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.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.



Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.