Monday, April 22, 2024

Scientology-Like Group Called “Cult” in Trailer for Oscar-Buzzed Fall Movie


The trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is out–you can see it in our video play at the bottom of the home page. It’s loosely based on the storyof how L. Ron Hubbard started Scientology. And the world “cult” is used in the trailer to describe the group that Lancaster Dodd, the Hubbard character, starts. The movie seems to be about a drifter played by Joaquin Phoenix who inspires Dodd but then turns on him. It appears that he has to be eliminated in order for Dodd’s work to go on. Anderson showed a rough cut of the film to Tom Cruise last spring as a courtesy–Cruise appeared in Anderson’s “Magnolia” years ago. Cruise, I was told, wasn’t thrilled with the film. Apparently Anderson has simply persevered. Given the revelations this summer about Cruise and Scientology, “The Master” is set to start a firestorm this fall.

Watch the trailer in the video player.

Read more about Scientology, too, by Tony Ortega, who does a great job in the Village Voice:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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