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Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon Will Get Dirty In 'Mud' For Director Jeff Nichols

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 8:53 AM
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Are we witnessing the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey? That would certainly appear to be the case. The actor seemed to be stuck in a rut of terrible rom-coms (see every movie he did with Kate Hudson) and failed tentpoles ("Sahara"), and we wondered what happened to the actor who charmed us in "Dazed & Confused" and impressed in "A Time To Kill." Well, the actor woke up one morning and decided to line up an array of solid film projects. This year has already seen "The Lincoln Lawyer" become a sleeper hit and favorite with critics and he's been busy lining up auteur-driven projects with Richard Linklater's "Bernie," William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" all coming. And now he's throwing his weight behind one of the best young American directors working right now.

'Take Shelter' Takes Top Prize At Cannes' Critic's Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 1:16 AM
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Australian Serial Killer Flick 'Snowtown' Gets Special MentionThe 2011 Cannes Film Festival is just stumbling on its last legs, with the final big film of the festival, Sean Penn starrer "This Must Be The Place," bowing this morning (watch for our review in a few hours). The festival's main awards won't be revealed until Sunday, but a select few awards have already been given out, focusing on films in the Critic's Week, the sidebar which highlights first and second films from directors, and celebrates its 50th year in 2011.

Chris Pine Could Star In 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols's Next Film, Coming-Of-Age Tale 'Mud'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 16, 2011 3:15 AM
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A film that made a splash at Sundance is now getting its due at Cannes, with "Take Shelter," the widely-praised sophomore feature from "Shotgun Stories" director Jeff Nichols, aired as part of the Critic's Week strand of the festival. And hot on its heels, the LA Times reports that the helmer is working on a new project, entitled "Mud." The paper's source indicates that Aaron Ryder, a producer of "Memento," will also be involved as the film moves forward. Sarah Green, a long-time producer of Terrence Malick's movies, including "The Tree of Life," will also produce.

Sundance '11 Review: 'Take Shelter' A Naturalistic, Novelistic Portrayal Of Madness & Apocalypse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 9:46 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up 'Take Shelter' Starring Michael Shannon & Jessica Chastain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 6:04 AM
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After making a strong debut with his riveting and powerful debut film "Shotgun Stories," director Jeff Nichols is looking to break out in a huge way with his sophomore effort.

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