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Venice: Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'The Master' Is A Love Story & More From The Press Conference

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 2, 2012 7:31 PM
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Since it was first announced back in 2009, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest has been one of the most highly anticipated films over the past few years among cinephiles. For two years, production on the project that would come to be known as "The Master" was shrouded in secrecy. In fact, Anderson who hasn't made a film since 2007's "There Will Be Blood," didn't speak a single word about the project publicly until just weeks ago. And cast/crew were also told to keep mum on details. But the veil has finally been lifted this as "The Master" had its official debut in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Review: ‘The Master’ Proves A Brave, Sensual Yet Detached Triumph For Paul Thomas Anderson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 17, 2012 7:32 AM
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Even amongst its most wrenching scenes of unfettered anger and broken loyalty, a volatile sensuality nonetheless invades every frame of Paul Thomas Anderson’s arresting “The Master.” Populated by characters certain in their sexual and loving instincts yet stubborn in claiming responsibility for them, the film holds an unseen, persuasive force just off-screen to keep each on edge, never fully comfortable in their own skin. However, while the film’s narrative may point to faith as a cause and cure, the end result focuses instead on the reverberating pain in one’s past, and the oblique, often-maddening ways it manifests in the present through incredible performances and direction.

Watch: Love, Pleasure & Pain In New Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 10:28 PM
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"It's not the L. Ron Hubbard story," Philip Seymour Hoffman told Entertainment Weekly in last week's issue. "[Scientology] was one of the bigger movements at the time, but there were a lot of movements at that time. There's nothing about how I'm behaving or talking that echoes [Hubbard]." And while the bigger thematic arc of the film is beginning to show its colors, it seems pretty clear to us that Joaquin Phoenix is being audited in this new clip from the film.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Discusses 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Role, Kind Of Spoils Plot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 2:51 PM
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Beyond his villainous turn in "Mission Impossible III," and a small part in "Red Dragon," Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman has, for the most part, avoided the tentpole world, at least since his early days as a relatively unknown actor in films like "Twister." Which made it all the more surprising when he signed on to the next entry in the biggest new franchise of 2012, "The Hunger Games." After all, the actor's generally pretty picky with his roles, and it was initially hard to imagine him fitting in with the interestingly-facial-haired, day-glo world of the capital when he takes up the mantle of Plutarch Heavensbee, the replacement games-maker after Seneca Crane bit the poisoned berry at the end of the first installment.

Hopelessly Inquisitive: 18 New Images From 'The Master' With Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 8:16 AM
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After tracking the project over the last couple of years, and trying to keep up with its progress despite Paul Thomas Anderson's working methods, which usually keep details close to the chest, it's hard to believe that in the next six weeks "The Master" will play Venice and TIFF before hitting a theater near you. Soon, every inquisitive mind will know the secrets of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd, and to help peel back the curtain, 18 new images from the film have arrived.

Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christopher Walken Play Classical Music In Pics From 'A Late Quartet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 11:37 AM
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So, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as a string quartet? Sure, we'll make the leap, particularly when it involves some of our favorite actors.

Mark Ruffalo Says Scarlett Johansson Might Not Co-Star In 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'; Eyeing Country Singer Role In Kenneth Lonergan's Play ‘Hang On To Me, Darling’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 17, 2012 12:01 PM
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When Mark Ruffalo was announced as the successor to Ed Norton’s Hulk/Bruce Banner for “The Avengers,” many eyebrows were raised and, in the case of the fanboys, many wondered if the actor known for his acclaimed work in indie dramas could do the job. However, if there’s one thing Ruffalo has proven over the years, it’s his versatility as an actor. And at “The Avengers” World Premiere in Hollywood Wednesday, fans appeared largely pleased with Ruffalo’s turn as the big green lug.

Review: 'The Ides Of March' Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 2:05 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Venice Film Festival

Arnold Schwarzenegger Could Have Played Max Schmeling In Spike Lee's Unproduced Joe Louis Biopic

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 13, 2011 6:24 AM
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And More We Learned From Lee & The Commemorative Screening Of '25th Hour' At New York's Film Society of Lincoln CenterOn September 11th, the Walter Reade Theater in New York City hosted a special screening of “25th Hour.” Still as alive and vital as it was upon its release nine years ago, the film serves as a historical landmark as the first picture to shoot in New York City following the 9/11 attacks (we ranked it very high on our list of best films of 2002 when we did our decade wrap-up in 2010).

George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Will Open The Venice Film Festival

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 21, 2011 1:01 AM
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We are all highly anticipating the fall festival season, and, for most of us, it couldn't get here sooner. The first big news of the season, is that George Clooney's newest directorial effort, "Ides Of March," will open the Venice Film Festival. Clooney will also star as a presidential candidate alongside man of the year Ryan Gosling as his head of media. Philip Seymour Hoffman will take on a supporting role as a campaign manager with Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood rounding it out, making the film's cast a star-studded one to watch.

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