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Matthew McConaughey Talks "Behaving, Not Acting" in 'Dallas Buyers Club' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The last time I sat down with Gotham Best Actor-winner Matthew McConaughey, almost a year ago, 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 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. In our latest exclusive video interview, McConaughey talks about his new approach to choosing roles, which has yielded a rich panoply of films with top directors. One reason he'll be in the Oscar conversation for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyer's Club" is that he's overdue, and his comeback has been noted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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A Tale of Two Sirs: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Talk Their Storied Acting Careers on Charlie Rose (WATCH VIDEO)

Check out this delightful pairing of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on Charlie Rose. The duo of Sirs, and best buds, talk their acting careers.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2013 2:55 PM
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WATCH: Anjelica Huston Talks Buzzy New Memoir 'A Story Lately Told' on Charlie Rose, Review Roundup

With "Smash" behind her, Anjelica Huston has been doing the rounds with her new memoir, "A Story Lately Told." In the book she dishes on her childhood growing up in Ireland, her famous philandering director father John, how she coped with her mother's death in a car crash, and her experience meeting her half-brother Danny when he was already two years old.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 1:33 PM
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WATCH: Mia Wasikowska Faces the Wilds of the Outback in First Trailer for 'Tracks'

A first trailer has arrived for John Curran's "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska as intrepid Robyn Davidson, who at age 26 in 1977 undertook a dangerous trek across the unforgiving Australian Outback with four camels and a dog. The film is based on Davidson's memoir of the same title; it co-stars Adam Driver as National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2013 12:48 PM
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Thomas Vinterberg Directs Mads Mikkelsen in Danish Oscar Entry 'The Hunt' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

"Suddenly this kind, lovely civilized man becomes this uncivilized creature," says "The Hunt" director Thomas Vinterberg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2013 4:38 PM
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WATCH: Funny or Die Sends Up Nikki Finke in New Trailer for High-Stakes Thriller 'Deadline: The Movie'

"Did you hear Mandy Patinkin's leaving Gersh?" "SHIT." Such are the high-stakes dramas at the center of Funny or Die's new trailer for "Deadline: The Movie." Jean Smart stars as Finke herself. Christina Applegate's running around in there, too. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 2, 2013 4:25 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Sergio Leone's Directorial Debut 'The Colossus of Rhodes'

Sergio Leone Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing 1961's "The Colossus of Rhodes."
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  • December 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Clip: Psychological and Sonic Mystery Tour 'Diamond on Vinyl,' Starring Sonja Kinski

Check out this exclusive clip from writer-director J.R. Hughto's psychological and sonal mystery "Diamond on Vinyl," starring Sonja Kinski (a brunette ringer for her mother, Nastassja).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 2, 2013 1:41 PM
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Watch: THR's First Ever Breakthrough Performances Round Table, with Adele Exarchopoulos, Barkhad Abdi, Greta Gerwig and More

The Hollywood Reporter round table series continues with its first ever Breakthrough Performance panel. They assembled newcomers Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") and Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color"), along with more seasoned actors who had a breakout year, including Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Kathryn Hahn ("Afternoon Delight"), David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") and Olivia Wilde ("Drinking Buddies"). Quote highlights and full video, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 2, 2013 12:33 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Conspiracy Theorist Comedy 'Sneakers,' Starring Kingsley, Poitier, Ackroyd and Redford

Who's Afraid of Richard Pryor's Sneakers? concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing 1992 conspiracy theorist comedy "Sneakers."
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  • November 29, 2013 2:15 PM
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