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Those who are generally into Dunham’s work were probably amused on the whole, even if they also wished Lena had broken out of her comfort zone a little more. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dunham played a bunch of girls — immature, fast-talking, hyperbole-happy variations on her HBO persona — and one serviceable Liza Minnelli.) But if you’re one of those people who can’t stand cable’s wunderkind — here I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that dislike »
- Hillary Busis
This week is all about the screens, no matter their size. On your small screen, you can enjoy everything from the True Detective finale to the launch of NBC’s newest show, Crisis. And on the big screen, you’ve got a choice between Veronica Mars and Aaron Paul driving a fast car. Or, you can take my awful advice and watch all of the above!
Check out your pop culture schedule for the week below:
True Detective, 9 p.m., HBO
- Samantha Highfill
All right, all right, all right. It was no surprise that "Saturday Night Live" set their sights on Matthew McConaughey this week. After all, the newly-minted Oscar champ ("Dallas Buyers Club") is a ripe target for ribbing. Taran Killam is howlingly funny as he lampoons the lone wolf. Besides poking fun at McConaughey's head-scratching Oscar acceptance speech, he skewers his turn in HBO's "True Detective" and concludes his sly spoof with a shout-out to the actor's chest thumping scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Watch this savage satire below, and then cast your ballot in the Emmys race for Comedy Supporting Actor, a category in which Killam could contend for the first time, by using our easy drag-and-drop menu. -Break- »
"Saturday Night Live's" Taran Killam pulled out his impression of Matthew McConaughey in celebration of season finale of his best actor win and Sunday night's "True Detective." Some viewers loved it, some didn't. The bigger question we have is: Are those direct McConaughey quotes he's using in the bit? They've got to be right? Judge for yourself in this little bit of "SNL" magic in the embedded clip below. For more on this weekend's "SNL," read our blow by blow recap here. »
- HitFix Staff
McCabe told People Magazine that the 44-year-old actor makes her proud because he is very humble, sincere and a very thoughtful person.
While commenting on the hunky star's skills as a father, the 82-year-old former schoolteacher said that her late husband and McConaughey's dad, James, served as a great role model for her son.
McCabe insisted that McConaughey was brought up seeing excellent traits of being a father, adding that setting a good example is always the best teacher.
McConaughey is married to Camila Alves. »
- Meeta Kabra
"True Detective" has been a big hit for HBO this winter -- more than 10 million people watch the show each week once repeat airings and multi-platform viewing are counted. It has also been, hands down, the most discussed, dissected and debated show of 2014 thus far.
Expect even bigger numbers and more chatter for Sunday's (March 9) season finale. Want to know what everyone's going to be talking about on Twitter? Don't want to miss out on the office talk on Monday? And don't have seven hours between now and Sunday night to do a series binge? Zap2it is here to help.
In honor of the literary underpinnings of "True Detective," here's a CliffsNotes-style guide to what you need to know ahead of the finale.
The show jumps back and forth in time, primarily taking place in 1995 and 2012, with some scenes set in 2002. In 1995, Louisiana State Police detectives Rust »
Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
If you’ve watched one episode of True Detective, HBO’s gritty meditation on good vs. evil, you’ve likely consumed them all — rabidly, and multiple times. Not since Lost has a television series so deeply tapped into our obsessive conspiracy theorist sides. And not since fans asked “What is the Island?” has the Internet been pondering one singular TV question: Who is the Yellow King?
At its core, True Detective is a story about two detectives, Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), partners who are haunted by a grisly occult murder that took place in Louisiana in 1995. (Spoilers ahead, »
- Amber Ray
HBO's mega-addictive series True Detective is coming to an end on Sunday, and before we even confront the withdrawals we'll go through without this show, we have bigger fish to fry. There are so many questions still open, it's mind-boggling to think that everything will get wrapped up. So before we see how the show ends this week, let's go over the questions that need to be answered in the finale. Who is the Yellow King? Obviously, this is the biggest question of them all, the answer to the series's largest mystery. It's obvious now that the deceased Reggie Ledoux, as horrible as he was, was not the Yellow King. The man responsible for the ritualistic killings - including Dora Lange (whose body is found in the premiere) and the missing Marie Fontenot (who we assume is now dead) - is still out there. Though detectives Papania and Gilbough suspect Rust, »
- Shannon Vestal
Sure, Matthew McConaughey's mom is thrilled her son took home the Best Actor Oscar last Sunday. But in Kay McCabe's book, McConaughey was already a winner. "Matthew makes me proud because he is very humble and sincere and a very thoughtful person," she tells People. "He is just a great son." Not to mention a natural family man. As husband to Camila, 31, and father to their kids Levi, 5½, Vida, 4, and 15-month-old Livingston, Matthew, 44, couldn't have had a better role model than his own dad, James, a gas-station owner who died in 1992, says Kay. "I had no doubt when he decided to marry, »
- Elizabeth Leonard
From an eccentric border in Pembrokeshire to chilli in a heated outbuilding, the veteran programme is really all about living the gardening dream
A new series of Gogglebox in an ambitious new Friday slot was the TV event of last night. But it is edited late, and preview copies weren't available in time for old-fashioned print deadlines. So we're left with Gardeners' World (BBC2). That sounds like it's some kind of bum deal. Not a bit of it. I love Gardeners' World, even if it isn't my world. Yet.
It's spring, the hell-waters have subsided, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the primroses (possibly, some yellow flowers, anyway) are out. And Monty's walking through a lovely woody bit of his garden with his lovely retriever and a lovely mug of steaming tea. That's a kind of paradise, isn't it?
I was actually thinking of doing some work in »
- Sam Wollaston
Wahlberg says: "I started at 196 lbs (89kg) and got down to 135 (61kg). I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training program and gave up wine, bread and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot."
- Garth Franklin
Despite being the main reason that "The Fighter" even happened, Mark Wahlberg didn't win an Oscar, even though his co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo did. After a string of popcorn flicks, Wahlberg is back with a serious role in "The Gambler." Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" and ended up with an Oscar. Wahlberg is taking it up a notch, losing a whopping 61 pounds for "The Gambler." Check out a set photo below to see how he currently looks. "I started at 196 and got down to 135," he said. "I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training program and gave up wine, bread and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot." In "The Gambler," Wahlberg plays a literature professor who is addicted to gambling. The crime thriller is directed by Rupert Wyatt »
“Joe” looks to be one of Nicolas Cage's best movies in years, but it's also starting to look like the unofficial sequel to “Mud.” Much like the critically-acclaimed 2013 drama — starring Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive with a checkered past who bonds with a poor, young southern boy — Tye Sheridan stars in “Joe” as a poor, young southern boy who bonds with an older man (Cage), who also happens to have a checkered past. Joe isn't a fugitive, though. He's an ex-con. See video: Nicolas Cage Fights for ‘Mud's’ Tye Sheridan in First Look at Southern Drama ‘Joe’ A »
- Greg Gilman
“The Simpsons” are at it again.
Now that the Fox show has gotten its foot into the Oscar selfie business, “The Simpsons” may have also solved the mystery hauting Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s characters in HBO’s “True Detective.”
A photo posted on the Fox show’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts on Friday indicates that the elusive Yellow King has been Homer Simpson this whole time.
#TrueDetective spoiler: @HomerJSimpson is The Yellow King. Sunday night, watch @Foxtv first! @TD_HBO #thesimpsons pic.twitter.com/XG7wIky8fh
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) March 7, 2014
- Andrea Seikaly
“The Simpsons” have hopped on the “True Detective” parody bandwagon and presented their version of the Yellow King: Homer Simpson. Fox released a photo featuring the Simpson family patriarch sitting on his cushy throne with a sandwich in hand and antlers on his head, as well as the mysterious insignia Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's characters discovered on a dead body in the first episode of the HBO crime drama. Also read: 5 Ways ‘True Detective’ Can Still Blow It The long-running animated comedy returns on Sunday with two new back-to-back episodes. Here's the full photo: »
- Greg Gilman
This would be Zellweger's first movie in four years. Perhaps "The Whole Truth," an indie directed by Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), can help revive her once-acclaimed career. In the early 2000s, the actress enjoyed many critical and commercial successes, from "Jerry Maguire" to "Chicago" to the "Bridget Jones Diary" movies. And she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Cold Mountain" in 2004.
Choosing the indie route could be a smart strategy for the 44-year-old. Hey, look what it did for her former "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" co-star, »
- Kelly Woo
Remember the viral video of a kid in the bathtub reciting Jack Nicholson’s famous courtroom scene from A Few Good Men? It was pretty damn impressive for a five-year-old boy — so much so that Jimmy Kimmel asked the budding actor to be on his talk show. This time, young Sruli memorized Matthew McConaughey’s monologue in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. In the scene, the character instructs Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort how to enter a world of greed and power. Sruli stumbles over a few lines (geez, we can’t expect perfection), but the talented brainiac does a fine job and even gets the actor's hand gestures correct — right down to McConaughey’s quirky humming, chest thumping. Watch a dazzled little boy...
- Alison Nastasi
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True Detective: The Oscars Parody
Matthew McConaughey is interrogated by The Academy about the 2014 Oscars and his past of less-notable films.
Let It Go (Meme Cover)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cute Kitten Version)
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- Justin Vactor
Matthew McConaughey has a way with words, and that has become very apparent over the past few weeks. He took over award season with his soulful and sometimes bizarre acceptance speeches as he picked up honors for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew topped it off at the Oscars on Sunday, with a memorable speech when he picked up the best actor win. Of course, Matthew has always been a quote machine, from his philosophies on when and how a man should cut his hair to his relationship with women. Keep reading for Matthew's insightful, smart, and sometimes silly observations over the years. View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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