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1. The McConnaissance has officially hit its peak.
It's now belaboring the obvious to state that Matthew McConaughey has morphed into one of the most interesting actors working today — an unpredictable phenomenon that we can carbon-date back to 2011 and his Rockford Files-esque turn in The Lincoln Lawyer. His career-resurgence modus operandi was simple: kiss off the typical leading-man roles that were slowly suffocating him and go moody (Mud), dowdy (Bernie), psycho-ugly (Killer Joe), or campy, where-are-my-bongos batshit-crazy (The Paperboy). Where once his two modes were open-shirted or altogether shirtless, McConaughey started »
Runner Runner, 2013.
Directed by Brad Furman.
When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
When it comes to movies about poker or playing cards, more often than not they end up being pretty bad. Every now and again you get something like Casino Royale which ends up being great, although a lot of that may have been because it was a Bond movie. The majority of the time though, you get movies like 21 which are just ridiculous and take themselves way too seriously. Unfortunately, Runner Runner falls in with the latter as it's not very entertaining and a rather dull movie.
Justin Timberlake stars as Richie, a college student with money problems who spends most »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood’s obsession with John Grisham-style courtroom thrillers appears to have petered out over the past few years. The last legal drama I truly enjoyed was 2011′s The Lincoln Lawyer, and I can’t even name one cinematic entry in the subgenre that has emerged since then. So, it’s about time someone put their mind to resuscitating the courtroom thriller. The Whole Truth, which will likely release next year, may be the first project I’ve seen that could have a real shot at breathing new life into the subenre, especially now that it’s gained Oscar winner Renee Zellweger in a leading role.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the project »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the newest clip from Moms’ Night Out, watch as a bedraggled Allyson (Sarah Drew) attempts to undo the “help” she received from her young daughter on Mother’s Day.
Check out the trailer.
Moms’ Night Out is the endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?
Starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy, Goonies), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), and country music star Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer), the film will be in theaters everywhere May 9th, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Official Website: http://www. »
- Michelle McCue
There's just one week left before the sure-to-be epic "True Detective" season finale, but at least one mystery regarding the HBO hit has cleared up: Once Season 1 ends, Matthew McConaughey's out of there.
McConaughey confirmed the news with reporters in the backstage press room at Sunday's (March 2) 86th Academy Awards, after winning Best Actor for his turn in "Dallas Buyers Club."
"No, I won't be back for Season 2," he says. "Season 1 was finite."
While McConaughey and co-star Woody Harrelson's involvement with the series beyond the first season never seemed to be part of the deal, as the project was pitched as an anthology series, there always remained a parcel of hope that HBO might try to convince the duo to stick around -- especially considering the series' success in the ratings. Unfortunately, that won't be the case. (Also -- HBO has yet to order a second season, the goofballs. »
The McConaissance is complete. Matthew McConaughey has capped off a great couple of years with top-tier performances in films like "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "Mud" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" by landing a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." Like other actors who took the stage Sunday night, he took a moment to praise the work done by his co-nominees in the category. "All of these performances were impeccable, in my opinion," McConaughey said. "I didn't see a false note anywhere." It was an expressed goal of the actor's to change the trajectory of his career after a decade of studio flare that didn't appear to challenge him more than appeal to his movie star charisma. For the role of Ron Woodroof — a Texas homophobe diagnosed with AIDS and forced to track down alternative, unapproved medication abroad — McConaughey lost quite a bit »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.
According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.
In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.
Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.
New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, »
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
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
This Mother’s Day, theaters everywhere will be hoping to tap into the associated demographic with Mom’s Night Out. The trailer may look like something out of the ’80s, and the look you get at Trace Adkins might not be the most favorable, but there are hints in this trailer that it might actually be something many will fall in love with.
I’m going to chalk up the odd appearance to misguided marketing, because there are several hints involved that make me really wonder. Before you even watch the trailer, just the fact that Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton are in it should be worth a little bit of leeway. They aren’t exactly people signing up for any crazy movie that comes their way. You might not love them, but they don’t show up in too many terrible efforts.
Beyond that, there are a couple of »
- Marc Eastman
We've been following John Fallon's directorial debut for some time here on Dread Central, and we're happy to report that The Shelter has wrapped filming and is now balls deep into the post-production process. Read on for details and to check out a brand new still!
From the Press Release
John Fallon's directorial debut, The Shelter, starring Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer, Streets of Fire), Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Lauren Thomas, Brigette Rose, and Amy Wickenheiser, enters post-production this week.
The film was financed by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions, and Holbrook Multi Media will be handling the post duties. Bobby Holbrook II acted as the director of photography on the film, and Fallon had this to say as to why he went back to Holbrook to finish the picture:
"Working with Holbrook Multi Media on The Shelter production was a pleasure. I never had this much fun on a set. »
- Uncle Creepy
In the biggest original-comedy opening since Ted, a seasoned police detective takes his fast-talking brother-in-law-to-be on the ride of a lifetime. Ride Along will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This film will also be available on Digital HD two weeks early on April 1, 2014. An all-new comedy from director Tim Story (Think Like a Man, Fantastic Four, Barbershop), Ride Along stars actor and recording artist Ice Cube (Barbershop, 21 Jump Street) and actor and comedian Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain) in a film that Scott Bowles of USA Today calls "downright hilarious!"
The film also features hysterical performances from Tika Sumpter (Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas, The Haves and the Have Nots), John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2, The Lincoln Lawyer), Bryan Callen (The Hangover, Warrior), Bruce McGill (Lincoln, »
Matthew McConaughey has been our favorite redemption story since 2011, when he sprung back on the scene with the slow-burn thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer and then followed that up with a performance in Killer Joe that’s still burned into our brains. He’s continued turning in great work in unexpected places (Mud, Dallas Buyers Club), and that includes his recent TV work on HBO’s True Detective.
The actor’s run could soon include major awards; should that happen, unlike most others McConaughey won’t have to worry about the dreaded post-awards slump: when fall 2014 hits and the Oscars and Emmys are done, he will be in pretty safe hands headlining Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi movie, Interstellar.
The post »
- Kofi Outlaw
In the biggest original-comedy opening since Ted, a seasoned police detective takes his fast-talking brother-in-law-to-be on the ride of a lifetime. Ride Along will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This film will also be available on Digital HD two weeks early on April 1, 2014.
An all-new comedy from director Tim Story (Think Like a Man, Fantastic Four, Barbershop), Ride Along stars actor and recording artist Ice Cube (Barber Shop, 21 Jump Street) and actor and comedian Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain) in a film that Scott Bowles of USA Today calls “downright hilarious!”
The film also features hysterical performances from Tika Sumpter (Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, “The Have and Have Nots”), John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2, The Lincoln Lawyer), Bryan Callen (The Hangover, Warrior), Bruce McGill (Lincoln, »
- Michelle McCue
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
Dallas Buyers Club, 2013.
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
The 1980’s. A decade famous for various reasons it was a historical hotspot: John Lennon was assassinated, Michael Jackson was King of the World, and the PG-13 rating came into effect in 1984. But in Dallas, with the AIDS virus still ongoing both in terms of the virus spreading and medicine still trying find a cure, the name of Ron Woodruff came to prominence, as did the tragic first deaths recorded in the Us.
Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) was diagnosed in 1985, and was given a month to live. Shocked by the news, but not wholly surprised »
- Gary Collinson
Neal Thompson is Senior Editor at Amazon Books. He is also a journalist & author, amateur photographer/videographer, and compulsive reader-writer. Neal interviewed Michael Connelly, creator of Bosch, a new Amazon Original Pilot.
In 1992, a seasoned crime reporter named Michael Connelly published his first novel, the story of a body in a drainpipe, a bank robbery, and police corruption, based partly on a true crime that had occurred in La. Featuring Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch, a Vietnam vet turned Lapd detective, The Black Echo won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, established Connelly as a new voice in the mystery/thriller world and Bosch as one of the more complex characters in modern crime fiction.
Now, more than a dozen novels later, Bosch is coming to the little screen. Amazon Studios has produced the first episode in a hoped-for series entitled Bosch, co-written by Connelly and with Titus Welliver (who has »
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
The Oscar-tipped actor will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the film about a pair of men who meet in a Japanese 'suicide forest'
The film centers on a pair of men who travel to the Aokigahara forest in Japan, a popular location for suicides – but instead of killing themselves, their meeting prompts a reflective journey. Ken Watanabe, the Japanese actor known for his roles in Inception and Letters From Iwo Jima, will play the second man.
It's the latest in a series of weighty dramas from McConaughey, previously the king of the glitzy romcom – his critical appreciation has exponentially increased with roles in the likes of The Lincoln Lawyer and Killer Joe, alongside deft, crowdpleasing turns in Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street. He's now the firm »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Ryan Phillippe is eying the small screen for his next gig, as the thesp is in final negotiations to star in ABC’s drama series “Secrets & Lies.”
Variety has confirmed that Phillippe would play Ben Garner, a family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body.
Drama is an adaptation of an Australian series and hails from ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment. Barbie Kligman will serve as scribe and showrunner on the series, which was handed a 10-episode order from the Alphabet in October.
- AJ Marechal
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