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Watch: Second Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Provides First Looks At Philip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Adams

by Oliver Lyttelton
June 19, 2012 4:28 AM
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The Master, 2nd teaser trailer

In an age with announcements for teasers of trailers for trailers, we have to say we're big fans of how Paul Thomas Anderson and The Weinstein Company are going about the campaign for their new film, "The Master." A brief clip/teaser arrived during Cannes, on the same day that footage from the film was screened on the Croisette, and now, unannounced in the middle of the night, a second teaser trailer has cropped up on YouTube, as noticed by Badass Digest, and it's pretty swell.

Joaquin Phoenix's troubled ex-Navy man Freddie is still front and center, hitching a ride on the back of a truck in a glorious 180 degree pan, and Jonny Greenwood's metronomic score is still present. But there's also some new elements, with Philip Seymour Hoffman's title character, the charismatic leader who turns Phoenix's life around (indeed, by the clip's end, Phoenix is looking more respectable, in some ludicrously high-waisted trousers), turning up in both voice and body, and Amy Adams, as The Master's wife, also makes her first appearance. And the stress-test type quiz at the end once again reinforces that, yep, this is certainly a film about Scientology, to some degree at least.

It continues to look absolutely beautifully shot, and once again, all the signs are there that PTA has created another world that we just want to immerse ourselves in for as long as possible. We've got a little while to wait -- while the film is rumored to be playing Venice this year, it doesn't hit theaters until October 12th. But this steady drip feed of clips is only going to keep growing our anticipation.

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  • Luminous Carcass | June 19, 2012 7:04 PMReply

    Cosmic ejaculations into your spirit valve

  • J. Travolta | June 20, 2012 1:26 AM

    ejaculation +1

  • Tom Cruise | June 20, 2012 1:14 AM


  • Spike | June 19, 2012 6:18 PMReply

    Based on Paul Thomas Anderson's second trailer of The Master, any true resemblance to Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, or Mary Sue Hubbard is not there. What is there is a shallow distortion of those subjects, done, I suspect, as a way to sell movie tickets. In that sense, I think Anderson is trading on the tremendous popularity of Scientology to garner attention for his movie. What a disservice to moviegoers, who will go to see the movie, hoping to learn something about Scientology when all they will get are distortions or outright untruths. How dishonest of the filmmaker! And then the gall to make public that has shown the film to Tom Cruise, one has to assume, for Tom's approval? (Tom had some issues with the film.)

    While previously respecting Anderson for "There Will Be Blood," a fine movie, now, I've lost my respect for him as a person and as a filmmaker. He's not after the truth, and, in that sense, he's no better than William Randolph Hearst was as a journalist. Akira Kurosawa said, "To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes." Anderson's averting his eyes away from the truth. Don't want to avert your eyes? Lots of true data are at

  • K | July 16, 2012 3:03 AM

  • J. Travolta | June 20, 2012 1:25 AM

    can't wait to watch this film in my 707! I <3 PTA!

  • Tom Cruise | June 20, 2012 1:10 AM

    shut up, I loved it and so did Xenu!

  • Carson Wells | June 20, 2012 12:50 AM

    I think you forgot to disclose that you are a Scientologist and find offence in this.

  • jay | June 19, 2012 7:18 PM


  • Huffy | June 19, 2012 1:55 PMReply

    Not as impactful as the first clip but still plenty of pretty cinematography. Also Hoffman should totally play Teddy Roosevelt.

  • heyman29323 | June 19, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    To Alvy: Obviously, you don't like PTA as much as the next guy

  • Carson Wells | June 20, 2012 12:35 AM

    Come on Alvy, you've never been a bit hyperbolic to get point across? I don't think that comment was supposed to be literal. The point is this looks great and we're excited. And why not? Loosen up a bit Alby, live a little!

  • alvy | June 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    Well, OK, maybe not as much as that particular guy. I just don't get seeing a trailer and saying: "this is possibly the best film of the decade." We're only two years into it!

  • Tom Cruise | June 19, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    fuck batman, this is the film of the year right here.

  • J. Travolta | June 20, 2012 1:27 AM

    mmm fuck batman

  • jimmiescoffee | June 19, 2012 8:58 AMReply

    my #1 most anticipated.

  • kerman | June 19, 2012 7:33 AMReply

    Whats interesting is i only love one of PTA's films yet i thought all of them were brilliant. I was somehow a bit worried i wont like The Master look, but i love this shit. Both clips were better than most feature films released this year, no, not most but all of them tbh. I can't wait this comes out.

  • kingslayer | June 19, 2012 7:21 AMReply

    it looks like pt has a nother masterpiece on his hands

  • edge | June 19, 2012 5:58 AMReply

    This is going to be the best film of 2012. Possibly of the decade.

  • alvy | June 19, 2012 8:29 AM

    I like PTA as much as the next guy, but come on...

  • jingmei | June 19, 2012 5:11 AMReply

    A cool article this is indeed.

  • Carson Wells | June 20, 2012 12:30 AM

    I'm glad you liked the article but surely the video is the cool bit.

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