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The Master, Cheryl Cole and Britney Spears

22 Sep

The Master – the new movie from Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) has had a brilliant opening weekend in the US.

The Master, which was highly acclaimed by critics at the recent Venice Film Festival, almost completely sold out at every cinema in New York and LA.

The movie stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, an intellectual who founds a new religious organisation which bears more than a little resemblance to Scientology (Anderson is said to have been partly inspired by L Ron Hubbard’s life story). Dodd picks as his right hand man an unlikely person in Freddie Quell, an alcoholic sex obsessed sailor played by Joaquin Phoenix.

For dangerous off the scale drinks The Master is the first movie to challenge cult movie Withnail And I. During The Master Freddie Quell is seen making drinks from rocket fuel as well as mixing a cocktail from the chemicals in a photographer’s darkroom.

The Master is a powerhouse of a movie and with the role of Freddie Quell Joaquin Phoenix seems assured of an Oscar nomination and at the moment he would already be a strong frontrunner to lift the Best Actor prize.

Incidentally The Master has been shot in 65mm. This provides a much higher resolution image than the standard 35mm film. The last big movie to be shot in this format before The Master was Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 film Hamlet although US director Ron Fricke, best known for his work on Koyaanisqatsi, released the 2011 work Samsara in 65mm but it was described more as a guided meditation than a movie.

As well as Phoenix and Hoffman The Master also stars Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Ambyr Childers.

The Master will be released in UK cinemas on 02 November 2012.

Cheryl Cole and Britney Spears to Duet – it seems that Cheryl may finally get a chance to break into the US market.

Cheryl’s pal Will.I.Am has just returned from the US where he was helping Britney out during the judges houses section of the X Factor USA.

It seems that while he was there he took the opportunity to chat to Britney about a possible duet with the UK’s princess of pop.

A source was quoted as saying that the Black Eyed Peas star said to Britney that “he was writing a great new track and wanted his ‘two favourite girls’ to record it together at his home studio.”

Cheryl has made no secret of the fact that she would like to break into the US although her experience with X Factor USA last year has no doubt left her a little wary of any new move to break into the American market.

As Cheryl’s manager as well as her friend Will.I.Am is always looking out for new opportunities for the singer. He has previously said that he would like her to work with Rihanna. After their massive success in the US market how long before he suggests a collaboration with One Direction?

Will.I.Am’s newest album was due to have been released by this time but has been delayed after tracks were leaked online. The new album #willpower is said to contain a track featuring Britney Spears.

 
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