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Philip Baker Hall, the Library Cop Lt. Bookman on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 90

Philip Baker Hall, the journeyman character actor who was a favorite of director Paul Thomas Anderson but surely is best remembered for bringing library investigator Lt. Bookman to a 1991 episode of Seinfeld, has died. He was 90. Hall died Sunday night at his home in Glendale, his daughter Anna told The Hollywood Reporter. With […]

Oscar Nominee ‘Worst Person in the World’ Helps Revive U.S. Art House Box Office

Norway’s The Worst Person in the World has crossed the $2.7 million mark at the U.S. box office in advance of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, where it will compete for best international feature. While that may not seem like an eye-popping gross, it is in fact a major win for the […]

‘Licorice Pizza,’ Will Smith Feted at National Board of Review Awards

Several of this season’s awards contenders descended upon New York City’s Cipriani 42nd St. on Tuesday night for the 2022 National Board of Review Awards, less than two weeks away from Hollywood’s biggest night. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza came into the ceremony with three NBR awards under its belt for best breakthrough performances for […]

Sean Penn Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says Paul Thomas Anderson at DGA Awards

Sean Penn has tested positive for COVID-19, Paul Thomas Anderson announced from the stage during Saturday night’s DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Anderson was explaining why Penn was a no-show at the ceremony as he was confirmed to present the Licorice Pizza filmmaker with a special medallion honoring his nomination for best feature film […]

Analysis: A Close Reading of ‘Licorice Pizza’s’ Japanese Wife Scenes

Licorice Pizza, the 1970s San Fernando Valley-set coming-of-age comedy from Paul Thomas Anderson, one of today’s most respected and versatile auteurs, is already a fixture in this season’s awards race, including landing eight Critics Choice nominations, accolades from critics groups and a best film win from the National Board of Review. That makes the movie […]

Ben Affleck on Why ‘The Last Duel’ Bombed and What He Thinks of Ridley Scott Blaming Millennials

Let the record show that one question asked of Ben Affleck at Sunday night’s The Tender Bar premiere inspired a five-minute answer. That might not seem noteworthy for an interview that takes place far from a red carpet, but when it happens behind a stanchion and with an in-demand A-lister who is stopping for every […]

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Licorice Pizza’: Film Review

Alana Haim is the elusive goddess and Cooper Hoffman the teenager crushing on her in this coming-of-age comedy set in the San Fernando Valley in 1973, which also features Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and Benny Safdie.

Cooper Hoffman, Son of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Leads Paul Thomas Anderson ’70s Drama

The lead of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1970s-set coming-of-age story is Cooper Hoffman, the son of Anderson’s longtime collaborator Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Focus Features Reteaming With Paul Thomas Anderson for 1970s High School Movie

Having partnered on the director's last film, 'Phantom Thread,' Focus Features is reteaming with Paul Thomas Anderson on his latest project.

Paul Thomas Anderson Sets 1970s High School Movie for 2020 Production

Paul Thomas Anderson's next project, centered on a high school student and set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley, is planning to go into production next year.

Critic’s Picks: An October To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

A digital restoration of Joseph Losey's 'Mr. Klein,' a variety of horror favorites just in time for Halloween and a handful of Taiwanese classics are among options for SoCal cinephiles in October.

Critic’s Picks: A September To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

A classic lesbian drama, French noirs starring Alain Delon and Jean Gabin and a series of matinees devoted to Katharine Hepburn are among the plentiful vintage and classic options for SoCal film buffs this month.