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Matthew McConaughey has demonstrated a jaw-dropping acting range in last few films, from a hot-dogging D.A in “Bernie” to an amoral hitman in “Killer Joe,” a good old boy into masochistic S&M in “The Paperboy” and a wigged-out strip club owner/star in “Magic Mike.” He’s shown himself capable of challenges no one would have imagined two years ago.
Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise, then, that he’ll star in the one of the biggest projects Hollywood has to offer, Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” McConaughey said the much-talked-about deal is done in a phone interview this morning from New Orleans, where he is currently filming the upcoming HBO crime series “True Detective” with Woody Harrelson.
Nolan’s projects are notoriously secretive, and McConaughey revealed no details other than to say “I’m confirming” that he had accepted the role.
There’s no other casting news about the project. The script, by Nolan’s brother and regular collaborator Jonathan, is said to involve “time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole.” Sounds like a companion piece to Nolan’s mind-bending “Inception,” “Memento,” and “The Prestige.”
McConaughey’s shape-shifting post-romantic-comedy career continues with the soon-to-be-released “Mud,” where he plays a romantically obsessed drifter, and “The Dallas Buyers Club,” due out later this year. The film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a homophobic Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live before extending his lifespan through alternative treatments. McConaughey literally shape-shifted for that film, shedding 40 pounds to play the emaciated Woodruff.
The hotly anticipated "Clybourne Park" will be running most of the summer at the Guthrie, with a cast of well-known local actors, most of whom are called on to play dual roles. The stinging satire on race and gentrification opens June 7 and ends August 4. This review appeared when the play opened in Chicago at Steppenwolf in 2011.
As directed by Lisa Peterson, the cast for the Bruce Norris play includes Ansa Akyea (Guthrie: The Burial at Thebes, The Winter’s Tale) as Albert/Kevin, Shá Cage as Francine/Lena, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Much Ado About Nothing, The Master Butchers Singing Club) as Betsy/Lindsey, Peter Christian Hansen (Guthrie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dollhouse) as Jim/Tom, Steven Lee Johnson (Twin Cities: Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da) as Kenneth, Jim Lichtscheidl (Guthrie: Arms and the Man, The 39 Steps) as Karl/Steve, Bill McCallum (Guthrie: Tales from Hollywood, Time Stands Still) as Russ/Dan and Kathryn Meisle (Guthrie: The Real Thing, Three Sisters; Broadway: Tartuffe, A Touch of the Poet) as Bev/Kathy.
Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner will make her Minnesota Opera debut as Turandot in "Turandot." She alternates in the role with Helen Todd.
In the nearer future is Minnesota Opera's "Turandot," opening April 13 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul. Alternating in the title role of the Puccini opera will be Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner, pictured, making her Minnestoa Opera debut, and American soprano Helen Todd ("Nixon in China"). Also singing in this final production of the opera's 50th season are tenors Scott Piper and Adam Laurence Herskowitz, alternating as Calaf, Kelly Kaduce, Christie Hageman, Vern Sutton, Richard Ollarsaba, Matthew Opitz, John Robert Lindsey and Brad Benoit.
Want to be featured on a TV show and get a new bathroom?
Prepare to grovel.
Licensed contractor Matt Muenster of DIY's "Bath Crashers" will be at the Mall of America Tuesday, Dec. 4 to hear pitches from homeowners who are desperate to have the show's theme do a makeover.
Level one east doors will open at 5:30 a.m. for the first 300 homeowners who will get a chance to plead their cases at the Mall's Rotunda. Be sure to bring photos of your rotten bathrooms to share with the crew. The "winner" will be featured in an upcoming program.
The show airs at 9:30 p.m. Mondays.
Dwayne Johnson/photo by Robert Yager of the New York Times
Wanna chance to smell what Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is cookin'?
Casting agents will be at the Mall of America this Saturday, Nov. 3, looking for people interested in being part of TNT's "The Hero," a new competition series to be hosted by Johnson.
Producers are looking for people who display the physical, mental and emotional strength to engage in a battle of brains, brawn and morality.
You must be 21 or older by January 2013 and own a valid passport since the show may take the chosen outside of the country for up to three weeks.
Interested parties should visit the Mall's Executive Center between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 3. Bring a recent photo of yourself as well. Can't get out to the Mall? You can send your name, contact info and a photo to TheHeroTNT@gmail.com
Young dancers know the ropes when it comes to productions of that holiday perennial, the Nutcracker. They can scamper on stage as mice, angels, butterflies, snowflakes, party-goers and in other fanciful roles. Aspiring dancers are invited to audition for such parts in the Moscow Ballet's production of the "Great Russian Nutcracker," which will be staged at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Dec. 7 and 8.
Auditions will be held at 5 p.m. October 16 at The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Av. S., Mpls. Applicants must be 7 - 16 years old, have a minimum of one year of ballet training, wear dance attire and may bring pointe shoes. Audition director Natalia Miroshnyk will conduct the auditions. Register on line at www.nutcracker.com/auditions or call Chandra Saign at Bloomington's City Scape Dance, 952-881-6217.