Film Bits: ‘Phantom Thread’ Unleashes First Trailer

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Paul Thomas Anderson returns with ‘Phantom Thread’

There can be no denial that Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the greatest directors of the modern era. His films—like Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood—have been some of the greatest of the last several decades. His latest film, Phantom Thread, finds the director reteaming with this There Will Be Blood star, Daniel Day-Lewis, for an in depth look at the fashion industry of the 1950s. It’s hard to know what to make of the film based on the first trailer, but there’s no denying that Anderson, who acted as his own cinematographer for this film, has produced yet another stunning looking film. Phantom Thread hits theaters on Christmas Day.

(Focus Features)

‘I, Tonya’ Reveals Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding

The Olympic Games are always filled with heartbreak and drama, but perhaps nothing was more dramatic than the run up to the winter games of 1992, which found Tonya Harding plotting a vicious attack against her team mate Nancy Kerrigan. That drama has now been immortalized in cinematic form with I, Tonya. Starring Margot Robbie in the titular role, the film takes a look at the drama surrounding the attack and the ensuing investigation. Early buzz has hinted towards Oscar potential for the new film, especially for Robbie. The first trailer reveals very little, but Robbie certainly looks the part. I, Tonya hits theaters on December 8.

(Neon)

Louis CK Unveils First Trailer for ‘I Love You, Daddy’

Comedian Louis CK returns to filmmaking with I Love You, Daddy 16 years after his last cinematic effort, Pootie Tang. CK stars as a famous TV writer forced to contend with the seedier side of his industry after his daughter (Chloe Grace-Moretz) starts a relationship with a much older star (John Malkovich). The film garnered some praise earlier this year at TIFF, and it certainly comes at an opportune time given the sexual harassment scandals that have rocked Hollywood over the past several months. Given that CK has been facing accusations of harassment for several years, the premise of the film does seem a bit tone deaf. Perhaps this is his way to begin addressing the issue. Well know for sure when I Love You, Daddy hits theaters on November 17.

(The Orchard)

Jim Carrey Channels Andy Kaufman in ‘Jim & Andy’

Man on the Moon, Milos Forman’s biopic of Andy Kaufman, allowed Jim Carrey to deliver one of the most astounding performances of his career. A new documentary, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, explores the lengths Carrey went to in order to portray his comedic idol, which included channeling the Kaufman entirely, and spending several months living as he would’ve lived in order to get things right. The trailer for the new film gives us some hints about the madness Carrey put himself through to deliver his Golden Globe winning performance, and the transformation is shocking. The film includes new behind the scenes footage from the making of Man on the Moon, which went unreleased for nearly two decades for fear of harming Carrey’s reputation. Jim & Andy looks to be a fascinating look at art and its creator, as well as a tribute to the genius of Kaufman. The documentary premieres on Netflix on November 11.

(Netflix)

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