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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
- Scott J. Davis
Whilst films like "Gravity" and "Interstellar" have seen a welcome return of proper science fiction to the cinema, both have also had a strong dose of emotional sentimentality to try and get people not normally into this often cold genre onboard.
From George Clooney's home-spun tales and Sandra Bullock's life affirmation, to Matthew McConaughey's corn-fed pining for his daughter and the infamous 'library in space' third act, both films struggled to be as authentic as possible until it didn't suit the story. This has understandably led to criticisms from both reviewers and the scientific community who believe the New Age pseudo-science convention undermined the films in order to appeal to the 'cheap seats'.
As such, those people are seeking something more objective, serious and credible. It sounds like Ridley Scott, a filmmaker famous for not dealing in sentimentality, may have delivered that with his upcoming sci-fi flick »
- Garth Franklin
After spending a few years in development (and taking time out to direct the first Hunger Games film), Gary Ross has finally had the chance to work on one of his passion projects. New images from the film, The Free State Of Jones, are now online. Matthew McConaughey stars in the American Civil War drama, playing real-life advocate Newton Knight. A Mississippi man who had been a loyal Confederate recruit, he defected from the army and took a group of like-minded troops with him to create the Free State of Jones. Knight later married a slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Rachel), creating one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the South, fought against the Confederates from within his new state and led a daring raid to free children who were still enslaved following the end of the conflict.Stx Entertainment is backing this one, which Ross wrote as well as directed. »
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Stx Entertainment and Im Global’s financial partnership for civil war drama Free State of Jones is beginning to bear fruit, as the studios have unveiled a pair of new stills for Gary Ross’ feature that showcase Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey in action.
For the film, he’ll assume the role of Newton Knight, a confederate soldier who spearheads one of the largest, and most significant rebellions in the bloody history of the four-year battle. Opposite McConaughey for the film is Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), a slave named Rachel who wins the heart of the iconic protagonist, paving the way for one of the first mixed-race marriages in the state. Rachel’s relationship with Newton has been documented as one of the defining periods of his life, and it’ll be fascinating to see that play out on the big screen under Ross’ astute eye. »
- Michael Briers
Two more The Free State of Jones images have landed online. Written and directed by four-time Oscar-nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the Civil War movie is based on the true story of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Southern farmer who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. It’s a fascinating story that stretches into his marriage with a former slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the establishment of a mixed-raced community in the South, and Knight’s continued efforts through Reconstruction. While I’m definitely excited to see how Ross will follow up The Hunger Games and this is a fascinating story, I hope it doesn’t fall into the “White Savior” trap. Check out The Free State of Jones images below. The film opens March 11, 2016 and also stars Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali. [caption id="attachment_448789" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] [caption id="attachment_448793" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] Here’s the official »
- Matt Goldberg
Matthew McConaughey has been on a hell of a kick lately and is showing no signs of slowing down. While he has Gus Van Sant's The Sea Of Trees due later this year, he's hard at work now filming the historical action picture, The Free State Of Jones. The story follows that of a defiant southern farmer who started an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating the titular Free State of Jones. We got our first look last month of McConaughey »
- Sean Wist
Arriving in less than two months, True Detective season 2 is gearing up for its premiere by reminding us of one of the show’s best touches: eerie, enigmatic aphorisms. While Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle, the man responsible for season one’s stream of existential wonderings, won’t return, his presence is still felt in this latest poster.
Adopting the anthology format that’s seemingly all the rage nowadays, Nic Pizzolatto’s sophomore season of True Detective drafts in a new cast, new location and new story. Switching out McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for Colin Farrell’s law enforcer, Rachel McAdams’ county sheriff and Vince Vaughn’s criminal mastermind, the next set of episodes due to bow this summer will unfold in sunny Los Angeles.
Even after the arrival of that tantalizing teaser trailer (which you can check out above), the full scope of the story won’t be made public until the show airs. »
- Gem Seddon
True Detective season 2 carries some big expectations. The first season hit the zeitgeist, but since True Detective is an anthology, the only constant is writer and creator Nic Pizzolatto. So how much of season one’s magic came from Pizzolatto and how much came from director Cary Fukunaga and stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? However it shakes out, HBO is keeping the brooding, damning marketing intact. Last year’s True Detective posters carried the tagline “Man Is the Cruelest Animal”. This year, it’s “We Get the World We Deserve,” on motion posters showing L.A. traffic. When he was doing press for season one, Pizzolatto said season two was about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system,” but then walked it back. You can see from these posters that transportation will still be a major part of the story. Check »
- Matt Goldberg
For many Star Wars fans, the release of a new trailer for The Force Awakens was an event of biblical proportions. However, it clearly meant more to this guy than most.
Father Roderick posted this brilliant clip online of him watching the trailer for the first time, and he really can't handle his excitement.
"Holy cow!! Oh my gosh! Oh wow!!" he proclaims during the video, before really losing his cool when Chewbacca turns up at the end.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens unveiled a new trailer online last week ahead of the film's release this December 18.
After the first look at Gary Ross‘ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, we now have more images from the 2016-bound film starring Matthew McConaughey. Also including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali, the story follows our lead as a Mississippi farmer who brought forth a southern rebellion against the Confederates during the Civil War. Following those we […] »
- Jordan Raup
Bob Simonds’ Stx Entertainment will finance and distribute the pic, which is based on the true story about how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with Roger Ebert on “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” the first X-rated film to be released by a studio.
Production is set to start later this year.
“Russ & Roger Go Beyond” joins a slate of Stx films that include Civil War pic “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey with Gary Ross directing, and “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Winterbottom has recently directed the BBC drama “The Faces of an Angel,” starring Kate Beckinsale, »
- Justin Kroll
When Matthew McConaughey takes on a movie role, he is all in. By that, we mean he's ready to do whatever it takes to get into character, even if that means gaining or dropping a whole lot of weight. And while some may be used to seeing the Oscar winner with those impressive abs both on the beach and the big screen (Magic Mike anyone?), the actor just revealed that he hasn't lifted weights in quite some time. "For me, I go whatever the role that I'm playing needs," McConaughey revealed to a group of fans while supporting the Just Keep Livin Foundation. "So if I'm doing an action movie or a football player, I go to the gym and hit weights." He added, "I »
Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
From the deep breaths to the laughter to the sobbing, McConaughey's reactions are perfectly in tune with the trailer.
Judging by this video, we're not sure if McConaughey will be able to hold it together when the film opens in cinemas on December 18. »
The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted simultaneously online and at the Star Wars Celebration event yesterday, and while it played you could imagine the reactions being experienced worldwide, as millions of voices suddenly cried out with joy and then suddenly were even more excited for the upcoming sequel. It was the very opposite of a disturbance in the Force. It was indeed a reawakening. Among those fans who captured their own emotional reactions is Matthew McConaughey, who broke down in tears watching from his spaceship, which is heading out to another galaxy far, far away. Okay, so it's not really McConaughey but his Interstellar character, Cooper, and obviously he's not really streaming the Force Awakens trailer in the original version of the...
- Christopher Campbell
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...Matthew McConaughey got really emotional over the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Actually, it was just last year in Interstellar that the Oscar winner shed these tears, but thanks to some clever editing, he's now watching a preview of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and weeping right along with us! YouTube user oskararnarson cut together clips from J.J. Abrams' sure-to-be blockbuster and McConaughey's 2014 space flick. The force is strong—strong enough to make a man from Texas cry! And if the actual teaser trailer is any indication of how moving the whole movie will be, prepare for major waterworks on Dec. 18 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits »
Year-old Stx has dated four films — horror-thriller “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, on July 31; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, on Oct. 23; drama “The Boy” starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”), on Jan. 22; and Civil War drama “The Free State of Jones,” starring McConaughey, on March 11.
Stx made the announcement Friday while unveiling its selection of Horizon Media as its agency of record. It said Horizon will handle all aspects of media planning and buying — including strategic approach, market research, analytics, partnerships and integrations.
“As a new and growing studio, we want our marketing and media imprint to be innovative, impactful and enterprising,” said president and chief content officer Oren Aviv. “We met with many agencies, »
- Dave McNary
An entire galaxy of moviegoers lost their shit yesterday at the second The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but perhaps none loved it more than Matthew McConaughey. In a new video making the rounds, the Interstellar star laughs, gasps, and weeps while watching the epic trailer. See the funny Matthew McConaughey Star Wars reaction video […]
- Angie Han
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