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Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'The Master' & 'Looper'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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The podcast returns this week after a long absence. We apologize for the lack of shows, but obviously we've been hella busy. This week, host Erik McClanahan is joined by regular guests Kevin Jagernauth and Rodrigo Perez for reviews of two films from American writer/directors garnering a ton of attention at the moment: "The Master" from Paul Thomas Anderson, and the latest from Rian Johnson, "Looper." 

Watch: Cannes Reel Unveiled For 'The Master' To Thank Fans For Their Support

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 7:36 PM
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After a record-breaking limited release opening weekend, and a very strong second week that saw the movie expand to over 700 screens, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" continues to build buzz as it makes its way across the country. And as a thank you to those who have been following and supporting the film, a four-minute reel featuring lots of deleted/unused footage has been unveiled.

Paul Thomas Anderson Says The Playlist Named 'The Master'

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 17, 2012 5:00 PM
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“Really, [the title of the film] was just a process of elimination. In fact, the Internet actually gave it its title first. A version of my script got out online years ago and they referred to it as 'The Master,' even though it didn’t have a title on it or anything," Paul Thomas Anderson recently told the Vancouver Sun. "So we just ended up calling it 'The Master.' We never did find another title for the film.”

Joaquin Phoenix Thought 'The Master' Was A Comedy; Plus A Few New Photos As The Film Hits Theaters

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 14, 2012 2:24 PM
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"I’ve seen a rough version, with no score. I thought it was a comedy. I did! I laughed the entire time I was watching it," Joaquin Phoenix recently told Time Magazine of Paul Thomas Anderson's beautiful, but narratively challenging "The Master." "I was sitting with Paul and I said to him, 'This is hilarious.' I have this horrible sense of humor where I think discomfort is funny—partly because I experience discomfort a lot, and it’s a way of laughing at it and getting a release. "

“I Don’t Consider That We’re Dealing With A Cult” - Paul Thomas Anderson Talks About 'The Master' At TIFF

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2012 9:00 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” may have already thrilled lucky American audiences at sneak peak pop-up screenings all over the country and in Venice – where it won two of the three major awards including Best Director – but the hypnotic, opaque and much-discussed drama is still the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival.

New NSFW Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Announces Alamo Drafthouse Screening In Austin Next Week

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2012 8:34 PM
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A scientology audit? Not quite. More like a Rorschach-like free-association test where Freddie Quell (played by Joaquin Phoenix) gives off his impressions of ink blots and reveals his strange and idiosyncratic character. It's another exclusive (and somewhat NSFW) clip from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.  Cut especially for Alamo Drafthouse by PTA himself, the clip announces a special sneak preview at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas on Monday, 9/10. 

Paul Thomas Anderson Cut The Marketing For 'The Master' Himself, Talks Working With Harvey Weinstein

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 11:46 AM
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At times it seemed like it would never happen, but "The Master" is almost (finally) here. Paul Thomas Anderson's long-in-the-works pseudo-Scientology story, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joquain Phoenix, is set to hit theaters in limited release on September 14th (following a string of secret screenings and an official world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and an appearance at TIFF). In anticipation of the film's release, the usually cagey Anderson is on the press circuit, and in a lengthy and fascinating interview with the Village Voice, talks about how he single handedly created the marketing for the movie and what it was like working with the sometimes controversial Harvey Weinstein.

Paul Thomas Anderson Now Writing 'Inherent Vice,' Hopes To Get It "Going Soon"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 10:54 AM
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With "The Master" making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend, we can now start obsessing over Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie, right? Indeed, given his patient output and increasing space between films (it has been five years each between "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood," and "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master") it can be a tough wait for fans of the director's work, but the good news is he's already at work on what will hopefully be his next project.

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.

Venice Review: 'The Master' Is Paul Thomas Anderson's Most Complex And Distinctive Film To Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2012 7:37 AM
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No movie has been more keenly anticipated by cinephiles in 2012 than Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” The filmmaker has been one of cinema’s most exciting new voices for a decade and a half now, but reached a new level of adulation with his last picture, ”There Will Be Blood,” which won awards and topped critical lists the world over five years ago. As such, the genesis and production of “The Master” was avidly followed, not least because the film was long ago said to revolve around a fictionalized surrogate of L. Ron Hubbard and his ever-controversial Scientology, and because Anderson had shot the film on 70mm film, the first major production to do so since Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet” in 1996.

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