Hot actor/hunky Texan Matthew McConaughey is headed back to the University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater, this fall to teach a filmmaking class, the university announced Thursday morning.
McConaughey (who will, I assume, teach the class shirtless) will take students “behind the scenes” of his upcoming film Free State of Jones through recorded videos and at least one on-campus visit. He’ll be joined by Gary Ross, the director of the Hunger Games, and show students clips from the movie and followed by recorded videos explaining why it was filmed that way. Kinda cool, except for McConaughey won’t PHYSICALLY be there, for most of it.
The teaching team of Ross, McConaughey and university lecturer Scott Rice will admit 30 students into the higher-level class during the spring 2016 semester. ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT!
Try to make something good outta these lemons, Bey.
Beyonce unleashed Lemonade on the world, but about a week before an her album dropped she posted a trailer on YouTube for her HBO special. According to a new lawsuit filed in New York, this trailer was copied without permission from a short film titled Palinoia. Heard of it? Yeah, me either.
The plaintiff in the case is Matthew Fulks, a filmmaker and creative director at WDRB. Fulks says he conceptualizes, writes and directs TV advertisements for the Louisville, Ky.-based news station. In the complaint, Fulks talks about how Sony Music, Columbia Recording and Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment may have gotten access to his film, and used parts of it without his permission. And honestly, it doesn’t seem SO far fetched that Bey and her team would have used some images or concepts being circulated to him, seeing has he was contacted about the opportunity to direct a video by the Columbia-signed musical group MS MR, and as a result, links to Palinoia were sent to others including Bryan Younce, who has created videos for Beyonce and has been credited on her self-titled 2013 album.
The lawsuit claims that in July 2015, Younce requested Fulks’ email and that later he send the plaintiff a note acknowledging that he had received his “info” with an invitation to submit a treatment for consideration by Columbia. Not bad…but then Lemonade happened.
“The number of aesthetic decisions included in Plaintiff’s PALINOIA Work that are parroted in Defendants’ LEMONADE Trailer demonstrates that the LEMONADE Trailer is substantially similar to the PALINOIA Work,” states the complaint. “The misappropriated content includes both the particular elements that the Plaintiff chose to comprise the PALINOIA Work and the coordination and arrangement of those particular elements.”
Specifically, the complaint cites nine visual similarities comprising 39 seconds of a 60-second trailer. The images allegedly taken come without any linear narrative raison d’etre. The visual similarities cited are “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “red persons with eyes obscured,” “parking garage,” “stairwell,” “black and white eyes,” “title card screens,” “the grass scene,” “feet on the street,” “side-lit ominous figures,” all adding up to a supposed total concept and feel substantially similar to the short film.
This is Kristen Stewart at the premiere of her new movie, “Personal Shopper.” Yeah, the one everyone BOOed at the media pre-screening. Anyhow, Kristen seemed to want to celebrate her movie by dressing like a ghost in a middle school play, I guess? Does she now have Taylor Swift‘s terrible stylist? I was already not super on board with her hair, but after this, I’m not even sure it IS the hair…just, EVERYTHING.
Kristen? Are you going through some kind of break down? Talk to us. We (money, new stylist, friends giving honest input) can help. Honestly, I feel terrible saying this but I miss the 90’s-tastic Kristen. AHHH! I know. It’s that bad.
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Oh, speaking of something else noteworthy about Kristen Stewart‘s Cannes visit…
The actor’s latest collaboration with director Olivier Assayas, called “Personal Shopper,” was booed following a press screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Now I guess every year a film or two gets boo’d; last year it was Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” starring Matthew McConaughey, and now it’s this one. It’s also kinda weird because according to critics, the film is actually pretty okay. So what gives? Some think it’s subject matter might’ve been the tipping point…
“There’s a certain perverse genius to unveiling a ghost movie at Cannes that relies on the audience to deliver the ‘boos’ as the final credits roll, although one doubts that’s quite what Olivier Assayas was going for with his peculiar ‘Personal Shopper,’” Variety Chief International Film Critic Peter Debruge wrote in his review.
Stewart plays a personal shopper who communicates with spirits in the film, which does sound pretty stupid. Stewart and Assayas’ last film, 2014’s “Clouds of Sils Maria,” earned her rave reviews and a César — making her the first American actress to win the French prize. So hey, you win some, you lose some.
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