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.”
For an actor, there’s no better awards bait than an appearance-transforming role in a biographical war movie. World, meet The Free State of Jones.
Matthew McConaughey will star in the action-drama as Newt Knight, a Mississippi farmer who led a southern rebellion against the Confederates during the Civil War. He and his followers “seceded” from the Confederacy, calling Jones County “The Free State of Jones.” After the war, he distinguished himself from fellow southerners once again by marrying a former slave named Rachel.
The movie is directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) and will hit theaters March 11, 2016.
Matthew McConaughey attends his ‘just keep livin’ pop-up shop on April 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
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Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend the third Mack, Jack & McConaughey charity gala at ACL Live on April 16, 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)
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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.