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Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Producers are Richard Salvatore (“The Big Wedding”), David E. Ornston (“Blonde Ambition”), Mike Marvin (“Atlas Shrugged Part 1”) and Alan Saretsky through his All For One, One For All Entertainment banner.
Cassavetes and Marvin will polish the script, written by Saretsky about his own story of going from the streets of New York City to a rogue broker taking Wall Street by storm.
Salvatore and Ornston are repped by Paradigm.
- Dave McNary
BBC motoring show attracts its biggest launch audience since 2011, scoring a rare victory over ITV's All Star Family Fortunes
Top Gear returned to BBC2 for its 21st series with more than 5 million viewers on Sunday night, its biggest launch show since 2011.
This was enough to give BBC2 a rare ratings victory over ITV, which could only manage 4.3 million viewers (16.3%) for All Star Family Fortunes between 7.45pm and 8.30pm, and 4.2 million (15%) for the Dancing on Ice: Skate Off between 8.30pm and 9pm.
Top Gear, which accounted for half of the BBC's top 20 most popular shows on the BBC's iPlayer last year, was up on the 4.7 million who saw the show's return last summer, and 5.1 million who watched in January 2012.
It was the most popular Top Gear opening episode »
- John Plunkett
3 items from 2014
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