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The Master (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

Here’s our first look at P.T. Anderson's latest The Master. It’s kind of a teaser, kind of a look at Joaquin Phoenix's character in the film. If you're looking for any part of the story or plot, you won't find it here and that's just fine. 

Take this as a taste of the upcoming meal that Anderson is preparing for us and leave it at that. Unless, of course, you’d like a description of the shown footage at the Cannes Film Festival, in which case, you could always check this report out.

Cigarettes & Red Vines, the definitive Paul Thomas Anderson site is reporting the long delayed The Master  may have an October 2012 release date. 
For those who may need a reminder, The Master may or may not be about the creation of Scientology starring PTA regular Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is currently working on the score for the film while the band is on tour.  

Cigarettes & Red Vines, the definitive Paul Thomas Anderson site is reporting the long delayed The Master  may have an October 2012 release date. 

For those who may need a reminder, The Master may or may not be about the creation of Scientology starring PTA regular Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is currently working on the score for the film while the band is on tour.  

Behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master".

Photos by Jack Erling

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Magnolia Diary Part 1

(by theoctopuswasright)

That Moment: Magnolia Diaries is one of the best behind the scenes/making of documentaries. Much like Vivian Kubrick’s The Making of “The Shinning" provides an extremely detailed examination of a master filmmaker’s process. 

Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, The Master is actually in production right now! According to an article from the Vallejo Times-Herald, production has kicked off in the city and that the production will continue through the month of June before returning to Los Angeles.
So, friends, it’s really actually happening right now. Paul Thomas Anderson is actually directing a film that may or may not be about Scientology.
(H/T to Cigarettes & Red Vines)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, The Master is actually in production right now! According to an article from the Vallejo Times-Herald, production has kicked off in the city and that the production will continue through the month of June before returning to Los Angeles.

So, friends, it’s really actually happening right now. Paul Thomas Anderson is actually directing a film that may or may not be about Scientology.

(H/T to Cigarettes & Red Vines)

It’s been a rather exciting week for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, The Master. According to the trades and various blogs, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Lena Endre, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshofsky will co star with the previously announced leads, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.
It’s been speculated that Adams will play the wife of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), a charismatic man who starts a religious organization that may or may not bear any similarities to Scientology. 
The Master is slated to begin production in two to three weeks! With the troubled history of this project (originally set up at Universal, but it was put in turnaround, then it was set up at River Road Entertainment/Apparition, but Apparition went out of business, then Jeremy Renner became attached the project, but couldn’t find financing and in September of 2010, the project was delayed indefinitely. Then Megan Ellison saved the day and agreed to finance the $35 million dollar project and the Weinstein Company recently purchased the rights to distribute the film), it’s hard to believe that it’s finally happening. The producers of the film need to set up a Facebook page or a Twitter account to post a few pictures from the production office or the first day of production or just a photo of Anderson talking with his D.P. whomever that may be because IMDB Pro refuses to update their listings.

It’s been a rather exciting week for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, The Master. According to the trades and various blogs, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Lena Endre, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshofsky will co star with the previously announced leads, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.

It’s been speculated that Adams will play the wife of Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), a charismatic man who starts a religious organization that may or may not bear any similarities to Scientology. 

The Master is slated to begin production in two to three weeks! With the troubled history of this project (originally set up at Universal, but it was put in turnaround, then it was set up at River Road Entertainment/Apparition, but Apparition went out of business, then Jeremy Renner became attached the project, but couldn’t find financing and in September of 2010, the project was delayed indefinitely. Then Megan Ellison saved the day and agreed to finance the $35 million dollar project and the Weinstein Company recently purchased the rights to distribute the film), it’s hard to believe that it’s finally happening. The producers of the film need to set up a Facebook page or a Twitter account to post a few pictures from the production office or the first day of production or just a photo of Anderson talking with his D.P. whomever that may be because IMDB Pro refuses to update their listings.

2012: A Year Of Promise

(Editor’s note: this article is not about the 2009 Roland Emmerich film of the same name)

Despite the negative connotations surrounding 2012, it’s actually shaping up to be a great year for film. It’s not to say that 2011 has been a bad or awful year for film (there’s still seven months left to turn the tide), but it’s fun to look ahead. In addition, the last two weeks have been full of interesting developments. Instead of running down an entire year of films that may are still in development, let’s look at four films that should be hitting theaters next year.

Untitled Terrence Malick Project

It’s hard to believe that we’re only a few weeks away from the release of a new Terrence Malick film and there’s another film already in the can. To imagine Malick going from twenty years in between films to two years in between projects. The latest effort from Malick currently doesn’t have a title and perhaps, it shouldn’t. While “a powerful and moving love story” may have the ability to achieve mainstream success, an Untitled Terrence Malick Porject warns the normies that this film may not be for them and there’s a good chance that there won’t be any act breaks.

The Master

Thanks to the new patron saint of cinema, Megan Ellison, The Master was rescued from the depths of development hell and is quickly heading towards a June 2011 production start. While the project’s delays and false starts may have lost the ever so busy Jeremy Renner, it has gained Joaquin Phoenix in the down time. From what I remember of the draft that leaked early in 2010, The Master was obviously bold and ambitions and faintly reminded me of the work of John Steinbeck or at least the scope of it. Paul Thomas Anderson could have directed Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 and it would’ve been on the top of the must see list. The biggest issue that I have with the struggle to bring The Master to the screen is how easy it seems for Wes Anderson to secure financing for his films every single time while Paul Thomas Anderson can’t find anything. Obviously, the subject matters of The Master (Scientology) and There Will Be Blood (Oil, Religion) aren’t that commercial, but I have to assume Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson’s films make the same amount of money and more often than not, Paul Thomas Anderson’s films garner more Oscar nominations.

Untitled Osama bin Laden Project

Another Megan Ellison production! Look, it’s Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the director and writer, respectively of The Hurt Locker are uniting again for a film about the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. It’ll probably be a highly realistic action drama with an large ensemble cast of burly dudes. Sign me up!

Django Unchained

It feels as if we’ve reached our saturation point already with Quentin Tarantino’s next film, but that’s what happened with Inglourious Basterds. The script leaked early and the rabid on line community spent weeks picking their dream cast until Brad Pitt and the cast came together. With this film, we’re in the midst of a waiting game: will Will Smith agree to play Django or will he pass? From what I’ve read of the screenplay, it seems like a typical Will Smith part, but at the same time, it’s something completely different for him. 2012 is going to the return of Will Smith and he could just stick to appearing in the cash grab, Men In Black 3 or star in both films and quickly restore any credibility lost from MIB3. Since it’s a Tarantino film, it’ll be very chatty and rather violent, but it may not have the ability to cross over the way that Basterds did.

2012 is just limited to these four films. A lot more can happen between now and 2012. Maybe the Coens get something going. Maybe Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines comes together and gets a 2012 release or Giorgos Lanthimos’ (Dogtooth) new film gets a stateside release. And of course, there will be about 45 movies starring Jeremy Renner