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#1 Fri 20th Jul 2012 04:18 am

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Joaquin Phoenix to Portray Scientology Victim in 'The Master'

Joaquin Phoenix will portray a victim of scientology in the 1950s in his newest film, The Master. The film will be released in November.

The film will feature a veiled depiction of the beginnings of scientology including one of it's creator the imfamous L. Ron Hubbard (the film's Lancaster Dodd played by Philip Seymour Hoffman)

The trailer does depict the Phoenix character being imprisoned while being interrogated by the Dodd character. So it would seem the film will be touching on some of the controversial claims of member emprisonment and ritual abuse at the hands of scientology ring leaders.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560747/

I like Phoenix for the characters he plays like the one in We Own The Night. Shame what happened to his brother River.

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#2 Fri 20th Jul 2012 04:29 am

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Re: Joaquin Phoenix to Portray Scientology Victim in 'The Master'

This article has a better trailer video.

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-tal … 45359.html

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#3 Fri 20th Jul 2012 04:40 am

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Re: Joaquin Phoenix to Portray Scientology Victim in 'The Master'

http://www.streetbonersandtvcarnage.com … tologists/

Anderson’s new project, The Master, already has a real-life conspiratorial back-story stricken by paranoia and cult madness that could rival the film itself – which is widely referred to as a “thinly veiled” damnation of L. Ron Hubbard and his entire crackpot sci-fi gospel.
But before we get into round two of Scientologists vs Anderson, let’s remember what allegedly happened last year:
Before Anderson’s screenplay was leaked all over the web, The Master was set up at Universal Pictures. Let it be known that Universal Pictures is the studio responsible for funding the upcoming $250 million adaptation of the ’80s boardgame Battleship starring Rihanna, another upcoming $250 million movie starring Keanu Reeves as a Samurai and a recent $50 million Zac Efron flop. These stupid numbers are stupid but important, since Anderson’s movie was budgeted at only $30 million, with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the lead as Hubbard’s facsimile. Not only was it going to be cheap to make, it was triple-sure to make that money back and would definitely win Oscar nominations.
But something weird happened. Suddenly, Universal had cold feet. The budget was much too high. It needed to be lowered, to say, $10-15 million. Then, Universal outright refused to make the movie at all, even when Reese Witherspoon and Jeremy Renner (fresh off Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker) joined the cast as Hoffman’s wife and his drifter-convert protege, respectively. Luckily, the film was saved by a smaller studio called River Road, who knew paydirt when they saw it.
But then shit got really, really weird — weirder than taking an E-meter reading while high on bath salts.
Almost simultaneously, Witherspoon and Renner both jumped ship. Maybe they had Oscar allergies — except, if you looked at their reasons/excuses for bailing, the fingerprints of Tom Cruise and Black Tom Cruise (Will Smith) were all over them. Renner cited scheduling conflicts after he was handpicked by Cruise to costar in his extremely unnecessary third sequel to Mission Impossible. Why would Renner, already set to star in The Avengers, want to play sidecar in a beat franchise? Well, Cruise also offered Renner the reins to the entire franchise in subsequent sequels.
Witherspoon also cited conflicts.

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#4 Tue 4th Sep 2012 10:20 pm

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Re: Joaquin Phoenix to Portray Scientology Victim in 'The Master'

I think the commercial said this has been moved up to Sept. 14th.

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