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Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Mcconaughey’

Newspaper Reporter Film Role Rewritten to Accommodate Talented British Thesp

Get ready to read and hear a lot this fall about David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”), the 36-year-old British actor who gained some prominence last year via The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He’s got four films coming out in the next three months: Lee DanielsThe Paperboy (October 5); 2012 Sundance award-winning drama Middle of Nowhere (October 12); Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (November 16); and the Tom Cruise action drama Jack Reacher (December 21).

Oyelowo is very good in The Paperboy, playing one half of a crack Miami newspaper reporting team (together with Matthew McConaughey) that comes to Lately, Florida in 1969 to investigate the possibly wrongful Death Row conviction of a local man (John Cusack) for the murder of a town sheriff. The actor has a big fan in Daniels, who planned earlier to make a civil rights era movie with Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and has the performer in his next film, The Butler. From The Paperboy press notes:

Daniels rewrote the character specifically for Oyelowo, transforming the part of Yardley Acheman from a white reporter into a cultured and sophisticated black man, whose English accent helps him navigate the still largely segregated American South of the 1960s. “As a black man himself, Lee was very interested in how a black reporter in Florida in 1969 would have been greeted and how he would react in that situation,” says Oyelowo.

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Groupon Goes Hollywood

Can Groupon: The Motion Picture be far behind? Nothing it seems can stop the Chicago-based daily special behemoth these days.

The latest half-off feather in the company’s cap is a Hollywood-first partnership with Lionsgate to promote the Matthew McConaughey flick The Lincoln Lawyer. Per the press release:

Groupon will make The Lincoln Lawyer tickets available for $6 apiece during its two-day online promotion on Wednesday, March 16th, and Thursday, March 17th.  Fandango will orchestrate the program under which consumers will purchase the deal on Groupon and will receive a special code that will be valid for redeeming tickets through Fandango.

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Leno’s Back at Late Night Line-Up: American Heroes and Zeros

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NBC’s revival of their prime time line-up, er Jay Leno moving back to late night, starts next week. His guests include athletes who won gold at the Olympics like Apolo Ohno, Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White and others who are just famous for being trashy and on TV like the Jersey Shore kids, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin.

From NYT:

Monday, March 1 – Guests include Jamie Foxx, the Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley

Tuesday, March 2 – Guests include Sarah Palin, the Olympic snowboarder Shaun White

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More on Malibu vs. Paparazzi

malibumayoru.jpgMalibu Surfside News is reporting that though Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich has said the city is not drafting new laws to restrict the paps, “the texts of five ordinances that do just that are included in a one-foot-thick stack of documents compiled for her by faculty and staff at the Pepperdine School of Law.”

As you all no doubt recall, tensions between Malibu residents and the paps have been in the news all summer, and an arraignment is expected on Oct. 14 for two surfers charged with beating up a pap who was trying to shoot Matthew McConaughey.

The Society of Professional Journalists got in the game late last week, with a press release expressing concern for paps’ behavior, but denouncing the mayor’s actions:

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FBLA Exclusive: Inside the New Microsoft Campaign

microsoft_logo.jpgNews has broke that pioneering funny man Jerry Seinfeld will be the spokesperson for Microsoft.

Top-notch ad guy Alex Bogusky is the brains behind the operation. The man responsible for making MINI Coopers cool when gas was still $2 a gallon. And perhaps the sole reason guys 18-22 think they have discerning taste by choosing Burger King.

Our insider says the whole campaign is focused on ‘everyday’ people using Windows in real situations. Some of the options the agency has been floating around have been a reporter on Humvee, an Obama/McCain speech writer, a DJ – a blues musician. There was a crew that traveled all over the world filming humanitarian workers.

Not to be out done by ‘real people’ there are tons of celebrities that the campaign may also feature. At the moment the names that have been put into the mix are Sarah Silverman, Willie Nelson, motorcycle rider Travis Pastrana, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Nadar. Also in what seems like a direct answer to the Mac campaign – Rob Corddry and Stephen Colbert may also do a spot.

Most notable of the names is that of the late great Bernie Mac (insert lame pun ‘burning Mac’ here).

Yeah, it’s bigger than Seinfeld. It’s a $300 million campaign to convince people that the world’s largest software maker is also the coolest. As refugees of the Cola Wars in the 1980′s we think they could take that $300 million and just make Vista not meltdown every couple months. You know, ‘what’s the deal with my operating system needing a major downgrade to be functional?’

New Blog on the Block

variety--gallery-msg-116831046888.jpgVariety has launched a new party-esque society blog, Variety on the Town, that seems to be a departure from other party-eque society sites in that it leaves all the panty-free pandemonium on the other side of the velvet rope.

The site launched on Jan. 5, “just in time for the avalanche of awards season festivities,” editor Nicole LaPorte tells FBLA.

But what is a party site without the antics of kinda-gross celebrities?

Nicole breaks it down for us:

“The party/event circuit is a big part of Hollywood life. Underneath the frivolity of it all, premieres and parties are where ‘relationships’ are formed, wounds healed (or inflicted), and where schmoozing — the lifeblood of the business — can take place in a completely unbridled atmosphere. They’re also fun, and the hope is that On the Town will deliver some of that fun to our readers (viewers) in a way that is personable and insidery. On the blog we’re less concerned with getting a publicist-approved quote from, say, George Clooney, than getting a real sense of what an event was like, ideally with humor and bite.’”

A site that deals with Hollywood parties in a professional and considered manner? That is an interesting and intelligent way to approach industry coverage. Really take a good look at what happens and why — not just salivate over the latest bit of salacious gossip or trivial tripe. Good luck.

Oh, one last question: How hot is Matthew Mcconaughey?

“I leave judgment on M. McConaughey’s looks to the experts at People, Cosmo, etc. But based on his appearance at the We Are Marshall premiere, he could use a hair cut.”