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March 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
All right, that makes sense.  A 2011 Canadian TV interview reuploaded to YouTube last week explains Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey's catchphrase, and of course, it involves being stoned. In an appearance on "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" several years ago, McConaughey told the host that the phrase goes all the way back to preparing for the very first scene he shot for "Dazed and Confused. "  "I'm nervous, first scene ever on film," he explains. "I've got friends in the car, I've been listening to this Morrison live Doors album.
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March 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
All right, that makes sense.  A 2011 Canadian TV interview reuploaded to YouTube last week explains Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey's catchphrase, and of course, it involves being stoned. In an appearance on "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" several years ago, McConaughey told the host that the phrase goes all the way back to preparing for the very first scene he shot for "Dazed and Confused. "  "I'm nervous, first scene ever on film," he explains. "I've got friends in the car, I've been listening to this Morrison live Doors album.
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NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
E! Online reports : Matthew McConaughey apparently didn't learn a whole lot from his 1999 arrest. The 44-year-old actor told GQ that he still plays the bongo drums in the nude in his home, he just “closes the windows” now. In the December Issue cover story (in which McConaughey is named “Man of the Year” by the magazine), the " Dallas Buyer's Club" star reveals that he's a bit of a lyrical genius , as well; the actor keeps a collection of raps on his laptop. Here's a little sample: "Rollin' through yellow lights on my skateboard.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
The Academy Awards (being held March 2) bring out all kinds of extreme emotions and opinions from some people, but not me: I'm always totally even-tempered and maintain perspective that, in the grand scheme of things, Oscars don't mean a lot. Yeah, right. It's easy to get wrapped up in overrated nominees, undeserving winners and the occasional smart choice. On that note, here are my edited, post-deep breath thoughts about the major categories along with the unedited thoughts running through my head.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
HBO has released the official trailer for its January drama "True Detective," starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The trailer debuted Sunday during the season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire. " It introduces Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), two Louisiana State Police detectives who are asked in 2012 to revisit a homicide case they worked back in 1995. "Did you wonder, ever, if you're a bad man?" Hart asks. "The world needs bad men," Cohle responds.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) If “Killer Joe” is about anything - and it barely is - it's about how a bunch of amoral fools ignore the wishes of the only pure person among them. The NC-17-rated movie's own crime is being more interested in the sins of the guilty than their effect on the innocent. Adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicagoan Tracy Letts from his play, “Killer Joe” stars Emile Hirsch as Chris, a low-life constantly catching up to his own mistakes. He'll be killed if he can't pay off a $6,000 debt soon, so he has an idea:...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) What an odd title “The Paperboy” is for a movie with so little story. Technically there's a plot, in which Jack (Zac Efron) helps his older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for the Miami Times, investigate the possible innocence of convicted killer Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack). There's just so little incident to “The Paperboy,” adapted from the book by Pete Dexter (who co-wrote the script) and directed by co-writer Lee Daniels (“Precious”)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) The Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” is not the muscular, Mr. “all right all right all right” of “Magic Mike,” a performance that contained expert and under-appreciated depth beneath the bluster. As real-life activist and AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, McConaughey looks thin. Small. He reportedly lost close to 40 pounds for the role, which isn't Christian Bale-in-“The Machinist” gaunt, but it's not far from it. When the film begins in July 1985, Ron's contributing next to nothing to...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
375: Approximate number of hours I spent watching movies (with about 225 movies times approximately 100 minutes)   8: Number of survival stories in October (“Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “All is Lost,” “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” “Escape Plan,” “Carrie,” “We Are What We Are”)   2: Unnecessary remakes in November (“Delivery Man,” “Oldboy”)   12: The number that appears in two of the year's best films (“12 Years a Slave,” “Short Term 12”)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Check back next week for my full interview (featuring some awesomely ridiculous stories) with Channing Tatum about"Magic Mike," opening June 29. For now, a small snippet of the actor's thoughts on ... Avoiding full-frontal nudity in "Magic Mike": "Yeah, we didn't want to have a bunch of penises flopping around. I don't think that was on our bucket list for this movie. I just think it's distracting whenever you really see stuff like that. It's like sex scenes in a way or full nudity scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Combining movies and TV, a live broadcast and drinking celebs always creates the potential for oddness. But with the exception of the inevitable excellence of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who also won!), Sunday's Golden Globes was particularly strange. Jared Leto, who took time off from a terrible band to make "Dallas Buyers Club," opened his best supporting actor acceptance speech (for a serious role as a transgender woman with AIDS) with numerous bad jokes about Brazilian waxing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
375: Approximate number of hours I spent watching movies (with about 225 movies times approximately 100 minutes)   8: Number of survival stories in October (“Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “All is Lost,” “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” “Escape Plan,” “Carrie,” “We Are What We Are”)   2: Unnecessary remakes in November (“Delivery Man,” “Oldboy”)   12: The number that appears in two of the year's best films (“12 Years a Slave,” “Short Term 12”)
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
E! Online reports : Matthew McConaughey apparently didn't learn a whole lot from his 1999 arrest. The 44-year-old actor told GQ that he still plays the bongo drums in the nude in his home, he just “closes the windows” now. In the December Issue cover story (in which McConaughey is named “Man of the Year” by the magazine), the " Dallas Buyer's Club" star reveals that he's a bit of a lyrical genius , as well; the actor keeps a collection of raps on his laptop. Here's a little sample: "Rollin'...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) The Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” is not the muscular, Mr. “all right all right all right” of “Magic Mike,” a performance that contained expert and under-appreciated depth beneath the bluster. As real-life activist and AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, McConaughey looks thin. Small. He reportedly lost close to 40 pounds for the role, which isn't Christian Bale-in-“The Machinist” gaunt, but it's not far from it. When the film begins in July 1985, Ron's contributing next to nothing to society.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
HBO has released the official trailer for its January drama "True Detective," starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The trailer debuted Sunday during the season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire. " It introduces Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), two Louisiana State Police detectives who are asked in 2012 to revisit a homicide case they worked back in 1995. "Did you wonder, ever, if you're a bad man?" Hart asks. "The world needs bad men," Cohle responds.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) What an odd title “The Paperboy” is for a movie with so little story. Technically there's a plot, in which Jack (Zac Efron) helps his older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for the Miami Times, investigate the possible innocence of convicted killer Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack). There's just so little incident to “The Paperboy,” adapted from the book by Pete Dexter (who co-wrote the script) and directed by co-writer Lee Daniels (“Precious”)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Combining movies and TV, a live broadcast and drinking celebs always creates the potential for oddness. But with the exception of the inevitable excellence of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who also won!), Sunday's Golden Globes was particularly strange. Jared Leto, who took time off from a terrible band to make "Dallas Buyers Club," opened his best supporting actor acceptance speech (for a serious role as a transgender woman with AIDS) with numerous bad jokes about Brazilian waxing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
The Academy Awards (being held March 2) bring out all kinds of extreme emotions and opinions from some people, but not me: I'm always totally even-tempered and maintain perspective that, in the grand scheme of things, Oscars don't mean a lot. Yeah, right. It's easy to get wrapped up in overrated nominees, undeserving winners and the occasional smart choice. On that note, here are my edited, post-deep breath thoughts about the major categories along with the unedited thoughts running through my head.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) If “Killer Joe” is about anything - and it barely is - it's about how a bunch of amoral fools ignore the wishes of the only pure person among them. The NC-17-rated movie's own crime is being more interested in the sins of the guilty than their effect on the innocent. Adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicagoan Tracy Letts from his play, “Killer Joe” stars Emile Hirsch as Chris, a low-life constantly catching up to his own mistakes. He'll be killed if he can't pay off a $6,000 debt soon, so he has an idea: Hiring Dallas detective/murderer-for-hire Joe...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Check back next week for my full interview (featuring some awesomely ridiculous stories) with Channing Tatum about"Magic Mike," opening June 29. For now, a small snippet of the actor's thoughts on ... Avoiding full-frontal nudity in "Magic Mike": "Yeah, we didn't want to have a bunch of penises flopping around. I don't think that was on our bucket list for this movie. I just think it's distracting whenever you really see stuff like that. It's like sex scenes in a way or full nudity scenes.
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