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Matthew McConaughey 'drove' Dallas Buyers Club

March 9th, 2014 7:15pm EDT
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey was the "engine" that made 'Dallas Buyers Club' possible.

The star won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as an AIDS patient in the movie, and director Jean-Marc Vallée claims when he got on board he became the driving force behind getting it made - a process which had taken almost 20 years.

He told People magazine: "He became the engine that pulls the train out of the station and brings it to its destination."

And behind the 44-year-old star - who lost 47lbs for his role in the movie - is his family, and Jean-Marc says his wife, Camila Alves, is a huge influenc...

The Top Buzzy Films At Sundance 2014

January 16th, 2014 2:03pm EST
With the Sundance Film Festival starting today, we decided to take a look at some of the most anticipated films set to make an appearance. Expect to hear from many of these films in the coming year, whether it is a wide release or awards talk.

Boyhood - Richard Linklater proves he's in it for the long haul. Boyhood follows exactly what the title implies, but Linklater made the film over 12 years and used the same cast to reveal the true effects of aging.

Camp X-Ray - Kristen Stewart and Guantanamo Bay add up to one controversial film. Stewart stars as a guard that strikes up a friendship ...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Five-Year Engagement,' 'The Raven' & More

April 23rd, 2012 1:03pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
This week there will be a little something for everyone in theaters. You’ll have the chance to see the Jason Segel relationship comedy “The Five-Year Engagement,” the John Cusack gothic thriller “The Raven,” the swashbuckling animated adventure “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” the Jason Statham action vehicle “Safe,” the indie drama “Sound of My Voice,” the foreign crime thriller “Headhunters,” the dark dramedy “Bernie,” and the coming-of-age flick “Girl in Progress.”

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: The Five-Year Engagement

Later in the week, I will be covering IFF Boston, so look out for reviews o...

Jack Black Commits Mild-Mannered Murder In 'Bernie'

March 1st, 2012 9:11am EST
Jack Black is just your average friendly neighborhood killer -- complete with ultra-moustache.

Black and his "School of Rock" director, Richard Linklater, have reunited for "Bernie," a pitch-black crime comedy based on a real-life 1996 murder case in Carthage, Texas.

Black plays the title role, a mortician whose reputation as the nicest guy in town doesn't get tarnished too much after he offs an elderly millionaire widow (Shirley MacLaine), an intolerable shrew whom most of the townsfolk believe had it coming.

The trailer doesn't make "Bernie" look like anything special, but it's good t...

Matthew McConaughey Revives 'Dazed & Confused' Character For Music Video (Watch It!)

February 24th, 2012 9:50am EST
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey has reprised his 1970s stoner ladies man character from cult movie "Dazed & Confused" for pal Butch Walker's new video "Synthesizers."

In the promo, which features Walker as a bartender, the movie star, as Wooderson, walks through a club miming the words to the tune, playing a trumpet and a mini-piano en route to the ladies restroom with two sexy escorts.

McConaughey landed his big break as Wooderson in Richard Linklater's 1993 film.

Walker was thrilled when McConaughey signed up for the video. He says, "When it comes to classic characters, Matthew McConaughey's Woode...

Miranda Cosgrove's Debut Solo EP Out Today

February 3rd, 2009 5:00pm EST
Miranda Cosgrove
Nickelodeon/Columbia Records will release "About You Now," the avidly-awaited five-track debut solo EP from performing artist Miranda Cosgrove, star of the top-rated Nickelodeon television series iCarly, on Tuesday, February 3, 2009.

Available exclusively on iTunes, "About You Now" includes the original and "Spider remix" version of Miranda's smash hit single, "About You Now," as well as the "Spider remix" of "Stay My Baby," one of Miranda's key tracks from iCarly - Music from and Inspired by the Hit TV Show.

As an added bonus, the "About You Now" EP premieres the songs "FYI" and ...

Zac Efron Will Not Be Getting Naked For 'Equus'

October 14th, 2008 12:04pm EDT
Zac Efron
Zac Efron has denied reports he is set to take over from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway play Equus.

The High School Musical 3 star was rumored to be lined up to take on the naked role, about a young man who has a sexual interest in horses.

But he is adamant he has not been asked to consider the part.

Asked if his next role would be in Equus, Efron says, "No, that's a rumor. I wasn't approached for it."

And he insists that although he would love to attend a USC film program, he has gained vast experience of the industry by starring in movies.

Efron ad...

Jack Black Signs On For 'School Of Rock 2'

July 14th, 2008 3:01pm EDT
Jack Black
Hollywood funnyman Jack Black is going back to school, to star in a sequel to comedy hit School Of Rock.

Black has signed to reprise his role as rock star wannabe-turned-teacher Dewey Finn, in School of Rock 2: America Rocks. Richard Linklater will take on directing duties for a second time, and a screenplay is being penned by original writer Mike White.

The first film was a box office success, costing just $30 million and taking $131 million worldwide.

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Notes & Quotes

March 7th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Anne Heche
"He sent me flowers tonight; he's in London doing a Richard Linklater film... Fantastic. And he's eight hours ahead and I don't know how he's thinking about that; he's on the Isle Of Man." Actress Anne Heche was delighted to receive flowers from boyfriend James Tupper before her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has adopted 50 Cent's "I Get Money" as his official entrance music for his much-hyped Wrestlemania XXIV fight with WWE star the Big Show at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on April 30.

"I love him to death, I couldn't ask for a ...

Ethan Hawke Thankful For 'Before Sunset' Pals During Divorce Aftermath

August 24th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke credits his Before Sunset director Richard Linklater and co-star Julie Delpy with helping him out of his depression following his divorce from Uma Thurman. Hawke admits he "couldn't find the joy any longer" when he started shooting the sequel to 1995's Before Sunrise in 2003.

He says, "Around the time of Before Sunset, I just didn't know who I was anymore. I had gotten so depressed that I couldn't find the joy any longer. But working with Rick and Julie, my old friends from Before Sunrise, helped me a lot."

Once filming had finished, Hawke sought further solace at the...

Hollywood A-Listers Speak Out For California Spay/Neuter Bill

June 8th, 2007 10:14am EDT
William Shatner
Hollywood stars have pledged their support for a bill to build spay-neuter surgeries for cats and dogs. Actors including Katherine Heigl, Ryan Gosling, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Alicia Silverstone and director Richard Linklater have all teamed up with People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), and signed a petition pledging support for Assembly Bill 1634 - the California Healthy Pets Act-which mandates spay-neuter surgeries for cats and dogs.

Each year, more than 800,000 companion animals are abandoned in California. PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, says, "The only s...

Munich Film Festival To Honor Herzog & Linklater

April 27th, 2007 3:55pm EDT
Directors Werner Herzog and Richard Linklater are to be honored at the 25th Munich Film Festival in Germany in June. German native Herzog will present the first-ever complete retrospective of his 52 movies, including documentaries and short films, to date.

U.S. filmmaker Linklater, whose 1990 debut Slacker premiered at the festival, will host a run-through of his 15 movie career.

The Munich Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary between June 22 and 30.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Philip Seymour Hoffman Tops Independent Film Powerhouse List

December 4th, 2006 9:57am EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman has been crowned the king of all things arthouse in a new magazine poll. The celebrated actor beat Mexican hunk Gael Garcia Bernal, Forest Whitaker and fellow Oscar winner Juliette Binoche to claim the top spot in Paste magazine's Arthouse Powerhouse 2006 list, which celebrates the most important stars of independent films.

Meanwhile, Richard Linklater beat Michel Gondry and Ang Lee to claim the lead in the "Best Arthouse Directors" list.

The top 10 in the new Powerhouse poll is:

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

2. Gael Garcia Bernal

3. Fo...

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