Two years ago, if someone said a sequel to Magic Mike would be in the works, they’d have been laughed at. Before the film’s release, most thought Steven Soderbergh‘s tale of male stripping in Florida was nothing but Striptease with dudes, nothing but ninety minutes of Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey dancing with their shirts off.
Then the film was released and it was seen to be an entertaining, provocative look at the American working class. Yes, there was stripping, and lots of shirtless men, but the script, performances and direction made it much more than that. Magic Mike was a surprise hit, grossing almost $115 million in the U.S. Producer/star Channing Tatum said he’d eventually make a sequel.
The film also helped catapult Tatum to superstar status so he’s been pretty busy as of late. White House Down, Side Effects, Jupiter Ascending, Foxcatcher and 22 Jump Street are just some of the film’s he’s shot since. But now, almost two years since the release, Tatum has sat down to write Magic Mike 2. And he announced it in the most peculiar of ways. Read More »
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Briefly: The past couple years have seen Matthew McCaonaughey evolve into a barometer of quality — in short, if the guy’s in a movie (or TV show) you should probably see it. His True Detective is owning HBO right now, and he’ll appear in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar later this year.
Now McConaughey is part of another new project: Gus Van Sant’s new film Sea of Trees. The story was scripted by Chris Sparling, and sounds a bit like a Haruki Murakami novel. The plot sees one man (McConaughey) planning to kill himself in the forest at the base of Mount Fuji. There, in the “sea of trees,” he finds another man (Ken Watanabe) who has been contemplating his own suicide. The two men “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” [The Wrap]
And we’re back with another awesome, ominous trailer for the HBO limited series True Detective. This first self-contained season, directed entirely by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), tracks a decades-long murder case that unfolds as the same two detectives, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, dig into the details in both the mid-’90s and the modern day.
Like the other videos promoting the series, this one goes more for atmosphere, intensity, and a sense of general foreboding than it does story details. Which is just fine; these shots just make the story seem more interesting and odd. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Wolf of Wall Street was recently pushed from November 15 to December 25, which means moviegoers will have to wait a few weeks longer to see how exactly Leonardo DiCaprio ends up inviting a half-naked marching band into his office. Thankfully, Martin Scorsese has offered up another tidbit for us to enjoy in the meantime. And it even stars Wolf‘s Matthew McConaughey.
Dolce & Gabbana hired the master filmmaker to shoot a new commercial for its The One fragrance line, for which McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson serve as the spokesmodels. There isn’t a whole lot to it, but if you’ve got a few minutes to kill, you could certainly do worse than watching two beautiful folks zip around Manhattan as Scorsese makes them look impossibly glamorous. Check it out after the jump.
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A song from Austin band The Black Angels powers this new trailer for HBO’s True Detective, and that pretty much puts the whole concept over the top for me. The show, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops embroiled in a very long murder investigation, has looked wonderful in a couple of previous promos and trailers.
Though there’s some already-familiary footage in there, this trailer sets up just a bit more of that murder mystery and gives a lot more info about the two main characters: McConaughey’s pessimistic but smart investigator, and Harrelson’s steady but troubled guy who usually colors inside the lines. We’ll know in January whether or not the show lives up to its potential; for now check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
After surviving a tumultuous Season 2, the girls of Girls will be back for a third go-round this winter. HBO announced today that the comedy will premiere January 12, 2014 with two back-to-back episodes, starting at 10:00 PM. Creator and star Lena Dunham broke the news in a way that’d make her character proud: via a cute Instagram pic, which you can see after the jump.
The established hit will be bookended in its third season by two new shows. January 12 also brings the debut of True Detective, a rural crime drama directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
And starting January 19, the second half of the 10 o’clock hour will be filled by Looking, from Weekend director Andrew Haigh. The series follows the exploits of three young-ish gay men living in San Francisco.
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The simple concept of HBO’s upcoming show True Detective is enough to make it a must-see: Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) directs Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in a miniseries about a years-long investigation into murder and rural mystery.
We’ve seen a teaser and a trailer that position the show as essential for fans of Zodiac, and which promise something a bit more than your typical cop procedural. Now there are five brief but oddly ominous teaser clips that offer additional enticing visions. Watch them all below. Read More »
The teaser for the new HBO series True Detective featured real style, and this first full trailer suggests the show has plenty of substance to go along with it.
Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) put together the show, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as a pair of detectives who investigate a set of murders in 1995, and follows them as the story continues for years. This trailer will only give you a little bit of the story, but it does a lot to suggest that the investigation is a tough road for both men. The older McConaughey seen a bit at the end of the trailer is very clearly a different and more troubled man than the guy we see at the outset. If you’ve wanted a TV show to match David Fincher’s film Zodiac, this might be the one.
I have no idea what is really happening in half this footage, and I don’t want to know. I just want to watch this, as soon as possible.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Matthew McConaughey had quite the year last year, but 2013 isn’t looking so bad, either. Following up another impressive turn in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, he’ll next be starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and then Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
At the center of the story is Ron Woodroof, a Texas man diagnosed with HIV in the early days of the disease. Desperate to live and running out of time, he starts looking into alternative treatments from other countries, and eventually smuggling them in to share with a “buyers club” of other HIV-positive people. The first trailer has just hit, and you can see it after the jump.
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