Despite the fact that Universal passed on financing the picture, Paul Thomas Anderson is still working on his next film The Master, about a man who creates a ‘faith-based organization’ that mushrooms into an empire in the ’50s.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeremy Renner are on board, and now Anderson is working to cast some of the major female roles. Among the possible actresses to appear are Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll.
The Playlist reported last week that PTA had put an offer out to Reese Witherspoon which, if accepted, would cast her as Mary-Sue, wife of the title character (Hoffman) who “acts as his caretaker and vigilant lieutenant.”
The other primary female role is Elizabeth, daughter of Mary-Sue and the master. Three actresses are being considered for that role, says Production Weekly (via The Playlist): Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll.

All three are intriguing candidates, but Seyfried and Stone both have upcoming commitments. Seyfried has The Girl with the Red Riding Hood and Stone has The Help. Depending on when PTA wants to put The Master before cameras, those commitments could put them out of the running. Woll has a few films in the can (Mother’s Day, Highland Park, Little Murder) and may still have commitments to True Blood. That said, you know that if there’s a way for any of these three to make their schedule work with a role in a PTA film they’re going to make an effort to get things to work out.

Keep in mind that, while an offer has gone out to Witherspoon, no offer is yet out to any of the other three women for the role of Elizabeth. And, for that matter, there’s still the suggestion that The Master is a provisional title for the film.

Reese Witherspoon and new boyfriend Jim Toth watch while son Deacon plays in a soccer game at a Recreation Center in Brentwood. Reese was also spotted at the Vital Voices & Avon Host Breakfast Meeting, Washinton on May 10th. Check out the pics below.

May 10th: Vital Voices & Avon Host Breakfast Meeting, Washinton
May 8th: Watch Deacon playing in a soccer game in Brentwood



  New rumors have surfaced that Reese Witherspoon is “window shopping” and “eyeing diamonds” for a future ring that would turn new boyfriend Jim Toth in to her hubby.

Despite rumors, a source says Witherspoon and Toth are definitely happy together, and the relationship is headed in a good direction.

One source close to the actress says, Toth is a “really good guy” and those in her circle like him.

Another source adds they are “happily dating,” but talk of a ring right now is “not true.”

There you have it ladies and gents, rumors stay rumors.

Charlie’s Angels director McG is gearing up for the new action romantic comedy This Means War. The film is about two spy buddies who are fighting over the same girl. The combination of their feelings and skills culminates in them demolishing New York City. Bradley Cooper was originally set to star in the flick but dropped out. The official reason is it conflicts with the filming of The Hangover 2 but some are speculating that This Means War may be a bomb due to tons of rewrites.

The script was optioned back in 1998. Timothy Dowling (Role Models), Burr Steers (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) & Marcus Gautesen share screenwriting credit.

Recently there were rumors that Seth Rogen and Chris Pine were both vying for the lead. Many are now venturing to say that both Pine (in the lead) and Rogen may costar as the friends who are fighting over the girl, Lauren (played by Reese Witherspoon). An offer has been made to Pine but he hasn’t accepted it yet.

Seth Rogen and Reese Witherspoon have proven their chops with romantic comedies. Chris Pine recently showed that he could pull of an action role in Star Trek and McG is known for blending all three. Despite early hiccups this movie has the potential to be a hit.

Reese Witherspoon brought her children –  Deacon Reese Phillippe,  6, and Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, 10 – with her to the White House for the Easter Egg Roll.  People also reports that Reese and the kids went to an Easter Sunday church service in Los Angeles with her new boyfriend Jim Toth a few days ago

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April 5th: Annual White House Easter Egg Roll