Here's something to whet your appetite for the fall film festival season. While journos, pundits and fans alike all lamented the absence of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" from the Cannes line-up this year, it appears The Weinstein Company -- already dominating the festival with buzzed-about in-competition films and acquisitions of would-be crowd pleasers -- were paying attention to the sad-faced frownies on Twitter.
Creating what has to be one of the hottest tickets at the Croisette as of now, the Weinstein Company revealed today that they are giving a sneak preview screening of "The Master" to press tomorrow evening in the South of France. Confirming the rumor we heard earlier in the week, Harvey and co.'s "first look presentation" will also unveil scenes from Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated Western "Django Unchained" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
"Silver Linings Playbook," a comedy about mental illness and love, stars Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chis Tucker, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver and more, and is due in theaters on November 21. "Django Unchained," an epic revenge tale and revisionist take on U.S. slavery, stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and a big supporting cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins and many, many more.
Long-rumored (but never confirmed) to be about L. Ron Hubbard and the origins of Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" arrives on October 12 and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and a host of lesser-known names like Lena Endre ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), Jesse Plemons ("Battleship"), Rami Malek ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"), Fiona Dourif ("True Blood") and more. We have our ticket in hand, so stay tuned for a report tomorrow evening.
Now, while some press folks are likely rejoicing at this unexpected treat, some hardcore critics will probably soon start to lament the fact that the Weinstein Co.'s move is Comic-Con-esque: showing off teaser footage and trailers rather than actually discussing and showing films themselves. And while it does start off a potentially dangerous precedent, we have to admit, we're not mad at it, simply because we're in attendance. Additionally, not screening to press, but instead to potential international buyers this week, films like Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," Rian Johnson's "Looper" and "Dredd" are also being shown during the festival. All three of those pictures will likely play the fall film festival circuit in places like Venice, Telluride and Toronto.