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Paul Thomas Anderson's Producer Tips 'The Master' for Cannes? UPDATE: It Was Pitt-Starrer 'Killing Them Softly'

by Anne Thompson
April 18, 2012 3:46 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'
Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

"Cannes," reads the cryptic tweet at @annapurnapics, the Twitter account for the production company (Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures) behind Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." "Uh oh, just tell us now if we should book our ticket...," tweets Anderson-affliliated @cigandredvines.

That, added to The New York Times' lengthy takeout on "The Master" (October 12) running in Wednesday's daily paper, the day before the announcement of the Cannes Festival official selection, led me to suspect that PTA's movie might show up in the Cannes line-up. After all, the combo of auteur Anderson ("There Will Be Blood," which earned eight Oscar nominations in 2008), who has played the fest before, and Cannes perennial distributor Harvey Weinstein, who launched "The Artist" there last year, seemed like a powerful one.

Annapurna Cannes tweet

Not so. We will have to wait. Two other Annapurna productions acquired by the Weinstein Co. got into the Cannes competiton: Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" ("Cogan's Trade"), starring Brad Pitt and John Hillcoat's "Lawless"("Wettest County"), starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain.

Budgeted at about $30 million, this version of "The Master" (which was originally developed at Universal Pictures and was then backed by independents Bill Pohlad and Ellison), stars Joaquin Phoenix as Freddie Quell, a hard-drinking Navy vet looking for work back in the early 50s, "before stumbling through the docks of San Francisco to his much stranger destiny," writes the NYT. 

Anderson, 41, is finishing up his  eagerly awaited 6th movie, which is inspired by the Church of Scientology and also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a cult founder not unlike L. Ron Hubbard, Laura Dern and Amy Adams. Anderson worked with famed Scientologist Tom Cruise on the film "Magnolia." "You can read the entire history of the project here," reminds @cigandredvines.

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More: Cannes, Festivals, Festivals, Brad Pitt


  • i seriously hope you guys ross douthat | April 19, 2012 9:36 AMReply


  • bd | April 19, 2012 2:40 AMReply

    Just so you know, @cigsandredvines isn't Paul Thomas Anderson's twitter account. It's run by the people who run his fan site, Cigarettes and Red Vines. I don't think he uses Twitter and I don't think his fan site/fan twitter should really be considered an official source for information from him.

  • Cigs & Red Vines | April 19, 2012 7:46 AM

    We also have been under the assumption that the film would probably not play at Cannes.

  • amanda | April 18, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    Couldn't the "cannes" also be refering to Killing me Softly? although I would love the master to have a premiere sooner than later.

  • Eric | April 18, 2012 7:42 PM

    It probably does.

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