Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” Hits The Water In New Set Photos

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” Hits The Water In New Set Photos (photo)

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Ever since Paul Thomas Anderson started talking about his next movie “The Master,” the project has been shrouded in controversy. But after a number of setbacks, the movie is now moving steadily ahead as evidenced by new photos from the film’s Mare Island, California set.

As early as 2009 came news that Anderson, famed helmer of “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood,” was working on a script about a World War II vet who founded a new religion. Red flags were raised almost instantly because of perceived similarities between the film’s fake religion, The Cause, and Scientology. The controversy was further heightened by the fact that the The Cause’s founder, Lancaster Dodd, was meant to be played by frequent Anderson collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman, who bears at least a slight resemblance to L. Ron Hubbard, noted science fiction author and founder of Scientology.

Though the film was originally set up through Universal, things fell through ostensibly due to problems over the script, though it’s rumored that high-powered Hollywood Scientologists (of which there are apparently billions), nixed the project before it could get off the ground. Luckily for Anderson fans and Scientology foes, however, Megan Ellison stepped in with some of her dad’s Oracle money to finance the film via her Annapurna Pictures banner (as well as Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice”).

Now, courtesy of Vallejo Community Issues Examiner Patricia Kutza comes our first look at several of the movie’s sets. Filmed on Mare Island off the coast of northern California, the production is making use of both a local mansion as well as the USS Potamac, a former presidential yacht that is docked on the island. While the photos don’t show off any of the cast of “The Master” – which includes Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and others – Mare Island locals Dana and Patrick Vandeweg did manage to spot production workers moving equipment onto the set.

Keep your eyes peeled for more news from the production, assuming the so-called Scientology conspiracy doesn’t do something to the cast and crew’s thetan levels.

Are you counting down the days until “The Master” arrives in theaters? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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