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Matthew McConaughey took some time out of his social isolation to surprise a group of senior citizens in his home state of Texas. The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living center asked the Oscar-winning actor back in September to host their weekly bingo night, and McConaughey finally made good on that request by hosting this week’s bingo night on video chat via The Independent. The actor appeared on camera with his wife and children and called out the numbers during the group’s game. McConaughey is also quarantining with his family in Texas.
“Ever play virtual bingo with Matthew McConaughey?” the Enclave wrote on social media. “You'd be a whole lot cooler if you did! The residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living got to play virtual bingo with Matthew McConaughey and his family! Thank you to Matthew, his wife Camila, and his mom Kay for hosting our residents for a few rounds of virtual bingo! Our residents had a great time playing, and they loved talking with Matthew about his family heritage and his favorite drink.”
McConaughey most recently starred in the Guy Ritchie action film “The Gentleman,” which STX Entertainment recently made available on digital platforms on VOD early to help ease quarantines across the country. The actor is also spending his time social distancing by launching a new web series on his social media platforms called “McConaughey Takes.” The first episode debuted April 6 and finds the actor looking back at his famous romantic-comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” McConaughey credits his chemistry with co-star Kate Hudson for making the film a blockbuster, and the actor says to this day “How to Lose a Guy” remains the movie that gives him the most residual money.
McConaughey is far from the only A-list talent spending his quarantine making surprise video conference calls. David Fincher made headlines last month for giving a video masterclass in filmmaking to 450 students at the United Kingdom’s National Film and Television School. The school has also live-streamed sessions with talent such as “Knives Out” composer Nathan Johnson and “1917” and “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes.
Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Rick Moranis confirmed for Shrunk: After more than 20 years mostly retired from acting, Rick Moranis will return for a sequel to his 1989 sci-fi comedy hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Deadline reports he signed on to reprise his role in Shrunk, which will be helmed by the original's director, Joe Johnston, and will co-star Josh Gad.
Guy Ritchie to direct Aladdin 2: Speaking of Disney sequels, Aladdin 2, which will follow last year's hit live-action reimagining, is officially in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guy Ritchie will again direct while Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are all expected to reprise their respective roles as the Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine.
Parasite wins Best Picture: The 92nd Academy Awards made history by naming the Korean movie Parasite as Best Picture, the first time a non-English-language feature won the top Oscar. Other big winners included Parasite helmer Bong Joon Ho for Best Director, Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor for Joker and Renee Zellweger for Best Actress for Judy.
Cynthia Erivo to star in Carrier: Harriet double nominee Cynthia Erivo did not win any Oscars this week, but she remained in the news with the announcement via Deadline that she'll produce and star in a sci-fi thriller called Carrier. The movie will be based on the podcast of the same name, which features Erivo's voice, and she will reprise the character she plays in that audio version.
Margot Robbie to work with David O. Russell: Margot Robbie, who was also nominated for an Oscar this year, is joining the cast of David O. Russell's next movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The still untitled original feature will also star Russell regular Christian Bale plus recently added actor Michael B. Jordan.
Awkwafina to play real life gambler: The Farewell star Awkwafina, who won her own share of awards this past season, is tackling a biopic about notorious gambler Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, who figured out a way to legally beat the system of a popular casino game. According to The Wrap, the movie is based on an article in Cigar Aficionado and is titled The Baccarat Machine.
Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut: Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with the feature The Lost Daughter, which she also wrote. Variety reports that Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman will star alongside Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson and Gyllenhaal's husband, Peter Sarsgaard. In other news, Variety also reports Gyllenhaal will play Elvis Presley's mother in a Baz Lurhman-helmed musical biopic.
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There’s good news for people scared that HBO’s upcoming limited series “The Undoing” would be a half-hearted rehash of discarded “Big Little Lies” plots. Created and written by David E. Kelley and starring Nicole Kidman, the show turns out to have a deeply psychological core which allows for involving storytelling that’s hard to tear yourself away from.
“Choosing to unknow things is a fascinating part of human nature — when and what you choose to believe and what you choose to see,” Kidman said at the TCA panel for “The Undoing” in Pasadena, CA on Wednesday morning.
It’s a peculiar quirk of human behavior and “The Undoing” explores it for all its worth. Adapted from the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel “You Should Have Known,” Kidman and co-star Hugh Grant play Grace and Jonathan Fraser, a couple living their best lives until a catastrophic death sparks a tragic chain of events from which they will likely never recover. The trailer shown in the room at TCA characterized Grace as a woman with the ability to read people and their motivations, only to find her insight lacking when applied to her own life.
“The great thing about the series — and what really drew me to it — is that it's so twisty and nothing is as it seems,” Kidman said. The actress added that it was difficult to elaborate, given that the assembled journalists had only been provided two episodes of the series and she wanted to avoid spoilers.
“This particular piece, the theme and the core of denial that these characters lived in and inhabited, drew me in,” Kelley explained. “The propensity that they all had to draw false narratives about who they were, who their partners were, who people in their lives were, and giving rise to delusions that have a surprising tenacity.”
“We live in a world where, let’s face it, the facts are the facts, but the story is better,” the scribe continued. “In relationships, that can be true as well.”
But whether or not the central couple’s marriage is shot through with deception, Grant isn’t ready to have the audience cast aspersions on his character just yet, rejecting the idea that he’s a bad guy. “You don't know from what you’ve seen whether I'm nice or nasty,” the actor jokingly chided a journalist. “If you've seen [Episode 2], I’m not entirely as lovely as I seem in [Episode 1]. But you don't know if I'm evil or not.”
That said, he isn’t exactly opposed to donning the black hat, as opposed to the white one. Grant described the characters he’s been playing for the last six years “consistently vile.” “Richard Curtis, who wrote all those romantic comedies I...