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Philip Seymour Hoffman heading back to TV in new comedy series

January 16th, 2014 8:50pm EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is returning to his TV roots with a new dark comedy about the pursuit of happiness.

The Master star will feature alongside Kathryn Hahn as his onscreen wife and Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as his boss in Happyish, a series which will air on America's Showtime network. A premiere date has yet to be set.

Hoffman landed his first acting role in an episode of crime drama Law & Order in 1991.

Happyish will be the 46 year old's first new job since completing a stint in rehab to tackle substance abuse issues last May (13). He spent more than 20 years sober before ...

Actor Christopher Evan Welch dies

December 3rd, 2013 3:20am EST
Christopher Evan Welch
The Master actor Christopher Evan Welch has died.

He passed away on Monday at a Los Angeles hospital, his agents have confirmed. He is believed to have been 48 years old and the cause of his death has yet to be revealed.

Welch was a frequent presence on television with his work on The Sopranos, The Good Wife and Rubicon, as well as the stage, including multiple roles in Broadway plays.

He also worked with acclaimed film directors over the years including twice with Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds and Lincoln, Paul Thomas Anderson in The Master, and Woody Allen in Vicky Cristina Bar...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Master'

March 12th, 2013 10:00am EDT
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Hoffman.  Phoenix.  Anderson.  "The Master."  We’re checking out the latest from the "Boogie Nights" helmer out now from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Follow the reviewed teachings below.



   Title: "The Master"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

   Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 144 minutes

   Release Company: The Weinstein Company / Anchor Bay Entertainment



The Flick: For me "The Master" has the same problem all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films ha...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 10th, 2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Best Movies of 2012

December 24th, 2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...

'Resident Evil' Wins Weekend Box Office & 'The Master' Breaks Cinema Records

September 17th, 2012 8:29am EDT
REsident Evil Retribution
"Resident Evil: Retribution," the fifth installment of the zombie thriller series based on the popular video game franchise, debuted at number one at the weekend box office. The film, starring Milla Jovovich, grossed $21.1 million.

In second place was "Finding Nemo 3D," a reformatted version of the 2003 animated movie. The film took in $17.5 million. Last week's number one, horror film "The Possession," slipped to number three with $6 million.

Also making waves was director Paul Thomas Anderson's new film "The Master." The movie is loosely based on the story of late author and Church of S...

Weekend Movie Preview: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ ‘Stolen,’ ‘Liberal Arts’ & More

September 14th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Resident Evil Retribution Poster
This week has a few promising films coming out, so I’m going to talk about a couple of limited release flicks in addition to mainstream ones. Arriving in theaters today are “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Stolen,” “Liberal Arts,” “Arbitrage,” and “The Master.”

MY PICK: “Liberal Arts”


The Umbrella Corporation’s T-virus continues to devastate the planet, transforming humans into legions of flesh eating zombies. Mankind’s last hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), wakes up in the heart of the evil company’s clandestine facility, where she uncovers more of her past, t...

'The Master' Rules Venice Film Festival

September 9th, 2012 2:08pm EDT
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New movie The Master was the toast of the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Saturday night after scoring the top prizes, including acting awards for stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson was awarded the Silver Lion prize for direction for his work on the film, which is loosely based on late author and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The movie's stars Phoenix and Hoffman shared the festival's acting prize, but the picture lost out on the festival's highest honor - the coveted Golden Lion Award - to South Korean drama Pieta.


Joaquin Phoenix Studied Caged Animals For Role In 'The Master'

September 6th, 2012 4:54pm EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix studied the behavior of caged animals in order to play a crazed prisoner in new movie The Master.

In the upcoming drama, the Gladiator star plays Freddie Quell, a troubled World War II veteran who turns violent when he begins questioning his mentor Lancaster Dodd, portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And, in order to get in the right mindset for a scene in which the pair get thrown into neighboring prison cells, the 37 year old watched videos of animals held in captivity in a bid to imitate their deranged habits.

He tells the New York Times, "You can see their brain...

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