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What should Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie be about?

So, you’ve spent your weekend watching, dissecting, and violently debating Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. But what now?

The feted filmmaker has yet to confirm his next project, although he has begun the process of adapting Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice into a movie. But since that’s far from concrete, P.T. Anderson’s next subject is still very much up in the air.

So PopWatch has some suggestions!

Since we’ve already divined the ingredients to what makes an Anderson feature go, we figured we’d offer up some ideas for his next one. Keeping in mind that the director has a soft spot for compelling huckster-hustlers propagating some sort of American dream/scam/movement, we came up with a few topics or figures that we think would serve as great backdrops for his next movie:

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PopWatch Planner: 'The Master,' Britney vs. Christina, and 'Glee'

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Although Summer is almost over, it  doesn’t mean you won’t have anything to look forward to come fall. September not only brings us the beginning of the new TV season, but an onslaught of Oscar contenders in theaters — including The Master, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. What other pop culture delights can you indulge in this week? See below to find out.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman really, really doesn't want to talk about Scientology, you idiot!

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In The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the charismatic founder of a spiritual movement he invented after World War II. His group claims to help practitioners free themselves from traumatic life experiences. Oh, and a boat is involved.

But Hoffman’s character, Lancaster Dodd, is definitely not a thinly-veiled version of L. Ron Hubbard. And his movement is definitely, definitely not a slightly altered spin on Scientology. Nope. Not at all.

The Oscar-winning actor said as much — early and often — in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. In fact, he’d really appreciate if everyone would just stop it with all the Scientology stuff: “It’s not a Scientology movie. It’s something else,” he told writer Rachel Dodes. And that’s pretty much all he would say, despite Dodes’ efforts to, you know, interview him:

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'The Master' clip: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix talk about love -- VIDEO

The peculiar promotional campaign for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master took another freaky-cool step today with the release of yet another entrancingly weird clip from the film. Doubling as a promotion for a special charity screening of the film tonight at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, the clip raises the curtain just a bit more on the methods of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Lancaster Dodd. His faith-based group seizes the attention of Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Sutton, a WWII vet and lost soul who somehow seems both sweet and deeply creepy when talking with Dodd about the woman he’s most sweet on. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

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