That There Will Be Blood helmer Paul Thomas Anderson is back with a new feature after five long years is exciting enough. Toss in the fact that his latest reunites him with frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman, and it’s no wonder The Master is one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year.

The first teaser was a beautifully crafted, deeply unsettling clip centered on a Navy man named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), and the second offers us a much better look at the titular Master himself, religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Not surprisingly, it already appears to be one hell of a performance. Amy Adams, who plays Lancaster’s wife, makes a brief showing as well. Watch it after the jump.

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Though most of the early casting rumors for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have focused on handsome fan favorite Finnick Odair, the very first bit of reliable casting news involves a different character altogether — and, at least in my view, a much more exciting name than any we’ve heard so far for Finnick.

Various outlets are reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the part of Plutarch Heavensbee, a new Gamemaker who plays a pivotal role in the next installment of the series. More details after the jump.

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A week after getting our first glimpse of Philip Seymour Hoffman as religious leader Lancaster Dodd in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, we now have a first teaser to go with it. We don’t get to see much more of Hoffman here, but what we do get is a nice long look at Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie, a charismatic young drifter who becomes Hoffman’s second in command. Watch it after the jump.

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Trust Paul Thomas Anderson to retain a sense of mystery, even as he gives up some information. The writer/director is in post-production on his new film The Master, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the ultimate self-starter, a man who creates his own religion. We know that actors like Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern are in the movie.

We also know that Mihai Malaimare Jr. (Tetro and Twixt Now and Sunrise) worked with PTA to shoot the film on 65mm. Now Anderson has offered up a photo of a scrap of that 65mm negative. Small as it may be, once the image is inverted and color-corrected, this is our first real look at Hoffman in the film. Read More »

Amy Adams will make her first foray into producing with An Object of Beauty, Maven Pictures’ adaptation of the novel by Steve Martin. (Yes, that Steve Martin.) Adams will star as Lacey Yeager, an ambitious young woman climbing up the ranks of the art world. Over the course of fifteen years, she travels the world, acquires her own gallery, and beds a series of men, one of whom becomes a famous artist.

The three-time Oscar nominee has become known for playing sweet, innocent types in films like Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, and The Muppets, but The Fighter showed that she could play the tough girl as well. I haven’t read An Object of Beauty, but based on the description it sounds like another opportunity for Adams to show off her harder-edged side.

Adams is now gearing up to start shooting Robert Lorenz’ Trouble With the Curve, with Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake. She also has Man of Steel, The Master, and On the Road due out this year. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Philip Seymour Hoffman lands Anton Corbijn’s John le Carré spy thriller.

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When I read Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball back in 2003, the idea that a movie could be made never crossed my mind. The reality of the situation – A’s general manager Billy Beane changing the game of baseball – was being played out in reality. Players like Nick Swisher and Kevin Youkilis, whom the book was about, were playing for real and that was proof enough for me.

But now, the changes in strategy that Beane and his team implemented are proven practice and it seems right to go back to where it all began. Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens September 23 and the more I see from it – this new UK trailer for example – makes me realize, even though it wasn’t my first instinct, this was born to be a movie. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

The trailer for George Clooney‘s fourth film, the political drama The Ides of March, suggested that the film might turn out to be a good character piece that has appeal beyond the limits of a political drama that is locked in a four-year old contest. (The source material is Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, which is sourced from Howard Dean’s 2004 primary campaign.)

Now the film has bowed at Venice, and a handful of reviews are in. Cautiously positive seems to be the overall average, and we’ve got a handful of quotes from Venice attendees below. Read More »

‘The Ides of March’ Trailer and Poster

I’ll say this for the trailer for George Clooney‘s new political drama The Ides of March: by the end I had no sense that I knew exactly where the movie is going. That’s a very good thing.  Adapted from Beau Willimon‘s play Farragut North, the film features Ryan Gosling as a young but influential press secretary who has to manage a political scandal as he navigates the tricky waters of a Presidential primary race. Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei co-star, and the film looks pretty damn solid from here. Read More »

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