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Finally 'The Master' Joins Malick's 'To The Wonder,' De Palma's 'Passion' for Venice Competition

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2012 at 1:22PM

Harvey Weinstein is playing games. The marketing maestro didn't want Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" announced with the rest of the pack for The Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its competition line-up last week. Now "The Master" along with Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” will suck up the oxygen during the La Biennale.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'The Master'
Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'The Master'

Harvey Weinstein is playing games. The marketing maestro didn't want Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" announced with the rest of the pack for The Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its competition line-up last week.  Now "The Master" (which opens on September 14, a month earlier than originally planned ), along with Terrence Malick’s fervently-anticipated “To The Wonder,” will both suck up the publicity oxygen in the run-up to and during the La Biennale.

"To The Wonder."
"To The Wonder."

UPDATE: While Telluride's secret line-up will not be announced until Labor Day Weekend, word is "The Master" will also play Toronto and in all likehood, Fantastic Fest. This fall, Weinstein has plenty of high-profile projects to juggle as well, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Other titles that will be vying for La Biennale de Venezia’s Golden Lion include Olivier Assayas’ “Something In The Air,” Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage: Beyond,” Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta,” Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” which stars Rachel McAdams (also in the Malick film) and Noomi Rapace. Variety originally reported "The Master" as part of the line-up, then backpeddled; the trade also added an Israeli academic as co-director with rookie filmmaker Rama Burshtein (not Burzstyn) for "Fill the Void."

The rest of the Venice line-up is listed below.

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Venice Film Festival, Terrence Malick, The Master, To The Wonder, Passion


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.