Matthew McConaughey receives Maverick Actor Tribute for new movie ‘Gold’

Matthew McConaughey on stage during the Jack Ingram & Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman
Matthew McConaughey on stage during the Jack Ingram & Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman

One of Austin’s jewels will be honored for his contributions to acting and cinematic storytelling by a film, food and wine festival.

Matthew McConaughey stars in “Gold,” a movie about gold prospector Kenny Wells searching for gold in Indonesia. The Napa Valley Film Festival will host a private screening of the movie for their Vintner and Patron Circle members on Nov. 10 in St. Helena, a city in Napa County, California. Patron Circle membership starts at $2,500, while Vintner Circle membership prices are available on request.

The film festival will present McConaughey with the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute later that day, in nearby city Yountville.

“Vintner John Caldwell is the original Napa Valley maverick winemaker, and Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of a maverick when it comes to his work in the film industry,” said NVFF Co-Founder/Director Marc Lhormer in a news release. “Matthew boldly inhabits each character that he plays on screen, and we are just delighted to showcase his latest film and to honor him at the festival this year.”

McConaughey has grown used to accolades by now; the actor won an Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” in 2013, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Exes and an unofficial gold medal for Olympic enthusiasm this past summer.

“Gold” will be released Christmas Day.

New York Paramount Building freezes clocks in honor of UT tower shooting, ‘Tower’ film

A still from "Tower" (Keith Maitland - Go-Valley LLC)
A still from “Tower” (Keith Maitland – Go-Valley LLC)

New York City’s Paramount Building froze its three clocks at 11:48 a.m., and will keep them still until Oct. 13.

The freeze was planned with the New York Film Forum Oct. 12 release of “Tower,” the film. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award SXSW earlier this year, and the film will be rolled out nationwide after the New York release.

A sniper started shooting from the top of the UT tower at 11:48 a.m. 50 years ago on Aug. 1, killing 16 and wounding three dozen. The shooting victims have since been commemorated with a granite monument. Those who remember that day recall ambulances and sirens.

“We could see the smoke coming from the Tower,” Sharon Alexander said. “We were told to go to the back of the restaurant, because the bullets could reach us from where we were standing. A very shocking day, one I never want to see again and will never forget.”

Claire Wilson, the subject of “Tower,” was an 18-year-old freshman and the first person shot. She was eight months pregnant at the time and when her boyfriend tried to help her, he was shot and killed. She lay on the ground for 90 minutes before fellow student John Fox saved her.

“I am honored that they have chosen to remember the events of the Tower shooting in this remarkable way,” Wilson said in a news release. “Drawing attention to this memory is a way to learn from our past, and focus on our present and future together.”

The 50th anniversary of the tower shooting has fueled campus carry debate at UT Austin. “Tower” producing partner Killer Impact helped facilitate the NYC Paramount Building’s decision to freeze their clocks.

“Impact supports ambitious filmmaking of consequence, in this case, as a way of reminding the world that victims of violent crime must neither be forgotten nor should we ignore the takeaways,” the company said in a news release.

 

New ‘The BFG’ trailer shows glimpses of Roald Dahl’s classic story

Ruby Barnhill is Sophie in Disney's imaginative adventure, THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl which tells the story of a young girl and the Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.
Ruby Barnhill is Sophie in Disney’s imaginative adventure, THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl which tells the story of a young girl and the Giant (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1. Photo via Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC.

Fans of Roald Dahl will be delighted by the newest trailer for “The BFG.”

The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Sophie the orphan who is kidnapped by the Big Friendly Giant, or the BFG. The trailer shows a small bespectacled girl thrown into a whirl of adventure when a giant with huge ears takes her from her bedroom while she is reading.

Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance stars as the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) in Disney's fantasy-adventure, THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, which opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.
Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance stars as the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) in Disney’s fantasy-adventure, THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, which opens in theaters nationwide on July 1. Photo via Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC.

We see hints of the story line: mean, bigger giants, the curiously-shaped trumpet swinging from the BFG’s hand, and of course, a shot of the BFG slicing a giant, slimy, cucumber-esque vegetable. But the trailer leaves most of the plot untold, a perfect teaser for those who love Dahl’s book.

“The BFG” opens July 1.

The Oscars 2016: What’s your pick?

Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars tomorrow night. Photo via The Oscars
Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars tomorrow night. Photo via The Oscars

The 88th Oscars are tomorrow in Hollywood, California. Who’s your pick for the top three awards?

 

 

We have our picks already, and if you want to mark all your choices for tonight’s awards, we made an easy-to-use Oscars ballot for your watch party (download it here).

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood tonight, hosted by actor and comedian Chris Rock. The red carpet kicks off at 7 p.m., and the award show starts at 7:30 p.m. Watch tonight on ABC, or find the live stream on the Oscars website. We’ll be live-tweeting the whole thing too.