Interstellar (Blu-ray Review)

The world is on the brink of disaster as extreme climate change has left much of the planet a dust bowl, with civilisation pretty much collapsed and many convinced that humanity only has a short time left to live. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is scratching out a living on a farm, but discovers that not far away is a facility that’s hopes to find a future for mankind.

A wormhole has been discovered near Saturn, which leads to another galaxy where there may be habitable worlds. Years before scientists were sent to each of those planets, and now it’s time to send another ship to discover what happened to them and whether one of the worlds could be humanity’s new home. With his ace piloting skills Cooper is selected to go on the mission – much to the anger of his young daughter Murph – alongside scientist Brand (Anne Hathaway) and two other crew members. [Read more…]

Matthew McConaughey Up For The Billionaire’s Vinegar

matthew-mcconaughey-magic-mikeIn the last few years Matthew McConaughey has certainly moved away from the lazy rom-coms that were in danger of turning career into a bit of joke. Indeed it surprised many when he put in a performance in Dallas Buyers Club that won him an Oscar, as they’d forgotten he’s actually really good when he puts his mind to it.

Now he’s set his sights on wine, or at least a movie about a bottle of Bordeaux. He’s attached to a movie version of Benjamin Wallace’s book The Billionaire’s Vinegar, according to Deadline, which is based around the true story of an extremely expensive bottle of wine that’s believed to have once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

The story ‘starts in 1985, when a Forbes family member paid $156,000 at auction for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which Christie’s of London billed as part of a Jefferson cache discovered in France. The wine was supplied by Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer who somehow unearthed several bottles of old wine. After paying $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, billionaire Bill Koch paid twice that for an investigation to confirm their origins and then sued Rodenstock. The title comes from the peculiar fact that collectors spend tons of money for wine they will never drink or even open.’

Indeed much of the tale is based around the odd preoccupations and interests of those who have too much money, and how prestige around owning certain objects can become of vital importance – far outstripping the intrinsic value of the objects themselves.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas are behind the script, but it doesn’t appear a director is attached as yet.

Matthew McConaughey Will Be Born to Run

matthew-mcconaughey-magic-mikeMatthew McConaughey is getting his running shoes on – or actually he’s taking them off – as he’s joined the adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s bestselling non-fiction book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, according to Variety.

The book, ‘follows a journalist and often-injured runner who headed for Mexico’s Copper Canyons to find out how the Tarahumara Indians honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury.’

McDougall begins to learn the secrets of the Indians barefoot running talents as he prepares to take part in a 50-mile race against the tribe and a number of American runners, including an ultra-marathoner, a young surfer and another barefoot running prodigy.

The book sold more than 2 million copies just in the US and helped spark a ‘barefoot’ running craze.

Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) wrote the screenplay, although no director is involved at the moment.

Matthew McConaughey Developing Free State Of Jones With Gary Ross

matthew-mcconaughey-magic-mikeMatthew McConaughey may defend his previous life as king of lazy rom-coms, but most people would agree that the more picky McConaughey of recent years is a far better proposition. The actor is continuing his run of interesting projects by getting on board to star in Free State Of Jones, according to Deadline.

The film is based ‘based on the untold and extraordinary story of Newton Knight, the leader of one of the greatest rebellions in Civil War history… McConaughey is in talks to play the Mississippian, who defected from the Confederate Army, banded together with a group of like-minded soldiers, and set out to form their own State known as the Free State Of Jones.’

Knight is seen by some as a hero and by others as an outlaw, however it seems clear he really didn’t believe in the Confederacy’s attempts to retain slavery, as he eventually married a former slave himself, which was one of the first mixed race marriages in Mississippi after the Civil War.

The hope is to get backing for the film so that it can shoot at the beginning on 2015.

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


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.