gather around and talk about p.t. anderson's new movie...

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  1. Sam E. Torres

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    okay, i just wanted to start a thread on exactly what the heck this new movie is supposed to be about. here are the facts:
    -it stars adam sandler, emily watson and philip seymour hoffman(rock on).
    -john c. reilly will not be in it... [​IMG]
    -spring 2002 at the earliest
    -it will be called punch drunk knuckle love
    -the plot according to imdb: The boss (Adam Sandler) of a struggling phone sex company falls in love with a woman (Emily Watson) his sister is trying to set him up with. On the run from a gang of thugs, Sandler's character uses air-mile coupons he won from a box of pudding to travel to Hawaii and meet the girl of his dreams.
    -sound designer gary rydstorm(who worked with spielberg and lucas) is working on punch drunk knuckle love and is quoted as saying it's "anything but typical."
    so what do you guys think of all this? personally, i think the plot sounds kind of stupid but there's probably a whole lot that hopefully won't be ruined for us until it hits theaters, like in magnolia...i am eagerly waiting for gary rydstorm's comments to make sense...
    overall, hey-it's p.t. anderson...i trust the guy...
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  2. Walter Kittel

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    Looking at the cast roster over at IMDB, I was pleased to see that Luis Guzman will be back ( even if it may only be a small role ). Also, cinemtographer Robert Elswit, editor Dylan Tichenor, and composer Jon Brion are all back for this film. Nice to see so many folks coming back with Anderson on his next project. ( Wonder if Melora Walters will show up? [​IMG] )
    Upcomingmovies has pretty much the same information as Sam's post here
    This may be one of those films that completely hits or misses. Regardless, I'm looking forward to the film. P.T. Anderson hasn't let me down yet.
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  3. Jon Sheedy

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    I'm also a huge fan of P.T.s work...that said however, I really wish he would reconsider the casting of Sandler. I just can think of so many other actors who I imagine would be able to bring much more to the part.
    I'm having a hard time seeing Adam Sandler in a p.t. Anderson film...and would prefer NOT to see Adam Sandler in a p.t. Anderson film.
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    I was hoping that this casting decision was just an internet rumor. I'm a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, but this project has me a little concerned which is attributable solely to the casting of Adam Sandler (whom I can't abide).
    I'm trying to keep an open mind, though. Maybe Sandler has a dramatic touch that P.T. needs for this film. Also, Adam Sandler might be a very good actor--we have never really seen him act. When Jim Carrey gets good direction, he's a very good actor and has even given some Oscar-worthy performances. I'm hoping the same holds true for Sandler.
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  7. Bruce Hedtke

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    I agree Tom. Looking at Sandlers' past performances, you would have to think P.T. was smoking something wicked when he casted him. But, who knows? Maybe its an experiment, maybe he is willing to take a risk...it might pay off or it might blow up in his face. Either way, I respect that he has the cajones to undertake such a dicey gamble. Not every character that Sandler did on SNL was a mindless, infantile baboon. He does have talent..is it enough for a high-caliber film? We'll see...
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  8. Paul Richardson

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    I'm not a huge PTA fan, but I've seen all of his movies. One thing that struck me (especially during the first half of Boogie Nights) is that the guy has a very good knack for comedy. I'm looking forward to this one!
     
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    I remember reading on PT Anderson's sight that Sandler "cracks me up" and that this film is a comedy. Personally I think Sandler is hilarious, and can understand where Anderson is coming from. I am highly anticipating this film.
     
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    I have a sneaking feeling that this film will make a ton of money. Even not being a huge fan of Sandler, I'll go... PTA is one of my favorite young directors....
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  11. AdrianJ

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    I'm in the same boat as Gary. I like PT Anderson and I will go see this movie despite the presense of Adam Sandler. I've only seen one Adam Sandler movie that didn't irritate me and that was The Wedding Singer. I think he could actually pull this movie off, if quits with the Adam Sandler jokes and just tries to act.
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  12. Carlo Medina

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    I am in agreement with those who share an initial concern over the casting of Sandler. Of course, like Carrey in The Truman Show, maybe a good director will be able to get a good performance out of Sandler.
    I am very saddened that Chest Rockwell, sorry, Reed Rothchild, will not be in this movie. Is Buck Swope going to be in it? [​IMG]
     
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    I get the feeling that Anderson cast Sandler because he wanted Sandler to be himself.
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  14. Sam E. Torres

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    why do all you guys keep comparing sandler in a p.t. movie to jim carrey in the truman show? i mean, this movie does not sound like a drama to me from what i've read. and i heard that p.t. wanted to make a romantic comedy, and this definitely seems like his romantic comedy...
     
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    Under most circumstances, I'd go to a P.T. Anderson film without hesitation, but the casting of Sandler gives me pause to the point I'll wait for reviews (mostly from those here at the HTF) before making up my mind.
    Sandler trying to be funny is so unfunny, I'm really surprised by the quote attributed to PTA above.
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  16. Joseph Young

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    There is a heavier veil of secrecy over this film than there was over the pre-teaser/trailer days of Episode 2. I mean, my god, Anderson must have one massive mallot hidden behind his back. He's got my curiosity.
    And Phillip Seymour Hoffman is playing a villian named "Daryl Fitzsimmons?" (source: IMDB)
    Holy cow, I'm there!
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  17. Carlo Medina

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    I sure do not mean to imply that this movie will in any way bear a resemblance to The Truman Show. That parallel was only to show that a good director can wring a good performance out of an actor that was previously deemed only a bad one (or a goofball). Truman was still a comedy and Carrey wasn't being totally devoid of his goofy self, but he was reigned in and delivered a fine performance.
    Maybe I should compare this to Wedding Singer, where Sandler plays his goofy schtick but Coraci never lets him get too over the top (like in some of his other movies). You can't make a dramatic actor out of people like Carrey or Sandler, but you can harness them and have them use their talents wisely. That is my hope.
     

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