Is ‘The Master’ Headed to Fantastic Fest?

Now that we’ve all watched (and rewatched, and re-rewatched, if you’re me) the stunning first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, the big question is when we’ll actually get to see the damn thing. A theatrical release date of October 12 has already been set, but it’s bound to hit the festival circuit first.

Most cinephiles have been predicting a Venice Film Festival debut for the film, and it’s still very possible that it could happen. However, American movie lovers may be excited to hear that it looks like Anderson’s also got some interest in returning to Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where he premiered There Will Be Blood five years ago. More details after the jump.

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‘The Master’ Theatrical Trailer

The first teasers for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master were just that — teasers. They offered tantalizing glimpses of the two main leads, religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his acolyte Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix), but little more than that. And as fantastic as they were, it was only a matter of time before the studio released a more conventional trailer for theatrical release.

Fortunately for us, the first full-length trailer offers a better idea of the plot and general set-up without sacrificing too much of the unsettling moodiness that made the first teasers so striking. Plus, it offers much better looks at some of the other talents that fill out the cast, including Amy Adams as Dodd’s wife and Jesse Plemons as his son. Check it out after the jump.

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The teaser clips for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master were real head scratchers. Compelling? Interesting? Of course. But I’ll be dammed if anyone could figure out exactly what was going on in them. Now the same can be said for the movie poster, which looks like a wine label only with the liquid on the outside. Check out the image and more after the jump. Read More »

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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In my opinion, director Paul Thomas Anderson is responsible for writing and directing the best performance of Tom Cruise‘s career. The character of sex expert Frank TJ Mackey in Magnolia was perfectly conceived and executed with a confident exterior, seedy interior and hilarious dialogue. It marked Cruise’s third (and most recent) Oscar nomination and helped start a friendship with the director that lives on to this day. Or does it?

Cruise is a well-known and very vocal Scientologist. So when the news broke that Anderson’s latest film, The Master, was about that very subject (no matter what anyone says) many wondered what the actor would think of his friend shining what might be a negative light on Cruise’s views.

According to The Wrap, Anderson screened the movie for Cruise with that in mind. What happened? Read after the jump.

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Cannes is a big festival when it comes to film premieres, but there are also occasionally (very occasionally) previews of titles that weren’t ready for the festival. Today the Weinstein Company showed off footage from three new films: Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, and David O Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook.

Reactions to this footage preview are starting to appear, and we’ve collected the highlights below. Read More »

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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 »

It was a rumor, and now it’s official. The new Paul Thomas Anderson film, The Master, will be released by The Weinstein Company on October 12. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, The Master tells the story of a man who returns from war and begins his own organized religion. It also features Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, Fiona Dourif and has absolutely nothing to do with Scientology. Nope. Not at all. The October 12 release will be limited and the film will expand from there. Thanks to Box Office Mojo.