Wednesday, September 12, 2012
News Round-Up: Venice Awards, TIFF, Interviews, Soundtrack, More
After a lovely weekend at the Toronto Film Festival, we're back and ready to catch up! Hopefully you all were following along with us on Twitter where we tried to keep up with the avalanche of news as best we could, but if not here is the rundown of what you missed. (It was a lot.) Speed round!
1. 'THE MASTER' WINS BIG IN VENICE
"The Master" picked up a pair of major awards at the Venice Film Festival for Best Actor (tie) for Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Silver Lion Award (Best Director) for PTA. The film had also been selected to receive the Golden Lion Award (Best Film) but the jury was forced to revote due to some silly rules about winning more than one award. Regardless, this is huge great news for the film and both Paul & Harvey Weinstein have spoken out about how happy they are.
2. TIFF PREMIERE
"The Master" had its North American Premiere at TIFF on Friday where I caught the film for a second viewing. It was just as brilliant and enigmatic as the first time and was seemed to be rapturously received by most critics. Paul was there to introduce the film briefly (which was running about an hour behind schedule due to the previous film running over) and you can watch his intro here (taped by me).
3. WATCH THE TIFF PRESS CONFERENCE
You can watch the entire 30 minute TIFF press conference with Paul, producer JoAnne Sellar and Amy Adams. It's quite good and spoiler-free from what I recall. Just look at Paul's reaction when someone brings up Scientology. Priceless.
4. AUSTIN & NYC SCREENINGS
The film had 70mm sneak preview screenings in both Austin and New York this week. Paul was on hand to introduce the Alamo Drafthouse screening in Austin Monday night while Amy Adams and Harvey Weinstein gave introductions at the NYC showing on Tuesday at the Ziegfeld Theatre. There were of course two new teasers cut for the film which you watch below (or find on our "The Master" page as Teaser Trailer #5 & #6). Word on these screenings was (once again) dropped pretty last minute so apologies if you weren't able to get tickets.
5. LA TIMES INTERVIEWS JOAQUIN
The LA Times interviewed Joaquin where he discusses working with Paul, his acting hiatus and how he's not sure if he knows any more about his character now than when he started. Also features some great quotes from Paul.
6. HUFFPO INTERVIEWS PTA
Paul was also interviewed by the Huffington Post where he talks 70mm, cutting those teasers himself and his "natural attraction to redheads." Definitely worth reading. (We've archived it here.)
7. LISTEN TO THE SOUNDTRACK NOW
"The Master" soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood is now available for purchase on Amazon or you can stream it on Spotify. It's wonderful. Also features "No Other Love" and a little ditty by actress Madisen Beaty.
8. ODDS & ENDS
A few other miscellaneous points of interest include Indiewire's Critics Survey of PTA's Best Film, Grantland's look back at Paul and Fiona Apple's relationship, Matt Singer's essay about how "Boogie Nights" pre-explained PTA's move towards 70mm and Kent Jones' epic review of "The Master."
Did we miss anything? Did you miss us?
The film will be released in just over 24 hours in New York and Los Angeles. Do you have your tickets?
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