Matthew McConaughey attends his ‘just keep livin’ pop-up shop on April 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
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Matthew McConaughey received the 2015 Celluloid Hero award at the New Orleans Film Society’s gala Saturday (March 29). In this video, shot by Lee Fritz courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society, McConaughey reads what he called his New Orleans ‘definitions,’ a sort of lovestruck prose poem to his home away from home. (Source)
Matthew McConaughey is to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, a drama about one of the world’s most infamous wine frauds.
The film will be adapted from Benjamin Wallace’s book of the same name, subtitled The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, the rights to which were sold back in 2008 even before it was published. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, known for writing the hardboiled likes of 3.10 to Yuma and Wanted, are tackling the screenplay.
Wallace delves into the story of a 1787 Chateau Lafitte Bordeaux, auctioned at Christie’s in 1985 for $150,000. The bottle, inscribed Th. J, was presented as being once owned by former president and wine aficionado Thomas Jefferson, but doubts about its authenticity started building. US billionaire Bill Koch paid $311,804 for four other bottles also supposedly once belonging to Jefferson, but after a museum demanded to know the provenance of the bottles ahead of exhibiting them, Jefferson’s estate couldn’t verify them.
Koch then hired a private investigator to look into Hardy Rodenstock, the wine dealer who had brought the bottles to auction, and hounded him with lawsuits which Rodenstock constantly resisted. During the investigations, the wine was chemically tested and found to date from 1962; empty bottles, blank wine labels and corks were found in Rodenstock’s house. The fraud led to a sustained crusade against various wine frauds from Koch, who spent millions in legal fees but eventually won $12m back in damages.
There was further friction after the book was published, with Christie’s auctioneer Michael Broadbent contesting how he was portrayed – publisher Random House ended up paying him damages.
Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actor and star of such locally shot dramas as “Dallas Buyers Club” and “True Detective,” has been named the recipient of the New Orleans Film Society’s 2015 Celluloid Hero award. McConaughey, who is in town shooting STX Entertainment’s Civil War action drama “The Free State of Jones,” will be on hand to accept the award at the Film Society’s annual fund-raising Patron Party and Gala on Saturday evening (March 28).
“Free State of Jones” director Gary Ross and executive producers Diana Alvarez and TG Herrington will accompany McConaughey to the award ceremony, scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, 1213 Third Street, according to a media advisory issued Wednesday morning.
“It seems so apropos that in the New Orleans Film Society’s 25th year, we honor and celebrate Matthew McConaughey, one of the greatest actors of the last 25 years, with our Celluloid Hero award,” New Orleans Film Society Board President Alexa Georges was quoted as saying.
McConaughey is no stranger to the local film scene. In addition to “The Free State of Jones,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “True Detective,” over the past decade he has shot such projects as “The Paperboy,” “Killer Joe” and “Failure to Launch” in town. He also returned to the area after Hurricane Katrina — which followed principal photography on “Failure to Launch” by mere days — as a volunteer to help care for animals stranded in the wake of the historic 2005 storm.
Before our trip to Austin, Jimmy posted a tweet asking for any local business that might want him to help them produce a TV commercial. He decided on beloved local video store Vulcan Video and enlisted the help of a certain Texan movie star.
The Civil War action-drama The Free State of Jones has begun shooting in New Orleans, STX Entertainment announced Monday, and now we have our first look at star Matthew McConaughey in action.
The Gary Ross-directed film stars McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, House of Cards).
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of the defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. By banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight was able to launch an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to Rachel, a former slave, and his establishment of a mixed race community was unique to the post-war South.
The Free State of Jones is set for release on March 11, 2016.
Jack Ingram is teaming up with football coach Mack Brown and actor Matthew McConaughey for their 2015 Mack, Jack & McConaughey event.
The event began in 2013 as a two-day fundraiser to benefit children’s charities across the country. Funds from this year’s event will go to the Rice School of Austin, the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, CureDuchenne and HeartGift. Since it began, the event has raised close to $2 million for charity.
The 2015 event will take place in Austin, Texas, on April 16 and 17, with activities including golf, a fashion event and a number of concerts. Ingram will be joined at the Jack Ingram & Friends show by emcee Jimmy Kimmel, Willis Alan Ramsey and fellow country music stars Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander and Will Hoge. Tickets to the show range in price from $22 to $102 and are available here.
“I feel equally proud to be alongside EVERY artist we invite to play at MJM’s Jack & Friends [concert],” Ingram says. “We celebrate coming together to empower kids.”
Ingram is preparing to release his ninth studio album, ‘Motel Sessions,’ later this year. More information about MJM can be found at MackJackMcConaughey.org.
Julianne Moore accepts the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for ‘Still Alice’ from Matthew McConaughey onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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