Focus Features has released new clips, a new poster, and some new images from director Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming drama Dallas Buyers Club. Based on a true story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other patients. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s a really solid performance-driven pic that chronicles the beginning of the AIDS epidemic from a fascinating point of view. McConaughey is indeed great in the film, but Jared Leto nearly steals the entire film as a transgender AIDS patient who becomes McConaughey’s business partner. Expect both to garner serious awards attention in the coming months.
Hit the jump to check out the clips, poster, and images, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, and Steve Zahn. Dallas Buyers Club opens on November 1st.
The first full-length trailer for the upcoming HBO limited series True Detective aired earlier tonight on the pay cable network, and it is now available online for all to see. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), the series is described as an “elevated serial narrative” that uses multiple perspectives and time frames. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened. The show is envisioned as an anthology, and these first eight episodes will tell a complete story involving McConaughey and Harrelson’s characters.
This first trailer is excellent, teasing a strong character focus and an excellent visual style from Fukunaga. Really looking forward to this one. Hit the jump to take a look for yourself. True Detective will premiere on HBO in January.
In the early 1990s America was finally beginning to understand the AIDS epidemic, and realizing it affected more than homosexuals. Films such as Philadelphia and plays such as Angels in America began dealing with the subject manner in a serious, upright, careful manner. AIDS was physically devastating, the human cost was visible, and this art could make the pain tangible but had to so with a delicate touch. The stakes were too high and the American public’s understanding was too fragile. But the people who helped combat HIV, the people in the trenches, were rebels. They didn’t fit into the neat, clean box mainstream culture was hoping to present. But now that AIDS has become manageable, the rebels are getting their due, and Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club celebrates the charming, irritating, uncouth Ron Woodroof through a narrative that occasionally punches with kid gloves, but always lands a hit thanks to the stellar performances from stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
We’re only a few days into the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival but it’s already shaping up to be a great year performance-wise. Chiwetel Ejiofor is phenomenal in 12 Years a Slave and will likely be a serious contender in the Best Actor Oscar race, but the long-in-development AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club had its world premiere earlier today and not only did Matthew McConaughey deliver in the lead role, but Jared Leto surprised with a truly stellar performance.
Hit the jump for my rundown of the Oscar prospects for Dallas Buyers Club in this special TIFF edition of Oscar Beat.
After weeks of deliberation, last night I made the decision to resume my Netflix subscription. Today, after having watched the pilot episode of its original series Orange is the New Black, I can say with confidence that was $7.99 well spent. Only one episode in and I can absolutely see myself spending the rest of this Labor Day weekend devouring the remaining 12 episodes with ease. While you’ve likely read some of the show’s rave reviews elsewhere already, I’ll lend my own endorsement by saying that the pilot offers a near-perfect balance of humor and drama. Moreover, the pace is never slowed by consistent cutting between Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) past transgressions and present consequences. If anything, it serves to heighten the depressing reality of the situation we find Chapman in. All said, I give the pilot high marks all around and myself a disappointed facepalm for not having got in on the series sooner.
My reintroduction to Netflix aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights part one of our Ender’s Game set visit, the first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club, an editorial by Matt imploring all of us to stop asking for Bryan Cranston to play Lex Luthor, the first trailer for Divergent, and a little bit of extra plot info regarding Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to everything I just mentioned can be found after the jump.
The first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club has gone online. Based on a true story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other patients. If you can look past the irritating Entertainment Tonight anchor chirping over the trailer, you can see a movie that has a surprising mix of both drama and comedy with McConaughey’s character posing a priest to get past border security. There’s also an eye-catching look at Jared Leto co-starring as a transsexual. This movie is on my must-see list for Toronto International Film Festival, and this trailer does nothing to change that.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with some new images. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Denis O’Hare, and Bradford Cox. As we reported yesterday, Dallas Buyers Club will open on November 1st and will expand nationwide over the following weeks. [Update: We updated the article with the debut poster.]
Focus Features is hoping to create a little breathing room amidst the awards season madness for director Jean-Marc Vallee’s 1980s-set AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club, which just might put Matthew McConaughey in the running for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The film has been moved up over a month from its original release date of December 6th to November 1st, where it will receive a limited release in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide in the following weeks. Based on a true story, the film stars McConaughey as a Texas electrician who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other patients. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto also star.
This new release date puts a little distance between Dallas Buyers Club and the crowded end of November/beginning of December field, which is chock-full of awards contenders. Before opening in theaters, though, Dallas Buyers Club will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in just over a week’s time.
Writer/director Jeff Nichols has been a burgeoning talent in the filmmaking world for a few years now following his one-two punch of Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, but his latest release is proving to be his most successful yet. Not only has Mud caught on with general audiences (to the tune of $26.8 million and counting), but the film provides a unique, enthralling, and almost mythic take on the coming-of-age genre that boasts a magnetic performance by Matthew McConaughey and truly stunning breakthrough work from the young Tye Sheridan. The result is one of the best films of the year, and it’s now available on home video. Hit the jump for my review of Mud on Blu-ray.
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- Devil’s Knot (Directed by Atom Egoyan) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
- You Are Here (Directed by Matthew Weiner) Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Laura Ramsey.
- Can a Song Save Your Life? (Directed by John Carney) Starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo.
- Dallas Buyers Club (Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. [Update: We have removed the image from Labor Day at the request of the studio]
It’s never too early to start talking Oscar, right? We’re officially at the midway point of 2013, and while the bulk of awards season is normally concentrated towards the latter third of the year, there have been some strong contenders in the past that were released closer to the beginning of the year—Silence of the Lambs is probably the most famous example, having won Best Picture after being released in February of 1991. The first half of 2013 has seen at least a couple of potential Best Picture contenders, and in addition to more than a handful of standout performances in smaller indie fare, we may very well have already seen the release of the film that will go on to take home the Oscar in technical categories like Best Visual Effects or even Best Production Design.
Hit the jump to read on as we examine the possible Oscar contenders from the first half of 2013.
For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you. The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover. For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks. Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects. Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film. Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners. In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch. Sounds pretty dramatic and sobering, no? Well, our first introduction to Scorsese’s picture highlights the fun and leaves out the feds (for the most part). It’s refreshing to see DiCaprio having a good time and everyone seems to be in on the party in this picture. Early indications paint The Wolf of Wall Street more in the vein of Pain and Gain than Oliver Stone’s 1987 film Wall Street, which comes as an unexpected but welcome surprise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street opens on November 15th.
Now playing in theaters is director Louis Leterrier’s (The Incredible Hulk) magician-centered thriller Now You See Me. For those unfamiliar with the story, it follows an FBI squad on the heels of a team of bank-robbing magicians who share their profits with the audience. The pic boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Melanie Laurent, and Morgan Freeman. For more on the film, watch six clips and check out all of our previous coverage.
During my interview Woody Harrelson, he talked about how much fun he had making Now You See Me, what he learned about magic (including performing a magic trick on camera!), what it was like working for Leterrier and his always moving camera, and more. In addition, he also talked about Out of the Furnace, and his upcoming HBO detective show with Matthew McConaughey. Hit the jump to watch.
Last week, we reported that Matthew McConaughey was circling Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar. Nothing is known about the film other than it’s “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.” Today, the Star Tribune (via CHUD) reports that McConaughey told them, “I’m confirming.” He wouldn’t say anything beyond that, and I’m sure all of the actors who sign on will have the super-strict NDAs that come with joining a Nolan project.
McConaughey has entered a new phase in his career where he’s taking challenging and interesting roles, and I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to the project. The actor is currently filming the HBO anthology drama series True Detective with Woody Harrelson, and recently wrapped shooting on the AIDS drama, The Dallas Buyers Club. He’ll next be seen in theaters turning in another great performance in Jeff Nichols‘ Mud. Interstellar opens on November 7, 2014. Filming is set to begin this summer.
Alright, alright, alright. As Christopher Nolan brought his Batman trilogy to a close last summer with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, interest then turned to what Nolan would choose as his next project. We finally learned in January that Nolan had settled on the ambitious sci-fi film Interstellar as his next directorial outing, and now it appears that he’s decided on who he wants as his lead: none other than Mr. Matthew McConaughey. Hit the jump for more.