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Trailer: Free State of Jones

7 hours ago | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

The story of Newt Knight and his extraordinary rebellion Free State of Jones is  set during the American Civil War and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary rebellion against the Confederate States Army. Bringing together an unlikely band of poor white farmers and runaway slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross  and starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali. Free State of Jones will be released in UK cinemas on 30 September 2016. »

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Watch the UK trailer for Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey

15 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK trailer has arrived online for Gary Ross’ upcoming Civil War drama Free State of Jones which stars Matthew McConaughey; watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our review of Free State of Jones here

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.

Free State of Jones is set for release »

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Alright, Alright, Alright: 13-Minute Video Tracks The Evolution of Matthew McConaughey

20 July 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

I think we can all safely say that Matthew McConaughey’s much heralded “McConaissance” phase has hit a slight thud as of late: Gus Van Sant’s “Sea of Trees” was quite possibly the worst film to play Cannes 2015, meanwhile this summer’s Gary Ross-directed “Free State of Jones” was met with lukewarm reviews and completely vanished […]

The post Alright, Alright, Alright: 13-Minute Video Tracks The Evolution of Matthew McConaughey appeared first on The Playlist. »

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Matthew McConaughey Takes on New Role as Teacher

8 July 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The University of Texas is welcoming a new teacher to its faculty.  Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey will be leading a film course entitled “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen,” alongside director Gary Ross, as part of his alma mater’s curriculum. It is described as a “one-of-a-kind advanced producing class that closely tracks the ongoing progress of preproduction, production, post, and distribution for ‘The Free State of Jones,’ ” according to the university’s website. The class will officially be led by Scott Rice, but will feature a behind-the-scenes look at McConaughey and Ross’ most recent collaboration, “Free State of Jones”; McConaughey stars in the Civil War drama as an outlaw Confederate soldier, opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Beyond the Lights”), Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards”), and Keri Russell (“The Americans”). The film came out in theaters June 24. According to the course description, “the movie’s source material, script, shot lists, storyboards, shooting schedule, »

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Matthew McConaughey To Become Film Professor at University of Texas At Austin

1 July 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Meet Professor Matthew McConaughey. The “Dallas Buyer’s Club” actor has officially signed on for a role as a real-life teacher at the University of Texas at Austin. The Oscar winner will be teaching a course on filmmaking in the fall at his alma matter alongside “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross.

According to the San Antonio Express-Times, McConaughey, who graduated from the school in 1993, will take 30 students behind the scenes of his and Ross’ latest film, “The Free State of Jones” by using recoded videos. So, he technically won’t be there in person, but the university does say the actor will make at least one visit to the campus for the class.

Read More: ‘The Dark Tower’ Set Photos Reveal Matthew McConaughey’s Villainous Character

McConaughey is currently shooting the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel “The Dark Tower,” opposite Idris Elba. He was recently spotted on set »

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Matthew McConaughey to Teach College Film Class at His Alma Mater

1 July 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This fall, Matthew McConaughey will bring his Hollywood expertise and heavy Texas drawl to the college classroom.

The University of Texas at Austin announced that the actor will help teach a film class called “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen.”

Scott Rice is listed as the official professor in the online course catalogue, but McConaughey and director Gary Ross will assist. According to its description, the class will take students “behind the scenes” of McConaughey and Ross’ recent collaboration, the Civil War drama “Free State of Jones.”

“By studying the movie’s source material, script, shot lists, storyboards, shooting schedule, VFX, final cut and even exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, students will garner insight into the production of a major Hollywood feature,” the course description says.

There is a catch: the Oscar-winning actor will do most of his teaching through recorded videos, but is expected to visit campus at least once. The class is capped at 30 upper-level students. »

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Alright, Alright! Matthew McConaughey to Teach a Film Class at University of Texas at Austin

1 July 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He's been an astronaut, a true detective, a Wall Street power player and now, Matthew McConaughey is trying his hand at teaching college. The Free State of Jones star is returning to his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, to help teach a class on filmmaking. The university announced their newest Oscar-winning lecturer in a social media post Thursday. According to the video, his Free State of Jones director Gary Ross will also teach the class. Meet Professor @McConaughey: pic.twitter.com/NauNsr3m6K— Ut Austin (@UTAustin) June 30, 2016 The actor will take 30 students behind the scenes of »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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Matthew McConaughey to teach film class at University of Texas

1 July 2016 1:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor to participate in seminars alongside director Gary Ross at former alma mater

Next year, students at the London School of Economics will welcome new professor Angelina Jolie, who will teach a class on the impact of war on women alongside William Hague. But over in Texas, a star teacher has already started work: Matthew McConaughey, who co-ran a film course at the University of Texas at Austin this spring. A repeat of the seminars starts in 0autumn.

Offered to 30 students of the Moody College of Communications, the class is a collaboration between lecturer Scott Rice, McConaughey and his Free State of Jones director Gary Ross. It aims to teach pupils film-making through focusing on behind-the-scenes processes on the Free State of Jones, a moderately-rated awards hopeful about a southern soldier who ended up fighting the Confederacy. It opened in the Us a week ago.

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Matthew McConaughey to Teach University Film Class

30 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This fall, Matthew McConaughey will return to his alma mater, the University of Texas, to teach a filmmaking class. The university announced the “Free State of Jones” actor will teach an upper-level class of 30 students alongside “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross and university lecturer Scott Rice. A spokesperson for Ut-Austin’s Moody College of Communications told MySA.com on Thursday that students will get a behind-the-scenes look at “Free State of Jones” through recorded videos giving an in-depth look at the filmmaking process. McConaughey is also scheduled for at least one in-person visit to the class. Also Read: Matthew McConaughey »

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From ‘The Bfg’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen

29 June 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.

Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »

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Crucifying the White Savior (Film)

29 June 2016 3:12 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

We no longer have to forgive them, for they know exactly what they are doing. The new film by Gary Ross, “The Free State of Jones” is uncontestably a White savior film. Laid bare, “The Free State of Jones” is a simplistically constructed… Continue Reading → »

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‘Ocean’s Eight’: Helena Bonham Carter Says Script Is Hilarious, ‘Great For Women’

29 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the past few months casting rumors have been circulating about the all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” spin-off, “Ocean’s Eight.” Now, Helena Bonham Carter, rumored to be a part of the Gary Ross-directed film, is speaking out.

“It’s a really good script — but I still don’t know if I’m going to be in it,” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “But it’s a great script, and it’s great for women. Just hilarious.”

The screenplay is penned by Olivia Milch and according to reports, it’s a continuation of the George Clooney-led franchise, with Sandra Bullock playing Danny Ocean’s ex-con sister. Cate Blanchett, who will be the equivalent of Brad Pitt’s Rusty, is supposedly her right-hand woman. The storyline is that they will form a team to steal a necklace from the Met Ball in order to frame a villainous gallery owner. Elizabeth Banks »

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Movie Review – Free State of Jones (2016)

29 June 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Free State of Jones, 2016.

Directed by Gary Ross.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Barry, Sean Bridgers, and Jacob Lofland.

Synopsis:

As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.

Free State of Jones doesn’t start out so bad; we get to see the horrors of war up close and personal with cannons blasting people away, leaving their brains spilled all over the ground (it is surprisingly some graphic content accurately portraying the aftermath of a battle), our protagonist Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) ia a medic pulling wounded soldiers off of the battlefield to get them help, limbs being amputated in tents, and generally the flick is intense.

Following that, not even 20 minutes into the movie we are hit with our first pivotal character death, and it all just falls flat. Likewise, after all the initial violence and mayhem, »

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STX Entertainment Still Looking to Make Its Mark After ‘Free State of Jones’ Flops

27 June 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Things didn’t go as planned with “Free State of Jones.”

The $50 million Civil War drama, greenlit two years ago by STX Entertainment, was meant to announce the indie studio as a bright new player bent on producing quality movies for adults with top talent. But, despite the presence of star Matthew McConaughey and director Gary Ross, and an extensive advertising push, “Free State of Jones” collapsed at the domestic box office this past weekend, eking out less than $8 million in its debut and raising more questions about STX’s business model.

Stx got into the business precisely because it believes that there’s still an audience for the kind of projects major studios abandoned in favor of superhero adventures and tween franchises.  The film, announced shortly after Stx was launched in 2014 by Robert Simonds and Tpg managing director Bill McGlashan, was handed a prime summer release date. Its failure »

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Why ‘Finding Dory’ Sequel Drowned ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

26 June 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like the rest of the summer, it’s a mixed bag.

The good news: this weekend’s top two films, one opener and one holdover, grossed nearly $115 million. That’s better than the top two last year (holdovers “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out”).

The bad news: while “Finding Dory” is a huge success, “Independence Day: Resurgence” is a dud that will likely fall like a rock from its underwhelming opening.

Buddy comedy “Central Intelligence” enjoyed a strong second weekend, and low-budget horror flick “The Shallows” scored a better-than-expected opening, buoyed by rave reviews. But Stx’s risky opening strategy failed for Gary Ross’s historic epic “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey. Another national release in under 800 theaters bombed. “The Neon Demon” and its sub-$1 million haul is covered in Arthouse Audit. (This week’s box office preview is here; last weekend’s Top 10 Box Office Takeaways is here. »

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Finding Dory Beats Independence Day 2 in Its Second Weekend in Theaters

26 June 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Halfway through both the summer movie season and the year of 2016 as a whole, sequels have been hit or miss. Follow-ups such as Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Now You See Me 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows couldn't capture the box office magic of its predecessors. Of course, the biggest movie of the year right now is a sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but last week, a follow-up 13 years in the making, Finding Dory, opened huge with $135 million, breaking Shrek the Third's record for biggest animated opening weekend ($121.6 million). As expected, this forgetful fish staved off three newcomers this weekend, 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence, Sony's The Shallows and Stx Entertainment's Free State of Jones, repeating atop the box office with $73.2 million.

Finding Dory's opening weekend haul not only breaks Shrek the Third's »

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Free State of Jones: The Incredible True Story of Newton Knight and His Private Rebellion Against the Confederacy

24 June 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Free State of Jones brings to life one of the Civil War's most extraordinary and counterintuitive episodes, in which a Confederate deserter overthrew his former commanders and established a free "state" in his native corner of southeast Mississippi. Newton Knight, played by a ragged, yellow-toothed Matthew McConaughey, was a poor farmer who, incensed by a new law that allowed landowners to swap 20 slaves for their military service, abandoned his company to lead his own rebellion. "He looked around at all of his yeoman farmer buddies and said, 'Do you own any slaves?' They were like, 'No.' He goes, »

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Free State of Jones: The Incredible True Story of Newton Knight and His Private Rebellion Against the Confederacy

24 June 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Free State of Jones brings to life one of the Civil War's most extraordinary and counterintuitive episodes, in which a Confederate deserter overthrew his former commanders and established a free "state" in his native corner of southeast Mississippi. Newton Knight, played by a ragged, yellow-toothed Matthew McConaughey, was a poor farmer who, incensed by a new law that allowed landowners to swap 20 slaves for their military service, abandoned his company to lead his own rebellion. "He looked around at all of his yeoman farmer buddies and said, 'Do you own any slaves?' They were like, 'No.' He goes, »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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Box Office Preview: ‘Finding Dory’ Will Drown Out ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

24 June 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

$200-million sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence” (20th Century Fox), among the most expensive summer 2016 releases, will test the idea that the public demands something new in a sequel in order to rush out to see it.

With the studio largely skipping pre-release screenings for domestic critics (London reviews were mixed), Fox is banking that two-decade-plus memories of the first film (whose star Will Smith did not return) and selling a surplus of action, effects and 3D beyond what was available in 1996 would give it life.

The first version was the biggest film of 1996, with an adjusted domestic gross of $594 million off a $97 million opening. That made it the fifth-ranked gross of the 90s, and until now was one of the few live-action blockbusters of recent years to lack a sequel.

Director Roland Emmerich went on to further success: six films with domestic grosses, again adjusted, over $100 million, led by “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Godzilla. »

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‘Free State of Jones’ Review Roundup: Matthew McConaughey-Starring Historical Epic Isn’t For Everybody

24 June 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The McConnaissance is…not entirely back. “Free State of Jones,” which features Matthew McConaughey’s first major role since “Interstellar,” stars the Oscar winner in a role that should be tailormade for more awards glory: As the often overlooked and frequently forgotten Newton Knight, who launched his own insurrection during the Civil War, alongside free men and slaves alike. The film has been a long time passion project for director Gary Ross, but the final product has been labeled a misfire of a historical epic, one that goes for by-the-numbers miniseries plotting over actual passion, a film that can’t even capitalize fully on its stellar cast, which also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell.

Most critics aren’t big fans of the film, and even the ones who liked it — or at least gave it a positive review to warrant a “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes — don’t sound entirely »

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