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Anderson is currently filming on the streets of Los Angeles. The L.A. Times blog Company Town reports that "Inherent Vice" has recently been filming in the San Fernando Valley; on Tuesday the film was shooting at a storefront on West Slauson Avenue.
The film stars
The story goes something like this: Doc is asked by his ex-girlfriend Shasta to help her married lover, real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann, whose wife is plotting against him with her lover. Doc is rousted by the cops for a murder he didn't commit, and once he shakes free, Shasta and Mickey are both missing. No cash, no client, but he investigates anyway.
It's an intelligently goofy mash-up of noir and California hippie culture, threaded with lots of Pynchonian wierdness (a link to our book review is at left).
Another Hollywood star connected to the film is Oscar-winner
What I have seen are the pictures that the Paul Thomas Anderson fan site Cigarettes and Red Vines posted online Tuesday. These very unofficial location photos include Joaquin Phoenix outfitted as Sportello. There's also
Anderson wrote the script; Pynchon wrote the novel. Earlier this year, Anderson declined to discuss whether he'd met the reclusive author -- but that hasn't stopped people from speculating that Pynchon will make a quiet appearance in the film, Hitchcock-style.