Matthew McConaughey lead the way on Wednesday as his family boarded a plane bound for Tokyo.
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The “Free State of Jones” film crew wrapped up the last day of footage in the Washington area Tuesday.
With all of the hype surrounding Hollywood arriving in Washington, no one would be able to tell the difference from any other day, outside of two Washington police officers stopping traffic to allow members of the movie crew to cross Highway 103.
St. John’s Church on North Church Street was the filming location, but the public was asked to stay at least 50 yards away from the set.
Production assistants and members of the set crew were strewn throughout the area, communicating with each other on walkie-talkies. The church was draped with a black tarp to control the lighting for filming.
Lead actor Matthew McConaughey arrived at the set at around 11:15 a.m. before the filming for the day began.
Despite the film’s exclusivity from the public, Washington Mayor Joseph Pitre said, the movie’s presence will be a benefit.
“It’s good for the town,” Pitre said. “Anytime you can get publicity for the city, it is good. This brings a positive economic impact to our town as well.”
Alex Worman, in charge of public relations for “Free State” said Washington was chosen as a place to shoot some of the movie because of its historical value.
Jack Montague, a production assistant, said McConaughey and director Gary Ross are history buffs who wanted to get some of “Free State” filmed in Washington.
On Monday, extras were cast and the outside scenes involving extras were shot. Tuesday’s work consisted of scenes inside of the church, including one that involved gunshots.
“Free State” stars McConaughey as defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight and tells the story of Knight and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Opposed to both slavery and secession, Knight launched an uprising of poor white farmers that led Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating a “Free State of Jones.” His relationship and post-war marriage to a former slave, Rachel Knight, effectively established the region’s first mixed-race community.
Pitre said having “Free State” in Washington is big and that he would consider welcoming more films to come there in the future.
“We would be open to it,” he said. “Hopefully this will open up more people’s eyes about the importance of historic preservation. I think people participating and benefiting from this will have a greater appreciation for preservation.”
Photocall, Press conference and Premiere of ‘The Sea Of Trees’ during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2015 in Cannes, France.
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Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey delivered an inspiring message to graduates at the University of Houston last week, warning them not to fall into the “entitlement trap.”
Speaking at the University of Houston commencement ceremony, the “Dallas Buyers Club” actor did not sugarcoat his message for the graduates.
“Life’s not fair, it never was, it isn’t now and it won’t ever be,” McConaughey said Friday.
The Texas native added, “Do not fall into the trap, the entitlement trap, of feeling like you’re a victim. You are not.”
McConaughey also spoke about the value of the degree.
“It’s not a ticket, it’s not a voucher, it’s not a free pass, so I ask the question: what does your college degree mean?” he said.
According to reports, McConaughey received a standing ovation from graduates and those attending the ceremony.
According to Point of Geeks website, the 45-year-old is in “basic talks” with the studio, reports aceshowbiz.com
McConaughey previously confirmed he had been eyed by both Marvel and Warner Bros to star in superhero movies.
“I’ve read some Marvel and DC scripts and I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts, none of which I’ll share with with you what they are – or were. Yeah, I’ve circled some of those. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it,” he said.
According to the website, it’s not surprising for Marvel to target such an A-list actor as Norman Osborn character’s overall prominence in the comics has risen over the past decade.
While it is unclear to what extent Sony and Marvel intend to include Norman Osborn in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the future, in recent years the villain character has been crucial as an “anti-hero” in the comics.
“Spider-Man” reboot is scheduled for a 2017 release. Previously, Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James were reportedly some of the candidates to take the role of Peter Parker.
Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees was launched as one of the hot projects in Cannes last year, and now it’s back — in Competition.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are teaming up to acquire domestic rights on the Matthew McConaughey-starring The Sea Of Trees. The film, which also stars Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, follows Arthur Brennan (McConaughey), who treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. After finding a place to commit suicide, Arthur meets Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who is also lost in life. The two commence on a journey of reflection, which reinforces Arthur’s will to live and rekindle his love with his wife (Watts).
The producers of The Sea Of Trees are two-time Oscar nominated producer Gil Netter (Life Of Pi), Kevin Halloran with Kao, and F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, and Allen Fischer. Chris Sparling wrote the script and is also producing.
It’s quite simple, really: Matthew McConaughey is a charmer—beard or no beard. From his signature drawl to his facial expressions that the world has come to know and love, there appears to be nothing false or hidden about him. McConaughey is honest, open, and firm in his beliefs. Perhaps his most attractive feature is that he is a true family man, who openly gushes about his kids (Livingston, 2, Vida, 5, and Levi,6) and his wife (model Camila Alves). Among his passions is a charity he started with Alves, Just Keep Livin Foundation, dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives. The actor sat down with us on a rainy afternoon in a city he calls home–Austin, Texas–to chat candidly about his foundation, his hopes for his children, what he’s most grateful for, and how he really feels about that beard of his. Watch the video and read the extended interview below:
How does the Just Keep Livin Foundation directly impact kids and their education?
We’ve got an after-school voluntary curriculum that we put in inner city high schools. We’re in five states right now. It’s two hours after school where kids come to try and set exercise goals, whether it’s trying out for the soccer team, run a half marathon, or fit into the prom dress, whatever that may be. There’s a nutrition aspect as well. We learn how to eat well on a budget. Instead of six burgers here’s what you can buy on the same budget at the supermarket and you get to go home and cook it with your family. We have a gratitude circle—a lot of folks believe in gratitude and being thankful for what you have.
Speaking of that gratitude circle, what are you most grateful for?
I’ve been in the gratitude circle in one of our after-school classes pretty soon after I had each one of our children, so that was an amazing time. Got a new job, got two, got three, and then one weekday we were in there and my wife had had a really nice weekend. And I wouldn’t go into details but I was just telling the guys, you know when you have a really good date weekend and they all understood [laughs]. That’s a long list.
Matthew McConaughey knows his life is more than just alright, alright, alright.
Between his solid acting career and adorable children, the actor finds himself grateful for many things in and around his life.
But in the new issue of Haute Living Los Angeles, the Oscar winner makes it clear that Camila Alves is a huge reason why he’s so happy.
“Now I get to wake up next to someone who I know loves me the way she does—my wife—who gave birth to our three beautiful, healthy children,” he shared in the May/June issue available Wednesday. “I get to live in a nice place, and I have things to look forward to every day—work, play, and sometimes nothing at all.”
He added, “I look forward to Mondays. It’s very rare to have a career where I don’t need days off. I love going to work.”
While he continues to book new roles for the big-screen, McConaughey hopes the long shoots and not always ideal hours can be a teachable moment for his kids.
After winning an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, the actor’s kids wanted an explanation as to what the special trophy was for. He immediately took them back to the time when daddy “was skinny.”
“He’d go to work every day and you’d be up and he was gone, but I’d come read to you and say goodnight,” the Texas native recalled telling his youngest fans. “What they learned is not that if you go to work you get a trophy, but if you do something really good today, you can be rewarded for it later.”
It’s also all about paying it forward and spreading your gifts with others. Today, McConaughey remains active with his foundation and clothing line Just Keep Livin. It’s a small gesture that could prove to be a big difference in students’ lives.
“I’ve been given a lot with the help of the people around me,” the 45-year-old explained. “And I think I’ve done a pretty good job of taking care of what I’ve been given.”
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh met up with Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves in Matthew’s hometown of Austin, where they opened up about life with their three kids, their Just Keep Livin foundation, new clothing line, and revealed the meaning behind Matthew’s signature catchphrase, “Alright, alright, alright.”