11 items from 2014
Matthew McConaughey is being hailed for his role as an HIV sufferer in Dallas Buyers Club and for his part in HBO's acclaimed series True Detective. He has escaped his romcom image and is tipped to take the best actor award tonight
By the end of the night, west coast time, it could all have been worth it for Matthew McConaughey. If he nets the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the Aids sufferer Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, then his dramatic weight loss, his bold choices and the careful repositioning of his screen talent will have paid off.
Many of the stars lining up with him outside the Dolby Theatre, following their annual red carpet stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, will have nothing more to worry about than the forecast of heavy rain. But for those in the running for a major prize at the academy's 86th awards, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
We have a feeling Monster-in-Law wasn't worth all this. A South Carolina mother-of-two was arrested last week after failing to return a VHS copy of the Jennifer Lopez-Jane Fonda rom com Monster-in-Law—that she rented from a local video store nine years ago. Maid in Manhattan? Might be worth it. The Wedding Planner? Yeah, we'd serve some time for that one. It was cute. But Kayla Finley, 27, spent an evening in Pickens County Jail for Monster-in-Law, which has to feel extra brutal because that movie is on TBS every other day now, so you wouldn't even need to rent it in the first place. Full disclosure, we watch it every time we see that it's on. If only for this »
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
Things were so much simpler before Matthew McConaughey became a well-respected, critically lauded actor. The world was a brighter, shinier place. It was full of romantic comedies like Failure to Launch and The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, films where McConaughey was little more than a sparkling Southern drawl stuffed into a sport coat. That old Matthew McConaughey is gone now, lost adrift a sea of accolades and acting ability and roles that are all very serious and very sad. The new McConaughey is a serious actor who takes on tougher, more complex roles and aces them, every single time. The new McConaughey is a man who will actually close his drapes before stripping nude, getting high and pounding on his conga drums like an insane person. It’s a whole new world out there. And it’s a world that will continue into Sea of Trees, the »
- Adam Bellotto
Some day, a very wise Hollywood type will make a movie about the rise of Matthew McConaughey. Out of all the actors and actresses currently atop the A-list, he’s had one of the most fascinating career resurgences I’ve ever come across. When he first arrived on the scene back in the 1990s with A Time to Kill, we saw a talented fresh face, one full of promise. Then, the Hollywood money machine snatched him up, plastering his handsome features onto forgettable (at best) romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner, How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days and Failure to Launch. Need we revisit the Sahara era? Finally, after the paltry Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in 2009, McConaughey took a step back, and boy am I grateful he did. Two years later, when the actor returned with terrific performances in The Lincoln Lawyer and Bernie, he was better than ever. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Outside of hardcore pornographic films, your chances of seeing cinematic smut comes either from the Grind House or the Art House. In fact, the art house wins hands down in the smut department and gets away with many things that could never be shown in a mainstream film or even in a horror film. This is because our moral guardians reason that educated middle class people watch art house films and because of their social status and level of intellect, they are less likely to be corrupted than a mainstream audience. Of course this is very patronising, but art house cinema has been getting away with absolute controversial filth for decades while the censors go snip happy over something as stupid as The Wedding Planner.
Sometimes smut works in an art house film and sometimes it doesn’t. I found that the trend for art house films (particularly French films »
- Clare Simpson
Jackson Ball on the career resurgence of Matthew McConaughey....
Hollywood is often painted as a cruel, unforgiving place. A place where second chances are few and far-between and if you blow your ‘big break’, you are forgotten instantaneously. It sounds like quite a bleak environment to be around, so it’s always reassuring when someone comes along and breaks the trend, seizing hold of a second chance with both hands. One such person is Mr. Matthew McConaughey.
Cast your minds back to 2009; McConaughey had just released the rather abysmal rom-com Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. This shocker capped off a good decades-worth of drivel for the actor, who seemed to be singled-handed stocking and restocking DVD bargain-bins the world over. McConaughey’s main offences included barrel-scraping rom-coms (The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch), unenjoyable ‘adventure’ films (Reign of Fire, Fool’s Gold), and a variety of other flops (Two for the Money, »
- Gary Collinson
Seeing Jennifer Lopez on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno gave us such sweet memories of her early fame... The In Living Color dance sequences...the cheesy romantic comedies (of which The Wedding Planner is our obvious fave)...the music video for "Let's Get Loud." All it took was one skintight leather dress and we're longing the Bennifer days. We doubt J.Lo wants to take a trip down parts of that memory lane, but style-wise, she was super hot as "Jenny from the Block" and this Ermanno Scervino fits in perfectly with that sexy New York-bred feel. The straight skirt could not fit her well-insured bottom better and in black leather, it has even more pop. The teeny straps up top highlight her »
Marry like a star! Celebrity wedding planner Yifat Oren has partnered with Cabo San Lucas resort Capella Pedregal to offer the Wedding and Romance program, Yifat Oren for Capella Pedregal, a luxurious destination wedding experience fit for an A-lister. The wedding planner to megastars Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman is excited to creating celeb-worthy events in her new partner space. "The stunning Capella Pedregal resort provides a natural canvas from which to create magnificent weddings," Oren [...] »
Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (bestselling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she's not America's sweetheart but America's best friend. You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to Cvs can cure all? What it's like to have stepchildren? And how she really feels about her mother? Yes, it' »
- Pietro Filipponi
Britney Spears has been inspired by Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis for the efforts in the movie 'We're the Millers,' will we soon see a movie in Brit's future? Maybe. Britney has revealed she would ''love to act'' in movies. The 32-year-old singer - who kicked off her 'Piece of Me' Las Vegas residency on December 27 - previously starred in 2002's 'Crossroads' alongside Zoe Saldana and Kim Cattrall and has a desire to hit the big screen once again. She told E! News: ''I would love to act. I would love to do movies. If it was the right part, it would be really cool ... I love funny movies.'' Britney's recent favorites include comedy 'We're the Millers' starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis and the 2011 hit 'Bridesmaids' with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The blonde beauty also enjoys watching 44-year-old Jennifer Lopez in Hollywood hits. »
11 items from 2014
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