Matthew McConaughey, Alamo’s Tim League join forces for new movie

Two of Austin’s movie men have a new project together.

Tim League’s distribution company, Neon, and Vice have bought the U.S. rights to “Beach Bum,” a film to be written and directed by Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) and starring Matthew McConaughey. The movie is scheduled to begin production this fall for a 2018 release, Deadline reports.

Matthew McConaughey introduces his new film “Gold” at the Austin premiere at the Alamo South Lamar on Jan. 12, 2017. Contributed by Rick Kern

League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse, will be an executive producer on the film, described as “an irreverent comedy that follows the misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large.” Sounds about right for Austin’s spirit animal.


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Matthew McConaughey declares ‘The tower will fall’ in ‘Dark Tower’ teaser

“The Dark Tower”

No, not the UT Tower. That is everlasting, come on.

We are speaking of “The Dark Tower,” the Stephen King novel which is now a new movie (and possible franchise kickoff) starring Matthew McConaughey as an evil wizard and Idris Elba as the Gunslinger.

In the teaser, ol’ Matthew is doing a fair amount of walking…and a little glaring. There will likely be magic tomorrow when the actual trailer is released. Check back tomorrow for more magic.


Watch a young Matthew McConaughey in the world’s smallest jean shorts (you’re welcome)

We were thinking that Austin icon Matthew McConaughey has had a weird few months.

He was pretty good in “Gold,” but nobody saw it.

Then in February, he said it was time for the country to “embrace, shake hands and be constructive” with President Donald Trump, which — based on the president’s current approval rating of 34 percent — many Americans are not doing. (You’ll notice we haven’t called him “Austin spirit animal” lately. That office might be up for grabs.)

Austin actor Matthew McConaughey in more recent times.

He’s in Ohio right now shooting the period crime film “White Boy Rick” (with Lorain County and Cleveland playing the role of  Detroit), and we’ll see him Aug. 4 in the movie version of “The Dark Tower,” playing evil sorcerer Walter Padik.

But today, we thought we’d take you back to the” alright alright alright” days of 1992, when our man played murder victim  and Pasadena, Texas resident Larry Dickens on an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries.”  The glory starts at around the four-minute mark. Enjoy.


Need a place to stay at SXSW? If you’re Lee Daniels, you might turn to Matthew McConaughey

Director Lee Daniels. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Lee Daniels is a TV and movie powerhouse — co-creator of “Empire” and “Star,” Oscar-nominated director of “Precious” and other films — but this year is only his first visit to South by Southwest. And he’s starting the SXSW experience in a big way — he’ll be delivering a keynote address Sunday.

Daniels talked with Charles Ealy about some of the issues he’ll touch on in that speech and some of the stars he’s worked with in the past, including Austin’s own Matthew McConaughey.

Matthew McConaughey. Gravitas Ventures

Asked if he would be getting in touch with McConaughey while in town, Daniels said: “Will Matthew be there? I think I’ll call him right after this to see if he can maybe find me better accommodations than a hotel.”


Dana Holgorsen is a good sport about Matthew McConaughey’s hair in ‘Gold’

As a longtime fan of people who take their jobs seriously but do not take themselves seriously, I am now officially in the tank for Dana Holgorsen.

In an interview published in the American-Statesman, Austin spirit animal Matthew McConaughey noted that he looked to the West Virginia head coach for his character Kenny Wells’ hair in “Gold,” which opens Friday.

636206386471967975-gold-3-lgAs our sister site Hook ‘Em pointed out, Holgorsen can get a little animated during games (and has had choice words for the Longhorns in the past).

Word got around Wednesday about Matthew and his hair. This was Holgorsen’s exceptionally classy response:

Holgorsen fans (and WVU) quickly went to work.

To wit, here is the poster for “Gold”:


Which was followed by West Virginia fan Brian W. making this:


Well done, everybody.

Matthew McConaughey looked to the Big 12 for his hair in ‘Gold’

Bryce Dallas Howard and Matthew McConaughey in “Gold.” Contributed

Sure, Matthew McConaughey reportedly put on more than 40 pounds to get into character as Kenny Wells, the somewhat sketchy fellow at the heart of “Gold.” He hit the cheeseburgers, and he hit them hard.

But what really jumps out at you is his hair, a comb-over with that sort of half-halo thing about the back that some men get. It is … not the most flattering look. It is extremely unexpected to see on a movie star.

So where did this look come from? The UT Longhorns superfan told the Statesman in an interview:

“I haven’t told anyone else this. I went to the hair lady, said, ‘It’s this guy’s hair,’ and handed her a picture of Dana Holgorsen,” McConaughey said, laughing uproariously.

Dana Holgorsen. Contributed by WVU
Dana Holgorsen. Contributed by WVU

Holgorsen, for those not versed in the ins and outs of college football, is the current head coach at West Virginia. He did time in various offensive coordinator gigs at Oklahoma State, Houston and Texas Tech.

“Gold” opens in Austin theaters Jan. 27.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW: Matthew McConaughey talks about his dad, poor shooting conditions and why Wells is his favorite character he’s ever played.

Matthew McConaughey chills at Highball, hosts ‘Gold’ screening at Drafthouse

Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez star in "Gold." Contributed by The Weinstein Company
Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez star in “Gold.” Contributed by The Weinstein Company

He didn’t say “Alright, alright, alright.” He didn’t thump his chest, either with his fist or his Oscar (which was really too bad).

But Austin spirit animal Matthew McConaughey mingled at an invite-only cocktail party at the Highball on Thursday before introducing his new film “Gold,” his inspired-by-true-events film about a 1980s precious metals prospector named Kenny Wells who, with a geologist partner, heads to Indonesia to make his proverbial fortune.

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League introduced McConaughey by big-upping not “Dazed and Confused,” the traditional starting place for talking about McConaughey, but by discussing his “intense screen presence” in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” (except for the robotic leg; nobody liked that leg).

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McConaughey introduced “Gold,” a project he had been developing for five or six years before getting director Stephen Gaghan to sign on, by telling a great story about his dad. When McConaughey was 17 years old, he and his dad went out to get “stocking stuffers” for the holiday season.

He and his dad head off to a parking lot, at which McConaughey Senior introduced his son to a man named Chicago John, who had a variety of items in the back of a van (“microwaves, hair dryers”). McConaughey said his father purchased an item from this gentleman. McConaughey couldn’t see what it was, but it was the sort of thing for which one peels off stacks of bills and one wraps in a bunch of paper towels.

“I don’t know if I’ve got a ferret or what,” McConaughey said. He and Matthew get back in their car, the item stuffed in the glove box. Said McConaughey Senior to son: “See if it’s still in there.”

McConaughey unwraps it. It’s a watch. “‘That’s a $22,000 titanium Rolex I just bought for $3,000,’ Dad said.

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“Now, that watch was probably not worth $500,” McConaughey said, “but my dad loved a shady deal,” the sort that captures the spirit of Kenny Wells, whom McConaughey said is his favorite character he has ever played.

The extremely enjoyable “Gold” opens Jan. 27. Look for a review of the movie before that date.

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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.

Matthew McConaughey to teach filmmaking course at UT

Matthew McConaughey in “Free State of Jones”

Alright, alright, alright.

Some lucky University of Texas students will soon get a chance to learn filmmaking skills from Academy Award winner – and longtime Austin resident – Matthew McConaughey.

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The university said Thursday that the actor has signed on to teach a course in the Moody College of Communication this fall.

McConaughey, who graduated from UT in 1993 with a radio-television-film degree, has starred in dozens of movies over the years, including “Dazed and Confused,” “Bernie,” “Magic Mike” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

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UT did not immediately provide additional details on the exact course McConaughey will teach, but did say he will be joined by “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross.

Trailer for McConaughey’s ‘Free State’

Matthew McConaughey’s new movie is called “Free State of Jones,” and it deals with a group of poor folks in the South who band together during the Civil War to resist the Confederacy.

Based on a true story, the movie is scheduled for release this summer. And the trailer makes it look like a winner.

Gary Ross writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell. Ross previously directed “The Hunger Games,” “Seabiscuit” and “Pleasantville.”

Much of the history of the rebellion led by McConaughey’s character, Newton Knight, is detailed in the 2003 book “The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War,” by longtime Texas State professor Victoria E. Bynum.