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Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology movie gets funding

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Conspiracy theorists rejoice! It looks like Paul Thomas Anderson's long-planned movie vilifying Scientology hasn't yet settled in for a permanent dirtnap. So much for the L.A. Celebrity Centre controlling everything in Hollywood.

The New Yorker says the tentatively titled flick The Master, based on a worshiper's disaffection with a new religion known as the Cause (gee, what's that a stand-in for?), has found an angel investor in the form of billionaire Megan Ellison. She's the 25-year-old daughter of Oracle honcho Larry Ellison, in case you're not up on your high society news. She's also reportedly bankrolling Anderson's take on Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, about a weed-smoking P.I. in 1969 L.A. who helps an old girlfriend fine out what happened to her missing sugar daddy.

The Master, meanwhile, has been in limbo since Universal Pictures decided not to fork over $35 million to make it. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is reportedly still on board to play the alcoholic founder of The Cause, but Jeremy Renner has bowed out of playing the protagonist because of the delay. Maybe Tom Cruise will be available.

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