Anticipation for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film The Master kicked into high gear recently thanks to a wonderful full trailer and the sooner-than-expected September 14 release date.

Now, to whet your appetite just a bit more, here is over a dozen new images from the film, primarily showing Joaquin Phoenix in his many moods, but with a few views of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, as well. There’s also some info about just how much of the film PTA shot on 70mm, and how it will be seen in theaters. (Hint: don’t expect a Christopher Nolan-style IMAX presentation.) Read More »

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Briefly: This will put to rest any questions about Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film The Master having a premiere (world or North American) at Fantastic Fest. Because the current report is that the film will hit theaters on a limited basis on September 14, and then begin a process of expansion the week following, on September 21. That’s right: you get to see a new PT Anderson film in six weeks.

Variety announced the film’s opening date, and notes that The Weinstein Company has also pushed Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly back to October 19. (So the two films have nearly swapped places.) This pits The Master against Finding Nemo 3D, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Liberal Arts, none of which are likely to deeply impact the presumed awards player’s opening. Dominik’s film goes up against Paranormal Activity 4, Alex Cross, Not Fade Away, and The Loneliest Planet.

If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for The Master, check it out here.

 

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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