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Matthew McConaughey Was Originally the Top Pick Over Leonardo Dicaprio For ‘Titanic’

Matthew McConaughey Was Originally the Top Pick Over Leonardo Dicaprio For ‘Titanic’
James Cameron’s record-breaking blockbuster “Titanic” is currently back on the big screen to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the movie’s return has inspired at least one shocking revelation about its production: Matthew McConaughey was originally the top pick to play Jack Dawson. According to Kate Winslet, the studio was so intent on having McConaughey involved that she originally auditioned with him.

Read More:Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio Make ‘Titanic’ References When They Hang Out

“I auditioned with Matthew, isn’t that weird?” Winslet told Stephen Colbert during a recent interview. “Never said that in public before. I auditioned with Matthew, which was completely fantastic. It just wouldn’t have been the whole, Jack and Rose, Kate and Leo thing.”

McConaughey was still relatively unknown during “Titanic’s” early days of development, having starred in Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” and movies like “Boys on the Side” and “Glory Daze.
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Hollywood Odds: Matthew McConaughey: His best performances so far

We’re now deep into the McConaissance folks. Yes, in the last few years, we’ve seen Matthew McConaughey really make the leap to the next stage of his career, shaking up the industry in the process. With this week marking the release of his new film The Sea of Trees, I wanted to take a look at his best work to date. Even before I started tackling heavier fare, he was someone I enjoyed, but that’s only grown these days. Whether in supporting or lead roles, he’s a unique and talented actor with a lot to offer. The years to come will be very exciting, both for us and for him… The Sea of Trees is a drama about a pair of suicidal men looking for a way out of a forest in Japan. One is Arthur Brennan (McConaughey), the protagonist, while the other is Takumi Nakamura
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Bond, Kubrick Designer Ken Adam Has Died

Oscar winning production designer Ken Adam died today in London at the age of 95 according to The BBC.

Adam is most famous for creating the iconic and sprawling lairs of the supervillains who populated the Sean Connery and Roger Moore-era James Bond films. His designs included the Crab Key complex in "Dr. No," the Fort Knox interiors on "Goldfinger," the volcano lair of "You Only Live Twice," Stromberg's supertanker and Atlantis sets in "The Spy Who Loved Me," and Drax's space station in "Moonraker". He also did the production design on "Thunderball" and "Diamonds Are Forever".

Adams' work extended well beyond the Bond franchise though, such as two films in the anti-Bond Harry Palmer film series with Michael Caine - "The Ipcress File" and "Funeral in Berlin". He was a favorite of Stanley Kubrick following his design of the famous war room for "Dr. Strangelove". He was offered "2001" but turned it down,
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Matthew McConaughey Facts: 35 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Interstellar' Star

Since making his big-screen debut more than 20 years ago in "Dazed and Confused," Matthew McConaughey has taken Hollywood by storm.

The Texas-born actor was practically a leading man from the get-go, starring in critically-acclaimed dramas before topping the box office in a flurry of romantic comedies. And then the McConaissance began. McConaughey transformed himself for a role in "Dallas Buyers Club," won his first Oscar -- and then nearly won an Emmy for "True Detective," too. Now, the actor continues his hot streak by starring in Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar."

From his early days shooting armadillo to his love for bongo drums, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey.

1. Matthew David McConaughey was born November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas to Mary Kathleen McCabe and James Donald McConaughey.

2. His mother is a former kindergarten teacher, while his father ran an oil supply business.

3. McConaughey's father was also
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Spotlight on the Stars: Matthew McConaughey

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the most unusual A-listers that Hollywood has to offer. It’s none other than Matthew McConaughey, a unique star in the business. Up until recently known as a talented but easygoing movie star, he’s since undergone a career transformation that’s not just made him one of the most sought after actors around, but one of the most acclaimed as well. Last year alone, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a very strong year. He’s entered the second phase of his career and could reach the stratosphere before long. McConaughey got his start by stealing his scenes in Dazed and Confused. In fact, that first theatrical role gave him some instantly quotable dialogue and really established him as an interesting new actor on the scene. His next group of roles,
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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

The jurors for
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Matthew McConaughey on ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: ‘Damn Right This Is a Great Time in My Career’

Matthew McConaughey on ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: ‘Damn Right This Is a Great Time in My Career’
It may not be to most actors’ tastes, but Matthew McConaughey is sounding oddly happy about his smaller paydays.

“For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!” the actor says.

Then again, McConaughey has reason to smile; his choice to reject big mainstream movies, ultimately in favor of gritty roles in independent films, represents a dramatic career shift –— and has garnered widespread recognition — for the 44-year-old Texas-born father of three.

His performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” as the real-life Ron Woodroof, a homophobic good ol’ boy who became a health crusader after being diagnosed with AIDS, smuggling life-saving drugs into the U.S. for himself and fellow patients, has earned him top honors at the Golden Globes and SAG awards, and brought him his first Oscar nomination.

It is one of several complicated characters that McConaughey has boldly portrayed recently — from the hard-edged drifter in “Mud
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Matthew McConaughey: 20 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Dallas Buyers Club' Star

Last year, Matthew McConaughey played a cowboy stripper named Dallas, and this week the Texas-bred actor portrays the man who started the real-life Dallas Buyers Club. But there won't be any scandalous shirt-ripping or butt-less chaps in this heavy drama.

"Dallas Buyers Club" tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a homophobic Texas electrician who is diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and given 30 days to live. Unable to get effective medicine due to government legal restrictions, Woodroof smuggles drugs into the country and starts a Buyers Club to help other AIDS patients. McConaughey lost an astonishing 50 pounds for the role, which critics are already calling the best performance of his career.

While you've seen McConaughey do everything from tearing a courtroom apart to tearing his clothes off, you may not know everything about him. From his nude, bongo-playing arrest to his odd body hygiene choices, here are 20 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey.
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Gay Icon Nominee: Whoopi Goldberg

We’ve seen a noticeable rise in recent years in terms of Lgbt visibility in Hollywood, but if you flash back even ten years ago—let alone twenty or thirty—the number of “out” performers and gay film and TV projects dwindles markedly. This was the Dark Ages, when Hollywood brought out maybe one movie a year with a gay character (who hopefully didn’t die or wasn’t a stereotype), and maybe one or two art-house films that broke through the clutter. Things began to improve in the 90’s, but it’s largely been since the age of reality television and the rise of cable over the past 15 years that we’ve really begun to see a more realistic breadth and scope of gay life being portrayed in a wide variety of ways.

Before that however, there were a handful of brave performers who—though not necessarily gay themselves
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The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Favorite Fight Scenes

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It's not that we condone violence, it's just that we can't help but root for ass-kicking women in fictional scenarios. This week we want to know, what's your favorite fight scene?

Heather Hogan: I've read/watched all the Harry Potters so many times I've lost count, but seeing Hermione Granger unleash her righteous fury on Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabn is as exciting now as it was the first time I saw it. The name calling ("You! You foul, loathsome, evil, little cockroach!") the way he whimpers when she's got her wand pressed against his jugular, the moment she turns away when she realizes he's not good enough for her magic, then — Whamo! — a full-on Muggle-punch to the face. It still makes me cheer.

Dara Nai: I have to go with
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Scream Queens of the '70s, '80s & '90s -- Then & Now!

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Getting killed off at the beginning of "Scream" was the best thing that could have happened to Drew Barrymore.Save for some critical love for "Boys on the Side," Drew's career wasn't exactly booming when she signed on to play the ill-fated Casey Becker in Wes Craven's 1996 hit horror movie ... a movie that single-handedly brought the slasher flick back to life.The film also made Drew a bona fide "Scream Queen." On Barrymore's 38th birthday, we're celebrating all the women who successfully (or sometimes, unsuccessfully) went head-to-head against Ghostface, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and other knife-wielding maniacs.Check out some of the biggest scream queens of the '70s, '80s and '90s in the gallery above.Which one was your favorite? Sound off below! Read more
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Today's MovieMovie: A Time To Kill

It's easy to call Matthew McConaughey a movie star now, but back in 1996, the most notable role for the actor was in the 1993 cult comedy Dazed and Confused and, a supporting role as Drew Barrymore's love interest in 1995's Boys on the Side. It was the 1996 adaptation of A Time to Kill that first tested McConaughey's ability to lead a movie, even if he was getting plenty of help from Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson, both of whom have a more prominent position on the poster.

Based on the novel by John Grisham, A Time to Kill followed McConaughey as lawyer Jake Brigance, who takes on a case that confronts the deeply-rooted racism of the Mississippi Delta area. Considered a success on all fronts, A Time To Kill made it to our list of the Top 10 Samuel L. Jackson movies as well as the Top 10 Sandra Bullock movies.
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Glee Round Table: "Pot O'Gold"

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Welcome to the return edition of the Glee Round Table!

After far too long of a hiatus, this Fox hit introduced us to a new foreign exchange student on "Pot O' Gold," while also causing some major waves in school (so long, Britt and Santana!) and at home (Shuck? Really?!?). Come along with Matt Richenthal, Chris O'Hara and Steve Marsi now as they analyze the latest installment in the following Q&A...

What was your favorite scene?

Matt: I'm a sucker for Brittany. I enjoyed the entire opening when we learned that she thought Rory was a Leprechaun.

Chris: Had to be the look on Sue's face when she saw Burt sitting in her corner seat. Whether it's pitching Time Warner Cable or sticking up for the arts, I could listen to this man talk all day. He should switch from fixing cars to selling them. Burt could make you
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The Ultimate List of Films for Carmageddon!

Stay off the streets and stay in with a movie…that takes to the streets.

Los Angelenos are aflutter with impending chaos. And, if you don’t live in Los Angeles, you probably don’t understand. (I live here and I’m not sure I fully understand.) But this weekend (July 15-17), the City of Los Angeles has gotten it in its mind to shut down the 405 Freeway, one of the central lifelines for the (frankly absurd) amount of traffic that hits Los Angeles on a daily basis. This means that, functionally, no one’s going anywhere this weekend and the entire West side of Los Angeles is going to be choked off by the cold, unrelenting hands of the Los Angeles Dot.

Naturally, this has become a bit of a cultural meme (surely confusing anyone who doesn’t live in Los Angeles) dubbed by internet pun genii as “Carmageddon.
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Ten

My Idiot Brother

Opens: 2011

Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan

Director: Jesse Peretz

Summary: Ned is a well-meaning idealist just released from prison for dealing cannabis. In succession, he disrupts the lives and homes of his three sisters: a career-driven journalist about to get her big break; a bisexual hipster whose lies are disrupting her relationship; and a married mother who hasn't noticed that her marriage is falling apart.

Analysis: Scoring a good response over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, this broad light comedy with a sweet heart charmed the pants off The Weinstein Company to the tune of around $6 million for distribution rights. That covers most of its sub-$10 million budget, a number that it could potentially outgross by several factors if the good-natured tone hinted at in the reviews were correct. If anything, the few negatives tended to be because this
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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 3)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the third of a five part feature... read parts one and two.

In the screenplay Night Skies drafted by American filmmaker John Sayles (Passion Fish), a violent space creature has the ability to kill with a touch of its boney finger. One of the alien visitors befriends a farm boy and gets accidentally left behind. When director Steven Spielberg decided to lighten the tone of the story, Sayles left the project and the writing responsibilities fell to Melissa Mathison (Kundun). The end result was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) with the hostiles being the human scientists seeking to capture the benevolent title character that possesses an endearing child-like curiosity. Featuring a family with an absentee father, Spielberg has readily admitted that the tale provided him with the means to address an emotionally painful event from his teenage years. “My parents
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Review of "Sometimes in Life"

Sometimes in Life is an entertaining, well made, decidedly indie film that, despite being set in the present, has an undeniable 90s vibe. The story of a drifter who has just lost his father and a young lesbian who suspects foul play from her partner; it's an unlikely buddy movie with a sweet, uplifting core.

Jill (Sara Stepnicka) is a fashion designer with a hot blond girlfriend, Adrianna (Gunhild Giil), a gorgeous house and a cute dog. But not all is happy in domestic-ville – Jill suspects that Adrianna is being unfaithful. There's trouble in paradise even in the first scene, where Jill wants a bit of a friendly wake up and Adrianna isn't having it. Later on, she tries to kiss her girlfriend in the supermarket, only to get a cold diss. As Jill sews one day, she sees a commercial for a local "heartbreak" investigator (kind of like a
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Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg Quote 'Anchorman' And More At 'Other Guys' Comic-Con Panel

Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg Quote 'Anchorman' And More At 'Other Guys' Comic-Con Panel
By Ryan Downey

"The Other Guys" isn't based on a comic book. Neither is the source material a video game, toys or a television series. It isn't set in space.

But like Rainn Wilson (who sat on the Hall H stage two hours before), Will Ferrell is a rockstar at Comic-Con, where he joined Mark Wahlberg to talk about their slapstick buddy cop pic.

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Director Adam McKay, Eva Mendes, Wahlberg (cat called at by Mendes!) take the stage, with Ferrell coming in last and pretending to immediately leave before sitting down.

McKay intro'd a clip saying some of it won't be in the movie.

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Insanely loud laughs during the footage. "It's really sad when you're laughing at your own trailer," Ferrell said afterward.

He credited Adam with the idea behind the movie. After a dinner with the pair, he came up with the idea of the b-team of
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Who's the Blonde? Episode 4

Can you guess who these blondes are? And can you name the films?

A [Highlight for answer] Drew Barrymore in Boys on the Side guessed by Dominik

B [Highlight for answer] Gwyneth Paltrow in Two Lovers guessed by Sarah

C [Highlight for answer] Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore guessed by J.D.

D [Highlight for answer] Dolly Parton in Straight Talk guessed by Laika with an assist from Verninino

previous episodes

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Caprica 1.07 "The Imperfections Of Memories" Recap

Is Amanda losing her mind? Will Joseph find Tamara? Will Daniel buckle under the pressure? What about Clarice and her quest for Zoe's Holy Grail? And can Lacy give us something to care about tonight? These are some of the questions presented to us to last night on Caprica, and while all of them weren't necessarily answered they did push character motivations forward a little, which was great.

The Set Up

Amanda dreams that she is running after a man. After she wakes up, she reaches for a book that contains an envelope that is from the Delphi Convalescent Institute. She clutches and lays back down. Meanwhile, Clarice is woken by Olaf, who explains to her that even though they found the avatar program, Zoe's avatar was no longer in Daniel's Cpu. We, the audience, knows that this is because the avatar is now in the U-87 McP, which in
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