After Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, in LAIKA we trust. The animation studio made three ambitious, distinct stop-motion animated movies, films that aren’t always afraid of scaring children. They trust kids to be brave as their protagonists, which is rare for anyone making family movies. As proven by the this wonderful full-length Kubo and the Two Strings trailer, the company hasn’t changed their ways and this looks to be their biggest film to date.
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After fighting for the freedom of illegal slaves in Steven Spielberg’s period courtroom drama Amistad, this time Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is taking on the Confederacy head-on in Free State of Jones. The film sees McConaughey leading the true story of Southern farmer Newt Knight who turns against the Confederacy that he once fought for and attempts to turn Jones County, Mississippi into a free state. And now the first Free State of Jones trailer shows off the epic Civil War drama. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Laika, the animation studio known for quirky and visually stunning stop-motion animated movies like Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, are back with their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings. And like their previous work, which floated between genres and refused to pin the company down as the maker of a certain kind of movie, this one looks visually stunning and unlike anything else being sold to family audiences these days.
Watch the Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump.
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Finishing out three weeks in a row of new episodes, Matthew McConaughey took the stage at Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live for the first time in 14 years, a time period in which the actor’s career took quite the dip, but ended up reinvigorated by what people have come to call the McConaissance. Because of his sterling profile as a much sought after actor again, it was great to see him stop by SNL, especially at a time when he doesn’t have a new movie to promote. And he was definitely having a lot of fun.
Check out our review of every sketch from the Matthew McConaughey Saturday Night Live below! Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower may get some A-list star wattage. Matthew McConaughey is reportedly circling the Stephen King adaptation, which is intended as the start of a sprawling franchise spanning multiple films and a companion TV series. More on the potential Matthew McConaughey Dark Tower casting, including details on the character he might play, after the jump. Read More »
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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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 »
Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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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 »
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 »