Many comparisons have been made between Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master and the history of Scientology. But, as David Edelstein explains, the challenge of balancing the search for surrogate family with American individualism dominates the film. (Recommended)
Paul Thomas Anderson can be placed in the top tier of American film directors — on the reputation of films such as There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, and his latest, The Master. Film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.
Melissa Block talks with Carrie Kahn about the various men associated with the film linked to violence in North Africa. Some are well-known in the U.S. for anti-Islam views and others say they are Coptic Christians.
An anti-Muslim film is being blamed for eruptions of violence in the Middle East, including an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four people. The film's producer has disappeared. His identity as well as the film's financing and promotion are shrouded in secrecy.
"Mockbusters" are straight-to-video knockoffs of Hollywood hits. They've got a long and glorious history stretching back to '50s B-movies, and NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports they're having a mini-renaissance in the age of SyFy and Netflix streaming.
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