Morning Must-Read: New 'Master' Clip, Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse' IMAX/3D Plans and Jodie Foster Defends Kristen Stewart

One of my most-anticipated films for the second half of 2012 has to be Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. (OK, fine, I have about 20 “most-anticipated” films for the remainder of the year, but The Master easily would be in the Top 5 on that list.) PTA’s past films have been spectacular, and he has assembled an amazing cast for what looks to be a taut conflict between strong-willed protagonists. 
 
I’m also hearing that Joaquin Phoenix is off-the-charts great in Master, and you can get a good sense of what he’s trying to do in the latest clip, which dropped this morning in support of a Chicago benefit screening. In the film, Phoenix plays a drifter who is taken under the wing of a charismatic leader of a religious cult (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Amy Adams also co-stars.
 
The Master will play a few key film festivals in September en route to its Sept. 14 release date. Here’s the latest clip, titled “She Wrote Me a Letter.” (Courtesy of Awards Daily)

 
On the topic of potential awards contenders, The Sopranos creator David Chase has a new movie coming out called Not Fade Away, which was selected to be the Centerpiece Gala feature for the New York Film Festival. The screening, which will be the film’s World Premiere, will be held on Oct. 6. Chase’s film is described as a coming-of-age story about teenage friends in the mid-1960s who decide to form a band. Paramount Vantage will roll the film out beginning Dec. 21.
 
Panic Room partners, unite! Jodie Foster penned an editorial for The Daily Beast supporting beleaguered starlet Kristen Stewart. In the piece, Foster writes about her own experiences as a child celebrity, advising KStew, “This too shall pass.” It’s a good read.
 
And here’s some good news for Steven Spielberg fans: The iconic director tells Yahoo that he’s “going to do an IMAX camera test, [both] a 2 and 3D test for my next movie Robopocalypse, and I haven't decided whether I'm going to use the IMAX cameras, and I haven't decided whether it's going to be 2D or 3D yet, but I am in September going to start doing some tests.” It’s exciting to see Spielberg continually experiment with the new technological tools at his disposal. His mo-cap, 3D Tintin was a blast. We can’t wait to see what he does with Robopocalypse.
 
Casting News: A string of casting announcements broke overnight. Here’s what we’ve collected so far.
 
Star Trek beauty Zoe Saldana has signed on to play jazz vocalist/pianist Nina Simone in a planned biopic titled Nina. The film will be written and directed by Cynthia Mort (Tell Me You Love Me).
 
Jake Gyllenhaal has attached his name to Mississippi Grind, a gambling drama written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (It’s Kind of a Funny Story). Gyllenhaal next will be seen in David Ayer’s cop drama End of Watch.
 
Carey Mulligan is circling Nancy and Danny, a dark, comedic thriller that will be directed by James Marsh (Man on a Wire) from a Brad Ingelsby script.
 
Meanwhile, Super 8 star Elle Fanning is set to star in Olive’s Ocean, an adaptation of Kevin Henke’s 2004 Newbury Award-winning young adult novel by the same name.
 
And finally, two of the strongest actors working today – Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon – have agreed to headline The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard’s stage play. Hardy previously starred in the play, and will resume the role of Sam, a man living in a South Dakota Indian reservation who attempts to drink his life away. Shannon, according to Variety, will play Sam’s older brother. I’d watch these guys read the phone book, obviously. And for comic-book fans, it’s your chance to see Superman’s chief adversary (Shannon) face off against Batman’s back-breaking foe (Hardy). Good stuff! 
 
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