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« on: June 11, 2010, 11:04:38 AM »

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          Will Scientologists Declare War on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master?

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They shirk modern psychiatry and seek happiness by reducing their "thetan" levels. Over the years, they've grown into an international multimillion dollar organization accused of intimidating their enemies with scare tactics and pushing the law to its limits in the name of self-preservation, earning a reputation for shadowy, cult-like dealings that once famously earned them comparison to the Mafia by Time Magazine. Perhaps even worse, they're responsible for the bizarre celebrity spectacle that is Tom Cruise. But did the Church of Scientology have enough far-reaching power to block Universal from green lighting the latest Paul Thomas Anderson opus?

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Let's look at what we know about the P.T. Anderson project. It centers around a man (Philip Seymour Hoffman, the only name currently attached to the film) who starts a faith-based organization that becomes popular in 1952 America -- exactly the year L. Rob Hubbard expanded his Dianetics self-help system and established the Church of Scientology. The film explores "The Master's" relationship with a young drifter named Freddie who joins the fold and becomes his Number 2 officer, only to later question both the faith and its figurehead in later years -- something plenty of high and low ranking Scientologists alike have done over the years, many publicly denouncing the organization on their way out. The Master employs interrogation-style psychotherapy procedures not unlike the "audit" process basic to Scientology, and spends time living in seclusion with his inner circle on a ship, which Hubbard himself did in the 1960s.

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Although Anderson's film will no doubt be much more than a mere $35 million slam against Scientology -- we're talking epic examinations of humanity, greed, and faith, connecting The Master to Anderson's previous films Magnolia and There Will Be Blood -- will those real-life comparisons come a little too close for comfort for the Church that L. Ron built? Scientologists have never been a particularly friendly lot when it comes to receiving criticism; Mary Sue herself was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail for masterminding an illegal intelligence-gathering operation, sanctioned by the Church, in which members stole files attempting to suppress anti-Scientology press from the likes of Interpol, the IRS, and other government agencies. IN REAL LIFE. The aforementioned Time Magazine piece from 1991 is filled with frightening accounts of intimidation and harassment allegedly suffered by those critical of the Church that would make Sun Tzu proud.


http://www.film.com/features/story/scientologists-declare-war-paul-thomas/38765823

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 09:29:55 AM »

          Paul Thomas Anderson Plans To Shoot Scientology Film ‘The Master’ in     August 2010


http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/07/15/paul-thomas-anderson-plans-to-shoot-scientology-film-the-master-in-august-2010/#ixzz0tmg9QQws
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2010, 09:53:00 AM »

I bet it will do better at the Box Office than "Knight and Day"!!!! 
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 04:05:48 PM »

              Paul Thomas Anderson set to shoot his Scientology Film.

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http://io9.com/5589108/paul-thomas-anderson-set-to-shoot-his-scientology-film

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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2010, 09:10:52 AM »

An In-Depth Look At Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Religious Cult Screenplay


http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-depth-look-at-paul-thomas-andersons.html
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2010, 11:55:22 PM »


   

      P.T. Anderson’s Scientology Satire “The Master” Postponed Indefinitely

Those who read early drafts of the script saw parallels between Anderson’s script and L. Ron Hubbard and his Church of Scientology. Philip Seymour Hoffman was set to play the cult leader, while Jeremy Renner was rumored to be playing his apprentice Freddie Sutton.

After Universal bowed out, River Road stepped in to take over the production, but in an interview with Total Film, Jeremy Renner said the project has been “postponed indefinitely at this point.”  He went on to say:

    “It really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing — Phil, Paul and myself — we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn’t overcome. Or at least Paul couldn’t overcome.”

Renner’s statements suggest that the wall constantly confronted in rehearsals had more to do with the screenplay than anything external. Paul Thomas Anderson is an exacting writer and director, so if something just isn’t flowing with the narrative and characters, it might have convinced the director some rewrites were in order.

If not creative in nature, is the “wall” simply a matter of financing, the routine killer of any exciting project?  It could be that financiers are balking on the proposed budget.  P.T. Anderson is known for making relatively complex and big budget dramas.  It might not be cost-effective in this economy.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that the wall appeared in the form of Scientologist’s within the film industry trying to block production.  The organization has been known to use less-than-savory tactics in dealing with critics and former members.  Take a look at the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson as well as Operation Snowhite in which the organization infiltrated 136 government agencies to destroy records.  Or research Operation Freakout, a plan to have journalist and author Paulette Cooper either imprisoned or committed to a mental institution (ironic considering their hatred of psychiatry).  Evidence of Operation Freakout was later uncovered by the FBI during an investigation into the Church of Scientology.

Do you think Scientologists are to blame for the postponement or that rehearsals revealed script problems that needed ironing out?

If the former is the case, then perhaps the individuals known as Anonymous will once again take to the streets with their V for Vendetta masks and protest.

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/28787/p-t-anderson%E2%80%99s-scientology-satire-%E2%80%9Cthe-master%E2%80%9D-postponed-indefinitely/
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010, 04:05:03 PM »

      Why has P.T. Anderson's Scientology movie been canned? 3 theories


The Master features riveting subject matter, a top director, and supremely talented actors — Jeremy Renner and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Why has production ground to a halt?
posted on September 24, 2010, at 6:55 AM


The Master, a Scientology parable in the making from There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, has been "postponed indefinitely" according to one of the film's stars, Jeremy Renner. The actor recently told Total Film magazine that "it really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing —Phil, Paul, and myself — we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn't overcome." Given the film's subject matter — it tells the story of a religion called the Cause that has striking similarities to Scientology — film critics are speculating that some hidden controversy may have pushed the film onto the back burner. Here are three theories:

1. Script issues: "Renner’s statements suggest that the wall constantly confronted in rehearsals had more to do with the screenplay than anything external,"  says DJ Pangburn at Death and Taxes. Anderson, who's been nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars three times, is known for being a perfectionist. If the script didn't seem to be working well in rehearsal, "it might have convinced the director some rewrites were in order."

2. Scientology or money worries: "It would have to be one heck of a script problem to halt everything," says Monika Bartyzel at Moviefone. A more likely reason to stop production is fear of a Scientology backlash. "Or maybe it wasn't a thematic issue at all, and the money just couldn't come together."

3. Creative Artists Agency (CAA): "Conspiracy theorists have other ideas," says Jack Bremer at The First Post. CAA, Hollywood's leading talent agency, was packaging The Master, and that could have made for an awkward conflict of interest. Two of the agency's biggest clients are outspoken Scientologist Tom Cruise and Will Smith, who, while not a known Scientologist, has donated to groups affiliated with the church and "been known to attend Scientology events."

See 12 photos from "The Master" here...
http://theweek.com/article/index/207436/why-has-pt-andersons-scientology-movie-been-canned-3-theories
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2010, 06:22:08 PM »

   For those interested in the Film industry...

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              Paul Thomas Anderson to Adapt Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’

With PTA’s “The Master” off the table for now (because of Scientologists?) the auteur is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s psychedelic noir “Inherent Vice.”


Full disclosure: I actually heard about this marriage of filmmaker and writer directly from the horses’s mouth (someone at CAA) in early 2010, but kept my mouth shut out of my respect for Pynchon and the person who told me that Anderson was involved.  Apart from a small group of my friends, it was probably only known in small circles at CAA.  And when I say the horse’s mouth, I mean one person removed from Pynchon himself, which made me dizzy with glee at the revelation.

Well, now it’s out in the aether and all the beautiful strangeness of this project can finally be discussed.

“Inherent Vice” is psychedelic or ‘sunshine noir,’ a very rare sub-genre of noir fiction.  Many superficial comparisons have been made to the Coen Brothers‘ masterpiece “The Big Lebowski,” but that’s only because it’s the most well-known example of the genre, and perhaps the only one known to most people.

If you really want to go back to the origins of psychedelic or sunshine noir, check out Terry Southern’s maniacal novel “Flash & Filigree” or Thomas Pynchon’s short novel “The Crying of Lot 49.”  Both precede “The Big Lebowski” by at least 40 years.  And the fact of the matter is that “Inherent Vice” shares only the concept of a stoned main character in the anti-wonderland of Los Angeles. The two stories are, in fact, quite different.

The word from Hollywood is that Anderson is eying Robert Downey Jr. for the role of ‘gumsandal’ Doc Sportello, a private eye based in Gordita Beach (a fictional amalgamation of Manhattan Beach–where Pynchon once lived–and Venice Beach, from what I could gather).  Doc’s ex-girlfriend Shasta shows up on his doorstep and asks for his help in foiling a plot that will have her current boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann admitted to a mental institution.

Thus begins a very strange and stemwinding trip starting with Doc’s visit to one of Wolfmann’s real-estate developments that doubles as a whorehouse, where’s he’s knocked out by his arch-nemesis LA detective Bigfoot Bjornson (a man who loves chocolate-covered bananas).  Doc is soon searching for a missing surf rock musician, Coy Harlingen–an informant and agent-provocateur for the FBI–who tells Doc about a mysterious gang of smugglers called ‘The Golden Fang.’

He next discovers a possible connection in the Chryskylodon Institute, which seems rather like a symbol for all Californian New Age spirituality as well as a veiled reference to Scientology–which should give Anderson the fix he’s temporarily lost with ‘The Master.’

It’s great visualizing Doc stumbling through his own psychedelic wasteland in “Inherent Vice,” and should be a pleasure watching Anderson direct Pynchon’s vision.  Anderson gets Los Angeles like no other filmmaker.

And if Downey can dial himself down a bit and enter into a slow-motion version of himself, this could be a great new entry in cinematic psychedelic noir.

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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2011, 07:45:47 PM »

           Paul Thomas Anderson Close to Financing for His Scientology Film and an  Adaptation of INHERENT VICE


by Adam Chitwood    Posted:February 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

If you’ve been yearning for a new Paul Thomas Anderson film like the rest of us cinephiles, we’ve got some very good news for you. It looks like billionaire heiress Megan Ellison (daughter of Oracle boss Larry Ellison) is in negotiations to co-finance not one, but two new Paul Thomas Anderson films! The writer/director had been working on a religious drama said to revolve around the founding of a Scientology-like religion tentatively titled The Master, but was getting nowhere finding financing (this is Hollywood after all; just look at the vitriol spewed at Paul Haggis following his denunciation of Scientology).

The film was set to star Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the founder of a spiritual movement called the Cause, with Jeremy Renner taking on the role of his young protégé. Vulture reports that Renner was forced to drop out of the project given his full schedule (offers started pouring in following his Oscar-nominated turn in The Hurt Locker), but Hoffman is still attached to the film. Hit the jump for much more, including the status of Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pychon’s period crime-drama Inherent Vice.

In addition to co-financing Anderson’s religious drama, Ellison is also coming to the rescue of Inherent Vice. The adaptation of the Pychon novel follows Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, a pothead private eye wandering through the Summer (and Winter) of Love in 1969 Los Angeles, tracking down the killer of a woman’s wealthy lover. Anderson is apparently not only finished with a first draft of the script, but is already halfway through a second pass. Furthermore, he’s secured the blessing of Pychon himself, consulting with him frequently throughout the scripting process.

When we reported on the project back in December, Anderson was keen to cast Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role of the film. That’s apparently still his intention, and given that RDJ has recently dropped out of Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, the actor should have some time in his schedule later this year to take on the role if he so desires.

Personally, I’m beyond ecstatic to hear that a new PTA flick is in the near future. Throw in the possibility of two Anderson films getting financing, and I’m over the moon. The guy has nary a spot on his resume, and is one of Hollywood’s true auteurs. The idea of him working with an actor as gifted as Robert Downey Jr. (as well as re-teaming with the always amazing Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is almost too good to be true.

Megan Ellison, the fairy godmother in all of this, has only recently gotten into the producing business with spectacular results. She co-financed True Grit with her brother David and is also co-financing John Hillcoat’s much-anticipated adaptation of The Wettest County in the World starring Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy. All I can say is, thank you thank you thank you!


http://collider.com/paul-thomas-anderson-scientology-movie-inherent-vice/75626/
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2011, 08:37:59 AM »

        Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology movie gets funding

FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Conspiracy theorists rejoice! It looks like Paul Thomas Anderson's long-planned movie vilifying Scientology hasn't yet settled in for a permanent dirtnap. So much for the L.A. Celebrity Centre controlling everything in Hollywood.

The New Yorker says the tentatively titled flick The Master, based on a worshiper's disaffection with a new religion known as the Cause (gee, what's that a stand-in for?), has found an angel investor in the form of billionaire Megan Ellison. She's the 25-year-old daughter of Oracle honcho Larry Ellison, in case you're not up on your high society news. She's also reportedly bankrolling Anderson's take on Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, about a weed-smoking P.I. in 1969 L.A. who helps an old girlfriend fine out what happened to her missing sugar daddy.

The Master, meanwhile, has been in limbo since Universal Pictures decided not to fork over $35 million to make it. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is reportedly still on board to play the alcoholic founder of The Cause, but Jeremy Renner has bowed out of playing the protagonist because of the delay. Maybe Tom Cruise will be available.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/juice/content/paul-thomas-andersons-scientology-movie-gets-funding
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2011, 07:06:34 PM »

           Joaquin Phoenix in Talks for Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Drama




Joaquin Phoenix has flirted with joining a lot of films since his self-reflexive work in I'm Still Here -- he was courted for Armie Hammer's role in J. Edgar and met for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -- but he has yet to pick up a follow-up project. Perhaps he was just holding out for a big fish: Variety reports that the actor is in talks to join The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's thinly veiled Scientology drama which found financing in February. If he signs, he'd play the roughneck apprentice to Philip Seymour Hoffman's religious leader; Jeremy Renner was at one point attached to the role, but has since gone on to film Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol with high-profile Scientologist Tom Cruise. [Variety]


http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/joaquin_phoenix_in_talks_for_p.html
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2011, 05:24:44 PM »

                      Tom Cruise trying to stop Scientology movie?
Thursday, April 28 2011, 19:05 BST
By Mike Moody, Entertainment Reporter




A rep for Tom Cruise has denied claims that the actor is trying to stop the production of a movie that could reveal "secrets" of Scientology.

Life & Style reported that Cruise has attempted to halt filming on an upcoming film called The Master, because it concerns a religion similar to Scientology and proposes to unveil details about the religion's practices.

However, Cruise's rep has called those claims "untrue", reports Gossip Cop.

There Will be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson is reportedly preparing to make a film that centres on a man called The Master - played by Philip Seymour Hoffman - who leads a faith-based organisation similar to Scientology in the 1950s.

Joaquin Phoenix was recently linked to the project in the role of Hoffman's increasingly disenchanted follower.

Cruise was reportedly approached to appear on Fox's Glee recently.

The actor is currently filming Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a316973/tom-cruise-trying-to-stop-scientology-movie.html
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 01:21:20 PM »


       The Master due for release 2013

One page of script.... Discussion

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2011/04/more-details-on-master-plus-1-page-of.html#more
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2011, 05:43:12 PM »

           Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Movie Bought By Weinstein Company


It's not uncommon for a film to hit out at organized religion, but a long-gestating Paul Thomas Anderson script is ready to do the uncomfortable: take on, in metaphor, the Hollywood-centric Church of Scientology.

Deadline reports that Anderson's proposed film, once under the working title, "The Master," but now without a name, has had its worldwide distribution rights bought by the Weinstein Company following a multi-studio bidding war. It guarantees a global audience for the film, which will star Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man who creates a religion in 1952, and Joaquin Phoenix as his second in command.

The film, which begins shooting in June, is a long time coming; the script was finished in 2009 and then shelved before the recent movement. According to Variety, the first iteration centered on the relationship between The Master (Hoffman's character) and Freddie (the lieutenant, to be played by Phoenix. "As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor," the industry daily reported.

Whether this was originally part of the story or not, the new script has Hoffman as a shaken war veteran who creates the religion in the 50's, which, according to Deadline, "catches on with other lost souls."

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, served in the Navy in World War II, and following his post-war release from the hospital, founded the belief system in 1952.

The group has a fervent following in Hollywood, including stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Clearly, they won't be a part of the film despite Anderson's talents; he's an Oscar-nominated writer/director, whose biggest hits include "Boogie Nights," "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/09/paul-thomas-andersons-scientology-movie_n_859646.html
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2011, 04:50:00 PM »

          Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Film Is Now Untitled Western Project


Submitted by Brendon Connelly on May 13, 2011

Some pieces of the puzzle have lately come together for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next project, a film that was previously best known as The Master. The key stars have recently been set, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix set to take the roles of a man who invents a “belief system” and one of his disciples. This is the picture that everybody has been calling a story about Scientology, and I’m sure that, on some level at least, that’s just what it is.

Earlier in the week, Deadline listed some actresses that Anderson was looking at for roles in the picture:

    Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Lena Endre, Laura Dern.

Sounds like they were being considered for the daughters of “The Master”, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character. If this is a film about Scientology or something like it, then he’s the L. Ron Hubbard figure .

In the same report, Deadline suggested that Anderson’s script for the film has been heavily reworked (since when?). They describe it like this:

    Hoffman stars as a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.

I thought the Phoenix character was the protagonist – maybe it’s that shift of emphasis that brought about the rewrite? I mean, I’m just guessing…

Now, anyhow, none of that plot blurb sounds like prime material for a Western, does it? It’s surprising, then, that the film is now going by the handle Untitled Western Project.

This is according to a new Backstage article, largely about the appointment of Anderson’s regular casting director Cassandra Kulukundis for this film.

So, is this working title just a smokescreen, something to keep Kulukundis’ long line of actors off the scent? Or does this film somehow fit within the Western idiom and earn the label?

Think Western and you might thing big open plains, wide panoramas and, very possibly, a good reason to be shooting in 70mm.

This could certainly be very interesting. I’m not sure I can quite imagine a film that’s a) set in post-war America b) fulfills the generic requirements of a Western and c) tackles a constructed religion made in the image of Scientology. A curious weave.

Of course, there’s another alternative… that Anderson is about to make a different film, a Western but nothing to do with “Masters” or Dianetics or any such bunk. Seems like a long shot, but I still wouldn’t be surprised.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/05/13/paul-thomas-andersons-next-film-is-now-untitled-western-project/
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