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 »

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.

One of the great mysteries of the 2012 movie calendar is whether or not Paul Thomas Anderson‘s highly anticipated film, The Master, would be released this year. The Weinstein Company will handle domestic distribution and, as was once again evidenced a few weeks back, they’re masters at Oscar campaigning. Anderson’s film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, screams “award season contender” but there had been no formal announcement. Just assumptions about a release window.

There still hasn’t been an official release date announced but one of the film’s primary producers, Megan Ellison, took to Twitter to give us a hint. Check it out after the jump. Read More »


This week, Dave Chen, Devindra, and Adam chat about the virtues of Downton Abbey, debate the merits of Another Earth, and discuss their most anticipated films of 2012. Special guest Alison Willmore joins us from Movieline.

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Last year, a small report surfaced that Paul Thomas Anderson would be using 65mm film to shoot some of his new film The Master, and now we’ve got confirmation that PTA did indeed use the large-size negative film for at least part of the movie. And it comes from a surprising source: a Twitter conversation between current and former Pixar directors Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Read More »

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Germain’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

If 2012 is the end of the world, that’s all right with me. Hollywood has overstocked the Mayan calendar’s final year with so many potentially amazing movies that trying to cut it down to a top ten was virtually impossible. How could movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave or Lincoln not be on this list? Ten then became twenty, which was more satisfying but there were still a few major films lingering.

So, while I could have easily done 30, here are my ten most anticipated films with a bloated honorable mention list. Is your most anticipated on the list? Read More »