Matthew McConaughey had to ‘un-brand’ himself from starring in romcoms

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, …

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.

The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Fool’s Gold.

But during an appearance at the HISTORYTalks event held at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, McConaughey admitted it was the birth of his son Levi in 2008 that made him reevaluate his career.

“I took off and had an un-branding phase. Not a rebranding phrase, an un-branding phase. I said, ‘I’m out,'” he recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And at that time I got an offer for a romantic comedy, and it was for a very sizable number, and I read it and they came back and bumped that number up quite a bit, and I passed, and they came back and bumped it again, I passed. They bumped it up and basically doubled the opening offer, and I said, ‘Let me read this script again.’ It was the same words, but I promise you that script was superior to the first one. I said no, and I had 18 months of being gone.”

“That anonymity, that being away, that not being the shirtless guy on the beach in a romcom, by un-branding, then all of a sudden, things came to me that I had been wanting to do… Dramatic roles that I had been pursuing were coming my way.”

McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in 2013 biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, while his other serious films have included The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, and White Boy Rick.

The 50-year-old most recently played American expatriate and marijuana empire boss Mickey Pearson in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which debuted in theatres earlier this year.

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Margot Robbie: ‘I never want to play the same character twice’

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her …

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.

The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her projects including comic book adaptation Suicide Squad, period piece Mary, Queen of Scots, and real-life sports drama I, Tonya.

In an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine, Margot explained that she was determined to keep mixing it up with her roles.

“I never want to play the same character more than once,” she said. “I always knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been conscious of that. With The Wolf of Wall Street, I loved playing the gold digger, trophy wife – I had the best time of my life in that movie – but unless it’s coming from a different conscious space, I don’t want to play the same person.”

However, Margot has made an exception with deranged criminal Harley Quinn, who she first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad. She will be reprising the role for the upcoming Birds of Prey, a female-led ensemble action film, and The Suicide Squad, which is due to hit cinemas in 2021.

The 29-year-old, who is producing Birds of Prey via her LuckyChap Entertainment company, admitted it had been “an uphill battle” to get the film made following her initial pitch four years ago.

“(My pitch) had comps (comparisons) of other female ensemble action films that had done well and ones that didn’t do well and my theory as to why and what we could do,” Margot explained. “But really, I was just saying we need to do a female ensemble action film. I don’t know why there aren’t more of them. I wanted it to be R-rated so we didn’t feel restricted in the language or the violence, because if it was a PG rating, guys can feel like it’s a ‘chick flick.’”

Birds of Prey, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, is released in cinemas from 7 February.

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Jonah Hill confirms collaboration with Adidas

Jonah Hill has confirmed he’s collaborating with Adidas.The Wolf of Wall Street actor officially announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he has teamed up with executives at the German sportswear giant for an unspecified project. “This is the official…

Jonah Hill has confirmed he’s collaborating with Adidas.

The Wolf of Wall Street actor officially announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he has teamed up with executives at the German sportswear giant for an unspecified project.

“This is the official announcement that I’m partnering with adidas,” he wrote in the caption besides a video showing the Adidas logo besides his name handwritten in capital letters. “Thank you adidas for trusting me and believing in my ideas and pushing them to become even better. This is a dream for me to start the journey of creating with a team I respect and love. Thrilled to show you all what we’ve been working on. More coming very soon. @adidasoriginals.”

In the comments, his celebrity friends showed their support for the partnership, with Naomi Campbell posting a series of clapping and heart emojis, Olivia Wilde writing, “Coooool” with a clapping emoji, and his mother Sharon Feldstein, who called herself a “proud mama”.

The 36-year-old didn’t reveal any further details about the collaboration, which he had teased a year ago on the Failing Upwards podcast.

However, it was rumoured on social media earlier this month that they were releasing two colourways of the Samba shoe and a new iteration of the Superstar shoe. These details haven’t been confirmed.

Jonah has been a longtime fan of the Adidas brand and helped promote their updated Lxcon sneakers on his Instagram account in October 2018 before their official release.

The star joins the likes of Kanye West and Beyonce, who have developed their Yeezy and Ivy Park collections with the company.

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Steve Madden credits stint in prison for reviving his career

Steve Madden is thankful for his stint in prison as he believes it revived his career.In April 2002, the shoe designer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for cheating investors in a stock fraud scheme headed by Jordan Belfort, with the story included…

Steve Madden is thankful for his stint in prison as he believes it revived his career.

In April 2002, the shoe designer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for cheating investors in a stock fraud scheme headed by Jordan Belfort, with the story included as part of Martin Scorsese’s 2014 film, The Wolf of Wall Street.

Madden was released in 2005 after serving 31 months, and in a new interview with Footwear News, explained that his jail time has benefitted his career.

“When I got out of prison, it was a moment with a lot of energy and a whole lot of grit. It took the company to another level,” the 61-year-old stated. “Bet you don’t hear that a lot, right?”

And Madden, who was inducted into the Footwear News Hall of Fame at the recent 2019 FN Achievement Awards, is looking forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of his namesake brand next year.

“It’s great now. I’m having a lot of fun,” he insisted. “I’m having more fun now, actually. I feel physically, mentally and spiritually in the best shape of my life. It’s the best I’ve ever felt.”

Madden began his shoe label back in 1990, and in the chat, acknowledged how lucky he was that his business took off so quickly.

“Yes, I was hard-working and talented, but I was a lucky guy. And it may not have been enough if I didn’t have luck,” he confessed.

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Jonah Hill found it ‘surreal’ to join fans’ fashion party

Actor Jonah Hill enjoyed a “surreal” experience this summer (18) by joining fans as they celebrated his evolved fashion style at an annual party in New York. The Wolf of Wall Street star first heard about the unofficial Jonah Hill Day bash last year (…

Actor Jonah Hill enjoyed a “surreal” experience this summer (18) by joining fans as they celebrated his evolved fashion style at an annual party in New York.

The Wolf of Wall Street star first heard about the unofficial Jonah Hill Day bash last year (17), as a group of devotees, led by Lawrence Schlossman and James Harris of the Failing Upwards fashion podcast, organised the first-ever gathering.

However, Jonah only decided to check it out for himself in June (18), when he headed to Brooklyn to join in the second year of festivities.

“They throw an annual day, and the first time I didn’t go ’cause I wasn’t quite sure what it was,” he explained on breakfast show Good Morning America. “And then I realised it was these people celebrating (him), and so I went, and it was pretty surreal, to be honest…, and it was actually pretty fun… It was cool.”

Jonah’s wardrobe transformation from his baggy T-shirt and jeans days following his breakout role in 2007’s Superbad to his current mix of well-fitted streetwear and designer goods has caught the eye of many in the fashion world, and last year (17), he was even dubbed a “style savior” by reporters at GQ magazine.

“I enjoy it…,” he smiled of his passion for fashion. “It’s just another form of how you express yourself.”

The 34 year old, who has been showing off a slimmer figure over the years, recently revealed he picks out all of his own looks, because he doesn’t like being told what to wear.

“I don’t use a stylist,” Jonah shared on an episode of the Complex web series Sneaker Shopping. “I used to work with one when I was younger, a great guy named Michael Fisher, and he’s a really talented dude, but to me, all of this up until now has kind of been what people wanted me to be…”

“If you’re into it, your style is who you are,” he added. “Don’t let people put you in clothes.”

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Martin Scorsese to receive MoMA honour

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to be feted for his career at the 2018 Museum of Modern Art film benefit next month (Nov18). The Wolf of Wall Street director will be honoured at the MoMA’s annual gala dinner in New York on 19 November, while museum o…

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to be feted for his career at the 2018 Museum of Modern Art film benefit next month (Nov18).

The Wolf of Wall Street director will be honoured at the MoMA’s annual gala dinner in New York on 19 November, while museum officials will present screenings of Scorsese’s movies in the run up to the tribute.

“From his unextinguishable drive to innovate as a filmmaker to his passion for film history and his personal advocacy for film literacy, Martin Scorsese is cinema’s greatest hero,” Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, says.

“He is a universe unto himself, and all of us who are privileged to work in his orbit are nurtured by his considerable force. He is a loyal and dear part of The Museum of Modern Art family, and we are happy to welcome him home once again.”

Previous honourees include Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, and Cate Blanchett. Among the projects to be screened as part of the retrospective are 20 of the Oscar-winner’s films, including Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Age of Innocence, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Departed. The exhibit mark’s the fifth one the museum has dedicated to Scorsese since the mid-’90s. Scorsese’s own non-profit organisation The Film Foundation has funded a total of 111 MoMA film preservations.

The showcase comes ahead of his latest film The Irishman, which is set to be released on Netflix next year. Starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, the drama centres on the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. He is also slated to helm a comedy special for the streaming platform that will highlight the classic sketch series Second City Television.

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Margot Robbie: ‘Acting is far from glam’

Margot Robbie has labelled acting one of the most unglamorous jobs out there.Margot started her career on soap opera Neighbours in her native Australia, but after being cast in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the actress has become a Holly…

Margot Robbie has labelled acting one of the most unglamorous jobs out there.

Margot started her career on soap opera Neighbours in her native Australia, but after being cast in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the actress has become a Hollywood A-lister.

Her latest role in I, Tonya earned Margot her first Oscar nomination, and despite spending the last two months getting dolled up for awards ceremonies, Margot insists acting is not a glam profession.

“Acting is the least glamorous job,” she stated to British newspaper Metro. “I feel like my friends who work in offices have more glamorous jobs. They do their make-up, put on a tailored skirt and blouse and go to work.

“I go to work in my pyjamas and my Ugg boots and we are pretty much on a glorified construction site, sitting in the dirt on plastic chairs using Portaloos and eating fried food. That’s what acting actually is. Then a handful of times in a year you get to put on a designer dress and get glammed up.”

Margot will once again don a designer dress for the upcoming Oscars on 4 March (18). So far this awards season, she’s worn gowns by Givenchy, Miu Miu and Gucci.

As well as wearing high-end dresses on the red carpet, Margot also gets to dress up when she’s at work. One of her most famous looks was the hotpants and baseball jacket she wore as Harley Quinn, with fans all over the world copying the look following the release of DC movie Suicide Squad in 2016.

“I had friends who dressed up as Harley Quinn. I thought they were taking the p**s,” she laughed.

“What got me really excited was when men started dressing up like her.”

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