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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 end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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