Paul Thomas Anderson

  • 07 December 2004

Date of birth

26th June, 1970







Timothee Chalamet and Paul Thomas Anderson at the 90th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2018 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This year's Academy Awards Best Picture nominees are 'Call Me By Your Name', 'Darkest Hour', 'Dunkirk', 'Get Out', 'Lady Bird', 'Phantom Thread', 'The Post', 'The Shape of Water' and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 5th February 2018

Phantom Thread Trailer

Who knew the world of fashion could be so strained and dramatic? But that's exactly what it is for the world renowned dressmaker depicted in 'Phantom Thread'. A romantic period drama with Paul Thomas Anderson at the helm, it's also set to be Daniel Day-Lewis' final film.

It's the 1950s and Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is one of the leading names in high fashion in London, dressing the likes of the royal family, the biggest filmstars and a variety of famous heiresses and socialites. He's aided at The House of Woodcock by his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), though the pair could not be more different.

Reynolds is a flighty self-confessed bachelor who sees love as almost a curse on his work. His life has seen too many women flit in and out of it, but when he meets the pretty yet headstrong Alma (Vicky Krieps), a woman several years his junior, he begins to feel as if he's found the perfect relationship.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Directs Haim Line-Dancing Video

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 03 October 2017

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They drop the new video for 'Little of Your Love'.

Haim give their latest song 'Little of Your Love' a country flavour with a hugely entertaining line-dancing music video directed by the acclaimed Paul Thomas Anderson. The clip comes three months after the release of their second studio album 'Something to Tell You'.

Image caption Haim at the SNL Anniversary special

Alana, Este Haim and Danielle Haim make line-dancing look super cool in their epic video for June single 'Little of Your Love'. It's set at Oil Can Harry's bar in Los Angeles and is introduced with Danielle in a Stevie Nicks T-shirt on her way to the dance session.

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Burt Reynolds Says He'll Never Work With Paul Thomas Anderson Again

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 December 2015

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The actor received an Oscar nomination for his role in Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights’.

Burt Reynolds has said he’ll never work with director Paul Thomas Anderson again, after his experience filming Boogie Nights. Reynolds starred in the 1997 film as Jack Horner and even won and Oscar nomination for his performance, but the actor says he and the director ‘didn’t fit’ personality wise.

Don’t expect Burt Reynolds back for Boogie Nights 2

“Personality-wise, we didn't fit,” Reynolds told GQ. “I think mostly because he was young and full of himself. Every shot we did, it was like the first time [that shot had ever been done].”

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Inherent Vice Review

By Rich Cline


Like the Thomas Pynchon novel it's based on, this film remains infuriatingly evasive as its central mystery deepens. Also like Pynchon, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is more interested in characters than plot, expertly orchestrating a lively cast in a series of raucous scenes. That these moments never quite add up to a coherent bigger story may feel unsatisfying, but the groovy 1970s vibe is infectious, and there's a lot of fun to be had in watching these actors play around with the rambling dialogue and nutty interaction.

It's set in 1970 Los Angeles, where private investigator Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) is a stoner who'd rather not work at all. Then he agrees to help his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) find her missing property developer boyfriend Mickey (Eric Roberts). But this immediately puts him on a collision course with his long-time nemesis, Detective Bjornsen (James Brolin), a frozen-banana loving tough-guy cop known as Bigfoot. And the deeper Doc gets into the case, the more confusing it gets. Not only is the presumed-dead Coy (Owen Wilson) very much alive, but it's unclear whether a key clue about Golden Fang refers to a boat or a secret dental society. And suspiciously, Doc's DA friend Penny (Reese Witherspoon) always seems to be one step ahead of him on the case.

Anderson opens the film with a blinding flood of information and then simply never allows us to catch up, so like Doc we can't quite get a grip on what's actually going on. This effectively makes us feel as stoned as he is, bewildered by the way even the simplest revelations seem to contradict each other. But even as everything gets increasingly confusing, Anderson writes and directs scenes with a vivid intensity that's both hilariously entertaining and darkly involving. Each sequence carries a powerful punch, giving the superb cast plenty of quirky details to work with.

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Joanna Newsom Admits Worries Over 'Dragging Down' Co-Star In 'Inherent Vice'

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 January 2015

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The musician still doesn't know why she got cast.

Following Joanna Newsom's feature film debut with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice', we settled down with her and co-star Jena Malone to discuss her latest career move and Joaquin Phoenix's just-roll-with-it aesthetic.

Image caption Joanna Newsom stars as Sortilège in 'Inherent Vice'

It's nerve-racking for anyone to launch headfirst into a career they've never really approached before, but between actors and musicians it's a crossover not uncommon. Joined by first-timer Joanna Newsom and Jena Malone, we explored not only what working going from singer to film actor was like, but also working in the shadow of living legend - but total sweetie - Joaquin Phoenix.

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Was Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Worth The Wait?

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 January 2015

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Paul Thomas Anderson's comedy-drama is typical of the innovative director.

Fans of Paul Thomas Anderson were positively foaming at the mouth upon hearing news that the legendary director was to adapt Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. Further good news was to follow when Joaquin Phoenix - Oscar nominated star of The Master - had signed onto play private eye Doc Sportello.

Image caption Benicio Del Toro in 'Inherent Vice'

"I feel that every time I see it, I see new things. And those movies I really respect - because they last", explained Del Toro, before adding "I think that this one is one of those." 'Inherent Vice' is the latest film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, and follows the exploits of a Los Angeles detective (played by Joaquin Phoenix) during the 1970s.

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Inherent Vice - Extended Trailer

Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a simple man. When he's not abusing illicit substances, he's solving crimes as a private investigator - although those two do sometimes overlap. But as the 1960s breath their dying breath, Doc's life is going to get perhaps a little too interesting for his liking. When his ex-girlfriend shows up one day, Doc finds himself unable to stay unintegrated with the 70s, as his new employer and former lover has him tracking down her new boyfriend and trying to thwart the plans of his wife and HER boyfriend. And if that wasn't complicated enough for him, there's something to do with a mysterious 'Golden Fang'. It's gonna be one hell of a decade.

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Joanna Newsom Observed Joaquin Phoenix's 'Magical' Acting Style In 'Inherent Vice'

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 December 2014

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Harpist Joanna Newsom has narrator role in P.T. Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'.

Joanna Newsom makes her feature film acting debut in Paul Thomas Anderson's crime comedy 'Inherent Vice' and it seems there was no-one she could've better learned from than co-star Joaquin Phoenix.

Image caption Joanna Newsom plays onscreen narrator in 'Inherent Vice'

The 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist best known for her accomplishments in harp-playing is almost totally new to the world of acting. Aside from lending her voice to the English dubbing of Japanese animation 'The Sky Crawlers', making an appearance as a harpist (naturally) in an episode of 'Portlandia' and starring in MGMT's video for their single 'Kids', she has only ever found a creative outlet in music. That was until she landed the role of narrator Sortilege in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel 'Inherent Vice'.

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Inherent Vice Reviews: "You're In The Hands Of A Master"

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 December 2014

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'Inherent Vice' may not compete at the Oscars - but the critics love it.

Inherent Vice. Remember that? We haven't heard much of Paul Thomas Anderson's druggy epic since the hilarious trailer dropped, but it's finally here. The reviews are in. It seems Anderson - The Master - has done it again. Whether this is going to compete at the Oscars remains to be seen, but Anderson fans can finally feed their appetite.

Joaquin Phoenix could have bagged himself another Oscar nomination for Inherent Vice

The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a private investigator who investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend.

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Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson - The funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman held at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Hoffman was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday (02Jan14) from an apparent drug overdose. - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 7th February 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson The 2013 LA Film Critics Awards at InterContinental Hotel Featuring: Paul Thomas Anderson Where: Century City, California, United States When: 12 Jan 2013

Paul Thomas Anderson - Thursday 6th November 2008 at BAFTA Los Angeles, California

Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Dano and Paul Thomas Anderson - Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood photocall Berlin, Germany - Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Friday 8th February 2008