gold first look

Stephen Gaghan (above, center) doesn’t direct as many movies as we’d like to see him make. The Academy Award-winning writer behind Traffic hasn’t directed a movie for the big screen since 2006’s Syriana. Gaghan is known for writing more adult material than your typical studio movie, and because of that, he probably struggles to get his movies made. Thankfully, the writer and director is back behind the camera again, with Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez headlining his newest picture. We now have our Gold first look. Behold the film’s bald and sweaty McConaughey after the jump.

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Interstellar Tesseract

Even though Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi drama Interstellar ended up being a fairly divisive piece of cinema last year, it’s hard to deny that the film still left an impression on people. And while we can nitpick the story until we’re blue in the face, one element I think we can all take the time to appreciate is the abundance of practical effects used.

Miniatures and large sets were used surprisingly frequently with digital effects only being used to enhance what Nolan physically shot with a camera. And this is even more impressive when you take a look at how practical and visual effects combined to create what Nolan calls the “Tesseract,” which is the spatial plane where Matthew McConaughey can see across time and dimensions.

Watch the featurette on the Interstellar Tesseract after the jump! Read More »

McConaughey Star Wars reaction

An entire galaxy of moviegoers lost their shit yesterday at the second The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but perhaps none loved it more than Matthew McConaughey. In a new video making the rounds, the Interstellar star laughs, gasps, and weeps while watching the epic trailer. See the funny Matthew McConaughey Star Wars reaction video after the jump.  Read More »

jason reitman live read

There are less than 24 hours until the big event and Captain America is out. The text comes in at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday March 18. For the past two weeks, I’ve been talking regularly to writer/director Jason Reitman about the latest installment in his Live Read series, the ongoing set of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in which he assembles famous casts to read famous scripts from famous movies as a one-night only event. We’ve been covering them for a long time. For the final one of this season, I wanted to know how it was done.

This Live Read was to be Dazed and Confused by Richard Linklater, a sprawling coming of age film with a huge cast of characters, many of whom have become iconic for moviegoers. The most iconic is Wooderson, played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a small role, and one that Reitman thought he had cast months before the event.

Reitman was at the 87th Annual Academy Awards back in February representing Whiplash, a Best Picture nominee he produced. There he ran into Captain American actor Chris Evans and asked him if he wanted to read the role of Wooderson. Evans enthusiastically agreed and was on board… until less than 24 hours before the event, when he had to drop out. “He had a sincere personal reason to pull out,” Reitman writes via text. “He’s an incredibly decent and lovely guy.” Nevertheless, Captain America has caused a bit of a problem.

Below, find out both how that turned out and the entire making of story behind the Jason Reitman Live Read of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused Live Read. Read More »

Free State of Jones photo

Below you’ll find the first official image of a grimy, cautious Matthew McConaughey on the battlefield in the film The Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross, the Civil War drama features McConaughey as Newton Knight, who leads the residents of Jones County, Mississippi in a bid to secede from the Confederacy. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali. Check out the full Free State of Jones photo below. Read More »

the science of interstellar

Discovery Channel has released The Science of Interstellar, a 42 minute documentary about the Cosmology and science behind Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi epic. The documentary is narrated by Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey and takes us behind the sci-fact of the sci-fi. The film’s producer and consultant Kip Thorne (Cal Tech theoretical physicist) guides us through how Nolan adapted science and theory into the story, and explains the real science behind the ideas presented in the film.. Watch The Science of Interstellar embedded after the jump.

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That Steve Jobs biopic has been through a quite a few potential Steve Jobs-es already. Christian Bale was one of the first names we heard, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Bale again, and now Michael Fassbender. But we’ve now learned there was yet another A-list actor in contention as of a couple months ago.

Sony apparently wanted Tom Cruise for the part, as revealed by emails from the Sony hack. In addition, Tobey Maguire and Matthew McConaughey reportedly also lobbied for the part. More details after the jump on the Tom Cruise Steve Jobs casting that never happened.

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Yoda Clone Wars Concept Art

Teases from The Clone Wars, Rebels, The Force Awakens and Episode VIII are all in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Matthew McConaughey is open to a role in Star Wars, just like he’s open to a role in anything.
  • Rian Johnson offered up a fun tease about Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • Watch some clips from the next episode of Star Wars Rebels, which may have a Force Awakens Easter Egg.
  • Dee Bradley Baker, voice of the Clones on The Clone Wars, has joined Star Wars Rebels.
  • A new Star Wars video game might feature Chewbacca.
  • Alex Ross did a stunning variant cover to Star Wars: Darth Vader #1.
  • See some Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Lost Missions concept art.
  • Read about someone who was on the sets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Check out a timeline of all the Star Wars toys ever released.

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McConaughey Civil War movie

It’s a Matthew McConaughey weekend as Interstellar hits theaters, but the actor isn’t resting on his latest work with Christopher Nolan. Today an announcement went out detailing plans that could team the actor with director Gary Ross. The project is a Civil War-era story called Free State Of Jones, in which McConaughey would play a Mississippi man from Jones County who secedes from the Confederacy to start his own state — the Free State of Jones.  Read More »