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Paul Thomas Anderson & the Cinema of Outcasts

The director of The Master, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, and his latest, Inherent Vice, is the finest of his generation. But that doesn’t make him any less of a puzzle

Scene It Before: Ira’s Roadside Diner from Million Dollar Baby

A backlot cabin was transformed into a restaurant for the Clint Eastwood hit, which turns 10 next week

Scene It Before: The Griswold House from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Much has changed at the backlot residence where Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) strung his twinkle-light masterpiece in the 1989 comedy.

Hidden Vestiges

Hunting for history in a region known for burying its treasures

A Postscript Q&A: The Dream Factory

What did you think when I called you with this assignment?
I thought it was just such a great opportunity. I've been on a lot of lots and I've shot on a lot of stages, but the idea of pointing the camera at the thing rather someone that's inside it—in other words, making the location the character and presenting it more from a blue collar perspective was new. For me, that was kind of magical.