Indie darling Paul Dano, 28, gives what has been dubbed his best performance yet in Treeless Mountain director So Yong Kim’s minimalist drama For Ellen, alongside Jena Malone (Into the Wild) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).
Paul Thomas Anderson’s esoteric The Master is a Freudian reverie ripe with metaphor and cryptic meanings that, while not always entertaining, is certainly intellectually stimulating. The Master is set in the aftermath of WWII, when men tried desperately to grapple with the horrors unleashed by whatever means possible — drugs, suburban exile or, in the case of our “aberrated” hero, religion.
Despite rumors of demise due to budget troubles, the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival opened strong with big names and controversial themes. The festival debuted today with the controversial 9/11 drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist, directed by New York-based Indian director Mira Nair, and starring Liev Schreiber (pictured above with girlfriend Naomi Watts), British-Pakistani actor and rapper Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson (pictured below).
Director Paul Thomas Anderson, 42, of such acclaimed films as There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, and Cigarettes & Coffee, teased audiences a month ago with a cryptic teaser of his forthcoming drama, The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
In a new trailer for The Master, from There Will Be Blood mastermind Paul Thomas Anderson, we get to see more of Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the title role (Hoffman was conspicuously absent from a clip released last month).
Watch out L. Ron Hubbard — there's a new "master" in town. Joaquin Phoenix, who shocked fans with 2010's mockumentary, I'm Still Here, by director Casey Affleck, is back stirring up trouble in the upcoming The Master, a 1950s-set drama about a charming intellectual who starts a religion in America.