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Leeds International Film Festival 2014 Review – Wild (2014)

18 November 2014 8:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Wild, 2014.

Directed by Jean-Marc Valle.

Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffman and Kevin Rankin.

Synopsis:

Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) takes on the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail to help focus her life after the death of her mother.

There are times that Wild threatens to become the film everyone assumes it is, based on the trailer. Take, for instance, any scene where Cheryl comes into contact with the opposite sex. There’s always a tense exchange of dialogue, and in one scene, a vague threat of sexual assault. Yet, it’s always either played down or just dissipates, once Cheryl realises that the man in question is practically harmless.

It’s a strange thing to bring up in a movie, that, had it being adapted by anyone other than Nick Hornby, would have taken a little creative license and made said scenes a bit more…unsettling.

Yet, Wild isn’t the bleak, »

- Gary Collinson

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10 indie sci-fi films to look out for in 2015

17 November 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...

If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »

- ryanlambie

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Watch: New Clip From 'Wild,' Reese Witherspoon Used A Hypnotist To Calm Her Nerves To Shoot Sex Scenes

10 November 2014 12:11 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After winning the 2005 Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line," Reese Witherspoon unfortunately caught the Oscar curse, also known as the Cuba Gooding Jr. syndrome, which pulls certain stars into obscurity instead of further propelling their careers. During the years following her big win, Witherspoon starred in a series of fluffy comedies that were box-office duds and gradually became persona non grata for leading major studio releases. Recently, she’s been trying her hand at a female version of The McConnaissance as she takes on more daring and challenging roles in indies. The tactic seems to be working. After receiving praise for her supporting role as the profoundly damaged romantic obsession to Matthew McConaughey in "Mud," her performance as Cheryl Strayed in "Wild," based on Strayed’s autobiography about her 1100-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail, is getting rave reviews. Witherspoon spoke with. »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Celebrity Showdown: Jake Gyllenhaal Vs Matthew McConaughey

9 November 2014 4:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In a battle between Mr. "Alright, Alright, Alright' and "The Prince Of Persia," who will come out victorious?

This weekend, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar hit screens nationwide and the film's star, Matthew McConaughey, has joined the ever-widening ranks of stars who could be vying for an Oscar nomination next year.

Last week, Jake Gyllenhaal joined that club as well with his massively acclaimed performance in the crime thriller Nightcrawler – a performance some are saying could be the best of his entire career.

Video: What Would Matthew McConaughey's Son Save If A Tsunami Hit Malibu?

So, how do the stars stack up against each other? This week's Celebrity Showdown is here to give us a definitive answer.

Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.

Video: Jake Gyllenhaal Runs Like a Coyote, Loses »

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Shannon, Weisz lead Joshua Marston drama

5 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon are to star in Maria Full of Grace director Joshua Marston’s first English-language feature, which has come together ahead of the Afm where it is likely to be among the hottest indie packages.

New York production outfit Parts & Labor (Beginners, Love is Strange) will produce the as-yet untitled feature, also written by Marston, with Protagonist handling international sales.

Weisz will play Alice, the intriguing guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Tom (Shannon) and his wife, celebrating his birthday.

Tom increasingly believes he knows Alice but by a different name and a different biography, and suspects that she’s not there entirely by coincidence.

The evening spins into a highly-charged reunion between a man in need of making a change in his life and a woman who desperately wants to stop changing.

Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are producing »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Alright, Alright, Alright: Greatest moments of Matthew McConaughey's career so far

4 November 2014 6:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been an amazing year for Matthew McConaughey.  Well, actually it's been an amazing two years. Acclaimed performances in movies such as "Magic Mike," "Mud," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Dallas Buyers Club" and throw in almost every conceivable best actor honor, including Oscar, for the latter and he's the toast of the town.  Oh, and did we mention his turn in HBO's paradigm shifting series "True Detective"? Possibly the best work he's done in any medium?  Yes, good things to those who spend two years making independent films, er, we mean, to those who wait. McConaughey will only add to his impressive resume with Christopher Nolan's new drama "Interstellar." As Cooper, a test pilot who captains a mission which is Earth's last hope, McConaughey is as emotionally raw and compelling as he's ever been.  This isn't the guy who smiled his way through "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days. »

- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley, Louis Virtel, Josh Lasser, Donna Dickens,

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Barry Pepper And Lili Taylor Join Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials

4 November 2014 7:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

20th Century Fox’s upcoming dystopian sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials just gained two talented stars, with word that Kill the Messenger actor Barry Pepper and The Conjuring actress Lili Taylor have joined the production in supporting roles.

In addition to bringing back the stars of this fall’s box office hit The Maze Runner, including lead Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson, Scorch Trials will introduce a large group of new characters who come into contact with Thomas (O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers after they escape the maze and discover a sun-scorched wasteland beyond its walls.

Pepper is on board to play Vince, described as a survivalist who is one of the last surviving members of a legendary unit known as the Right Arm. Taylor, meanwhile, will play Mary Cooper, a doctor who created a colony of survivors in »

- Isaac Feldberg

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New Clip From Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

30 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Related Content: New Interstellar Poster Synopsis: Interstellar features a prestigious cast that includes Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike,” “Mud”), Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Tree of Life”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married,” TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow (“Terms of Endearment,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn (“The Last Picture Show,” “The Exorcist”), and Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy). Directed and »

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Kate Hudson Does A Killer Matthew McConaughey Impression

28 October 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There.s just something about Matthew McCounaughey.s sultry Texan accent that other actors love to impersonate. Kate Hudson is the latest star to replicate the True Detective star.s drawl and it.s simply sensational. You can check out a clip of her homage below. It.s the best thing you.ll do all Tuesday. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey starred opposite each other in a variety of romantic-comedies that threatened to define his career. Not that there would have been anything wrong with that! It.s just that you can.t really argue with the fact that his appearances in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Fool.s Gold didn.t really have the nuanced complexity of his turns in Dallas Buyers Club or Mud. Either way the camaraderie between Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey has always been obvious and contagiously joyful, which was always »

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The Hysterical Difference Between Matthew McConaughey And Reese Witherspoon

24 October 2014 9:18 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Reese Witherspoon has revealed that she and Matthew McConaughey had hugely different lifestyles while filming 2012.s gritty Southern drama, Mud. And, to be honest, it sounds as if McConaughey.s diet and surroundings were both a lot healthier and less depressing than hers. According to Yahoo Movies, Witherspoon made her remarks at a tribute to the Oscar-winning 44-year-old actor that was conducted by American Cinematheque at the Beverly Hills Hilton earlier this week. She was joined by a cavalcade of other Hollywood actresses, each of whom regaled the crowd with a variety of stories that revolved around Matthew McConaughey.s peculiar, yet loveable, antics. But it was Witherspoon.s comments about shooting Mud that proved just how relaxed Matthew McConaughey can be when it comes to his roles. Reese Witherspoon explained that while filming the well received, Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, she had to stay in a motel that was »

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Matthew McConaughey's Leading Ladies (and Adorable Kids!) Toast & Roast Him

22 October 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matthew McConaughey has plenty of devoted female admirers - but he holds an even more special place in the hearts of his Hollywood leading ladies. The Oscar-winning actor collected the latest in his recent run of prestigious trophies when the American Cinematheque honored him at its annual award celebration Tuesday at L.A.'s Beverly Hilton Hotel, and an A-list contingent of his female costars - including Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner - turned out to pay tribute to (and occasional playfully roast) McConaughey. "He's the kind of guy who dances with your mother at your wedding, »

- Scott Huver

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Matthew McConaughey's Leading Ladies (and Adorable Kids!) Toast & Roast Him

22 October 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matthew McConaughey has plenty of devoted female admirers - but he holds an even more special place in the hearts of his Hollywood leading ladies. The Oscar-winning actor collected the latest in his recent run of prestigious trophies when the American Cinematheque honored him at its annual award celebration Tuesday at L.A.'s Beverly Hilton Hotel, and an A-list contingent of his female costars - including Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner - turned out to pay tribute to (and occasional playfully roast) McConaughey. "He's the kind of guy who dances with your mother at your wedding, »

- Scott Huver

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Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque

22 October 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Reese Witherspoon: Matthew McConaughey Has a "Two-Hour Face"

22 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Matthew McConaughey is one fine lookin' gentleman. Just ask Reese Witherspoon, his co-star in 2012's Mud. "He's handsome and he's got talent," Witherspoon told me last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where McConaughey was honored with the 2014 American Cinematheque Award. "He's got what my friend calls a 'two-hour face'—you want to watch him for two hours. He might even have a 'six-hour face.' That hasn't been tested yet. Well, it has, hasn't it with True Detective? You could watch him all day." McConaughey's Interstellar co-star Jessica Chastain remembered the first time she saw the Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-winner on the big »

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Matthew McConaughey defends rom-coms: 'Criticism is completely unfair'

22 October 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matthew McConaughey has defended the romantic comedy genre.

The True Detective star said that criticism of rom-coms is "completely unfair".

"These things aren't easy," he told GQ. "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. I believe I gave them buoyancy. And some of the shoots were very difficult, with me trying to fight for the balls on the guy."

He continued: "What's a romantic comedy? Boy meets girl. They get together. Something happens. Girl takes off. Boy chases girl. They get back together. The end.

"A lot of times the male is somewhat emasculated, meaning he has to crawl back and say, 'I'm nothing without you. If you don't take me back, »

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Matthew McConaughey honoured with 28th American Cinematheque Award

22 October 2014 4:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matthew McConaughey was honoured with the 28th American Cinematheque Award at the annual ceremony in Beverly Hills last night (October 21).

The 44-year-old Oscar-winning actor, who is currently promoting Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, was accompanied by his wife Camila Alves and two of their three young children, son Levi and daughter Vida.

McConaughey was also joined by former on-screen love interests Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon. Current Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and director Nolan were also on hand at the ceremony to support the star.

Nolan took to the stage at the event - hosted by Jimmy Kimmel - to praise McConaughy's talent, enthusing: "I'm not a believer in the 'McConaissance'.

"I think Matthew's success of late is the rest of us catching up to what he's been doing. I'm very proud to know him.

"I've never worked with an actor so relentless in his »

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Christopher Nolan praises Matthew McConaughey's quest for truth

22 October 2014 12:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — It was time for a victory lap for last year's Best Actor Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as the "Interstellar" star was honored by the American Cinematheque at the Beverly Hilton's famed International Ballroom Tuesday night. A roll call of the star's leading ladies was on hand to take part in the tribute, which closed with "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan doing the honors of presenting the hardware. Kate Hudson ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Fool's Gold"), Anne Hathaway ("Interstellar"), Jennifer Garner ("Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Dallas Buyers Club") and Reese Witherspoon ("Mud") all took the stage at various moments throughout the evening to tell anecdotes and present clip packages from McConaughey's early years, his romantic comedy stretch, actioners, legal dramas and, of course, the "McConaissance" of late, as it's been dubbed. When Nolan had his turn, however, he bristled a bit at that moniker. "I'm not a believer in the McConaissance, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Matthew McConaughey Defends the Romantic Comedy Genre

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Matthew McConaughey’s Stellar Year Topped with American Cinematheque Award

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After accepting the Academy Award for lead actor earlier this year, Matthew McConaughey isn’t done collecting accolades. He’ll be honored Oct. 21 with the 28th American Cinematheque Award.

When McConaughey accepted his Oscar in March, it marked the height of the actor’s transformation from romantic comedy staple to complex dramatic performer. But the directors who worked with the actor before and on the cusp of the McConaissance say that the spark has always been there.

Mark Waters, who worked with McConaughey during his long stretch of aw-shucks romantic roles, says the actor’s dark side was precisely what made him right for 2009’s “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

“I was interested in him because I liked his pure bad-boy side,” Waters says. “It may be the precursor to what he was eventually going to move toward, but there was something about the rebel in him and that aggressiveness.”

The »

- Christy Grosz

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Matthew McConaughey defends romantic comedies; says they are hard to make

21 October 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Just a little over a year ago, Matthew McConaughey was a has-been in Hollywood. Despite the recent success of The Lincoln Lawyer and some critical acclaim for Mud, but his successly rebirth as a top tier leading man thanks to Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective was just on the cusp of becoming a reality. Back then, McConaughey was still relegated to being a romantic comedy leading man rather than considered the type of actor who would go on to star in Christopher Nolan's »

- Alex Maidy

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