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The Weinsteins To Distribute Paul Thomas Anderson's Next Worldwide! Shooting In June!

Nordling here.

For a while, Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his masterpiece THERE WILL BE BLOOD was in serious trouble, until billionaire Megan Ellison stepped in and gave him the funds when Universal declined.  The film, untitled now but previously called THE MASTER, was about a man who decides to create his own religion in post World War II America, and there were hints that the script was a satirical look at Scientology, although I have the feeling that it's not about any religion specifically but more a general story about how we tend to follow charismatic people against our better judgment.  Granted, I haven't read the script, and I won't because so much of PTA's work is geared to the visual as opposed to just the written page.  But no one wanted to touch it for the longest time, until Ellison's Annapurna Productions came along.  Note to Ms. Ellison, there's a Lovecraft movie that probably could use your help...

Distribution rights for the untitled film were still up in the air, but according to Deadline, the Weinstein Company has won the bidding for worldwide distribution of PTA's film, so we may very well be seeing this next year.  Since they aren't directly producing the film, they won't be monkeying around with PTA's vision.  Shooting begins this June, and right now Philip Seymour Hoffman is locked to play the new religious leader and Joaquin Phoenix is also locked to play in the film as well.  I think Paul Thomas Anderson, espcially since THERE WILL BE BLOOD which I feel is the best film of the Aughts, is one of America's finest directors and I'm eagerly anticipating this original project.  I think in this day and age for Anderson to take on religion so directly is a brave thing, and if it comes close to THERE WILL BE BLOOD in quality we're in for an amazing film.

Nordling, out.

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  • May 9, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    This will be epic

    by Bobo_Vision

  • May 9, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Rock and fucking roll!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Can't WAIT for this to get done. Can. Not. Wait.

  • May 9, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    PT Anderson is going where few filmmakers have gone before

    by Bobo_Vision

  • May 9, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Shaolin Soccer US edit was superior to the original

    by Mel

    I think it's funny when people think just because a movie is longer it's better. Often times really lousy scenes get cut from movies. I understand that extra scenes from a movie you love gives you more to love, but not in the case of Shaolin Soccer. The US edit was a lot better than the original. And yes, I've seen both. I saw the US version first, then went and checked out the original. I found the original to be poorly edited and having serious pacing issues. I mean many times can you just sit on a persons face for 20 seconds with absolutely nothing going on while you wait for the music to catch up? It's such a disaster. I think what people really bitch about is how the US version was somewhat Americanized (particularly in the soundtrack). I don't really have a beef with that. It's not like they don't listen to our music over in China, anyway.

  • Nominated for awards? All the time....winning them? Nope. Not any "important" ones, anyway. Everything he makes is Oscar-worthy but he had a hard time getting this movie funded? Outside of Boogie Nights he's had very little box office success. I get the impression that PT Anderson is just way too smart for the film industry (and that includes the audience...ESPECIALLY the audience, actually).

  • May 9, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    So basically like Scorsese

    by Samuel Fulmer

    He had very little Oscar success for years, and other than Taxi Driver really didn't have any financial success until Goodfellas.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Actually I take that back on Goodfellas

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I don't think it was a huge financial hit, I meant to put Cape Fear. That was his first big money hit.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Dude has been probably

    by eric haislar

    been the most original and exciting american film maker the last 15 years.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I'm less

    by Bass Ackwards

  • May 9, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I'm less interested

    by Bass Ackwards

    If this isn't about Scientology.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    The Weinstein's name has become commercial poison.


    Good luck, PTA.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Weinstein's name has become commercial poison?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    King's Speech??????? Granted the PG-13 thing was dumb, but it's grossed over 400 million on a 15 million budget.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Bummer. Kind of hoped this hack retired.

    by Flip63Hole

    Oh well, more art film parodies to come, I guess...

  • May 9, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood.....

    by Luke Harris

    The movie Tarantino wishes he could make...if only he had the talent, instead he pisses it away on fanboy wank....

  • May 9, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by peter_dickinson

    You misspelled your username. Asshole isn't spelled with a "flip63"

  • May 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    C.O.S. deserves its own movie. It would be terrifying.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Seriously, there are so many horror stories about them going back DECADES. Anyone who actually filmed and released a movie detailing this stuff would be a brave individual indeed.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    by huey_freemans_afro

    by emeraldboy

    and it may soon happen, the C.OS are moving into tv and movies. They just bought KCET. in los angeles.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by GrapeFruit

  • May 9, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    In addition to this movie

    by david starling

    I want a movie made of the making of this movie, where PT Anderson is consistently bothered by scientologists, until he loses his temper and starts screaming at them. Panorama covered Scientology in two episodes - the first one was disturbing, the second one was hilairious beyond measure (watching Anne Archer and other celebrities clam up oncomfortably!!). PT Anderson is the right man for this pic, but I don't think he'll have Tom Cruise's endorsement!!

  • May 9, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    bass ackwards

    by eric haislar

    It's not going to be about Scientology. It's going to be a character study about someone who is in the world of Scientology. Just Boogie Nights was not about porn and There will be Blood is not about oil.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I read he was thinking of doing

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

  • May 9, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I read he was thinking of doing "Inherent Vice."

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Pynchon + PTA = yes. The enter key just had to be next to the quotation key, didn't it?

  • May 9, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Hoffman IS Hubbard

    by ROBRAM89

    Any idea that he's not making a Scientology movie goes out the window when he casts Philip Seymour Fucking Hoffman as a cult leader.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Hoffman will be Hubbard

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The same way Welles was Hearst in Citizen Kane. Sounds good to me, a lot of times straight out biopics bug me since they always bend the facts anyway.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    That's what I was hoping it would be, Nordling's write-up had me worried that is going to be a fictionalized stand-in for Scientology.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Billy_D_Williams

    thank fucking GOD...PT is my fav filmmaker right now (his buddy QT has been left in the dust with his fan wank movies, sorry) and his work is so exciting...The Weinstein's rock

  • May 9, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    QT vs. PTA

    by Billy_D_Williams

    sorry PT is more go from Boogie Nights to TWBB is astounding. QT went from Pulp Fiction to Inglorious Basterds...while a great movie, he wasn't challenging himself...still the same fank wank nonsense, obvious harping on other movies, etc...i feel like QT is the child who refuses to grow up...PT has blossomed into the ranks of MEN filmmakers like Kubrick, Welles, Renoir, Fellini, etc.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Don't quite get...

    by Major Hockshtetter

    ...the PTA to QT comparisons. They are almost in entirely different businesses altogether. Tarantino makes art out of junk (b-movies and the like) and PT crafts grand, almost operatic motion pictures. It's like saying "Roger Corman can't hold a candle to Ozu" or "Michael Haneke is shit compared to Don Coscarelli." Pointless, really. There's room for both sensibilities, I would say. Both necessary points of view.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    major hockshtetter: LOL!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I'm trying to imagine the conversation/argument that would involve comparing Michael Haneke to Don Coscarelli. " 'Cache' isn't HALF the movie that 'Phantasm 2' is, you IDIOT!!!!!!"

  • May 9, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    But I agree that there's no real reason to compare QT to PTA.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    They both make films that are surprising, that are audaciously written and directed, and that I enjoy tremendously.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Wait, I should have said "rank," not "compare."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    There's always value in comparing things...

  • PT makes operatic movies, but Kill Bill was plenty operatic in a B-movie way...i compare them because i can, so what?

  • May 9, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Theres no reason to compare them

    by Bass Ackwards

    Obviously billy d just wanted an excuse to vent a anti-QT rant he's had loaded up. What I find more baffling is the random Shaolin Soccer post up there.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Haha any chance to bash QT...

    by Flames gotta Eat

    You guys are cute. I agree you can't really compare the two, both very influential and super ambitious directors and happen to be two of my favorite working directors. If they ever decided to do a Grindhouse style mashup I think heads and screens would simultaneously explode. Bring on the new PTA film, can not fucking wait.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    The Shaolin Soccer reference was an analogy i guess...

    by dahveed1972

    ... but I personally have never seen - and never will see - that particular movie. Um what was my point again?

  • May 9, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    anderson/fincher/malick/scorsese most important american filmmakers

    by FleshMachine

    alive. IMO

  • May 9, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    A Scientology origin story... Social Network-esqe

    by FleshMachine


  • May 9, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen: I agree that TWBB is not Anderson's best movie.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Magnolia" is his masterpiece thus far, I think. And that's not a perfect movie, either, by any stretch. But PTA dares to do things so few other filmmakers would. And that is what makes so much of his work exhilarating. Same goes for QT, in my book.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Psyched for this

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Sounds fucking great. I just hope those Weinsteins don't go fucking around with the final product...

  • May 9, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Hated all of his movies except There Will Be Blood

    by frank

    Extremely pretentious movies that meander on with no point other than to illustrate what a genius PTA is. He directed a comedy short for that terrible David Spade show that was on Comedy Central briefly and even that just comprised a single joke that went on way, way too long. PTA gives the illusion of making good movies, thereby fooling people who want to appear as if they have sophisticated taste in film into liking his stuff. There Will Be Blood was actually good though. Not nearly the best movie of the decade, but good. Mullholand Drive, for example was was twice as good as TWBB. David Lynch would be generous to hire PTA as a key grip.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Thank You Tom Cruise


    When you invited PTA to the set of Eyes Wide Shut it obviously had a HUGE impact on him. I know PT has said that Blood is his Altman film but to me it is Kubrick through and through. In fact it is probably the closest we will ever get to having another Kubrick film.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Boogie Nights is still my favorite of PTA's

    by Aaronthenia

    That movie is just fantastic in my opinion. PTA's director commentary is a must listen for that movie as well.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    QT Vs PTA


    To me this is like comparing Spielberg (QT) and Scorsese. Both make incredible films but one is more likely to challenge himself. That being said both are incredible.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen: true, PTA has yet to make his "untouchable" film.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    It's funny: for me, though, there is only one absolutely untouchable film. And that is "Goodfellas." So you may take my opinions about movies and filter them through that fact. ;)

  • May 9, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    The reason I saw TWBB four times in the theater and haven't watched it since is among the many for which PTA is considered to be a major filmmaker-- he is one of few living directors taking the traditional scale of the medium into account as he is making his movies. I knew the film's impact would be diminished (maybe as it should be? or even intentially is?) on a TV screen, so I took advantage of it when it was out, and feel as if my life is the better for it. And for the record, "It's a bunch of brilliant moments in a flawed but fascinating film that doesn't always flow together" sounds a lot like ZODIAC to me... except for the "brilliant" part!

  • May 9, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    'The Dark Tower' Staff Put On Hiatus

    by Bill Clay

    No surprise there...this will never be made.<p>

  • May 9, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    2 sides of the same coin

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Is how I see the filmmaking styles of these two filmmakers (who, by the way, are my two favorite directors). They both wear their cinematic influences on their sleeves. They both like the same filmmakers & incorporate the ideas they get from these influences into their films in their own ways. The way I look at it, they occupy the same filmmaking realm. Tarantino responds to the grindhouse/ exploitation/B-movie sensibilities while PTA takes more of a shine to the avant-garde/cerebral/experimental aspects. Both of their filmographies are cut from the same cloth, albeit from very different sides.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    re: huey_freemans_afro

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Forgive me if I missed it somewhere, but who or what is C.O.S.?

  • May 9, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by LastPairOfSocks

    How anyone could say TWBB is flawed and then drop Zodiac as their favorite movie from that year, I'll never know. Zodiac's pace, it's over-indulgent length, and Jake Gyllenhaal's performance are all big big problems with that film. Of course, your opinion is your opinion so I respect that. You're just wrong, sir. Very excited for any new PTA project. TWBB is my fav, but rewatched Magnolia a week ago and it just left me a little spent. Beginning of the third act everyone sings that Aimee Mann song together and I just sorta checked out. Loved that film at one point, but now it's my least favorite. Hope he can blow gold everywhere with this new one.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Sounds similar to Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

    by Larrylongballs

  • May 9, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    "David Lynch would be generous to hire PTA as a key grip."

    by tbransonlives

    Really? i find his work incredibly pretentious, especially Mulholland Drive.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    As for Shaolin Soccer, extended cut was superior for several reasons

    by Larrylongballs

    There was more back story to flesh out the characters. There was the extended dance sequence. The coach's character actually made sense. NO DUBBING.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    goatfuck, I believe C.O.S. stands for Church of Scientology

    by CountryBoy

  • May 9, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Billy_D_Williams

    oh please, stop with the "hipster" nonsense...MOST people love PT bc he's a great filmmaker, PERIOD...and TWBB is not overrated, it's a brillian film with a performance for the ages that will studied and ripped off for decades to was the best film of 2007, just edging over No Country IMO.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Will this cult have a navy too?

    by quantize

    Nothing like a religion having a navy....horseshit piled on top of horseshit..

  • May 9, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by partymonster

    Booo. Looks good, the rest is smoke and mirrors for weak storytelling.

  • He is just a truly creative guy who makes genuine, emotionally impactful and challenging films.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by Billy_D_Williams

    exactly, how anyone can diss TWWB and then praise all for letting people have their opinions, but WOW...Zodiac isn't even Fincher's best film... TWBB is just brilliant, there really isn't much else to say, if you cant see it, then oh well...No Country is also great, but its just not as good as TWBB, sorry.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    And by the way, I've never been a fan of PTA

    by CountryBoy

    His movies all contain great scenes, but they all ramble in a structureless way, and just feel sort of half-baked or something. I once read a quote from Roger Ebert, NOT about Paul Thomas Anderson, but it always sounded like he was talking about him: "The great ones make it look easy; the almost-great make it look like Herculean effort." PTA's films all look like Herculean effort.

  • May 9, 2011, 8 p.m. CST


    by Beth Willie

    You guys know that Blood There Will Be was the original title of There Will Be Blood. I agree with partymonster and halfbloodqueen

  • I mean, really — I think the Coen's "No Country for Old Men" adaptation was really fine. But, it is also FLAWED. I think "There Will Be Blood" is more visually extravagant, but with amazing contrast and nuance in ALL the performances. It felt a tad long on first viewing. But, then again so did "Raging Bull" when it was first released.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Exactly, partymonster and flip63hole

    by frank

    Smoke and mirrors and art film parody. That pretty much sums up PTA. Although, TWBB is the exception in my opinion. There was actual good storytelling and purposeful directing there. So he may be improving. Maybe the best film of '07, but not nearly the best of the decade.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Paul Thomas Anderson....

    by KHjLL

    So visually brilliant can't wait... Wonder if it ends with everyone KILLING them selves in a mass suicide...

  • I mean, damn Nic Roeg is such a 'weak' storyteller. Yeah, that Bertolucci is sure lousy at storytelling. And who the hell was that Stanley Kubrick dude foolin' with "2001: A Space Odyssey"? Man couldn't tell a story to save his life.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    countryboy’s Ebert quote is also perfect for PTA

    by frank

  • Anyone can tell a story in an unorthodox way. It takes real talent to tell it in an unorthodox way that actually has a purpose and makes the story better.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    whats with the PT hate?

    by Billy_D_Williams

    the guy is brilliant

  • I've never felt dirtier then after that last scene w/ the bowling pin. Powerful movie, but far too much reality in it for me. I have enough shit to deal w/ in my own life.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Juicyfruit, apparently you havent seen Requiem for a Dream

    by Aaronthenia

    You'll need a shower after seeing the last 15 minutes of that movie to get the dirt off.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    "The bowling pin scene was almost unwatchable"

    by Nasty In The Pasty must not have seen many horror or action movies in your life. I can think of HUNDREDS of movie scenes more violent than that.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    PTA's Style Definitely Not For Everyone

    by LastPairOfSocks

    It's all very grandiose and can border on being surreal most of the time (looking at you PDL), but if there's one thing that should stop ya cold from calling him a hack it's his technical ability. His steadycam shots are amazing. From Sander and Watson getting kicked out of the resturant in PDL to the tour through the TV studio in Magnolia, the scenes are constructed with great care and a knowhow few possess. Also, the man knows music and gets Brion and Greenwood to create some kickass orchestrations for his work. Not to mention that both Boogie Nights soundtracks are just the fuckin shit. Plus, actors are dying to work with him. DDL, Tom Cruise, the regs like PSH and JCR. You think people work with this man throughout 3-4 films cuz he has no idea what he's doing? So.... don't like PTA. Go ahead and hate him. Wish him dead or whatever. But stop with this hack bullshit. He runs circles around you and most directors in his sleep.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by Manatee

    Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • May 9, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    It wasn't necessarily the violence...

    by JuicyFruit

    ...I found the main characters actions specially disturbing. That clergyman was so desperate for money that he literally begged for it, denounced God and everything he stood for, only to find out that Daniel had already "drunk his milkshake"...and then he beats him to death about the head w/ a bowling pin. Some demented shit man.

  • PTA makes films that have incredible characters....QT makes movies with cartoon characters.

  • Ever since Boogie Nights I have thought he could be a really solid director if he would just rein in the hubris a bit and simply try to tell a good story. I am all for surrealism and avante garde filmmaking if the director is capable of handling that sort of undertaking.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I know franks. but i really really enjoy his movies

    by Citizin_insane

  • May 9, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    this is my #1 antipiated movie of the now

    by Citizin_insane

  • May 9, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    this is my #1 antipiated movie of the now

    by Citizin_insane

  • May 9, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    well that is the important thing, citizin_insane

    by frank

  • May 10, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    There were moments in There Will Be Blood

    by MoffatBabies

    when I felt almost overwhelmed with admiration, but still completely involved and immersed in the story being told. Usually, it's one or the other and when it's all over I'm left with the feeling that I either watched a great story being told or a great filmmaker telling a good story with visual and audio impact. PTA achieves both somehow, a rare and valuable thing. I can think of only 3 other experiences from other recent films/directors. Barton Fink, Rules of Attraction and The Big Lebowski. O Brother Where Art Thou came close, as did Inglorious Basterds. At the time of watching it, Magnolia seemed like it ranked up there, and it is a magnificent film, but upon repeat viewings ( a feat in itself ) I find that it almost feels as if it's dated a bit. I would include Punch Drunk Love in my short list, but it had its flaws, as beautiful as it was in it's tone poem kind of way (even though I would rank that film's use of music and sound as one of the top 10 of all time, unexpected and maybe even now contested since it was perceived as almost a romantic comedy). Thank you, Megan Ellison, for getting behind this filmmaker and having the backbone to look past the controversy. I imagine the best move PTA could make at this point is to publicly state that the story is not in any way related to the Church of scientology, even if it is. And to the studios without the balls to back this one, I ask you one thing... WHAT ARE YOUR CRIMES!!??!!

  • May 10, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Kind of funny

    by MoffatBabies

    half of his haters call him a hipster intellectual, the other half an emo hack. So yeah, let's watch more films from DUMB, emotionally immature filmmakers that ignore film history and look upon mastery as imitative or homage. The symbols of our scapegoats in America these days say a lot about who and what we are now. Jobs not dreams. Tradition over positive change. Faith over facts. Safety over freedom. It all "kinda adds up, don't it"? Ah, the cynical generation. Enthusiasm isn't something only reserved for the cartoons you liked when you were 8. And most of the stuff you love is drenched with blind nostalgia. 3d is an improvement, CG looks better than a plastic model or a latex foam forehead ridge and digital simply looks better than film. 24fps is jerky and blurry. There's nothing "charming" about the 80s either. Grow up.

  • May 10, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by MorganLeafy

    James Cameron is considered a genius after 4 good movies , PTA is considered a hack after 5 GREAT movies. Go figure. Any man that can make Adam Sandler look sympathetic and a good actor is competent in my book.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    so kind of like the Palahniuk book "Survivor" then?

    by hiperaktiv

  • May 10, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    "There Will Be Blood" way overyhyped

    by captzeep

    It was great in parts, but overall was incoherent. PTA is very talented in some aspects but needs to work with writers who can make up for his deficiencies.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    PTA ... WAYYYY overrated

    by m_prevette

    Pretty much hate his movies so far. Boogie Nights was horrid, half baked Scorsese imitation with the ending scene virtually stolen beat for beat from Raging Bull. Magnolia is his Atlman rip off, TWWB his Kubrick riff...he can imitate others in style but the substance is failing. Overstuffed , over hyped and over ripe. I can see why film fans fall at his feet as everything he does is extremely polished and derived from better directors, but, the Emperor really has no clothes here

  • May 10, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Boogie Nights gets better with each viewing.

    by Mel Garga

    TWBB had a terrific look, cool Radiohead-scored soundtrack, and one of the best Daniel Day-Lewis performances. However, it's just not something I have any kind of desire to see again.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by MorganLeafy

    I was just about to say that I may have exaggerated with my claim that a lot of people call him a hack, and then I read the posts above. You guys have not let me down!

  • May 10, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood "incoherent"

    by Samuel Fulmer

    What exactly was incoherent? As far as the QT-PTA debate I've come to except that QT is more the in your face satirist that usually strays away from real emotion (except Jackie Brown), whereas PTA has more of a dry sense of humor and tackles real emotion head on (even if it is done in a somewhat over the top manner). In a lot of ways they are very similar. The biggest thing is the Scorsese influence which both seem to have, but PTA also seems more influenced by the likes of Altman and Demme, whereas Tarantino is hugely influenced by De Palma and B-movies.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    PTA is best not-a-Coen filmmaker working today

    by filmcoyote

    I love all PTAs films and his taking on this type of story with PSH in the lead and the return of Phoenix to proper acting has must-see written all over it. There Will Be Blood was indeed the best film of the 00s and i can't wait to see a new PTA. Thank you billionaire lady!

  • May 10, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Or make that come to accept!!!

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • May 10, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    And let's cut the crap

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Because every film maker is influnced by someone, unless they've never seen a film before. I used to think Michael Mann was hugely original, until I saw Jean Pierre Melville. Everything's taken from something. The only issue I have with someone like Tarantino is when he gets so in your face with the references, that the references become the film, like in Death Proof.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Joaquin still allowed to act

    by Samuel Fulmer

    after I'm Still Not Here. That's the amazing part. Probably the worst film ever made since the last time Hulk Hogan stepped in front of cameras for Santa With Muscles.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    QT is a pastiche artist

    by gaygoonie

    bits and pieces sewn together with tantalizing thread.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by birdy birdman

    surely you'ze trolling. there will be blood won best cinematrography and pta earned daniel day lewis the best actor win. he also earned tom cruise a nomination for magnolia which is a pretty astonishing feat in itself, since when are best cinematrography and a performance for which pta was largely instrumental in bringing forth not winning? he's one of those filmmakers who is going to be tossed best picture wins down the line for the stuff he's doing right now, mark my words

  • if only unto themselves

  • May 10, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    thank you, halfbreed queen, for that wonderful

    by ragingfluff

    critique of There Will Be Blood and for your insightful comments on Zodiac. I had not heard about the deleted scenes involving Plainview's impotence, and I agree it would have been nice to know what made Plainview the man he was. Your comment is one of the most cogent pieces of film critique I've read at AICN in quite some time; you're obviously way too smart to be here which begs the question: Why are you even trying to say anything amidst the immature babble and adolescent whining that passes for film criticism in these talkbacks?

  • May 10, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Who else is excited for the PG-13 cut?

    by Shadow16nh


  • May 10, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Who else is excited for the PG-13 cut?

    by Shadow16nh


  • May 10, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    on the posters twbb...

    by emeraldboy

    the late great irish times film critic micheal dwyer called the best performance of day lewis career, i dont agree, thought that was gangs of new york. reading halfbreeds critique i am very suprised that PTA didnt make plainview more humanly rounded and give him more depth. I saw no country for old men and twbb around the same time. No country was for my money the best film of that year. day lewis dominated twbb so totally that I think he sucked the life out of the movie.

  • May 10, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I almost agree halfbreedqueen.

    by blakindigo

    I just think that those thematic elements you mentioned make the film MORE fascinating. Even if they don't entirely hang together (many people say the same of "Full Metal Jacket," and that film is extraordinary.) A flawed film is like a puzzle box; when someone is working with such a high degree of craftsmanship as PT Anderson was with "There Will Be Blood" sometimes, the whole may not equal the sum of it's parts, but that in itself is worthy of argument, speculation, ect. In a way I think that makes the film MORE immersive, because it asks for much more than simply "telling a tale" but it forces the viewer to adapt a much more unorthodox point of engagement with the film. It easily sustains multiple readings and interpretations, giving the viewer options to unravel the true narrative subtext that they help create. For someone like PT Anderson, I would doubt that it was a 'happy accident', but even so, the film rewards multiple readings — many in which those narrative strands do 'hold together'. BTW, "Zodiac" is my favourite American film of the 'aughts'.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Needs John C Riley not Phoenix.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • I guess the role that was originally going to be played by Jeremy Renner (who is now busy playing playing Hawkeye in The Avengers) has been given to Joaquin Phoenix. Although I like Phoenix as an actor, I think the role of the young drifter who becomes Philip Seymour Hoffman's right-hand man would have been played brilliantly by SAM ROCKWELL!!!!! At least that's who I imagined in the role next to Hoffman when I read the synopsis a few months back. Rockwell is the perfect loser that you don't know if you can trust or not. What does everyone else think???

  • May 11, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    COS posters...

    by Ciderman

    I wonder if COS will have some sneaky pot shots at the upcoming movie? Maybe a Father Ted style protest, "Down With This Sort Of Thing", or maybe Juliet Lewis and Beck appearing on Oprah, should be fun! If you like the idea of this movie check out the awesomeness of the Millennium episode "Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' ", brilliant stuff, Selfosophy, and their book "How to manipulate people with your apparent friendliness", seriously, how is this cult not laughed out of Hollywood, or at least not burned to the fucking ground, I don't care if you used to be in a sitcom!

  • May 11, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by ragingfluff

    i agree with you about DDL's best being in "Gangs of New York". Michael Dwyer was never my favourite film critic and he was way off the mark on a lot of occasions, but as a cheerleader for the Irish film industry he was a class act