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Skinny Matthew McConaughey Talks New Approach to Roles: 'Mud,' 'Dallas Buyer's Club,' 'Magic Mike' [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

When we sat down with Matthew McConaughey last November, he looked scarily thin. He'd lost 38 pounds to prep for passion project "The Dallas Buyer's Club," about a straight man fighting HIV who becomes a dealer in unapproved drugs to stave off AIDS. (The film just landed a distributor.) The actor was fasting and subsisting on a diet of fresh fish and a daily glass of red wine. He was down from 182 to 143 pounds as he was just about to start filming. (Flip cam video below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2013 2:28 PM
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Focus Features Acquires AIDS Drama 'Dallas Buyers Club' Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner

Focus Features has acquired domestic and Latin American rights to Jean-Marc Vallee's fact-based medical drama "Dallas Buyers Club," which stars Matthew McConaughey as HIV/AIDS patient Rob Woodroff in 1980s Texas. The film also features Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
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  • April 23, 2013 2:33 PM
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Trailer Watch: Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichols' 'Take Shelter' Follow-up 'Mud'

Check out the new trailer for "Mud," Jeff Nichols' Sundance-bound follow-up to 2011's sensational "Take Shelter." The film debuted at Cannes to mostly positive reviews, suggesting it is more commercial than "Take Shelter," if not quite as audacious.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2013 2:44 PM
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Paramount Will Release Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' In Late 2013

After distributing his most recent run of films, Paramount will continue their relationship with Martin Scorsese by releasing his financial drama, "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount distributed Scorsese and DiCaprio's "Shutter Island"...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 17, 2012 1:55 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Controversial 'Paperboy' Leads Weak New Debuts

Although improved from last week's weak openings, the new ones again fell below the strong performance of September's debuts. The controversial "The Paperboy" had the best overall performance. New York openers "Wuthering Heights" and "The House I Live In" managed to stand out among the rest, backed by strong reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 7, 2012 4:57 PM
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Early Review Roundup: 'Magic Mike' Has Bare Bods, Backstage Fluffing and Right Amount of Heart

Early reviews are coming in for Steven Soderbergh's male stripper confection "Magic Mike," last night's closing gala at LA Film Fest. The ever adventurous Soderbergh seems to be in good form...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 12:56 PM
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Cannes Market: Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' Screens for Buyers; Butler, Worthington and McConaughey Get Funded for 'Thunder Run'

As the major studios focus on big-budget FX and brand-name tentpoles, and micro-indies spread like kudzu, the middle ranks of movies are being funded and produced outside the studio system. This is good and bad. 'Cloud Atlas' screened Tuesday at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • May 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Don't Mess with McConaughey in Deep Fried Texas Redneck Thriller 'Killer Joe'

Matthew McConaughey is a dirty, twisted cop in "Killer Joe," from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and screenwriter Tracy Letts ("Bug," also directed by Friedkin).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 3:32 PM
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Cannes Stars: Considering 14 Careers Heading Into Festival

Cannes can have a huge impact on a star's career--from the dazzling experience of walking up the Palais red carpet, to facing a gauntlet of international press. With the Cannes lineup revealed, let's dig into what this year's stars have to win or lose.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:31 PM
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