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 »
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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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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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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 »
We’re inching closer and closer to seeing Interstellar. Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, about a space journey undertaken to save the Earth, hits theaters with film-projection capabilities on November 5 and all the others November 7. I think most of us have gotten to the point where we’ve gone dark on the movie, preferring to experience the whole thing in the theater. And with a Christopher Nolan movie, that’s pretty easy. There really isn’t a lot of information or images out there.
However, some new stuff from both columns A and B have hit the net today. On the information side, we’ve learned that the near-three-hour film has more than an hour of IMAX footage. That’s a jump up from Nolan’s last film, The Dark Knight Rises. On the image side, eight new images have been released thanks to an Entertainment Weekly cover story. Read more about the Interstellar IMAX footage and check out the new images and commercials below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like the Doctor Strange casting rumors were finally coming to a rest. Then Joaquin Phoenix decided he didn’t want to do the movie after all. That sent Marvel back to square one, and the rest of us gossiping and speculating all over again about who might get the part.
A couple weeks ago, we got word Ethan Hawke was up for the role, and yesterday we heard Ewan McGregor was being looked at as well. Now a new report reveals several more names on the shortlist: Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Jared Leto (again). Hit the jump for all the latest Doctor Strange shortlist.
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Here’s what will likely be the final Interstellar trailer, via a website that offers audiences a chance to explore space along with the characters. This trailer also confirms the IMAX release of the film on November 5, with that lovely “In 70mm IMAX film, 70mm film and 35mm film” tag. Watch the final Interstellar trailer below.
UPDATE: We’ve added a new featurette about the science of Interstellar according to Kip Thorne.
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Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
In addition to being one of the most highly-anticipated movies of late 2014, Interstellar is also one of the most mysterious. The Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi adventure hasn’t played any festivals or otherwise allowed for any early reviews, and even the marketing campaign has been careful not to give away too much.
And naturally, all of that secrecy just makes us more curious about the movie. For now, we’ll take what we can get. Today, that means four new TV spots which reveal a bit more Interstellar footage and clarify some of the plot details. Watch the Interstellar TV spots after the jump.
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