I Was Born Free

"We're all one thing, Lieutenant. That's what I've come to realize. Like cells in a body. 'Cept we can't see the body. The way fish can't see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell." - Cassie from THE THREE
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While a teaser trailer gave everyone a taste of what to expect earlier today, at Cannes we got a lot more footage from the film which again looks like another unique, cinematic world conjured by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starting with the voiceover and similiar bits of the same pieces from the trailer, the footage unspooled showed much, much more from the film. The first thing to note was that Joaquin Phoenix’s character, named Freddie Sutton in the script leaked last year, is now named Freddie Quell. Falling along the general plot we already know, Freddie comes into the orbit of the enigmatic leader of a — religion? cult? — led by Philip Seymour Hoffman. And let’s be clear — while the name Scientology isn’t mentioned, this is clearly very inspired by the religion. While in recent months the production has taken steps — perhaps for legal reasons — to avoid drawing direct parallels, it’s something that’s going to be very hard to deny.

Wearing a pencil moustache and carrying an air of ambition and importance, not only does Hoffman look like L. Ron Hubbard, in the reel we saw, he describes himself as (among many other things) a writer, doctor and theoretical physicist. Those are all terms that have been used to describe Hubbard over the years. And there are more clues throughout, including some scenes from a very confident looking Amy Adams, who plays Hoffman’s wife Mary-Sue, saying that the the “only way to defend ourselves, is to attack.” Sound like any lawsuit-happy religious group you’ve heard of? And the final scene we were shown might as well be from an auditing session, with Hoffman’s leader peppering Freddie Quell with a serious of personality test style questions.

Visually, it looks fantastic with a graininess and color scheme that seems inspired by Technicolor/’50s film. And remember, this was shot on 65mm stock which is why we’re seeing the kind of texture we get less of in this increasingly digital world. The footage we saw also opens with a great, slow dolly shot down a hallway that was immediately reminiscent of something Stanley Kubrick might have done. The score throughout was the same as was heard in the teaser trailer, though with some added strings in the same atonal universe as “There Will Be Blood.” The cast overall looked universally strong with Phoenix, Hoffman and Adams highlighted. Freddie is portrayed as very much a wildman in what we saw, with Adams noting, “perhaps he’s past help…or insane.” With this line of dialogue followed by a shot of Freddie with his trunks pulled down, masturbating on the beach, it’s clear he’s a man looking for, or in need, of direction.

I’m about to put on Paper Bag to deal with how badly I want to see this movie. (h/t)

Ummmmmm. GULP. (double heart attack..) slip, slurp.

here you go„„,


Happy Birthday, Beautiful Man.

My reaction to the news of Laura Dern joining Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology movie has given me a little bit of sympathy for this dumbass.

The film, which begins shooting in June, is a long time coming; the script was finished in 2009 and then shelved before the recent movement. According to Variety, the first iteration centered on the relationship between The Master (Hoffman’s character) and Freddie (the lieutenant, to be played by Phoenix. “As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor,” the industry daily reported.

Whether this was originally part of the story or not, the new script has Hoffman as a shaken war veteran who creates the religion in the 50’s, which, according to Deadline, “catches on with other lost souls.”

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, served in the Navy in World War II, and following his post-war release from the hospital, founded the belief system in 1952.

Breathing into a paper bag.

Yay, I figured out how to make a gif. (obviously, this is what I started with)

Joaquin Phoenix ”retired” from acting as part of the gimmick behind his documentary I’m Still Here. Now he is looking to return to acting, entering early discussions to join an untitled religious drama from director Paul Thomas AndersonPhilip Seymour Hoffman has already joined the cast.

The story revolves around a religion that closely resembles Scientology. Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Lancaster Dodd, the leader of this new religious group who is simply called “The Master”. He reaches out to Freddie Sutton (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic nomad who steadily rises to become The Master’s second in command. However, Freddie starts to question the motives of his new leader.

Paul Thomas Anderson will direct from his own original screenplay. Megan Ellison and Bill Pohlad will produce alongside Paul Thomas Anderson and his producing partner, JoAnne Sellar. No production schedule was revealed for this untitled project.

Joaquin Phoenix hasn’t landed a feature role since his “retirement,” although he has been in contention for roles in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterJ. Edgar, and Akira. No deals have been made for any of those projects, so it seems this untitled Paul Thomas Anderson project may very well be Joaquin Phoenix's next movie.

How is it that these news items take days to make it to me?!?!

My name is Eli.

but it did happen

Pretty exciting.  Bet you don’t get too many people my age getting braces.

What I want you to do, Janet, is I want you to do your fucking job.