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Trophy Talk: The Oscar Potential of ‘Birdman’ and ‘Inherent Vice’

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People love watching famous people accept trophies. So, every so often, The Huffington Post’s Chris Rosen and ScreenCrush’s Mike Ryan will speculate about these trophies and which famous person might win one. It will be fun. Let’s talk some trophies! Today, we discuss the prospects of Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in 'Birdman' and Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice,' which both screened at the New York Film Festival.

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‘Inherent Vice’ Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Stoner ‘Top Secret!’

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It’s a weird thing, I can already tell that ‘Inherent Vice’ will grow on me after time. I can already tell I like it better as I type this than I did while watching it. People will compare ‘Inherent Vice’ to the Coen brothers’ 1998 movie ‘The Big Lebowski’ and that’s totally fair because I’m going to do just that right now. Both films feature protagonists – with an affinity for marijuana use – who experience a remarkable adventure while searching for something that doesn’t matter. Sixteen years later, Mickey Woolfman means about as much as the money for a urine-soaked rug. It matters to the character but it never really matters much to us and, in both of these cases, we wind up being right.

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‘Inherent Vice’ Is a Profound Work With the Best Fart Jokes, Says Paul Thomas Anderson at NYFF

Inherent Vice NYFF Press Conference
Warner Bros.

"I don’t want to say ‘literary,’ because that’s a bad word," said Paul Thomas Anderson, attempting to describe the essence of Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice.' It's "beautifully written and, sort of, profound and deeply felt stuff mixed in with just the best fart jokes and poop jokes and silly songs and stuff that you could imagine." As he says, he was "trying to be as faithful to the feeling of the book as possible" in adapting it for the big screen.

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Don’t Hate Movie Trailers, Hate the Way We Watch Movie Trailers

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The greatest movie trailer of all time is the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.’ This is not up for debate. This is not a subjective opinion. It just is. The trailer for ‘The Phantom Menace’ is so good that I firmly believe its goodwill bled over to the actual movie, inflating some early opinions of a movie that we all, now, realize isn’t very good. (I readily admit that I loved ‘The Phantom Menace’ the first time I saw it.) Here’s a fun thing to try: Forget everything you know about ‘The Phantom Menace’ and just pretend this is a brand new trailer for a ‘Star Wars’ movie.

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‘Inherent Vice’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Stars in One Seriously Wild Detective Story

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The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated 'Inherent Vice' has finally arrived online, and this is definitely not your average detective story. Based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the unorthodox detective Doc Sportello (yes, really), who gets mixed up in a convoluted and totally out-there crime tale.

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In Honor of ‘Inherent Vice,’ the Best Thomas Pynchon Character Names, Ranked

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In an effort to speed along the effort, we've taken it upon ourselves to list our eighteen favorite character names from Pynchon works. Why eighteen? Well, that's a hidden reference to a conspiracy that you need to argue about on message boards for years. Note: with the acres of episodic text that has poured from Pynchon's fingers, this is really just a drop in the bucket. We fully expect angry letters handwritten on graph paper to arrive via Thurn-und-Taxis post.

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‘Inherent Vice’ First Look: Josh Brolin Goes From Thanos to “Bigfoot”

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After his famous romp with Mark Wahlberg in 'Boogie Nights,' director Paul Thomas Anderson brings us back to the '70s with his upcoming film, 'Inherent Vice,' a highly anticipated project starring the likes of Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix, and adapted from the Thomas Pynchon gonzo novel of the same name. With 'Inherent Vice' set to make its grand debut at this year's New York Film Festival, its first official look has emerged, toting Brolin's new haircut and tons and tons of pancakes.

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2014 New York Film Festival: ‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Whiplash’ and More Round Out Main Slate

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The 2014 New York Film Festival was already looking to be a can't-miss event for cinephiles, given its previous announcements of gala screenings of David Fincher's 'Gone Girl,' Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman,' but the announcement of the festival's Main Slate selections brings with it some of the most highly anticipated titles of the year.

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Our Most Anticipated Movies of 2014!

Most Anticipated Movies 2014
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2013 is so very close to done. Just a few more minutes in the oven, but keep the fork ready.

Do we, the obsessed movie watchers of the ScreenCrush community, take a break? Heck no! January brings the Sundance Film Festival and then we dive right back into a big year of with some really big movies

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Reese Witherspoon Joins Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

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Reese Witherspoon has been racking up projects lately -- the latest addition to her ever-growing to-do list is Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice.'

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