The Weinstein Co. will release the eagerly anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master on September 14, making it potentially a pic that might show up at Telluride. It won’t open at Fantastic Fest nor Toronto. The Master, if it lives up to the trailer, looks to be Anderson’s most accomplished film to date. No pressure, though.
It’s a smart move, I think, to get it out there earlier rather than later. It won’t get buried in Oscar-y movies and will have a moment to really sink in. Also, it gives it a bit of distance from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
Speaking of Weinstein Co., Harvey said recently that he wouldn’t mind having a summit on movie violence at some point. Though I joked about it on Twitter, it’s worth noting that I don’t believe, for one second, that movie violence spurs real life violence. There is simply no evidence to back this up. That won’t stop people from thinking it’s movies. God forbid they should ever go after the NRA. God forbid.