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Anderson Goes Back to Cali for 'Inherent Vice'

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, actor Joaquin Phoenix, left, and director/writer/producer, Paul Thomas Anderson, on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and IAC Films’ "Inherent Vice," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

NEW YORK (AP) — The numbers are unavoidable. Paul Thomas Anderson has made seven feature films and he has made seven films set in California. "It's just there, isn't it?" sighs Anderson. "If there was ever any kind of intention to have a wide variety of work, all of it's gone out the window." Such a fate is ironic to the 44-year-old director, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley preferring Westerns that were shot in Arizona or Texas, as opposed to those (he could tell) in the soft rolling hills of California. "And there I am making 'There Will Be... more

Japan Nationalists Slam Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' as Racist

unbroken pow camp

Angelina Jolie was deemed "racist" by Japan's nationalists over her portrayal of the torture endured by POW Olympian Louis Zamperini in her directing effort Unbroken. Jolie's film is based in the 2010 novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, which offers the same descriptions of torture depicted by Jolie in the film. The details in the book are based on Zamperini's recount of events. Hiromichi Moteki , secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, said the scenes of Zamperini's mistreatment by Japanese official... more

Scott, Bale Defend 'Exodus' Casting

Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Christian Bale star in "Exodus: Gods and Kings"

NEW YORK (AP) — The biblical film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," has come under fire for casting white actors in the film's main roles as Egyptians. Some have even called for a boycott of the film through a variety of Internet campaigns. But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the film: "I say get a life." Scott defended his casting decision at an "Exodus" premiere in Brooklyn on Sunday, saying he had to assemble the "best possible cast ... on a budget of this scale." The film cost an estimated $140 million. Christian Bale defended his director, and said working w... more

Cecil B. DeMille's 'Amazing Vision' for Filmmaking

Charlton Heston stars as Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" (1956).

The only time Cecil B. DeMille's granddaughter saw the pioneering film director annoyed was when his body began to fail him. "He was a bull," said Cecilia DeMille Presley . "He exercised every day." So even a heart attack didn't stop him during production in Egypt of what would be his final movie as a director, the lavish 1956 biblical epic "The Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston as Moses, a film that has become an Easter mainstay on ABC. Presley, who grew up in her grandfather's mansion in Los Feliz, said the heart attack was more serious than people thought. But DeMille and his... more

Airman Sells Screenplay to Paramount Pictures

Captain Eric Koenig

 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- (This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes (" series on These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) For some, a visit to the dentist feels like a nightmare. But, for Capt. Eric Koenig, the 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental flight commander, he hopes that it's his after-hours hobby that really keeps people awake at night. For the last three years, the 13-year veteran has spent his nights and weekends writing screenplays. On this past Veterans Day, he accepted an offer from Paramount Pictures to ... more

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