Money! Power! Beauty! Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, which opens on Christmas Day, has all three of these in spades. However, we were curious as to which one of these traits were most important to the film’s cast, stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. So at the film’s premiere in Manhattan this week, we forced each one of these gents to make their own Sophie’s Choice and only pick only one.
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Matthew McConaughey may be one of the most famous actors in the world, but he’s also one of the most underrated. He shifts seamlessly from rom-coms to action, while cultivating a bunch of solid indie work and supporting roles on the side. He’s still best known for his cool, cocky grin, Texas swagger and off-screen antics (naked bongo drum party, anyone?), though that’s slowly been changing in recent years with memorable turns in Killer Joe, Magic Mike and Mud.
Finally, the real game-changer is here. McConaughey’s work as an HIV positive man supplying drugs for fellow patients in Dallas Buyer’s Club is undeniably excellent, and we’re sure to see him on awards show short lists in coming months. Obviously this is a great time to brush up on McConaughey’s most memorable roles, and we’ve got a perfect list of his finest films for you to review. Some are excellent, some are terrible, and some are recommended to VH1 by the actor himself. Behold, the 20 Most Essential Matthew McConaughey Movies to watch RIGHT NOW. (In reverse chronological order, because we’re anal like that.)
The world is pretty impressed with Kanye West‘s epic proposal to baby mama Kim Kardashian. In case you haven’t heard, the rapper rented out the whole of San Francisco’s AT&T baseball stadium for her 33rd birthday celebration, and popped the question on a Jumbotron in front of friends, family, and a hired orchestra playing Lana Del Ray! Honestly, we’d expect nothing less from the man who penned “Perfect Bitch.”
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Party at the moon tower! Life was simpler back in 1976, when your biggest priority was acquiring Aerosmith tickets and your biggest concern was the impending paddling that might come from a power hungry rising senior. Richard Linklater‘s 1993 film Dazed and Confused chronicles less than 24 hours in a tiny Texas town, through the eyes of the various social stratospheres of the local high school. Despite consisting of a mostly unknown cast (including future Oscar winners) the film has become a cult classic, beloved by those who too believe that the best philosophy is just to keep L-I-V-I-N.
The Magic Mike star looked quite bizarre in a fashion forward, Vivienne Westwood suit at a screening of his new movie, Mud. Read more…
One of the most pleasant surprises of last year was the fact that Magic Mike wasn’t just the frothy male stripper movie we’d been anticipating for months — it was actually a thoughtful Steven Soderbergh film with serious characters struggling to make it in Central Florida’s crappy economy. Matthew McConaughey’s turn as sleazy, self-serving and super charming club owner Dallas earned him plenty of kudos, too, including an award from the New York Critics Circle and an Independent Spirit nod. So we’re relieved to hear, straight from McConaughey’s mouth, that as plans for Magic Mike 2 are “legitimately brewing,” he would never take Dallas in any kind of cheesy, sell-out direction.
“In the right way [I would come back],” he told MTV News at Sundance last week. “It would be so much fun, but I would only be able to do to revisit Dallas if I really go, ‘OK, that’s what he would be doing.’ And Dallas can’t become like all of a sudden obviously comedic. I’d have to keep him the same tone. He’s committed.”
As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival enters its homestretch, we’ve noticed one thing about it: This year seems more about the films than the star-studded, super-sponsored A-list parties. Which, um, we’re pretty sure is what Robert Redford wants from his Utah fest. Lucky enough for those of us living vicariously through our friends (and photographers) in Park City, there has still been no shortage of eye candy. Here, we’re taking a moment to point out the lovely array of actors who put on their best puffy jackets and risked some great hat-hair to premiere their artsy movies. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Brody to Chris Noth, there were plenty of familiar faces at the festival, along with some relative newcomers like Austenland’s Ricky Whittle. We even gave Matthew McConaughey an honorary spot in this gallery, because even though his drastic weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club has sapped his conventional beauty, he’s looking kinda weird hot as he packs the pounds back on. And if there’s anything that’s appropriate for Sundance, it’s definitely the phrase “weird hot.”
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We’re betting the second Lance Armstrong agreed to do that revealing Oprah interview this week, a million Hollywood execs shed a single tear, knowing there could be only one Lance Armstrong cheating scandal movie. According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures and producer JJ Abrams beat them all to the punch, closing the deal on the filmmaking rights to the proposal for Cycle of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong, a book to be written by sports reporter Juliet Macur. That’s right: they bought the proposal to a book that has not yet been written. Now we want to shed a single tear over how genius that is.
Since it’ll be a little while before shooting starts, we have plenty of time to pitch potential actors to play America’s Most Hated Athlete (You’re welcome, Manti Te’o!). As for who should play his ex Sheryl Crow…um, obviously it should be Sheryl Crow herself. Wouldn’t you love to star in your ex’s downfall story? Meanwhile, we’d love to see Sheryl across from…