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Tuesday, August 01, 2017


Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey was snapped at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert yesterday in New York City.

Monday, June 22, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Matthew McConaughey

TRUE DETECTIVE --- Last night was the start of the much-anticipated second season of HBO‘s True Detective. I loved and was constantly fascinated by Season One. The music, the visuals, the story, and the absolutely brilliant acting of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson made for some remarkable small-screen entertainment.

One columnist posited that Season One was such a success, and so quickly, that rumors started up almost immediately about whether Season Two could compete. Well, it did—and it didn’t.

The first episode of any series can be tough. Introducing the main characters (here, four), and weaving in the right cohesive narrative isn't always easy and doesn’t always happen quick.

Here we had Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. It took time–almost the whole episode—but in the last five minutes, which featured a sit-down between Farrell and Vaughn‘s characters and a whirlwind motorcycle ride with Kitsch and McAdams seemingly getting thrown out of a casino, worked brilliantly. A crime was committed after bringing the three together, with the Vaughn character soon to follow.

Rachel McAdams
The episode borrowed certain elements from Season One; T Bone Burnett‘s haunting theme music; atmospheric lighting; and some brilliant camera work. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga was jettisoned from Season Two. Here, Justin Linn (who has done all the Fast and Furious films) signed on for the show. Honestly, I felt that addition didn’t bring all that much to the proceedings, although I’ll admit that Kitsch’s episode-ending cycle-ride was fairly breathtaking. Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, who have together done enough Rom-Com epics for their careers to date, were brilliant. McAdams surprised me with her range, and set up a thousand questions about her character. Vaughn, a personal favorite, was top notch as the burgeoning bad guy.

Farrell, always good, continued in his ne’er-do-well role as a conflicted (up to his eyeballs) cop. Apparently, he and Vaughn share some secrets that will no doubt be elaborated upon.

Writer Nic Pizzolatto has evolved his scriptwriting from several things in Season One, where a big complaint was that he didn’t create any viable female roles. The McAdams role works terrifically well, though, and there are several minor femme-roles, too.

Here, the locale is Los Angeles in a fictional town called Vinzi, with tons of aerial shots—no doubt Linn’s passion from the Fast and Furious series.

Believe me, it was frustrating to watch almost three-quarters of this episode before it all came together, as memories of Season One lurked in my mind. But now I’m all in. Will it reach the furor created by its predecessor? Could be, could be—after all, the last five minutes of this first episode from the new season was miraculous.

WENNER’S FOLLY --- Sixteen of the forty-two members of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been dismissed. Most or all of them have been there a long time, and represent the bloc of voters who still lobby for early rock and R&B pioneers who’ve remained overlooked or purposely dismissed out of hand for induction.

Also jettisoned this past week were: famed publicist Bob Merlis; record exec and R&B music specialist Joe McEwen; and former Rolling Stone editor Joe Levy. And so where does that leave writer David Fricke, who was also let go by Rolling Stone last week? (Though public uproar prompted the magazine to stated that Mr. Fricke will remain a writer for them, albeit on a freelance basis.)

Jann Wenner, who runs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, reportedly wanted to cut the eligibility time down from twenty-five to twenty years. The reason was to sell off the Hall of Fame‘s induction ceremony as a TV show to HBO. Wenner needed stars, not old or dead actual founders of rock—in other words, he wants a younger demographic.

Replacing nominators with younger people who have no attachment or feel for rock origins, and shortening the chronological time cycle of eligibility means Wenner can continue to skip over acts he doesn’t like and can move on to more recent stars. Face it: With Atlantic Records’ late founder Ahmet Ertegun (who started the whole thing with Wenner), it’s quite literally turned into a Trump-like vanity exercise for Wenner.

Many seminal rock and pop artists who still remain left out of the Hall may now never be inducted. J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf; Chicago; The Moody Blues; and Carly Simon are, amazingly, still not in the Hall. I also wonder what that means for somewhat newer acts like Bon Jovi; Sting; Nile Rodgers; and Chic. Also, what about The Monkees and Todd Rundgren? When are these great pieces of the rock landscape going to receiving their recognition?

Honestly, I had the opportunity to join the fracas years back. When I looked at how things were shaping up, though, I decided I wanted no part of it. This new move is a resoundingly crass insult (and I say that loud and proud) to the major bands of yesterday who have never made it into what clearly remains—as Monkees singer/drummer Micky Dolenz has called it—“a club.” Whatever Wenner thinks he’s doing for the fine history and tradition of this thing called rock ‘n roll remains a puzzling and rotten mystery to me—and I’m sure that many others feel the same.

James Gandolfini

CLOSING NOTES --- Finally got to watch James Gandolfini‘s final movie, The Drop, over the weekend. Written by Dennis Lehane, it was a nifty little story of a small bar and its former owner, Gandolfini, looking for one last score. A pretty tremendous cast for a smaller movie; it lagged a bit, but Gandolfini’s performance was exquisite. I always loved his work, especially in The Castle with Robert Redford, and certainly as tormented Mob boss Tony in The Sopranos. This final film of his is a true find, for sure. What a loss . . .

Speaking of loss, we learned over the weekend that the great Phil Austin (a.k.a., the voice behind “Nick Danger,” admittedly still one of the most beloved and accessible of characters to spring from the great subversive comedy troupe, The Firesign Theatre) passed away at the age of 74. Austin had been battling cancer, according to his friend and fellow Firesign Theatre co-founder David Ossman. Ossman, together with his fellow still-living Firesign Theatre member Philip Proctor, placed very affectionate posts about Mr. Austin, the one member of the group who was perhaps tapped most directly into the realm of an acting professional. He is now the second member of the album-oriented counter cultural group to have passed. (Peter Bergman was the first to pass away back in 2012.) Austin is survived by his wife, Oona, and a sister.

In a time when vinyl albums are again being sold in mainstream markets, far outnumbering units sold by CD, and when “radio” has lost any truly satiric edge or bite in place of political platitudes predominantly from the Right Wing listener, the work that Phil Austin did with his fellow members in the Firesign Theatre should be available again in the LP format. Let’s hope that a group even admired over the years by self-appointed “King of All Media” Howard Stern himself will again be re-assessed and enjoyed by old and young listeners alike. There will never again be a group like the Firesign Theatre—without all four still together, the collective mind of the improv group will never again exist in the same way—but again, the recordings remain . . . do yourself a favor, and check them out.

Steve Miller at the Postgame Concert after the Mets game on Saturday, June 27? Just amazing. Last time I caught him was with Marty Stuart at The Met . . .

Kim Gordon‘s art installation (Design Office: The City Is a Garden) is at the 303 Gallery (507 West 24th Street, NYC) through July 25. Via Sonic Youth, her work is great!

Steven Spielberg

And lastly, we have a report from one of our column’s trusted contact about the 40th anniversary screening yesterday of the still-gripping Steven Spielberg film of Peter Benchley‘s once-bestseller Jaws. Our source was one of at least 100 viewers in a packed theatre out in the Stony Brook section of Long Island. “I was glad to have ordered tickets online the night before,” our source says “because when we got to the theater a full hour before the 2pm screening, there were already about 20 people standing in line.” The theater was soon a packed house, with all but five or six seats left unused. Suffice to say, it’s a marvelous thing to hear about a nearly sold-out crowd going to see Spielberg’s 1975 film classic in the same movie house running Jurassic World. “When the film started,” according to our source, “and throughout nearly the entire picture, people were quiet and attentive and totally engrossed by the film.” And what about at the end of the film, when the Great White shark is blown up when a tank of compressed air jammed in its mouth is exploded by the last rifle bullet shot by Chief Brody (the late great Roy Scheider)? “The entire audience hooted and applauded,” our source tells us. “And then again, as the film’s end credits began, everyone clapped again in total appreciation. It was truly a great thing to see.”

If you didn’t get to see Jaws on the big screen yesterday, don’t worry—two encore screenings of the trailblazing blockbuster classic will be shown again on 500 movie screens nationwide. I’m going to try to go!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014



'Interstellar' star Matthew McConaughey talks about the secrecy surrounding his new film with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now”. Plus he dishes on what he thinks of Taylor Kitsch, the new 'True Detective' cast and does he REALLY drive a Lincoln?

Following numerous parodies of his Lincoln car ads, ‘Interstellar’ star McConaughey explained why he chose to do commercials, “I like the brand, its good money, it’s something to do on the side, it’s fun to go shoot and work with Nicolas Winding Refn, he did ‘Drive’, interesting director…” When Larry asked if he’s being honest in the commercial, Matthew confirmed, “I am telling the truth, now I have other cars but I have driven a Lincoln before and I now have a Lincoln in my driveway.” The actor isn’t the only one, Lincoln announced that its overall sales were up 25 percent last month.

Thursday, December 19, 2013



Jonah Hill And Leonardo DiCaprio

Cristin Milioti

Manu Bennett

Kenneth Choi

Martin Scorsese

Christine Ebersole

Jake Hoffman

Jamie Chung

Nicola Peltz

Margot Robbie

MacKenzie Meehan

Matthew McConaughey

Camila Alves

Katarina Cas

'The Wolf Of Wall Street' premiere, brought out the stars at the famed Ziegfeld Theater in New York City the other night.

Monday, December 16, 2013



By: G.H. Harding

Christopher Nolan

INTERSTELLAR --- The first teaser clip from visionary-director Christopher Nolan, for his next movie Interstellar, was released Saturday … and, it’s utterly brilliant. Starring Matthew McConaughey –who’s on some kind of streak this year and certainly next- is driving a jeep dreamily re-counting Earth’s NASA success and then asking the question ... what happened? 

Apparently the movie, which will be released next November, posits a world without NASA. It’s dreamily shot and the music is particularly strong. Although the 90-second clip is somewhat cryptic, it doesn't show one scene from the movie other than McConaughey driving … which may not even be in the final movie. I predict the movie, which does deal with wormholes, time travel and alternate universes, will be moved up; maybe to the prime Labor Day period.

Nolan, who dazzled with his Memento, Inception and his Batman-trilogy, seems poised to do it one more time. Check it out HERE.

GOODBYE TO HOMELAND --- Last night was the season ender for this season’s (a long, slow haul if you ask me) of Showtime’s Homeland … and, yes, Brody (Damien Lewis) was seemingly dispatched once and for all and an even bigger surprise in a way, was the fact that Saul (Mandy Patinkin) was seemingly moved aside as well.

To me, the main problem with this show this season was the fact that Damien Lewis literally appeared in only a handful of episodes, yet those episodes were the biggest ones ratings wise and most certainly the best written.

Last night’s show, titled “The Star,” was slow, morose and seemingly reluctant to get the action going. Many critics this morning have already posited the fact that now the writers have to come up with a way to bring Brody back.

That would be some storyline, but stranger things in TV have happened. To me, this shows shelf life has already expired. 

Claire Danes is an exceptional actress, but her interplay with Lewis was nothing short of amazing and for me, was on the order of Mulder and Scully (remember them?). The show will bring back Brody’s character in some fashion … but, it will be too much too late. I think the show’s downward trajectory perhaps might have best been told when neither the show, nor the actors, nor any episodes, were awarded any Golden Globes nominations last week. Telling for sure.

A BUNCH OF RASCALS --- I finally watched this week a presentation of the recent Rascals: Once Upon A Dream show on Broadway. I have always been a huge fan of their music and was delighted when I heard that none-other-than Steve Van Zandt was producing this Broadway show; as thematically, he was the perfect choice to bring this reunion to fruition.

The multi-media presentation is wondrous with snippets of interviews with each of the four-Rascals book ended between the songs. Most telling were perhaps the ones with drummer Dino Danelli. I got to Dino know him several years back and found him most puzzling. Sitting there with his darks shades on, hair pulled back and wearing a bandanna … I always found his veneer a bit harder to penetrate. His interviews here are of the same manner: mysterious, dark, but totally revealing. Turns out he was a fan of fellow drummer Gene Krupa and had played with Lionel Hampton. Here on the DVD, his prowess is absolutely staggering. A brilliant and powerful drummer fort sure.

The interviews with guitarist Gene Cornish and Eddie Brigati and great too, and in one telling moment, Brigati says that he never gave Felix Cavaliere his proper due … and, thanks him on camera. After the group broke up, there were many messy lawsuits and nastiness … actually quite sad for a group that stood for so much peace, love and happiness.

Cavaliere was always an enigma, a great writer and human rights advocate; he really gets his story down here and is positively the standout performer. Face it, the group’s songs like “Groovin’,” “People Got To Be Free,” and “A Beautiful Morning” were anthems of a generation. Interestingly enough, all those hits were in the late-60’s and Danielli and Cornish say that the summer of Love, quickly grew into a time of discontent and the Rascals were firmly entrenched in developing awareness of social consciousness.

Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) is present as the narrator of the show and does a great job. Co-producer Maureen Van Zandt appears briefly as a songwriter and the 4 actors who appear as the younger versions of the group are standout as well. It’s really a terrific mix of history, music, fun and eye-opening revelations. I loved it. A recent reprise of the show on Broadway was recently canceled; I hope it comes back soon.

CLOSING NOTES: Speaking of the X Files; wonder why they haven't tried to re-boot that show... Great fall-finale on CBS' The Good Wife. But, I want to make a prediction: Gardner and Lockhart will merge with Agos and Florrick, thus bringing all the key players back together again, on the same side. Remember, you heard it here first ...

How could James Spader receive a Golden Globe nominations for his performance on The Blacklist ... and, the series not get one? How could Blue Jasmine not get a nod, and director Woody Allen receive a Golden Glove legend award? And, no nomination for Oprah Winfrey who was so good in The Butler? High treason for sure. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were duly recognized for Dallas Buyers Club... but, not the film? And, nothing for the late James Gandolfini in Enough Said. How could Jasmine-actor Andrew Dice Clay not get a nomination? He was awesome. His career is back on track ... What a mess ...

Impossibly sad to witness the passing of screen-legend (55 year career) of the great Peter O’Toole. Lawrence of Arabia was terrifically dazzling, yet I think my favorite of his was My Favorite Year (1982); where he gleefully sent up his image in the form of his character Alan Swann. Just an awesome movie; if you've never seen it, treat yourself. He was in every way, a true movie star. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - who he once would have shunned - and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Writers: Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Distributor: Focus Features

Genre: Drama

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Matthew McConaughey With Gina Gershon And William Friekin

 Sherry Lansing

Sherry Lansing along with Matthew McConaughey and William Friekin, were snapped backstage at the 'TimesTalks: Stage To Screen' with David Carr in New York City yeaterday.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Matthew McConaughey

Yari De Leon

Daniel Sunjata

Michael Pena

Frances Fisher

Marissa Miller

Michael Connelly

Isaiah Mustafa

Josh Lucas

William H. Macy

Ryan Phillippe

Camila Alves With Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey along with Camila Alves, Frances Fisher, Michael Pena, Josh Lucas, Isaiah Mustafa, Daniel Sunjata, William H. Macy and Ryan Phillippe attended The Los Angeles Premiere of "The Lincoln Lawyer" held at the ArchLight Cinemas in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Thursday, March 11, 2010



Isaac Mizrahi

NeNe Leakes With Sheree Whitfield, Lisa Wu Hartwell, Kandi Burruss And Kim Zoiciak

LuAnn de Lesseps And Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Bethenny Frankel

Tabatha Coffey

Ramona Singer

Michael Voltaggio

Caroline Manzo With Dina Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita
And Teresa Giudice

James Oseland With Gael Greene And Kelly Choi

Jill Zarin

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri

Danielle Staub

Andy Cohen

Simon van Kempen With Alex McCord

James Lipton

Alexis Bellino With Lynne Curtin And Gretchen Rossi

Alexis Bellino

Nicole Obert With Anthony Morrison And Dee Adams

Jackie Warner

Tom Colluchio

April Barten And Brian Buterbaugh

Hung Huynh With Jennifer Carroll, Eli Kirshtein, Casey Thompson And Richard Blais

Camila Alves With Matthew McConaughey

Sarah Jessica Parker

Broadway and television star Sarah Jessica Parker along with Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey, Hung Huynh, Jennifer Carroll, Bethenny Frankel, Danielle Staub, Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, James Lipton, Jackie Warner, Eli Kirshtein, Casey Thompson And Richard Blais attended Bravo's 2010 Upfront Party at the Skylight Studio in New York City last night.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital