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Watch: Martin Scorsese Talks About His Quaalude Adventures, Matthew McConaughey Explains 'Wall Street' Chant

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 10:44 AM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
While they'll have to wait until Oscar night to see if there's more to celebrate, the folks behind "The Wolf Of Wall Street" can go ahead a raise a glass anyway, as the film has crossed $300 million worldwide, becoming the biggest hit of Martin Scorsese's career. And the talent behind the film are doing one last push to get the word out.

Watch: The Amazing Full 6-Minute Tracking Shot From 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 11:20 AM
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True Detective
Firstly, if you're not watching HBO's "True Detective," you're doing it wrong. One of the best things going on TV right now — if not the best, period — the drama series has proven to be fantastically written and richly entertaining, with a murder mystery woven across a couple of decades, in a case that continues to haunt the detectives played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. But this past weekend's episode "Who Goes There" (full recap here) kicked things up a notch.

Recap: Explosive 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 4 'Who Goes There'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2014 10:00 PM
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Girls
Over the course of three episodes, "True Detective" has been a steadily ratcheting the tension as Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) track down a serial killer that is haunting the surreal South like a monster. Last week's "The Locked Room" concluded with a goosebump-raising closing shot of the wanted, parole-breaking ex-convict Reggie Ledoux as he prowled across some as yet discovered landscape, as the cops tried to find him. He's the man Martin and Rust think is good for a number of murders, and kicking off "Who Goes There," they're on the hunt.

Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe Join Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 7:59 PM
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The McConaissance continues! But perhaps we should stop being surprised at the choices Matthew McConaughey is making and just accept that he's no longer the shirtless himbo you thought he was. Now focused on interesting work with top tier talent, even when the actor has gone for a blockbuster, it's been with Christopher Nolan on his forthcoming "Interstellar." But his next move once again finds McConaughey choosing something small and potentially great.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

Oscars: How The Historic PGA Tie Keeps The Best Picture Race Wide Open, Plus Who Could Upset In The Acting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2014 3:27 PM
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Gravity 12 Years A Slave
For a minute, it looked as if the race might be over. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (and the way that that phrase rhymes alone makes us glad it's a Best Picture nominee) had the momentum going into the Oscar nominations last week, and had even more after it: ten nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting nods, one in each category, only the second movie to achieve that feat in the last thirty years (Russell's previous film, "Silver Linings Playbook," being the other).

'American Hustle' & 'Dallas Buyers Club' Win Big At SAG Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2014 8:08 AM
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Dallas Buyers Club
Hollywood is certainly keeping us on our toes. In the span of a few days, we've seen the Oscar nominations, the kickoff of Sundance, the Critics Choice Awards, and last night, the Screen Actors Guild Awards. And as the winners often presage future Oscar winners, it's one that prognosticators were watching closely.

10 Things We Learned From The 2014 Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2014 1:28 PM
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10 Things We Learned From The 2014 Golden Globes
If you're a salesperson of aspirin, raw eggs or hair-of-the-dog booze in Hollywood, today is a good day for you: it's the morning after the Golden Globes, otherwise known as the single most hungover day in the Hollywood calendar. The night that truly kicks off the two-month-long season of awards ceremonies, all leading up to the Oscars at the start of March, its reputation is as one that not many take seriously, but everyone treats as a bit of a party, with some gloriously decadent shenanigans taking place over the years.

Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 1 'The Long Bright Dark' A Potent Start To A Promising Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 11:08 AM
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True Detective
Movies and television see no shortage of twisted killers, finding ever more gruesome and brutal ways with which to dispatch their victims. And when the recently partnered detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) come across the body of a young woman named Dora Lange, bound and presented like an sculpture after a ritual killing, complete with antlers, you'd be forgiven if you thought you were watching a scene out of "Hannibal." And for a very brief, fleeting moment, the concern is raised that "True Detective" — as handsomely mounted and brilliantly cast as it is — will be nothing more than yet another serial killer drama where the cops track down the psycho. But writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Joji Fukunaga are less concerned with the case, than with the weight it bears on Rust and Martin.

Watch: Matthew McConaughey Is Caught In A Life Trap In New Trailer For HBO's 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 5:18 PM
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True Detective
"This is a world where nothing is solved," Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle declares in this new trailer for "True Detective." And it might seem an odd choice of words for a series built around a mystery that spans years, also ensnaring fellow detective Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), but that's just a jumping off point. Written by Nic Pizzolatto, and directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre," "Jane Eyre") the series will use a serious crime to deal with themes of death and darkness.

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