Last week, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" opened in limited release and shattered attendance records playing to packed houses all weekend long in New York and Los Angeles. Today the film expands to nearly 800 locations across the U.S. and Canada including 70mm presentations in Seattle, Boston, Washington DC, Austin, Toronto, Oakland as well as NYC and LA. For those of you outside of North America, your patience will be rewarded soon with a film that is absolutely worth the wait but for many readers, today is the day you've been waiting for.
Lucky for you, we've been preparing for today too. Last week we recalled the films' long and winding road to the screen and today we'd like to celebrate in a different way, by introducing you to our "The Master" page. There you'll find a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes info we've been collecting on the film these past few months including interviews, production notes, deleted scenes and more. For those of you have been avidly avoiding spoilers until after you've seen the film, this is the time to dive in. Here's a user's guide:
Read our brief history of the project and then relive that initial excitement by revisiting the film's teasers, trailers and posters featuring a wealth of material not seen in the finished film.
Dive into our brand new Deleted Scenes section to track all of the alternate takes, deleted and extended scenes from those clips that didn't make it into the final cut.
Read the film's Production Notes to dig deep into The Story, The Cast, The Photography, The Design and The Music, featuring quotes from Paul, producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi, production designer Jack Fisk and composer Jonny Greenwood.
Read every interview with Paul Thomas Anderson since "The Master" debuted at Venice -- including Filmmaker Magazine, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Screen Daily, SF Gate, Vancouver Sun and the excellent must-read Village Voice profile -- or watch Paul speak at the TIFF & Venice Press Conferences or at Academy Conversations.
Check out glowing reviews from Variety, NY Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Hollywood Reporter and countless other critics who are still struggling to unlock its mysteries.
Watch Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman discuss their roles in the film or read the LA Times excellent profile of Joaquin Phoenix.But most importantly, enjoy this moment. If you've been reading the site for a while, remember the long road it took to get here and how special it is to be able to see a new Paul Thomas Anderson film in theatres. As we said last week, "See the film, see it more than once, take your friends and remember that we're lucky to live in a world where 'The Master' exists." The next few weeks will be important in proving to studios that getting behind a visionary filmmaker like PTA is a risk worth taking.
Buy Jonny Greenwood's "The Master" soundtrack on Amazon or stream it on Spotify.
Enter our Gone To China Contest to win a copy of the soundtrack.
If you think you plan on seeing the film more than a few times, hold onto your stubs. Personally I'm going to be rounding viewing #5 later this weekend but we have some teaser posters to give away courtesy of The Weinstein Company and we'd like to reward those hardcore fans who keep going back. (Contest details TBD.)
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