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Awesome first look teaser of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master featuring Joaquin Phoenix

05.21.2012

Fans of Paul Thomas Anderson (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS) will be pleased as punch with this first look teaser of his upcoming drama THE MASTER, featuring Joaquin Phoenix in his first post "retirement" role.  It's everything you'd expect from Anderson, which is scene-chewing awesomeness.  It would be hard not to get excited for this project, which also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, and Kevin J. O'Connor. 

Check out the crazy:

The synopsis goes like this:

A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.

This just looks too awesome for words.  After THERE WILL BE BLOOD, I felt that Anderson really upped his game and jumped into his own.  He was aping Scorsese in a big way when he began, but Anderson has become a true auteur and his work speaks for itself.  Some are put off by his pacing and music, but I feel that it creates a tension and atmosphere that really quakes your nerves with every frame.  That's not an easy achievement by a long shot. 

Not to mention the fact that Anderson pulls out some seriously brilliant perfromances from his actors and I have no doubt we will be in for a spectacle from both Hoffman and Phoenix.  I can't wait to see it unfold.

THE MASTER is set to open in late 2012.

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Extra Tidbit: For a while Anderson was going to direct the thriller Man With The Football, but dropped out. I'd still love to see him tackle the action genre. What say you? UPDATE: I'm probably wrong about the Man With The Football project. Got my Paul Anderson's mixed up. Still...I'd like to see PTA do the damned thing over PWSA.
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1:07PM on 05/22/2012
Other than Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood was a horrible movie.
Other than Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood was a horrible movie.
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7:53AM on 05/22/2012
I like how the trailer reveals basically nothing but still makes me want to see it really badly. Phoenix looks terrifying.
I like how the trailer reveals basically nothing but still makes me want to see it really badly. Phoenix looks terrifying.
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2:13AM on 05/22/2012
Joaquin can play crazy pretty well! I can imagine him talking to the guy behind the desk one minute, and the next jumping across the desk and attacking the guy. Maybe I'm the crazy one! LOL! This looks interesting. Who plays the Master, and who plays the drifter?
Joaquin can play crazy pretty well! I can imagine him talking to the guy behind the desk one minute, and the next jumping across the desk and attacking the guy. Maybe I'm the crazy one! LOL! This looks interesting. Who plays the Master, and who plays the drifter?
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12:15AM on 05/22/2012
Well I'll be damned. Just give that Oscar to Joaquin Phoenix already!
Well I'll be damned. Just give that Oscar to Joaquin Phoenix already!
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11:59PM on 05/21/2012
Awesome...Simply Awesome.
Awesome...Simply Awesome.
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11:48PM on 05/21/2012

Colour Me Impressed

that was an amazing freakin' trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix brought it.
that was an amazing freakin' trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix brought it.
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9:09PM on 05/21/2012
It's unfortunate that we've recently been having to wait an average of five years for chunks of PTA glory, but hell, that's the price of this level of quality. PTA is this generation's Kubrick.
It's unfortunate that we've recently been having to wait an average of five years for chunks of PTA glory, but hell, that's the price of this level of quality. PTA is this generation's Kubrick.
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5:45PM on 05/21/2012
So happy Joaquin got this role over Renner. Can't wait.
So happy Joaquin got this role over Renner. Can't wait.
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5:41PM on 05/21/2012

When I read the headline

I actually became so excited I got an erection.
I actually became so excited I got an erection.
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5:28PM on 05/21/2012
I'll see anything PTA ever does.

Something curious seemed to take place behind the scenes of this movie and while I may be way off base I was curious if anyone had thought about this too. Jeremy Renner was initially cast in the Phoenix part for this film right after his Oscar nom for Hurt Locker. He was attached forever, through all of its search for financing. Then he dropped out of it, ostensibly to be in Mission Impossible: GP which was initially supposed to be a reboot of the franchise
I'll see anything PTA ever does.

Something curious seemed to take place behind the scenes of this movie and while I may be way off base I was curious if anyone had thought about this too. Jeremy Renner was initially cast in the Phoenix part for this film right after his Oscar nom for Hurt Locker. He was attached forever, through all of its search for financing. Then he dropped out of it, ostensibly to be in Mission Impossible: GP which was initially supposed to be a reboot of the franchise with Renner as the new lead. Now, given that The Master is a none too subtle swipe at Scientology in all its batshit crazy glory it struck me as odd that grandmaster thetan auditor Cruise stole the lead of this film and made it more difficult to get financing.

Could be nothing. Actors leave projects all the time, but I found it curious.
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5:16PM on 05/21/2012

Yup...that was creepy.

Would slowly back the hell up if I ever ran into him in the street and he started smiling at me like that.

However, this looks like PTA is gonna hit another one out of the park, can't wait!
Would slowly back the hell up if I ever ran into him in the street and he started smiling at me like that.

However, this looks like PTA is gonna hit another one out of the park, can't wait!
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5:09PM on 05/21/2012
Nice to see Joaquin is still acting. How cool would it have been to see him and River acting in movies together today? RIP River!
Nice to see Joaquin is still acting. How cool would it have been to see him and River acting in movies together today? RIP River!
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4:59PM on 05/21/2012

I'm there

Would've been nice to see Renner stick around in the part, but regardless, even from this snippet, Phoenix looks like he'll be giving a tour de force performance. Can't wait to see some footage of a batshit-crazy Hoffman in full Jim Jones/LRH mode.
Would've been nice to see Renner stick around in the part, but regardless, even from this snippet, Phoenix looks like he'll be giving a tour de force performance. Can't wait to see some footage of a batshit-crazy Hoffman in full Jim Jones/LRH mode.
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4:34PM on 05/21/2012

Finally!!

PT Anderson + an amazing ensemble = I'm there.
PT Anderson + an amazing ensemble = I'm there.
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4:12PM on 05/21/2012
My favorite director working today. Maybe my most anticipated film this year, along with TDKR (and I guess Avengers/Django lol)
My favorite director working today. Maybe my most anticipated film this year, along with TDKR (and I guess Avengers/Django lol)
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4:00PM on 05/21/2012

Phillip Seymour Hoffman + Joaquin Phoenix

two of the greatest actors of this generation, and in years to come--probably of all time. This movie looks fantastic, sound fantastic and my god I sure as hell hope it'll be fantastic too. Can't wait!
two of the greatest actors of this generation, and in years to come--probably of all time. This movie looks fantastic, sound fantastic and my god I sure as hell hope it'll be fantastic too. Can't wait!
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3:53PM on 05/21/2012
Soooo excited!
Soooo excited!
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2:15AM on 05/22/2012
your Avatar looks excited too! LOL!
your Avatar looks excited too! LOL!
3:51PM on 05/21/2012

FACEPALM

OH COME ON. Your extra tidbit is completely wrong. You're thinking of Paul WS Anderson, a very different filmmaker than PTA. I never complain about the journalistic legitimacy on this website like others seem keen on doing, but COME ON. Really?

Otherwise - looks GREAT!
OH COME ON. Your extra tidbit is completely wrong. You're thinking of Paul WS Anderson, a very different filmmaker than PTA. I never complain about the journalistic legitimacy on this website like others seem keen on doing, but COME ON. Really?

Otherwise - looks GREAT!
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5:04PM on 05/21/2012
Can't find the original story link, but you're probably right. My mistake.

Here's a couple chill pills and a bag of ice for your forehead.
Can't find the original story link, but you're probably right. My mistake.

Here's a couple chill pills and a bag of ice for your forehead.
6:36PM on 05/21/2012
My apologies if I sounded like an asshole.
My apologies if I sounded like an asshole.
7:35PM on 05/21/2012
It's all good, bro. We all make mistakes sometimes. I appreciate being squared away if I'm wrong.

Glad to have you "strikin' back."
It's all good, bro. We all make mistakes sometimes. I appreciate being squared away if I'm wrong.

Glad to have you "strikin' back."
3:24PM on 05/21/2012

Looks cool. ☺

I was watching Boogie Nights a few night ago and I find it so stupid that PTA didn't get a Best Director nomination. He made that film come to live with the way he moved the camera. He's a great director.
I was watching Boogie Nights a few night ago and I find it so stupid that PTA didn't get a Best Director nomination. He made that film come to live with the way he moved the camera. He's a great director.
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3:06PM on 05/21/2012

The Music

is done by none other than Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood aka Jesus.
is done by none other than Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood aka Jesus.
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2:51PM on 05/21/2012
Would have liked to see Renner in the role, but if this makes Phoenix relevent again I will take it (he is a phenomenal actor, so no doubt he will give a great performance).
Would have liked to see Renner in the role, but if this makes Phoenix relevent again I will take it (he is a phenomenal actor, so no doubt he will give a great performance).
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2:40PM on 05/21/2012
I need my PT Anderson fix!
I need my PT Anderson fix!
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2:38PM on 05/21/2012
So glad he's back, suck an awesome actor!
So glad he's back, suck an awesome actor!
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2:38PM on 05/21/2012

looking forward

TWBB is one of my favorite movies of all time, don't know how to feel about this new one based on the trailer (still weary from last years "Tree of Life") but i will definately see this. Let's hope its as good
TWBB is one of my favorite movies of all time, don't know how to feel about this new one based on the trailer (still weary from last years "Tree of Life") but i will definately see this. Let's hope its as good
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2:38PM on 05/21/2012
Great to see Joaquin Phoenix back.

Great to see Joaquin Phoenix back.

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2:37PM on 05/21/2012
Feels intense
Feels intense
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