UPDATE 7/30: I just heard that “The Master” will premiere at Venice after all.
I remember a few years ago writing about a movie Paul Thomas Anderson was trying to make called “The Master,” about a religious guru who seemed to not so coincidentally resemble L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology leader. He was having a hard time raising money for it because, of course, it didn’t seem commercial enough. He finally got it done, though, and now the buzz around the movie is so strong they’re moving the release date up. Times do change.
“The Master” has been bumped a month early to a very limited release on September 14th, with expansion on September 21st. In exchange, The Weinstein Company has pushed Brad Pitt’s “Killing Me Softly” to October 19th.
Does this mean the movie will premiere in theaters without being shown at any of the major festivals? It wasn’t announced for Venice, and opening on September 14th takes it out of consideration for New York. It wasn’t announced for Toronto, but they are adding films to the lineup they put out a few days ago so it’s still possible it might sneak in there.
I’m looking forward to hearing about it, and now just hope that after all the mystery adn stories this one doesn’t disappoint.
“The Master” stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.