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The Essential Jared Leto Films

Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential Jared Leto films…

Concluding our build up to Blade Runner 2049 with a series of essentials on the principal cast, we finish with Jared Leto. A musician/actor who seems to have been around for a while now, ageless and when perusing his CV you will find that he’s not done quite as many films as you’d think. Needless to say though, he doesn’t merely flit in every now and again between music just on a whim. Leto takes the acting craft incredibly seriously and has been known in a number of roles to be intensely method in his approach.

So, as I itch with bated breath to see Blade Runner 2049, here is (in no particular order) the essential Jared Leto.

Requiem for a Dream

Leto doesn’t often headline. He’s the antagonist, the support man and a chameleon-esque character actor.
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A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances

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A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances
On Sunday, movie fans will find out if Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor for his performance as trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. Should Redmayne be victorious, he'd not only score back-to-back Oscars but he would also become the latest in a long line of actors who have courted Oscar attention by playing the opposite sex, playing a trans person or in some other way playing a character whose gender differs than the one of which the actors themselves identify. Not that it comes without some criticism, of course. Also up for an Oscar this year is the
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Jake Gyllenhaal gets emotional in first trailer for Demolition

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Hot off the success of Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee is back with Tiff’s opening night selection, Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper.

The director who has recently brought us two wonderful films of self-discovery, and who garnered major awards attention for Reese Witherspoon (as Cheryl Strayed in Wild) and Matthew McConaughey (as Ron Woodruff inDallas Buyers Club), looks to be following in his own footsteps with Demolition, which looks to be just as emotional, uplifting, and Oscar-worthy.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Davis Mitchell, a man whose life has not turned out at all how he expected, as he is working as an investment banker (seemingly not according to his plan), and he now has to struggle with the loss of his young wife Julia, played by new-comer Heather Lind (Mistress America, "Boardwalk Empire"), after a sudden car accident. Clearly a malfunctioning
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6 dramatic Jared Leto transformations, from Dallas Buyers Club to Requiem for a Dream

6 dramatic Jared Leto transformations, from Dallas Buyers Club to Requiem for a Dream
A radically beefed-up Jared Leto has proudly unveiled his Superman vest-clad, muscular physique for his forthcoming role as the Joker in Suicide Squad.

The Oscar-winning star has become renowned for taking on 'anti-vanity' parts which often render him unrecognisable in most of his adventurous acting roles to date.

Often going to unbelievable lengths for a part, we celebrate his constant movie metamorphosis with 6 incredible on-screen transformations.

1. Fight Club (1999)

"I feel like destroying something beautiful", Edward Norton's Tyler Durden reasons before pulverising Jared Leto's pretty face in David Fincher's dark drama Fight Club.

Leto played the platinum blonde Angel Face, whose handsome looks are transformed after he's left toothless and grotesquely deformed following Norton's brutal beating.

The actor toned up for the role and bleached his hair and eyebrows - aspects which bear some similarities to his recent transformation into the frightening, green-haired Joker.

2. American Psycho (2000)

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6 Male Stars Who Lost a Shocking Amount of Weight

6 Male Stars Who Lost a Shocking Amount of Weight
Hollywood is known for physical transformations, and stars often take pride in losing tons of weight - sometimes for a role and other times just to get healthier. But for a few actors, the results of the rapid weight-loss are downright startling.

Here's a look at six celebs who lost a shocking amount of weight.

Zach Galifianakis

The Hangover star's dramatic weight-loss first made headlines in October when the once-portly comedian showed up to the screening of Birdman, on the closing night of the New York Film Festival, having gone down a few clothing sizes.

His new, slimmer look also surprised people when he was featured in the opening of the 2015 SAG Awards. It's estimated that Galifianakis may have lost as much as 50 pounds.

Photos: Before & After: Celebs' Most Dramatic Transformations

Jake Gyllenhaal

The Prisoners star famously dropped 30 pounds for his role as the deranged freelance crime photographer Louis Bloom in the Oscar-nominated thriller Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal, who has
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The Precedent for an Eddie Redmayne or Michael Keaton Oscar Win

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.

Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.

For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and
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Review: Reese Witherspoon is the one being tamed in the moving new 'Wild'

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Review: Reese Witherspoon is the one being tamed in the moving new 'Wild'
 No one is more efficient or merciless about punishing us than ourselves. The older I get, the more regrets I accumulate, and there comes a point where you can either let yourself get crushed by the weight of them, or you can figure out a way to forgive yourself and let things go. "Wild," the latest film from director Jean-Marc Vallee, is not what I expected. I knew it was about a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. That's 2,663 miles, from the Us border at Mexico to the Us border at Canada. I didn't know why she was hiking or what kind of drama the film would try to wring from the trip, and honestly, the concept didn't hook me in a way that made the film a priority. What I saw, though, was something tough and honest and unsentimental, and it's a pretty major piece of work for star Reese Witherspoon.
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Special Features - From Philadelphia to Dallas

Paul Risker looks at Hollywood's depiction of HIV/AIDS, from Philadelphia to Dallas Buyers Club...

In spite of the critical acclaim garnered by last year’s AIDS documentary double-bill Fire in the Blood and How to Survive a Plague, it is Dallas Buyers Club that is poised to become the cinematic face of AIDS/HIV cinema. With nomination nods and in what is yet another acclaimed performance from Matthew McConaughey - becoming a cinematic custom as of late - Dallas Buyers Club finds itself occupying a cosy and secure place at the peak of the mainstream cinematic consciousness.

Since Tom Hanks’ turn as AIDS patient Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia some twenty years ago, there have been few if no prominent films on the subject of AIDS. But in the last twelve months alone documentary and narrative cinema have both unsheathed their scalpels to confront the subject.

First Fire in the Blood
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Matthew McConaughey on 'True Detective,' His Pal Woody, McConaissance

Matthew McConaughey on 'True Detective,' His Pal Woody, McConaissance
Last night, for the first time in several months, Matthew McConaughey wasn't at home watching his favorite show on TV: HBO's True Detective, in which he stars as the brilliant but deeply troubled homicide cop Rustin "Rust" Cohle. "I'm doing what the public's doing," he says. "I received all eight episodes, but I said, 'You know what? I'm gonna check them out each Sunday night and then sit on each episode for a week.' I've found myself going back and watching each one of them about three times during
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Teaser Trailer For True Detective Season Finale Arrives

Last night, while Matthew McConaughey was busy winning the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, HBO was busy screening the penultimate episode of True Detective – the critically acclaimed mini-series starring McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. While the episode set the stage for an epic finale, HBO delivered their teaser trailer to whet our appetites further.

Premiering to great reviews in January 2014, True Detective is a mini-series crime drama created and produced by award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Nic Pizzolatto (The Killing). With Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) directing each of the eight episodes in season one, the story uses multiple timelines to follow the 17 year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana, led by two State Police homicide detectives (McConaughey and Harrelson).

Since the show was conceived as an anthology, any potential subsequent seasons are intended to feature different casts of characters in different stories.
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Recap: '12 Years a Slave' Triumphs at Oscars

Recap: '12 Years a Slave' Triumphs at Oscars
12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Frozen, Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett, 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o and Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were among the big winners during the star-studded telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Read on for the recap...

12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Frozen, Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett, 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o and Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were among the big winners during the star-studded telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, while there was no statuette love for big contenders The Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska, American Hustle or Captain Phillips. Read on for the recap...

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The Best Picture

12 Years a Slave, the true story of Solomon Northrup's arduous journey from free man to slave and back again, was named
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Matthew McConaughey Wins The Best Actor Oscar For Dallas Buyers Club

Ben Affleck completed his absolutely incredible career turnaround last year when his third directorial effort, Argo, took home the Academy Award for Best Picture, and now Matthew McConaughey has managed to achieve a very similar feat. After nearly a decade of being trapped in thankless, critically-reviled romantic comedies, the Texas star has rejuvenated his life as an actor and tonight has won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role thanks to his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. A passion project of the stars that took many years to get made, the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed drama stars McConaughey as Ron Woodruff, an electrician and bull rider who learns that he has been diagnosed with the AIDS virus and has only been given a month to live. Despite the lack of available medicine on the market and being shunned from all of his friends, Ron becomes determined to keep living, and
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Oscars 2014: Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club

Oscars 2014: Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey has won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club.

The actor cemented his career resurgence - dubbed The McConaissance - by picking up his first Oscar at the evening's ceremony.

McConaughey said on accepting his award: "There are three things I need every day: something to look up to, something to look forward to, something to chase. First I want to thank God, because that's who I look up to. He has shown me it's a fact that gratitude reciprocates.

"To my family, that's who I look forward to. My father I know is up there, he's probably in his underwear and he's dancing right now. To my mother who's here tonight, who taught me and my brothers to respect ourselves and others. To Camilla and my kids, the courage you give me every day is unparalleled.

"And to my hero,
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How Matthew McConaughey brought Ron Woodroof to 'Dallas Buyers Club'

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How Matthew McConaughey brought Ron Woodroof to 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Santa Monica - In playing real-life HIV patient-turned-activist Rod Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club," Matthew McConaughey transformed himself physically and emotionally.  He earned a Best Actor trophy at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards for his efforts.  When asked how he went about becoming Woodruff in Jean-Marc Vallée's film, the Oscar nominee noted, "I had a real man [to draw from]. I had his diary from two years before he had HIV. I got his humor from that. I got his humanity from that." The physical side of his transformation is already well-documented, but it nonetheless played a crucial role in his performance in the film. After dieting and losing a few pounds, McConaughey said, "I had no idea how far I had to go. I had no idea how much I had to lose."  "47 [lbs.] was the final number," he concluded. 
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12 Years A Slave rules at Independent Spirit Awards

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Edwin, Patsey and Solomon in Steve McQueen's 12 Year A Slave Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave dominated at the Independent Spirit Awards tonight.

The film recounting the true story of a free man who was sold into slavery won the awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay for John Ridley, Best Cinematography for Sean Bobbitt and Best Supporting Female for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.

Cate Blanchett continued her award-winning run ahead of the Oscars, picking up the Best Actress accolade for her performance as a down-on-her-luck socialite in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

Dallas Buyers Club - which is also hoping for Oscar glory this weekend - also took home two acting awards, Best Male Lead for Matthew McConaughey, for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodruff, and his co-star Jared Leto, who took home the Best Supporting Male award for
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Year Of Matthew McConaughey: Celebrating The Oscar Nominee’s Career Makeover

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By this time next week Matthew McConaughey might have an Oscar. That’ll likely sound strange if you still think of him as David Wooderson, the ambiguously aged keg party enthusiast from Dazed and Confused, or as a naked conga drummer. (Let the record state that Mm still plays, he’s just more careful about closing his windows these days.) Over the last 18 months, McConaughey has delivered the best work of his career, earning a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award and proving that it’s never too late to expect the unexpected–even from a guy whose personal mantra is just to keep on livin’.

McConaughey took nearly three years off–and after The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, who wouldn’t want to reassess?–before beginning a career renaissance with moves towards smaller, smarter parts and fewer big budget features. Agent Jim Toth (Reese Witherspoon
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Why Dallas Buyers Club should win the Best Picture Oscar

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Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.

Dallas Buyers Club showcases two actors at the top of their game, transforming before our eyes. Matt Rodgers takes it to task.

It’d be just as easy to find a list of reasons why this little ground swell awards contender shouldn’t win the Best Picture Oscar; a TV-movie-of-the week plot featuring body-morphing performances from the lead actors. It’s the kind of film that the Golden Baldies would have showered with acclaim during the 1990’s (the lazy comparison being Philadelphia), but in this more cynical age, its appearance in the Best Picture category is seen as nothing more than a token gesture, presumably
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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Name: Dallas Buyers Club

Release date: Nov. 1, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 4, 2014

Run time: 1 hour, 57 mins

Box office: Limited opening weekend: $260,865; Wide opening weekend: $2.7 million; Total domestic box office: $24.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $30.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Dallas Buyers Club movie math: (And the Band Played On + No Country for Old Men) x (Blow + Glen or Glenda + The Machinist)

Tweetable description: If Ron Woodruff only had 30 days left to live, you know what he’d do? Start an HIV treatment drug ring and live for seven years. #Nbd

What Chris Nashawaty said: Thanks to McConaughey’s and Leto’s
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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Works on His Oscar Acceptance Speech with Jimmy Kimmel

Watch: Matthew McConaughey Works on His Oscar Acceptance Speech with Jimmy Kimmel
Best Actor Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night, and was put on the spot about how he would top his drawling "All right, all right, all right" Golden Globes acceptance speech in the event he also wins the Oscar (Kimmel is convinced this is case; we at Toh! also have McConaughey slotted as the frontrunner.) Watch below. In terms of the slew of "all rights," McConaughey says he might as well stick with that formula for the Academy Awards: "First three words I ever said on film," he tells Kimmel, referring to Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused." He also talks his alarming weight loss to play Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club," and his on-set vibe with co-lead Woody Harrelson in HBO's "True Detective."
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Matthew McConaughey: "Damn Right This Is a Great Time in My Career"

Matthew McConaughey:
Alright, alright, alright! Work is going pretty well for Matthew McConaughey these days, and he's not about to take that for granted. But instead of transforming into his next movie role right away, the Dallas Buyers Club star tells Variety, "For the next two months, I'm playing the character of Matthew McConaughey, an actor proud of the films he's been in." And he should be! His portrayal of Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club earned him a SAG Award and a Golden Globe, as well as an Oscar nomination. The 44-year-old Texas-native spoke about this recognition in the third person, saying,  "if any of those films or his performances are in awards shows, he's going to go, heart high and...
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