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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
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
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.
“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.”
- Christy Grosz
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
Directed by Jean-Marc Valée.
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
After his Oscar nominated efforts for the superb Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée could have chosen pretty much anything as his next project. Courted by many more than Reese Witherspoon, it wouldn’t have been wholly surprising to have seen his name linked with bigger Hollywood projects, whether that had been a $150 million blockbuster, or indeed joining the universes Marvel and DC in the hope that he would help create the next in the ever-growing list of comic-books adaptations. But it was Wild that truly tickled the Canadian maestro, and you can see why.
Another beautifully directed film, Vallée is slowly becoming one of the best new talents in directing right now, »
- Scott J. Davis
On Sunday morning, Variety hosted its annual 10 Actors to Watch panel at the Hamptons International Film Festival, with honorees Tye Sheridan (“The Tree of Life”), Kaitlyn Dever (“Laggies”) and Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”).
After the Q&A moderated by Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos, the actors joined Hilary Swank at a brunch presented by Montblanc at the Maidstone Hotel. Swank received Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award.
“It’s truly an honor to be able to tell people stories in a couple of hours,” Swank said. “I became an actor because I love people. It gives me an opportunity to stretch myself, but it makes my life richer because of it.” Swank gave the young actors in attendance some advice. “I hope that you don’t ever feel afraid to fall on your face,” she said.
The panel featured stories about breaking into acting at an early age and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Exclusive: Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have joined the ensemble cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, about the infamous 1971 psychological exercise in which college students exhibited shocking cruel and sadistic behavior when divided into camps of prisoners and prison guards.
Helmed by Kyle Alvarez (C.O.G.), the Tim Talbott-scripted film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who would later write the book on the psychology of good and evil behavior. Thirlby will play Christina Zimbardo, Professor Zimbardo’s wife and fellow academic. She’s currently starring in O.P.C. at the American Repertory Theater with Melissa Leo and next appears onscreen in The Wedding Ringer in January. Ellis, who had a beloved run as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, will play Jesse Fletcher in Stanford. He appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels »
- Jen Yamato
Green wrote the screenplay for Goat, which is about sinister goings on in a frat house.
It centres around a 19-year-old boy recovering from an assault. He and his brother pledge to the same fraternity, only to find himself pitted against his sibling in the name of 'brotherhood'.
Green was formerly attached to direct the project, with Emile Hirsch starring.
Aidan Gillen, who plays Littlefinger in Game of Thrones, is set to play the villain in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which is the sequel to The Maze Runner that 20th Century Fox recently announced. The actor also played a major part in HBO's The Wire. He will be joined by Breaking Bad co-star Giancarlo Esposito, Rosa Salazar, and Mud actor Jacob Lofland.
I thought The Maze Runner was an awesome movie, and I'm glad that the studio is moving forward with the next installment of the James Dashner book trilogy. The story picks up after a small group of teens escape a deadly maze. The sequel picks up with them on the run in a wasteland of Earth that has been ravaged by solar flares.
According to THR, Gillen will play Janson, who becomes the main antagonist of the Maze Runner books. He is also referred to as Rat-Man. Salazar will play Brenda, »
- Joey Paur
The sequel to one of this year’s most well-received Ya adaptations was only given the go-ahead at the beginning of last week. However, it feels as if production on Maze Runner: Scorch Trials has been in motion for much longer, due to the amount of casting announcements which have rolled in since then. Today, we’ve another new addition to what’s turning out to be a killer cast, as THR reports that Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito has now signed onto the movie.
He’ll be joining the returning cast from the first outing (Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster), who will all be reprising their roles for the second instalment. The Scorch Trials will pick up where the original left off, as The Gladers – the main group of kids – are now on the run in a ravaged world of disease and decay. Esposito will play “Jorge, »
- Gem Seddon
Gus Fring is headed to the Scorch. Giancarlo Esposito, who played one of Breaking Bad's most villainous characters, has joined The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, EW has confirmed. The Emmy-nominated actor will play Jorge, a leader of the Cranks, a group of survivors who run into the group of teenagers led by returning star Dylan O'Brien. Maze Runner Director Wes Ball will be back to helm the sequel, which welcomes back Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Also new to the cast are Parenthood's Rosa Salazar as Brenda, Mud star Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones, and Aidan Gillen »
- Emily Blake
Matthew McConaughey's kinda the man! The "Dallas Buyers Club" star stopped by the Texas Longhorns' football practice on Wednesday, where he shared some inspirational words with the team and got the group to perform his "The Wolf of Wall Street" chant. Check out the awesome video above to find out how Matt came up with the movie moment! McConaughey -- who's a big fan of the Texas team -- tries to see the group whenever he is in town. The actor also revealed his favorite flick that he's ever made and how he and Leonardo DiCaprio added the chant to the movie. So what's the Oscar-winner's favorite movie? "'Mud'" he told the group. "I also like the 'Wolf of Wall Street' though," he added. McConaughey likewise told the team that the chant was not originally in the crime comedy. "You know why I do that?," he asked the team. »
- tooFab Staff
Longhorn fan Matthew McConaughey dropped by The University of Texas to give a pep talk to the football team that the players won't soon forget.
Alright Alright Alright! Actor and diehard football fan Matthew McConaughey stopped by The University of Texas football practice to chat with the Longhorns -- and it yielded some pretty great moments.
Initially telling the team he wasn't going to "preach" -- the Texas native launched into a full existential exploration with the team with quotes like:
Video: The Real Wolf of Wall Street Breaks His Silence
"Last night I was thinking about what I do -- I was thinking about what y'all do and I was asking myself this question all the time: Why do I do what I do? Why am I an actor, you know?"
"But it's amazing how easy the mind can go up and down so I guess what I'm saying is you gotta ask yourself why you're »
Andrew Neel is directing the drama for Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions. Acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green wrote the initial draft of the screenplay. Andrew Neel himself has made revisions alongside Mike Roberts. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa are producing alongside James Franco and Vince Jolivette. John Wells will executive produce.
The story follows a 19-year-old boy still reeling from a deadly assault. He enters college and pledges the same frat as his brother. The things that soon transpire in the name of 'brotherhood' test the young man and his loyalty to his sibling in a very brutal way.
The big screen rendition of Brad Land’s book Goat: A Memoir has been around for a while. David Gordon Green penned the initial draft of the script and also planned to direct it as well, but in 2008, he passed directorial duties over to Mud’s Jeff Nichols. However, now it’s being reported that the film is finally moving forward and that Andrew Neel (King Kelly), not Nichols, will direct it. James Franco is also on board to produce the film, which follows the story of a 19-year-old boy recovering from a vicious assault who pledges a fraternity with his brother and faces brutal challenges to prove his loyalty to the brotherhood. Hit the jump for more on Goat. As reported by The Wrap, Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce via Rabbit Bandini while Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa step in for Killer Films. Neel and Mike Roberts made »
- Perri Nemiroff
Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
William Hurt has signed on to join the cast of "Race," the biopic of legendary athletic superstar Jesse Owens. Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, and Stephan James also star in the film which will open nationwide on April 8th 2016.
Stephen Hopkins helms the project which is currently shooting in Montreal and Berlin. The story follows his quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. [Source: Focus Features]
Jacob Lofland ("Mud") has been cast in the upcoming sequel "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" for 20th Century Fox. Wes Ball will return as director on the follow-up which also stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar and Aidan Gillen.
Lofland will play Aris Jones, a significant character from the second novel. »
- Garth Franklin
• Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the ensemble of Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) as the legendary track and field star. Hurt will play the president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler. Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) is directing the production currently filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. In addition to James, Hurt joins Jeremy Irons as future International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, Jason Sudeikis as Osu »
- Jake Perlman
The forthcoming sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials recently gained a "Game of Thrones" cast member as the main villain in the film, two more new characters have been cast. First of all, to clarify, only Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster have been confirmed to return in the sequel that sees the group of teens outside of the deadly maze and now faced with a new set of challenges for survival in a futuristic world ravaged by devastation and disease. Now THR has two separate reports revealing that Rosa Salazar (who will be seen in Insurgent) and Jacob Lofland (of Mud) will both star in the film. More below! Salazar, beefing up the female cast by 100%, plays Brenda, a character who runs around with another group of teens (she's also the single female in the pack) and ends up paired with O'Brien's character when both end up on the »
- Ethan Anderton
The sequel picks up after Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his friends have escaped The Glade, but now must survive in a world riddled with destruction and disease. Jacob Lofland will play Aris Jones, an important figure in author James Dashner's novel, who encounters Thomas and the Gladers, as they discover his connection to the maze. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Kaya Scodelario are reprising their roles from The Maze Runner, with Aidan Gillen signing on last week to portray the villainous Janson, a.k.a. the Rat-Man.
Jacob Lofland is best known for »
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