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Remembering Acclaimed Director Jonathan Demme 1944-2017

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Acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Demme, know to most for directing The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, passed away last week at the age of 73. Known for his personal approach to filmmaking, Demme left behind an extensive portfolio of work, ranging from documentaries, independent films, cult remakes, and blockbuster dramas. His early work dates back to 1970s satire films like Fighting Mad and Handle with Care. Melvin and Howard made the director a household name in 1980, and Mr. Demme went on to direct a number of films and documentaries before making history in the early 1990s with Silence and Philadelphia. Both were box-office successes and culturally significant films that touched on a number of highly debated issues. Continue reading

McConaughey Continues Hot Streak With New HBO Drama ‘True Detective’

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Matthew McConaughey is making a pretty impressive comeback in Hollywood these days. The 45 year old actor has appeared in several major films in the last couple years, one of which has now earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. McConaughey began taking on more challenging roles back in 2011 with The Lincoln Lawyer from director Brad Furman. The actor then appeared in director Jeff Nichols’ Mud (2012), in which he plays an escaped prisoner who evades law enforcement with the help of two young boys. His most recent appearances, however, have been his most popular projects of his career. McConaughey played a small part in Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Wall Street has already received five Oscar nominations and earned Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Although McConaughey’s role in the film was very small, his next lead project would bring him to a new level on Hollywood’s list of A-list actors. Dallas Buyers Club follows the story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), an electrician who begins hustling illegal AIDS medication over the US/Mexican border after he, himself, is diagnosed with the disease. Dallas has already earned McConaughey and Jared Leto Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and has also been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (McConaughey), and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto).

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With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Hollywood is waiting to see if McConaughey will join the ranks of the Oscar-winners, the actor’s next project is already well underway on HBO. True Detective, which aired on HBO earlier this month, follows two Louisiana detectives as they recount the details of a homicide case they worked together in 1995. The show was created by Nic Pizzolatto, who won a Writers Guild of America award for AMC’s crime drama The Killing, and co-stars Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan. There haven’t been any talks of award nominations or anything like that as of yet, but with the first season already six episodes in, the screenwriting has proven superbly written, and McConaughey is delivering a performance few in Hollywood thought he had ten years ago when he was appearing in movies like How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days (2003), Sahara (2005), and Failure To Launch (2006). If he keeps this up, McConaughey could very well continue to rise up as a veteran actor in Hollywood. The actor will next be appearing in The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Interstellar, which is due out in November and co-stars Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. You can catch up on True Detective, and continue with the new series on HBO.