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Paul Thomas Anderson (one of America's greatest living filmmakers) is directing a film adaptation of a book by Thomas Pynchon (one of America's greatest living writers) starring Joaquin Phoenix (one of America's greatest living actors), so Inherent Vice has some hype behind it. Like all Anderson's work, the big question has always been "what kind of release will it get?" as his slow-moving, frequently baffling films rarely lend themselves to wide studio releases. The answer, it turns out, is the New York Film Festival, where Inherent Vice will debut on October 4.

That's about all we know at this point. The book is a darkly comic crime saga set in 1970s Southern California, and will also star Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson. Anderson plays famously loose with his adaptations of books (There Will Be Blood was supposedly inspired by Upton Sinclair's Oil!, not that you'd be able to tell from the movie itself), so it's anyone's guess how close this film will be to the source material. That said, there is not a more consistently compelling filmmaker working in Hollywood today ... Discuss

 

The first rule of business is "will it make money?" and that definitely trumps the first rule of Fight Club, so let's talk about it again. Author Chuck Palahniuk plans to revisit Tyler Durden and the whole gang in an upcoming graphic novel that takes place 10 years after the events of Fight Club, his novel which David Fincher later adapted into the now-classic film. At this point, all Palahniuk will say is that the story picks up with the unnamed narrator's marriage to Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the film) and has a 9-year-old son named Junior. Project Mayhem is still in existence, but has undergone some serious evolutions in the absence of Tyler Durden's leadership. About Tyler, Palahniuk will only say that "Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that's popped into his mind," saying that he plans on using the story to explore mid-life crises ...

You're still not really happy but for different reasons. Also the idea that if you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you—do you lose the best part of you? Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?

The graphic novel will be published in April of next year ... Discuss

 

Here's the first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game, about the life of the great WWII-era codebreaker and father of modern computing, Alan Turing. Directed by up-and-coming Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, the film promises to explore both Turing's monumental efforts to the bring the War to a close and his friendship with fellow genius Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley. The film will release on November 14 ... Discuss

 

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the federal government. The categories of sexual orientation and identity were added to existing non-discrimination orders for race, color, religion, sex or national origin, meaning there will be no exemption for religious organizations.

However, Obama chose to let stand a 2007 exemption memo saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act still exempts World Vision and other organizations that funnel federal funds to social justice causes from religious nondiscrimination requirements. "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama said just before signing the order. "I'm going to do what I can with the authority I have to act" ... Discuss

 

Star Wars is really pushing their Force for Change, an initiative to benefit UNICEF. UNICEF's Innovation Labs are doing some very exciting work for social change, so the cause is good, and it's cool that one of the most anticipated films of the decade is willing to throw so much attention to it, but this is now the third (and final) Force for Change video we've seen, but it comes with a teaser of an X-Wing. Abrams has confirmed that the Millennium Falcon will appear in the new film as well, so all our old spaceship friends are back. Let's celebrate by donating some money to UNICEF ... Discuss

 

According to new research, many millennials are forgoing marriage—at least for now. A recent report from the Urban Institute found that millennial adults are currently on pace to have lower rates of marriage by the age of 40 than any other generation on record. They estimate that if the current trend continues, 30% of millennial women will not be married by their 40th birthday. By comparison, that’s double the number of unmarried Gen X 40-year-old females.

As CNN Money points out, the data also notes that “Hispanic and black Millennials, as well as those without college degrees, are expected to see greater declines in their marriage rates.” Though the researchers say that “staying single while young gives them more opportunity to establish a financial base,” in the long-term, the trend could have a negative economic effect: University of Michigan sociology professor told the outlet, “The evidence shows that getting married increases wealth and income." The study echoes the findings of a Pew study from March that found that 74% of current 18-to-33-year-old adults are not married ... Discuss