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Listen: 45-Minute Interview With Joaquin Phoenix On ‘Her,’ ‘The Master’ & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 22, 2014 11:45 AM
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This time of year must bring a shudder of impending stress down Joaquin Phoenix’s spine, as the actor shifts from turning in great performances to being asked about them nonstop for awards consideration. His work in Spike Jonze’s “Her” sadly failed to score an Oscar nomination in a crowded year (the film itself received five nods overall including Best Picture), but that hasn’t stopped Phoenix from giving an rare, but welcome, extended interview covering his last few films, his acting process, and much more.

10 Essential Cinematic Antiheroes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 25, 2013 3:48 PM
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30 years since its release, the undersung "The King of Comedy" seems finally to be edging into the sun, to take its deserved place as not just one of the finest, smartest and most daring Martin Scorsese movies, but one of the greatest American movie satires, period. It's an excoriating, often excruciating watch, boasting razor-sharp insights into the excesses of celebrity culture and the quest for fame, but it's also, most unforgettably, a character study of one Rupert Pupkin, delusional sociopath, shit-poor comedian and all-out creep. Pupkin, whom Robert De Niro doesn't so much inhabit as crawl into, is simply one of the most offputting creations ever committed to celluloid -- a dreadful squit of a man, talentless, self-aggrandizing, self-deceiving, pathetic -- and at the same time one of the most compelling.

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: 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.

Watch: Annapurna Pictures Sizzle Reel Celebrates 'The Master,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Lawless' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 26, 2013 9:17 AM
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With the Oscars over, it looks like we are finally ready to stop talking about last year’s movies and keep our focus entirely on this year’s crop of films. Well, most of us are ready to do that. Annapurna Pictures has posted a nifty little sizzle reel on their site showcasing the collection of challenging adult dramas that they’ve released and/or have been involved with over the past year. This includes clips from "Lawless," "The Master," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly," "Spring Breakers" (premiered in Venice last summer) and "The Grandmaster" (premiered in Berlin a few weeks ago), with the latter two set to be released theatrically this year. The reel is a must watch for fans of any or all of these films.

Watch: Kristen Stewart Wins Best Handjob At The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2013 2:20 PM
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There will be a lot of awards handed out tonight at the Oscars, but one you won't see is for Best Handjob. But luckily, the folks at Funny Or Die have managed to give out the honor themselves, and believe it or not, happy endings featured in more than a few movies this year.

Check Out Mondo's Posters For Oscar Nominees 'Paranorman,' 'Les Miserables' & 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 4:31 PM
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Even though we're just a few short days from the Oscar hardware finally being handed out and everyone getting wasted at the Vanity Fair party (hey guys, where's our invite?), that doesn't mean there still isn't time to honor the nominess. And Mondo has provided a little preview of what they have in store.

Watch: International Trailer For 'The Master' With More Deleted Footage

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 13, 2013 9:02 AM
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Just when you thought you saw everything there was to see regarding “The Master,” here comes a new minute-long trailer that will leave fans of the movie even more befuddled. As you likely remember, director Paul Thomas Anderson posted a number of different teaser clips from the film in the months leading up to its theatrical release in September. When the movie finally came out, we were all a bit surprised when there appeared to be some scenes missing in the final cut. Now, after digging through the script to uncover all the scenes that were missing in the film and sifting through all the Blu-ray/DVD extras to explore the deleted scenes that were filmed, the new international trailer for "The Master" continues to recontextualize the movie through footage in the finished product as well as the stuff on the cutting room floor.

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.

Megan Ellison Hates Harvey Weinstein & More: 7 Highlights From The Juicy Vanity Fair Profile On The Annapurna Scion

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Vanity Fair’s 2013 Hollywood issue is kind of the gift that keeps on giving. It not only has an awesome oral history of “Pulp Fiction” (highlights of which you can read here), but it also has some pretty in-depth and juicy profiles. But, the most tantalizing is about Megan Ellison, the 27-year old daughter of the third richest man in the U.S. She’s rumored to have been given a bankroll as large as $2 billion from her Dad on her 25th birthday (though her reps deny the figure), with the movie buff using the amount to help bankroll her slate of films.

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