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Robert Downey Jr.'s ‘Pinocchio’ Gets Paul Thomas Anderson to Write, Maybe Direct

Robert Downey Jr.'s ‘Pinocchio’ Gets Paul Thomas Anderson to Write, Maybe Direct

Paul Thomas Anderson has signed on to write the screenplay and possibly direct Warner Bros.' Pinocchio. The project has been in development since 2012, when Robert Downey Jr. signed on to produce and star as Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates the iconic title character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Thomas Anderson are longtime friends and have been trying to find a project to work on for many years now. The actor was initially attached to star in the director's last film, Inherent Vice, but he had to pass due to scheduling conflicts with Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Michael Mitnick (The Giver) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, which Robert Downey Jr. has been been quietly working on for the past six months. Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman wrote previous versions of the script, with Tim Burton attached to direct at one point. The project got a new lease on life thanks to the success of several Disney live action movies that reimagined children's movie classics, such as Disney's Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland. It should be noted that Disney is also developing their own Pinocchio live action movie.

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Joaquin Phoenix Replaces Robert Downey Jr. in Paul Thomas Anderson's ‘Inherent Vice’

Joaquin Phoenix Replaces Robert Downey Jr. in Paul Thomas Anderson's ‘Inherent Vice’

Fresh off his Oscar nomination for his performance in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reunite with director Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice.

The actor replaces Robert Downey Jr., who was circling the project in February 2011, but ultimately dropped out. This noir tale, set in 1969 Los Angeles, is based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel about a weed-smoking private detective on a kidnapping case.

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‘The Master’ 'Truth' TV Spot

‘The Master’ 'Truth' TV Spot

Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as the leader of a controversial new religion in director Paul Thomas Anderson's heralded drama The Master, which has already garnered plenty of critical buzz as the film to beat at this year's Oscar race. Is that the 'truth'? Find out with this latest TV spot, which finds Philip Seymour Hoffman building his empire with a little help from Breaking Bad's Todd (Jesse Plemons).

The Master was released September 14th, 2012.

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Twelve ‘The Master’ Photos with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix

Twelve ‘The Master’ Photos with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix

12 photos have arrived from director Paul Thomas Anderson's latest drama, The Master, which is already being heralded by critics as a modern masterpiece and the film to beat at this year's Oscars. The story follows a man (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who creates a questionable new religion that soon gains quite a following. Check out these latest "low-fi" images, followed by comments from Philip Seymour Hoffman and producer JoAnne Sellar, who both downplay the movie's connection to L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

The Master was released September 14th, 2012.

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‘Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project’ Adds Laura Dern and Jesse Plemons

The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project has added three new cast members in Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshofsky. We reported earlier this month that Laura Dern was in talks for this religious project, and now she has officially signed on.

The story is loosely based on the foundation of Scientology, centering on a man known only as The Master (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who creates a controversial belief system which gains a massive following. Joaquin Phoenix will play a drifter who becomes The Master's second in command, although he starts to question The Master's motives. It isn't known what role Laura Dern will play, although Jesse Plemons is portraying The Master's son, while David Warshofsky is playing a police detective.

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Joaquin Phoenix May Team Up with Paul Thomas Anderson

Joaquin Phoenix "retired" from acting as part of the gimmick behind his documentary I'm Still Here. Now he is looking to return to acting, entering early discussions to join an untitled religious drama from director Paul Thomas Anderson. Philip Seymour Hoffman has already joined the cast.

The story revolves around a religion that closely resembles Scientology. Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Lancaster Dodd, the leader of this new religious group who is simply called "The Master". He reaches out to Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic nomad who steadily rises to become The Master's second in command. However, Freddie starts to question the motives of his new leader.

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Robert Downey Jr. Eyes ‘Inherent Vice’

Dropping out of Oz: The Great and Powerful has left a nice hole in Robert Downey Jr.'s upcoming production schedule. He may soon fill that lingering spot by appearing as the lead in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Inherent Vice tells the story of a stoner P.I. in 1969 Los Anegles who gets mixed up in a series of mysteries while the Manson Family murder trail plays out in the background.

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