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In honour of Interstellar's success, we've dug out ten facts that you may not already know about the award-winning actor.
1. His parents divorced each other twice and got married three times. His wife's parents also had two divorces and reunions. Weird! McConaughey had no idea about his parents' splits until his father's death in 1992, and believed that his mother was just on an extended vacation. Incidentally, his father died of a heart attack while making love to his wife on a Monday morning.
2. McConaughey never originally intended to be an actor - »
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.
2. His mother is a former kindergarten teacher, while his father ran an oil supply business.
3. McConaughey's father was also »
- Jonny Black
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, »
- Joey Magidson
For an actor who didn't get the respect he deserved until almost 20 years into his now legendary career, Matthew McConaughey has certainly been lucky enough to work with some amazing filmmakers. Last year's Best Actor Oscar winner has honed his craft under the eyes of Steven Spielberg ("Amistad"), Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ron Howard ("Edtv"), John Sayles ("Lone Star"), Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"), William Friedkin ("Killer Joe") and his longtime friend Richard Linklater, who gave him his big break in "Dazed and Confused." Surprisingly, McConaughey more or less tells HitFix they all come up short compared to his helmer for the expected blockbuster "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan. "I've never worked with a better leader," McConaughey says. "I cannot say I've ever worked with a better problem solver, and half the problems he just solves by pure will. Everything must keep moving forward. Keep moving forward. »
- Gregory Ellwood
"Clothes don't make the man?" That rule certainly doesn't hold true in the movies. Dress can say a lot about characters, their class, their self-image, their self-consciousness, the period and place in which they live, the story they're living and how a director wishes an audience to perceive them. Fortunately, the Academy's Costume Design branch recognizes this, as it consistently proves itself to be one of the most original sects of the organization, not overtly swayed by a film's overall perception. Every year, films that are critically maligned and/or have no other nominations tend to score here and the overall state of the Best Picture race tends to play only a peripheral role. Nevertheless, trends can be noted. Period pieces almost always take a majority of the nominations, frequently all five. Glamor is also awarded frequently. There are also great designers (such as Sandy Powell, Milena Canonero and Colleen Atwood »
- Gerard Kennedy
Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, has confirmed a 6th February release date for 2015. Next year also marks the historic 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Us Civil Rights Movement.
With a great cast that includes the ever-impressive Brit actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., the film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Directed by the Middle Of Nowhere’s Ava DuVernay, the film co-stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King; Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace; and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma’s screenplay was »
- Dan Bullock
TNT is looking to shake things up with a development order for “1906,” a proposed four-hour event series about the San Francisco earthquake that took place in that year, multiple individuals have told TheWrap. A co-production from Landscape Entertainment and eOne, “1906” will be executive produced by Bob Cooper (“Amistad,” “John Tucker Must Die”) and Tyler Mitchell (“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “My Own Worst Enemy”). Landscape's director of development Sandy Shenkman is overseeing the project. Also read: ‘Dallas’ Reboot Canceled by TNT Jim Solomon (“The Conspirator,” “The Bronx is Burning”) is in talks to write the project. The series is described as “an account. »
- Jethro Nededog
“Musicians try to be close to composers like Mahler, Shostakovich. But in this opportunity, we have the chance to be so close to this one, that is, John Williams,” Dudamel told the audience. “I remember going to the cinema to listen to music,” Dudamel recalled. “To see the movie, of course! But as a musician you try to focus on how the music does the magic to the movie.” Addressing Williams, who was seen cheering and applauding throughout the program, he continued, “We are here tonight to pay homage to your genius and to your heart, because you are one of the best composers in our time. But the most important thing, you are a great human.”
The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets accompanied the »
- Shalini Dore
In May, The Academy began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind the scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen.
Since the launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in coffee shops.
The videos below highlight women filmmakers and how their considerable contributions inspire young girls to become filmmakers.
The independent artist finds that making a low-budget movie like Middle Of Nowhere comes from “being out in the world. It comes from observing people, asking questions – people want to talk.”
- Michelle McCue
Nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 70th Academy Awards in 1998, Robin Williams was in good company. He was up for the Oscar alongside Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Anthony Hopkins (Amistad), Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets) and Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights). But it was Williams's year. Nominated previously for Good Morning, Vietnam (in 1987, a role for which he did win a Golden Globe), Dead Poets Society (in 1989, arguably his other greatest role) and The Fisher King (1991), the actor gave a nuanced portrayal of psychotherapist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting that now seems like the obvious choice for the award. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
"This might be the one time I'm speechless," said the late, great Robin Williams during his Best Supporting Actor Oscar acceptance speech for "Good Will Hunting." Williams passed away Monday at the age of 63. -Break- Join the Robin Williams discussion right now in the Gold Derby message boards Williams' Oscar triumph in 1997 propelled this one-time jokester from a popular comedian to a bonafide acting heavyweight. After three previous losses in the Best Actor race -- "Good Morning, Vietnam" in 1987, "Dead Poets Society" in 1989 and "The Fisher King" in 1991 -- Williams finally claimed Oscar gold in the supporting race for playing therapist Dr. Sean Maguire in the uplifting Boston-set drama. In his acceptance sppech, he cited his four fellow nominees: Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown"), Anthony Hopkins ("Amistad"), Greg Kinnear ("As Good as it Gets") an »
Chicago – Character actor Djimon Hounsou (Jee-mahn Hahn-soo) is memorable in any role he takes on – whether it’s working with Steven Spielberg in “Amistad,” or being so indelibly subtle for “In America.” Hounsou has also forged a true character in his voiceover work as Drago Bludvist in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
Born in Africa in the country of Bénin, Djimon Hounsou emigrated in the 1970s to Lyon, France, at the tender age of 13. His hardscrabble existence there included some homelessness, but a chance meeting with a photographer began a hugely successful modeling career. He moved to the U.S. in 1990, at which time he landed roles in music videos, TV and film – his 1990 debut film was in Sandra Bernhard’s “Without You I’m Nothing.” Bigger roles came in 1997 (“Amistad”), 2000 (“Gladiator”) and his Oscar nominated supporting role in 2004 (“In America”). Since then he has worked steadily, and also »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Ever since he directed Jurassic Park and Schindler's List back to back, Steven Spielberg has had periods where he's directed films in clumps. Most notably, he did The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan pretty much back to back, pocketing an Oscar for the last of those three.
A few years later, he then went from A.I. to Minority Report to Catch Me If You Can, and in 2005 from War Of The Worlds to Munich. More recently, he shot War Horse and Lincoln without too much of a gap between them.
Now? He's set up a new pair of projects, and he's diving straight in, one after the other. The first is his thus-far untitled Cold War thriller, which is set to reunite him with Tom Hanks. The Coen brothers have penned the screenplay. »
It has been five years since Hiccup befriended Toothless and brought peace between the Vikings of Berk and the dragons in How to Train Your Dragon. Now they're back for an adventure with new villains, increased stakes, and of course, bigger dragons in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
All of the original voice cast returns in this sequel by writer/director Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch), and they are joined by Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou (Amistad) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones). The characters are already well established by the 2010 film as well as two seasons of the Dreamworks Dragons TV series that continued their story, but this film is almost entirely about Hiccup and Toothless, leaving the rest of their friends largely in the background.
- Mike Saulters
Matthew McConaughey will be this year's recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.
McConaughey is to be honoured for his contributions to cinema over the last 20 years at a fundraising ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21.
"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honour Matthew McConaughey as the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year," the organisation's chairman Rick Nicita said.
Nicita continued: "Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of what a Hollywood star should be - an adventurous, joyous and ever-growing talent combined with matinee-idol looks and an unshakeable sense of who he is and what he stands for.
"We all took notice of his star presence starting with his memorable debut in Dazed and Confused through thrillers »
A measure of a successful movie need not be limited to its box office take or its number of wins at the end of awards' season, but should also take into account how well the story, cast, and visuals hold up upon subsequent viewings decades later. For Steven Spielberg's 1997 historical drama, Amistad, the four Oscar nominations took some of the sting out of a poor box office performance, but this 175-year-old tale of a struggle for freedom is, sadly, still very relevant to contemporary times. Additionally, the film's excellent cast is a treasure trove of both veteran actors and young up-and-comers who would go on to make a big name for themselves in later years. Now that Amistad is available on Blu-ray, you can revisit the film for yourself. Hit the jump for my review. Feature: Based on the true story of the 1839 uprising by newly captured Mende slaves aboard the ship La Amistad, »
- Dave Trumbore
The story follows an aspiring actress and a cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist who fall in love in Los Angeles. They soon discover that balancing love and art in such a cutthroat climate isn't easy. [Source: The Wrap]
Hounsou will play a character named Chief Mbonga in the live-action reinvention of Edgar Rice Burrough's hero. [Source: Deadline]
Franco plays a troubled, drug-addicted writer who becomes fascinated by a big murder trial. Slater will play the man on trial for the murder of his ex-wife. »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – Before Hollywood grappled with the unforgiving intensity of “12 Years a Slave,” they championed Steven Spielberg’s powerful film “Amistad,” years earlier, now available for the first time on Blu-ray. Densely comparing the movies is a difficult task considering their different perspectives, but they do stand as interesting bookends with how Hollywood has dealt with the American atrocity of slavery in their films.
For example, 1997 film “Amistad” certainly comes after something like Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” but was rarely answered to for years after. And then, in the wake of films like “Django Unchained,” Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was ready to embrace the discussion of the backyard horror of Tarantino’s film, without the comfort of fantastical revenge.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors who has ever lived. He has made so many amazing and classic movies in his career, and he continues to do so. The guy just knows how to tell stories. As a tribute to the director, YouTube user ebcooper44 created this great video montage featuring all the films the director has made over the course of his career. I truly do love almost all of the films that Spielberg has made. If you've been reading the site for awhile, then you know how much I love his film Empire of the Sun. There's something about that film that just really affected me after I saw it. It was one of those movies that changed my life and helped me understand what type of person I wanted to be. What is your favorite Spielberg flick!?
List of movies used in this video:
1. Duel »
- Joey Paur
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (Four Nights in Knaresborough). Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (World War Z, 12 Years a Slave), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire), and Oprah Winfrey (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Beloved) through her Harpo Films. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.
"This story will resonate deeply with not only those brave men and women who fought for voting rights alongside Dr. King, but also the countless millions of people who continue to fight against discrimination in voting today. This talented group of filmmakers, led by Brad Pitt »
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