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Little-Known Ambyr Childers Books PTA's 'The Master' & Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 4, 2011 3:47 AM
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It's an early sign of talent to watch out for when little-known actors manage to score roles in major, highly anticipated films. Going by that theory then, Ambyr Childers -- best known for her stint as Colby Chandler on "All My Children" -- is definitely someone to keep an eye on after nabbing a part in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and now joining Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad."

Review: Chemistry Really Cooks In The Uneven, But Super Charming 'Crazy Stupid Love'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 27, 2011 5:39 AM
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Precariously mixing elements of broad comedy, bittersweet heartache, charming romance and soulful, surprisingly mature dramatic moments, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is an endearing and winning summer comedic drama. It succeeds in spite of some messy plotting, dicey adulteration of tones, and too convenient and ridiculous sequences that threaten to unravel a well-made, mostly well-written picture about love and marital discord.

'Tetro' Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. Is Shooting Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
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Shooting Will Partly Be On 65MM: Also, Is There A Scientology Conspiracy Afoot?Pretty much since day one, Paul Thomas Anderson fanboys, god bless their hearts, have been scrambling to turn over any breadcrumb clue they could find for further insight and details into PTA's upcoming untitled project, colloquially known as "The Master." First off, a very early, unfinished draft of the script leaked last summer (our in-depth look at it still seems to be the most authoritative piece on it out there).

Laura Dern, David Warshofsky & Jesse Plemons Join Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 8:02 AM
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Yes, we can hardly believe it, but Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled religious cult flick aka "The Master" is indeed back on track and moving full steam ahead with two more actors coming aboard joining Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in the film.

Beef Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn 'Repulsed' By Lars Von Trier! Von Trier Says 'Fuck Him'! Porno!

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 20, 2011 3:52 AM
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Another day, another right turn to the ridiculously stupid fall-out from Lars Von Trier's "nazi" statements. Good old humorless reporters at Cannes loved raking noted provocateur Lars Von Trier over the coals for his joking "pro-Nazi" stance before the organization dubbed him persona non grata. The next step, of course, is the reaction from other filmmakers. This should be fun.

Paul Thomas Anderson To Shoot 'The Master' In June With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:55 AM
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Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Lena Endre & Laura Dern Contenders For Supporting RolesExcuse us a second, our brains just exploded. Not only does Paul Thomas Anderson's brewing untitled quasi-Scientology flick, formerly known as "The Master," now have a distributor in The Weinstein Company, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are set to star, according to Deadline, with a June start now scheduled.

Paul Thomas Anderson Testing Out 65mm Cameras For New Film Which Won't Be Shot By Robert Elswit

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 23, 2011 9:27 AM
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When it comes to the next Paul Thomas Anderson film, all news is mysterious news. While we're still not sure exactly which of Anderson's films might be going into production first, it had looked like it might be his Thomas Pynchon adaptation "Inherent Vice" this fall, but recent casting speculation leads us to believe it may be the untitled religious drama sometimes referred to as "The Master," which is now possibly to co-star Joaquin Phoenix alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. The next little morsel of news comes from reliable fansite Cigarettes & Red Vines. The site received a tip from a reader that indicates that Anderson has been shooting tests with and operating a 65mm camera, which the site also points out, is the same camera used by Stanley Kubrick on "2001: A Space Odyssey." Anderson has always been a big advocate of shooting on film and if this were to happen it would be a cinephile's wet dream.

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Join Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 9:39 AM
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With newbie arthouse loving and totally loaded financier Megan Ellison giving fresh legs to Paul Thomas Anderson's long gestating Scientology flick back in February, and after Universal balked and dropped the $35 million drama, it looks like it's now sputtering back to life, hoping to get a cast assembled for the film.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' May Shoot This Fall With Robert Downey Jr.

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 20, 2011 12:37 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson is nothing if not deliberate. With Kubrickian spans of time between each of his films, the man simply will not be rushed. Which is why it was surprising that a few short months after his religious drama (commonly referred to as) “The Master” seemed to go quiet, it was revealed late last year that Anderson was already hard at work on his next project, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s "Inherent Vice." At that time, CAA, (who also rep Anderson), wanted to attach Robert Downey Jr. to the lead role of private eye Doc Sportello, but because of Downey’s busy schedule it was unclear when he would be available to film. Just over a week ago it was reported that billionairess Megan Ellison was looking to finance both projects for Anderson and many wondered which would shoot first? With Downey having recently dropped out of Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great And Powerful” it looked very likely that he might have a ‘Vice’ sized hole in his schedule later this year.

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