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Review: Deeply Felt, Thrilling 'Mud' Shows Director Jeff Nichols & Matthew McConaughey At The Top Of Their Games

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 25, 2013 11:58 AM
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Matthew McConaughey, Mud
It all starts with a beautifully surreal image: a decrepit boat resting comfortably in the branches of a tree. The young boys who find it want to use it, make it their own. But on this particular river island in Arkansas, they are not alone. It's not long before they encounter Mud (Matthew McConaughey, sporting a large snake tattoo and a chipped front tooth a la Jim Carrey in "Dumb & Dumber"), who's not only the namesake of Jeff Nichols' brilliantly constructed, emotionally satisfying genre deconstruction, but also the film's hero and anti-hero.

'House Of Cards' Star Corey Stoll Will Tell 'The Good Lie' With Reese Witherspoon

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 4, 2013 10:42 AM
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Bounced around development after “Boardwalk Empire” writer Margaret Nagle turned in a buzzworthy script, the based-on-true-events drama “The Good Lie” is finally making its way to fruition, and with some further pedigree attached. “Monsieur Lazhar” director Philippe Falardeau will helm the pic with Reese Witherspoon in the lead, and now you can count two more noteworthy names toward the cast.

Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Reynolds Out, Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz In For 'Big Eyes,' Tim Burton To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 8:28 PM
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Tim Burton Amy Adams Christoph Waltz Big Eyes
So, where do we start with "Big Eyes"? Well, let's go with a brief history lesson. Developing for at least six years if not longer, the project comes from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood," "The People Vs. Larry Flynt," "Man On The Moon") and with two big lead roles, over the years Thomas Haden Church and Kate Hudson became attached, and in 2012 Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon were linked, with Tim Burton slated to produce the effort that would serve as the screenwriters' directorial debut. But it looks Burton is going to take it all for himself with a pretty killer leading duo.

New Pics Of Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon In 'Mud' Plus French Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 4:29 PM
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So, where are we in the Matthew McConaughey renaissance? Well, we've seen the man turn the tide of public perception and expectation so far in Richard Linklater's "Bernie," William Friedkin's "Killer Joe," Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Up next is the AIDS drama "The Dallas Buyer's Club," and if all goes well, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." But before both of those, McConaughey has yet another unique indie on the way.

Reese Witherspoon To Tell 'The Good Lie' With 'Monsieur Lazhar' Director Philippe Falardeau

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 25, 2013 9:23 AM
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South Korean filmmakers Kim Ji-woon and Park Chan-wook are some of the latest foreign filmmakers that have moved into English-language filmmaking – to mixed results – and now Canadian “Monsieur Lazhar” helmer Philippe Falardeau is set to join them with a major star of his own. Variety is reporting that Reese Witherspoon is circling the lead of “The Good Lie” with Falardeau attached to direct.

David Fincher May Direct 'Gone Girl' For Fox & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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So let's do a bit of recap: As you might remember, the studio put David Fincher on three-month hold last October, as they set about making a decision about the Jules Verne adaptation "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." Certainly, there's been no word on the project since then, and while Fincher's name was bandied about for another, much higher profile Disney tentpole -- "Star Wars: Episode 7" -- it looks like the director potentially has something else in mind. 

Watch: First Trailer For Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2013 1:36 PM
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To say that we're rooting for Jeff Nichols would be an understatement. The helmer has delivered two great films so far, early into this career, "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter." With the buzz growing around his name, he was able to snag Matthew McConaughey to star in his latest effort "Mud." After after premiering last spring at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie is ready to come home and make a U.S. premiere very soon at the Sundance Film Festival.

Eddie Murphy Is The Most Overpaid Actor In Hollywood According To Forbes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2012 9:41 AM
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Once seen as a series of soaring precedents afforded to Hollywood's best and brightest, the massive paychecks given to high-profile actors and directors today have since grown smaller with the film industry's cost-cutting measures. However, for an elite group of individuals, their price tag remains as high as it ever was, but now a recent list has revealed a slow reversal has begun for those once deemed financially golden.

Reese Witherspoon Will Be 'The Beard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 7:47 PM
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Yes, Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award winner, but when it comes to picking comedies, good lord, she needs to fire her agent or get a second opinion. Her last four? "This Means War," "How Do You Know," "Four Christmases" and "Penelope." And now she's signing up to do a movie whose premise was fodder for a "Seinfeld" episode thirteen years ago.

Reese Witherspoon To Star In 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' Directed By Commercials Helmer Bryan Buckley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 3:42 PM
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If that bit of Reese Witherspoon news is old, forgive us, because the last time we paid attention to the big screen adaptation of this book/punch line was waaaaay back in 2010 when Summit picked up the rights and then we forgot about it. But even though no one gave a shit about "What To Expect When You're Expecting" (even though it sold millions upon millions of copies), it seems Lionsgate (who now own Summit) think this is still a good idea.

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