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For Your Consideration: 5 Directors Who Deserve Oscar Nominations This Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 21, 2012 5:40 PM
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Unlike Best Picture, the Best Director category at the Academy Awards is still only made up of five slots, and it's tough to crack in there, especially as nominees are usually aligned with the Best Picture nominees. More than almost any other category, the merits of a film's direction can sometimes be overlooked in favor of the helmer of the best-liked film, rather than the one who did the most surprising, boldest and impressive work of the year.

Watch: Please Stop Asking Paul Thomas Anderson If Tom Cruise Has Seen 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 2:40 PM
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The press and publicity tour for a movie can be a grind for anybody, as actors and directors must remain fresh and upbeat, even as they must answer the same, usually mundane questions from every outlet on the planet. But again, talent are usually more than champs and good sports, and are gracious and patient even if it means answering "How did you get involved with this project" for the 29th time. But sometimes, enough is enough.

Watch: 1-Hour Q&A With Paul Thomas Anderson About 'The Master' At The Astor Theater In Melbourne, Australia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2012 3:50 PM
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Looking for a break from the family, or maybe something a bit more cerebral than the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade (that thing seems to go on forever, doesn't it?)? Well, here's a little treat from down under.

Watch: Every Symmetrical Two-Shot & Whip Pan In Paul Thomas Anderson's First Five Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 4:51 PM
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So, while we wait for the eventual "The Master" release on home video that will offer up 20 minutes of deleted scenes from Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, here's a chance to take an interesting rewind through this first five films.

Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'Ted' Is "Great," Do You Want To See Him Direct A Full On Comedy?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 1:24 PM
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Probably the oddest nugget of auteur/comedy movie trivia to come along since it was revealed that Terrence Malick is a "Zoolander" fan, "The Master" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson reveals he's partial to a bawdy good romp from time to time. And hell, maybe one day he'll just get out there and make is own R-rated filth fest.

20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes Coming To 'The Master' DVD Plus Watch The John Huston Docs That Inspired The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2012 12:41 PM
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Even if "The Master" isn't quite the breakout hit that "There Will Be Blood" was, it is undeniably one of the most talked about movies of the year. Paul Thomas Anderson's film continues to spur discussions and debates, and conversations are nothing less than passionate. The picture is one whose enigmas last long after the viewing is over, encouraging and demanding a second or third viewing, and luckily for fans, there will be even more to dive into on the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the film.

'Punch-Drunk Love' Coming To Blu-Ray Next Year; PTA Explains Why Jeremy Renner Wasn't Cast In 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 3:29 PM
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"The Master" is still rolling out around the world, which means Paul Thomas Anderson is still doing press, which means there are still morsels from the filmmaker to ponder, turn over and get excited about.

Paul Thomas Anderson Says Dirk Diggler From 'Boogie Nights' Probably Dead By Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2012 3:23 PM
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If there has been one constant in the career of Paul Thomas Anderson, it has been a desire to dive into completely different worlds with each picture. From the early days of the oil trade in "There Will Be Blood," to the sprawling city of Los Angeles in "Magnolia" to the intimate inside of a cult in "The Master," his curiosity runs deep, but it was the '70s porn sets of "Boogie Nights" that first landed the filmmaker on the map. The 1997 film continues to be a favorite in the filmmaker's oeuvre for many, and while he will probably never make a sequel, he feels that most of those characters probably didn't survive the decade.

Oscars: Are Paul Thomas Anderson & David O. Russell Frontrunners For Original & Adapted Screenplay?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2012 12:07 PM
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Earlier in the week, Universal got their Academy Awards campaign moving by launching their For Your Consideration site, which included uploading a selection of screenplays for their major movies online. Some feel optimistic at best ("The Lorax," "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Ted"), some are a little more viable ("This Is 40," "Les Misérables"). But fresh off reading the Judd Apatow script (which is kind of terrific, and has the potential to be the director's best film yet), and having covered the acting categories in previous weeks, we thought we'd turn our eye to the screenplay races.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Highlights From TIFF, Telluride And NYFF; Plus Armond White: Genuine Contrarian Or Provocateur?

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 3, 2012 6:14 PM
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We've decided to double down this week on podcasts to make up for lost chats. Our slate for this week’s show is as follows: a round-up of festival reports from Toronto, Telluride and the beginning of New York Film Festival. Later in the episode, we discuss contrarian film critic Armond White regarding two pieces he recently wrote: one, called "The Battle of The Andersons," in which he claims Paul W.S Anderson is a better filmmaker than Paul Thomas Anderson. And the other, "The Whip and the Fedora," in which he posits "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls" is better than "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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