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In ‘Licorice Pizza’ Paul Thomas Anderson teams with Bradley Cooper to go beyond ‘Boogie Nights’

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A teaser trailer of the film was previewed in small select theaters around Los Angeles this week. Those present for the sneak peak of the film characterize it as an “intimate mashup of ‘Inherent Vice’,‘ Boogie Nights’ and a “love letter to the youth generation

“Licorice Pizza” which was only recently renamed over working title “Soggy Bottom” and the upcoming film is set within the San Fernando Valley during the 1970’s. It follows the story of a high school child actor. The movie is also a coming of age story following the character Cooper Hoffman as he tries arduously to make it in entertainment business.

Directed by the iconic Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA) who has given movie-goers a slew of great films including: “There Will Be Blood”, “Inherent Vice”, “Punch-Drunk Love”, “ Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia” and more.

So where the heck did the name Licorice Pizza come from? It is a reference to a real record store, infamous in its day, established during in the 70’s (and has since closed down).

The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Ben Stiller and Tom Waits. The film is scheduled for limited release on November 26th with a larger release towards the end of the year on December 25th.

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