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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opens in theaters this week and, as expected, leading lady Jennifer Lawrence has been making the publicity rounds and, as expected, she’s been totally charming and lovable. (Not too many stars can get away with singing this terribly and still be endearing.) J. Law not only steadfastly remains America’s Sweetheart, but she only seems to be getting better at it. Whether she’s facing the celebrity nudes leak scandal head on or making a Gif-worthy funny face, the admiration for the Oscar-winning actress still seems to know no bounds. While the outspoken star has had her share of critics thanks to some of her seemingly insensitive comments or misconstrued jokes about Meryl Streep, there’s been no major backlash or outcry. In Hollywood, Lawrence is pretty infallible, but she’s not the only one. Here are 12 other stars that seem »
Disney and Lucasfilm plan on making Star Wars movies as long as the fans still demand them. A lot of actors and directors are going to have their shot at helping bring these stories to life, whether it's part of the "Episode" saga or a stand alone film.
In a recent interview with Interstellar star Matthew McConaughy, the actor talked about his love for Star Wars and revealed that his favorite character is Chewbacca. He also says that he would be interested in a role for a Star Wars film if the script were good and the character is right for him. Here's what the actor had to say when asked if he would take on a role in the franchise:
“Sure – there’s not anything that I’m not open to embracing. I want it to be a quality script, I want a quality character. I want to be a little scared of it. »
- Joey Paur
For years, cinema didn’t seem able to cope with the concept of a rounded female character – especially those films which focused on men. Now times have changed, but the pressure on both genders to stay traditional remains intense
For half a century now, men have dominated the quarter-life crisis movie. The Graduate was made in 1967, Baby Boy in 2001, Failure to Launch in 2006, Jeff, Who Lives at Home in 2011. These films show people grappling with conflicts and emotions common to everyone. But only men have been permitted to experience them in public.
Women – especially in manchild movies – had to be the mature ones. Boys were expected to be boys, while girls were relegated to the sidelines being sensible. Not just sensible – perfect, no leeway allowed. If they were evil, they were simply evil. If they were likable, then there was no room for character flaws. Women on screen were idealised »
- Lynn Shelton
Matthew McConaughey has revealed that he is tempted to venture into romantic comedies.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies UK, McConaughey admitted that he is keen to move his career back into lighter fare.
"Sure. Yeah, I could do [a rom-com]. It'll be nice to do something light down the line," he said. "Whether that'd be a rom-com or just a straight balls-out comedy, I don't know, but yeah, it's possible."
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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
Ah, this sort of explains what happened on Tammy. Everyone on the set was totally high, so they thought all the jokes were hysterical. Only, when the movie opened, no one was laughing. That.s the new theory born of Kathy Bates. confession that the actresses in Tammy shared "some good shit" while filming the comedy. even if they might not have inhaled. (Wink, wink.) The pot-smoking-gun was dropped during a "Plead the Fifth" segment on Bravo.s Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen. The host asked Kathy Bates who was the bigger pothead: Matthew McConaughey, who she acted alongside in Failure to Launch; or Susan Sarandon, whom she starred with in Tammy. And Bates shed her Misery by revealing that there was plenty of outstanding wacky tobacky on the Tammy set. She shared: "Is this going to get him in trouble legally? Is this going to get »
There was a time when Matthew McConaughey was only known for his work in the romantic comedy genre. Throughout the 00.s he did little else than be perpetually shirtless and kiss his attractive co-stars. Obviously that.s not a bad way to live, and even though these films were regularly ripped apart by critics, McConaughey continued to churn them out. Now that he.s widely regarded as one of the most arresting screen presences of modern Hollywood, you might expect him to be embarrassed of his work during those years. But that couldn.t be further from the truth. In fact he.s still incredibly proud of his performances. Matthew McConaughey stood by the likes of The Wedding Planner, Failure To Launch and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days during a chat with GQ. His interviewer was clearly trying to get him to disparage the pieces but he »
Before the McConaissance, there were movies like "The Wedding Planner," "Failure to Launch," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Fool's Gold," and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past." These were the projects upon which an often shirtless Matthew McConaughey buttered his bread. But now that he's dancing between prestige indies like Gus Van Sant's forthcoming "The Sea Of Trees" and Christopher Nolan's forthcoming "Interstellar," you might think McConaughey would scoff at those earlier efforts. You would be wrong. In fact, he defends him heartily in a new profile for GQ. "These things aren't easy," he says of rom-coms. "What's hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair. There's a buoyancy you need to make them work. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Matthew McConaughey began receiving raves for a string of dramatic roles in films like “Mud,” “Killer Joe” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” there were many who praised the actor for turning his back on the romantic comedies that helped make him a star. McConaughey himself was not one of them.
“I love those movies,” he said in an interview with Variety in January, shortly before winning the Academy Award, praising hits like “The Wedding Planner” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” He even defended the ones that weren’t as well received. “ ‘Failure to Launch’ got panned, but I like it!”
McConaughey is well aware of the spin that others try to put on his career; that he abandoned easy roles and paychecks for darker parts. “The narrative that people keep wanting to get at is the then and now,” he said. “The then and now narrative »
- Jenelle Riley
From 'Ghost of Girlfriend's Past' to 'Dallas Buyers Club,' McConaughey doesn't regret a one.
Video: Flashback! Matthew McConaughey's First Et Interview
"These things aren't easy. What’s hard is to make them look easy," he tells GQ magazine. "Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair."
But he wasn't afraid of getting typecast. "I've never had »
The McConaissance of the last several years culminated with Matthew McConaughey's Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Emmy nomination for "True Detective," but the idea that he needed a comeback relies on the notion that he'd fallen into a rut formed by mediocre romantic comedies.
But in the latest issue of GQ, McConaughey said the McConaissance ""may make a more interesting narrative and a dramatic punch, but it's not true."
"These things aren't easy. What's hard is to make them look easy," he said. "Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair. »
- Kelly Woo
Man did people pretend to be really angry when Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were officially cast as the leads in True Detective Season 2. This is such a strange case of armchair casting where people are decrying who is or isn't right for a role that they know nothing about. Have they read the scripts for the season? No. Also, after Failure to Launch would anyone have branded Matthew McConaughey as a likely candidate to pull off a role like he did on the show last year? Nope. So onto the actresses. There are reports hitting that Rachel McAdams has been offered one of the female leads by HBO. There is also a list of eight actresses that are ostensibly up for another part. Again we know nothing about the characters these people will be playing so there would be no degree of accuracy involved in me saying who I »
- Evan Dickson
When HBO confirmed this week that Vince Vaughn would be joining the cast of the second season of True Detective, the Internet's reaction was mixed, to say the least. Colin Farrell had already been confirmed as one of the detectives, and while Vaughn's name had been linked to the show already, some fans felt that the show wasn't the appropriate place for the king of Frat Pack comedy. However, you shouldn't discount Vaughn too quickly, as there are actually several reasons why he may be a perfect fit for the new season. Keep reading to see our breakdown of why Vince is a great pick. He's Not Playing Colin Farrell's Partner One of the biggest misconceptions about Vaughn's role in the new season is that he is playing one of the lead protagonists. Instead, Vaughn is playing Frank Semyon, a career criminal who is being described as "the central antagonist" on the show. »
Now, at some point, we’re going to have to stop referring to Matthew McConaughey’s amazing comeback, and start acknowledging the fact that this guy just does amazing work, right? How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past are a dim and distant memory. We need never again endure his Failure To Launch. For several years now, McConaughey has been answering casting calls from the likes of Soderbergh, Linklater (again, thankfully), Scorsese and Nolan, and that is a trend that continues with The Sea Of Trees – a collaboration with the legendary and Academy Award nominated director, Gus Van Sant. As the picture above suggests – it seems to be something haunting and beautiful.
Written by Chris Sparling – who wrote the brilliant and devastating Buried – The Sea Of Trees centres on Arthur (McConaughey), who treks into the dense forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known as the ‘suicide forest, »
- Sarah Myles
Fear of commitment is one of those topics that pops up a lot in the world of romantic comedies. Jerry Maguire (1996) shows Tom Cruise struggling to say "I love you" in a convincing fashion, and in When Harry Met Sally (1989) Billy Crystal makes terrible excuses to leave early in the morning after each date. Failure To Launch (2006) spelled it out more bluntly than perhaps we needed – in Hollywood, men are afraid of love. Love is a scary business. Even so, it rarely comes with a health warning.
So I Married An Axe Murderer is that rare film. It suggests that the lead character is right to be terrified of commitment. In fact, running away might just save his life. This is a tricky idea to get right, because the audience »
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
The internet is a reactionary place. Information is dispensed at a frantic pace and often times we are forced to quickly react to a story and offer whatever knee-jerk initial reaction we experience. Often times these decisions aren’t made with our heads but our hearts. We learn that Ben Affleck is playing Batman, and a hundred thousand reactions hit every media outlet based on your love, hate, or ambivalence to him. Fans are thrilled. Detractors declare it to be the most heinous crime ever perpetrated against pop culture. The ambivalent shrug.
Entertainment news used to be a steady drip, but now it’s a torrential downpour. The traditional cycle moves so quickly that a story is released, we react, and then move on to the next story. It’s rare that we get to pause or »
- Anghus Houvouras
There’s only so many different ways you can make a romantic comedy. The Apartment started it, When Harry Met Sally and Harold and Maude perfected it, and the whole thing’s been going steadily downhill ever since. It’s the genre that almost killed Matthew McConaughey’s career, it’s the genre where former sitcom stars go to die, it’s a genre that is – arguably – beyond saving. David Wain is aware of this, and They Came Together looks set to be one of the last truly refreshing pieces of intelligence to be plucked from the rom-com bargain basement. Its comedy may be patchy, but there’s sarcastic subversiveness in buckets and enough raw enthusiasm to power through its doldrums and on into the clever – and occasionally bat-shit crazy – waves of meta-humor. Who would’ve thought a romantic comedy that named its male lead Joel could have been such a breath of fresh air? »
- Dominic Mill
After years of appearing in a succession of truly terrible movies from How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days to Failure to Launch to Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey has done an amazing job of reinventing himself in the public imagination as a hugely talented and in-demand actor. Finally fulfilling the promise he showed in the early days of Dazed and Confused, McConaughey’s run of films involving Killer Joe, Mud and Magic Mike resulted in an Oscar last month for Dallas Buyers Club.
This so-called “McConaissance” has generated plenty of column inches and enormous amounts of media discussion, but the Interstellar star is not the only actor to have hit a rich vein of form of late after years of uninspiring films. While critics and the Academy have been falling over themselves to shower McConaughey in praise, these six actors have been quietly enjoying their own career renaissances. »
- Jack Gann
The other day I saw a denizen of our grand internet ask an apposite question: If it was 5 years ago and I told you that Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for Best Actor and may win an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama series in the same year, what would you have said?
The smug-faced arse (as opposed to arse-faced smug, or smug-arsed face) of such cinematic travesties as Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Fool’s Gold is near-unrecognisable as the recent winner of an Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club (and not just because he lost what we in the industry call a “Bale-tonne” of weight). It’s as if all of a sudden he remembered how to act.
- Tom Baker
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