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Matthew McConaughey: heart-throb, movie star, Oscar winner,… governor of Texas?

It’d be crazy, of course, for a high-profile figure from the world of entertainment to suddenly and successfully transition into politics, and even crazier for them to reach the highest offices, wouldn’t it? No, actually, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years. Entertainers have a better chance than anyone at […]

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“A plague that was allowed to happen”: Confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic through TV and cinema

Almost thirty years ago, on the 3rd of July, 1981 Lawrence K. Altman published an article in The New York Times that would come to be known as the “gay cancer” story. This was one of the first mentions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in mainstream society, and it would undoubtedly become paramount in perpetuating harmful […]

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Matthew McConaughey has escaped his early rom-com roles to become a gripping, trail-blazing actor

It is no easy feat to climb out of the mid-career ditch and avoid slipping into tired rom-com roles, but Matthew McConaughey is somehow still impressing audiences. Cemented by his performance this week in the much anticipated Interstellar, McConaughey’s astronomic resurgence continues on its dizzy trajectory. By contrast with Robert Downey Jr. who emerged from […]