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Master of the Indies

It was a record-breaking weekend for The Master, P.T. Anderson’s latest starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. The film brought in $728,745, which didn’t strike us as much of a big deal either, until we learned that it was only playing in five theaters this weekend.

As such, it set a new record for per-screen earnings: $145,949.

Master of Arts

  • Najib Benouar

The last time we checked in on stylishness returning to the big screen, our list of this year’s crop of promising movies ended with The Master. All we had was a short teaser then—director Paul Thomas Anderson has been patently tight-lipped about the film—but the trailer has finally been released. (All part of a calculated media rollout, which began in Cannes last year when a shadowy poster appeared with only the words “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” on it.) We finally get to see Philip Seymour Hoffman in all of his L. Ron Hubbard-ness, donning a navy double-breasted blazer and addressing a yet-to-be-revealed audience. It’s all very intriguing and creepy at the same time—especially with everyone dressed in dusty ’50s-era high-waisted slacks.

We’ve got the trailer here for you, after the jump.»

Presidential Pull-Ups, Modernist Architecture, and the New Hoff


Strong Leadership: Apparently the fourth debate will be in the form of a pushup race. [Gawker]

The Grapes of Wright:The economy is taking its toll on classical modernist architecture. So it ain’t all bad. [Unbeige]

Pop-Art Popped: Unfortunately, our boy Murakami is feeling the pinch too. [Luxist]

Manning the Hoff: Phillip Seymour Hoffman continues to spawn disheveled, method-prone children. [Daily Intel]