "i've never done that".. sometimes it's easy to think of auteurs as some kind of struggling artist, but here's a dude who has made some legit huge flops that brought studios down (well, one) and he still can't conceive of what it's like to be an "independent" filmmaker. he has powerful friends that much is certain.

don't know who david poland is but i'm not really keen to hear any other time he name drops PTA. keep an eye on his obsession in case it develops into something creepy but right now it's pretty meaningless. all we can draw from this is that he has PTA tourettes and it's awkward seeing his interview subjects have to deal with it.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Kellen on January 16, 2014, 07:23:09 PM
Around the 44/45 min mark. (http://charlierose.com/watch/60318162)

Scorsese talks about how independent filmmakers aren't really supported now like they were in the 70s.  He mentions the "Andersons" to which Charlie says "Wes" and Martin agrees then quickly says also "Paul Thomas".  He also brings up Alexander Payne and the Coens.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: modage on February 27, 2014, 11:35:08 AM
ATTN: True Detective Fans

Daily Beast: It still tickles me that Paul W.S. Anderson has the same name as Paul Thomas Anderson, one of our greatest filmmakers.
Cary Fukunaga: It really is the perfect example of extremes—just use the Paul Anderson scale! P.T. Anderson is one of my—if not my—favorite directors. Him and Cuaron. And Audiard.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/26/true-detective-director-cary-fukunaga-s-journey-from-pro-snowboarder-to-hollywood-s-most-wanted.html
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Kellen on February 27, 2014, 04:33:04 PM
Cary is the man!
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: velociraptor on March 21, 2014, 08:59:00 AM
Jeff Goldblum, during a Reddit AMA, asked what directors he'd like to work with:

"Oh boy oh boy. Mmmm. Plenty. For starters, let's say Paul Thomas Anderson, and the Coen brothers."
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/20xynh/hi_this_is_jeff_goldblum_go_ahead_im_all_ears_ask/
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lottery on March 21, 2014, 09:05:21 AM
Goldblum is such a perfectly Coen-y man.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: modage on March 21, 2014, 10:14:22 AM
Working with Wes but dreaming of Paul.

(Somebody banner that, plz.)
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lottery on March 24, 2014, 07:51:07 PM
Jonathan Demme on Rachel Getting Married.

"So I had offered the part of Sidney to Paul Thomas Anderson, who is not an actor but is an adorable, enormously likable person, a friend of mine, and he had come to a table read of the script and he was great. And it was funny because Anne was at that table read and when it was over she said, “That guy Paul, he’s good, isn’t he?” and I go “You mean Paul Thomas Anderson?” and she goes, “That was Paul Thomas Anderson!?” It freaked her out! She goes, “Oh my god! I’m so glad I didn’t know that!” I offered the part to Paul and he didn’t want to do it, he was finishing up [There Will] Be Blood, and he didn’t want to take a part in a movie."

http://www.goodprattle.com/2008/10/rachel-getting-married-director.html

EDIT: This is surely the sort of thing that's been posted before.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Pubrick on March 24, 2014, 10:22:16 PM
It hasn't.

Excellent find!

It confirms my suspicion that Anne Hathaway is a cinematic idiot.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lottery on April 15, 2014, 06:32:56 AM
(http://i58.tinypic.com/xfq3a0.jpg)
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Mel on May 09, 2014, 09:31:09 AM
After seeing "Blue Ruin", I was searching for some interviews. I stumbled upon this QA session, quote is taken out of context (around 8:40):

Jeremy Saulnier: Boogie Nights is my all time favorite comedy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7E06g4w7oU
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Alexandro on July 19, 2014, 12:49:20 AM
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/18/woody-allen-on-magic-in-the-moonlight-the-crisis-in-gaza-new-york-city-and-those-allegations.html (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/18/woody-allen-on-magic-in-the-moonlight-the-crisis-in-gaza-new-york-city-and-those-allegations.html)

Are there any young filmmakers out there that have really grabbed your attention?

Well, is… Paul Thomas Anderson a young gun? I think he’s a terrific filmmaker. There are. I can’t think of them all off the top of my head, but he’s one that springs to mind. Naturally, the guys that I’m always crazy about are more from my generation—Scorsese, Francis Coppola, Oliver Stone, and people like that.

Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Lottery on December 25, 2014, 09:29:28 PM
Tony Hale Reddit AMA from a year ago.

(http://i.imgur.com/xVD0eVS.jpg)
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 26, 2014, 12:11:08 AM
Tony Hale would actually make a decent Barry Egan.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gittes on February 16, 2015, 06:19:52 AM
Mike Shoemaker, who previously produced SNL and later joined Seth Meyers' new show, tweeted this (https://twitter.com/shoemakermike/status/566296318826782720/photo/1):

Quote from:
In the studio watching Dick in a Box play before the live crowd, with Akiva and Paul Thomas Anderson.  #mySNLdays
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9vjgCpIgAAKWkO.jpg)
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Gittes on April 27, 2015, 01:22:16 AM
Robert Downey Jr. was interviewed on the Grantland podcast, and PTA and IV came up. A few quotes:

"But I'm really fortunate in that, first and foremost, I'm friends with PTA. And he is so much more than a filmmaker. He's just someone that you just go: if I could spend a big chunk of every day with this guy, I'd be a better person. So, that's great. And he and my dad are pals, so the three of us are going out to dinner tomorrow. By the way, that, to me, is as exciting a moment as literally being, not just front and centre, but you know, Steely Dan is playing at your birthday party."

On Phoenix in the role and his own supposed involvement in the project:

"A - nobody should have done that movie besides him. B - Paul was never really thinking about me for it. And it's not because he's cryptic. It's because he's been on...you know, it's kind of like there's a Scorsese and De Niro thing. At this point, I would [...] be happy to offer Mr. Anderson any and every film I do from now on. I mean, I love watching what they do."
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: DocSportello on June 05, 2015, 10:32:41 AM
 http://www.infiniteguest.org/remember-this/ (http://www.infiniteguest.org/remember-this/)

This podcast is a highlight of my week. The website describes it as "the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode."  "a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century".

She also happens to be Rian Johnson's girlfriend.

Anyway during her one year anniversary, ask-me-anything episode she named PTA her favourite living American filmmaker (sorry, Rian) and shared a few quick, kind words on The Master.

She's not a big celeb or anything and I probably should have just put this in the podcast forum but I figured more people would read it here and maybe listen to the podcast so she will in turn continue to make it.

The current season is centred around Charles Manson and his run-in with/affect on Hollywood in the late 60's. Check it out.
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on February 15, 2017, 09:25:40 PM
Today on You Made It Weird (http://nerdist.com/you-made-it-weird-354-artie-lange-and-judd-apatow/) Artie Lange is the guest with Judd Apatow as co-host. Adam Sandler comes up in conversation in the last 25 minutes.

Judd Apatow: We do our show "Love" for Netflix, and they always say "Any Adam Sandler movie, if we put it up in a country where it's never run, it instantly is like GIGANTIC." Like you can put "The Wedding Singer" up in Peru and it just explodes, he's just really beloved around the World.

Artie Lange: Well, after "Punch Drunk Love", the French thought he was like Jerry Lewis, right? He was just winning festivals... (laughs)

JA: "Punch Drunk" is one of my favorite movies of all time. I cried hard. I cried for like 30 straight minutes at the end of that movie.

Pete Holmes: You told me the funny PT Anderson thing about that movie, remember? You said like, he was just making a regular romantic comedy, like he didn't intend to make a quirky one. He's just so...

JA: Yeah, I don't know when that changed. He said he wanted to make like a romantic comedy, but I think he's such a genius it just comes out in a unique way.

AL: He wanted Adam to play it more straight, then?

JA: No, no. Maybe this isn't even true, but he was trying to just make a funny romantic comedy and he can't help but do something that's not innovative and daring and incredible. The funny thing is that Adam would say to me like, "You know, I'm doing You and my brother." I watch the movie and I see it, and I think it's why it makes me cry, because he knew me when I was a kid. I was terrible with women, just scared to death. And I see it in the behavior, especially the moment when he's talking about the DJ. He's trying to tell the woman the story about this funny thing the DJ did, but he's just bombing, he's just bombing on this date trying to explain this joke. And I thought "That's how I sound, Adam, everyday." Because I would always live with him and just say "You gotta watch Norm Macdonald. Norm Macdonald is SO funny." And try to tell him Norm jokes and Sandler would go "I don't give a fuck about Norm Macdonald! I'm trying to get famous, why would I care about what anyone else is doing?"
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: HoQTeMR4 on February 16, 2017, 09:08:21 AM
Hello everybody ! You have a great forum here.


I just wanted to share this because Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite director and Rooney is great too.

http://www.timeout.com/istanbul/film/interview-rooney-mara (http://www.timeout.com/istanbul/film/interview-rooney-mara)

You’ve talked about being obsessed with directors. Whom would you like to work with?
“Do I say? What if they don’t want to work with me, it’ll be embarrassing! There are so many. But I’d love to work with Paul Thomas Anderson and Michael Haneke.”
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: wilder on March 23, 2017, 11:58:35 PM
Quote from: Cigs & Red Vines
The very smart and good people at the Talk Easy podcast brought us the extensive interview they did with PTA-alum Philip Baker Hall from a couple weeks ago and PBH talks quite a bit about the three films he did with Paul. If you're short on time, that stuff comes in right around the 45 minute mark, but the whole thing seriously warrants listening. Thanks to Sam and Nora from Talk Easy for laying this embarrassment of riches at our feet  --

Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: citizn on May 17, 2017, 08:04:51 PM
From the recent GQ interview with Brad Pitt:
http://www.gq.com/story/brad-pitt-gq-style-cover-story (http://www.gq.com/story/brad-pitt-gq-style-cover-story)


And the fact that you guys are pointing toward that—that clearly doesn't always happen. If you ended up in court, it would be a spectacular nightmare.
Spectacular. I see it everywhere. Such animosity and bitterly dedicating years to destroying each other. You'll be in court and it'll be all about affairs and it'll be everything that doesn't matter. It's just awful, it looks awful. One of my favorite movies when it came out was There Will Be Blood, and I couldn't figure out why I loved this movie, I just loved this movie, besides the obvious talent of Paul T. and, you know, Daniel Day. But the next morning I woke up, and I went, Oh, my God, this whole movie is dedicated to this man and his hatred. It's so audacious to make a movie about it, and in life I find it just so sickening. I see it happen to friends—I see where the one spouse literally can't tell their own part in it, and is still competing with the other in some way and wants to destroy them and needs vindication by destruction, and just wasting years on that hatred. I don't want to live that way.

Xixaxers may also be interested in the following snippet (although not PTA-related):

When is the acting still exciting?
I would say more in comedic stuff, where you're taking gambles. I can turn out the hits over and over and I just—my favorite movie is the worst-performing film of anything I've done, The Assassination of Jesse James. If I believe something is worthy, then I know it will be worthy in time to come. And there are times I get really cynical, you know. I spend a lot of time on design and even this sculpture folly I'm on, I have days when—it all ends up in the dirt anyways: What's the point? So I go through that cycle, too, you know? What's the point?
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: axxonn on May 28, 2017, 08:07:03 AM
David Lynch:  https://youtu.be/0MpMXPcrewI?t=39m17s

(time stamp doesn't work on here apparently but at 39:17)

"I liked Boogie Nights by Paul Thomas Anderson. But I did not like his last film. I think he's got a lot of talent."

Referring to TWBB as his "last film".
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Reelist on May 28, 2017, 11:24:37 AM
Referring to TWBB as his "last film".

Haha, apparently everyone stopped making films in 2007
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: jenkins on May 28, 2017, 01:43:41 PM
the video's title is David Lynch - 03/11/2008
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: wilder on June 15, 2017, 10:48:39 PM
Interview with Dylan Tichenor (http://nofilmschool.com/2017/06/dylan-tichenor-editor-there-will-be-blood-magnolia)

Quote
Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (2000)

Tichenor said that one of the challenges in editing Boogie Nights was how to integrate long takes with coverage as well as figure out the answer to the question, "Whose story are we telling?"

This would become even more of an issue on their next collaboration, the operatic Magnolia, where, in the opening sequence, it was necessary to introduce all of the different characters and their connections, as well as establish rhythm and theme. 

While some of the shots in Magnolia were written into the script, others were shot five or six different ways and then altered in the editing room. Tichenor said that P.T. Anderson uses Microsoft Word to write his scripts, doesn't really adhere to traditional format, and does "all the things you're told never to do" as far as writing camera directions into his scripts. Of course, the editor noted that "Anderson can get away with it."

During post, Tichenor and P.T. Anderson went back and forth over the film's 188-minute runtime. Whenever Tichenor asked if there was anything Anderson would consider cutting from the film, Anderson responded, "'Like what, Dylan? What would you cut?'" Tichenor then related that "about two years later, I get a text from Paul saying, 'Magnolia’s playing on TV. It's too long. Great, thanks a lot, Dylan.'" 

There Will Be Blood (2007)

After Magnolia, Tichenor and P.T. Anderson next collaborated on what has recently been named by The New York Times as the best film (so far) of the 21st century: 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned multiple Academy Award nominations, including one for Tichenor. Unlike their first two collaborations, which were multi-character narratives with lots of parallel action, TWBB is, in the editor's words, "a different kind of beast." 

From the start, Tichenor and P.T. Anderson approached the project like a horror film, employing "gothic shot framing and trying to build tension without a lot of cuts." This methodology even factored into the font that was used for the titles. "The cuts that are more nerve-wracking to me are the slower, quieter ones," Tichenor continued. "There's a big spotlight on, 'Now I'm changing perspective; now I'm showing you something else.'" 

He explained that because the character of Daniel Plainview was so off-putting and inhuman—in Tichenor's words, "a huge ass"—one of the challenges was eliciting empathy from the story. He and P.T. Anderson approached this problem through the character of H.W., Daniel's adopted son, whose perspective of the action they tried to bring into focus in every scene. "I kept asking Paul for more shots of H.W.," Tichenor said. "The same stuff is happening, but let's watch it through his point of view."

P.T. Anderson obliged, even adding scenes of the two bonding. (Here's a deleted one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjKU3FjwFs4&index=1&list=PLHOXPMs_WbCG6v1d3SEtvo5FT-tLL77sT&ab_channel=WildReactor); it's the first of the three clips.)

In contrast to quieter scenes, the editor feels as though "action functions more like [a] mosaic, where you have all the little pieces. When it's good, you get movement and flow."

Regarding the decision as to when to drop the sound out during the above set piece, Tichenor said that, beyond wanting to make sure that what had just happened (H.W. losing his hearing) was clear to the audience, it also was a way to bring the audience back into H.W.'s point of view and "keep that thread" of showing events through someone other than Daniel's eyes. 

Tichenor also talked about the strategy underlying the sequence's rhythm.

"It was not a fast movie," he said. "[In this sequence], we wanted to do set-up, set-up, static shots, then a long, handheld walk in...and from there, we wanted it to snap up." In fact, while cutting the seven-minute set piece, Tichenor found that there weren't as many angles as he wanted to use. As a result, he constructed some of them by punching in and out of different takes. "There are more angles than there were actual shots," he said. For example, when H.W. is blown back by the explosion, Tichenor made use of what he referred to as "...little repeated action things," i.e. quick cuts of the same footage, in order to add velocity to the sequence. 


Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: Tictacbk on June 17, 2017, 05:09:11 PM
https://theringer.com/anchorman-development-will-ferrell-bill-simmons-podcast-bef9b909da38 (https://theringer.com/anchorman-development-will-ferrell-bill-simmons-podcast-bef9b909da38)

Will Ferrell talking about how Anchorman came to be:

“Paul Thomas Anderson came and guest-wrote for a week on SNL,” Ferrell said. “And he sat down with us and he was like, ‘I read that August Blowout.’ He’s like, ‘What if you guys wrote whatever you wanted to write, and I would shepherd it for you and kind of find out how to make it?’ We were like, ‘We’d do it. We’d do it in a heartbeat.’ So that’s when we wrote Anchorman. So he was one of the guardian angels even though I think the first incarnation of that was maybe a little too weird for Paul.”

“The first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia, and all the newsmen from around the country are flying in to have some big convention,” he said. “Ron convinces the pilot that he knows how to fly the charter jet, and he immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. And it’s just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside. They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to them, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars. So throughout the movie we’re being stalked by orangutans who are killing, one by one, the team off with throwing stars. And Veronica Corningstone keeps saying things like, ‘Guys, I know if we just head down we’ll hit civilization.’ And we keep telling her, ‘Wrong.’ She doesn’t know what we’re talking about. So that was the first version of the movie. In Paul’s defense, that was a little too kooky.”
Title: Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
Post by: greenberryhill on July 24, 2017, 01:10:47 PM
Here are some videos from the Dylan Tichenor interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh-Iut4dKLU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK2jV-qz1kk