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Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson at Cannes in 2002.
Born June 26, 1970 (1970-06-26) (age 37)
Studio City, California

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (395x612, 53 KB) Anderson, Paul Thomas at Cannes in 2002. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Studio City is a district in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Studio City is a district in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... OSCAR is an acronym for Orbital Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...

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Early life

Anderson was born in Studio City, California. His father, Ernie Anderson, was the voice of the American Broadcasting Company and a Cleveland television late-night horror movie host known as "Ghoulardi". Anderson grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended New York University, but dropped out only days into the semester.[2] Studio City is a district in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... Ernie Anderson as Ghoulardi Ernie Anderson (November 12, 1923 – February 6, 1997) was an American television and radio personality, voice announcer, actor and the father of film director Paul Thomas Anderson. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Progress & Prosperity Location in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State County Cuyahoga Founded 1796 Incorporated 1814 (village)   1836 (city) Government  - Mayor Frank G. Jackson (D) Area [1]  - City  82. ... Ghoulardi was a fictional character invented and portrayed by disc jockey, voice announcer, and actor Ernie Anderson, as the horror host of late night Shock Theater at WJW-TV, Channel 8, in Cleveland, Ohio from 1963 through 1966. ... San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ...


The Valley may have been immortalized in the 1980s for its mall-hopping "Valley Girls", but for Anderson it was a seedy part of suburban America populated by would-bes and burnouts. Anderson's experiences growing up in "The Valley" have no doubt shaped his artistic self; three of his four theatrical features are set in "The Valley". [citation needed]


Career

Anderson was involved in filmmaking at a young age. As a high school student, he made the 30-minute mockumentary The Dirk Diggler Story (1988), about a well-endowed male porn star (inspired by John Holmes, who also served a major inspiration for Boogie Nights). This article contains a trivia section. ...


After a brief stint as an English major at Emerson College and an even shorter time at the New York Film School, Anderson began his career as a production assistant on television movies, videos, and game shows in Los Angeles and New York. He later made Cigarettes & Coffee (1992), a short with five vignettes set in a diner. The film was screened at the 1993 Sundance Festival, where it received considerable acclaim. In a few years, Anderson made his first full-length feature, Sydney, which was retitled Hard Eight (1996). Emerson College was founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as a school of oratory, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks amongst the top five events of its type in the world. ... Hard Eight is a 1996 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. ...


Anderson's breakout film Boogie Nights, revisiting his Dirk Diggler character in a full-length major motion picture, was released on October 10, 1997 to critical and commercial success. It was hailed by many critics as the "best film of the year, if not the decade" [citation needed], and is widely considered one of the finest depictions of the porn film industry [citation needed]. The film revived the careers of Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg [citation needed], and tranformed Julianne Moore into an A-list actress [citation needed]. This article contains a trivia section. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ...


Anderson's next film was the ensemble piece Magnolia (1999), which tells the story of the peculiar interaction among the lives of several individuals during a single day in the San Fernando Valley, California. Interweaving nine separate yet connected storylines, Magnolia was self-consciously produced with heavy independent film influences (despite a large budget courtesy of New Line Cinema), in a style quite distinct from that of mainstream Hollywood films. Magnolia was featured on over 150 critics top 10 lists of 1999, and received three Academy Award nominations, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Cruise), Best Original Song and Best Original Screenplay. Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... An independent film, or indie film, is usually a low-budget film that is produced by a small movie studio. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... // The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


Anderson returned with the Comedy/Romance feature Punch-Drunk Love (2002), starring Adam Sandler. The story centers around a beleaguered small-business owner embarking on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman (Emily Watson). Sandler won positive reviews for his role in his first major departure from the mainstream comedies which made him a star; Roger Ebert wrote that "Sandler, liberated from the constraints of formula, reveals unexpected depths as an actor. Watching this film, you can imagine him in Dennis Hopper roles. He has darkness, obsession and power."[3] Unfortunately, the film was not well received at the American box-office, grossing only $17 million despite a $25 million budget. The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Romantic comedy films are movies with light-hearted, humorous dramatic stories centered around romantic ideals such as a true love able to surmount most obstacles [1] or the perfect couple. ... Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9th, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. ... Emily Anita Watson (born 14 January 1967) is an Oscar nominated English actress best known for her acclaimed debut film performance in Lars von Triers Breaking the Waves. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Anderson's next film, There Will Be Blood is an adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!. The novel is set during the oil scandals of the Harding administration, and will provide a detailed depiction of the development of the oil industry in Southern California. The film will star Daniel Day-Lewis. There Will Be Blood is a film adaptation of Upton Sinclairs novel Oil! announced for release in 2006, and stars Daniel Day-Lewis. ... Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. ... Oil! is a novel by Upton Sinclair published in 1927. ... Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) was an American politician and the twenty-ninth President of the United States, from 1921 to 1923, when he became the fifth president to die in office. ... Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957), is an Academy-Award winning and Golden Globe-award nominated actor. ...


Film style, themes, and trademarks

Anderson is known for films with large ensemble casts, independent film styles, and interweaving storylines, as in the case of Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). Anderson is a member of the first generation of "VCR filmmakers", much like directors Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, who learned the craft not in film schools, but by viewing thousands of movies on video, thus gaining a vast knowledge of film technique and culture. An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar winning screenwriter. ... For other persons named Kevin Smith, see Kevin Smith (disambiguation). ...


Anderson's films typically deal with the significance of familial relationships, particularly those of fathers and their children. Themes concerning divine fate, the serendipitous nature of love, and the role of contemporary media are also examined. Anderson stresses the interconnections among his characters as volatile circumstances affect their fragile lives. Anderson's stylistic trademarks include logistically difficult steadicam-based long takes (such as the 3 minute opening shot in Boogie Nights), often with bombastic use of sound and music. For other uses, see Divinity (disambiguation) and Divine (disambiguation). ... Look up fate, Fates in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... To film this recreated Victorian London street scene, the cameraman next to the lamp post is using a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. ... A long take is an uninterrupted shot in a film which lasts much longer than the conventional editing pace either of the film itself or of films in general, usually lasting several minutes. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


In addition to films, Anderson has directed several music videos, including several Fiona Apple pieces. Anderson was a standby director for Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, presumably for insurance purposes, as Altman was 80 years old at the time. Anderson was not formally credited in the film. [4][5] Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. ... For other persons named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... A Prairie Home Companion (previously known as The Last Broadcast) is a 2006 ensemble comedy film elegy directed by Robert Altman, his final film released just five months before his death. ...


Personal life

Anderson and singer Fiona Apple had a relationship for several years; she appears with him in the making-of video diary on the DVD of the film Magnolia. Anderson is currently in a relationship with Saturday Night Live cast member Maya Rudolph. The couple have a daughter, Pearl Bailey Anderson, born on October 15, 2005. Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972, in Gainesville, Florida) is an American actress and comedian, currently best known as a former cast member of NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

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Filmography

Feature films as writer and director

Hard Eight is a 1996 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Magnolia is a 1999 drama film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... There Will Be Blood is a film adaptation of Upton Sinclairs novel Oil!. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and is screenwritten, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ...

Music videos

Jon Brion at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka) Jon Brion (born 1962) is an American rock and pop multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer. ... Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Fast as You Can is a song written by Fiona Apple, and produced by Jon Brion for her second album When the Pawn (1999). ... Aimee Mann (born September 8, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, bassist, singer, and noted songwriter. ... Across the Universe is a song by The Beatles that first appeared as a charity release in December 1969, and later, in modified form, on their final album, Let It Be. ... Michael Penn (born August 1, 1958, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American singer and songwriter. ...

Other

  • Couch, Mattress Man, Ballchewer (2003)- short films, shot during production of "Punch-Drunk Love"
  • The Dirk Diggler Story (1988) - short film, inspired Boogie Nights
  • Cigarettes & Coffee (1993) - short film, inspired Hard Eight (Sydney)
  • My Day (1996) - a short film.

References

  1. ^ paul thomas anderson ::, Cigarettes and red vines. accessed April 24, 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000759/bio
  3. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20021018/REVIEWS/210180308/1023
  4. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/23/movies/MoviesFeatures/23prai.html?ex=1279771200&en=3fa151765fc0ec7f&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
  5. ^ http://www.ambidextrouspics.com/html/boogie_nights.html

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