15 items from 2014
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 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
How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18: King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn’t specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the 1976 remake rather than the 1933 classic.
But as the evening proved, McConaughey — whom the star’s Interstellar director Christopher Nolan referenced as “the new Paul Newman” — more than meets the Cinematheque’s definition of this award for a distinguished mid-point career of excellence and contribution to cinema.
Of course there were many mentions of what is now known as the “McConaissance,” his recent spate of career-changing film choices beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer, »
- Pete Hammond
There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.
However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »
- Frank Ochieng
Matthew McConaughey hosted a movie night with the Washington Redskins last night ... where 6 players screened their favorite movies -- And No One Picked A McConaughey Flick!!!The event was a fundraiser at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn, Va yesterday -- 6 players in 6 theaters treated fans to one of their favorite movies. For the record, the event raised money for the NFL's "Play 60" program and Matt's "Just Keep Livin" foundation ... tickets were $200-a-pop. As for »
- TMZ Staff
Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below! 8:25 p.m. Et. So how many times do we figure Jennifer Lawrence is going fall down on tonight's Oscars telecast. Five? 10? Twice that many if she wins? Actually, if she wins, Lupita Nyong'o fans are going to be tripping her. Not Lupita, though. She's too classy for that. 8:27 p.m. There are dozens of people in the HitFix office right now, but I'm hiding out in my office, because I'm dedicated to you, the readers. Because I'd just keep eating lasagna if I were with the main group. Also, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Speaking about the film, DeGeneres told Parade: "Miss Congeniality was written based on me.
"When I was getting ready to co-host the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My stylist at the time - a man - was teaching me, and it was hilarious. The Miss Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant."
She added: "Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently reminded me that I beat her out of that. I got the part and Jen Aniston didn't! »
Ellen DeGeneres may be on top of the talk show game, but did you know she beat out Jennifer Aniston for a movie role?In an interview in the March 2 issue of Parade magazine, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host revealed that she scored the supporting role in 1999 comedy "EdTV, " despite some very stiff competition from the former "Friends" favorite."She recently reminded me that I beat her out of that," she tells the mag. "I got the part and Jen Aniston didn't! That'll probably be the only time that happens."A year after stealing that role from Aniston, DeGeneres says she helped inspire one for another rising starlet: Oscar winner and current nominee, Sandra Bullock. "'Miss Congeniality' was written based on me," the 56-year-old revealed. "When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My »
- tooFab Staff
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston may have taken vastly different career paths in Hollywood since their sitcom star days, but both collided in 1999 when auditioning to play a reality television producer in “EdTV,” and DeGeneres proudly declares in a new interview that she won that friendly battle. “Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently reminded me that I beat her out of that,” DeGeneres told Parade. “I got the part and Jen Aniston didn’t! That’ll probably be the only time that happens.” See photos: 40 Actresses Over 40 Who Are Still Conquering Hollywood (Photos) A year after stealing a role from Aniston, »
- Greg Gilman
Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston don't often go up for the same movie roles—but when they vied for the same part in 1999, it was DeGeneres who scored the supporting role in EdTV. "She recently reminded me that I beat her out of that," the TV host recalls in the March 2 issue of Parade magazine. "I got the part and Jen Aniston didn't! That'll probably be the only time that happens." Given that the two are still friends, it's hard to imagine Aniston holds a grudge. And it's not like she wasn't busy that year: in addition to filming Season 6 of NBC's Friends, the actress also played Joanna in the satirical comedy Office Space and voiced Annie Hughes in the animated movie The »
Right now, here's what's on Ellen DeGeneres's actual to-do list: 1. Star in a talk show adored by millions. 2. Work with her wife, Portia de Rossi, on major renovations to their new home. 3. Stay calm about hosting the Oscars, which will be seen by nearly everyone on the planet, on March 2. 4. Remove throw-up deposited by Augie, Portia and Ellen's new rescue dog, from de Rossi's sweater (he gets carsick). At 56, she's taking it all in stride, and that has come with riding out bumps in life's road. DeGeneres sat down with People's Elizabeth Leonard to share a little wisdom about »
- Ellen DeGeneres, with Elizabeth Leonard
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 »
- Jenelle Riley
Matthew McConaughey has proven himself to be quite the versatile actor, as evidenced by the Dallas Buyers Club actor's very busy award season. In addition to being a dramatic superstar, McConaughey has been a romantic charmer, a rugged adventurer, and a lot of things in between. This week, I'm celebrating one of my favorite talented Texans. Can you match the picture to the title? Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: EDtv Contact Surfer, Dude We Are Marshall »
- Maggie Pehanick
The Golden Globes weren't the only TV program packing major star power on Sunday night. While Matthew McConaughey was busy accepting the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for his amazing turn in Dallas Buyer's Club, his new drama True Detective was debuting on HBO. Talk about pulling double duty! The series, which spans 17 years and costars his longtime friend and Edtv costar Woody Harrelson, who recently starred in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, centers on two extremely different Louisiana detectives working together on a grisly murder investigation. At the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, McConaughey and Harrelson took the stage to talk about their decision to »
Matthew McConaughey's transition - his "McConaughaissance," if you will - from rom-com stalwart to serious dramatic actor has been one of the more delightfully implausible career arcs we've seen. And if the eyes are the windows to the soul, then movie posters must be the windows, to what could be called a career's "elan vital." With this in mind, as McConaughey's latest project True Detective ramps up for its Sunday night premiere on HBO, here's a look at this surprising arc, illustrated through the posters to his films. Affable, grinning, and not yet in the practice of displaying his full body in posters, »
- Alex Heigl
15 items from 2014
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