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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson Talks Porn Doc & 'Boogie Nights' Inspiration 'Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 27, 2013 9:20 AM
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Direct influences have always factored heavily in Paul Thomas Anderson's work: the Robert Altman tag has dogged him until recently, while Upton Sinclair's “Oil!” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” provided the main groundwork for “There Will Be Blood.” Before that 2007 film though, the director's 1997 “Boogie Nights” drew on a documentary about porn star John Holmes, which -- thanks to some extensive legwork -- has found its way back online for a second viewing.

Watch: Intense Japanese Trailer For 'The Master' Sneaks In A Handjob

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2013 4:51 PM
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While going down on Michelle Williams and the impressive structure of Michael Fassbender's dong made the MPAA all hot and NC-17 bothered about "Blue Valentine" and "Shame," it seems they are totally cool with handjobs. "Hyde Park On Hudson," "The Sessions" and "On The Road" all feature people getting stroked off (a car seems to be a popular place) and even Paul Thomas Anderson's cryptic wonder "The Master" takes a moment to squeeze one out. But think we're cool about it? In Japan, it ain't no thing.

Watch: 10 Minute Study Of Paul Thomas Anderson's Use Of Steadicam Across 5 Films

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 8, 2013 10:40 AM
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He’s made just six films over his career yet the works of Paul Thomas Anderson continue to be analyzed in numerous different ways by many people. Kevin B. Lee from Sight & Sound, in particular, has showcased remarkable perception when it comes to analyzing PTA’s visual style. He’s compiled videos of every symmetrical two-shot, every whip pan, and most notably, every tracking shot and this video essay is definitely a must-see for any fan of the filmmaker.

Watch: 20-Minute Reel Of Deleted Scenes From 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2013 11:43 AM
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As you probably know by now, we've been following every twist and turn of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" from its initial development, collapse at Universal and resurrection into the film that was released last year. And just as much has been written about what was left out of the movie as what was left in. As we noted in From Script To Screen: Your Guide To All The Deleted/Missing Scenes In "The Master," there were lots of alterations and changes from the page to what happened on the set. But now, you can see for yourself the material that was left behind.

Discover The Cause: Digging Into The Details Of 'The Master' DVD Extras Including Deleted Scenes, 'Unguided Message' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 4, 2013 11:01 AM
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Few movies from last year generated discussion as extensively as "The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson's enigmatic epic about a man named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), who returns from World War II as a hooch-making jangle of nerves and falls under the spell of a charismatic cult leader called The Master (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). The film was so enigmatic, in fact, that many wanted more – and in a couple of weeks, you'll be able to get more, thanks to a features-loaded new DVD/Blu-ray release. We got an advance copy and decided to run down all the extra features; it certainly illuminates some of the movie's dark corners while still maintaining its aura of saturated mystery. Read on for details.

Producer Says ‘Inherent Vice' Hoping To Shoot In Spring 2013; PTA Says Certain Scripted Scenes For 'The Master' Were Never Shot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 5:41 PM
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Okay, so "The Master" may end up losing money for Harvey Weinstein and Megan Ellison, but it did earn it's fair share of acclaim, and three Oscar nominations for its lead trio of Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams is nothing sneeze at either. And while one can sit around and talk about why or why not the film didn't catch on the way "There Will Be Blood" did, Paul Thomas Anderson is already moving with "Inherent Vice," reteaming with Phoenix after Robert Downey Jr. passed. And though fans have patiently awaited longer and longer gaps between PTA films, it looks like his next is gearing up very quickly.

Watch: 'The Jon Brion Show' Pilot Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson Featuring Elliott Smith & Brad Mehldau

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 9:39 AM
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As fans of Paul Thomas Anderson already know, the early part of his career found him in fruitful collaboration with producer/musician/genius Jon Brion, who scored the director's first four films. And while Brion is very well regarded as a producer (working with Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal and many others), he's also earned great acclaim as a live musician, particularly through his concerts at famed venue Largo. Coupling an almost savant-like multi-instrumental ability with an encyclopedic knowledge of music history, Brion has dazzled many with his shows, and somebody thought his talents would be good for TV. That somebody was Paul Thomas Anderson.

'The Master' Blu-ray To Feature 20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes, John Huston's 'Let There Be Light,' New Short Film & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2013 6:36 PM
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As Paul Thomas Anderson's latest "The Master" gears up for Oscar next month, with its leading trio of actors -- Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams --  all nominated, fans and newcomers alike will get a chance to revisit the film all over again as it hits DVD and Blu-ray. And there will plenty of extras to dig into.

From Script To Screen: Your Guide To All The Deleted/Missing Scenes In 'The Master'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 9, 2013 12:04 PM
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With the book now closed on 2012 films and awards season in full swing, we thought this would be a good opportunity to dive a little deeper into one of our favorite films of last year, Paul Thomas Anderson’s most recent opus, “The Master.” Though not your typical awards bait, the film has nonetheless managed to rack up an impressive number of accolades including being named the Best Film of 2012 by Sight & Sound, Rolling Stone and the Village Voice among others.

Charlize Theron May Join Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' With Robert Downey Jr.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 1:55 PM
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Though a favorite with critics who lean toward the arthouse, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" wasn't quite the box office or awards season contender many had predicted. But as usual, for his next effort Anderson is zigging instead of zagging, going off in another unpredictable direction, with something that will have a bit more mainstream appeal. And it looks like the helmer is continuing to attract big-name talent to work with him.

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