Matthew McConaughey New Film Booed At Cannes, Has The Oscar Curse …

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Cannes 2015: Gus Van Sant not too fazed by harsh reviews on ‘The Sea of Trees’.

The “Dallas Buyers Club” star has defended his audience’s decision to express their opinion after his latest movie “The Sea of Trees” co-starring Naomi Watts was booed following its debut at the Cannes International Film Festival yesterday (15.05.15).The actor, who won the best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyer’s Club in 2013, premiered The Sea of Trees during the Cannes Film Festival on Friday night, which was audibly slated by critics.

Photo: YVES HERMAN CANNES – On paper, it looked enticing: a high-stakes drama of love and loss by Gus Van Sant starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Australian Naomi Watts and mostly set in Japan. Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate.” While the 45-year-old star’s latest offering may have not received the praise he was hoping for, Matthew will be able to brush of his critics and return to his wife Camila Alves and children Levi, six, Vida, five, and Livingston, two, whom he credits with making him happy every single day. The picture, also featuring Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, drew unintended laughs and derisive whistles from the Cannes crowd, never shy about audibly expressing its views. “I love logic, I love science. He explained: “I get to wake up next to someone who I know loves me the way she does – my wife – who gave birth to our three beautiful, healthy children. In the film, Arthur performs a Google search looking for “the perfect place to die” and ends up wandering through a dense forest near the foothills of Mount Fuji that attracts dozens of depressed people each year.

Through conversations about their lives (mainly Arthur’s, in fact) and flashbacks, Van Sant shows Arthur’s downward spiral back in Massachusetts with an alcoholic wife, played by Watts, and a stalling academic career. We enjoyed it.” Van Sant explained: “I read one review this morning and it was very definitive, I was imagining everyone was the same as this person so I thought, ‘Now we know where we stand,’ which was kind of nice. Takumi leads Arthur on a rough hike that becomes a spiritual journey to examine where it all went wrong, complete with dialogue offering platitudes about science not offering all the answers to life’s questions.

Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. A plot twist that most viewers saw coming and a sentimental ending accompanied by swelling string music seemed to nix Van Sant’s shot at claiming a second Palme d’Or after his 2003 triumph with Elephant. And when it comes to his poor taste in humour and the ill-conceived comments he made about “belting” women, he himself admits they were “appalling” things to say. These days weekday lunch dates are lucky to extend beyond 90 minutes, and the wine is by the glass rather than the bottle or one simply sticks to the sparkling mineral water.

Indeed the consumption of four bottles of wine between five people – though three of them claimed they weren’t drinking which just leaves Singo and one other, would surely be enough to reasonably describe the consumer as drunk? But the 73-year-old multimillionaire, who once famously banned alcohol consumption at his ad agency during office hours and would routinely sack anyone caught having a sly grog, says that these days he is practically a teetotaller compared to days of yore when he would, by his own admission, drank “30 or so beers” during a single session. Indeed, many of Sydney’s lunchtime “hellraisers” have either departed this mortal coil, gone into rehab or are simply not able to party like it’s 1999 anymore. Back in the day, and not just in those years before the introduction of the Fringe Benefits Tax, Sydney’s flashest restaurants would host legendary lunchers. There was a whole gaggle of them, like flamboyant stockbroker Rene Rivkin, Golden Tonsils John Laws, political powerbroker Graham Richardson, perfume spruiker and Yves Saint Laurent devotee Amana Finley, impresario Harry M Miller, former television executive Sam Chisholm and his old mate David Leckie, society fixtures Lady Sonia McMahon, Lady Susan Renouf and Eileen “Red” Bond, business high-flyers Brad Cooper and Rodney Adler, advertising star Bryce Courtenay, and the man once dubbed Sir Lunchalot, former NRMA boss Ross Turnbull.

They were certainly a colourful lot and fuelled many a lunch story, like the time the late Lady Sonia had been lunching at one of her favourite restaurants, Rose Bay’s Catalina, for so long that she unintentionally ended up becoming part of the wedding reception held at the restaurant later that evening. And who could forget the time back in 2007 when John Laws launched into one of his most magnificent lunchtime sprays at his old foes Derryn Hinch and Bob Rogers down at Otto Ristorante?

Hinch recounted the incident, telling reporters: “He walked over to the table, put both hands on the table and said: “You two are despicable c—s.” Fuelled with booze, Laws blasted Hinch at the top of his voice, calling him a “failed alcoholic”, “a hypocrite and “a c—“.

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