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Matthew McConaughey: A Hero to Himself and a Governor for Texas?

Is a possible governor run part of the actor's effort to be his own hero?

In 2014, Matthew McConaughey was at his peak — or so we thought.

The so-called "McConaissance" was in full swing. With starring roles in indie-darling Mud, oscar-bait Dallas Buyers'Club, Nolan's Interstellar, and the acclaimed first season of HBO's True Detective, he had successfully reformed his brand.

He was no longer just a handsome, shirtless goofball to be plugged into one romantic comedy after another. Suddenly he was one of the most respected actors working in Hollywood, capable of bringing an intense energy and originality to every role he touched.

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Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of March 29

Go to the movies, don't be a Dumbo.

Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

This week we have more live-action Disney and also Matthew McConaughey's bare ass.

WIDE RELEASE:

Dumbo

Dumbo Official Trailer www.youtube.com

Tim Burton's take on Disney's 1941 animated classic, Dumbo, looks...fine. Tim Burton's visual flair is certainly apparent, but that hasn't been enough to make his last few movies particularly interesting. There's some serious talent in the cast (Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito), but it's worrying that the trailer focuses on two generic, wide-eyed youths spewing schlock lines like, "You can do it, Dumbo!" I'm sure it's fine. Everything is fine. The world isn't on fire. Enjoy your live-action Disney reboot.

LIMITED RELEASE:

The Beach Bum

THE BEACH BUM Trailer # 2 (NEW 2018) Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey Movie HD www.youtube.com

Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, a prolific weed-smoker and sometimes poet who spends his days having sex and doing drugs in Florida. It's written and directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers), so whether or not you enjoy The Beach Bum will probably come down to a few different factors. First, do you like Korine's distinct, hyper-colorful aesthetics and meandering plot lines usually full of unlikeable characters? Second, do you like Matthew McConaughey going all-out and showing his butt? And most importantly, are you very high?

A Vigilante

A VIGILANTE Official Trailer (2019) Olivia Wilde, Thriller Movie HD www.youtube.com

A Vigilante follows Olivia Wilde in the role of a former domestic abuse victim-turned-vigilante who kills domestic abusers. But rather than dwelling on the violence, like most similarly conceived movies do, A Vigilante seems to focus more on the pain and darkness of Olivia Wilde's character. Wilde's performance is supposedly a real standout here, so if you're looking for a gritty, potentially upsetting denouncement of abusers this weekend, check this one out.

Screwball

Screwball - Official Trailer www.youtube.com

Screwball is a documentary about baseball. If you think that sounds boring, I did too until I watched the trailer. Damn, that's an entertaining trailer. Director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) recounts Major League Baseball's most notorious doping scandal in 2013, wrapping in star players like Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. Many of the illegal activities seem to be rehashed by child actors dressed as adults, which sounds incredibly stupid but looks funny. If you have even a modicum of interest in sports or true crime, be sure to put this on your list.

Diane

Diane - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films www.youtube.com

Diane is an aging boomer who dedicates her time to helping others, thinking about her friends and trying to bond with her drug-addicted son (yes, that's Pete from The Office). But she's got some personal demons of her own to confront too, and she's not getting any younger. It's hard to tell exactly what the movie is about from the trailer, but it currently boasts a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, so if you're looking for a serious drama this weekend, keep it in mind.


Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com


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5 Forgotten Parodies That Predicted the Future

Spoofs have been fortune-telling with eerie accuracy long before The Simpsons or Family Guy predicted Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn.

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Yes, we've all heard that The Simpsons predicted the future, and Matt Groening is probably a time-traveling harbinger of doom.

But spoofs have been fortune-telling with eerie accuracy long before The Simpsons or Family Guy predicted Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn. From crime confessions to the future of sex toys, satire has proven to be more reliable than the news in many cases. These five parodies that came true are proof that everything is only getting weirder. You might as well start laughing now.

1.Chris Rock predicted O.J. Simpson's book, If I Did It

Chris Rock predicted O.J. Simpson's confessional bookIFC

The Chris Rock Show was under-appreciated for its run on HBO between 1997 and 2000. The raunchy comedian hosted the show's satirical sketches and parody commercials with guest stars like George Carlin, Arsenio Hall, Conan O'Brien, and Tracy Morgan. In a 1997 parody of a studio tour, Rock rummages through a collection of gifts supposedly given by celebrities. 20 years before O.J. Simpson allegedly approved ghostwriters to release the confessional book, If I Did It, Rock held up a VHS tape and reflected, "Who could forget the night O.J. Came by to sell his new instructional videotape: I Didn't Kill My Wife! But If I Did, Here's How I'd Do It?"

Chris Rock Sees The Future youtu.be

2. The Onion predicted eerily specific masturbation technology

The Oculus Rift Sex simulatorThe Daily Dot

The only real difference between Samsung's "Apex" and the Oculus Rift sex simulator is that the Apex was the subject of The Onion's satirical news video and the Oculus Rift offers a wider variety of simulated sex acts. The Onion first spoofed the idea with the description that the Apex "streams video into your left eye, Internet into your right eye, and sucks your dick at the same time." Now, developers in Japan have crafted next-gen masturbation techniques that allow virtual reality users to simulate sex with crudely-animated 3D women. They even offer compatible masturbation aids for a fully "immersive experience."

New Wearable Computer Also Sucks Your Dick youtu.be

3. Gremlins 2 (1990) first broke the news that Donald Trump was a cheater

Filmmakers Joe Dante and Charlie Haas cooked up a Donald Trump riff in their comedy sequel. In Gremlins 2, Daniel Clamp is a crass, narcissistic billionaire who dominates New York real estate despite being too idiotic to believe. He also has an affair with his employee named Marla. Shortly after the film's release, front page news broke one of Trump's most public scandals of the 90s when he cheated on his wife with Marla Maples, who would later become his second wife. Haas said, "He was an emblem of what was going on in the '80s and '90s with greed and money and crassness, and [the idea of] the whole world being for sale. But he still seemed sort of harmless."

John Glover as Daniel Clamp (Gremlins 2 ) youtu.be

4. EDtv (1999) mocked soulless reality TV before reality TV existed

Few people had good things to say about Ron Howard's comedy at the time, but the entire premise of the film seemed patently absurd in 1999 (even with The Truman Show riffing on media and sitcoms the year before). Ellen Degeneres portrays the comically cold-hearted studio head of "True TV" network who tries to drum up ratings with the novel idea of filming a painfully average man (Matthew McConaughey) and broadcasting his life 24/7. One year before Survivor and Big Brother debuted, "reality TV" didn't exist as a genre when the comedy captured how successful a show can become when people watch for "no reason, I just want to see what happens."

Edtv Official Trailer #1 - Dennis Hopper Movie (1999) HD youtu.be

5. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) turned airport scanners into nude pictures

Airplane 2: the sequel predicted nude airport scannersIFC


The 1982 disaster movie spoof delivers more of the original's bawdy humor and dirty jokes. But in a simple scene of travelers passing through airport security, there's a passing joke about security scanners being able to view passengers naked. The bored security guard and quick pacing of the scene banks on the sheer ridiculousness carrying the joke. Of course, in 2013 the TSA introduced Advanced Imaging Technology scanners soon dubbed "naked scanners." The backlash was so extreme that the TSA eventually switched software systems to reduce the clarity of the images.

Airplane II: The Sequel. Airport youtu.be



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Red Band Trailer for 'The Beach Bum' Looks Pretty Lit

Everything looks better through a cloud of weed smoke.

In the new Red Band trailer for The Beach Bum, Matthew McConaughey stars as Moondog, a dude who lives near the beach, smokes lots of weed, and makes out with Isla Fisher.

THE BEACH BUM [Official Red Band Trailer] - In Theaters March 29, 2019 www.youtube.com


It looks really good, especially if you like writer/director Harmony Korine's previous work. It's got all his staples–neon lighting, copious drugs, and lots of skin. Seriously, did you see Matthew McConaughey's butt? That's the real Beach Bum.

As with most of Korine's work, it's hard to gauge the film's tone from the trailer. It seems like this might be his take on a stoner comedy, but he's been known to genre-bend and there's a good chance this will end up a lot darker than it seems at first glance.

The supporting cast is pretty impressive too. There's Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence, and Zac Efron, who's done a complete career 360º since High School Musical to become one of the coolest, most exciting actors working today. Plus, as is essential for anything involving loads of weed, Snoop Dogg will be there as well.

The Beach Bum comes out on March 29th, but until then, you can get into the right mindset by emulating Moondog and smoking lots of weed too. It's pretty much legal now.


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Now in Theaters: New Movies for the Weekend of January 25

What's coming out this weekend? Glad you asked.

Welcome to the first edition of "Now in Theaters."

Never again will you be forced to ask yourself, "What movies are coming out this weekend?" We got you.

WIDE RELEASE:

The Kid Who Would Be King:

The Kid Who Would Be King | Official Trailer [HD] | Fox Family Entertainment www.youtube.com

What if King Arthur was...AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KID?!?!? That's the premise of The Kid Who Would Be King, a modern day retelling of King Arthur with a Harry Potter twist. It's about a normal boy who finds the legendary sword Excalibur and, with the help of the famous wizard Merlin (also in the form of a kid), needs to form a new roundtable of knights to fight the evil villain Morgana. It's definitely cheesy, but the trailer looks kind of fun.

Serenity:

SERENITY Official Trailer (2018) Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway Movie HD www.youtube.com

In this thriller, Matthew McConaughey plays a fishing boat captain whose ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) asks him to kill her abusive new husband. Honestly, this one just seems bland. The trailer feels generic and unexciting, which is surprising for a movie starring such talented actors. Expect some characters you don't care about to cross and double-cross and triple-cross each other in predictable ways. Maybe wait for Netflix.

LIMITED RELEASE:

In Like Flynn:

IN LIKE FLYNN - Official US Trailer www.youtube.com

In Like Flynn is a biopic about Errol Flynn, the famous Hollywood Golden Age actor best known for playing Robin Hood in 1963's The Adventures of Robin Hood. Based on the trailer, In Like Flynn seems to portray its subject as more of a legend than a man, content to mythologize Flynn rather than deconstructing his humanity. That being said, if you're into old Hollywood films, this one might be an especially fun romp.

Never Look Away:

Never Look Away | Official US Trailer HD (2018) www.youtube.com

This is a limited release run of Germany's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor) is a drama about two art students, Kurt and Ellie, who fall in love in post-WWII Germany, and their relationship with Ellie's father, a doctor who participated in the Nazi eugenics program. As you can probably gauge from the premise, this is sure to be a light, feel good film that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Just kidding; bring tissues.

Jihadists:

JIHADISTS Documentary Trailer | In Theaters January 25, 2019 www.youtube.com

A French documentary that asks the question, "What do Jihadists actually have to say?" It's an interesting look at fundamentalist terrorism that attempts to go beyond "they're evil monsters," parsing their ideology in pursuit of their motivations. That's not to say they're sympathetic. This one might make you angry and doesn't necessarily provide answers either. But sometimes insight can be gained simply by staring into the eyes of horrible men.


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We all know that Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are BFFs, that Jay-Z and Kanye West are tight and that Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz's friendship extends beyond Charlie's Angels.

But, here are a few that maybe aren't so obvious—we've graded them for you on a Surprise Factor scale as follows;

Surprise Factor Scale;

  1. Not at all surprising, tell us something we don't know
  2. A little surprising, but they're in the same business so not so much
  3. Hmm takes some thinking about but kinda cool
  4. Really?  Wow I would never have though that
  5. Say what???!!!  How do these two even know each other?  What do they have in common??