Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal & More On The Doctor Strange Shortlist

ewan-mcgregorA couple of months ago it seemed Marvel has sewn up the casting of Doctor Strange with Joaquin Phoenix in talks for the role. However he passed on the role and so the studio has been on the lookout again.

Variety is now reporting that Marvel has a shortlist of the people they may want, with some suggesting Ewan McGregor is now the frontrunner, with Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Jared Leto also in the mix.

While the list ranges from big names to those still rising up the ladder, it’s suggested Marvel would prefer a well-known name to lead the film, presumably because of concerns about lacking of recognition for the character.

However all of the them could fit the bill, as even Oscar Isaac is likely to be a much bigger name than he is now after Star Wars Episode VII. It’s thought McConaughey may be too big a name and too busy, unless he really wants to join the Marvel universe, while Gyllenhaal has a very mixed record in big films.

Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon, a practicing sorcerer, and serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Scott Derrickson is set to direct, with a July 8th, 2016 release date set.

Fresh Interstellar Trailer – Best look yet at Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan’s latest

interstellar-poster2-slideWith each new piece of marketing for Interstellar the scale of the movie seems to get bigger and bigger, which perhaps isn’t that surprising considering it’s from Christopher Nolan and has been described by Matthew McConaughey as one of the biggest movie he or anyone else has ever worked on.

Now a great new trailer has arrived, which gives us our best look yet at the movie, which does seem to be pretty cool.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.’

McConaughey stars alongside Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. It’s in UK cinemas on November 7th. [Read more...]

Matthew McConaughey, Chris Nolan & Co. Get New Interstellar Pics

interstellar-empire-pic1The marketing for Interstellar has certainly kicked up a gear in the last few weeks with new posters and trailers, and now Empire has debuted a sextet of new pics both from the film itself and from the set.

We particularly like how in the image above it appears they’re going into space in a giant dustbuster, although I presume that’s because it needs some CGI to finish it off.

The pics include the likes of Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain, along with direct Christopher Nolan.

They also have a quote from McConaughey about the movie, who says, “This is the grandest adventure I think any of us will ever see on film. This is the biggest film I’ve ever been a part of. This is one of the biggest films anyone’s ever been a part of.”

That’s certainly intriguing.

What we still don’t know if a vast amount about the plot, other than that ‘Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.’

It’s due out in November. Take a look at the new pics above and below. [Read more...]

Matthew McConaughey Gets Wet In Another New Interstellar Poster

Interstellar-IMAX-posterA couple of days ago a new poster for Interstellar debuted, and now another one has arrived promoting the IMAX release of Christopher Nolan’s film.

As with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan has once again captured key sequences of Interstellar using IMAX cameras, helping to ensure these moments look particularly impressive in the massive screen format.

The film chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. As the poster shows, that involved going to a planet that’s completely covered in water.

The movie’s due out in November.

No Matthew McConaughey In Magic Mike XXL, But Andie McDowell Is In

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Second unit filming started a few days ago on Magic Mike XXL, but even with the cameras starting to roll, it wasn’t clear which members of the original cast would return beyond Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and probably Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer too.

However ThePlaylist has been talking to director Gregory Jacobs, who says one person who won’t be back is Matthew McConaughey, although no reason is given as to why.

Jacobs also says that the new film with be very different to the first one, adding, “What am I allowed to say? … It’s road trip movie and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

The film does have a new cast member though, as Variety reports that Andie McDowell has signed up. Unfortunately though, as with the vague plot details Jacobs offered above, there’s no news on who she will play.

Matthew McConaughey Goes Interstellar In A New Poster For Christopher Nolan’s New Movie

interstellar-poster2The marketing for Interstellar seems to be based on the idea that every new titbit takes us further and further away from earth. The first teaser and poster were pretty much earth-bound, the last trailer took us through take-off and into space, and now a new poster shows us Matthew McConaughey in full spaceman mode on another planet (well, presumably he’s meant to be on another planet and didn’t just decide to wear a spacesuit up a mountain).

Here’s the official synopsis: ‘Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.’

As it’s a Nolan movie, that synopsis doesn’t tell us much, but other info released has let us know that it’s set on a world that’s dying and running out of natural resources, with the wormhole offering humanity renewed hope. Explorers are sent through the hole to see whether they can find some new solutions.

Along with McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, David Gyasi, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, and John Lithgow star. It’s due out in November.

New Interstellar Trailer – Take a look at what Comic Con audiences saw of Christopher Nolan’s film

interstellar-poster-slideThere’s a lot of anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and while we had a trailer a few months ago, it only offered hints at what to expect, as while the movie is about a journey into space, the footage was largely earthbound.

However now a new trailer has emerged, which debuted last week as Comic Con and is now online. It gives us a much better look at both the problems on earth and what happens when it leaves orbit.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

‘“Interstellar” features a prestigious cast that includes Matthew McCaughey (“Magic Mike,” “Mud”), Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Tree of Life”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married,” TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow (“Terms of Endearment,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”), Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn (“The Last Picture Show,” “The Exorcist”), and Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy).’

The film’s due out in November. [Read more...]

True Detective (Blu-ray Review)

HBO has certainly got itself a reputation in the last few years for bringing the big screen onto the small screen, whether it’s with films like Behind The Candelabra and The Normal Heart or by getting big name stars to appear in its TV series. With True Detective they lured in Matthew McConaughey (just before he was going to win an Oscar) and Woody Harrelson, as well as Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga, for what the makers have describes as an eight-part cinematic experience.

Although that might sound rather hyperbolic, this time it pretty much lives up to the hype, even if it isn’t the total masterpiece some have suggested. [Read more...]

Interstellar Trailer – Matthew McConaughey is heading into space for Christopher Nolan


So far the promotion of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar has been pretty low key, as while the loose plot details we’ve had have suggested a big space adventure, the marketing has been pretty earthbound.

That’s true of the beginning of this trailer – but things aren’t going very well for the planet. So it’s time to send Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway into space!

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

‘“Interstellar” features a prestigious cast that includes Matthew McCaughey (“Magic Mike,” “Mud”), Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Tree of Life”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married,” TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow (“Terms of Endearment,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”), Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn (“The Last Picture Show,” “The Exorcist”), and Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy).’

The film’s due out in November. [Read more...]

First Poster For Christopher Nolan’s Insterstellar Gets Released

interstellar-teaser-poster1A few months ago we got a brief, enigmatic teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. However this being Nolan, he’s been keeping his cards pretty close to his chest. But now comes the first poster.

Here’s the film’s synopsis: ‘INTERSTELLAR chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.’

Add that to the poster’s tagline – Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here – and it’s all pretty intriguing.

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine all star.

A new full trailer (which reports say is still pretty enigmatic) is expected to be released next week.