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'The Master' Moves Up To September 14th & 'Killing Them Softly' Shuffles Back To October 19th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2012 4:04 PM
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Well, this is interesting. It was just this morning that the The Playlist honchos were talking "The Master" over cups of coffee, and wondering what Harvey Weinstein's gameplan would be. With the film not appearing in the Venice or TIFF lineups, and with rumors of a Fantastic Fest showing, would it be possible that Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated film would be skipping the festival circuit altogether? While Harv knows how to work festivals to his awards season advantage, PTA has never been that huge on the whole process, pretty much forgoing it entirely for "There Will Be Blood" (save a premiere at the aforementioned geek haunt in Austin). But now there's another twist...

Exclusive: William Friedkin Talks Making 'Killer Joe,' The Problem With Exorcism Movies, 'Sorcerer' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2012 11:59 AM
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Deep fried, dangerous, obscene, hilarious and hugely entertaining, while not for the faint of heart, William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" proves the director hasn't lost the energetic spirit that put him on the map in the 1970s with films like "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist." And indeed, it might be his most controversial film since that latter pic. The film's violence and nudity might have made some folks at the MPAA squirm, but it was undoubtedly a climatic sequence involving fried chicken that pushed them over the edge.

Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder,' Brian DePalma's 'Passion' & Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Lead Venice 2012 Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 5:40 AM
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After something of wild goose chase (see above), the Venice line-up was announced this morning on the festival's official site, and although somewhat given away by the TIFF announcement a few days back, the big ticket is "To The Wonder," the second film in two years from anti-prolific auteur Terrence Malick. The film stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, and the latter also features in another big premiere, starring alongside Noomi Rapace in Brian DePalma's latest, "Passion." The U.S. line-up is also completed by Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid, and in a surprise move, Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," with James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez.

Will Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Premiere At Fantastic Fest?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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In case you missed it, this weekend we dove deep into the breathtaking full trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," investigating the spot from all angles in what is easily one of our most anticipated films of the year. Now the question is: where will it premiere? While the Venice Film Festival has seemingly been the leading contender thus far, some recent activity in Austin suggets that Anderson may choose to return to a festival that has already served him well.

Over-Analyze This: A Deep Dive Into Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Trailer

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 21, 2012 9:37 AM
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We’re not sure about you, but “The Master” is hovering near the top of our must-see list for the remainder of 2012. Though he has only made six features thus far (including his latest), Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation. Known for creating deeply personal, sprawling, ambitious films -- from his breakthrough with 1997’s “Boogie Nights” (which he made before turning 27) to 2007’s pièce de résistance “There Will Be Blood” -- he is the rare auteur whose uncompromising visions have always managed to find a place within the studio system. As his films have taken longer to coalesce (five years apart for the previous two pictures) the anticipation grows into a cinematic event among his feverous fans. It’s been a long road in driving his latest to the screen (an older iteration at Universal with a different cast for one), but from the looks of the trailer, it will have been worth the wait.

Watch: Astonishing First Full Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 7:53 PM
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Does the overt happiness from the first two teaser trailers make you feel shame? Do the films of Paul Thomas Anderson make you unduly excited? Do you enjoy the performances of Joaquin Phoenix beyond all reasonable health? Does Philip Seymour Hoffman make your pupils dilate? Do you get occasional twitches of your muscles from the music of Jonny Greenwood? Does the knowledge that this film was shot in 65mm make you impulsive to buy a ticket?

Take A Drink From The New Poster For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2012 9:52 PM
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And so the slow build campaign for Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated "The Master" continues. After some footage screened for press in Cannes, and two teaser trailers, a poster has now arrived. And it adds a bit of mystery to the film. 

Shocker: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Will Be Rated R

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2012 11:33 AM
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Paul Thomas Anderson has directed five feature films. They have all been rated R.  And guess what? "The Master" will be too.
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Italian Press Report Malick's 'To The Wonder,' PTA 's 'The Master,' 'Anna Karenina' & More In Venice Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 14, 2012 10:50 AM
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Most of the world's film press might be at Comic-Con right now (including a Playlister), but we're already starting to itch for the start of festival season. After all, with "The Dark Knight Rises" hitting theaters this week, there's only a few weeks of summer blockbuster season left, and the fall festivals -- Toronto, Telluride, et al. -- will almost be upon us. Things kick off in about six weeks time with the Venice Film Festival, and a major Italian newspaper has just run a report that, if true, confirms a few long-rumored pictures for the festival as well as adding a few more names to the mix.

Tom Cruise Rumored To Be Upset That 'The Master' Suggests L. Ron Hubbard Made Scientology Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 9:45 AM
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With the Tom Cruise/Katie Homes divorce reportedly heading towards a settlement, thus denying the world the Scientology versus Holmes/Suri showdown the tabloid world has been dreaming of, it looks like Tom Cruise may have something else to occupy his mind in the coming months. It was back in May that reports first came out that the actor, who has seen Paul Thomas Anderson's it's-not-about-Scientology-but-it-kind-of-totally-is "The Master," had "issues" with it. And it seems the problems he has with his "Magnolia" collaborator's movie aren't going away.

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