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THE MASTER Has A Theatrical Trailer!

Nordling here.

I've been wanting to see this since those first teasers.  This looks to be a feast of amazing filmmaking, and this is just a taste of what is to come.  At this point, Paul Thomas Anderson is one of our most important directors and I can't wait for what THE MASTER has in store for us.  Seriously, as a film fan, how can you not like this?

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • July 19, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    master baiters?

    by eoneon

  • July 19, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by idonotseekabanning

    Can't wait.

  • July 19, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    master baiters?

    by eoneon

    fishing film?

  • July 19, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Joaquin looks like Chunky Pandey here

    by ajit maholtra

  • July 19, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    i kid PTA rules!

    by eoneon

  • July 19, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    The local reaction should be classic.

    by Chairman_Kaga

    I wonder if the CoS local stranglehold will force some theaters not to carry it.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Whoever doesn't appreciate that...

    by Logan_1973

    Needs to go away forever. Best Picture of 2012. I'm calling it.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Juaqin looks like 50 miles of dragged deer carcass...

    by Blarg Barfington

    But that just makes him more interesting to look at. I can tell he hasn't lost his acting chops and may have even gotten better during his self-imposed exile. Anderson is certainly an excellent storyteller so I'm very interested in this.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by Chairman_Kaga

    Isn't that the point?

  • July 19, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    looks incredible

    by fnordoom

    other than the sing-a-long part in magnolia PTA has only produced brilliance, I agree with nordling, definitely one of the most important american directors going

  • July 19, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by the tramp

    We KNOW it'll be great because it's from the director of There will be blood, Punch drunk love, Magnolia and Boogie Nights BUT if you saw the EXACT same trailer except it was from an unknown and you didn't know the 3 leads, none of us with say MY GOD! IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GONNA BE THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR... Am I right?

  • July 19, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by Kabukiman

    In what way? Hoffman's physical resemblence? The direct quotes from L Ron Hubbard? The fact that it's based on Hubbard's life?

  • July 19, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    C'MON BE OBJECTIVE (corrected)

    by the tramp

    We KNOW it'll be great because it's from the director of There will be blood, Punch drunk love, Magnolia and Boogie Nights BUT if you saw the EXACT same trailer except it was from an unknown and you didn't know the 3 leads, none of us would say MY GOD! IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GONNA BE THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR... Am I right?

  • July 19, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    This looks fucking awesome!

    by magazoid

    Ghoulardi's son has done it again!

  • July 19, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by heyoucantlaughatthat

    Few people are as captivating to watch as Hoffman and a string-out Phoenix. Looks great.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by heyoucantlaughatthat

  • July 19, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Looks amazing

    by Tony

    PTA is my hero

  • July 19, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Keeps looking better and better

    by Heresy

    can't wait for it to open

  • I still need to get around to seeing Punch Drunk Love, as that is the only one of his films I haven't seen yet. I've enjoyed PT Anderson's other films though. I wasn't a fan of Boogie Nights right away, but have come to appreciate it over time. Magnolia was excellent, as was There Will Be Blood. I thought There Will Be Blood was better than Best Picture winner No Country For Old Men back in 2007, or 2008 I think it was.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by KevinMuller

    PTA just seems to be getting better with each film. This looks so unique and beautiful. I will be there opening weekend!

  • July 19, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    also...Amy Adams

    by KevinMuller

    Definition of a babe!

  • July 19, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood > No Country For Old Men

    by Logan_1973

    You got it right, lv_426

  • Not necessarily vintage or too retro looking, but also not glossy and sterile like a lot of modern day films look.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Honestly, the photography, dialogue and acting seem A+

    by Randy

    PTA really knows how to make a film, and the chance we might get something on the level of another There Will be Blood is astounding. Dare I say it?This might even be better?

  • July 19, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    PTA is by far the best director working today!!!

    by MainMan2001

    That was on another level of good. It's a true artist at work. It's hard to even comprehend. Anyone who doesn't like it or hates on it is behind a child.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Watch out for Scientology attackdogs

    by Badger23

    AICNers in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area will probably never see this movie in theaters.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I just don't want Swinestein to win a 3rd BP in a row.

    by Paul Hanlin Jr

    Overkill deluxe.

  • July 19, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan and James Cameron say, um, no.

    by Paul Hanlin Jr

    PTA is, was and always will be on the fringe.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    So it's about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

    by Quake II

    I seriously have no idea what this movie is about. I like PTA and consider Boogie Nights and Magnolia absolutely perfect films.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    is this movie about the birth of Scientology..?

    by D o o d

    it looks beautiful!

  • July 19, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    It's about Scientology? Really?

    by Quake II

    So is Philip Seymore Hoffman playing L. Ron Hubbard before he founded Scientology?

  • July 19, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Is this Tom Cruise approved?

    by 77AD

  • July 19, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Landry Clark!

    by xander5117

    Nice job, Lance!

  • July 19, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood was not so much better than No Country

    by Brank Hud

    so much as it was a different tone. Those were 2 great films that are a little unfairly compared. I will grant that there is a certain timeless quality to TWBB, and it is certainly a masterpiece, but it just doesn't feel right to me to say that it's "better" than NCFOM, which is also a masterpiece. They both have spectacular (if cerebral) endings. If you ate the best orange you ever had in your life, and then you ate the best apple you ever had in your life, how can you can say which one is better? You can only give your subjective opinion as to which type of fruit you prefer overall. These two movies are perfect examples of their type and cannot be compared like that. If TWBB was going to loose the Oscar, it lost it to a worthy film, as PTA is undoubtedly aware.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    And as for how JP looks these days...

    by Brank Hud

    I wish they had waited to do Walk The Line, cause he's really starting to look like Cash as he ages. And Cash always looked about 15 years older than he was.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    So what are all buddies doing tonight?

    by ajit maholtra

    Im going to do a little drinking, go to arcade, and then maybe do some exercise.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    This looks great.

    by Pat

    TDKR, Master, and Django are on my list. Lincoln? Let's see a trailer! Moonrise Kingdom is the only 2012 movie I've seen so far so it's defacto #1 - and a tough one to beat.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    At the end of the evening I might watch a porno and rub my lulla

    by ajit maholtra

  • July 19, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    So...a Dr Who spinoff movie?

    by Durendal

    Is PSH another regeneration of The Master? What's his game? Is there a twist at the end where The Doctor shows up in the Tardis and defeats his nefarious scheme?

  • July 19, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Anyone else going to rub their lulla tonight? Or is it just me?

    by ajit maholtra

    All the time Im rubbing.

  • the reason you can't compare them is because TWBB is in a totally different league. the coens got the scorsesse sympathy award. that was one of the biggest oscar tragedies in recent memory.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Actually, No Country > There Will Be Blood.

    by Mostholy

    Imho, of course. TWBB is about 45 minutes of a great movie, and it includes (yet another) great performance from DDL. But the movie disappears up its own ass around the time the oil rig goes up in flames - also around the point PTA drops Upton Sinclair's "Oil" and goes back to his standard makeshift family story. (See also: Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia.) The Paul Dano character is far too broad -- not his fault -- and the ending is both ludicrous (*nobody* was losing money in 1927) and overblown (DDL has won as soon as he gets to the milkshake bit -- killing Dano is overkill.) I'll say this from PTA. I've gone from loathing his movies -- I almost walked out of Magnolia and still detest Punch Drunk Love -- to being intrigued by what he's doing. At least he seems to be trying to evolve, unlike QT...speaking of disappearing up one's own ass.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by Fico


  • July 19, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    the 2008 oscars got it right

    by Adelai Niska

    No Country: Best picture, director(s), supporting actor, adapted screenplay. TWBB: Best lead actor, best cinematography.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Greatest director of his generation. Easily.

    by Anti-fanboy

  • July 19, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by walt

    no giant robots? no big explosions? call me when there is a reboot

  • July 19, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by krull rules

  • July 19, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Thank God for PTA

    by krull rules

    At least someone in the US wants to make real films. Yet NCFOM blows TWBB of the map. Nobody fucks with Cormac Mcarthy, He is our greatest living writer right now.

  • July 19, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    more of a Jim Jones/David Koresh vibe vs Scientology

    by Titus05

    looks really good though...excellent cinematography

  • July 19, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Looks great, but I expected no less.

    by Mel

  • July 19, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Good images and acting for sure but...

    by AMchannelEpicwish@Youtube

    the "topic" left me uninterested. Will still check it out.

  • July 20, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    PT Anderson is the most overrated director around.

    by billcom6

    And I say that as someone who likes his movies. The second he does anything people start throwing out over the top adjectives and compliments that it seems like hyperbole most of the time. When people act like PTA is the only person capable of "making art" or some shit, I just want to be like calm down. With that being said, I think this movie looks pretty damn good.

  • July 20, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I don't get the unequivocated love for PTA

    by Chewbacca_Khan

    Magnolia and There Will Be Blood have enormous problems as films, certainly as narratives. Punch Drunk Love and Boogie Nights are great character studies but not much else. There are several directors working on this guy's level and they don't get showered with this kind of praise. Why is he such the fanboy crush?

  • July 20, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    For a second a thought this was a Biopic about L. Ron Hubbard.

    by Phategod2

    I actually looked it up.

  • July 20, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    PTA shits all over that overrated hack Nolan.

    by Volllllume3

  • July 20, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by Phategod2

    PTA has directed 5 movies (not counting Master) and maybe 2 have been good, what makes him so much better then Nolan, Speilberg, or any other Directer with a pedigree?

  • July 20, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    I will drink this films milkshake.

    by knowthyself

  • July 20, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST

    phate, which of his films aren't good?

    by JAMF

    i've liked all of them. even the adam sandler one and i can't usually watch him at all.

  • July 20, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by borisdoris

    It stroked a panda which smoked Cubans and played petanque. I SAW A BANANA ONCE; IT WAS YELLOW.

  • July 20, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    So what's the deal here?

    by Jon Forbing

    When they posted the first trailer, I just thought this was an original film about a man with mental problems and a therapist who tries to help him. Now, I keep hearing all this stuff about Scientology. Half the people who post say it is about it, half say it isn't. So what's the actual scoop? Incidentally, either way it looks fantastic. And not because of Anderson fanboyism, it just looks tense, and well-acted, and atmospheric. No matter what connection it does or doesn't have to some chintzy Hollywood space-cult, I'm looking forward to it.

  • July 20, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    PTA Come in your time is up!

    by dylanisis

    Nolan had hiss ass handed to him by the talkbackers over TDKR maybe this is Anderson's turn

  • July 20, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by DrGogol


  • July 20, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    About the discussions for today

    by Kevin Swingle

    I thought i would throw my 2 cents in. First Batman Begins is way better than part 2. Part 2 is to long, and all over the place. As far as There will be blood vs No country for old men goes, there is no competition. I can watch NCFOM every time its on tv. TWBB is a 5 minutes at a time kind of film. I admit DDL is the best actor working, but 5 minutes is all that movie get before its time to change it. Same for Punch Drunk love and just about every other fill PTA has made. This movie looks great though.

  • July 20, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    pretentious douchebag, John Lithgow has a really very big head

    by ajit maholtra

    He really does look like an alien.

  • July 21, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Apparently, PTA screened this for Tom Cruise

    by Teddy Artery

    and he flipped out, seeing that it was a thinly veiled critique of Scientology. I'll definitely check it out. There Will Be Blood was amazing.

  • July 21, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    Even if it WASN'T a PT Anderson picture, the trailer STILL looks like we have some INSANE FILM in our hands.

  • July 22, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Hopefully its a more scathing indictment than the trailer shows

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    From the trailer it reminds me a little of "W", in that a movie on a hated man oddly enough kind of showed why people like him, and tried to humanize him. This gives me that vibe, it doesn't look like it's as much of a direct attack on Scientology as I'd hope it would be. Still, looks interesting.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    PT Anderson films releases...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...for me, have become events, much like Malick's and Kubrick films before them. Very excited for this.

  • July 22, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    All downhill since Magnolia

    by Batty

    For me "There will be blood" was THE most disappointing movie of the last couple of years and having seen the available "Master"-trailers so far I don't think PTA's new one will be any different. Damn good poster though. I like J. Phoenix as an actor but here he has "GIVE! ME! MY! GODDAMN! OSCAR!" written on his forehead in every scene he's in. And I don't like that.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I just read the early draft script and it's great!

    by Griefo

    You can download it via bit torrent at this link: or